I was born in 1976 in Lexington, Kentucky. I was relocated to Florida until 1990. Then in 1990 I moved to Vermont and now I live in Englewood Florida. I have always had this overwhelming desire to help others and this began at a very early age. I was witness to the over whelming poverty of the early 1980’s. As a very young girl, I saw the mile long lines of people waiting for food donation given by the Salvation Army. The severe poverty I lived in and witnessed aroused a great compassion for others and set the stage for my empathetic and giving nature. At age 4, I had already begun to save food to help the local Salvation Army “feed that long line of people who are hungry.” Even then, I was determined to make sure no one ever felt alone or without.
As I grew up, I began to volunteer for various organizations. In High school, I advocated in the Juvenile Court system as a Peer Advocate for Foster Youth. I started a children’s reading group as an “America Reads” volunteer at my local public library. I continued to set the stage of leadership as my High School began a new Award “School Spirit.” In honor of my dedication to my school, I was the first to receive this public award.
While attending Johnson State College, I was a Big Sister in the Big Sister/Brother Program. I continued to advocate for Foster Youth and was invited by the State Of Vermont’s Children Services (DHS) to Speak at a Foster Care Conference in 1996. I spoke about the difficulty of attending college as a foster child. My motivational speech was made in front of Legislators, DHS employees and 100 foster youth. I speech helped to create opportunities for foster children to attend college. This was an empowering moment for me and a pivotal point in my life. That was the moment I took the first steps on my path as a coach, mentor and life long advocate.
In 2000, I discovered my love for Martial arts. I soon began teaching Self defense at battered a women’s shelter in Southern Maine and I continue to teach self defense to this day. I donate all of the income from this to local charitable causes. I also donate a certain amount of coaching time to local entrepreneurs to help get them started.
“Rustie MacDonald has patiently helped me to improve my understanding of social networking, and its use as a marketing tool. Through Rustie’s gentle encouragement, I have been able to move through my lack of self-confidence, begin to build an effective web presence, and improve my ability to grow my business. Her understanding of using social media for the development of small businesses, combined with her experience as a life coach makes her a wonderful guide! ”
– Leona Hosack, www.leonahosack.com/Silhouette
I am a Life Coach and Business owner. I have been a Coach for more then 10 years. I am a devoted mother of 2. I graduated Johnson State College with a B.A. in Psychology. At age 25, I was honored to work for a company in Belgium in sales and marketing. The domestic and international travel in and outside of the United States further broadened my perspective. I spent the last 18 years in Sales and Marketing. I continue to work in sales and marketing full time and was a business coach for 5 years until another life changing event helped to set my path.
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2006. I did extensive work researching how to not only survive, but live well with Celiac disease. I realized how few educational resources were available to those with Celiac Disease. This further deepened my desire to help others. I opened Celiac Roads Life Coach, which has grown to have an international presence. I am blessed to be a respected consultant for schools, restaurants and families. I teach how to live and thrive on a Gluten Free diet.
I continue consulting, helping small businesses on growing their sales and teaching effective marketing strategies. I was recently interviewed on The Power of One TV show, which airing in May 2011. As an advocate for Celiac Disease, I love to present my motivational and inspirational messages throughout New England and continues to expand my positive messages internationally.
I am a true believer in changing the way we think and use words. I have inspired many to improve their personal and professional lives. I am an avid volunteer and coach’s community soccer. I am a big believer in Random Acts of Kindness. I often pay for someone’s toll or coffee randomly. I have helped change the lives of many people and have the goal of changing more.
So, please join me.
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