June 2017 Art Collector of the Month: Belinda Bergeron



Belinda in her Houma, LA home by her "La Flor #22.

Belinda is a great example of never being too late to decide to go to college. She is now completing her Masters Degree.

I love to get to know my art collectors a little bit more, so every month I will be sharing with you the profile of one of them.

The purpose of these interviews is to provide examples of women who have had the courage to follow their heart, some to become mothers, wives, stay at home moms or wives, professionals or entrepreneurs. They did it by overcoming fear of criticism, failure, or both. Each person measures success according to their own dreams, so it is very personal. There is no dream too big or too small. For the month of April, my art collector is: Belinda Bergeron.

- Age: 55

- Location: Houma, Louisiana

- Marital Status: Divorced

- Kids?: 2 sons. 35 and 32. 2 grandkids, 6 and 4

1. What is your correct position?

Psychotherapist

2. How did you get to where you are professionally?

I was a business owner with my X-husband and sold my half to him at the time of our divorce. I then had to create a new career, so I decided to go to college and earn a bachelors’ degree in Polysi and then go on then earn a master degree in psychotherapy, because many people commented that I should be a therapist, including my own therapist.

Is it what you always wanted to do?

I had never considered becoming a psychotherapist before because I was happy with my own business, but after the divorce, I had to create a new career. 3. Did you ever have any doubts that you would accomplish it?

No, although it was difficult, I always had a desire to go back to school one day but never had the need to before selling my half of the business.

4. When you were little, did you have any dreams about who you wanted to be when you grew up?

The only dream I had growing up was to be a mom.

5. Hobbies?

I enjoy reading, traveling, learning, and being with friends and family whom I love very much.

6. What are you passionate about?

Spending time with my sons and grandchildren and doing all that I can to help my patients get well.

7. Give us three instances that were particularly hard in your life?

I can think of 2 instances that I feel were the hardest for me. First, when my younger son was 19 he became very ill and could have died. This was the hardest time for me. Second, was just last year when I developed heart problems that took about 6 months to become stable and the worry over this threw me into a deep depression, which was also very hard to bounce out of.

8. Do you now believe that they were life lessons for you?

Yes. It helped me to realize how precious time with my family is, especially my sons and grandchildren, and how fragile life is, and now, I try to live in the moment and appreciate life and live it more fully.

9. Mention three events that have been the happiest in your life so far?

That’s easy. The birth of my sons and grandchildren.

10. Have you discovered your mission in life?

I have 2 missions in my life just now. First, is to work on myself daily to become the best person I can be, and secondly, to help my patients to the best of my ability.

11. Provide your three top values in life?

Unconditional love for everyone, honesty, and to be of service to others in a healthy manner.

12. What plans do you have for the future?

I plan to continue traveling as much as possible and I’m considering going back to school to earn a doctorate degree in psychotherapy. And… I hope to get married again one day.

13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Happy, confident, doing service work, and a better person than I am today. As I said, “I’m always working on myself to become the best person I can be.

Bloom. Grow. Love.

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