Routt County Spotlight: Julie Marie Tucek

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Julie Marie Tucek

Age: 29 if you only count weekends ... OK, 42.

Occupation: Massage therapist, energetic body worker and teacher and Reiki master.

Place of birth: Chicago.

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

A. I came to Routt County nine years ago. I came mostly because I wanted to live in a small town surrounded by nature I could escape in, because I spent most of my life living in big cities. Also my family has had a second home here since the early '80s.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Being artistic director this year for Steamboat Dance Theatre. There was a tragedy with our technical director and I had to help fill that gap.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. My morning routine starts with taking my dog out for his unusually early morning walk, then having a cup of tea. Then, I do about 40 minutes of yoga and do a sitting meditation practice, have breakfast and then turn on the computer to answer e-mails.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. There have been many books that have changed my outlook on my life, so this is a difficult question. One of them is "Heroine's Journey," by Maureen Murdock. It is about really honoring and embracing our feminine nature and our spiritual journey in female form.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. The best advice I ever received was from my grandfather Tucek who said, "Money, power and sex do not make the man, the man must make himself." And from my grandmother, "When people talk about you, it is none of your business."

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I wanted to be a ballerina, but it ended when I became 5 foot 9 inches.

Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?

A. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Hughes de Payens, the Sinclair's of Scotland and Mary Magdalene. Talk about the Knights Templar, and their secret societies and what they thought of Dan Brown's books.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. I collect Asian and sacred art.

Q. What was your first job?

A. My first job was do the filing in my father's medical office.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Wonder Woman. It would be great to have bracelets that dodged bullets and a necklace that made you tell the truth.

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