with such deep gratitude

Last night I opened the doors to share my new studio space. It has been for me much more than a transition to a new space, it has been an intense transition for me personally. 

When you begin a journey that you KNOW you are meant to but are uncertain of the other side, it can be quite unsettling. It is vulnerable, it is scary. However, something changed in me. I had no preconceived notion that this was going to happen. 

I feel like I found my new and higher self in this process. I feel like with the hope of spring (trust me, I live in Rochester, NY it is JUST a hope at this point. There is snow on the ground!) there is a new bloom. I am ready to work. I am ready to create. I am ready to take big huge chances. 

The overwhelming and tremendous support I received yesterday felt like nothing I have ever experienced before. When I opened my doors (a whole seventy-five minutes EARLY) I felt nothing but joy in wanting to share the next step of my journey. There was no panic, there was no regret – there was only joy. The fact that I was confirmed repeatedly by loved ones and strangers alike was incredible. 

Last night felt like a party- a dance, a tremendous bloom! 

I have said for a long time that if you live your fingerprint you cannot help but bloom. I gratefully feel as though I am living those words. This is not to say that life is without challenge, but it is to say, I know I am on the right path. 

Thank YOU for blessing me with your love, support, and kindness. 

the best is yet to be…with love and gratitude, 

Susan

Love from Rob and Christine

International Women’s day

So when I think about the women who have inspired me throughout my life there have been countless women. I began this blog thinking about how many people have influenced me and inspirited me. I wanted to share a grocery list, naming each and how they have been so instrumental. Some I have a personal relationship with, some are historical or public figures who I have never had the honor of meeting. ALL have played a role in who I have become today.

Panic set in when I thought about this process of naming names and influences. I agonized a bit about who I might leave out, would they be hurt or not even notice? As I strolled through the list in my head I recognized quickly I would be blogging until July to name these names and describe their personal fingerprint on my life. This blog is not actually about naming names. Hopefully, it is about sharing that I have been touched by countless women. Clearly, you can look at any life and recognize that because we do not live in a vacuum, there are people responsible for inspiration and encouragement. 

So to you- who have walked this journey with me. To you have inspired my heart, my art, my life, my journey. To you who have shown me a different way, encouraged me to be better, to see clearer, to be kinder and love deeper. To you who have left me speechless, inspired my voice, given me fortification and courage, thoughtfulness or sweetness, laughter and peace. To you who have given me shelter from the storm, inspired the celebration, held my hand, shared a stone, given me color, taught me to serve, love and be bold. To you who have patiently encouraged the bloom, empowered my words, deeds, art and wholeness. To you who have taken the time to know, breathe with me and adventure with me. To you- who have left their fingerprint on my very heart. I AM SO GRATEFUL.

As women, we can be the very source of strength, courage, and life. We have the opportunity to raise up those around us and sing to the accomplishment of that. 

Today, I celebrate all the women who have given me the opportunity to be more than I ever thought I could be. Thank you from the deepest part of my heart for you- you have inspired me, encouraged me and given me more than any one soul could ever hope to receive

with deepest love and gratitude.

Susan

In celebration of those who have encouraged my bloom as a human