Rustie Macdonald was born in 1976 in Lexington, Kentucky. Rustie was relocated to Florida until 1990. Then in 1990 Rustie moved to Vermont and she currently resides on the Seacoast of Maine. Rustie’s overwhelming desire to help others began at a very early age. She was witness to the over whelming poverty of the early 1980′s. She saw the mile long lines of people waiting for food donation given by the Salvation Army. The severe poverty she lived in and witnessed aroused a great compassion for others and set the stage for her empathetic and giving nature. At age 4, she had already begun to save food to help the local Salvation Army “feed that long line of people who are hungry.” Even then, she was determined to make sure no one ever felt alone or without.
As Rustie grew up, she began to volunteer for various organizations. In High school, Rustie advocated in the Juvenile Court system as a Peer Advocate for Foster Youth. She started a children’s reading group as an “America Reads” volunteer at her local public library. She continued to set the stage of leadership as her High School began a new Award “School Spirit.” In honor of her dedication to her school, Rustie was the first to receive this public award.
While attending Johnson State College, Rustie was a Big Sister in the Big Sister/Brother Program. She continued to advocate for Foster Youth and was invited by the State Of Vermont’s Children Services (DHS) to Speak at a Foster Care Conference in 1996. She spoke about the difficulty of attending college as a foster child. Her motivational speech was made in front of Legislators, DHS employees and 100 foster youth. Her speech helped to create opportunities for foster children to attend college. This was an empowering moment for Rustie and a pivotal point in her life. That was the moment she took the first steps on her path as a coach, mentor and life long advocate.
In 2000, Rustie discovered a love of Martial arts. She soon began teaching Self defense at battered a women’s shelter in Southern Maine and continues to teach self defense to this day. She donates all of the income from this to local charitable causes. She also donates a certain amount of coaching time to local entrepreneurs to help get them started.
“Rustie MacDonald has patiently helped me to improve my understanding of social networking, and its use as a marketing tool. Through Rustie’s gentle encouragement, I have been able to move through my lack of self-confidence, begin to build an effective web presence, and improve my ability to grow my business. Her understanding of using social media for the development of small businesses, combined with her experience as a life coach makes her a wonderful guide! “
Leona Hosack, www.leonahosack.com/Silhouette
Rustie is a Life Coach and Business owner. She has been a Life Coach for 8 years. She is a devoted mother of 2. She graduated Johnson State College with a B.A. in Psychology. At age 25, she was honored to work for a company in Belgium in sales and marketing. The domestic and international travel in and outside of the United States further broadened her perspective. She spent the last 18 years in Sales and Marketing. She continued to work in sales and marketing full time and was a business coach for 5 years until another life changing event helped to set her path.
Rustie was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2006. Rustie did extensive work researching how to not only survive, but live well with Celiac disease. She realized how few educational resources were available to those with Celiac Disease. This further deepened her desire to help others. She opened Celiac Roads Life Coach, which has grown to have an international presence. She is a respected consultant for schools, restaurants and families. She teaches on how to live and thrive on a Gluten Free diet.
She continues her consulting, helping small businesses on growing their sales and teaching effective marketing strategies. She was recently interviewed on The Power of One TV show, which airing in May 2011. As an advocate for Celiac Disease, Rustie presents her motivational and inspirational messages throughout New England and continues to expand her positive messages internationally.
Rustie is a true believer in changing the way we think and use words. She has inspired many to improve their personal and professional lives. She is an avid volunteer and coach’s community soccer. Rustie is a big believer in Random Acts of Kindness. She often pays for someone’s toll or coffee randomly. She is gracious, witty and healing. She is noted to have a calming presence and inspirational glow. She has changed the lives of many people and has the goal of changing more. Contact Rustie http://www.rustiemacdonald.com/