About Us: Jillian Livingston, Founder of Aspen Real Life

About Aspen’s Favorite Blog

Welcome to Aspen Real Life where we’ve been keeping it real for over 14 years sharing the heart and soul of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

In our mountain town, we greatly value word of mouth recommendations from people we know and trust and invite those businesses to join our Aspen Business Connect network and directory, a comprehensive resource that connects you with the best businesses and professionals connected to our valley. We have done the research for you, so you can be confident in your choices.

Dedicated to fostering strong relationships we up the vibe at our mixers and discussions and help our local economy to thrive.

Whether you are a visitor looking to get to the core of our valley to plan the coolest trip ever, or a local wanting to connect more with our business community through the Aspen Business Connect network, Aspen Real Life is here to share the voices from our community and provide you with everything you’ll need to explore, connect with, and learn more about the best that our valley has to offer!

Don’t just stay on the perimeter of the town you love. Get to know the people who make it real.

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FOUNDER: JILLIAN LIVINGSTON moved to Aspen in 1990 after working at Simon & Schuster and then Seventeen Magazine in New York City. She met her Colorado boy five years later, just when she was about to head further West. Together they had two little boys, and then she convinced her husband to have just one more. 

Wanting to find fun adventures for she and her boys while their father worked, Jillian began travel writing, getting invited to five star resorts all over Colorado and writing about staying there with the boys.  As her audience grew and her boys demanded a more private existence, she switched from personal stories to stories about local life lived in our valley.

An influencer, podcaster, radio host, and freelance travel writer, Jillian is a positive vibe seeker, a documentarian and someone who feels the need to share all the cool people and sights she experiences in her travels.

She has contributed to luxury travel sites such as; Inspirato, Quintess, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, and Destinations Travel Magazine.