Bethany Bilbrey

Hi. I’m Bethany.

I’m a life coach for women who are tired of social pressures to live a certain way. Life feels blah. I help them fill their life with magic, ritual, and deeper meaning.

I’m an East Coast transplant moved to the Rocky Mountains. I have an amazing husband and two kids, who are now teenagers – so wish me luck. It’s not unusual in my house to hear a serious discussion over dinner about whether a shrinking ray also effects density. You know, the important questions.

I love the woods behind my house but you probably will find me communing with the trees instead of on a 5 hour power hike.

I’ve had a lifelong struggle with trying to be a success on other people’s terms. I’ve always cared a lot, okay, maybe too much, about what others think. Being raised in the Northeast, it was all about what school you went to, what your major was, what your graduate degree was in and where were you working.

I tried to find success by working hard to achieve other people’s measures of success. I choose an Economics major in college (and ended up sneaking in as many art courses as I could.) I worked in advertising because that could be respected. I then moved to New York City, where there were so many opportunities to succeed in the game of earning the recognition of others.

My career in advertising didn’t seem like enough, so I went on to become a lawyer in Washington, DC, where I hated the arguing and most things about it (although I did love the people’s stories in the court cases and the research).

The final straw was when, in a phone conversation, another attorney threatened to have me disbarred. I had done nothing wrong, only something he didn’t agree with. I was so shaken and disgusted to be in a career where someone would use such underhanded tactics to get his way. He threatened to take away my livelihood, but I realized the law was actually something that made me miserable. I made a plan and quit within 2 months.

I’ve been on a hunt to be true to myself and define success on my terms ever since. I explored my creative side through art and by getting a degree in graphic design from Parsons (never did see Heidi or Tim, though if you’re a Project Runway fan.) When it was time for a change, I moved on to life coaching so I could help others in a more meaningful way. As a life coach, I gravitated towards helping soulful, sensitive entrepreneurs unlock their awesomeness.

Some tidbits about me:

If reading were an Olympic sport, I’d be a top contender. I’m often happiest curled up on my couch in my pjs, reading a book. Don’t even ask how thick my glasses are.

I love to travel with my family and usually fit in one great trip a year, but I’m much happier in a fancy hotel room than a tent in the middle nowhere. Just the way I’m made, I guess.

I believe in deep conversations instead of cocktail party chatter. I believe that hardship sucks, but it can often put you on the right path to joy. I believe each of us has unrivaled stories and gifts and often the ones we want to hide are the most important. I believe learning, exploring and sharing them is the way to go.