I’m happy to introduce myself – Hi. I’m Beth. I’m a creative at heart driven by ideas, learning + discovery. I’m a bit of an ambivert, too…a part of me that I find interesting. I’m also a self-development and health + wellness junkie and have learned that the best way to influence people is to live by example, so I aim to do that here on USimplyBeam.
I have a degree in English with a concentration in technical writing from Wright State University. Receiving my college diploma is one of my most proud moments. After graduating, I pursued a career in technical writing and project administration. I love writing and organizing. In 2001, I made a bold decision to leave my career and dedicate my time to raising my family. Those 11 years are priceless, and I so miss my “little ones” being little. As life has it, though, children grow and family dynamics change. So in 2010, I began pursuing ways to return to my career. A challenge all its own. And, eventually, I accepted a position conducive to my family’s lifestyle.
In 2014, I felt restless and needed a challenge. Blogging became of interest to me, so I decided to start a blog to embrace my creativity and my desire to learn, a value I hold highly. A blessing in itself, USimplyBeam offers me a connection to all areas of my life. Read more about USimplyBeam here.
Finally, I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband, three teenage children, and one “party” dog named Eddie. We’ve lived in our home for 20 years, a length of time I didn’t expect when we bought our house. When I’m not blogging or helping others, I spend my time outdoors, practicing yoga/exercising, or researching the latest and greatest thing that interests me. I also enjoy traveling and doing fun stuff with my family.
USimplyBeam began mid-year 2014 when I desired to create a brighter and more improved me. I wanted to grow, try different things, and face new challenges. I wanted to learn by doing something I’ve never done before. I also knew I needed to get back to my roots of creating, organizing, and writing. My solution? Blogging. USimplyBeam.com connects with all areas of my life serving as a pathway for self-development.
Since its launch, there have been many versions of USimplyBeam. Finding my vision to say the least has been a challenge. I’ve learned, though, that I’m a very “eclectic” person. I have many interests, ideas, tastes, and styles. There’s no way I can settle on one. A lifestyle blog, therefore, allows me the freedom to write about all things. My vision is to share my thoughts, ideas, and experiences aiming to encourage readers to grow, try different things, and face new challenges – no settling allowed.
I dedicate this blog to those readers outwardly seeking direction and guidance in their lives.
Join me! I’m excited to share my experiences with you. While my path has been exploratory and organic, it’s been the most fabulous journey thus far.
Strive for Progress not Perfection
When you’re growing and discovering, there’s no room for perfection. And this quote, “Strive for Progress not Perfection” is a nice reminder to let go of perfection.
I’ve experienced the doom of perfectionism all too often and found that it inhibits my creativity, collaboration, and motivation. I get stuck in the “outcome” abyss. USimplyBeam is a good example of my desire to make everything just right. I’ve worried so much about the design, the focus, and the message that I’d rarely move forward. By practicing “progress” I’m finding that I’m accomplishing a lot more + staying motivated, and I’m not so focused on what I’m trying to achieve.
Practice and experience is the foundation for growing and discovering. As you practice, you may become vulnerable and that may frighten you. Trust in your experience and allow it to guide you in whatever it is you’re doing. Aim to let go of the control (aka perfectionism) in order to move forward (aka progress). Each time you “practice” you’re moving forward, having a lot more fun, and opening yourself up to opportunity.
If you find yourself getting stuck more often than you like, try shifting your mindset to progress. You might be surprised how much your outlook changes. A helpful tool is to whisper the word “progress” to yourself keeping it in the forefront. You might feel silly doing it, but, hey, if it works, why not do it.
I hope this helps with understanding more about USimplyBeam, our mission and how we’re progressing, and gives you some insight on how to approach your goals and desires. xoxo. Beth.
Living well an eclectic life by example
I'm not made of one idea. I'm made up of many ideas, styles, and tastes.
Wife. Mom. Yogi. Believer. Dreamer. Traveler. Learner. Writer. Achiever. Wellness Enthusiast. Self-development Junkie. Etc.