“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes.”
– Carl Jung
I dreamed of how I could be better, have more, do more, and fit in. Underneath my dreams was a hidden need to be seen, heard, and accepted. This need drove me to success, but at a huge cost to my well-being. You see, dreams are the spark of possibility when they’re born from inside of you – not influenced by what others do, say, or think of you.
How would your dreams change, if you were led by joy and not the ‘shoulds’ of others?
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me!
My expertise is guiding women like you to design a life that cultivates joy, clarity, and well-being – liberating you from the burden of “not enough” and the myth that “busyness” equals success. A myth I had bought into hook, line, and sinker!
My story (the short version): I was raised by a narcissistic mother and, as a result, lived most of my adult life in a cloud of self-doubt and overwhelm. I pushed myself hard, not realizing I was driven by an unmet need to “be enough,” to be accepted and to feel appreciated.
This way of being led to my suicide attempt in early adulthood (thankfully thwarted) and later to anxiousness, overwhelm, perfectionism, and people-pleasing. While I achieved outward “success,” it was at a considerable cost to my well-being and eventually caused adrenal burnout.
After many twists and turns, mounds of surrendering and letting go, I’m relaxed and at peace with myself. Independent of the outer world as a source of satisfaction, no longer responding to situations and people to fill my unmet need.
In the words of the late David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. “The power that I had projected to the outer world has been re-owned.” Remarkable, given the depth of childhood emotional abuse, and shared in the spirit of inspiration for you!
Today, far along on the healing path, and awakened to a healthier way of being, I use my decades of business, leadership, and life experience to guide women to a life without the encumbrances of self-defeating thoughts and beliefs.
It would be remiss of me not to share that YES, there are times when I feel blue, gloomy, frustrated, and triggered, but here’s what has shifted for me—with practice, I’ve learned how to navigate (not avoid) what I’m feeling. I know how to surrender to “what is” instead of resisting. By using what triggers me, as a learning tool (instead of a block), I’m able to pause, breathe, reflect, pivot and move on. You can move on too!
As a certified wellness consultant (Global College of Natural Medicine) I understand the toll stress has on mind, body, and spirit.
I have served on numerous boards (at times, on several at once – I don’t recommend this!), led community events, created collaborative efforts between business organizations, and trained people in customer relations and sales all over the country.
My leadership experience in business began at the age of 24 as a VP of marketing in commercial printing. I went on to work in print media as a director of advertising, formed a event coordination business, and stepped into the manufacturing sector as a director of national sales.
Lastly, I became an entrepreneur, owning a brick-and-mortar nutrition and wellness center, nominated for my state’s Small Business of the Year award. My business also served as an incubator for staff members to create and grow their own businesses. My motto: Women Supporting Women.
All this provides me a unique perspective for guiding middle-life women in reclaiming time and energy for you!
A Bit More, If You Choose:
About Mentor-Coaching: Mentor-Coaching is a combination of lived experience and skill for guiding you towards your own solutions and most potent breakthrough desire, while inspiring your to elevate your personal and professional potential.
I bring to the table astute and compassionate guidance born from real-life, hands-on experience. I help you shift into “flourishment” (flourish + nourish + fulfillment) by identifying the behaviors and hidden beliefs (yes, we all have them) that are blocking your path to achieving what’s most important to you – without a cost to your well-being.
My Mentoring Style: The session flow is guided by your unique outcome desires. I support you in revealing the depth of your wisdom and encouraging you forward with both personal and career aspirations.
Why over-40?: Over-40 isn’t written in stone by any means; however, my mentoring framework best serves women who’ve experienced (or are experiencing) burnout, have spent years “being it all to everyone,” who are questioning the status quo. Women who are desiring something different (but not sure what), tiring of overwhelm, wanting time for themselves (without guilt), and wishing there was a better way. There is a better way!
On a personal note: I’m a proud mom (a single mom when my son was young) to a now-adult son, happily married (second is better), and lover of the outdoors (hiking, camping, paddle boarding, sailing, skiing). I also love these simple things: cloud watching, beach walking with my fur-kid, and my favorite thing of all – engaging in inspiring conversation with interesting people and laughing – I love to laugh!
Please Note: I’m an advocate of therapy and find that my style of mentoring often clarifies where professional guidance may be helpful, and serves well as an adjunct to ongoing therapeutic practices. Coaching/mentoring is not a replacement for mental-health healing that professional therapy provides.
“I am so glad I found you. Deep breath. Just to have connected with you has made me feel less alone. Your words of wisdom about being in transition and giving myself permission has helped so much. I have post-its all around saying, ‘I give myself permission.’ The shift has been huge for me internally.”
“Suzy has a gift and talent for creating a safe space, whether it’s bringing a group of people together, or building trust one-on-one. When you talk to Suzy she is with you, she is engaged—and you don’t have to second-guess that. Through her storytelling and sharing, she is an exceptional model that ‘YES’, what you want can be done, work through the overwhelm, and move into the next phase of your life. I’ve witnessed her help many women, including myself, push through the barriers that hold us back.”
“I had the pleasure of sitting down with Suzy over coffee while I was in the midst of the “crazed” phase of planning a community event. Suzy’s candid and down to earth account of her journey from chronic busyness and exhaustion to restoration, intention, and balance was a breath of fresh air. Not only was it exactly what I needed to hear, I wanted that message to get to my co-organizers of the event, and to the participants, as well. I made an on-the-spot invitation to Suzy to speak about her journey. It can be so easy to accept things that don’t really serve us as “normal” or “the way things are. Suzy is someone who had the courage to believe that we don’t have to live this way, and went on to blaze a trail that shows the rest of us what is possible.”