Square State

SQS025: Another Set of Random Musings

I’m in the process of interviewing more fabulous guests for the show! Here is another set of random musings that you may or may not agree with. Let me know.

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Show Notes

  • Michelle Rants

 

  • Why snow matters

 

  • The Denver Welcome Mat Event Series
    • Thursday, July 12th: Single, Single, Mix and Mingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May Recap

SQS024: May 2018 Recap

Here is a quick recap of the past month. Loving that we’re finally moving into summer! I’ve planted my garden and have begun enjoying all of the amazing things that Colorado has to offer during the summer. What about you?

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Show Notes

 

  • Upcoming June Events

 

  • Green Mountain Hike

 

  • Denver Chalk Art Festival

 

  • The Phroogal Road to Wellness Event (cancelled)

 

  • The Denver June Welcome Mat Event (cancelled)

 

 

 

  • Denver Comic Con…what does Jason Momoa smell like??

 

  • Farmer’s Markets

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The Debt Free Guys

SQS023: John and David -The Debt Free Guys

For today’s episode I’m joined by John and David from The Debt Free Guys. These two gentlemen are changing the face of LGBQT Money and are based out of Denver. This interview was truly informative to me and they share helpful tips that are useful to everyone.

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Show Notes

  • John and David introduce themselves and the mission of the Debt Free Guys.

 

  • John and David’s financial story that begins with $51,000 in credit card debt

 

  • The gay cliche

 

  • They decide to create a blog

 

  • The FinCon Community had every niche represented except for the Gay Financial needs niche (opportunity knocks)

 

  • What makes the financial conversation different?

 

  • John and David ask themselves “Where did they want to be?” in the future.

 

  • Working to be in financial alignment

 

  • They created a calendar with free and cheap things to do in Denver

 

  • I ask what does “CIS” mean?

 

  • What is Gay Life like in Denver? Hint-it’s pretty good

 

  • How John and David are a resource for their readers and listeners

 

  • Should other people start a blog/podcast/etc. too?

 

  • A week in their life in Denver

 

  • We discuss cost of living in Denver

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Event: The Financial Road to Wellness

  • When: June 9, 2018

 

  • Where: Porchlight Realty

 

  • What: Brunch and Money Conversation

 

  • Click HERE for more details

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Alchemy Creative

Where to Cowork in Denver: Alchemy Workspace

If you live in Denver or are passing through and are looking for a place to work I have the space for you. Actually, I have several spaces that I love and will recommend and today’s post shares the first one: Alchemy Creative Workspace.

Love.this.space.

When I decided to take the leap and work for myself, I had romantic notions of working from home and just killing the digital game. In fact, I knew that I would be focused, on task, and productive every single day….from my home.

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In fact, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. I had a ridiculously difficult time working from home. I would look at the laundry that had to be done, the one or two dishes languishing in the sink, and then go insane with the dog upstairs would begin barking in a separation anxiety fit of rage.

There was a moment when I just had to be honest and acknowledge that what I was trying to do wasn’t working. Coffee shops didn’t work either. If I had a huge project that needed a quiet dedicated space to knock some work out from, Starbucks (too noisy depending on location), Thump (not enough outlets) or Nixon’s (fabulous coffee unhappy wifi). Finally, I broke down and decided to check out co-working spaces. The first time I worked from co-working spaces it didn’t work out (long-story).

This time I tried it again and I’m in love with co-working spaces and you will be too!

Deskpass

If you would like to date several spaces before committing to your final space, I recommend signing up for Deskpass. Deskpass works exactly like Classpass does (if you’re familiar with that service). There are different subscription levels that you can choose from which will allow you to visit different spaces that are signed up on the platform throughout the city of Denver. In fact, I will share a review of each space that I absolutely love on Square State.

