Chapter Nine: Meeting Baddy

(This chapter was written in a 2017 Aspen Words Summer Workshop taught by Chinelo Okparanta, of whom I absolutely adored!) My body lay horizontally across the bed with my head hanging off the edge. The world felt so upside down at that moment, this was my feeble attempt to turn it all right side up. Glancing away from the yellow water stain on the ceiling that had … Continue reading Chapter Nine: Meeting Baddy

A Beautiful June Evening Spent with Aspen’s Professional Social Club

Hosted by CEO and Founder of Equus Private Wealth Management, Ron Speaker, our Aspen Business Connect professional social network gathered together on a beautiful June evening in the garden of the Equus building in Carbondale, Colorado. At the front door greeting guests were three lovely Aspen High School students. Supporting young adults is a true passion of ours and bringing in their vibrant energy always … Continue reading A Beautiful June Evening Spent with Aspen’s Professional Social Club

How to use Social Media for Business

How to use Social Media for Business

Watch this video created by BrandMaker Media and see why businesses are signing on to be included in our boutique storytelling marketing agency. Also, BrandMaker Media now has an 8-week course that begins July 7th, “Jumpstart Your Brand Online: NEW Immersive Experience”. This is what we’re talking about. Collaboration and referrals. Join in! Click here for more information and to register. Use code JILLIAN for 10% off. Continue reading How to use Social Media for Business

Changing Your Frequency

I have been fascinated by the concept of changing my vibration and raising my frequency. Last May, after throwing my most successful sold out event, I felt empty and had to retreat from my work of connecting others and discover what I required to continue. What fun to share the results of hours and hours of meditation, visualizations and raising my frequency as the magic … Continue reading Changing Your Frequency

If you Believe in the Magic, Than the Magic is Real

Usually I look at the astrological charts when my life feels flat, but not these past few months … well, this past year really. It’s as if I’ve been bound up in a crystalis, just opening myself up to the universe to transform me and tell me what’s in store for me. Then suddenly it’s as though I get lifted up and blasted through the … Continue reading If you Believe in the Magic, Than the Magic is Real

Teen Mental Hygiene Through Mindful Parenting

Teen Mental Hygiene Through Mindful Parenting

Teen Mental Hygiene Through Mindful Parenting I  have wanted and needed answers to my questions on what resources and programs are available in our Roaring Fork Valley and in our schools to keep the mental hygiene of teens healthy. I have needed to learn what to do when I question the behavior of my boys, their friends or other adult influencers in their lives. I … Continue reading Teen Mental Hygiene Through Mindful Parenting

Helping Teens Agenda & Guest Speakers

Helping Teens Symposium: Aspen District Theatre

Helping Teens Through Family & Community, an Aspen Connect Global Symposium Presented by AspenRealLife, took place Monday, May 20th at the Aspen District Theatre, and was filmed live on our @AspenRealLife Facebook Page. Helping Teens addressed anxiety and depression in teens, and spoke of how it can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Helping Teens held conversations about hope, and changing social norms, not just … Continue reading Helping Teens Symposium: Aspen District Theatre

Regulate, Reset, Repair, Remap Powerpoint Presentation by Sonja Linman

Sonja Linman is the lead Prevention Specialist for Roaring Fork Schools and has worked as a youth advocate for over thirty years, beginning her career in the mid-80s as an intern at Dane County Juvenile Detention Center, and at an inpatient adolescent treatment center in Madison, Wisconsin. By 1989, she had moved to Colorado and was present at the inception of Yampah Mountain High School … Continue reading Regulate, Reset, Repair, Remap Powerpoint Presentation by Sonja Linman

Helping Our Teens Through Communities and Families

Why Helping Teens?

Knowing that there have been many conversations occurring throughout the valley addressing the health of our teens, I felt the need to quickly produce the next Aspen Connect conversation, Helping our Teens Through Communities and Families, and bring the health professionals of the entire valley together with our local families at the Aspen District Theatre to hear the stories of teens, parents, prevention specialists, youth … Continue reading Why Helping Teens?

