Posts by SusieShubert

How I Got Published

Posted on Oct 21, 2016

I’ve just realized a Dream Come True. A true bucket-list item for me has been checked off and circled with hearts and rainbows (and of course a few skulls!) drawn all around it; I’m thrilled and honored beyond words to now be able to call myself a published author with ‘The Badass Planner’, which I recently found on the shelf in the real brick-and-mortar Barnes & Noble—talk about an outer-body experience! People often ask me how I did it. Sure, there was a whole lotta planning, (see what I did there?) writing and research involved. But this post isn’t ‘Susie’s Guide to Getting Your Book Published’—sorry to disappoint you if that’s what you were hoping for. When it comes right down to it, I give most of the credit to my willingness and ability to What the Fuck?! Yes, I’m treating that deliciously crass phrase as an actual verb because we writers feel like we have the liberty to do so and honestly, it’s the truth. Often “What the Fuck!” is an exclamation of exasperation, but in this case the What the Fucking that I’m suggesting is to shrug your shoulders and jump right in there with both feet because what do you have to lose? Fear of failing has so...

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The Secret of My Success

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Ok that sounds kind of braggy, but let me make sure it’s clear…I’m talking about MY success, peeps! This is what works for me! Your success will look completely different than mine. However, I do have some tips that may help you along the way to yours. I will start a new job this week. I left a job that most people on this earth would think was the be-all-end-all and in some ways, it certainly was. I could work from home and make my own schedule, which as many of you know allowed me to even take my work to the U.S. Virgin Islands for three weeks. Oh, am I bragging again? I guess that is a bit of a boast, but it really drives the point home that even with the possibility of sunny beaches, working from home isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It certainly wasn’t mine, even though I could drink a cup of beloved coffee any time I damn well pleased, work in my pjs and take a long shopping-lunch. You see, I am a people person. (and now you’re saying, duh.) I love being around people, I get energy from being around people, and nothing makes me happier than connecting with someone—even if it’s...

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Your Upside Down

Posted on Sep 9, 2016

Like so many others, I have been completely captivated by the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’. As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, what’s not to love?? Everything from the clothing to the hair styles to the fabulously ominous synthesized 80’s horror movie music is right up my alley—and the fact that they meticulously pay homage to just about every cult classic movie from that time period in some way, shape or form. Here is where I warn you; if you haven’t seen it and plan on watching, be prepared for some spoilers. As I watched, It really struck me how the ‘Upside Down’ isn’t just a place that these characters deal with in the show…in our own messy lives, we too often face going into the Upside Down. It’s a damn scary place to be—and we don’t even get the benefit of an 80’s keyboard soundtrack while we’re in there. Seriously, have you ever felt like your whole world has been turned upside down? It’s a perfect way to describe it, as that place has you feeling disoriented. It looks a lot like your own world, but it’s a foreign place–a place you don’t really know how to navigate because that’s not how your world normally is. Often...

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How to Cast a Magic Spell

Posted on Jul 21, 2016

So I’m sitting on a lovely beach in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; all by myself, getting my ocean zen on, and minding my own business. I notice this guy walking down the beach. Huh, I think. He looks kind of like Sawyer from LOST. Nice. He passes by in front of me, and says ‘hi’. I say hi back. As he passes I sigh, looking at my flabby middle aged tummy in my bikini and wishing it didn’t look so much like a flabby middle aged tummy. Ah well, it is what it is, back to the surf, sand and sun. Not long after, Sawyer comes back up the beach and this time he stops and starts chatting with me. Am I from here, where am I from, what have I seen since I’ve been here…we have a conversation like people do when they are chit-chatting about life. I tell him my daughter is coming down to join me next week, and that I was disappointed that my husband couldn’t get enough vacation time to come along with me. Not long after this, he asks me if I might like to have dinner with him sometime. Like the ‘real’ Sawyer, what a cad! I turn him down gently and...

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Hey Guess What? I’ve Gained Weight in the Now.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

So let’s out the elephant in the virtual room—I’ve gained some weight. I know damn well if I’m looking at recent photos of myself and cringing, you are all thinking to yourselves, “Huh, looks like she’s gained some weight there…” And I realize that’s the kinder response. I could say it’s the angle, I could say I look better in other photos–but a fact is a fact. I’m not going to lie, it sucks. I would love nothing more than to practice what I preach to everyone—be happy with who I am, beauty is skin deep, love myself and my body, blah blah blah. So feeling like a sham compounds the icky feeling I have about my shape. Isn’t that fun? I write this not to get pity, not to have someone say, “Oh, you look great.” I don’t really know why I’m writing this except for the fact that I felt like it needed to be written. I can make lots of excuses about it. I’m going to name them now because it makes me feel better to tell you so you can nod your head and forgive me for assaulting your eyes, that is if you even give a shit. I left a much more active retail...

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Don’t Just Appreciate, Celebrate

Posted on Apr 23, 2016

Like everyone else in the world, the death of Prince shocked and saddened me. Living in Minneapolis, the blow is especially hard. My sister texts me, “You knew him, right?” It dawned on me then that people outside of the cities must think that all of us Minneapolites were his friends, which I think is partly what made Prince so special. His love of this city and where he came from made people around this vast world think that all of his fellow neighbors were his friends. I did not know Prince. In fact, the only place I saw him perform was when I was in Miami at the ‘Purple Bowl’, where I managed to get nose bleed seats and watched his mouth move on a giant screen about a second before I actually heard his words. I even worked at the infamous First Avenue nightclub and I never saw him grace its presence, although I knew he did frequent the place during my time there. Seeing the world come together in mourning is an amazing thing. It makes you wonder why we feel so close and connected to someone most of us never even knew? I think it’s because these artists–especially musicians, because music is so powerful–create the soundtrack of...

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