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The Magic of Harry Potter and a lesson in giving

It’s probably no secret to most Harry Potter fans that bought “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” – a special handwritten book by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – for a whopping $3.98 million dollars! HP fans should recall that these tales were mentioned in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” as a critical element to the story line. The first of these tales as well as several hi-res images have now been posted on and can be accessed here.

The book is magical, handmade and beautifully finished – completely handwritten by J.K. Rowling herself – along with several illustrations.

The real magic of this story is that ALL of the proceeds are being donated to The Children’s Voice Campaign charity, instituted by J.K. Rowling, which goes to help aid children who most need an advocate in the world.  

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter fandom continue to inspire me with unmatched creativity, compassion, and generosity.

Whoever said there is no such thing as magic anyway?

Foggy with limited visibility

It’s been a really long time since my last thoughtful post. I am feeling extremely scattered and totally not on top of things. Between my new gig, the holidays, and RL in general, I am having trouble getting grounded. Everything is foggy and unclear – and I have limited or no visibility in my life right now.  The leap of faith I recently took seems more like a headfirst dive into an icy lake. My prescription for myself is to walk for an hour per day – preferably at dawn and to be thankful for the opportunity to do better each day.

Wish me luck.

Life Choices – all mixed up in overthink

Dear Mom –

It has been so long since you and I had a chance to talk about things. I miss your insights, humor – but most of all, Love.

I am standing at a major crossroads in my life and I am SO confused. The more I think about it, the more confused I get. I am one who usually trusts my instincts but now they are all mixed up in the “overthink” that I have been doing. I wish I had someone to talk to about this. What am I supposed to do?

Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for everything that life has given me, and I continue to prosper. I just can’t seem to find what it is that I passionately want to do. Have I supressed who I am for so long that I am unrecoverable? How come so many people know what it is that they should be doing, yet I don’t? I am not stupid – as a matter of fact I am pretty darn smart.

If you can, please send me some inspration, a sign, or even some clear direction on what I should do with my life. I could really use the guidance.

I miss you an love you always.

Love, Susan

Thankful for Thirty: Day 15: Courage

After 20 successful years of working for non-profit organizations, I have decided to leave the Association world and try my hand at consulting. I have joined a very small, women-owned company to head up their Internet and new media strategy efforts.
I am scared and excited at the same time – this is a huge change for me, both professionally and personally. I am climbing off the corporate ladder, giving up my CIO title and all that goes with it in the name of creativity, flexibility, and the ability to innovate.

Today I am thankful for having the courage to make such a significant change in my life – and I hope this leads to many more.

Thankful for Thirty: Day 11: second chances

So, my thankful for thirty is taking a little longer than expected. I guess I didn’t say “Thankful for thirty consecutive days” – geez, I can rationalize anything.

Life has been a bit crazy lately, with doctors apptointments and a series of medical tests  and kids and colds, oh yeah and then there is always the 40+ hours per week I spend working.

I guess the point of this post is that I appreciate the fact that everyday is another opportunity to get things right. To try a different approach. To start over. To experience new things. To appreciate what I have. To improve myself. To love myself a little bit more. To make a difference. To be content.

Thankful for Thirty: Day 9: The light of September

There is something about the light in September. The air changes, as well as the angle of the sun. Things are now incandescently beautiful. Mornings and “the gloaming” are particularly amazing. I wish it could be like this all year round. Although, it may not be as special if we had it all the time.

I am thankful each for each day that I get to experience this.

Thankful for Thirty: Day 4: Opportunities Unfold

I have been spending a lot of time focusing on my immediate goals and keeping the “debbie downers” of the world away from me. I have to tell you, it takes a lot of work to remain focused on the possibilities while “she” continuously tries to break in and vandalize my life. I have done enough of that on my own, thank you very much. Time to repair the damage. For the most part, I have kept her at bay, but more on that later.

Over the past few weeks,  I have put all of my focus and intent on my short term goals:

  • a super flexible schedule where I set my own hours so that I can be available for my children
  • the opportunity to innovate, be creative, and make a difference – and be wildly successful at it
  • continue to make good money (and more of it!)
  • not giving in (and settling for) working in a corporate, traditional environment
  • consistently move my body – get the exercise I need, at my own pace
  • have happy, healthy children
  • get closer to my true spirit

What is really interesting is that this is actually working! In the past 10 days, several new opportunities have unfolded in front of me. My belief that I can do all of these things is actually becoming reality. Now I have some important decisions to make – but the beauty of it is that I have options!

Also, I have been walking 3-4 miles each morning with my dog Jasper, where I medidate and pray about all of my intentions, and talk myself in to believing that I can do all of these things (and much more). I actually joined a yoga center too!

I am fighting off the disbelief that these good things could happen to me, along with the old fear factor – which by the way becomes even more intense when I find myself around a “Debbie Downer”. So I consciously decided to kick all of the “debbie downers” in my life to the curb. I know this will be an ongoing battle with the likes of her, but I will keep up the good fight. Here is my letter to all of the “debbie downers” of the world:

Dear Debbie Downer,

Get the hell out of my life.

Love, Susan

ps. stop drinkin’ so much haterade

This was supposed to be a thankful post, right? Actually it is –

I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities in front of me, the strength to get rid of negativity, and for all that I am about to be given.


Thankful for Thirty: Day 3: September dayz

Today was absolutely incandescent. Something about the clear sky combined with September sun and crisp air makes me feel so alive again, like I have come out of hibernation from the opressive heat and humidity that Virginia serves up in the summer time. I feel whole again when the weather is like this, my spirit renewed and my soul fed with the beauty and promise of autumn.

I grateful to have another day like this to enjoy. I will to celebrate this tonight among friends and colleagues.

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