About Elizabeth Witteveen

Elizabeth Witteveen, a wife & mother, lives in Alabama with deep Michigan roots. She has a scant handful of degrees and a long resume including ESL teacher, technical writer, rocket scientist, and Neuro-visual therapist. She has moved 11 times between seven different states and one country overseas, and enjoys traveling, gardening, horseback riding, swimming, reading, and time with family and friends. Elizabeth is a monthly donor to A Beautiful Me because she knows the importance to empower young people with social and emotional learning.

Growing + Adapting = Change

In my garden there is a very interesting plant, the Hibiscus Mutabilis. The common name in the south is Cotton Rose or Confederate Rose, but it’s a plant that originated in Asia and is on every continent but Antarctica.  Each year for the past three years I cut off all the branches when the [...]

By |2021-12-06T20:39:56-05:00December 5th, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Growing + Adapting = Change

Rules Have Elasticity

My kids know that I was pretty strict when they were young, but they occasionally witnessed me breaking a rule. Something that seemed silly, like no pictures allowed in a museum exhibit, or going in the wrong door. Or speeding... and then getting a ticket. But in all of these cases, there was no [...]

By |2021-10-31T21:35:32-04:00October 31st, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Rules Have Elasticity

Who’s Plan Is It?

Decisions, decisions… what do I wear today, what do I want for breakfast, what do I HAVE to do today, what do I WANT to do today? We are faced with hundreds of decisions every single day: some decisions are easy, some take a little time, others can be overwhelming. As adults, we have [...]

By |2021-10-31T21:14:31-04:00September 7th, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Who’s Plan Is It?

I think. I can.

A couple years ago a friend gave me a journal and a pen for my birthday with a challenge to write three things every day for a year for which I was thankful, without repeating anything. She said she had done that and was completely amazed at how her outlook on her life changed.  [...]

By |2021-08-08T09:30:43-04:00August 8th, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on I think. I can.

Faith, Grit, and Time

I had a conversation today with a couple of my young friends and their mom. I asked them what grit was. Two 14 year olds and a 10 year old said they had no idea. The youngest picked up her phone and asked it “What’s a grit?” The phone showed her a box of [...]

By |2021-07-04T05:56:24-04:00July 4th, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Faith, Grit, and Time

Grapple with Filters

I recently had an interesting conversation with a couple of my female friends who are successful professionals that work in male dominated fields within the military/government service. They are civilians, exceedingly intelligent and thoughtful, and have worked very hard to get to the level that they have. I asked each of them what they [...]

By |2021-06-02T00:34:15-04:00June 2nd, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Grapple with Filters

Influencers

I received my second Covid vaccine yesterday, and I am a little out of sorts today. I’m not complaining really, my arm is sore and I’m feeling very tired. I fully recognize the gift of science and the ability to help our world return to normal, as well as the protection for my own [...]

By |2021-05-03T00:17:04-04:00May 2nd, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on Influencers

The Lost Year

It’s April... a year has gone by. An unprecedented, weird, scary, cautious year: four full seasons. A year ago international travel was closed to us (whether we travel or not, it feels restricting), we wear masks that hide our smiles, schools are online, we can’t eat out or go shopping without worrying, we don’t [...]

By |2021-04-04T20:54:40-04:00April 4th, 2021|ABMe Story Updates|Comments Off on The Lost Year
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