A Letter From A 15 Year Old About How Substance use and Addiction in Teens Affects the Family

A Letter From A 15 Year Old About How Substance use and Addiction in Teens Affects the Family

Substance Use and Addiction Hello, My name is Ashley Adams and I am a freshman at Glenwood Springs High School. I am reaching out to you to bring up an important and necessary topic where we all need to have a conversation, and this is substance use and addiction in teens and how it affects the family. On May 20th myself along with mom and … Continue reading A Letter From A 15 Year Old About How Substance use and Addiction in Teens Affects the Family

A Mother Gives Thanks

A Mother Gives Thanks If we could, would we raise our children any differently knowing then what we know now? The woman who submitted her story for me to publish to my readers listened carefully as I trepidatiously asked her for more details. I appreciated her wanting to tell her story, and I knew that I was venturing toward raw territory when I asked her … Continue reading A Mother Gives Thanks

Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire

Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire

“All traffic is shut down at the El Jebel light due to a structure fire,” I read in the text, but I didn’t think twice about it, I was heading down to a thank you barbecue for the Lake Christine Firefighters at Jill Soffer’s house, and nothing was going to deter me. Thus far, I have been covering the fire from afar and I needed … Continue reading Firefighter Stories of The Lake Christine Fire

Parenting Teens in a Legalized Marijuana Resort Town

Parenting Teens in a Legalized Marijuana Resort Town When people think of life in Aspen, some may sneer at thoughts of kids being dropped off at the high school in cars that cost more than thir homes. They may feel envy for families with private jets who fly off on a whim on exotic adventure trips for the weekend, or for the year if their … Continue reading Parenting Teens in a Legalized Marijuana Resort Town

Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark

Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark As many of you know, I’ve been working with experts to help me to stay on my creative path. In this podcast Cynthia Clark, Author, Teacher, Hand Analyst Expert and Intuitive Life Coach, reads my palm and helps steer me along. With a desire to help people to understand how people can grow and progress, Cynthia has written the book, … Continue reading Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark

Chapter Six: Protecting Our Innocence

Chapter Six: Protecting Our Innocence The mornings in my bedroom were the antithesis of the nights; warm, safe and my own haven, where I’d spend oodles of time alone letting my imagination go, dancing wildly to my 45 records, spending time on my CB radio, or playing with the barbie dolls I so wanted to look like. The superficial messages of how to look began early, with barbie dolls. … Continue reading Chapter Six: Protecting Our Innocence

Cruising Around Aspen

Cruising Around Aspen Below Photo Credit: Gus Goldman [su_carousel source=”media: 44234,44233,44232,44231,44230,44229,44228,44227″ limit=”50″ height=”380″ items=”1″]Bikes lined up outside of the Aspen Brewing Company on Hopkins Ave. People stuffed six packs of Brew Co.’s delicious blondes and IPA’s into baskets on the front of their bikes. String Cheese Incident, Grateful Dead, and Justin Bieber permeated from different speakers rigged any way they could be to people’s bikes. … Continue reading Cruising Around Aspen

Encountering Wildlife, and Pain

Encountering Wildlife, and Pain

Encountering Wildlife, and Pain When I read the text, “Let’s go for a walk today???” I had to pull the phone closer to my face to confirm that the message came from Pam, my long-legged, golden-hair She-Ra of a friend (think Amazon Goddess meets Tarzan, Scrat and Sacagawea). With all of those traits packed into one, Pam is not the type to take walks, preferring to push her physical … Continue reading Encountering Wildlife, and Pain

Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle

Guest Writer: Matt Fisher Matt is a yoga teacher, college student, and most importantly a student of life. He likes to think he has interesting and unique thoughts to share about life. Read more of Matt’s thoughts here. Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle My friend I recently had a conversation.  He is a Reiki healer and has helped me through a lot. He told me that he … Continue reading Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle

Chapter Five: Three Sisters

Chapter Five: Three Sisters It is when I am in nature where suddenly a feeling of total elation passes over my being and I recognize what that feeling represents, memories from times in my chidhood where I was completely one with nature as it beckoned me in to play and get lost in my imagination. The memories are of times spent with my sisters, Melanie and Michele, playing in the woods … Continue reading Chapter Five: Three Sisters

Chapter Four: All About Harold

Chapter Four: All About Harold

Chapter Four: All About Harold My father, Harold Melvin Wernick, was born in 1917 and lived through two wars, as well as the great depression. A tall and sporty man with a shark grin and a mischievous twinkle in his baby blues, he was single into his forties and had a treasure chest filled with photographs telling tales of his bachelor life. From skiing in Switzerland with one gorgeous woman, and sailing in the … Continue reading Chapter Four: All About Harold

Chapter Three: Living in a Fairy Tale

Chapter Three: Living in a Fairy Tale My childhood was its own fairytale. Yes, it’s true, I grew up in a fairytale within a fairytale. My two sisters and I grew up in Massachusetts in a white house set up high on a hill. A white picket fence enclosing our mother’s wonderfully British bright and cheery hand-planted gardens. She was always in the garden with … Continue reading Chapter Three: Living in a Fairy Tale

The first Chapter - Looking Back on AspenRealLife

The First Chapter – Looking Back on AspenRealLife

The first Chapter – Looking Back on AspenRealLife It was summer of 2010 when my eyes opened, slowly focussing in on black storm clouds rolling in, threatening well needed rain. As the shadows were cast over Goldie & Kurt’s ranch land and the elk and packs of coyotes who frequently grazed and played in our backyard, I slid down deeper under our down-filled comforter and rolled on top of my very own electric furnace, digging my nose into his … Continue reading The First Chapter – Looking Back on AspenRealLife

