*Revised from original version published on November 6, 2017. Revision written by MSG(RET) Patricia Baisden.
Tell us about your service?
I served God and Country for 30 years, 6 months and 1 day and being a 2nd generation Soldier, as my father is a Korean War Veteran it was an honor to serve and an awesome journey. Because of the Army I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to ten states, one country, and made some lifelong friends along the way. The Army forced me to grow up faster than most people my age as I have seen a lot from the top down when dealing with others that have hidden agendas for personal gains instead of selfless service.
Decide what you are going to do with your life after military service. Develop a course of action NOW, so that you are debt free no more than 5 years after your release from service.
What is your entrepreneur story?
Ever since I was a teenager in high school it has always been one of my dreams to become a successful business owner. Back then I really didn’t know what area or field but was passionate about being my own boss and impacting lives of others in the process. I first thought that I might wanted to become a pediatrician because I loved children, which quickly changed once I got to college and they told me that I would have to go to school for an additional 3 to 4 years beyond the initial 4 years of college. Thus, me pumping the breaks on that career path and joining the Army instead. But the burning desire was still there and it wasn’t until I was called to active duty by FEMA Headquarters Region IV in support of the Haiti Earthquake mission back in 2009 at that time I was living in Newport News, VA and had to come to Chamblee-Tucker, GA for my assignment. One day while staying at a local hotel I received the morning newspaper at the door and the front cover story was about how Former First Lady Michelle Obama plans to launch her Let’s Move Initiative targeting the nations obesity epidemic. First, I said to myself we don’t have that many obese people in the world for her to launch a nationwide campaign to stop, reduce, or eliminate Obesity. I was one of many people that walked through society with blinders on and because of that headline puzzled me I decided to do a count just for one day of all the people that I came in contact with that was overweight or obese; it was shocking for me to learn that in just 24 hours or less I encountered 45 people. This included mostly children and young adults between the ages from 6 to 28 years old. Thus, my chosen career field and when I started Baisden’s Healthzone LLC but it wasn’t until I was being med board out and assigned to Fort Gordon Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion, that afforded me the opportunity to bring my dream to reality. December 2013, I obtained my degree in Exercise Science from International Sport Science Association and purchased my business license and business registration. To maintain a debt free and lean company I said NO to all loans and worked hard on branding and operating on a shoe string budget, until this year I have decided to make Baisden’s Healthzone LLC a non-profit. This will allow me to seek the grants available for those that are OBESE and can’t afford companies or trainers to help them. Soon I will become Baisden’s Healthzone Inc where I will be gearing up to hire hundreds of Veterans that want to be certified personal trainers, fitness nutrition specialist, culinary chiefs to help me reduce or eliminate obesity within the next 3 to 5 years.
Take care of your mind body and soul. Keeping your mind free from stress and frustration helps the body and soul to be at peace with each other thus equal balance and perfect harmony.
Please give us 3-4 pieces of advice.
If you are still an active duty Veteran with less than 10 years do the following:
- Keep good medical records during your career and report all injuries as they happen. File Line Of Duty (LOD) injury reports to include witness statements from you battle buddies. Keeping copies of as much of the report as possible.
- Decide what you are going to do with your life after military service. Develop a course of action so that you are debt free no more than 5 years after you’re released from service. Save one-year salary and decide which state you are going to call home and purchase your home 7 years before your retirement so that most of the interest will be paid off before you leave service. Invest NOW 30% of current military pay into the Thrift Savings Plan S Fund, NOW! Forget about the account until age 60.
- Take care of your mind body and soul. Keep your mind free from stress and frustration. Read positive self-help books and listen to classical or gospel music on a daily basis. Get out and play, see what your community has to offer you and your family. Become active as much as possible with eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, workout at less 45 minutes daily with moderate physical exercise. Protecting your skin is major. Most people think that the heart is the largest organ in our body but is actually the skin. So, when your skin is healthy your inside organs and bones are healthy to a certain extent. The rest of your health includes rest, nutrition, and daily physical exercise.
- Live, Laugh out Load, and Love deeply as much as you can. You only have one life to live. If it is filled with seasonal and unreasonable people, remove them from your life. Most of them bring drama. Focus your time and energy on your life long relationships and don’t care what others think about you, because it doesn’t matter anyway!!!
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