The best way I know how to answer difficult questions like, “Who are you?” and “What do you hope your readers will get from this blog?” lies in sharing this simple true story with you:
During a job interview in 1998, I was asked a question that forever changed the trajectory of my life.
The VP of Sales asked,
“What’s the most important position you’ve ever held?
And, what did you learn in that role?”
The moment of truth came in that brief silent pause before I answered. I knew I had a choice: I could give a politically correct corporate answer, or I could speak my truth. I chose the latter.
I confidently responded,
“I was a waitress at the country club in high school.”
Upon seeing her less-than-impressed look with my answer, I proceeded to share what those hungry customers taught me, and what I believe most people still hunger for today.
People yearn to be:
3. And, understood.
If being seen, heard, and understood describes what you hunger for, then this blog will satisfy your appetite! How can I be so sure?
Though I may not know your specific pain, trial, or current struggle, I do understand pain. I also know that with God, determination, and hard work, you too can find the light.
I became Susan Day through years of living in darkness.
I know firsthand the pain, heartache, and struggle that accompanies an abusive relationship, an eating disorder, substance abuse, and workaholism. I also know the disappointment of divorce and the unrequited desire to have a child.
As a young woman, I told my therapist, “Well, I guess the only addiction I don’t have is gambling.” After a fleeting pause, I cried out, “Put me down for gambling too. After all, I’ve been playing Russian roulette with my life!” That was twenty-four years ago.
Today, I’m beyond grateful to be standing strongly in the light of day.
No, the journey wasn’t easy. It was like a poorly choreographed dance with steps forward, backward, and sideways. It was long, and at times, excruciatingly painful. And yet, I don’t have regrets. Yes, there are choices I wish I’d made differently. And, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without those experiences.
I feel called to share what I learned with you.
That’s what this blog is all about. It’s about giving you simple truths, simple tools, and simple words of wisdom to move forward. I also created a private Facebook group for you to meet other readers. You can join The DAPO Community here!
I look forward to meeting you and hearing from you along the way!