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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I live with my husband and two young sons in the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon. I grew up in this state and am in awe of Mt. Hood and the surrounding forests, lush greenery and flowers that grow so effortlessly in this part of the world. I feel so fortunate that I've had the privilege of being a "stay-at-home" mama for the past nine years, but now that our youngest son has entered school and I'm approaching my mid-forties, I feel ready to do something else with my talents and energy besides parenting. The question is, what? I have so many interests and ideas, but currently lack focus. Shall I live my values by working for a non-profit that promotes justice, equality and peace? Shall I utilize my graphic design degree and experience by starting my own business from home (I'd have to brush up on the computer skills first!) Whatever I do, I want to paint too, because I'm learning that I shouldn't ignore my innate urge to express myself creatively! It's great to be a part of the World Pulse Community. I'm excited to be here!

My Passions:
Parenting, Expressing Creativity, Nature, Spirituality, Buddhism, Health

My Challenges:
Staying in the moment, practicing NVC ("Non-Violent Communication"), letting go of my need to control everything

My Vision for the Future:
A world where we love and accept ourselves and others, non-judgmentally

My Areas of Expertise:
The visual arts, writing, listening, empathy

Comments

Precious M's picture

Welcome Susan

Dear Susan,

You are welcome to this amazing community of women. Take time to go through the site and you will be glad you did.

Once again, you are welcome.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Susan K.A.'s picture

Thank you, Precious

Dear Precious,

Thank you for welcoming me to World Pulse. I am very happy to have found this amazing community of women. It is truly a unique and wonderful place to be. I wish you health, happiness and peace!

Love,

Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Greengirl's picture

Dear Susan,

You are warmly welcomed to World Pulse! You are now part of a thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters from 190 countries. See the World Pulse Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide.

You can also Visit our 2012 initiative, Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign to learn how World Pulse delivered grassroots women's testimonies, solutions, and visions on ending gender-based violence to influential forums. There is also an open opportunity for you to participate in our Girls Transform the World: Access to Education Digital Action Campaign. Read submissions from other community members, and learn how your voice will be transformed for impact.

While I assure you that all the exploring, sharing, learning and networking will be worth the while, I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

Together we can talk the talk, walk the walk, talk the walk and walk the talk!

Warm regards,
Greengirl

Susan K.A.'s picture

Thank you Greengirl!

Dear Greengirl,

I appreciate your warm welcome and all the information you provided to me. I am so thankful to be part of this international community of women who want to change the world for the better!

I wish you health, happiness, and peace!

Love,

Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

radiocami's picture

Welcome to WORLD PULSE! It's

Welcome to WORLD PULSE! It's great to have you here! I see you have a passion for Buddhism and Spirituality, I do too, and you like listening and empathy, I love it! I hope you'll share more about that with the community. You will find a lot of support and friendship here and we're looking forward to reading your writing!

valerie camila rhodes

Sangita Thapa's picture

Welcome!

Dear Susan, im so glad to know someone who has invested her 'several years' of past life for her children and family, while so many of us (with your academic qualification) would have strived to make our own professional identity. I applaud your courage and your dedication for being 'stay-at-home' mama. Im sure you'll do your best whatever you choose to do which you have already proved. Please dont stop your urge to paint, to be creative EVER! Best of luck my sister!

Dear Sangita,

Sangita, you are a beautiful person! Your words are so full of hope and encouragement and love. I thank you for being a light in the world! I have read more of your posts and find them heartfelt, authentic and wise. Thank you for recognizing the value of being a "stay-at-home" mama. I know how lucky I've been to have been able to dedicate so much energy to being a steady presence for our sons. Now they are of an age where they are less and less focused on their own needs and are beginning to appreciate the sacrifices that others make for them. More and more I see them demonstrating empathy and compassion. My heart swells with pride and happiness as I am witness to the development of their conscience and code of ethics.

I'm so happy that my sons and I share such a strong connection. It is one that has to be cultivated constantly; we try to stay in tune, aware, understanding and respectful of each others' feelings/needs.

World Pulse has been an incredible life-line for me these past few weeks, connecting me with the world at large--widening my view, clarifying my values and filling me with purpose. I am ready to take a more global role in contributing to peace/justice. My sons have also been inspired by witnessing their mama become part of this community. They're impressed that I have new friends in India, Nepal, Kenya, and Somalia. What an amazing gift that I get to share this with them too and help them appreciate the fact that we are all connected and have a global family to help care for us, support us, and look out for us! I'm sure it must give them a sense of hope and security (as it does for me). I treasure this link. And I treasure your comments to me and your voice in our community. Thank you, Sangita, and keep writing please!

Much love,

Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Sangita Thapa's picture

so glad to connect! :)

Thank you for being such a sweetheart to your friends in WP, to your family and everyone. I appreciate your love and sacrifice for your family and im sure your sons also admire you as you do to them. Yes, its such a beautiful feeling to have all the support, love and compassion from different friends here, whom we've not even seen. Thank you for your sweet words, your inspiration to be a 'dedicated mom', your kind will to contribute to peace/justice and for everything you are. Women like you are my stars. :)

BUHENDWA NEEMA's picture

bonjour!!

bien de vous lire; je serais heureuse de partager avec vous les idées de progrè je suis congolaise;bien de se retrouver sur cette communauté de word pulse,nous œuvrons dans une organisation de filles unies pour les développement

neema

ZIRUKA BALANGALIZA's picture

Merci chère susan

Merci chère susan

ZIRUKA

Susan K.A.'s picture

Merci Ziruka!

Merci chère Ziruka!
C'est une joie de vous voir ici. Envoi amour, Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

SSD's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for sharing fragments of your life with us at World Pulse !

Wishing you much happiness and inspiration to continue lighting our paths...

Cheers,
Shaheen

Susan K.A.'s picture

Thank you Shaheen!

Your words give me encouragement and happiness. Thank you for reading about me and reaching out. With love, Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

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