Global Franchise Solutions is excited to introduce you to our newest team member, Shellie Aseltine. Shellie has a wonderful background as a life coach, a minister and most importantly as a mother of 4 beautiful children. Since graduating from Princeton 11 years ago, Shellie has made it her mission to touch the lives of as many individuals as she can, and hopes that her new position with Global Franchise Solutions can help her to continue to make those connections and continue to impact people’s lives in a positive way. I invite you all to connect with her on LinkedIn and share with her your story, because she is really great, and we are excited to have her on the team! Here she is in her own words:
“How Did I End Up Here?”
Today I wrangled my kids into the minivan carrying a repeatedly reheated cup of coffee. As we drove to the elementary school, I turned the “Beauty & The Beast” soundtrack up so we could all join in together sing-a-long-style. On my way to back-to-back business meetings working in a new career (a career I didn’t even know existed several months ago) I asked myself yet again, “How did I end up here?” Life is good. But so much different than I expected.
11-years-ago I graduated magna cum laude from Eastern University (a semester early in fact). I was off to a masters program at Princeton with a full scholarship. It was a significant milestone in the story of my life. But something even greater happened 11-years-ago on this date. A plot twist, a new chapter in my story. My best friend asked me to be his girl. We got married & began to build, all in. We built a life in Southern New Hampshire: a family with 4 kids, 1 border collie, 1 kitty, 1 bunny & 12 chickens; our very own backyard flock. We built a family-owned small business; face-to-face, hand-in-hand, side-by-side; through our trials & triumphs, our gains & losses, through our tears of sorrow and our tears of laughter & joy; we walked on together.
And I became a mama of mischief makers, a business woman, a storyteller, a chaplain at the church without walls, a life coach, a lover of buttery soft LLR leggings, drinker of handcrafted lattes & red, red wine.
So how did I end up here? As an associate consultant in the world of franchising? Good question. I was chasing after a way to combine my business skills with my God-given passion to offer hope & strength to those in the community. A business colleague of mine offered me the invitation to take a risk, to think outside the box of a 9-5 job. He offered me the chance to build a career about hearing’s people’s stories & working together in a strategic partnership to write a new chapter; discovering how a person’s family, strengths, passion, purpose come together; to be a coach through the process of finding an opportunity not to suffer through or just survive, but to thrive; to provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to go into business for yourself, but not by yourself.
When we are honest with ourselves (yes we, myself included) — all too often we are treading water, exhausted & barely surviving, because it is what’s familiar to us. We hide our frustration, weariness & despair because we don’t see a way forward. We do what we know. Even if it’s not right for us. Even if it’s not best for us. So we continue to tread water. We “just keep swimming,” but we’re getting no where. And again we might ask ourselves, “How did I end up here?” There is a way forward, there is a better way if we are willing to the weight of our fears. Because there are opportunities on the table. Waiting.
“At the end of our lives, our biggest regrets will be the God-ordained opportunities we left on the table, the God-given passions we didn’t pursue, and the God-sized dreams we didn’t go after because we let fear dictate our decisions” (Mark Batterson, Chase The Lion).
This is an invitation. To live a life with faith, drive & passion greater than fear. The answer to “How did I end up here?” starts with you finding the courage to tell your story; you being ready & willing to write a new chapter leaving behind fear & regret and moving forward into the fullness of your potential. If that’s you, reach out today.
Shellie Aseltine Life Coach, MDiv
Strength for today. Hope for tomorrow.