Hi. My name is Betsy and here is my story….
When you read a book you embark on a journey that is comprised of many chapters. Similarly, when we go through life, we pass through many chapters which we often refer to as seasons.
My story begins in the great state of Ohio where I spent the first 21 years of my life.
When I was 21 I moved to NYC for a year and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After a near perfect year in the concrete jungle, I returned to the buckeye state to finish my bachelors degree. As a hit the fall of my senior year I couldn’t help but wonder what God has in store for me next?
I knew that I really wanted to go to graduate school but as i perused school after school they all started to look the same and nothing felt like the right fit.
Shortly thereafter I stumbled upon a unique graduate degree that I did not even know existed…a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship. As I read through the website I knew that it was exactly where I needed to be.
The perfect complement of business and creativity. I was sold.
Although, I’d received excellent grades throughout college, my less than stellar GMAT scores made me question whether or not I’d be able to get in. Even with a perfect score in the writing section…the fact that I hadn’t taken a math class (other than stats) since my junior year of high school was clear in my results.
Long story short…I retook the GMAT (and even with the annoyance of planes taking off every 10 minutes as I took the test) I received a high enough score to get in. Yeah!
Fast forward…I graduated from college and less than a month later (June 2010) moved from Ohio to Gainesville, Florida to start grad school.
Upon graduating with my Master’s degree I felt like I had so much passion and excitement but I had no idea how to use it or what to do with my life.
Less than a month after graduation I found a job teaching business and entrepreneurship programs to high school students at universities throughout the country (Babson College, DePaul University, Stanford University). The job was great but unfortunately only temporarily…which meant I was once again uncertain of what to do next.
So I did what every 24 year-old biz school grad dreams of…(no, not working on Wall Street)…I moved back with my parents (who are in fact, amazing, but still).
However, it was only for a few months before I returned to the Sunshine state. I knew that I wanted to start my own business but I didn’t know what kind or where to begin. As I was researching types of consulting businesses I stumbled upon the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (a 1 year certification program in Health Coaching).
I didn’t really know much about what Health coaching was, but what I did know was that as I read through the program, it lit within me the same fire that had been ignited in graduate school. I was sold.
While studying at IIN I picked up a part-time job and became a Social Media Community Manager for Phil Drolet at The Feel Good Lifestyle.
While I loved my school and everything that I was doing..I felt like my timing was off. Throughout the year I had been intrigued by this year-long mission trip to 11 countries in 11 months called The World Race.
While it seemed amazing, I had a hard time visualizing myself sleeping in a tent, using a squatty potty, and spending every waking moment with a group of people I had never met. However, I couldn’t get the race out of my mind. For months I knew that God was calling me to go on the race but for at least 6 months I resisted.
A Year Around the World…
Finally, after months of saying no..I said yes. I applied…and several months later I found myself in a small town in Georgia with the 50-some people that I would be living with for the next year.
The formal term is “Training Camp” but I suppose it was like an initiation or a weeding out of sorts to see if we could make it in the third world. After a week we said our goodbyes and promised to stay in touch during the 2 months before we would be reunited to leave the country.
Two months later, we met up in Washington D.C. to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
We traveled to a new country each month which included: Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, China, the Philippines (with short stops in Qatar, Bari, Italy, and Budapest, Hungary).
Soon after returning to the states I got engaged and then married my best friend on August 16, 2014.