Living the soulful life

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Taos and its women are authentic, independent, cautious of the norm and unafraid of taking risks. They are as colorful, as protective, as tough, as forgiving — and, when need be, as unforgiving — and as special as this bright beacon in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains we call home.

Throughout Taos’ history, the driven and unique women here have shaped and molded many of our community’s children, the arts, businesses and charitable

endeavors. They are leaders and role models who leave no stone unturned and no road unexplored.

The strength, compassion and resolve of the feminine spirit is sustained through being with nature, through the reflection of Mother Earth, through creating

beauty and elegance in her surroundings. Taos and its women embody that soulfulness.

Inside these pages are stories about women who work in the outdoors, such as fly-fishing guide Emily Roley and Taos Ski Valley Snow Sports School Manager

Christina Bruno; and groups working on greater causes and special projects, such as the artist collective TNT!, HEART of Taos, Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build and the philanthropic Women Give funding circle. Also featured

is Moxie’s Katie Thomas, Taos icon/artist/activist Rini Templeton and eight “Taos Business-Women to Know.” Rounding out this installment of Taos Woman is a look at Taos County’s Women’s Health Assessment.

Taos women surround themselves with other formidable females who

know their immense worth and who continue to inspire and be inspired, whether they are backed by men or not. They continue to follow their spirits, convictions and goals — not entirely for their own sakes, but for Taos’ sake.

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