Sue and I have been friends since high school but, we hadn’t really seen each other until recently, where we spent all day together at a creativity workshop with Elizabeth Gilbert and Rob Bell. Talk about a place to reconnect. We went out for lunch together and talked about our passions, coaching and how are lives are becoming something more than we could imagine. She is a deep listener and her energy is infectious. She’s gone out on her own as a coach and is helping so many people to connect and grow. I am a member of her Sacred Living Arts Collective. I hope to see you there!
“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” –Brene Brown
“Sue, take a walk with me,” my mentor and trusted friend, Byron, said. He pointed out a wooden swing shaded by trees, overlooking the river, and suggested we sit. I started to get nervous—I knew what this must be about. In college, I was a promising student: bright, kind, and funny with a zest for life that no one could tame. From the outside, I looked like I had everything together. I was so good at faking my happiness that I had even fooled myself into believing I was okay. But I wasn’t, and Byron knew this. When I moved to Florida, with a vague idea of what it meant to live in “community,” I had no idea of the events and conversations that would take place over the next year-and-a-half or how those conversations would act as the catalyst for inner transformation.
Byron and I took a seat, and in the most loving and compassionate way possible he proceeded to confront me on all of my feeble attempts to compensate for my messy head and broken heart. He continued to say that he was, “worried about me and the path I was choosing for my life.” Wearing a blanket of shame, I agreed with him. He spoke gently, using words of wisdom and truth to combat the lies that I had believed about myself for so long. He challenged me to think about what I really wanted out of life, telling me that redemptive days were yet to come that would amaze me. Without a lecture, but with an empathetic heart, Byron had given me my first taste of audacious grace, a surprising and beautiful gift that I felt I was not worthy or deserving of.
The “Sacred Swing,” as I have affectionately named it, is the place where the messiness of life collides with the beauty of vulnerability, community, and grace; the place where the hard things in life are exposed and mourned, and where healing begins. My life has been forever changed by the conversations that took place on that swing, and by having one person believe that there was something more for me than I was able to believe for myself. I was told that I was meant for better things in this life than the vicious cycle I had grown accustomed to. It was there when I first trusted someone enough to let them speak into my life, where I learned what it meant to forgive and to be honest with not only others, but myself, as well.
I’m Sue Gauthier-Pin. I’m a Creative Life and Grief Coach from Long Beach, CA and my mission in life is to provide a space like the “Sacred Swing” for those who may be struggling along a similar path.
I know what’s like to feel restless and lost, to feel different and alone. The story I shared with you is important to me because it was the first time that I finally felt a sense of belonging. I was seen for my broken, radiant, brilliant self. I no long had to play the rebel or the pretty face; I could just show up as myself, “perfectly imperfect.”
My vision for my work as a coach is to ensure that my clients are seen and known by me. I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally and that I believe them to be exceptional beings with the infinite power to transform their lives for the better. I see their potential and their purpose in their tender and fierce hearts and will always champion them.
Are you struggling with not being seen and known in your relationships, career, academic, creative or spiritual life and feel like you could benefit from some support?
What would it be like to have someone champion you like Bryon did for me?
Have you considered investing in a coach? I help folks to feel more confident, find the joy in their lives, improve their relationships and tap into their creative flow. I want you to THRIVE, NOT JUST SURVIVE. Because let’s face it, you’re pretty awesome!
If you’re in need of extra SUPPORT during this fall season, I have 4 more 1:1 coaching slots available for 2016 (3 of which are sliding scale). AND for Liveintobeauty.com readers, I’m offering a free first coaching session. Interested? Why not try it for free and see how coaching can help you step into the life that’s waiting for you?
P.S. If you’re feeling my vibe and want to connect with more like-minded creative, soulful folks…Come join me in my private FB group, The Sacred Living Arts Collective. See you there!
Sue Gauthier-Pin is a Creative Life Coach and Expressive Arts Therapist from Long Beach, CA. She loves being able to help guide other soulful, creative folks through their emotional and spiritual healing process by tapping into their own creativity.When she’s not working on her latest creative endeavor, Magnolia Moon Healing Arts, you can find her art journaling in her living room and sipping on some black vanilla lavender tea with a cat in her lap.