Sharing gratitude

Celebrating, and sharing gratitude with you…


  • I am so grateful to be celebrating 23 years clean and sober this month. In recovery, I was told I only had to do two things: stop getting loaded and change everything. Happy to say that (finally!) everything has changed, and while I’m still a work in progress, I feel transformed from the inside out. Phew! Y’all don’t know how lucky you are that I am not the woman I was. Today I’m not lying, stealing, or manipulating, and that’s cause for happiness all around, right?
  • Happiness. I have so much gratitude for happiness. My concept and definition of happiness has changed over time and that’s a good thing. When I was loaded, and lying, and stealing, and manipulating, I was chasing happiness, for sure, really all I ever got was a temporary reprieve from bitterness and disappointment. It’s very very different now.
  • I am grateful for celebrations. Boy, celebrations sure have changed! Part one of my anniversary celebration: I spent the day with a friend, seeing the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the deYoung, having dim sum at Ton Kiang, and walking Baker Beach in unusual warm sunshine. Part two: made dinner for my sister and brother-in-law, and then played May I (my grandma’s progressive rummy game) for hours.


  • I’m grateful that I’ve learned how to feel blessed by what is, to thrive where I’m planted, to appreciate and show the appreciation. Honestly. These are all lessons I had to learn. I now know how to say “How are you?” back to someone in conversation (although there’s still an uncomfortable lag sometimes…this shit takes time!). I now can talk to you one-on-one in a crowd without looking over your shoulder for someone better to talk to. I now actually accept many invitations and show up, instead of ending my interaction at the point where I’ve received the invitation. Which, in the past often included me angling for the invitation, because I desperately wanted to be wanted. But then when you wanted me, I blew you off, because you wanted me. Oy. Exhausting.
  • I know deep gratitude for every lesson I’ve learned, and everything I’ve released, has brought me to this place, to this now moment, to being able to be of useful service to any woman who wants her business to be a integrated, joyful reflection of her sacred mission and purpose (rather than feeling like it’s stress and drudgery); who wants to be able to sustain it in a way that sustains her beautiful heart and soul.


  • I’m grateful for opening. Even when it makes me vulnerable. Spring came an unexpected heart-opening attraction this year. In my goofy, kind of embarrassing way, I fell for a friend. Exhilarating to be in that energy again. Fun to flirt. Exciting. Sadly, not reciprocated. But I made three wishes for heart opening, for love, for juicy connection. Now I can let go of the pursuit but hold on to that open-heartedness. The rest: where, when, how: not my job, yo.
  • Lastly, I’m grateful for my daughter and for the relationship we both have worked so hard to achieve. We spent the day together yesterday, checking out a new coffee shop, walking the farmer’s market, working in my succulent garden, going to see The Lego Movie, and going to my AA meeting together. What I noticed is that I’m no longer exhausted by my interactions with Rose, I’m no longer tensing up waiting for anger or conflict to arise. This is a huge huge huge change, a blessed relief and 100% awesome!

What gratitude comes up, what gratitude would you like to share? Talk to me in the comments, beautiful!


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  1. Hello Sue,
    Congratulations on your 23 years of recovery! Gratitude has been an awesome power in my own life and in my work. Each day, I try to give thanks for what I have in my life on that day. Today, I give thanks for my car which allows me to run errands for my business. May the gift of gratitude continue to be a part of your life journey. – Peace & Blessings!, Phyllis

  2. Sue, For someone who has known you for a long time, when these graceful gratitudes were just coming into your life, I can joyfully exclaim: “My, how you have changed!” So lovely to see. You are beautiful creating a beautiful life!

    • Jackie, so grateful to read this, and to you for your guidance and teachings, which were pivotal, deep, profound and important, and which stay with me today.

      Thank you.


  3. Thank you, Sue!!

    I’m celebrating right along with you, doing a happy dance, throwing party poppers, enjoying the fireworks. It’s so beautiful to hear you share your story and your heart so openly and so courageously. You inspire me, every day.

    Congratulations on 23 years.

    Big Love to you <3

    • Thanks so much, Jenny! I love this so much, happy dance, party poppers and fireworks — my heart swells with joy, yo!

      So grateful for you!

      Love and fireworks,

  4. Thank you so much for sharing the many aspects of your gratitude journey. I especially love the paragraph on lessons.
    God bless,

    • Marsha, welcome! Yeah, those lessons, they just keep coming!

      Good to be present, aware, and open to them… Wasn’t always like that!

      Love and light,

  5. Sue, congrats on your milestone… I’m celebrating with you! Embracing the energy and essence of gratitude has transformed my life over the last 25 years .. From single welfare mom and queen of self sabotage to the empowering work I do today!

    • Linda, welcome here, and thank you so much!

      My grateful heart to yours…Love the transformation. Amazing, isn’t it?


