I am a problem-solving dreamer.
You cannot brand me, confine me or define me … at least, not for long. I’m a writer, editor, songstress, performer, channeler of ideas, storyteller, innovator, champion of dreams and supporter of dreamers. Human beings fascinate me and a lot of my work involves helping people navigate life in a way that makes it a little more easy and a lot more meaningful.
I cannot be contained … believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve tried to put myself in a box and wrap it up with a nice little bow because I was told you wouldn’t want me otherwise.
All this did was lead me to frustration and even anger as my soul and my talents and everything that fascinates me called out, “Why are you hiding me away? I’m the best part of you.”
Maybe letting you know what I stand for is a good place to start.
I stand for infinite possibilities,
brilliant creatives getting the attention they deserve
and higher consciousness, where suffering does not exist
and life is a beautiful ballet with the divine.
I stand for dreaming big,
the resilience of the human spirit
and knowing it’s never too late
(even when you’re sure it is).
I stand for you being yourself always
and for giving someone a helping hand.
I believe the telling of true stories can change the world.
And if sometimes they make us laugh, even better.
Entrepreneurship is in my bones.
There is nothing like it to create freedom: financial, relational, spiritual, emotional, geographical, creatively … even though it can be really, really hard. (I tried to think of a word that would mean creatively that ended in “al” but I couldn’t. Darn.)
The word most often used to describe me is real.
Interesting, quirky, funny, nice, sensitive and insightful come in second — it’s a tie. I only know this because I asked people. I won’t go into the bad traits – maybe if I don’t point them out, you won’t notice!
I’m so sensitive that I can walk in a church and tell immediately whether it is truly a sacred place. If it’s sacred, I will immediately cry. If you ever see me in a church and I’m not crying, run away from that place as fast as you can.
I love helping people.
Many years ago, I left a lucrative corporate career in search of more fulfillment and purpose in my life, and I definitely found it.
I have been told I have the ability to heal masses of people, but that sounds a bit daunting.
How about just helping you see what’s really going on when you feel lost and frustrated? Or to navigate the human experience with a little more ease and a little less struggle? To connect with your very human emotions? Or maybe just to make you laugh?
How about helping you see the most important thing of all: that your job in life is not to achieve things, learn lessons, succeed or fail. Your job is to simply be you.
Beth’s Proust Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Standing in the ocean, feeling and hearing the waves come in, as long as my feet can find the floor.
What is your greatest fear?
Dying with my creations inside of me.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
When I judge people.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lack of compassion, rudeness.
What is your greatest extravagance?
My cleaning lady.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I’m late.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My love handles. No matter how slender I am, they are still there. They just get smaller. I would like to move them four or five inches south. I have a bony butt.
When and where were you happiest?
When I first became a writer. It was such an indulgence to be able to write all day. I felt totally expansive and at ease and content and creatively open.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be spiritually present more of the time and to not take life so seriously.
If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
That we lived closer.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
To create a life that suits who I am, not the other way around.
If you died and came back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?
I think being a dolphin might be kind of cool. And then I’d get over my fear of being in the ocean more than 20 feet from shore.
What is your most treasured possession?
If I had a piano, that would be it.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Lack of alone time for extended periods.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Firefighters and other first responders.
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
In my sleep, with a large, festive funeral with lots of emoting and storytelling. I want the stoic people to become a blubbering mess in my honor. Go ahead and wail. That’s what I do.
What is your motto?
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot