Routt County Spotlight: Diane Davis

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Diane Davis

Age: 54

Occupation: Owner of Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym with my husband, Gene

Place of birth: Biloxi, Miss.

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

A. In 1978, for a man.

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

A. Starting my own business, the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

Q. Describe your morning route:

A. Wake up at 6 a.m., then do my morning meditations, including day at a time with Rumi, read the morning pages, journal, drink coffee, eat breakfast, turn on the computer and away we go.

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

A. "The Artist's Way," by Julia Cameron. It helped me find my creative side and improve my creative skills. It also helped me to take the risk to start the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

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

A. Live in the moment and don't take yourself too darn seriously.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. I love gardening and exploring my creative side; I love to watch other people find that creative part of themselves, and I want people to know they, too, can follow their dreams. The most important people in my life are my husband, grandkids, family and friends.

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

A. I wanted to be a teacher and pretended I was one with my three younger sisters when I was little.

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

A. Julia Cameron, author of "The Artist's Way," and I would ask her how she stays focused on her art and follows her dreams every day.

Rumi, a poet from 1273, I would ask him what was the inspiration for all his poems and dreams.

Oprah, I would love to have her visit my studio and tell me how she stays true to herself with the daily pressures of life and being a businessperson.

My grandmother, Laura, who always offered me love and support. We wouldn't have to talk about anything. Her presence was enough.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I was a helper at Engh Floral as a water person and transplanter of plants for $1.19 an hour.

Q. Do you have a tattoo?

A. No, always wanted one, but haven't worked up the courage.

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. I would go back to the time my kids were little and spend more quality time with them, instead of trying to be everything to everyone else.

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