Welcome to Beautiful Lives by Susan

Beautiful Lives by Susan is a lifestyle change blog about Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome. You may consider this site a place for resources to learn to heal from traumatic experiences.

My diagnosis for PTSS came after living with it for over 50 years. At last, after decades of searching for answers about why I felt and reacted so differently from most people around me, the answers become more clear with each new day. Is it late in life to start over? It’s never too late. With the right tools in place, good motivation, and a positive attitude, we can start over whenever we decide at anytime in our lives. #Truth

For many years, I let other people tell my story for me. But, I don’t do that anymore. Today, I am not a victim. Rather, I know who I am and I embrace my story. This website starts with my back story and moves forward into the things that bring me joy, sadness, deep emotions, or whatever comes along that might help someone else if the story is told.

It is my passion that kindred spirits are inspired to follow a journey of healing in which we learn to make life decisions based on love and hope, not on fear.

Dancing in the Rain image courtesy of Canva.

What We Believe

We believe that all spiritual paths lead to the light of eternal love.

We stand in support of all survivors of traumatic events.

We promote good nutrition for the strength to heal.

Susans Backstory

Introduction to EMDR • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

The therapist who correctly diagnosed me after all these years also introduced me to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. From the first session, I found relief from stress. There is no easy answer for PTSS but EMDR gave me a fresh perspective and a new start.

Recommended Reading

Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy

Spirit • Mind • Body Balance

Today, each day is full of the pursuit of balance in all things that I do. Writing about my journey helps keep me in balance and it is my wish that each reader finds some measure of comfort and encouragement.

Our Mission: Together we light the way through the after-effects of trauma as we heal and manifest our beautiful lives and nurture our eternal spirits, beautiful minds, and healthy bodies.

Other Posts About Susan

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Susan’s Back Story

This is a list of posts on Beautiful Lives by Susan that tell a little bit more of my personal story for those who are interested.

Susan's Back Story

My back story is a long one that spans 65 years so it is my wish that you find some measure of corroboration of your own story through mine.

My Great-great-grandmother Rose Daniels • What I Know to Date

My Great-great-grandmother Rose Daniels was Navajo. This was hidden from me for most of my life. So now, there are traits about me that make sense.

Control is an Illusion of Our Minds

The illusion of control of one’s environment, be it things or people, is fear based, not love based. It wears away at the soul of the controller.

What I Do When Past Fears Overwhelm

Past fears sometimes overwhelm me and ruin my entire day. The truth is, I never know when I will get struck by an old experience that throws me for a loop.

Our Lives are Shaped by Perpetrators

What about the perpetrators in our lives? How are our lives shaped by perpetrators? Read this article to earn more about it.

Moving Beyond Generational Trauma

I was born into a family of generational trauma and the subsequent continual crisis that goes with it. Read to learn more about generational trauma.

The Secrets of Generations

Do you feel exhausted from a lifetime of secrets that sometimes wear away your will to go on? Are there secrets that you are afraid to talk about?

Anxiety Ruled My Life

Now, I look back and clearly see the anxiety I lived with on a daily basis throughout my life and therefore, how anxiety ruled my life.

Charity Wrapped with Dignity for the Poor and Homeless

When I was living in a homeless shelter a few years back, I came to know the prejudice against poor people. It is shameful the way society treats them.

Do You Get SAD? Here's Info that Might Help! • Beautiful Lives by Susan

Seasonal affective disorder is a period of depression that happens during the winter months, when the days grow short and you get less and less sunlight.

Meditation Basics for Alpha Relaxation

Meditation is an excellent source of relaxation after or before a stressful event in your life.

Why I Identify with Those Who are Oppressed • Beautiful Lives by Susan

Identify with those who are seemingly not in your ‘social realm’ and prepare for the backlash. You see, ignorance has no boundary.