  6. .. love love love Magnolias West, and that is YOU and your writings dear Sue.

    thinking right now of the Magnolia tree in my front yard and the awesome flowers that they are congratulations again on 23 recovery years and the blessing of your relationship with your daughter and the inspiration your work offers me and so many.

    The quote I mentioned before is taken from a longer piece.. i imagine it is easy enough to find.. here is what I recall. “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring, will be to arrive where we started and Know the place for the first time. ” T.S. Eliot Ahhhh Yeah !

    I was reminded of this reading your post yesterday.

    Hugs and much love. With Gratitude. E.
    May we keep on walking the walk. xooox

    • Eva, so exciting to connect with you here, a new aspect to our conversation!

      I love that quote. Thank you, precious one!

      Blessings and so much love,

    • Thanks, Naomi, and welcome!!

      Yes, what a relief to let go of the idea that I should be anything besides just what I am today!

      Much love,

  7. Congratulations!

    Your gratitude about opening really spoke to me. Vulnerability can be very scary, but I don’t think you can access the really good stuff unless you open…

    and having an open heart is the good stuff, even if a crush isn’t reciprocated.


    • Hey Nano, welcome! And thank you so much. Your words brought some grateful tears to my eyes.

      Keeping my heart open!

      Love and blessings,

  8. Wow! What a lovely post Sue! Yes, you have so much to be grateful for!

    I’m just coming from a consultation, I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD. It’s funny but after reading this post I feel SO grateful for this diagnosis. It’s helping me to understand who I am and it gives me the opportunity to change my perspective about my past and myself. I feel so immensely grateful for it and for having such a wonderful online community where I can share this and be vulnerable, and feel held and supported.

    Thank you Universe.

    • Andrea, awesome! You can be grateful for what is. Standing in the peace this awareness offers allows so much opening. I am glad to support you as this unfolds.

      Love and more love,

  9. I’m grateful for the relationship I have with my ex-husband. We have no kids, so we don’t have to be in touch. We have a low-maintenance friendship. In fact, he’s coming to cheer for me at my half marathon on Sunday. There could be so much hate between ex spouses, but there isn’t any. What a blessing.

    • That’s awesome, Divorced Kat. I love that you’re chronicling your ongoing relationship. How beautiful.

      Grateful to be connecting with you!

      Love and blessings,

  10. You know I’ve kept a gratitude journal for years but I recently picked up Rhonda Byrne’s The Magic and her 28 day practice is helping me see gratitude in a whole new way! Love your message!

    • Mary, thanks so much! Welcome here.

      I love that your gratitude awareness is deepening. Keep me posted as you go.


  11. Congratulations Sue on a great milestone. So proud of you and excited to see what the future holds. I smiled when the page opened and I saw my beautiful Golden Gate. Having lived in the Bay Area for the last decade, my heart sings whenever I see the GGB. I lived five minutes away and felt so grateful for that gift each day. Every morning before I get out of bed, I hold a Gratitude Session where I say what I’m grateful for. It starts with my breath. Thank you for posting. Lots of Love.

    • So beautiful Cali! “It starts with my breath.”

      Exactly. So much depth in that level of gratitude. I know from experience. Even in the beginning, when gratitude was hard to feel, I could always be grateful for the sunshine, for my heartbeat, for a smile.

      Welcome here, so glad to be connected!

      Love and magic,

  12. WOW!!! What a Beautiful Blog I am going to sit down and write out my blessings too. I am grateful I read this it made my day! I will be sharing with my 17 year old daughter. Bless you and Yours, Karen

    • Karen, thank you so much!

      Enjoy your daughter… I’d love to know how it lands for her.

      Love and blessings,

  13. You have such a beautiful way of demonstrating courage, strength and divinely feminine grace. Congratulations!
    So much love,

  14. Thank you for your courage to share your story and your lesson in it all. Love that you can exemplify gratitude for all that you’ve been through and where you’re going. Great message. Thank you for sharing. There are many who will benefit from this.

    • Paula, so nice to see you here, welcome!

      I think that’s the key — manifesting gratitude No.Matter.What. Game changer, yo.

      So grateful for you!

      Love to you,

  15. Hi Sue,

    Wow – you sound like a courageous warrior to me. I admire your honesty and how soulfully your piece is written. It’s amazing how perception can change everything, I too at one point was always focussed on the ‘stress and drudgery’ in my life. Now I’m happy to say that happiness is my focus and now that I count my blessings every day and it’s amazing how many more I receive! 🙂

    Blessings x

    • Emma, thanks so much, I’m so glad you took the time to comment.

      Beautifully put, that when happiness is your focus you receive even more of it. Exactly!!

      I’m thinking you’re a beautiful brave warrior too!

      In appreciation,

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