Monday, March 31, 2014

A Spirited Retirement!

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Many thanks to all of you who read this blog and participated in this virtual community.  I'm retiring!  True, the woman in the photo is young enough to be my daughter.  But I chose this as my final blog photo because of the energy shown here.  Her pose, props, and wide smile represent my plans for a spirited retirement!
My best wishes for all of you,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Dancing with Our Holistic Nature

"The organs weep the tears the eyes refuse to shed."
 ~Sir William Osler, 18th century physician 

What's wrong with the following picture?  Your neighbor tells you excitedly, "I've decided to become holistic!"

Yes, you guessed it.  Our world, including us, has always been holistic, like a huge, dynamic puzzle.  Your neighbor has been inspired to work with the system designed to keep her body, mind, and spirit communicating.  The system has always been there; it's not like signing up for a book club! :-)

If we aren't aware of the system, it'll be hard to be in touch with our body wisdom and our emotions and to keep them in touch with each other.  To make it worse, most of us have beliefs that limit us that we don't even know about.  These beliefs can come from our own denial and fear, or they can be outdated cultural programming that no longer serves us.

No wonder we get so frustrated when we have trouble changing our own behavior!

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As you begin to untangle the blocks from these disconnections, consider yourself the project manager.  Assemble a team that can help you with this project.  Massage therapists, coaches, chiropractors, and Reiki practitioners all work to clear the blocks and let the energy move freely again.

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Once the communication lines have been reconnected with body, mind, and spirit, we are free to pursue our goals and dreams!

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear." ~Buddha

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Due to my make-up and experiences (including my mistakes!)  I'm particularly gifted to coach around this subject.  Please email me to set up a complimentary trial session.
Feel free to ask questions and share experiences in the comments section!
Locals:  Please save these family health fair dates.  I hope to see you there!
Boyertown Wellness Fair
Saturday March 29, 2014, from 10 am to 1 pm
At the Boyertown Area Sr. High School
A big thanks to the Boyertown Area Community Wellness Council!
Live Well Expo
Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 10am to 2pm
At the SunnyBrook Ballroom in Pottstown
Thank you, State Representative Mark Painter, for hosting this event! 
Get Results Through Mind/Body Awareness!TM

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two Sites, Twice the Gratitude!

Photo (c) Susan Cleaver

I took this photo years ago, out of my gratitude for the beautiful sunrise. Like many of you, I'm a big fan of gratitude lists and journals.

In the last few months, I found two sites featuring gratitude journals. They're both fun and easy, and I want to make sure all my readers know about them!

Photo (c) iStockphoto/Warchi

The first one is called Happy Rambles (TM), and you can find it at  You, the writer, can choose to write yours in any form that pleases you.  

The site also encourages you to add photos if you wish.  It reminds you by email when it's time to write again.  It also allows you to save your entries.

I use this site, but I have no other affiliation with it.  I just like it!

Photo (c) iStockphoto/VickyLeon

The second site I'd like to introduce you to is Laura West's "Joyful Business" site.  (Again, I'm just a happy user of her site, with no other affiliation.) 

To get to her gratitude journal, use this link:  

This one is a little more structured, but you'll still usually have the elbow room to express yourself as you wish.  There are a few playful but provocative questions in the structure.  Laura's journal allows you to print out what you've written when you're done.

I've been following Laura West's work for years before I came upon this journal.  I like the content and style of her site. 

Photo (c) iStockphoto/IrvStock

I hope you'll find these two sites to be helpful and fun!  Please let the rest of the creative4life Community know how they work for you.

Coach Susan

The Great-Life Advocate (TM)


Results of the "Fall 15" Challenge!

In my last post (11/3/13), I put out a "Fall 15" Challenge with three choices of challenges, each involving the number 15 in some way.  I hope some of you tried one and found it helpful.  We'd all love to hear about your results!

Here are mine!  I chose the second challenge, "Find 15 items in your home to donate to charity within the next 15 days."  I started on November 3, so I had until November 18. 

I'm happy to say that I finished finding and packing up the 15 items by November 6, and they were off our property and donated the next day to Goodwill Industries.

I feel good about making the donations, and I'm glad to have them out of our home and back in circulation again for people to buy for very low prices.  It sure beats sending them to a landfill! 


Have you ever wondered if your work could be better and easier by knowing a few basic coaching skills that you and I could tailor to your job?

It's true for most any line of work!  
Here are a few examples:

Middle Managers 
Small-business owners with a few employees 
Social workers
Leaders of non-profit organizations
Guidance counselors
Research and Development Teams
Health care workers 

Let's talk about it!  Please email me here to set up an informal consultation.  It's complimentary and eye-opening!

