• Beth – I think of our conversations every time that I debate my work-life balance decisions. I wish you the best in Dallas and Houston is not too far! I would love to stay in touch.

    From Prathima Guniganti
    August 18, 2011

  • You will be missed!!!

    From Terri Fleet
    August 18, 2011

  • Beth, You arrive at H3 the week of my first visit. I really enjoyed getting to know you then and my subsequent visits. You gave me some wonderful advice and much appreciated guidance.
    Right on, girl! Follow you heart. We will miss you and think of you often, with love.

    From Lynn Eitelman
    August 18, 2011

  • Beth,

    You helped me break through so much STUFF during my six months at H3, and I will always be grateful! THANK YOU for being patient with me and for everything! I know you are going to be a social butterfly when you go back to Texas! Enjoy it!!!

    From Stacia Kingston
    August 18, 2011

  • Hi Beth-

    I’m sorry to hear you are leaving HHH- you were a great part of the team. Both the personal sessions and your lectures were so helpful to me. I will miss you when I’m there next!

    I wish you all the best in Dallas. I hope you and your dogs find a happy new home there!

    Take care-

    From Marea Tumber
    August 18, 2011

  • Many happy new companions to come soon, especially the primary relationship that you richly deserve. You are such a beauty… talk about the new yellow rose of Texas! Love, Merlyn

    From Merlyn Ruddell
    August 18, 2011

  • Good luck on your new adventure, Beth!

    From Maggie Thompson
    August 18, 2011

  • Beth thank you for all you have given to me and others. Now it’s time to give to yourself. Wishing you all the best.

    From Kristi Mansur
    August 18, 2011

  • Good luck in Dallas and thanks for setting an example for us “single women of a certain age”, who seek work/life balance, that we need to create the opportunities that will enable us to reach for the stars and makes our innermost dreams come true!

    From Cheryl Van Daele
    August 18, 2011

  • Hey, Beth — you are opening the door to a huge breath of fresh air. What fun to imagine the changes all that lie ahead for you. Please keep in touch — I would love to see you for a cup of joe on my next visit to Dallas! All the best to you!

    From Katha
    August 18, 2011

  • My dear Beth:
    Thank you so much for all your kind words. They are always with me! I’m glad that you can see the path that you need to take. Best of luck to you!
    Much love, Wanda

    From Wanda Naranjo
    August 18, 2011

  • Beth, you will be greatly missed! You helped me face up to one of my issues at my last visit which I have been working on….the “mom” thing! Best of luck!

    From Dottie Cunningham
    August 18, 2011

  • Beth, it is largely because of our conversations that my work/life balance remains in check since my return to reality. I am sad you will not be there for the Dash to meet my wife. Best wishes to you in the Big D!

    From Lyle Orr
    August 19, 2011

  • Beth- It was great meeting you and I wish you all the best. You are such a wonderful person. The folks in Dallas are lucky to have you. Many thanks!

    From Ann Walsh
    August 19, 2011

  • I’m so glad I had a chance to meet you! Best of luck to you in Dallas and with your future adventures!

    From Jane McDaniel
    August 19, 2011

  • Good Luck Beth! I enjoyed your classes during my stay at H3I a few weeks ago. Enjoy your new adventure!

    From Diane McGinnis
    August 19, 2011

  • Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes. They mean the world to me!! I have been so blessed to be a part of your lives.

    From Beth Leermakers
    August 19, 2011

  • Thank you so much for all you have done to make me feel like a welcome part of the H3 team. I appreciate the time you took to share ideas and strategies and your encouraging words along the way. You are an amazing woman, making a big difference in the world. Some lucky guy is just around the corner!
    Keep in touch.

    From Linda Hopkins
    August 20, 2011

  • Hi Beth, You are brave! And an inspiration! I wish for you all of the blessings you so richly deserve!

    From Karen
    August 20, 2011

  • I learned a lot from your sessions. I wish you lots of happiness in all your choices… Janette

    From Janette Channing
    August 21, 2011

  • Thanks for all you’ve done and best of luck in your next chapter. I can so relate to your quest. Live well! Betsy

    From Betsy
    August 23, 2011

  • You opened the door letting me see my way out of the deep dark hole I had been living in. That lead me to a lot of sad realizations of what my life had become and started me on a journey to H3@Home, and Coach Jeff and finally to peeling back the layers of “stuff” to create my new improved life. THANK YOU!

    From Debbie
    August 23, 2011

  • I’m happy for you Beth and wish you all the best in your next life’s great adventure. You will leave a big hole behind though, as your skills and focus were such an important contribution to the rest of the excellent H3I program.

    From Freve Pace
    September 13, 2011

Practicing What I Preach

Beth Leermakers

I am writing this, my last H3 blog post, with a mixture of sadness and excitement.  For years I have preached the importance of work/life balance, while my own life has lacked that balance.  I have loved helping Hilton Head Health guests change their behavior and lives, and I derived great satisfaction during my 15 months as Rescue Coordinator for Darlington County Humane Society.  However, my personal life has suffered. 

Hilton Head Island, with its 34,000 residents, has extremely limited social options for single women of a certain age—my age, as I soon discovered.  I tried to tell myself that having a great job and living in a beautiful place were enough; I would be satisfied if I were alone for the rest of my life.  Some days, that seemed like a reasonable decision.  Yet other times, like recently when I was sitting at an outdoor restaurant enjoying a gorgeous, sunset ocean view by myself, I realized I was missing out on companionship. 

Therefore, I recently decided to return to Dallas, where I will have more social and recreational opportunities.  I will be the Employee Health Coach for two hospitals in the Methodist Health System.  I’m looking forward to the big-city culture I enjoyed while living in Dallas for 10 years:  Jazz Under the Stars, offbeat plays (Great American Trailer Park Musical), the North Texas Jazz Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, and of course the Texas State Fair.  My dogs will have a blast at two upcoming water-park events:  K-9 Kerplunk and Wags and Waves.  And hopefully, I will renew old friendships and form new ones.    

Thank you, to all of the Hilton Head Health guests who have touched my heart during the past 3 ½ years.  Thank you for your honesty, openness, courage, and willingness to take a risk.  You have inspired me more than you know.  I will miss you.  Best wishes for a life filled with health, happiness, and balance.  You deserve it!

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