Prices range from $49-$199 a month and the unused days roll over to the next month. This feature is one of my favorites. Finally, Deskpass hosts monthly events for members at different spaces throughout town. Deskpass is currently available in the following cities: Denver, L.A., NYC, Miami, Austin, and Chicago (and members can use their membership in whatever city they happen to be in at the time. Love.this.resource!

Alchemy Creative Workspace

Is located at 66 S. Logan Space. One of the defining characteristics of the space is how open and airy it is and how warm and welcoming the staff is. Ari and Chelsea are most members first point of contact. And, these two ladies are some of the warmest and most genuine people that I’ve met in a long time. In fact, I judge co-working spaces on how welcomed I feel in the space.

The permanent members who work out of Alchemy also are incredibly warm and friendly and they make it easy to imagine working from the space full-time.

Some of the amenities and perks include:

  • Beer

 

  • Get togethers

 

  • Dog friendly (there are several doggies for those of you who love pets)

 

  • Phone “booths” for those days when you need to take a call in private

 

  • Yoga located next door.

 

  • Restaurants are located across the street and it’s easy to get lunch delivered.

 

  • Programming

 

  • Great location for those of you in the Wash Park/West Wash Park area.

Basically, Alchemy Creative Workspace is a wonderful place to nurture and grow your business. And, one of the businesses housed there is a burrito business. And, sometimes members are called upon to do quality taste testing. Those are my favorite days! Free lunch.

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SQS022: The Denver Welcome Mat Event

For the past three years I’ve muddled my way through creating a digital business. You know, a business that basically shares information and helps my clients with very little face to face contact. Why did I decide to pursue a digital career? Well…I used to work at a university with hundreds of students. By the time I finished working that job I was exhausted. And, my ability to work directly with people had flown out the window. In fact, I love digital business but I was beginning to feel that there was something missing from what I was working on. And, that feeling continued to grow until one day I decided it was time to create an event that would enable me to connect and engage with the people that I’m trying to serve with this project.

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 The Denver Welcome Mat

Is an event created to help connect current Denver residents with newly arrived residents. There are three major goals:

  • To encourage comradery and connection between two groups that can be at odds with one another. Long-time Denverites who’ve grown up in the city sometimes feel left behind in all of the changes that the city (and state) is experiencing. Newbies sometimes feel the sting of resentment and sometimes accidentally step on people’s toes because they didn’t realize they touched on an issue that would upset long-time residents. No more ignorance is bliss. Let’s get together, eat, drink, and have fun. We’re in this together, for better or worse.

 

  • Develop Awareness of Local-Goods, products, and services. Colorado has an incredible range of locally made products, businesses with a national reach, and more. My goal is to get you in front of the amazing entrepreneurs running these businesses. It always feels good to know who made whatever it is you’re using.

 

  • Become a resource-For job leads, fun activities, and business related needs.

Basically, The Denver Welcome Mat is the “in-person” side of Square State.

How It Works

The Denver Welcome Mat holds events twice a month. The events are the following:

  • Happy Hour with a panel discussing different topics throughout the year. Each event has giveaways, food, and more.

 

  • Fun activity-Members will enjoy fun events throughout the city and state. These activities will be free, or discounted and a low-key way to meet new people and explore the state. Click here to join  Meetup Group or click here to join the closed Facebook Group.

It’s free to be a part of the community.

Upcoming Events

  • Yoga Rocks the Park (free) June 3, 2018- we will meet at 8:00 am by the steps in near the teaching stage.

 

  • Jazz in the Park (free) June 3, 2018-we will meet at 5:30 pm at City Park in Denver. The exact meeting location will be announced closer to the event.

 

  • The Denver Welcome Mat June 7, 2018-Topic “How to Make Professional and Personal Connections in Denver” held at The Commons on Champa from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Panel, appetizers, mix and mingle.

 

  • The Phroogal Road to Wellness Tour June 9, 2018-If you’re interested in personal finance or improving your money, this brunch and learn is the event for you. Click here for more details

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