We had the good fortune of connecting with Betsaida Arrizon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Betsaida, how do you think about risk?
From a very young age, I have always been a nervous and anxious person. At age 16, I remember overhearing my father tell my mother that I was going to be like him, and that worried him because he suffers from anxiety. That hurt me because on some level I knew it to be true. That stayed with me but I remember years later consciously making decisions that challenged my anxious and fearful nature. I wanted to be a person that took risks!

That being said, today I am 28 years old and I have lived abroad in 2 countries (South Korea & Ecuador), I have backpacked to 24 countries and most of that has been myself. Many people are surprised when I tell them that I deal with a lot of fear and anxiety because of all these risks that I have taken, but that is just it. Taking risks is what has gotten me to be courageous despite my fear.

Now the question is how has taken risks played a role in my life/career. Well, today I can tell you that I decided to leave the 9-5 job lifestyle to work as a marketing creative and that has been a huge risk for me. I have taken what I have learned from the risk of leaving everything and moving to Asia and come to understand that just because you get the icky stomach feeling of fear it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Taking risks regardless of how I feel is what continues to be my drive. Last year, I remember my friend and I committed to doing things that scared us. “If I am scared, I should do it” has been our motto.

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.
After coming back from living and traveling abroad, I decided I wanted to work in digital marketing and so I started to work for a small business creating an online course. From there I realized that I really enjoyed creating content and assisting coaches with storytelling. Today I am currently in the process of getting my ideal clients after deciding to leave the 9-5 job, I have been working on my confidence, my knowledge, and my experience. Through that, I have co-founded a mentoring program for females interested in digital marketing, who like me want to build up their client list and work as a digital marketer. I want people to know that I am still in the process of finding my personal brand and I am okay with that because I am confident in my process. I know that I am taking the next right step.

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?
My friend lands on a Thursday night and I would take straight to Latin night at The Duce, because she, like me, loves salsa dancing. The drink and dancing are amazing and I know she is going to have an amazing time social dancing with locals. The next day we would get up early get our morning coffee at my favorite coffee shop “Lola” in downtown Phoenix. After that, we would go hike flat iron at the Superstition Mountains because we love the outdoors. We would take our homemade lunch and eat at the top because it definitely is the perfect view, I would suggest staying around the Superstition Mountains for sunset because it is just so beautiful. The next day we would kayak or paddleboard at Canyon Lake and enjoy the Arizona sun and hit the next salsa dance spot for Saturday night. They usually happen at Rumba Studio in Phoenix or at Dave and Busters in Tempe. Sunday we would take a chill bike ride around downtown phoenix, go to Chacha tea house place and eat at Thai Recipe. For sunset, we would go to Hole in the Rock at Papago Park as it has a cool view of the city.
For the rest of the week, I would suggest she hikes, Camelback Mountain, Piestewa peak, North and South Mountain. For coffee shops, I would suggest, El Charro Hisper Bar, Luana Coffee, Lux Coffee shop, and Deseo Coffee shop. To eat I would say El Coronado, Da Vanag Restaurant. Rooftop bar at Cambria, Tacos Chiwas, Tortas paquime.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Jose Rivera (spiritual mentor), Claudia Carmack (mentor), Yury Bencomo (marketing mentor)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betsijay/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsaida-arrizon-328392172/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betsy.arrizon

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Betsaida1234

Image Credits
Yury Bencomo (business partner), Group picture (Nadxelly Andrews, Roni Bar, Jessica Rubio, Yury Bencomo. Photos Taken by Esteban Villabon

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