Unmasking Susan

I initially struggled writing this post because I’m a pretty private person, and social media is well, weird, but then I ran into a client out in the world and was delighted to see their face and smile, and then was equally delighted by a friend’s bio I read on Instagram, and realised that we need to see each other’s faces and hear each other’s stories. So here is my face and a little bit about me:

I was born and have lived most of my life in Victoria/Lekwungen territories. I am the youngest of 3 kids, all born in the 70s, and now I am an aunt to four rad, no-longer-so-small humans.

I love to move. First it was running and soccer, then nights and days of dancing at festivals and parties, and then a lot of yoga. And now I bike, stretch, do crunches, squats and the like, and have come full circle and started running again. 

I have a B.A in English Lit and Film Studies. I love stories  and I love thinking about them, and usually have about 5 books on the go. The world being what it is right now, a good romantic comedy, both of the literary and film varieties, is one of my favourite things at the moment. 

Like many humans, I struggle with my mental health. Mostly it has been years of chronic, low-grade depression, with a couple of bouts of more severe depression and anxiety thrown in over the years. I’ve learnt a lot and am mostly doing well these days, but sometimes it can still be pretty tough.

My family is originally mostly from the British Isles and has been involved to varying degrees in the colonization of three continents for the last few hundred years. I am in the beginning stages of exploring and reckoning with my ancestry and have been thinking a lot about displacement and disconnection, and how that affects the way generations and cultures experience and interact with the world.

I say hello to most animals who cross my path, including crows and seagulls.

And here are my answers to a few interview questions to make this a bit more relevant to the times we are in:

Your go-to activities during the pandemic:

Walking, knitting, cooking, reading, playing the ukulele to my cat, taking online courses, listening to podcasts, running, singing in a choir via Zoom, being lazy, swimming in the Gorge, bike rides, picnics, shaking my head in disbelief, learning how to play the guitar, afternoon beers.

An intention for the world during these uncertain times:

That we use these crises as opportunities to reform and/or take down the dominant and hierarchical systems that oppress so many, and keep all of us from realising our collective and individual potentials, and replace them with systems that help the majority flourish.

Things you are grateful for:

My health, my home, my loves (friends, family, partner, cat), this land, good food, coffee, my jobs, my coworkers, my bike, books, the internet, all the people working to make this world a better place for all the living things. 

Causes that you support during this time:

Affordable + accessible housing, poverty elimination, safe supply, decriminalization of drugs, good investigative journalism, food security, Indigenous sovereignty, defund the police/fund everything else, MMIW, Black and Indigenous lives matter, preservation of wild places. 

Acupuncture is important at this time because… 

It helps us access our inner resources to navigate stress and change. It gets us back in our bodies, regulates our nervous systems, helps us rest, relieves pain, and can connect us with who we are underneath all the things that get in the way.

When this is all over, I’d like to…

have tea with my grandma, visit my sister, get lost in many crowds.

And if you still want to know even more about me, you can check out my Humans of Hearts and Hands story and my practitioner bio.

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