Lindsey Vertner is the founder of Lindsey Vertner, LLC where she utilizes her unique perspective & coaching methods as a life & relationship coach. Lindsey is devoted to helping women live a life full of passion, purpose, & balance. A major car wreck in 2007 had multiple medics pronouncing Lindsey brain dead. Amongst a multitude of injuries & battling for her life, Lindsey acquired an amazing & rare outlook on life from this traumatic experience. She uses her gifts & that outlook to push her clients to success. Lindsey is a captivating speaker. She doesn’t just motivate & inspire her audiences through her words, but she challenges & encourages them to lean on her and take action in that very moment.
Lindsey is graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s in Psychology & of Liberty University with a master’s in Professional Counseling & Life Coaching. Lindsey also runs a second business in the direct sales industry as a Sexual Health Educator. Lindsey was born & raised in Evansville, IN. She currently resides in Bloomington, IN with her husband & two miracle children.
Read her interview from Issue 14 below!
What city are you currently residing in?
What called you to your current city?
I moved to Bloomington to attend Indiana University.
Give us the scoop of your new city (longer answer can be your favorite workout studio, bars, restaurants, art galleries. Essentially a tour only a local could give)
After I graduated, I never left. The town kind of grows on you! I feel like you get a mix of city living, suburb living, and country living all in one spot. There is always an event going on – from sports to festivals to enrichment programs. I love food! Along with the usuals, there’s such a variety of options: Irish, Japanese, Italian, Creole, Vegan, you name it! Due to the university, a lot of them are open really late, & I’m a night owl! So, I’ve gotten a bit spoiled with my dining options. I love the bourbon chicken from Dats Cajun Creole Café. The Irish Lion is a local staple located on the popular Kirkwood Ave. When I pull an all-nighter, I know that I can’t beat a greasy (but delicious) pizza from Rockits Famous Pizza at 4 a.m. And if you like hole-in-the-wall places, Hinkles is the place for messy burgers!
What have you discovered about yourself since you’ve moved away?
Ultimately, I discovered that it’s up to me to create & live the life I want to enjoy. Although support is appreciated, I cannot depend on others to make my life happy or successful for me. I am responsible for that. Often, people like to blame their upbringing or environment on their less-than-glamorous situation. However, there are no good or bad situations…only the meaning that you give them. Being in Bloomington, I was able to understand that statement on a deeper level. I’m surrounded by people of all different cultures & backgrounds. What makes the same event negative for one person yet positive for another is the meaning it is given & the ways you can grow from it.
What values did you cultivate while living in Evansville that have helped you in your new city?
I was naturally a leader & high-achiever. I never had to be told to do my homework or read a book. However, I was blessed to be surrounded by people that saw my potential to be great & invested in my growth & success. My mother always encouraged & supported me. She was dedicated to driving me around to different activities and programs I wanted to participate in. I stayed busy. She even drove me across town for years so that I could attend a school that would academically challenge me more than my neighborhood school. I had teachers that requested I be placed in a gifted & talented program – teachers that wanted me to succeed, as much as my mother did. What this subconsciously taught me was that as important as it is to invest in yourself, it is just as important to invest in someone else. It really does take a village. I love helping someone see their own potential to be great, & I push them to take action toward their goals or a better life. I’m always striving to leave someone feeling better than they did before we interacted. At the end of the day, we all want to be happy & successful. In my career as a life coach, I am humbled & so grateful that I get to invest in others for a living!
What are your favorite memories of Evansville?
My favorite memories are from my childhood because I moved away when I graduated high school. I can always remember the visions & sounds from family get togethers. I loved when my family would come together over my grandmother’s house or at Burdette Park. We would eat the most amazing soul food. We’d laugh & tell stories all day long – “Remember when so & so used to…!”. My cousins & I would play outside. We liked to race, play tag, and play kickball! My grandmother’s homemade ice cream was THE BEST! She used to hate it when I played on her piano. “Get off that piano! It needs to be tuned!” She never got it tuned up!
What do you hope to see when you visit your hometown again?
I’d love to see more programs that really invest time and values into children because they are the next generation. I wish programs like Dr. Ira Neal’s Saturday Academy would return. That program made learning fun and exposed us to things outside of Evansville. Programs like that helped to put an emphasis on education. If we, as adults, are not teaching children to strive for excellence, then, we can’t be upset when they settle for mediocrity. I’d also love to see a rise in local entrepreneurs, especially African American entrepreneurs. Not to single them out but because I know firsthand that we often don’t have the models or structural support we need to grow. Some of us are driven to figure it out on our own or have an emotional support system, but not everyone has that luxury. Although I live out of town, I always try to support when I see people doing positive things in Evansville. There’s a group called “Moms That Pray” founded by Veltra Taylor that I’m excited to watch grow. The group often sponsors events that support & encourage moms, like their recent Mommy & Me Brunch.