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One of my favorite movies is Lord of the Rings.  I love that Frodo, a homebody with a small, safe life, has a task set before him which is seemingly impossible even to those who are stronger, with more visible gifts and more experience than he. I love that while he is reluctant at first, he agrees to take on the job and finds that he is the perfect one for this daunting task – maybe the only one who can do it. I love that he is surrounded by a group that will help him get where he is going and that each one must face some kind of choice to overcome the darkness in order for the quest to move forward.

Lord of the Rings (and other great stories) remind me that there are things that (despite appearances and convention) are uniquely suited to me, to each one of us. If we’re willing, like Frodo, to set aside reluctance, face the shadows, grab our courage and move into the unknown with confidence.

This blog is about stepping beyond the shadow, facing the internal giants that hold us back, finding courage, embracing our uniqueness and finding a way to celebrate it.  If we don’t, the world will miss out on that particular sound that is only us; it will miss out on seeing that unique hue. There is only one you.  No one else on the planet has your particular blend of strengths and struggles, all wrapped in your experience. Though it can be painful and it definitely takes courage, this blog is about finding a way to show up, to stand up and be seen.  You’re worth it and it is a loss to all of us if you don’t find a way.

Here’s to ordinary people living extraordinary lives.

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, t

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  1. Sue — I am so excited for the launch of this great new adventure for you. I am equally excited for all of us who get to follow along and find our own steps beyond the shadow and into the light. I look forward to hearing more, and more and more. Your messages of hope and inspiration are exactly what we all need.


  2. So inspiring, Sue. I seriously can’t wait to read more of your thoughts. You are a light on a hill, my friend. So happy that you’ve found this creative outlet and I know it will benefit all those reading it. Thank you for sharing your heart with us! xoxo


  3. This rings true like the verse from Ephesians 2:10 that says, “We are God’s masterpiece… created anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” I love that description. You really described this well, Sue. Thanks.


  4. This is so exciting! Thank you for taking this step of faith and sharing your unique hue with the world. Your light and joy have always inspired me. It won’t always be easy, but it wasn’t for Frodo either!


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