Living Moment to Moment and Being True to Herself
Betty Hoban was born and raised on a farm in Austin, Minnesota. She grew up in a close family, the youngest of three children. She found great enjoyment in learning new subjects and exploring new talents throughout her youth.
Betty attended Austin’s Technical College upon her graduation from high school. After a year she made the decision to transfer to Mankato State University, to be closer to her sister. She said it was an easy transition adjusting to life in a bigger city, where she had planned on continuing her studies in business administration and history.
Betty has long enjoyed reading and learning about history. She remembers studying American history in grade school, which ignited a life-long passion for the subject. Fascinated by business law she hoped to work in a law firm after graduation. Betty eventually met her goal and worked at a law office preparing bankruptcy schedules and was responsible for much of the firm’s administrative duties. She also currently volunteers at the Historical Society of Mankato.
Through the years Betty has been true to herself and true to what she has enjoyed. She likes reading a variety of different novels and books, and listening to a wide variety of music. Betty’s favorite instrument is the piano. A couple of years ago she took piano lessons through the YWCA. She was surprised to learn she had a natural ear for music and found it relaxing and pleasurable to play piano.
Betty began attending workshops at Life-Work Planning Center the Spring of 2012. She learned of Life-Work Planning Center through a brief presentation at a networking workshop held at the Mankato Area Workforce Center. She eventually walked into to the office and signed up for some personal growth and career development workshops.
Betty was interested in a number of different topics including: stress management and self-care. She said the workshops have given her ideas on learning new skills such as confidence, how to manage stressful situations and the importance of taking care of herself. She said “listening to other women has been a great help in learning new ideas.”
Betty understands the importance of rest on a daily basis, balance in life, and resisting the pressure to rush. She has learned “not to be anxious about things you have no control over and live life in the present.” Betty values living in the moment and being respectful to herself and others. “Be kind to yourself, if you are kind to yourself you can be kind and caring towards others.”
Betty’s new goals are to work on transitions and possibly find a new job, preferably part-time in an office. She also hopes to continue on her journey of happiness and self-fulfillment.
Betty lives her life moment to moment and enjoys being herself. “Rest is important, do not hurry yourself, in the present there is peace of mind.”
– Sarah Torvick, Peer Counselor