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In this issue honoring women and created by women, we asked our contributors to share the answer to one of the questions we asked of our Movers & Shakers.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

"Look around. Be curious. Listen well. It's not always about you."

Jennifer Starbuck first began her publishing career in elementary school, writing about what was clearly the aftermath of a coyote-rabbit confrontation in her front yard. The report, along with a hand-drawn crime scene photo, made headline fridge status. She went on to work as a newsroom manager, writer and editor for various newspapers in Texas and Colorado, before becoming the owner and publisher of Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle. She believes in the sacred power of storytelling and its ability to build a strong community.

"Find the people with whom you feel safe, and then find those who challenge you. Spend time with both. But whoever you are with, be your genuine self."  

Sonja Nix is the outgoing Editor for Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle. Sonja first joined the City Lifestyle family as a contributing writer and then as staff writer and editor. Now she will serve the community more broadly as the assistant publisher. Sonja loves stories and believes everyone has an impactful story to tell.

“Hang in there.”

Yes, just like the cat poster from the 70s. Colorado native and longtime bibliophile, Elizabeth Watson’s happy places include bookstores, libraries, coffee shops (with a book) and her sofa (with a book). In the early 90s, she earned a mass communications degree with an emphasis in public relations and journalism. That was followed by numerous years working for architectural and engineering firms writing proposals, press releases and marketing materials. She has been a contributing writer and marketing specialist with Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle for the past year and a half.  

"Don't be afraid to start now; do it scared and just show up. Invest in yourself. Surround yourself with women who build you up and help you along the way."

For 12 years, Lisa has been a photographer and small business advocate. Her superpower is helping business owners show up in their marketing by creating images that tell their story and level up their marketing and social media. She is a mom to three teenage boys, a Colorado native, a podcast host, and business coach.

"Mistakes are OK and a natural part of growing. Trust the relationships with your closest people, don't be afraid to try new things...mistake(s) will turn out alright."

Sydney is a Havenly designer based in Denver. “I create design that is deeply personal: mixing and matching to fit the needs of the space and the people spending time in it. A combination of different elements is the best way to create a space you love, No matter your schedule or budget, you deserve a space that loves you back!”


  • Sonja Nix, Assistant Publisher, Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle
  • Lisa Lord, Owner Lilo Photography and Branding
  • Jennifer Starbuck, Publisher, Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle
  • Sydney Stetzel, Interior Designer, Havenly In-Person
  • Elizabeth Watson, Editor, Highlands Ranch City Lifestyle