Audrey Dwyer: Change is good, saying 'goodbye' is the hardest part |

Audrey Dwyer: Change is good, saying ‘goodbye’ is the hardest part


Audrey Dwyer practices her stemming moves while canyoneering in Zion National Park. (Courtesy photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Feb. 7 is my last day at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. On Feb. 8, I step into my new role as marketing director for new CBD company, Pure Naturals.

The company was started by two friends, Adam Knapp and Steven Medlock, who met in Steamboat Springs and soon realized they had both experienced the dangers of opioid abuse first hand — losing a family member and suffering from chronic pain due to a neck injury for years — and did not want to rely on a heavy regimen of anti-inflammatories.

They decided to combine Knapp’s cultivation and consultant experience from starting Good Meds, a company located in Denver that cultivates medical cannabis, with Medlock’s knowledge in law and contacts from owning a firm for five years in the South to create their own CBD company, with the farm and lab located in Memphis, Tennessee.

The work they have put into the company, thus far, speaks volumes to the creativity and passion found in those I will soon be calling my colleagues.

Starting at Pure Naturals will be one of many firsts in the next few months — a new job, working remotely in a new world of marketing, becoming a new addition to the lineup of yoga instructors at the Out Here Yoga studio, new website, new freelance career and new byline with CO YOGA + Life® Magazine.

One of the incredible views at the top of Windom Peak — at 14,082 feet — located in the San Juan Mountain Range.

Because firsts often precede lasts, there, of course, will be plenty of those in the mix.

This week, for example, I realized it’s the last time I will walk through the Pilot’s new office doors to my colorful nook of organized chaos.

I’ve started to take down my photos, memories of outdoor adventures, thank-you letters that made my day, quotes that have gotten me through the bad days, a silent, tearful acknowledgment of the past few years.

Steamboat Springs is a special place, and in many ways, the roles I held at the Pilot — arts and entertainment reporter to audience development manager to arts and entertainment editor — defined my experience in this community.

I ventured far out of my comfort zone. My world was turned upside down, flying in a biplane with Dagmar Kress, an International World Aerobatic champion in the U.S. and Germany. I climbed my first few series of 14ers starting with a Chicago Basin peak and embarked on my first few raft trips on illustrious rivers like the Dolores River.

Doused in the water at Snaggletooth rapid on the Dolores River. (Courtesy photo)

I’ve interviewed musicians ranging from Ziggy Marley to Buffalo Commons, authors like Paula McLain and Chris Cleave and a plethora of artists who left me mesmerized and continually inspired by their work.

Flying in a biplane with Dagmar Kress. (Photo by John F. Russell)

I’ve become unfazed by seemingly awkward interactions. Walking up to a complete stranger asking them a series of random questions is second nature now.

And the Pilot, despite the flux of good and bad days, will always hold a special place in my heart.

Though I won’t miss hearing the scanner while trying to concentrate on writing a story, I will miss the people — many of whom helped me get to where I am in my life today. The people who work hard, long hours and who make a difference in this community by telling its story.

I’ve been lucky to call this my profession and my passion. Thank you Steamboat for sharing your stories with me through the years and for allowing me to share my own story with you.

Change, as much as we are reluctant to admit, is good. Saying “goodbye” though — that’s the hardest part.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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