Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Gabbi Swan | Photographer & stylist

I feel very blessed to have been born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! I went to one of the most diverse high schools in the country and had the opportunity to make life long friends with some amazing people. Being in an area of such diversity and culture has really shaped who I am, how I act and what I believe & stand for. My brand is based around inclusivity! Read more>>

Lauren Rantala | Gym Owner and HYROX PFT Coordinator

Below is my story of alcoholism. I will be two years alcohol free on May 18, 2022. I have always been an athlete. I was an NCAA Nordic Skier in college at Michigan Tech University and followed my college athletic career and desire to compete by finding CrossFit in 2012 and also becoming a CrossFit gym owner in 2017. However, being an athlete and living what others viewed as a lifestyle of health and fitness did not mean I was living the lifestyle I preached. Read more>>

Victoria Higdon | Organic colorist and vivid specialist

I’m a Colorado native and wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel inspired my the natural beauty here every day. Growing up I was always taught that if you want it you have to earn it. My parents were the prime example of hard work. It was instilled in me from early on that you don’t need a pat on the back every time you do your job, you have to be your own motivator and advocate, we work because that’s what we are supposed to do . Read more>>

Jennifer Livovich | From homeless to founder and executive director, Feet Forward

Prior to becoming homeless, I had no idea what community felt or looked like nor the desire to contribute to one. While some might consider the near five years I spent outside the worst chapter of my life, I consider it one of my best because it gave me my life’s purpose which is to maximize the time I have left to making my community better. Read more>>