Are you aware that you are stronger than you think you are?
I know it’s hard to think about when you’re going through something. Believe me. I’ve been there and I truly know how much of a struggle it is to overcome feeling weak.
But Beth reassures us today that it is very possible. She has a great story to tell today. I hope you enjoy it.
In this episode:
- Beth talks about life after divorce.
- How to follow your passion and succeed.
- Learning to believe you are stronger than you think you are.
So, let’s jump right in! Remember if you want to never miss a podcast episode, feel free to subscribe to iTunes or Stitcher. Or you can subscribe to my email list and receive notifications of podcast episodes that way as well.
FIRST OF ALL, ABOUT BETH
- Proud Kansas Native
- Busy Single Mom to three awesome kids
- Communications Director for Red Angus Association
- Was inspired by Paul Harvey to be a “voice of positivity”
- Active in her rural community of Westmoreland, Kansas
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF WESTMORELAND
- Small, tight-nit community
- Supportive community
- Westy BBQ Days every Summer
- Total Slice of Americana
HERE’S A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM BETH
- Rural life can be really lonely at times.
Beth has found that out as she has changed communities. But she does have some advice for those of you who are longing to find a place in community:
If ever there is a tomorrow, look to the future and embrace opportunities that may come your way. There are many opportunities to be found in a rural community. Here are some ways to get involved.
HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN A NEW RURAL COMMUNITY
Figure out a way to get involved and meet people. Don’t look at a certain group as an age perspective. There’s many people with the same interests as you:
Chances are, community people will learn about you before you learn about them. So, go ahead and open your hearts to those people and let them help you fit into the community.
NEXT, LOW POINTS THROUGH HER JOURNEY
- Beth is recently divorced and relocated to a new community.
Beth gives some great advice for how to move forward after divorce. It was a hard time for her and her three children. But she now focuses on the future and what opportunities are ahead. Always believe that things will get better. You’ll only be as happy as you want to be.
Expect to lose friendships and gain new ones. You’ll find out who your true friends are. But it’s important to have a handful of true friends through the journey.
Staying busy and becoming involved in her new community has helped her overcome the feeling of loneliness and grief.
AS A RESULT, SOME LESSONS LEARNED
- You are stronger than you think you are.
There’s been times when Beth didn’t think she could move on on her own. But she realized that she was strong enough to do it on her own for her kids.
The move has been strengthening for herself but also has opened new opportunities for the kids as well.
THEN, BETH DESCRIBES THE “AHA MOMENT”
Beth goes back to her youth when she chose to be positive and see the better things of situations. This is so awesome to learn as a young person that has helped her achieve and overcome many things through her journey.
NEXT, WHAT IS ONE THING THAT BETH STRUGGLES WITH?
Beth struggles with commitments. Not only with her work and activities but with her kids’ as well.
It’s understandable that rural living has a lot to offer and it’s easy to become over committed and over scheduled. But, it’s necessary at times when the plate is full to prioritize and schedule to make it all fit.
So, what is the thing that has to give?
It’s difficult. Start with what you have to do first. Choose two things each day you have to do and then fill in with the rest.
CONSEQUENTLY, WHAT IS BETH MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
Beth is excited about watching her kids grow up and choose their future career paths. With two kids in college, she’s enjoying watching them learn to make important decisions and pave their own ways.
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED
Beth has some great advice for following your passion in life. Follow your heart and follow your passion. If you’re happy and you have a passion for what you’re doing, you’ll reap benefits and rewards.
FURTHERMORE, HER BEST PERSONAL HABIT
Beth tries to connect each day with someone from her personal circle. Family member, friend or colleague each day.
FAVORITE APP OR RESOURCE?
Beth loves Google Calendars and she and her kids all have accounts where they share their schedules. It helps her keep up with what they are doing so she can plan accordingly.
- A little vaccum. This one is cordless and easy to use.
- Purchase that little vaccuum for yourself here.
BEST GO-TO MEAL
Easy Cheesy Beefy Burritos – Link Coming Soon
Breakfast Burritos – Link Coming soon
Great for on-the-run busy families.
Check out my go-to quick breakfast recipes
- Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg
- Option B by Sheryl Sanberg
IF BETH WOKE UP TOMORROW AND ACQUIRED A NEW 10 ACRES PLUS $1000
Easy – She would buy goats! This has been the hardest transition after the divorce and move was not getting to have the goats.
So, her first step would be to fence the new property and purchase some goats.
IN CONCLUSION, SOME PARTING WORDS OF WISDOM
- Be True to Yourself
- Be Kind
- Follow Your Passion
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. That open door may be your next opportunity.
FINALLY, CONTACT BETH
Email: [email protected]
Finally, catch all the past episodes of Rural Women Inspired!
RURALITES, HONE YOUR DREAMS, OWN YOUR LIFE AND I’LL SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD.
~ MUCH LOVE ~
I hope you have found value in this episode to follow your passion. Tell me how you find the strength to believe you are stronger than you think you are during hard times.