Janelle Shafer

Janelle Shafer. One of a kind. This incredibly fit human being has been to the CrossFit Regional Games three times – one of which getting sixth overall – and has placed 8th in the world wide Team Series CrossFit competition with her partner Madison (If you want to find out more about CrossFit, drag that mouse/finger here). She is currently engaged, works at a popular clothing store called Lululemon, coaches, and lifts weights. In her free time she loves watching movies, spending time with her dog Bishop, and kicking back with friends.

What is the biggest scar you have (physical) and what is the story behind it? 

Funny thing is, I have a lot of scars. Between CrossFit and weightlifting your body is just beat up every now and again, but honestly the biggest “scar” that I have is actually one of my smaller scars. It was about 2-3 years ago and it happened one day after my birthday. Me and my team were at a CrossFit competition in Iowa. On the last workout on the last day of competition I was a doing a rebounding box jump where you go right to the next box after jumping down. While I was rebounding, I felt like someone had run their car into the back of my heel. I had torn my Achilles tendon. There’s a small incision where the doctors had to go in and operate.

What is one act of kindness done towards you that stuck out in your past?

I don’t know if I can think of one specific instance of kindness. As silly as it sounds, I find appreciation while I am working at Lululemon. Whenever I get to help a guest find an outfit that brightens up their face and gives them a new found sense of confidence it is always rewarding.

You have the opportunity to own your own restaurant all expenses paid. What type of food would you sell? What would the name of the restaurant be?

I would sell Chinese/Japanese food because I absolutely love that cuisine. The name would be something funny like Asian Sensation or something like that.

What verse, quote, saying, or phrase means the most to you and why? 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7

This verse has been something I have consistently gone back to. Whenever I am competing or doubting myself this verse has brought me comfort and peace. It reminds me that no matter what is happening in my life God is always supporting me. Despite all the fear and insecurity that I have God is there to take it all and is always watching over.

Jim Beers

Jim is a former Communications Coordinator at Colorado State University. He retired this past year and has enjoyed refereeing, skiing in Steamboat with his family, and volunteering in the Fort Collins community. Jim is an incredibly positive and engaging person, and has a great outlook on life that continues to influence those around him.

What is the most relaxed and worry free you have ever been?

I would say there are two answers to that. The first is my childhood. I had a wonderful upbringing. My parents were supportive, I had a sister that I got along with (for the most part), and teenage angst hadn’t set in yet.

The second time is right now. Retirement has been different than I thought it would be, but different in a much better way. After deciding to retire, I didn’t know what I wanted to do right away, but dived right in and did a lot of refereeing, volunteering, and travelling with my wife. We recently decided to move to steamboat as well! The goal is to work part time somewhere up there as well as continue to volunteer to keep myself busy. The nice thing about retirement is there is no report to get out the door and no deadlines to hit. I can get involved and volunteer without dealing with the stress of management.

You have the opportunity to go live on Mars all expenses paid, but you can only bring one personal item. Would you do it? If you did, what would you bring?

I would go to Mars all expenses paid in a heartbeat. What would I bring though… A picture of my wife and family? Something more practical that can benefit me when I’m on Mars? Honestly, I don’t have a great answer to that, but I’ve thought about it a decent amount.

I can see people being sent to Mars happening in the future, and we do have visionaries in our world that will probably raise enough money to attempt an expedition. There are a lot of hurdles to jump before that’s even possible, but I think it could and most likely will happen. Before we went to the Moon, nearly everyone thought it was impossible.

What is the best advice you received when you were fresh out of college?

I went to Central Michigan University after growing up in Michigan, and right after graduation the last thing I wanted to do was stay where I was.

I began to search for a job out of State, and Denver became a huge blip on my radar. During this time, my parents kept encouraging me by saying, “Whatever you want to do, GO for it!” So I did. They were kind enough to give me funds to live with a friend in Denver for a month and pretty soon I landed a job as a DJ. The rest is history.

What verse, quote, saying, or phrase means the most to you and why?

The two words that have stuck with me the most are these: “Go forth.” Keep looking forward. Don’t forget about the experiences that have shaped who you are, but keep your eyes to the horizon for opportunities and experiences that can enrich your life or benefit your community.

Graham Good

Graham Good is the lead singer of the peppy, upbeat band “Graham Good and The Painters”. He has an extraordinary ability to communicate and energize people into action, and his enthusiasm for life is contagious. He has performed quite a few live concerts with his band in Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder, and Greeley Colorado, to name a few.

What was the most trouble you got into as a child?

You know, I didn’t really get caught when I was a kid. I do remember one time in fourth grade when I got busted during P.E., though. The sprinklers had begun their routine of watering the grass outside and I learned I could “aim” the flow of water, right? So I decided to spray all the girls and immediately got sent to the principal’s office. I cried. I mean, come on girls, you can’t get sprayed with a little water for like two minutes?

What do you think people in your community don’t get enough exposure to?

Honestly, meditation. Not enough people have sat down and understood the benefits of meditating. If you spend a little time every day to meditate, it would not only affect your head-space and perception of life throughout the day but would also give you a substantial energy boost. When you meditate, you start the day off with that sense of peace, and honestly, it will give you a better understanding of why people act the way they do. You’re setting yourself up to handle those falls and disappointments in life with a little more grace.

Just clear your mind and focus on your breathing, reciting a mantra or phrase that lifts you up. During meditation, I sometimes recite, “All of life comes to me with ease, joy, and glory.” Your perspective on life shapes your reality, and meditating will connect you to yourself and that higher power around you.

If you could live right now in any time period including this one, what period would you live in and why?

I would probably pick the 60’s or 70’s. I’m a hippie, haha, and as a musician, I would love to not only be a part of that musical culture but have a shot to be up there with the greats of that time.

What verse, quote, saying, or phrase means the most to you, and why?

I don’t even know if it’s a legit quote, but I love the phrase “Gratitude creates miracles”. People have different ideas of what miracles are, but take time to think about something as common as a human body. When we eat food, we’re not only digesting it, we’re creating more human. We are making ourselves grow and transforming that food into life. That is a huge miracle. Gratitude and thankfulness for your life lead to goodness. Bad begets bad and good begets good. If you’re thankful for everything, it will pull more joy into your life.

Get concert details and more info on the Graham Good and the Painters Facebook page. They are also on Spotify, so take a minute and “enjoy the funky vibe”.

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