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Nature, Sisterhood, & Soul - Bettina Peets

Bettina Peets is a woman of heart. Early in her life, she recognized the power of nature to drop walls and build confidence from allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Nature and adventure set a tone for her life that she leapt towards full force and didn't look back. With a passion for community, Bettina used her love of nature to rally other busy women to let go for just a moment and stand together in sisterhood. Read on to learn more about her journey...

Girl in patterned dress against patterned wall in Spain

What was your life like growing up? I grew up a really shy kid in Newark, New Jersey, a super urban environment. No hiking trails or mountains in sight. Like most children in my neighborhood, I went to summer camp at the Boys & Girls Club. Early in the mornings we'd board a bus for the campsite in the rural part of New Jersey....and it was magic. There was something about the wide open space, nature and beauty that just made me come alive.

"We silently agreed to be supportive and vulnerable. I knew this was an experience every busy woman needed to have."

How was the idea for your business born?

Adventures For The Soul was born out of my desire to provide women the opportunity to experience the restorative attributes of nature, and engage in active sisterhood. Two summers ago I started hiking with friends every week. The conversations we had were on a deeper level than they had been in the past. Even the silence had a bonding quality. It was like our souls were in agreement. We silently agreed to be supportive and vulnerable. I knew this was an experience every busy woman needed to have.

How do you balance the demands of a job and daily life with nurturing this dream?

Wow...balance is challenging and ever changing. It's more like a recipe that needs tweaking from time to time. I schedule one day for every aspect of my life. "Money Mondays", "Self-Care Tuesdays" and so on. But I am alway open to adjustments.

What has been your boldest career or life change? Yikes!!! I've had several. I left home at 18 to join the United States Air Force. I later became a Flight Attendant for Continental Airlines, while pursuing my degree and raising my daughter.

"My biggest obstacle was finding and trusting my own voice. When I do that, things just seem to fall into place."

A girl standing barefoot with an elephant

What has been the biggest obstacle during your journey?

My biggest obstacle was finding and trusting my own voice. When I do that, things just seem to fall into place.

How would you like to impact the travel industry?

I'd like to create more travel experiences that are designed to transform and connect women locally and globally and connect each woman with her best self.

Coming up April 7-8, 2018 is the WOMEN OF COLOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO, a 2-day event designed to excite, educate and encourage all women to explore the great outdoors and live life to the fullest. The weekend includes panelists, workshops and hiking.

We all know travel can bring us to unexpectedly * magical * moments . Tell us about one you’ve experienced.

Several years ago I went on my first mission trip to Ecuador. I can't even remember why I thought this was a good idea. (I have a habit of saying yes to anything that has the potential for adventure.) No one in my party really knew what the accommodations would be like. As a matter fact our sleeping accommodations were the floor of a church. Some of the local children also slept there and would wake up super early to play soccer in the same room with a homemade ball. I wanted to get on the next vehicle that could take me to a Hilton but I stayed and I loved it. We went to the beach everyday. We had bible study every evening (in Spanish. I think it was the Bible.. Just kidding!). No television, cell phone or lipgloss. The children were amazing. They were always smiling, laughing and wanting to share their life with me. They taught me Spanish, how to cook empanadas, and they taught me joy in the purest form.

How are you using what you've been given in life to bring more good to the world? (Or how would you like to?)

I am using my love and knowledge of the outdoors to help women step away from their busy lives and make time for themselves, fun and sisterhood. Therefore going back to their lives recharged with perhaps a kinder prospective.

Can you share your favorite “undiscovered” destination?

Ankara, Turkey. I was there for a little over a year while in the Air Force. It's so beautiful, exotic and rich in cultural and historical experiences.

In what way(s) are you working on being a better person lately?

I'm working on being kinder to myself and owning my story. Growing up in the inner-city of Newark, NJ wasn't pretty or easy but it made me who I am.

Want to follow Bettina on her journey? Check her out on Facebook!