Leslie Kissell Cronin

Profile Updated: October 4, 2020
Residing In: Taos, NM USA
Occupation: Semi-retired, I sell hot-air balloon rides
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School Story:

Very low self-image, I met Sara Boatman and my life changed forever. I was always a smart aleck but now I projected and inunciated my smart mouth....lol. My big memory was attending a speech competition at UNL and being the only one on our team who did not win their category. We won the overall first place and my team and Mrs. Boatman insisted that I go on stage and accept the award....it changed me, and made me always willing to “play well with others” AND instead of wanting to be remembered as famous and funny, I wanted to be remembered as funny and KIND

Any higher education or advanced degrees?

Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk Virginia

What do you do now?

I retired from being a non-profit health executive and fund-raiser in 2001, moved to Taos, NM and ran an art gallery for JD Challenger for 8 years. When the gallery moved to Nevada, I started, temporarily, taking reservations for a friend of mine who owned a hot air balloon company....that was 11 years ago, and now I take reservations for 6 balloon companies around the country....best job ever! All day I get to talk to happy, excited people who are getting ready to do something they’ve always wanted to do And I am blessed to help them do it. AND I get to do this from my home....sometimes in pj’s

I also help a number of non-profits raise money, volunteer with a couple of orgs. And play duplicate bridge a lot.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I grow orchids, read, Cook for friends, play duplicate bridge at every given opportunity and I laugh alot Everyday.....oh, and I recently lost over 100 lbs And have turned into a purple haired fox...lol, just kidding, but I do look better than I have in 20 years

Places you want to go?

Alaska Whale Watching Cruise, Giraffe Manor, sand castle competition in Cannon Beach, Oregon

What's the farthest you've been from home?

3000 miles

Favorite Music:

Bruno Mars, Keb Mo’, Blake Shelton, Bonnie Raitt, the Beatles, Little Big Town, James Taylor, Taylor Swift

Favorite Movies:

All the Harry Potter movies, Dogma, Princess Bride, Get Out!, Sense and Sensibility, The Blind Side

Favorite TV Shows:

Dancing with the Stars, Game of Thrones, Bull, Watchmen, Westworld, the Voice, Blue Bloods

Favorite Quote:

Be yourself, everyone else is taken
George Bernard Shaw

"Laughing and crying, it's the same release."
Joanie Mitchell

Anything else we should know?

I have lived all over the country and Northern New Mexico is the best!!! We have 4 distinct, mild seasons and beautiful mountain views......lots and lots of cultural activities and plenty of outdoor and indoor "things to do". I love, love, love where I am and who I have become.......a quirky, fun-loving, almost-adult who loves every day living in the most beautiful place in the country.

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