We had the good fortune of connecting with Trinity Albertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trinity, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a researcher, educator, and administrator, I strongly stand for being able to “have it all” — As a veteran of the United States Army, and a still serving spouse of an active-duty service member, I have experienced my own journey of struggle to freedom, fulfillment, and joy.
I started my business in 2017 as a means to end the gaps in my resume. As a military spouse, I was part of the vicious cycle of ending my career each time we were put on orders to relocate. In fact, I have spent my entire life MOVING!!! My “life happens” situation was something that reoccurred every couple of months (weeks sometimes, especially in my youth), to years, and I had NO control!
So I asked myself… what if I could take that “life happens” situation and turned it into one of my biggest blessings?!?!
Coming out of a healthcare administration career, my first business was aimed at helping smaller, private practice (physician-owned/led) medical clinics run their administration. My expertise was in the healthcare revenue cycle – I was in the business of getting reimbursed for all of the hard work our medical professionals put into their care.
After a couple of years, I became a very scary statistic: 50-60% of all new businesses go out of business in their first 5 years! Yes, it happened to me! I could spend time explaining the why’s and how’s, but that’s another, much longer, story.
Picking myself back up from the depression of failing, about 8 months later, a desire grew in my heart to return to school, for a doctorate in education. I did not know why and I am still working on that, but the calling was strong.
When I first enrolled in the EdD program at Bradley University at the end of 2019, I had to come up with a topic that I would spend the next few years of my life researching. After about 6 weeks, reading what felt like 100 dissertations, performing interviews, and trying to read the depths of my soul, it hit me. I was a statistic so I wanted to find out the ‘why’ behind the failure.
I set out to develop an entrepreneurial training program that was built on the foundation of personal development and character building; the role self-efficacy plays in the success of women entrepreneurs. I built The Aspire Program, a 6-month entrepreneurial training program, which I then studied for 2 years.
I am wrapping up my research and dissertation as we speak and the results of building, running, and studying this program for the past couple of years have been so much more than rewarding.
I am in the business of meeting people where they are at and serving them from my highest self. The personal and professional growth I have experienced through this process is incredible and the results my clients have gotten as a result have been payment enough for the work, love, and dedication I have poured into my program, my business.
Our stories make us who we are, nurture our values, and each is equally as important and should be shared with the world! This one is mine.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an expert and strategist in business administration and project management. I have spent most of my career working with healthcare organizations, small businesses and entrepreneurs, and professional service providers to create lucrative and sustainable organizations by transforming their delivery.
I have a Master’s in business administration and project management. I attended Thomas Edison State College for my associate of applied science in electronics after separating from the Army as a DoD certified Biomedical Equipment Technician. I attended Trident University International for my bachelor’s in science healthcare management and my master’s in business administration project management, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
I am currently working on my doctorate in education, leadership, and administration and have created an entrepreneurial development program Mastermind (The Aspire Program) that is founded on research in educational delivery, key principles of the Mastermind, mentoring methods, and a state of mind versus the state of being. I fully believe that the mind needs to be elevated and exercise that each of us is a product of the vision of our future.
My career and education pursuits make me who I am. I am a continuous life-long learner. I hope to find myself in a university library one day with all of the philosophy books I can read in one lifetime. I am always looking for opportunities to learn and grow.
I have never let a challenge be an excuse for not pursuing, or achieving, a goal. Starting, running, and owning a business comes with many challenges, but all are ‘figureoutable.’ Life comes with many challenges, and overcoming them makes us stronger and paves a way for future leaders. The challenges I have faced, personally and professionally, have been hard and I didn’t always believe I would make it out on the other side. Each one has made me stronger, wiser, more open-minded, more innovative, and has given me experience that has, or will, help someone else. I mean it when I say I am just a servant and serving is the ultimate calling.
My greatest lessons in life and in my professional pursuits are two-fold: (1) God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth, so shut up and listen, and (2) where there is a will, there is definitely a way. We are not a product of what happens to us, but rather a vision for our future.
When I went back to school for my doctorate in education, I had no idea why. I knew I always wanted to work with the youth and teach less fortunate children that they can be and do anything they want in this life. I have recently been called to ministry, and now, serving as the director of children’s ministry at my local church, I see the world of possibilities God has laid before me to serve in my true purpose. Each of us has one, a purpose that is. Get out there and find it.
I am a truly passionate servant leader. Self-mastery is my motto and I live each day trying to be a part of the change I want to see in the world. I genuinely believe that coaching and education are some of the first few ways we can make the change. The systems I have developed help my clients get the impact they set out for and the reimbursement they work so hard for in a feel-good transformational way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to explore and have an adventure. I like going to new places so my itinerary would be filled with new places I have never visited before. I am an avid nature lover, so hikes, views, and experiencing the wild is always a good time for me. I am also a foodie, a BIG foodie! I chose places to visit and stay based on their cuisine a lot of the time.
My week-long itinerary would start with good food, and I would want to experience it all: fine dining, other cultures, mom and pop shops, food trucks, family meals, all of it!
I would set out on an adventure where we end up somewhere new each day, and again, I would want to stay places where we would experience it all: 5-star hotels, tiny homes, camping, visiting friends and family, and posting up on their couches.
I would want a mix of experiencing the mountains and the woods and also the water and the beach.
Most importantly, I would not want any expectations or time restrictions on any of the activities and adventures during our week together. I would build in a ‘nothing’ day and a ‘pampering’ day including all of the amenities: yoga, meditating, full-body massages, facials, mani’s and pedi’s, and good quality time with the beautiful Earth God has created for us.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I haven’t gotten where I am alone. There are several people that have served as mentors and my biggest fans along the way. I’d love to list them all and tell you why and how each is important to me and has impacted my life (Cindy, Ernie, Dr. John, Becky to name a few), but I want to recognize the most important; my husband, Richard Albertson.
When I met Richard I was still a child, serving in the US Army. He was prior service and had reclassed into the job I was going into. We met in the schoolhouse in Texas and were both from Michigan, which made going home to visit that much more convenient. We’ve been together for over 12 years now and this man has always been my rock, my support system, my biggest fan, my conscious when I needed it the most, and the love of my life.
No matter how audacious the goal was, he was the one pushing me through to achieve it. He has sacrificed so much to create the life that I wanted. He has never let me quit on myself, or told me no when I have come up with some crazy ideas. He loves me more than any human that has, or will, ever exists. I have taken him for granted. I have taken our lifestyle for granted. He’s never given up on me and I will spend the rest of my days trying to support him as he strives to achieve his goals. Thank you, Richard, for this extraordinary life.
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