Susan's Manifesto

I give myself permission to be vulnerable enough to let you know what I stand for. 


I believe everyone should be able to make their own choices.

I will let myself be happy, joyous and free.

I refuse to feel guilty because I don't measure up to someone else's expectation. 

I believe everyone should try yoga and see if you love it like I do.

I will listen to everyone's point of view but listen to mine more.

I will always look for the silver lining even if it requires making a mistake first.

I will know my worth and appreciate what I have to offer and be proud of myself.

I will not downplay my good qualities just so someone else can feel better about themselves.

I will say NO more often to things that don't fuel my tank or feed my soul.

I will always give myself a 2nd try... and a 3rd and 4th.

I believe you should always use the expensive perfume and wear the saucy panties for yourself - no one else.

I believe everyone has a story to tell.

I want to live in a world where meditation is taught in every school.

I believe one thank you note can change the course of your life.

I believe life is filled with simple pleasures and small indulgences every single day.

I believe being is more important than doing.

I believe I AM ENOUGH even on my worst days!

I believe prayer can move mountains.

I will allow myself to fall flat on my face over and over again and let it mean nothing more than I am persistent.

I will always make time for my tribe.

I believe listening to the rain on a tin roof while drinking coffee is so relaxing.

I believe success means feeling passionate about what you do in life.

I believe I am nothing if not resilient.

I believe that being the mother of Hannah and Lindsey is the best job I can have. 

Now you know what I stand for and what I am passionate about. I want you to tell me just one thing you stand for in your life. It can be anything at all.

I hope this blog motivates you to live a life that energizes you to dream and reach your goals.  

NO PERMISSION NEEDED

"You don't need anybody's permission to live a creative life." Elizabeth Gilbert

Have you ever come across a person or situation in your life what you walked away a different person? A person so different your family and friends tell you "Wow, you've changed." It could be your closet friend from grade school, your cousin you spent every summer with as a kid, or the next door neighbor...each and every one of them will say this, repeatedly.

Maybe you finally started that yoga class you been talking about for months. Or that square dance class (I hear it's making a come back). Maybe you're spending more time in the coffee shop listening to poetry readings or gospel music and it's not sitting well with your friends, coworkers or family members especially your parents. Well guess what?

You don't need anybody's permission to take a poetry class.

You don't need anybody's permission to take a flying lesson.

You don't need anybody's permission to go back to school and get that degree.

You don't need anybody's permission to have interests that you never thought you would .

You don't need anyone's permission to have blue hair and a tattoo.    

The only person you need permission from is you. 

You be You and I will be me. How about that. Just be the best you can be today and everyday.

Give yourself permission to live, love, laugh today.

XOXO,

SUSAN  

Bully Me No More

Did you know that 45% of Americans have experienced some kind of bullying in the workplace?

Did you know 40% of the workplace bullies are women? Women bullies pick on other women more than 70% of the time according to the nationwide poll by the Employment Law Alliance. 

www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-michelle-callahan/work-bullies_b_833977.html

How do you know if it is bullying you are experiencing or just a misunderstanding, communication breakdown? 

Bullying is something that happens again and again - not when this person is having a bad day. Being a target of bullying can show up in other parts of your life: headaches, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping. Carrying stress home and taking it out on family members.

One thing I learned from my own bullying experience was this: staying focused on my own work and not getting caught up in the nonsense and jeopardize my position with the company.

A few tips I want you to be aware of if you find yourself in this position.

Don't blame yourself or second guess that maybe it's something you did to cause this behavior. Bullies take pleasure in manipulating their victims. Stay healthy and educate yourself, document everything, and build a support system.

As you work through these steps in a positive way, implement a good nights sleep and healthy diet, you will prevail. Turn a negative situation into a positive one by realizing this is a very good learning experience.

Thank you for reading my blogs.           

What's Up With Susan?

Praying about...I am praying and thanking God that Hurricane Matthew did not his Miami, Fl as hard as it was expected to. My son, Lindsey, and his partner, Michael just moved to Miami a few weeks prior to the hurricane. They live in a condo on the 10th floor of the building, so I was very concerned if he would have electricity, food, etc. You know, all the things that a mother can worry about I did, and then some. Lindsey seems to do this to me about every 2-3 years. He moved to Boston, MA, two weeks before a snowstorm buried the city with 18 inches of snow. He was snowed in his house for 2 days. Just when you think you have them grown and they're on their own, here comes a whole new set of worries.     

Reading...Unashamed, Drop the Baggage, Pick Up Your Freedom by Christine Caine. Need I say more? This book is so powerful! It is so true that shame holds us back, holds us down and holds us hostage from all our hopes and dreams. This book spoke to me in so many ways, but the most compelling area was releasing the guilt and shame of a failed marriage - the feeling of never being enough when I was younger. However, Christine's writings reinforced my belief that I can conquer and do anything I want with the Holy Spirit by my side. He is there to guide me if I only put my trust in him today and every day.

 

Working on...I am super thrilled about my coloring note cards! I collaborated with a local artist, Maria Schweizer, to put my ideas actually on paper. These cards represent how I am feeling these days in my life...FEARLESS, CREATIVE, LOVE, INSPIRE! Coloring as an adult has proven to be a wonderful way to become relaxed, relieve my stresses, and be mindful of my surroundings. And wouldn't you know it; I have some extras for sale! They are 7 cards for $16.00 or $2.50 each. They are wonderful gifts for a special person in your life, and remember, Christmas is right around the corner.         

      

Watching...This past Sunday morning, I watched Super Soul Sunday on the Oprah channel OWN. Her guest was a man by the name of Carl Lentz. He is the Lead Pastor at Hill Song Church in New York City. I have never heard of him before, but wow is he awesome. I connected with him on so many levels...he spoke such a real message about God being the real encourager, and how we usually get in trouble when our ego gets in our way. Ego + Edging God Out. I have realized things learned as a child and growing up really don't hold much water today in my relationship with God. My connection with God is soooo much stronger than it has ever been in my life. 

Thank you for dropping in to read my blog and hope you get what you need just for today. 

 

Love and Light

Susan   

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