New Year Wishes

Author Amber Burr, Owner Daddy’s Homemade Syrup

January 2, 2022

This past year (couple years) have been hard. Nothing seems normal and many things are done differently and that’s ok, change can be a good thing; if we allow it. As we reflect on all that has happened and on all the changes in 2021, I for one am grateful for all that we do have including our family, community and a growing small business surrounded by so much love and support and that is what we choose to focus on. 

We have spent more time this past year trying to teach our kids more about small acts of kindness and community and have found hope and inspiration while doing so. I want to encourage all to leave room in their New Year’s resolutions for others as well as yourself. Let’s all continue to think about all the small local businesses and local community members throughout the entire year, not just during the holiday season. Here’s to an incredible New Year in 2022!

Famous Quotes to Use as New Year Wishes

  • “In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.” —Beyonce
  • “Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a new year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage.” —Susan Sontag
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” ―Taylor Swift
  • “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” —T.S. Eliot
  • “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”—Bill Vaughn
  • “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”—Oprah
  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”—Albert Einstein
  • “All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”—Steven Spielberg
  • “I do not make resolutions for the New Year, but visualize and plan things.”—Amala Akkineni
  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”—Walt Disney
  • “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it.”—Mother Teresa
  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” —William Shakespeare
  • “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” —Plato
  • “No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” —Jack Kornfield

Amber Burr
Daddy’s Homemade


Author Cynde Denson, Mindfulness Instructor

December 31, 2021

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa

No matter how small, an act of kindness is always welcome. Our world is broken, but not shattered. We can repair it together with mindful acts of kindness.

December 7, 2013, I was headed to a nursing home in Amesbury, MA where my Mom was under hospice care. I stopped at Starbucks for a chai. At the drive-in window, I was informed that the woman before me had paid for my drink. She was still in the parking lot, stopped at a light. I jumped out of my car, ran to the driver’s window, and shared that I was on my way to a nursing home to sit with my dying mother. This kind stranger stepped out of the car and hugged me with tears in our eyes as if we were long lost friends. One cup of chai tea. One simple act of kindness at a time when I needed it most. Her kind gesture transformed my day by helping me see goodness despite the depth of my grief. My Mom died that day at 3:00 PM with my left hand on her shoulder and my right hand on her heart. That stranger’s gesture of kindness is with me still.

David Wagner, world-renowned hair stylist and the author of “How to change the World by Making Someone’s Day“, tells of a client who came in weeks earlier than usual. Assuming she had an event to attend, he inquired further. She answered that she simply wanted to look good that night. They connected deeply during the appointment chatting and laughing. A few days later, David’s client sent him a note, admitting that she had planned to commit suicide the evening of that last appointment and had wanted to look good for her funeral. David’s positive outlook and kindness had given her hope that things could get better. She made a life-affirming choice to check herself into the hospital and get professional help. The client thanked David for caring. While he had no idea what was really happening, David’s natural kindness emerged.

In a world that can appear harsh and unforgiving, I encourage you to look deeper to see the impact that is possible when we offer kindness to ourselves and others.

Happiness researcher Shawn Achor is the author of The Happiness Advantage and other positive psychology books. He has identified five research validated practices to create lasting positive change in our lives:

  1. Gratitude
  2. Journaling
  3. Exercise
  4. Meditation
  5. Performing random acts of kindness (such as the woman who bought my chai).

What can we DO to make kindness an intentional, conscious practice? The first piece is to be willing to lean into kindness towards ourselves. What could that look like? For starters, it would be to cease and desist self-flagellation about anything. No more berating yourself for mistakes, failures, losing your keys or cell phone 20 times a day, none of it. No more blaming anyone else either. It also may require letting go of our point of view to offer kindness to one who may disagree with us.

The practice of mindfulness offers us a highly effective map for how to do this with the powerful practice of loving-kindness meditation.  As we sit, walk, or stand in formal or informal meditation, we sequentially bathe ourselves and others in loving kindness by choosing three or four simple phrases to repeat in our minds such as:

May I (or you) be held in loving kindness.

May I (or you) be healthy and safe.

May I (or you) be peaceful.

May I (or you) be happy.

Traditionally, we start with ourselves, then to someone you love, an acquaintance, someone you dislike and end with sending kindness to all living beings on the planet. With each round of thoughts, envision those beings in your mind’s eye. If we find it too difficult to send love to someone we really can’t stand, we can modify the phrase to be something like “may you be free from hatred” or “may you be more open to others”.

Upon completion, take a few minutes simply to sit, breathe and notice the state of your heart. Simple? Sure. Easy? No. Worthwhile? Absolutely.

Personally, if I am going to be true to myself, my actions must be consistent with my belief in humanity. Otherwise, it’s just a lot of hot air. When I act with kindness, I step out of my small, stuck self into a bigger field of loving awareness that sees the beauty around me.

This is especially true when I offer kindness to a human I dislike, even if it feels disingenuous. Done with a genuine positive intent, my heart can shift to a softer place that sees a bigger picture. I call this fierce kindness, not about being a pushover, forgiving cruelty or condoning horrific acts. It is about approaching the pain of the world with a compassionate and kind heart as opposed to a state of contraction and hatred.

How could our world shift if we each acted with even a smidgeon more kindness, even when it feels hard. Try this. Commit to 14 days of daily acts of random kindness and see what happens. Are you in?

Cynde Denson, is a Mindfulness Instructor, a certified 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Instructor, a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor, a Facilitator and a Co-Active® Coach. For more information about Cynde’s classes, workshops, and coaching services, click here

The Inner Matrix

February 2021

WHAT IS THE INNER MATRIX? The Inner Matrix is what lives inside our mind, emotions,
body and spirit that creates the matrix of our inner experience.

