Success Story Feature—Nancy B.
“It just takes a caring heart, a willing hand, a strong back, and a clear mind to be able to help others,” Balance of Nature customer Nancy says about teaching.
Being a teacher is one of the many hats Nancy, aka “Mama B”, wears. She is a teacher who loves learning about the world and different cultures and who takes teams of talented students around the world. The groups perform, serve, learn, grow, and have fun. Nancy is taking a team to an orphanage in Kenya next.
As a global history teacher at a private Christian school in Smithtown, New York, Nancy is passionate about global history. Traveling to foreign countries with teenagers helps them understand cultures outside of their own, develop a heart for others, and become citizens of the world instead of just their town, she explains.
“We all have a tendency to be selfish . . . I would like to see [my students] grow past that so that they are not just useful members of society, but leaders of society with a passion for others, with a heart for people who have less than, a heart for people who can be helped with not that much effort. . . .” she says. “That’s always been my heartbeat, and I found a home here [where] I would be able to answer the need for this school to have an outgoing missions team. . . . And I hope to be able to do it for the rest of my life.”
Nancy grew up performing in the theater; her first role was in Cowboy on the Moon when she was 5 years old. She wore many hats after that, doing theatrical makeup, costume design, directing, choreographing, writing—she did it all! “I got bit bad by the theater bug,” she says. However, Nancy said it wasn’t for her anymore when she reached her early twenties. It wasn’t until she was in her forties that she realized why she had been trained to do all those things. Now, she uses her theater skills when taking teams abroad to entertain, teach, help, and build up communities.
She says it’s hard work but is very rewarding. The students have to do a lot of work where they have to put themselves second and inevitably undergo a change through the experience, she explains. “For me, the reward is watching them grow.”
(Pictured above: Nancy’s students rehearsing)
Although all this is a “labor of love,” Nancy explains that it requires her to maintain her health. She says she has to eat right, exercise, and stay aware of her body’s needs. She has been traveling with teens for twenty-five years and says it requires a lot of energy.
“This crazy team of teenagers and myself will be going to Nairobi and Kenjabi, Kenya,” she says. “We are going to be dancing, clowning, performing, acting, building, serving in any way we know how. I’ve been [in] the mission field for twenty-five years. It takes tons of energy, and it takes the will to keep pushing through even when you’re tired and it’s hot. . . . If anything falls apart, I’m the glue that holds it together . . . it’s nonstop. We only have one shot at this . . . so your A game is always necessary; you can never not be on your A game.”
Nancy says it was about seven years ago when she began taking her health seriously. She wanted to lose weight because of the dancing. She had changed her diet and exercise habits, but she knew she could do better than that. After seeing some commercials, she decided to start out taking three Balance of Nature Fruits and three Veggies a day and has been taking the product for seven years!
“I found that, yes, I had more energy, but I was also eating even better. I was craving the food I was supposed to be eating—it was wonderful. . . . It got to the point where I knew that if I didn’t have it, my energy would not be the same. We were out of it for about a week. . . . And I said, ‘okay, I am never doing that again.’”
Nancy decided then that she would be taking Balance of Nature forever. With Balance of Nature, she says, her energy doesn’t “drop off.”
“Everything it says it does, it does,” she says. “You can’t take too much of it. . . . You can only feel better. . . . This is an answer to somebody who is under stress, this is an answer to somebody who is active all the time, this is an answer to somebody who does much more than one thing in their lives. . . . This is the only thing I am absolutely certain keeps me going at peak performance.”
Nancy doesn’t travel without her Balance of Nature Fruits & Veggies. It has gone with her to Puerto Rico, Mexico, upstate New York, Kenya—it goes into her suitcase first and it's what greets her in the morning.
Nancy’s husband began taking Balance of Nature about two years after she started taking it. He noticed the difference and recommends it to friends, as well.
As a teacher, Nancy’s students call her “Miss B” or “Mama B.” She says she especially loves teaching teenagers because she has a chance to “speak into their lives” and help them grow and mature before they go out into the world.
An additional passion of Nancy’s is cooking. Along her journey, Nancy became vegetarian and says she loves that she is able to make vegetables taste good.
“There’s no substitute for good food, for real food. There’s no substitute for whole food,” she says. “Unfortunately, we’re busy. . . . I love cooking with vegetables, but it’s a whole day to do three meals . . . . So the idea of being able to get something that is real food, a whole food . . . and it’s like eating your salad in three seconds before you head out the door, that’s a great thing.”
Nancy often doubles up on her Balance of Nature when she feels a need to or that it would help.
Nancy’s passions for theater, teaching, learning, traveling, and cooking, along with her busy, active lifestyle, require a lot of energy, and Balance of Nature helps with that. If you’re curious to see the difference that Balance of Nature could make in your life, visit BalanceofNature.com to learn more!