In our view, values and principles are the foundation upon which our lives, careers and relationships are built. So, we asked folks we admire to open up to us about the values and principles that matter most to them.

Hallie Wells | Certified Professional Dog Trainer

A principle that matters to me and words I strive to live by are “Leave it better than you found it” By the time most pet parents are reaching out to me, they’re in distress and they’ve tried other options that might not have worked. I focus on providing up to date, scientific training methods to every client and animal I work with. This ensures everyone is getting a digestible education, having fun during our training sessions and practicing on their own, and I’m enabling my clients to have the confidence to continue training without me! Read more>>

Marie Sandoval | Bartender

Loyalty is not something people talk about much and, lately, it even seems unpopular in certain environments, but it is a vital quality to possess and, especially, to expect in the business world and even more so in our personal lives. It is hard to define loyalty, but very easy to recognize it. Loyalty is valuable because it allows us to take the risk of predicting the actions and behavior of people we trust. One may not always correctly decide who to be loyal to, and some people may even disappoint us or deceive us when we are loyal to them. Despite all this, loyalty always allows us to be true to ourselves and to our values. Read more>>

Dawn Veasley | Travel Agent

Honesty. To be honest means you have to be transparent. People appreciate the option to make their own decisions on how or if they will move forward with you in the future. In order for them want to do business with you sometimes it requires crucial conversations that are not always good news. Read more>>

The Majestic Babe | Alchemist

Authenticity matters to me the most. It doesn’t matter who or what you are, are you being true to that, true to you? I was taught as a child and even now still well into adulthood that if you show up genuinely, everything that comes after that is just that. Read more>>

Verlancia Tucker | Founder and Executive Director of BOHEMIA Cares

Responsibility is a principle that masters most to me. I feel strongly about this because we are our brother’s keeper. I know that there were many people who sowed seeds of encouragement, motivation, and blessings into my life. There were many individuals who labored hard and long before I entered this world. They understood the meaning of responsibility. They paved the way for my successes throughout this journey called life. Read more>>