This lovely lady is as spunky force to be reckoned with. A trail runner, yogi, and self-proclaimed "delicious and nutritious" home chef, Karin is living life to the fullest. If you haven't met her yet, keep an eye on the trails as you're bound to run into her. She's an ambassador for Women of Colorado and an active member of Boulder Hiker Chicks.
For Karin's branding shoot, we chose an area along the Boulder Creek. It's one of her favorite local spots to hang out and relax. We timed it just right for some beautiful sunset reflections on the water.
I had such a fun time photographing and getting to know Karin. Look at those dimples! I love how they show up when she smiles. Learn more about this cubical escape artist in our interview below:
Words from Karin
Kasey: How did you end up in Colorado?
Karin: My very first hike in Colorado was before I even moved here. I was living in Massachusetts with my parents at the time, it was the year after I graduated college. My family held our family reunion in Breckenridge. I had never been to Colorado but was excited to just get out of my hometown for a while. I am the youngest of 9, so all 9 of us were there plus my parents, husbands/wives, nieces/nephews, cousins.
One of the days a bunch of us decided to go for a hike - it was when I officially fell in love with Colorado. The mountains made me so happy. It was such a great bonding experience with my family, catching up on each others lives...everyone was grinning ear to ear!
We weren't expecting the hike to be too difficult, but my dad and a few others turned around half way due to altitude sickness. Most of us made it to an alpine lake in Arapahoe national forest. We were all just so wide eyed by the scenery and the completely different landscape compared to the east coast where most of the siblings and I grew up.
The next year I decided I needed to get away from home and explore. There was a void in my life and I realized I was meant to live somewhere close to the mountains. So I applied for a few seasonal jobs in California, Montana, and Colorado. The first job offer I got was in Colorado and I took it. I somehow knew in my heart that Colorado was where I was meant to be, the other states didn’t seem quite right for me.
Looking back at how I've changed since then, I'm so grateful that I took the leap to move here. Now I have a more positive attitude about life and I’m more mindful, more independent, more mature, and definitely more adventurous and not afraid to try new things!
Kasey: What is your favorite hiking story?
Karin: The most rewarding hike I’ve been on was in college, the summer before my senior year. I co-led a backpacking trip with 2 other leaders up to Baxter State park in Maine. We made it up to Mt Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine at 5269 ft (starting almost at sea level). We spent 2 nights in the mountains and 1 night in tents in a big field on campus.
One of the hikers was a beginner and she struggled quite a bit. I think the fear of being out in the wilderness with no connection to civilization and feeling homesick was hard for her. It's pretty overwhelming when you're deep in the woods. The other leaders and I encouraged her the whole way, even when she complained and had a bit of a panic attack we calmed her as much as we could.
It was very satisfying and victorious making it to the peak. When my new beginner friend reached the summit, she was so relieved and proud. She found a rock with a great view and just sat there in silence for a while taking it all in.
This hike stands out to me because it was the first time I really felt like I helped someone overcome their fears and accomplish their personal goal in the outdoors. It's a big reason why I joined Women of Colorado leadership - to be able to help women during those challenging times!
Kasey: What are you most excited about right now?
Karin: I'm super excited about how fast the Women of Colorado group is growing! It just started a year ago and it’s already growing so quickly. I’m hosting a brewery tour and social gathering at Avery brewing in Gunbarrel on Aug 30, it’s almost full already! Events like this help me push myself out of my comfort zone socially, it’s always been hard for me being fairly introverted and shy in public. And it’ll be a good chance to network with women in the Boulder area and learn about what other people are doing.
Kasey: What is one of your favorite local businesses?
Karin: One of my favorite local businesses is Simply Bulk in Longmont. I walk over there every few weeks and fill up my empty laundry detergent bottle and my glass Kombucha bottle! I’m helping the environment a little by saving the plastic and glass that you would normally buy each time for it! They have some of the same things in bulk as Sprouts, but they also have the liquids, soaps, detergents, oils, and teas, spices that Sprouts doesn’t have. And I’d rather support a local mom-and-pop type business rather than a chain.
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