Steamboat’s Inspired Life Network hosting three events
May 15, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Caroline Lalive Carmichael struggles with it every day.
Carmichael had high aspirations, all the talent in the world and spent a career chasing an Olympic Alpine medal.
"That was my lifelong dream," she said.
But it wasn't meant to be. She was seventh in 1998 at age 18. As a heavy favorite in 2002 she couldn't stay on her skis, and in 2006 she broke her leg.
She always thought she'd eventually win, capping a story of triumph and comeback.
"But I still struggle with it," she said. "I so deeply wanted that to be my story and it's not. To be honest with you, it shows your imperfections. How the heart is broke. I struggle every day with my failure."
But Lalive Carmichael is willing to discuss it. She knows it's her imperfection and understands that without recognizing imperfections, finding that inspiration is tough.
It's why along with Sarah Coleman and Hal Levin, Lalive Carmichael started the Inspired Life Network. The network inspires women to connect with their mind, body and spirit to reach their full potential.
The group will host its second set of seminars Wednesday and Thursday titled "Mantras, Mating and Moola."
The group was formed to "do what you do and what you find inspiring," said Coleman, who runs two companies dedicated to healthy living styles. "It opens doors and finds tools and the mindset to find what makes you live an inspired life."
The group will host a screening of the “Global Glue Project” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chief Theater. The movie, done by former Steamboat resident Gillian Pierce, looks at what it takes to make it as a couple. There will be a Q&A session afterward, with women and men encouraged to take part. The cost is $20 per person of $30 per couple.
On Thursday, the group will host two workshops. The first, at 8:30 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library, will be a mind and body yoga meditation session led by Christy Borden. Then at 10:15 a.m., Laura Cusenbary will lead a discussion on the psychology of money at the library.
The cost for the yoga seminar is $15 per person, and the cost for the finance session is $20 per person. Those interested can also get all three seminars for $45. Tickets are available by going to http://www.chieftheater.org/purchase-tickets.html or at the Steamboat Shoe Market.
"(We) want people to be inspired," Lalive Carmichael said. "We want to give that opportunity to feel inspired. With more exposure, opportunity and education, you get to experience that sense of what inspires you."
The group formed as a think-tank and had its first set of seminars in October. There they reached out to women in the community to put together ideas on what they wanted to find out more about.
They had a vision board with ideas on it, ranging from life balance, nutrition, fitness, finance and relationships among others.
The group put on its first three seminars with success and plan to build off those.
The idea, they said, isn't to empower women, but to have the women find something that inspires them. Women all have strengths and weaknesses, and the virtue is to use use the community to draw upon those and improve.
From there they reached out to successful women within the Steamboat community to help with the seminars.
"We have a good network," Levin said. "We want to improve that possibility of living that life."
To find out more about the seminars or the Inspired Life Network, go to http://inspiredlifenetwork.com.
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