short stories and poems
cards (thank you, sympathy, birthday, seasonal)
If she can read it, she wants to learn about it! Even so, here are the highlights:
Alternative teaching methods, traditional education, home remedies, acupressure, massage, classic plays, comparing books to movies, song lyrics, animals, traveling, different cultures, tea, food from scratch, essential oils, curriculums for vacation bible school, incorporating all students' learning styles, protecting the ocean, home made products, having a God-centered family, and plus-sized fashion
Although she completed high school in 2006, Beth decided that the best way to choose a career was to gain experience. She volunteered to be a teacher's aide for a full year at an alternative school for special needs children. It was here that she found her passion for people. When Beth entered college, there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to obtain a degree that would allow her to communicate with people, especially children.
A shy teenager wanted a summer job. She had no idea how much she would grow over the next two months. It was a lot of work, being a waitress. Tables required bussing. Bathrooms became dirty. Change needed to be made. Orders went to the back. Was that to go? You want fries right? What do you mean we split tips? This job required a lot more responsibility than she ever imagined. Working in an island cafÃ©, on a Caribbean cay, the teenager was able to meet a lot of people. She learned to memorize the localsâ€™ regular orders and what to recommend to tourists. For two years, she worked on holidays. After that, she enjoyed it so much that she continued to take an occasional shift. What was a way to make a few dollars turned into the start of a passion for people.
Fast forward a few summers (about a decade) and one will see that the shy teenager has now become a teacher. She took a position as a home management instructor. Her students were blind adults that came to the training center to prepare for the work force. Some of these adults had cooked a lot before and only needed to learn how to do the same tasks, but without vision. Other students had not cooked with any tools beyond the microwave, requiring basic instruction. Students started with simple meals like eggs and bacon, but finished the class by cooking and hosting a meal for forty. The teacher learned just as much as her students, but strived to maintain a relaxed family atmosphere.
Beth believed in Jesus at an early age. To her, the Gospel is gospel. When she was growing up, she attended Sunday School and a Christian high school. It was then that she started going on mission trips. Beforehand, she would write scripts for skits and plan lessons. Afterward, she would write accounts of her trip to share. For the semester that she was Collegiate Chaplain, she was expected to prepare a weekly devotional. Even now, she writes positivity posts on social media to promote her philosophy, stated in James 1:2-4, to "count it all joy".
As a child, Beth participated in school plays and, for fun, wrote a few. In high school, she joined the drama club. There, students were sometimes asked to write their own dramatic readings, speeches, and monologues. During summer breaks, Beth, and her friends, wrote puppet scripts for Vacation Bible Schools. In recent years, she has directed local plays.
Originally, this writer was not interested in the concept of Facebook, much less giving time to creating and maintaining a profile. After a few years in college, her thoughts began to change. Having a Facebook page seemed to be the best way to stay in touch with multiple friends. A few years later, as a New Yearâ€™s resolution, she decided to post one positive thought each day. Many people sent messages telling the writer that the posts were contributing to a better attitude in their own lives. When she moved, there was a lull between jobs, causing discouragement. This time, she decided to create a Facebook page, separate from her personal one, just for positive thoughts â€“ Bible verses, pictures of flowers, motivating quotes, and personal reflections.