Welcome to Be As One.
My name is Susan and I’m grateful for the time you’ve taken to stop by and visit.
As well as being a wife and mother, I am a writer, musician and graphic artist.
I have lots of interests that I pursue passionately.
Most importantly, I have dedicated my life to God and see my life through His lens, practicing my faith as a Roman Catholic.
What’s this have to do with you?
Over the last two years my life has gone through a quiet and profound transformation.
Emerging from the grief of losing my father in 2003 and then my mother in 2010, I have made some wonderful life-changing discoveries. As I learn to live them out, I am inviting you to come along on the journey and grow with me.
You may find your life changing too.
In our Western culture, we tend to compartmentalize our lives. I am a master at it with all my different roles, interests, etc, The trouble was, none of these compartments related to each other.
My life was splintered into many pieces and as a result, I was frustrated as a wife and mom, distracted at work as a graphic artist, and stifled in my creativity as a musician and writer. My spiritual life was dry. I felt disconnected, anxious and dissatisfied.
None of the compartments were thriving; I doubted my abilities and chastised myself for not doing better.
Negativity poured out of me like poison and thus, the people around me, especially those I loved, suffered.
Have you ever felt this way?
Remember the story of Sybil and her multiple personalities? While I didn’t suffer from that disease, I could relate
to all the different, and separate,
“people” inside of her.
Dr. Wilber, her psychiatrist, convinced Sybil to “meet” each person inside of her and join together as one. Sybil embraced all her “people” and became whole.
I, too, want to be whole.
Discoveries: becoming whole
As a 50-something woman, I am beginning to learn how to bring all the compartments together into a single flow, like tributaries flowing into one river:
- Wife for 34 years.
- Mother of 2 grown children.
- Graphic artist for a real estate firm (I love looking at other people’s houses).
- Church volunteer (CCD teacher, Eucharistic minister, musician)
- Bookworm (especially anything about or by Louisa May Alcott)
- Writer (2 blogs, essays and someday, a book)
- Nature lover, especially birdwatching, kayaking and the weather
- Cat lover with a female torti and a male ginger
- Politically active and concerned about our country
I am beginning to make connections inside of me (most especially with God who dwells within) and it’s helping me to connect with others and the world.
I’m learning how to live in harmony with myself, and this is translating into living in harmony with others.
I’m learning to let go and flow with the current that I believe is directed by God. This brings me great peace and empowers me to live and love boldly.
Does this way of life appeal to you?
If so I invite you to stick with me on Be As One and we’ll learn together as a community, exchanging ideas.
We’ll have some fun too, sharing our hobbies and interests.
Let’s learn to live our life in a single flow.
Addendum: my best friend of 43 years offered her best wishes and a great line which I had to include: “Love the bridge reflecting in the water, an eye to the future.” Thanks Carrie!
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