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My head and heart felt heavy, my energy was depleted, my self-esteem was lacking, and I often felt overwhelmed trying to be a superwoman at work, for my family, and taking care at home. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. Self-care, what was that?
I recognized many blessings in my life. A husband and two beautiful children. I was crushing it at work. I loved my job and I was good at it. I had the privilege of working with a tribe of strong, inspiring, and supportive women. If fact, I was one of those women at work.
Any yet…I was starving for balance, validation, peace, joy and play. I felt disconnected at times from what I was doing and the outcome of those efforts. I wanted to be a different role model for my children, one that not only worked hard, but embraced the beautiful life we can CHOOSE to live with a healthy, positive, and playful mindset. Quality time instead of material things.
And then…a single Google search in 2012 set me on a path to my “one wild and precious life”. I found Women’s Quest. I’m thrilled to have just completed my third Women’s Quest retreat and can’t wait to plan the next one.
As I prepared for and cycled through Tuscany in 2012, I began the search for my heart’s desire. It was a time of reflection and a rekindling of my playful spark. As I hiked among the redwoods and cycled in Sonoma wine country in 2016, it was a time of healing, renewal and a simmering excitement for the future ahead.
This brings me to now…PURE JOY in the San Juan Islands. Scenic ferry rides, cycling, orcas, dragonflies, awakening my senses, and filling my soul with lush landscapes, positivity, and play.
In all three journeys, the lovely and strong women of Women’s Quest shared accomplishments, hopes, desires, and heartbreak. We supported each other and stuck together when challenges felt too great. There is strength in numbers. There was praise and the kindest tough love when needed.
I define superwoman differently now. While I work hard, I’m trying to play even harder. I soak in the beauty of my surroundings, embrace each day and the people I love with joy in my heart. I am much closer to being the role model I envisioned so many years ago.
Through my explorations with Women’s Quest, with a playful and courageous spirit, and a tribe of supportive, amazing women, I now value living my wild and precious life. I think and say only what I want to create in my life.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy” – Rumi
Testimonial from Susan H