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The Odd Time of New Empty Nest

I am feeling some reluctance and melancholy lately, knowing that with only a few more weeks of August, summertime will be gone. Can you feel it too? While the sun, heat and humidity continues, signs of this approaching transition is all around us. Being at the beach is not as carefree anymore, as thoughts, concerns and worries about leaving summer, and moving into a long To Do List for Fall, rummages around in my head. Summer may not be gone yet, but Autumn is itching [...]

August 18th, 2016|Times of Transition|0 Comments

Adrift In Transition

Some years ago in an emotional support group for job seekers, I asked participants to choose one word to describe how they were feeling. Of all the offerings, one word jumped out at me and has been with me ever since... adrift...feeling adrift... Picture yourself in that boat...Having come a certain distance, but not at your destination. Being adrift felt then and does now, like it is a waiting place. The waters are not choppy or turbulent and the boat is not being rocked. Is [...]

July 19th, 2016|Times of Transition|0 Comments

5 Things To Pack On Your Transition Journey

Traveling through life transitions is a time to consider what we will need to pack for our journey. With thoughts of summer sun and fun on my mind, here are 5 things that will come in very handy for life changes that we are going through. iPad or Computer Taking our digital devices along for work or play has become a norm. In observing my fellow plane passengers on any given trip, people are likely to be plugged in and glued to a screen. How [...]

June 21st, 2016|Knowing Yourself, Times of Transition|0 Comments

Reflecting On Our Hurt

In January I made a pact with myself to begin the New Year with my spirit directed towards learning more about who I had become up to this point in my life. My vehicle of discovery was an online course with shame researcher, author and speaker Brene Brown. This course was based on her most recent books, "Daring Greatly" and "Rising Strong". I shared my intentions with you, dear readers, in my first newsletter of 2016, just two weeks into my learning. In our journey of [...]

Spring Cleaning Emotional Clutter

" It's a good time for some cleaning. Let's sweep out our self-doubt and worries. Let's wipe away the dust And forget our unhappy memories and regrets. Let's polish our hopes and dreams until they sparkle anew."   Have your thoughts been turning to spring cleaning and clearing the clutter? This time of opening our windows wide and letting the fresh air stream in is refreshing and energizing. Even the work of cleaning, sorting and clearing our clutter can provide a feeling of newness. Take [...]

Just When You Think Your Transition Is Done…

Sunday was a day of sparkling sunshine. The colors of spring had not yet arrived, but the sounds of birds coming home and a chorus of frogs croaking atop their lily pads was holding the promise of new beginning... our transition from the gray chill of winter to the vibrant newness of spring. How disappointed and dreary I felt when the very next day was cold, dark and foreboding. Rain was falling and the best I could think of doing was skipping the day and [...]

March 19th, 2016|Knowing Yourself, Times of Transition|0 Comments

Passages and Pathways—Workshop in May 2016

I'm very happy to announce I'll be running my Passages and Pathways Workshop at Tunxis Community College on May 2. Hurry to register while spaces are available! Each stage of our life presents us with challenges and choices. We can’t always anticipate our life passages or have a clear sense of direction of what paths to take. This interactive workshop will provide ideas and tools to navigate the journey. Topics will include: Overview of Life Stages and Transitions – a look at life stages and [...]

March 16th, 2016|Events, Updates|Comments Off on Passages and Pathways—Workshop in May 2016

Susan Levine is University of Saint Joseph Alumni Superstar

Thanks to friends and clients who sent me the news I was voted a University of Saint Joseph "Alumni Superstar" recently! You can find out more on my profile and other Superstars on the University of Saint Joseph site: www.usj.edu/about-us/usj-superstars/alumni

February 22nd, 2016|News, Updates|Comments Off on Susan Levine is University of Saint Joseph Alumni Superstar

Can You Be Your Own Best Friend?

Have you given yourself a hug today? If allowing a hug for yourself seems too hard, how about a pat on the back? Is that not feeling right either? When I think back over my growing up, the messages I received about loving myself was that it was SELFISH, even BAD. I absorbed this and never thought much about it...until I began to feel that something was not right. Each and every time I made any kind of mistake or didn't measure up to where I thought [...]

Vulnerability…Do You Dare?

Somewhere along the road of our life journeys we must face feeling vulnerable...that uncomfortable exposure that feels like we are suddenly walking an emotional tightrope without any safety net. We can choose a safe haven of denial and hiding or risk exposing our true selves in a search for love, connection, creativity, authenticity and fulfillment. This month I began my own exploration into vulnerability by deciding to sign up for an on-line course taught by shame researcher and author Brene Brown. This learning and feeling experience [...]