Total loan: $5,000
Port Charlotte, FL, United States / Education
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I was born in Texas but raised in Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. I remember the beautiful summer weather there, with its tremendous summer storms and beautiful seasons. My mother was very interested in the then-new health food and alternative medicine movement, and she adopted an all-natural whole foods, mostly vegetarian diet from the time when I was little. She grew a large vegetable garden right there in the middle of the suburban neighborhood we lived in and gave my sister and brother and I little patches to be responsible for. Currently I live in Port Charlotte and am part of the new West Coast Health Coalition Initiative. I have a degree in psychology and mental health and rehabilitation, and I teach workshops and classes on making vital lifestyle and dietary changes for optimal health and longevity. For several years I taught at Warm Mineral Springs Spa and Cafe Evergreen, now located in Sarasota. When my husband died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, my sister helped me to start over and begin to build my business, in order reach those who were suffering with serious health issues, many of whom, like my husband, could not afford health insurance or costly medical care. My dream is to have a retreat center where people from all over can come to rest and recover and heal. I want to be a part of bringing people together to learn ways to become more responsible for our own wellbeing and welfare. At college, I was asked to come up with an idea for an enterprise that I could make a success of on my own. So I created a youth conference, that within a short time had a full enrollment of people from all over the country and sold out.