~All of Susan's posts are copyright Susan Cleaver.~

~Member of the local TriCounty Community Network at

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Bring Your Own Bliss (BYOB), Part 3

Last spring, I wrote 2 posts about bliss (BYOB), 3/28/13 and 4/4/13.  More recently, an enthusiastic reader suggested that I expand on the topic, so that's my mission for this post.  

Photo (c) iStockphoto/Igor Demchenkov

Reading through the first 2 posts on bliss, I see that I need to expand on the "doing" step of the "be, do, have" cycle.

"We are the gateway from the numinous world to the practical world."

~Rick Jarow

The tricky part about the "doing" step is learning to discern between an action that seems to be the most logical and obvious and the inspired action.  
If we dive into the first action we can think of just to get things moving, this will backfire!

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and all science."  ~Albert Einstein

In the quote above, Einstein praised "the mysterious."  In our "doing," we need to let go and wait for "the mysterious" synchronicity or intuition to tap our shoulders.  There's nothing to strive for, but we do need to be watchful for the "green light," and trust it when it arrives.  That's inspired action!   

"...somehow, perhaps beyond perception, there was a great click, after which suddenly a new friend appeared, an idea was imparted, or a connection established, causing the tides to turn and the floodgates to open."  ~Mike Dooley

  Photo (c) iStockphoto/Brian Jackson

When we come upon the moment for "inspired action," we must move on it right away.  The timing is very important!  We can't let "practical" thoughts deter us; we must go on faith.  When we do, we see the manifestation (the "have" part of the cycle).

"Dreams pass into the reality of action, from this action stems the dream again."  ~Anais Nin

Coach Susan

The "Fall 15" Challenge!

Choose one of these 15-Day Challenges, follow through, and let us all know how it went!

Unplug the TV for 15 days.

Find 15 items in your home to donate to charity within the next 15 days.

Make an apology or accept one within the next 15 days.

P.S.  I'm choosing the second one, finding 15 items to donate.  My countdown starts today, November 3, 2013!


For Locals

The 2013 Senior Health Expo, Thursday, November 14
9:00 am till 1:30 pm, at the historic Sunnybrook Ballroom
50 Sunnybrook Rd., Pottstown, PA

No admission fee for attendees!

Please stop by my exhibit! I'd like to get to know you better, and I have some great information and worksheets for you.  

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, Mark Painter (State Representative of District #146), the Pottstown Mercury, and the TriCounty Community Network at


Save the Date for My "Holiday Reiki Rescue" (from the mall madness!)

7:00 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, December 3, 2013, in Douglassville, PA

Details, consisting of mostly pampering, will be announced in my next post! 


All posts on creative4life are (c) Susan Cleaver.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Web Surfing for Creative Types

Please check the recent comments on my last two posts, and on the one dated 3/28/13!  I hope you'll jump into the conversation by clicking on "comments".  If you're not yet used to writing online, this is a good way to begin developing your voice.  And there is an option to comment as "Anonymous"!
A Few Sites to Help You Stay Inspired!

  • Crazy Coaching Friday Episode #016 - Do you Communicate Cleanly and Clearly?

    I was fortunate to have a 2nd appearance on Crazy Coaching Friday on a panel of coaches!  As you can see, our topic was one that everyone can benefit from; you don't have to be a coach to enjoy the show and get value from it!

    You will see a panel of very open coaches, sometimes coaching each other.  The show is unique in that we have lots of fun and dig deep into the subject at the same time.  The shows are unscripted, which really makes it fun and interesting!

    I think you'll enjoy the part where each coach gives an example of a learning opportunity (read: a mistake to learn from) directly from our own practices or daily lives!

    Crazy Coaching Friday is possible via Google+, and is available live and recorded at, the producer of the show. The recorded version is then available on YouTube, and that's the link that will take you right to Episode #016.  Use the link at the top of this post to get there.

    In the spirit of full disclosure...I'm a member of CoachVille and Google+, however, I'm not an employee or affiliate of any of the sites involved.

    Crazy Coaching, inspiring, educational, unscripted, and unedited!


In Episode #016, we discussed written and spoken communication....

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And we discussed translating the meaning of body language!

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WOW!  I love this recording!  Imagine this...Billy Joel is giving a presentation at Vanderbilt University to an auditorium full of students.  During the Q and A, a freshman, Michael  Pollan, asked if he could come up and accompany Billy for the song, "New York State of Mind."  He waited a few seconds for the answer,  but it probably seemed more like minutes to Michael....   

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Billy Joel said, "O.K."!  Both men were taking a considerable risk.  Michael started playing the introduction on the piano.  At this point, I was already confident that Michael knew his way around that piano!  Then Billy joined in, singing the words.

It was magical!  The words and the piano blended together beautifully!  I was cheering the young man on as he continued to do a masterful job on the piano.  Does it seem a little strange that I'd do that while watching a recording?  Well, it's no worse than sports fans yelling at their TVs during a game! :-)

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I was deeply inspired by Michael's courage to ask, as well as his magnificent skill.  It gave me
goose bumps!

