6 Questions for Renée Johnson

1. Are you a native Coloradan? What do you love about CO?

I’m a native of Santa Fe, NM and I moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 after falling in love with Colorado during a PT school Internship. I enjoy getting into the mountains for trail running whenever possible and the microbreweries/craft beer culture. I always try to see a concert at Red Rocks whenever possible. My favorite place to snowboard is Wolf Creek and Steamboat, although I mostly go to Copper and Winterpark.

2. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Children and/or pets?

I have an older sister and an older brother who both live in Santa Fe, NM. I try to get back there once a month to see my 2.5 yr old nephew and my 3 month old neice. I have a step-son who is 14 and an amazing guitar player and just received a scholarship for guitar from Manitou Springs School District.

3. What is your favorite food or restaurant?

I am a green chile snob from Northern New Mexico, so anything with blue corn tortilla and green chile will make me a happy camper! Although, I just went to the Denver Biscuit Co. for the first time and it was incredible… and I had the best nap of my life afterward!

4. If you could sit and talk to anyone past or present (famous or not) who would it be and why?

I would love to sit and speak with Deena Kastor, she is a phenomenal runner and mother, and has maintained an incredibly healthy lifestyle so late into her life. I admire her daily living strategies for health and wellness.

5. What is your favorite quote or Motto?

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

By Marianne Williamson (however often wrongly attributed to having been quoted by Nelson Mandella).

6. What is your all time favorite Movie?

The Big Lebowski. 🙂