Join our member, Kathy McCrary for a 6 week “virtual” group from the comfort of your home. Let’s explore the book “The Inner Matrix written by Joey Klein.

In a supportive group environment. Learn tools and techniques to help train the mind and the
emotions to align with the vision you hold for yourself; your career and how you want to impact
those around you. This group is FREE – you will need to obtain the book “The Inner Matrix” which you can get on Amazon.
Each week we will read chapters indicated and listen to the short video lesson. Between
gatherings, you will listen to the 20-minute guided meditation daily.
WHAT: Inner Matrix Group
When: 6 Consecutive weeks starting Thursday February 11, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 6:45
This is an ONLINE event so anyone from anywhere can attend – so if you think you might be
interested in
 Learning how to meditate
 Learning tools to focus and calm the mind
 Learning to develop emotional intelligence
 Creating a vision for your most perfect life
Contact me and I’d love to get you signed up for my next group:
Kathy McCrary
Gentle Emergence

Business Resources for COVID-19 — UPDATED 6/17/2020

At this time, all the area chambers of commerce are keeping up with ways to help business owners with their financial needs. Below is a collection of the information that they are providing. If you desire more direct access to them, please do visit their websites and contact them as needed. They are willing to help members and non-members, alike. We are all in this together and what happens in your business, affects our community and the other businesses.

Since the beginning of this epidemic, many changes to opportunities for businesses have occurred. The best way to find out what is available for your business is to visit the websites of the area chambers of commerce. The direct links to the resources for the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce and for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce are below. Each one has done an outstanding job of making information thoroughly available and up to date. They are also working directly with Jefferson County Commissioner Leslie Dahlkemper to get county businesses open and funded through locally available CARES Act funds.

NOTE: Previous information on this blog entry has become out of date, so it has been deleted

Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce web page hyper link: COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce web page hyper link: BUSINESS RESOURCES

REMINDER: You do not need to be a member of the chamber of commerce to take advantage of these resources

Facebook Groups in the Mountain Area

This is a list of Facebook Groups where you can connect to tell about your business and watch to see if anyone is looking for a recommendation. It is highly suggested that you read all the terms and conditions of each group to make sure you know their rules about when, where and how you can advertise on their page. Each page is operated separately.

Conifer Bailey & Pine Community

Conifer Bailey & Pine Colorado Community

Conifer Colorado Neighbors & Friends

Evergreen Neighbors & Friends

Evergreen Neighbors and Friends

Evergreen Bailey Conifer All In One

Evergreen Community Chat

Mountain Skills & Trade

Conifer Bailey Pine & Shawnee

Evergreen Conifer Networking Women

Bailey & Pine Colorado Neighbors & Friends

Conifer Chat

285 Corridor

285 Biz & Artists

Evergreen Expert

Mountain Events

Conifer Kids

Mountain Postshare

Mountain Corridor Community Events

Evergreen Mountain Mamas

Networking Details

So how do you get involved with Mountain Women in Business?

We meet three times each month. The first Thursday is in the morning and the third Tuesday is in the morning and first Tuesday the evening. Come to the meeting(s) that suit you best. It is not required for you to attend each one, but we encourage you to come to at least one meeting per month so everyone can get to know you better and be able to refer you to other people.

Our meetings are currently via Zoom and begin at 8:00am and end at 9:00am or evening meetings from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. It’s a very good idea to log in early and be ready to start promptly.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Temporarily all of our meetings have moved to the Virtual World. We are not meeting in person currently. If you would like to be included in the Virtual Meetings, please do go to the Home Page and fill out the Contact Form. We look forward to in-person meetings as soon as possible!

Each meeting is an opportunity to practice your introduction (frequently referred to as an Elevator Speech) and hand out business cards or literature. Members can sign up for an opportunity to make a longer presentation. Occasionally  a guest speaker or a special topic is presented instead of a member presentation.

Recently we have been arranging Social Events. This is a casual time, so we can get to know each other on a more personal basis. If you have any suggestions and/or would like to coordinate a social event, please contact one of the board members directly.

Mountain Women in Business is a non-profit entity and does have nominal annual dues. The cost is $48 per year prorated with an initial admin fee of $40.

We encourage guests to join us a couple of times to see if this is a great networking environment for them.

Networking Improves Business

Have you been looking for a place to make connections for your business and make friends? Mountain Women in Business may just be the place for you!

The most important person in your business is YOU. Only you can present your business in the way it should be presented. No matter who works for you, it is your face and your personality that will be looked at. But getting the right information to people who could buy from you or who could refer others to you can be overwhelming. It’s important to get out in public and let prospects know all about your business. That’s where networking comes in.

Networking is simply an opportunity to tell your story to other people. And networking comes in many different formats. It can be at a chamber of commerce event, at a business association meeting, at an official networking group meeting, even in the checkout line at your local grocery store. Anywhere where you can meet people face-to-face, tell your story, and learn the other person’s story is a good place to network.

Specific groups exist to help you make these connections and to practice your talking points. Some are quite pricey and have very strict guidelines for membership. Others can be more casual. Where you are attracted really depends on your personality. Frequently you will find large nationwide groups that have the criteria where only one business of a specific type is allowed in the group. This may be a prefect place for you to feel comfortable and able to display your expertise. Typically these have the title of “Leads Group”. There are also groups that allow multiple businesses of each type. In these groups you can really hone in on your specialty and focus on what makes you different from your group competition. It’s all a matter of preference.

No matter what you choose, you need to get out and let people know you exist. And there is no single perfect method to get your message across. Each establishment is different. But continuous learning and practicing can help you make a success of your passion.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton