About Suzan

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Suzan Painting in Mo’orea

Where I Began – Personal Story

As a young child I painted with my father, an artist, with our easels side-by-side. Our family also took frequent trips to national, state, and city parks, where I became passionate about the outdoors and hiking. My dad became my best friend. We were inseparable. Then at 11 years old, tragically my father developed a mental illness, Bipolar. Over time he became dismissive, and violent. He forbid me to speak in my own home. My inner-critic took over and I stopped creating art for over 30 years!

Synchronicity happened in my 40s when a client offered painting lessons in exchange for coaching. Early on I recall dropping the paints and sobbing uncontrollably. The pain of having abandoned my creative expression overcame me.

For six months I toiled over creating one piece, a Monet reproduction. During this experience my LIFE FORCE ENERGY renewed . My art instructor knew nothing about my past yet she painted the same painting as me with our easels side-by-side (just like my dad had done). This therapeutic art process began my forgiveness journey with my father for his neglect and abuse, and myself for starving my inner-artist. I haven’t stopped painting since (along with many  endeavors to nourish my creative soul).

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My Monet Reproduction

Passion for My Work

Helping you reconnect with your inner-wisdom for greater awareness is my life’s passion. Providing ease, harmony, and a lot more joy for your journey is my intention.


My Professional Background and Credentials

  • Certified as Expressive Arts Facilitator (Person-Centered Expressive Arts Institute)
  • Certified as Life Coach (CTI) and Health and Wellness Coach (Wellcoaches)
  • Certified as Servant Leader.
  • Non-profit violence prevention and intervention (children/youth) Program Director, Program Consultant, and Trainer
  • National training firm (consultant)
  • Hotel industry, training and consulting, operations and sales management
  • Graduate of San Diego State University (B.A.) in Speech Communication

And when I’m not working…..I LOVE to TRAVEL!

I’m a life adventurer preferring to collect experiences, not things. Am grateful to often explore the world with my partner, Jim, whom I married on the top of Mount Whitney (14,495 feet). Yes, I had a wedding gown in my backpack. Together we’ve visited over 40 countries  including West Africa where we rode 2000 miles around Tanzania and Kenya, camping.  Feel free to check out our travel blog: http://www.WeBeNomads.com


 “Don’t Die with the Music Still in You.”  Dr. Wayne Dyer

 “Suzan helped me “connect the dots” by pointing out the connection between things and feelings and what they meant. I think you did a phenomenal job and I would heartily recommend this to others. You are awesome at connecting the dots!”
Writer, http://www.pagestothepast.com





  1. Hi Wise within one,
    I think your blog is great and very welcoming. I’m trying to figue mine out and this is inspiring to me at the moment in many ways. Keep climbing!


    • Thank you Tara. I’m glad you found my blog inspiring. I really like your blog (your poem is lovely)! Great template – goes very well with your poem too.
      Suzan : )


  2. Hi Suzan, I love your site and what is is about. It is quite inspiring. I’ve added you to my blogroll, I hope that’s okay! Thanks for being here!



    • Thanks Ellen for supporting my blog. I appreciate being added to your blogroll.


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