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Small World Big People

Small World Big People

By Lexi Van Roekel
A podcast led by Lexi Van Roekel that shares conversations, stories, and ideas that have the power to spark ideas & inspire action.
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Designing Art and Life
Tune in to catch my conversation with TJ Smith. TJ is an artist, designer, entrepreneur, and nature-lover. Born between the trees of Pennsylvania he inherited a creative mind and was destined for a future of aesthetics. Inspired by nature he is ever curious, seeking wild lands to refresh his palette. Those adventures motivate his quest to align art, design, nature, and community. During our conversation, TJ and I talk about his path to becoming a designer, making it as an artist, and how he applies design to create a life he enjoys living.
April 9, 2021
Side Hustles, Working with a Spouse, and Starting a Business with Brian and Bonnie Watson
Brian and Bonnie Watson are champions for entrepreneurship in rural Colorado; they not only cheer on the entrepreneurs and work to provide resources, but are also digging in, and doing the work themselves. During this episode, Brian and Bonnie Watson share powerful insights on what it's like to start a side hustle, work with a spouse, and start a business. Tune in to get a glimpse of the business scene on the Western Slope of Colorado. 
March 26, 2021
How She Got Started in the Oilfield and Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business
Emily Kincaid grew up in Palisade, CO and graduated from Colorado State University in 2011. After college she was on the hunt for a job, she received a few offers, but the best was a marketing position with Rockwater Energy Services. Within a few years, she grew restless and moved into sales, by 2016 she was Rockwater’s sales team Region Manager for the Rockies. Eventually, she would leave Rockwater and start her own business, Elevate Energy Services. She and her business partner employ nearly 100 people and gross $15 million dollars in revenue each year. Emily is a serious go-getter. During this episode, Emily shares how she got started in the oil field industry and built a business from the ground up.
March 19, 2021
From Barista to Business Owner. How she did it.
In this episode, we chat with Kayleen Cohen, founder of Mtn. Dog Media, a digital marketing agency in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Kayleen shares how she went from barista to business owner and all of the things she has learned along the way. Interested in learning more about Kayleen or Mtn. Dog Media, visit to learn more.
March 12, 2021
Navigating Life
Are you on your way to the next chapter of life and looking for a guide? I can relate. Tune in to hear the conversation with my friend John Walden, President and Founder of The Walden Agency. I originally planned to share my conversation with John on business marketing and strategy, but our behind-the-scenes conversation hit differently and inspired me to share what’s been on my heart. Tune in to hear our conversation on navigating life and moving on to the next chapter. If you want to connect with John you can find him on Twitter @JohnTWalden or on his website at
March 5, 2021
Changing the Narrative Around Foster Care
In this episode, we chat with Kimberly Raff, the founder and executive director of Foster Alumni Mentors, a nonprofit that creates community around people who have aged out of the foster care system. During the episode, Kim shares what it was like to grow up in foster care and how she channeled her experience and passion to change the narrative around it and create a community that serves her fellow foster alumni.
February 26, 2021
Need a guide to help start your business? This is it.
Do you have a business idea, but are not sure where to start? Then tune in to this episode to hear actionable advice from, Jason Butler, founder of Telescope Mapping and author of the workbook, Business Launch, an early stage planning guide for entrepreneurs. This episode is packed full of little goodies and just might give you the oomph you need to start that business!
February 19, 2021
Channeling Creativity & Bravery to Launch & Run Your Business
In this episode, I chat with Brittany Bowen, owner of barrelosophy, a barre studio in Grand Junction, Co. The studio is welcoming and the classes are an insane workout. Over the last few years, I have watched the studio & Brittany transform. I love seeing how she pours her passion, creativity, and energy into her work. Tune in to hear how she channeled her creativity and bravery to start and run a thriving fitness studio. 
February 12, 2021
Igniting your Passion with Patience Kanda
Patience Kanda chats with Lexi about her career in marketing and what she did to change it when she found herself unfulfilled. She shares insight on what steps she took to change her trajectory, what she wished would have known in her twenties and the mindset that is helping her to keep taking steps moving forward. 
February 4, 2021