The Dichotomy of Two Mountain Towns

Carbondale, Aspen’s Real World Relative

Carbondale, Aspen’s Real World Relative The choice to live in a place as unrepentantly gorgeous as the Roaring Fork Valley likely seems to be a rather straightforward one for anyone who has been lucky enough to visit. Gorgeous, slanting mountains set an epic scene for skiers, mountain bikers, fishers, drinkers, all like minded in their desire to spend more time outside than in. Yet, what … Continue reading Carbondale, Aspen’s Real World Relative

Delving Deep into Meditation with Thomas Droge

Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge

[su_heading]Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge[/su_heading] Taking Taoist Insight and Five Element meditation classes with Thomas Droge and interviewing him live on our Facebook feed afterwards helped me to delve deeper into the intellectualization of meditation during Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016. As our conversation unfolded it was apparent that Thomas Droge has a very intellectual mind that breaks down meditation both scientifically and physically. A practitioner of Qi Gong, Tai Ji … Continue reading Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge

An Interview with MC YOGI

An Interview with MC YOGI

[su_heading]An Interview with MC YOGI[/su_heading] I had heard MC YOGI’s music before and downloaded it to my yoga practice playlist. His voice was soft and soothing and his music made you feel light-hearted and happy, so it really was a pleasure to practice yoga in the first row of his yoga class with Amanda Giacomini and DJ Drez in “The Nest by Yoganonymous” and hear him sing during Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass … Continue reading An Interview with MC YOGI

An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass

An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass I’d like to thank Eoin Finn for helping to dissolve my shyness and willingness to stay insular while in yoga practice, and insight me to throw all inhibitions to the wind in his blacklight “Yogi Rockstar Classic Rock Vinyasa Flow” class during Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016. In 1999 Eoin founded Blissology, a yoga system that mines for the source of love inside of all … Continue reading An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass

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A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap

A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass always looked intriguing to me but as someone who is more partial to practicing yoga and meditation in my own space – without having to get touchy feely with strangers (sorry, it’s my East Coast/British genetic structure), I have always been a bit reluctant to purchase that ticket. This year though, master teacher, Rod Stryker, was going to be there. This … Continue reading A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap

An Interview with Rod Stryker

An Interview with Rod Stryker If you have been reading AspenRealLife you will know that I left my blog after nine years to work for a digital marketing firm, at a time when my analytics were strong with over 14K unique visits a month. Having never marketed the site before, as passionate as I was about writing inspirational stories I had absolutely no desire to become an advertiser, I was all about … Continue reading An Interview with Rod Stryker

How to Make Money While Retaining Freedom

[su_heading]How to Make Money While Retaining Freedom[/su_heading] An interview with local Aspenite, Dr. Ryan Moriarty, PhD, CEO and Founder of LOLSpots, an audience development network and quality traffic source for pop culture, humor, and entertainment sites, brought insight to my burning question of how to make money while retaining freedom. And now, with AspenRealLife blowing up “for reals” because I am sticking to my dream of working on … Continue reading How to Make Money While Retaining Freedom

A Mother Gives Thanks

Imagining Life Without Children

[su_heading size=”28″]Imagining Life Without Children[/su_heading] When people ask me if I love having children my answer is always conflicted. Honestly, I love having children. It is my vocation, my life, it is what I signed up for. There would be no magic for me without my children showing me the world through their eyes and helping me to understand the value of nature to a … Continue reading Imagining Life Without Children

Living Life to the Fullest

[su_heading]Living Life to the Fullest[/su_heading] As many of you know, these past nine months have been devoted to being true to myself and my dreams of sharing the local’s perspective on living in Aspen. In order to do this, I have tried my best to stay committed and live each moment as honestly and completely as possible. Over the weekend I attended a memorial service for Ryan Jennings in Carbondale, … Continue reading Living Life to the Fullest

Young Freeskiers X Games

Living and Breathing Freestyle Skiing

[su_heading] Living and Breathing Freestyle Skiing [/su_heading] With the Winter X-Games rapidly approaching, January 28-31, 2016, we are going to be introducing to you our local badasses of whom we respect and admire, beginning with our beloved local teenagers who have been living and breathing freestyle skiing all of their short 16+ years. Meet Joey Lang, Cassidy Jarrell and Keenan McIntyre, three boys who by … Continue reading Living and Breathing Freestyle Skiing

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Seeing Aspen Through a Teenager’s Eyes

