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.  


"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.