Meet Susan Garrard
In 2005 I was a married mother of two, living in a lovely house with (literally) a white picket fence on the outskirts of Honolulu, This idyllic picture suddenly turned dark when I was stunned to learn that my husband was having an affair.
Not only was I losing my partner, but I was also losing my home, my family, and my job taking care of it all. What I wanted more than anything was to have my old life back, but instead I was dealing with lawyers, realtors, and going back to work after 18 years of as a wife and mother.
On New Year’s Day 8 years later, I was sitting home alone, struggling at work, struggling financially, and feeling sorry for myself. I had tried many things that helped me stabilize after my divorce, but nothing really gave me the leverage I wanted. I knew deep down I was capable of a higher quality of life. I wrote on a slip of paper, “I cracked the code,” and I pinned it to my wall. I really wanted to know why I couldn’t pull it together and have the life I really wanted to live.
The very next day I came across a book called, “The Language of Emotions,” That was my turning point. I quickly realized that my relationship with my emotions was the reason why I couldn’t get the leverage I wanted to create my own happily-ever-after.
Picking up that book cured everything right? It didn’t, it was the diagnosis, not the cure. If you’ve ever been ashamed of and overwhelmed by your emotions, it’s no easy task to understand them and tap into their wisdom. With my background in education and psychology, I began to research and experiment with ways to process my emotions in a way that brought effective results. I created a unique program that I used to transform my life from being blindsided by people and challenges to making me a force of nature.
I taught my techniques to my students and began sharing them with friends who were struggling with relationships and their jobs. Now I am living the life I knew deep down I was meant to live. There is nothing like the confidence that comes from knowing where you are going, how to get there, and enjoying each step, while gracefully moving around drama and obstacles.
I started avoiding people, but after working with Susan I feel comfortable interacting with people without being tongue tied or agreeing to things that I would regret later. Now when I agree to do something I show up and don’t cancel because I’ve overcommitted, people can count on me now, and to be honest, I don’t feel as inclined (out of guilt or a need for approval) as I used to “help,” people. I help them because I really want to. No strings attached, and it feels great.
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