not so average jane

“I really love the commonality of what really draws people to Big Sky. There are very few of us that seem to buy into the 8-5 Monday through Friday rat race. The quality of life you can live here, you can spend most of it outdoors,” Becky Brockie said.

Learning along the way

Becky Brockie has shot many weddings in her time as a photographer in the area, but people may not have noticed her. Her goal was always to not be noticed – to function as an observer, the camera serving as a buffer between her shyness and the rest of the world. She describes herself as a very good wallflower.
 

Ciara Wolfe earned her driver’s license the same day she piloted her first solo flight. PHOTO COURTESY CIARA WOLFE

On the horizon

Ciara Wolfe is not shy in board meetings, in her career, or in life. She has never allowed herself that luxury. The way she sees it, everyone has a responsibility to live up to their full potential. People have an obligation to use their talents to better the world, to better themselves and to fully live.

Candice Brownmiller’s Appalachian Trail name was “Montana”. PHOTO COURTESY CANDICE BROWNMILLER

A path forward in remembrance

Over 2,000 miles in a little over five months, placing one foot in front of the other through every kind of terrain and enduring whatever Mother Nature threw at her. With every step north on the Appalachian Trail (AT), Candice Brownmiller found renewed faith in humanity.

Photo by Jana Bounds

Fourteen years of establishing roots

Jennie Cohen has been working at Big Sky Landscaping Plant Center for only three weeks, but her knowledge of plants and flowers is impressive. Her ready smile and willingness to help show that she loves what she is doing. “I love flowers, they make any area more beautiful – put a smile on people’s faces,” she said.

PHOTO COURTESY PETER SCHMIEDING

The beauty of life

We are switching-up Not So Average Jane/ Joe this week. There is no doubt that Peter Schmieding is a Not so Average Joe. His affection for the children of Nepal is undeniable. Long ago, he embarked on a valiant quest to save as many girls as possible from the sex trade.

Photo courtesy of Callie Stolz

Healing from the heart

Callie Stolz is a proponent of personal responsibility. In her eyes, setbacks or challenges, burnout or bad health are healing opportunities. As a lifelong helper and healer, she imbues a sense of benevolent empowerment.

Photo courtesy of Molly Hayes

Nearly 88 and going strong

For the last 32 years, Molly Hayes has been chasing an iron nun – the Iron Nun, actually. At nearly 88 years old, Hayes has completed 337 triathlons and consistently placed second in her age group, right behind Sister Madonna Buder, who is not only her greatest competitor, but also her friend.

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