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My name is...Emily Duplantis

Finding painted rock led woman to rewarding pastime

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About me

I am a 32-year-old Colorado native who grew up in Highlands Ranch. My husband and I met in 2004, moved to Castle Rock in 2006, and married in 2007. We now have two wonderful children. I spent the majority of my professional life working as a preschool teacher; however, now that both of our children are starting school I will be going back to work as a preschool teacher part time.

Painting rocks

This past April, while helping my mother with her garage sale in Highlands Ranch, I stumbled across a bright green painted rock with the word “Beautiful” written on it. It wasn’t until I picked it up and looked it over, that I found some writing on the back that described the Highlands Ranch “Rocks” Facebook group. I whipped out my phone and quickly discovered how much fun it was; so many people were posting selfies with rocks they had found, or were painting, hiding, or re-hiding them. I thought it was such a wonderful idea and such an easy way to make someone smile.

After doing some research, I saw that Castle Rock didn’t have a page like that; so later that night, my family and I decided we should start a Castle Rock page for people in our town to take part in the fun as well. My husband gave me the idea for the name of the group and that’s how Castle “Rocks” was born.

This rock painting movement is a global event. People from all over are participating in the fun. It’s such a simple idea: to spread kindness and to have fun.

Working with Castle ‘Rocks’

My experience so far with bringing painted rocks to Castle Rock has been amazing. It was slow at first with only myself and my children painting the rocks and hiding them; however, after just a few weeks of getting the word (and rocks!) out there, people started joining our group and participating in the fun as well. Now we have close to 650 members, with new ones joining daily. It is so fun to see the hard work people are putting into these rocks and it’s even more fun to see where the rocks end up; some have traveled the U.S., while a few have even been taken to other countries!

My hobbies

Other than painting rocks and trying to spread some happiness and positivity, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, hiking, and camping.

My advice

I truly believe in being kind to everyone and everything. That is why I write a positive and/or fun messages on the rocks I paint.

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