#018: The Importance of Food

n this episode, Betsy and Nikki are talking about the importance of food! This is a must listen if you are looking to get your health in order, going on the mission field and want to know what and how to eat, transitioning home for the mission field, or just want to learn more about how food can heal and fuel you! These ladies are both passionate about this subject and share their personal stories of how they got into this.

Hosts: Nikki Romani + Betsy Ramser Jaime

Food Choices on Your Mission Trip:

  • Know yourself before you leave
  • What foods work best for your body/what foods leave you feeling depleted?
  • Set boundaries with yourself or teammates
  • 80/20 rule
  • Extend grace and still be respectful of cultural norms

Transitioning to healthier food when returning home from a missions trip:

  • Set boundaries so you don’t binge
  • Try to find a family member or close friend who can be an accountability partner and who also wants to eat a healthier diet
  • Talk with your family, roommates or whoever you’re living with so that they’re aware of your new eating habits
  • Start small

Eating Well on a Budget:

Where to Shop?

  • What items to spend more on?
  • Where to save?
    • Buy store brands when possible
    • Try limiting how often you eat out
    • Make your own lunches

How to handle friends or family who always make poor food choices?

  • Remember that you can’t change someone who isn’t ready to change
  • Be patient with others
  • Lead by example

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#017: Using What You Learned on the Field in Life Today with David Rivera

In this episode, Nikki has the honor and privilege to interview a very close friend of hers, David Rivera. They went on a short term missions trip together called The World Race, going to 11 countries in 11 months. They had the opportunity to serve their squad together as squad leaders with their friend Erica. David shares about his mission experience, what it was like coming home, and what he is up to now and how it relates to his time on the field.

Host: Nikki Romani

Nikki and David had the opportunity to go on missions together. They also had the privilege of being in leadership together. They walked away from this experience remaining close friends. They learned how to be intentional, walk through the good and the bad, laugh together, pray for each other, and fight for one another.

How did you figure out your next steps after race?

  • A lot of prayer
  • Listening to what God wants and not what others want you to do

What are you doing now?

  • Work in Global Department at Gateway Church in Dallas, TX
  • Help with mission trips
  • Equip leaders and team leaders

Do you feel the mission trip equipped you to do what you are doing now?

  • Yes!
  • Uses feedback
  • Has his leaders send reports of Celebrations and Challenges of their team members. Creates intentionality
  • Incorporates the prophetic
  • Listen to people’s stories, really care and be interested
  • Encourage people
  • Establish goals with others
  • Be present
  • Break down people’s boundaries and what they think is possible
  • Be in close community. Invite people in to experience what you have from your missions trip regarding community

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#016: Moving Cross Country + Finding Community with Marianne Cayce

In this episode, Betsy will be interviewing her friend and former teammate, Marianne Cayce. They will discuss Marianne’s big move from Texas to Tennessee and how she made that happen. In addition, they will also talk about finding community in a new place, working for a missions organization, Marianne’s year of FUN and the importance of going for it even when fear is standing in the way.

Host: Betsy Ramser Jaime


Key Takeaways from the Episode:

  • Don’t let fear hold you back from doing something that you need to do.
  • We could all benefit from adding more ‘FUN’ into our lives!
  • Making friends and finding community is hard so give it time and be persistent.

You can follow Marianne on Instagram or Facebook and make sure you let her know how much you enjoyed her interview!

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#015: A Year Traveling South America with Dylan + Kelli Brown

In this episode of the Great Return Betsy will be chatting with Dylan and Kelli Brown of Revive My Reality. Dylan and Kelli are currently spending a year traveling and volunteering throughout South America. In this episode they will share all about how they prepared for such a big trip, what they’ve done so far, and advice they have for others who would like to plan a similar trip for themselves.


Host: Betsy Ramser Jaime

Here is a summary of the main takeaways from today’s episode:

  1. In today’s world, anyone can make their travel dreams a reality
  2. Plan Ahead
  3. Save Financially
  4. Find ways to make money remotely while traveling
  5. Pursue your passions

Have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Or, if you need help with you resume, make sure to check out their Resume business at:

Revive My Resume

You can also follow their journey through their blog + YouTube channel!

Revive My Reality Blog

Revive My Reality YouTube Channel

Revive My Reality on Social Media:



Also, here are some of Kelli + Dylan’s favorite travel Podcasts:

Kelli + Dylan’s Recommended Volunteer Resources:

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#014: Entrepreneurship

Join Betsy and Nikki as they talk about the glamorized buzzword, entrepreneurship. They talk about why entrepreneurship is not for everyone, the different types of entrepreneurship, creating reasonable expectations, preparing yourself financially, and knowing your why or long-term goals. This is an episode you will not want to miss!


Host: Betsy Ramser Jaime and Nikki Romani

  • Entrepreneurship is not for everyone 
      1. Common misconception that it’s easy to be your own boss and make your own hours.
  • Different types of entrepreneurship 
      1. Non-profit
      2. Tech
      3. Product based
      4. Service based
      5. Freelance/Project based
  • Create reasonable expectations 
      1. Working from home/remote work boundaries
      2. Social Media Vs. Reality
  • Prepare yourself financially
      1. Saving up before taking the leap
      2. Having a part-time or full-time job while starting your business
  • Know your why/long term vision 
    1. Do you want to create a sustainable 1 person business?
    2. Do you want to eventually hire a team?
    3. Your why is so important and this is what will keep you going during the hard parts and when you feel defeated.
      1. What keeps you up at night? Ie: finances, being in debt…
      2. What makes you teary-eyed when you think about it?

*tip: make a dream board. Keep it where you will see it everyday. This is a great visual to keep you on track and it puts your “why” in your face everyday.

  • The Monk and the Riddle (Betsy’s favorite book about entrepreneurship!!!)

Quotes from the Monk and the Riddle:

““The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” (The deferred life Plan)

“We constantly judge ourselves against criteria that others have set and rank ourselves against others in their game.”

“Work hard, work passionately, but apply your most precious asset—time—to what is most meaningful to you.”

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