The Nomadic Intern? What’s that?

The year 2013 has been and continues to be a very eventful year in my life!

So, why have I decided to start this adventure?

At the beginning of the year, on January 15th I was hit by a car as I was crossing the street: the driver was texting. I don’t remember the accident at all, even to this day. I spent the next three months working with a trainer and chiropractor getting the strength back in my body. I still have tender parts of my skull ten months later.

The next event was turning seventy and experiencing the feeling of total freedom. I still had my health even though I had outlived both of my parents.

Then I attended a conference called International Living in Mexico, where people were giving speeches about what it was like to live in different parts of the world, and that’s when the penny dropped that this is what I was looking for. I was having a drink with a friend from Penang in Malaysia who said to me after about 20 minutes: you are not looking for one place, because you are a real TRAVELLER and the world is your home!!! That made sense to me.

I was in New York when another friend came up with The Nomadic Intern title, but did I have the nerve to give up apartment, my base in Toronto and just travel? I was still not completely sure.

Then a very weird thing happened: friends offered to  set up a room for me (giving me a safety net and a new family to boot), with my  bedroom furniture in return for some of my stuff.

So with that the last piece was in place, and The Nomadic Intern was ready to begin her studies.

The Nomadic Intern, Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer
The Nomadic Intern
Palma de Mallorca
November 2013
Photo: Vicki McLeod

I had successfully published my memoir “My Way” the previous year in 2012. This has served me well as a calling card on my travels, and now I hope this blog will contribute as well.

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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9 Responses to The Nomadic Intern? What’s that?

  1. Dear Maureen . I would love to connect with you , where can I find you?

  2. Maureen.travers Donnelly says:

    Betty, it,s great to say hello and how proud I am to have known you. I only wish we could have had more time as teenagers. I would have learned so much from you. Maureen Travers

  3. It can’t be easy to just drop everything and travel — I salute you for your bravery! Do consider coming to the Philippines. Best of luck to you!

  4. Lila says:

    Attagirl !

  5. Julie Price says:

    Well, you need no help from a friend I see. You my friend seem to keep reinventing yourself as you go along your journey. Good to hear from you and the article was great, keep us all posted.
    Is this as exciting as you thought it would be??
    Love Julie NYC

  6. Adam Bletsoe says:

    Betty, that article is wonderful… your message is distilling and becoming more powerful and inspiring everyday!

    Can’t wait to see you tan some day when you come to your Canadian home-away-from-home, away-from-home, etc. How many homes do you have now?


  7. Mfriend says:

    cannot wait to read more about your adventures!

  8. thulitara says:

    The article is great! Can’t wait for the next installment, and the next London visit, always here for you Betty, xx

  9. Julie Schembri says:

    Love it!

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