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Our latest “Women Who Move” ambassador, Keely Chanteloup. (Pictured in: the HERA poly-technical long-sleeved tee by Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co.)

In our search for the nation’s most active, healthy, and inspirational women, Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co. again decided to stay close to our Boise home when selecting the second ambassador for our newly launched “Women Who Move” program.

After all, the roots of our own City of Trees have grown into a burgeoning community with outdoor recreation opportunities galore, a developing tech scene, and more recently, a thriving brewery market, to name a few. The latter is where Keely Chanteloup hails from, and we’re proud to announce her as our latest ambassador.

When she isn’t tapping into exciting new opportunities as co-owner, head brewer, and label artist for Woodland Empire Ale Craft, Chanteloup unwinds by enjoying time with her husband and two children—all priorities that require time, attention, and focus. As any woman knows, attaining a career-versus0-family equilibrium can be quite the balancing act, but she does so with poise, humor, and style.

Since Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co.—as well as any good beer, and any successful woman—is all about finding balance, we felt it fitting to share more about how Chanteloup does it all, as well as several tidbits that we think make her an overall awesome human being.

What do you love most about your career and/or your lifestyle?

I love my job and I am so grateful I get to do it. As many people know, owning and starting your own business can be stressful, overwhelming, and schedules can be hectic but in the end it is all worth it. I enjoy the physically demanding aspect of brewing. The connection between the beer and those who drink it is very special to me. Some of my most cherished moments in life, whether it be sitting around laughing with friends, experiencing a delicious meal, or quietly sitting on a porch in the evening have been accompanied by a well crafted beer. I am hoping I can help provide that.

What life lessons have you learned along the way?

Ah, life lessons. There have been many and more to come I’m sure. As a young girl I was meek and insecure. Meeting my husband (who is what a man should be; loyal, strong yet sensitive, fun, reliable, passionate, supportive), becoming a mother, and testing myself with this career has broken me out of that shell. I now feel like I missed out on a lot because I was always so afraid. Afraid of failure, embarrassment… I have learned to let go of (most of) those negative feelings that hold us back too often. I am still on the shy side, but I’ve come a long way!

Happiness is…?

Either riding bikes with my family on a sunny day or sitting on the beach in California.

How do you spend your free time?

On the rare occasion that I have free time I like to sew, bake, draw, or read.

Keely effectively balances career and family.

Keely effectively balances career and family.

During childhood, who was your superhero and why?

At the risk of sounding cliché, I thought my mom was pretty super. I didn’t think she was invincible, but I knew she was strong and amazing. She is a single mom who raised two kids. She would patiently let me “help” her bake, she showed me how to sew, she goofed around with us, and I always admired her creativity. Until I became a mom, I didn’t truly realize how she managed to hide how difficult it must have been. She still is my superhero.

What about yourself (accomplishments, etc.) are you most proud of?

I am proud of having a little faith in myself and taking some chances. I also think I am a pretty darn good mom. Ask my kids.

When do you feel the most alive?

Riding my bike, sun on my shoulders, wind in my face, my family by my side.

How do you take care of your body, mind, and soul despite your hectic schedule?

I breathe, stretch, laugh, dance, talk, drink a good beer, eat some good food, and take moments to appreciate what I have. Not in that particular order.

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Keely takes notes in a Rite in the Rain notebook, available from Ginger & Mary Ann Clothing Co.

What books are you currently reading?

Ha ha! I’m not going to lie and tell you I am reading something just to make myself look good. I am re­reading The Post Office by Charles Bukowski. He is crass… but I love his work. I named one of my sons after the main character, Henry Chinaski.

To where would you most like to travel and why?

Belgium, for the beer of course.

Where would you like to be in ten years?

In ten years I would like to be living in a hobbit home, with enough land to have a mini orchard, a big garden, some goats, chickens, a root cellar, an apiary, and a small farmhouse brewery. I would also LOVE it if we were finally able to take a vacation!

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