Bettye Chapman is no stranger to stretching herself to become the best she can be. Not only did she decide to tackle taekwondo, but she also launched her own business.
Tell me about yourself.
- Bettye (McCall) Chapman
- Born and Raised in Thomasville, Alabama
- Two sons, Justin (121/2 years old) and Cody (11 years old)
- Eric Chapman (husband)
- Worked for State Farm Insurance for nearly 20 years (Catastrophe Claims Specialist and Learning and Development Professional)
- Started Bettye Chapman Media, LLC four years ago—certified speaker, coach and trainer
- Manage family trucking business alongside my husband
- Board member LIFE Academy Charter School
- Leadership roles with non-profit LIFE (Ladies Influencing Freedom & Excellence)
- Serve in ministry at my church
- Serve and lead on various committees with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.—Omicron Omega Chapter
What do you want your kids to learn from your life?
I want them to learn to put God first in everything they do, be of service to people, work hard, treat their fellow man right, love family and friends, and just be the best they can be.
What are the best and worst things about Birmingham?
Birmingham is historic. I appreciate the rich heritage that surrounds you wherever you go. Birmingham is a living history lesson. Being born and raised in a small town, Birmingham can become overwhelming with some of the pitfalls of living in a metropolis, such as a higher crime rate.
What is your proudest personal moment?
My proudest personal moment was starting martial arts at the age of 47.
What is your proudest mom moment?
My proudest mom moment was watching my sons give their lives to Christ.
What is your proudest wife moment?
I’m proud of my husband every single day. I’m proudest of the way he professes his love for me, provides for me and protects me.
You and your kids are trying to achieve black belts. Why is important for you to do this with them?
It’s important for us to do this together because we get to share and bond during this experience. It’s something that we’ll have forever. We set the goal of achieving our black belts in taekwondo. We get to work hard and encourage one another along the way and celebrate as we achieve different milestones. Ultimately, I want them to believe that they can do anything they put their minds to. They have to first commit to the path they’re willing to take and commit to see the journey through ’til the end. Martial arts reinforces that.
What’s next for Bettye Chapman?
Good question. Professionally, I want to continue to build my brand with Bettye Chapman Media. Personally, I want to earn my black belt in taekwondo by 50. Overall, I’m striving to be a better person, wife and mother every single day.
Is there anything you would like to add
Nothing that I can think of.
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