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Susan K.A.

About Me: 

I am so happy to be part of World Pulse! I feel, in my bones, that I belong here. We all belong, because this is a community where kindness, mutual respect, and love prevails. Thank you, all, for your part in creating this safe haven for us to express ourselves.

I believe we humans are inextricably connected with each other (and every other species on the planet). The power and beauty of World Pulse is in making this fact feel tangible, and commonplace. It's waking up in the morning to a message from a friend in the Congo, Venezuela, or across the U.S. My heart keeps getting filled up by how much goodness there is in you, and I. How much courage and compassion we share.

I've always been really curious about the rest of the world, starting with my fascination and love of Latin America. I started teaching myself Spanish when I was 12, with an old primer I checked out at the library. When I was around 15, my Mom took me to a presentation at a church: a group of refugee people from El Salvador told of the horrors of "death squads," torture, and political assassinations going on in their country, and I was affected deeply. I learned of the complicity of my government in these atrocities as well as elsewhere in the world. The activist in me was born!

Soon after, I was an exchange student in Madrid, flying off to live with a Spanish family that I'd never met. (Being shy by nature, I'm amazed now that I had the courage to do this)! I ended up an International Studies major in college and have been lucky to have traveled quite a bit, mostly in Latin America and Europe. After we got married, my husband and I taught English in South Korea for awhile and later we lived in Costa Rica where I was a journalist intern, writing political articles on Central America for a small publication. In my early 30's I decided to pursue my love of art and went back to college for a degree in graphic design and then, (right when I guess I could have been launching my career), our first son was born!

I've been a "stay-at-home" mama to our two sons for a full decade now. My husband and I derive so much joy every day from watching them grow. They're each thoughtful, sensitive, affectionate, and reflective. Sometimes I'm amazed by their insight, and wisdom. I'm passionate about being the most loving, "present" person I can be for them, for my husband (and everyone in my life), but I know I have many shortcomings. I get impatient and feel less than loving at times. I say things and act in ways that rupture our connection. I'm learning to be tender and forgiving with myself even during such times as these. When I offer myself empathy and tenderness it's a very healing and powerful practice that generates untold love!

It feels deeply rewarding and renewing to be more engaged with the world at large again, feeling more responsibility and connection to my world family. There's an upwelling of desire in me to help, be of service, and be part of something much greater than myself. Nothing brings me more happiness.

And finally I'm feeling inspired to make art again. I try to carve out time here and there to paint, at least once in awhile! I think it's important we allow ourselves self-expression when inspiration strikes.

It's such an honor to be part of the World Pulse community. It's exhilarating, humbling, and has enriched my life beyond measure. Thank you all for being here and sharing your stories with us. It's truly a pleasure to get to know you.

My Passions: 
Kindness, Compassion, Parenting, Feminism, Spirituality, Buddhism, Expressing Creativity, Nature, Wellness, NVC (Non-Violent Communication)
My Challenges: 
Being present and non-reactive, insomnia, shyness
My Vision for the Future: 
We love and accept ourselves and others, non-judgmentally
My Areas of Expertise: 
Listening, empathy, the visual arts, writing, editing
My Languages: 
English, Spanish

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