A message from our good friend, Brenna Backe at KOA Fit:

“No matter what kind of night you’re having, morning always wins.” – Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven

Sometimes, tragedy is so great, so consuming, so unbelievable that time feels like it will stand still to mark the moment. It feels like there could be no other time than this moment. That it would be unthinkable for the world to continue to spin.

But yet, we wake up to a sunrise the next day. People continue to go to work, kids play during school recess, and weirdly, the world keeps spinning. During times of great tragedy, I anchor myself with this knowledge. Sometimes, there is not a lot you can depend on, not a lot you can assume, but you can always rely on the sun coming up.

Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but when you are in the darkest moments of grief, when pain has found the deepest part of your heart, it is comforting to know some things will not change. As each day continues to start and end and time moves forward, we have to move with it. We have to find a way, inch by inch, to pick up our new burden and continue on. This is the first step to recovery, the first step, of many, to healing.

One week later, our community is still in disbelief. There is grief, anger, sadness, disbelief, motivation to act, discussions of why and how, and feelings of helplessness. There is also no need for you to do anything more today than you need to do to get to tomorrow. You know your best way towards healing.

For me, I find there is a need for me to take action, but also a need for me to be still. If you are looking for ways to do either, there are resources below. Take care everyone. I love you all.

For more information on Brenna Backe, click here.

Ways to Act


(click on links for more information)

Boulder County Crisis Fund

Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officer Fund

Elevations Foundation Victim’s Assistance Fund


Visit the memorials at King Sooper’s and the Boulder Police Department.

Learn about the victims and share their stories.

Get Support:

Colorado Crisis Services


Nature + Movement has been proven to help us process stress cycles.

Ways to Be Still:


Try this 10 minute guided meditation for grief and sadness


Brief Mindful Breathing for Anxiety

Laugh and/or Cry:

Crying and laughing are releases of emotion and stress. Let it go.

Physical Affection

Hold your loved ones tight. It’s good for both of you. (Pets count too)