The link is at the top of this part of the post.  I'm not connected in any way to Vanderbilt or the people present.  I just love the recording.

You may want to check it out, especially if you're
looking for inspiration (cheering is optional)!


**All of Susan's creative4life posts are (c) Susan Cleaver.**

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Business Blogging Bliss

This is a class I'm teaching at Boyertown's Continuing Education on Wednesday nights in October, starting on the 9th, from 7 to 8 pm.  Find out more at for my local readers.  Registration ends soon...September 24!

A note to my global readers:  
I'm considering offering "Business Blogging Bliss" as a teleclass, also!
If this sounds interesting, please leave a comment, or email me, so I can get a read on the appeal  of this topic as a teleclass.
Thank you!


Thursday, August 01, 2013

An Opportunity to Inspire and Be Inspired...and One Timely Update

These "Sugar Cubes" Will Melt Your Heart!

I personally recommend a great website,  It gives you a chance to inspire others around the world and receive inspiration, too.

I have no affiliation with them other than being one of the writers/receivers.   It's very rewarding to write an uplifting note to someone on the planet whom you don't know. 

I hope that some of the ones I've written will randomly find their way to individuals who need that particular bit of encouragement on that particular day! 

This is something we can all do to promote goodwill around the globe.     

I  hope you'll give it a try.  The more positive vibes we can get out there, the better!

         (c) iStockphoto/Stefanie Timmermann

"Crazy Coaching Friday" Update

A Change from my last post, 7/27/13

There has been a change in the scheduling of the #016 "Crazy Coaching Friday" Show that was slated for tomorrow.  We will have the show next Friday, August 9th. 

We'll be "live" from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern time, so the recording will be available on You Tube and after that.  Somehow, our host manages to make the atmosphere of the show humorous and provocative at the same time!

In the meantime, if you haven't watched Episode #013 yet, I hope you will. All episodes are unscripted, and we had great fun making that one! 

(c) iStockphoto/Joe Potato Photo


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

"Yikes! I See My Opportunity. Now What?"

In my post from May 26, 2013, I discussed how to prepare for an opportunity,even when you don't know what it is yet...or where it is...or when it's coming.  That's a pretty tall order, but it's worth your investment of time.

So, this post is the answer the next question: "I found it!  Now what do I do? First, I congratulate you on your preparations and your ability to observe! 

"Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards."  ~~William Arthur Ward

Well, Mr. Ward was right; there are no beepers and billboards.  We just have to believe it's there somewhere, in some form. In the post from 5/26/13, I gave you suggestions for growing your roots in preparation for your success when it's time to spread your wings!

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Turn your awareness level up to "high," because opportunities are waiting quietly in lots of different places.  The best one for you could be surrounded by other opportunities....

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Or you may find your opportunity lurking under a problem....

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Your opportunity may be in broad terms, and you'll need to narrow it down....

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Or maybe it'll show up in a dream....

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You may be confused; "O.K., now how do I know the opportunity I'm going with is the real deal?"  

There are two keys that need to be present together, and together they usually indicate that you have chosen well.  They are:

excitement and fear.


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To say that's a bit unnerving is an understatement, I know.  But I think Anais Nin was right when she said, "It's less painful to bloom than to try to stay in a bud." 

Now, if I may mix in one more metaphor, I will quote the songwriters, Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers:

"Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance...."

I hope you will, too....

The Great-Life Advocate (TM)

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Would you like to explore coaching with me in a complimentary session?

Being coached is a "real time," personalized experience!

Please email me to set up your tele-session where we can decide if we'd work well together.

No string pressure.  That's just not the way I do things!


Curious Minds Want to Know....

We all love finding creative answers to our questions, but if you've been mulling over the same issues for a long time, here's something to try!

Coach Dave Buck, CEO of CoachVille (which is where I turn for professional development), has a simple formula to help you with these.  He says to ask yourself, "What would be a better question?"

If you give it a try, you'll see how it gives you a whole new perspective on the issue when you ask the new question. And I think it's fun!

Please play with this idea, and post a comment about your experience with it.

We can all learn so much from each other as a more interactive community here at creative4life. Thank you, dear readers!


Here are Two Opportunities to Watch Me in Action on the "Crazy Coaching Friday" Show!

This show, which is produced by CoachVille, via Google+ Hangout, features a panel of coaches.  It's live and unscripted, fun, and provocative!
And you don't have to be a coach to enjoy it and learn from it.

Here's the link for You Tube from the first time I was on the show...Episode #013 on June 7, 2013: 

On this Friday, August 2, I'll be on the panel again, and you'll be able to find it on the same You Tube channel.

If you'd like to watch it live or recorded later on CoachVille, please see the time and instructions on my previous post from 6/6/13.

Come laugh and learn with us!


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