Ladies First


Reign Denver Magazine Ladies First Glamping ColoradoEntrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Late nights, long hours and an unrelenting passion for your work are but a few of the many reasons that owning a business can be just as challenging as it is gratifying. Yet for many, the rewards far outweigh the risks. And for women in particular, the ability to create the lives we’d imagined is enough to give up the day-to-day security of a 9 to 5 job and trade it in for our own business ventures. Yet in doing so, balance becomes a thing of the past. Far too often, we fail to take moments for ourselves. We trade quiet time for computer time and soul searching for web surfing. And too frequently, we forget to support the other female entrepreneurs who can so closely relate to our own experiences.

As Reign Magazine’s publisher and editor in chief, balance is my biggest struggle. Admittedly, I have none. I love my work and am so invested in our publication that I tend to forget to actually live life. Knowing that I was not alone, I hand-selected a group of other entrepreneurial women and headed for the hills. Some I had known for years and some I did not know at all. But I trusted my gut and chose those that I knew could relate. That I knew were also building their own ventures and struggling with their own searches for balance.

What transpired was a weekend where for 48 hours, there were no laptops. No cell phones. No texts, no tweets, no posting, liking or pinning. But there was sharing. And solidarity. And plenty of laughter. In unplugging, albeit for only a moment, we learned much about our spirits and ourselves. We broke the rules and made our own. We tried things we’d never dreamed of and for the first time in a long time, took a true time out, learning these lessons along the way.

1. Be kind to yourself. If you’re not, why would anyone else be?
2. Believe in yourself. You can move mountains.
3. Be true to yourself. Don’t compromise your vision. If you do, you may not recognize the end of the rainbow.
4. Be open to others. Unlikely friendships are the best friendships of all.
5. Breathe. Sometimes, the answer is only an om away.

Read the complete coverage in the Fall 2013 issue of Reign

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Photos by the super fabulous Sara Hasstedt, Planning by the always amazing Ashley Nicole Events

The Women

The Reign Girls
Betsy Marr, Publisher & Editor in Chief
Chelsea Connolly, Art Director
Chelsea Magness, Right Hand Woman

The Event Planner
Ashley Summers, Ashley Nicole Events

The Wedding Gown Gurus
Breanna Doll & Anna Walsh, anna bé bridal boutique

The Retail Queen
Shana Colbin Dunn, Kismet

The Makeup Pros
Bre Ortola & Sally Walker, Alchemy Mineral Blends

The Philanthropy Phenom
Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, 5280 Consulting Group

The Fashionista
Laurie O’Connell, Perch

The Candy {Wo}man
Jill Landman Alfond, Sugarlicious

The Foodie
April Lambatos, Footers Catering

The Garden Gal
Shelli Nelligan Anderson, Stems Garden Design

The PR Princess
Diane Nagler, The Nagler Agency

The Kindhearted Cowgirl
Shery “Bear” McDonald-Galbreath, The SaddleUp! Foundation

 The Details

Event Planning & Design
Ashley Summers
Ashley Nicole Events

Aspen Canyon Ranch
Parshall, Colorado

Sara Hasstedt

Two Step Limousine

Kelle McCarter
Designs Girl

Invitation Design
Gram Paper and Design

Paper Details
Tasha Rae Designs

Sugar Bar & Monogrammed Chairs

Newberry Brothers Greenhouse and Florist

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Charming Chairs
Event Rents

Yoga Apparel
Be Present

Welcome Gifts
Cowgirl Skincare

Yoga Instructor
Emily Steingart

Hair Stylists
Anna Marie Murrell & Kerri Willis
Zoe’s Hair Design

Makeup Artistry
Bre Ortola & Sally Walker
Alchemy Mineral Blends

Massage Therapy
Ambika Therapies

Restaurant Ware
Jonny G’s Bar

Dinner Entertainment
Leon Littlebird

A Music Plus