Her degree is a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Her course work was in education, psychology, criminology and humanities. She obtained her degree whilst working throughout school. “I worked mostly in retail, but did work full time one year as a legal secretary to two criminal defense attorney’s in Orlando and went to school that year part-time. ” Upon college graduation, she took a job in Orlando as the youngest store manager for Sally Beauty Supply. She also modeled. “I tested gifted when I was in the fifth grade. It’s a little known fact. I lived in Columbia, SC and back then the tests they gave seemed easy, but I hated not being with all of the kids. When I started crying one morning asking my Dad if I could stay home from school, both of my parents knew it was time to return to the bigger class. I always loved school. The gifted programs have changed now, with less isolation, so maybe it would’ve been different if I was born later”, Beth said.
Hobbies over the last 20-30 years have included fitness training, running road races, participating in volunteering and traveling. “I’m lucky to be in a job where I can see the world and laugh while working”, Beth said. She said too, “always be in a job where you laugh everyday, then you will be getting paid to laugh”. Domestically, Beth has seen most of the USA and loves going abroad.
Beth still does charity work and said, “One of the funnest things I did in charity work was run a marathon while also raising funds for Leukemia research. I was mentored by Dr. Tommy Owens in Atlanta, GA and had a total blast at running groups”, Beth said. She volunteers variously with different charities and said too if she won the lotto she’d donate some to the Jacksonville Humane Society, in Jacksonville, Florida. “I volunteered at a homeless mission in Florida on occasion and usually ask that my church tithing be used to assist the homeless. We could all be homeless if a hurricane or natural disaster took our home. I don’t view being homeless as a weakness, just as a personal challenge”. She also sent money to Ireland, to support Samaritan’s, a suicide prevention project, after hearing a mother there tell of the devastation it caused her. “I’ve lost family members, friends and known of coworkers that have died from it, and it just seems very needless, senseless and it’s the easy way out. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a professional and getting the depression fixed”, Beth said. In the USA, Beth wants anyone reading this to know that befrienders.org is who you can contact for help for any stress & can remain anonymous. Contact samaritans.org in the UK or Ireland for help abroad, you’ll remain anonymous there, too.
Future goals include working trips into the UK, Ireland, Amsterdam, Italy, and certain parts of the US and in late May she’ll doing a photo shoot with Paul Buceta up in Canada, “I’ll be driving from New York and can’t wait! I’m very grateful for any opportunities and working with Paul will be nothing but a positive vibe! I’ve worked very hard over the years, and just love training and motivating others to do it.” I asked her if she planned to retire, she said, “not anytime soon, I’ll probably fly another 10-15 years and try to model on the side”.
“If I’m not laughing, it’s not worth it”, Beth said. And she laughs everyday.
written by : J. Kaiser