We had the good fortune of connecting with Kallie Foltz Bahorich and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kallie, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
They say when you start a company in your early 20’s, the company grows up with you. This has certainly been the case in my life. To give some context, RECESS is a nonprofit that seeks to provoke and propel this generation to live fully + freely in God’s love. We do this through art, community, teaching, and creating meaningful experiences and activations. Given that we are a faith-based organization, one might imagine what some of our core values are. In fact, most are easy to imagine because they are values you’d find in almost all company work cultures: integrity, intentionality, tenacity, ingenuity…But there’s one concept that has emerged preeminent over the years, and not through convenience, but through fire:
“To love at any cost.”
I, like most of us, had developed throughout my life a pretty strong survival tactic of “loving at little cost.” If someone is rude to you, you are rude back. If someone is good to you, you return the favor. It’s transactional, low to medium effort, logical… But it is not love. Real love is a sacrifice – of your time, your desires, your need to be right, your defense when wronged.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a lover of Montrose, through and through, so to start, I’d take them to Cafe Brasil – mostly in hopes of seeing the owner’s English Bulldog “Boo,” but also because their back patio and pizza is the move. Then I’d make them shop the local vintage shops – starting in Montrose, and then heading to the outskirts of town. Then, while we’re on the Beltway, I’d have us hit China Town for soup dumplings (ty Sarah Hageman for opening my eyes) and tea. If we were to explore the downtown area, I’d show them Post Htx and grab some @RaphaKitchenandCo off of Dart St. (best organic, locally sourced goods in town).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Hands down, my husband Eric who’s championed me, given me space, taught me faithfulness, and consistently been what I needed. We’ve been married eight years now, and I genuinely mean it when I say my admiration and appreciation of him has only grown with time.
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