Story time...

 I'd just returned back home to Connecticut after completing my graduate school internship at a psychiatric hospital in Arizona. I didn't have a clear idea of  the type of job I wanted to pursue, so I sat down with a pen & paper and made a list of what an ideal job would look like for me:

  • I wanted to teach the tools and frameworks for personal development that I used to succeed in my own life.

  • I wanted to see people excel despite the circumstances they might have been dealt like the Paralympic athletes I was around back when I was a High Performance intern for the United States Olympic Committee.

  • And most of all, I wanted to help people find joy and excitement like the hundreds of people with significant disabilities I worked with to get skiing during my years as a program manager for an adaptive sports non-profit organization. ​

 I began to realize that  my job options were very limited, but I knew I didn't want to settle for any job just to get by. As I was sitting there I started daydreaming about what it would look like if I started my own company. And my favorite quote came to mind.


"Love your life. Perfect your life. Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people."

I decided to start Higher Pursuits so that I can live up to that code...with the aim of helping others do the same.

Eleni Petridis

Higher Pursuits


Recreation Therapist

Certified Health Coach

Professional Highlights

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist  (National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification​)
  • Certified Primal Health Coach (Primal Health Coach Institute​)

  • Mental Health First Aid (National Council for Behavioral Health)

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (Crisis Prevention Institute)

  • Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (American Red Cross​)

  • The University of Texas at Austin​ (Bachelor's of Science: Kinesiology & Health)

  • Southern Connecticut State University (Master's of Science: Recreation Therapy​​​)