[su_heading size=”18″]Seeing Aspen Through a Teenager’s Eyes [/su_heading] It has been a long time since I have actually written about the children of Aspen Real Life, as soon as the older ones turned 14, all bets were off. They went from take me, film me, let me see, to MOOOOOMMMMMMMM! Now they get soooo pissed off if they are remotely aware that I am writing about them … Continue reading Seeing Aspen Through a Teenager’s Eyes

Top Ten Ways to Help Keep Your Teen Safe

  There is a quiet buzz of concern one can hear if one listens carefully enough to the conversations of many parents in our valley regarding the health of our youth. Last year, while on the board for the Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention I tried to start a movement along with the Executive Director, Michael Connolly. We began a Parent to Parent Alliance to … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Help Keep Your Teen Safe

A Family Stay At A Colorado Dude Ranch

[su_heading]A Family Stay At A Colorado Dude Ranch[/su_heading] When I was a little ten year old rag-a-muffin of a girl my parents took my two sisters and I on a trip to Colorado. Part of the trip included a stay at The C Lazy U Guest Ranch & Resort, and this is where I fell in love with Colorado and little cowboys, swearing that one day I would … Continue reading A Family Stay At A Colorado Dude Ranch

Can True Love Survive Children

Can True Love Survive Children

[su_heading size=”18″]Can True Love Survive Children[/su_heading] Everybody wants to know how to find that true love, but what about finding it and keeping the love while raising children? So far, Baddy and my love has endured the true test of time, from building and then losing a dream house together, to the trials and tribulations of raising boys in “Paradise”. After watching writer Mandy Len … Continue reading Can True Love Survive Children

Why Children Need Grandparents

[su_heading size=”18″]Why Children Need Grandparents[/su_heading] It all changed a few summers ago when wanting our then 13 year old to experience the deliciousness of no plans or schedules after all the stresses that school brings, we decided to allow him to truly enjoy long languid days spent hanging with friends. BIG MISTAKE! This is when his desire to completely sever any and all parenting began … Continue reading Why Children Need Grandparents

Come Visit Aspen, We Don’t Bite!

I have been asked many questions about Aspen; “What should I wear there?”, “How will we eat if it is so expensive?”, “Why would I want to visit Aspen?” and my answers to all of these questions are, “Just come as you are and you will see that Aspen is a ski town first and foremost where the fashion is predominantly jeans and workout clothes. Sure an occasional diamond ring can be a bit distracting, and stunning BTW, and the fur comes out in the wintertime, mostly when it’s freezing but is that any reason to not visit? I should say not!” Continue reading Come Visit Aspen, We Don’t Bite!

What to Do with your Kids on a Snow Day?

[su_heading size=”18″]What to do with your kids on a snow day[/su_heading] Yesterday I got the call at 6:00am that it was a snow day and there would be no school. Michele was away watching Devon ski race in the Junior Olympics and Nikki and India were staying with us.  I was relieved that I got the call before I made all five lunches. It is … Continue reading What to Do with your Kids on a Snow Day?

Trying to Survive Without Sleep

[su_heading size=”18″]Trying to Survive Without Sleep[/su_heading] Last night I skinned up Buttermilk with my fellow Monday evening companions. We gathered in the parking lot as we put our skins on our skis and stuffed our packs  with lights and warm clothes for the descent. The conversation immediately went to how we were all so tired and needed to gather our energy together to hike 2,030 … Continue reading Trying to Survive Without Sleep

The Ken Cole Show: Local Celebrities

This post is one example of what I mean on my business card when I say “twisted travel”. I never know who I am going to meet when I walk out my front door and so I am always prepared with video camera in my pocket.

And this is what happened to me the other day when I unexpectedly met a new kind of celebrity, The Aspen Snowmass kind and I can assure you that I will be back to visit them again! Continue reading The Ken Cole Show: Local Celebrities

Norm, rocks out with his new badass skis in his ski tuning center

Meeting The Cool People Who Work in Aspen

[su_heading size=”18″]Meeting The Cool People Who Work in Aspen[/su_heading] The clouds were hanging low promising snow and I was alone…for once. Now that Hootie-Hoo is in Pre-Devo with the Aspen Valley Ski Club, I have the entire weekend to ski on whatever runs I choose. Now don’t get me wrong, I love skiing with my boys but only when they are not hustling me to … Continue reading Meeting The Cool People Who Work in Aspen

Attending Cast Calls in Aspen

I’m thinking that if you are anything like me, too busy to take care of yourself, especially the emotional side, which results in embarrassing breakdowns with strangers, than it is time to take control over our lives and stop being such ninnies. And so, let’s do it together shall we? Let’s trust our intuition and enjoy life while we are in it and not sweat the small things…. no matter how large they feel at the time. Continue reading Attending Cast Calls in Aspen