Saturday, December 31, 2016

Can Harper ride the waves of life?

Riding Waves is a book about learning to navigate the joys and trials of growing up, falling in love and going to college. When Harper's relationship with Dan starts taking her down a path she doesn't like, she will have to make some hard choices.
Can Harper ride the waves of life or will they take her under?


Excerpt:
July 2011

    The sun feels warm on my shoulder as Ashley and I play tennis on the street in front of my house. We have been best friends since the sixth grade, and we just graduated from high school this year. I see a car coming so we stop playing for a minute to see if it is coming this way. As the car gets closer, we realize that it is her parent’s car, and that her brother Dan is driving. I wonder why he is here and if Ashley has to go home? Or maybe he is here to see my brother, Jake? Even though, I am seventeen and she’s already eighteen, neither of us have our own cars. We were too lazy to ride our bikes to the tennis courts today so that’s why we were just hitting the ball back and forth on the street in front of my house. I see Dan sometimes when I go to her house, but she likes to hang out at my house since I have my own room, and she shares with her little sister.
   I notice, all of the sudden, that it is one of those impeccable summer days with the sky a beautiful shade of blue dotted with a few puffy white clouds. Dan walks straight towards me as I turn away from the clouds. A bead of sweat runs down my forehead, and I brush it away.
     “Do you want to go out sometime?” Dan stammers.
    I don’t answer for what feels like an eternity until Ashley nudges me.
    “Um, sure. When?” I say as I notice that his eyes match the color of the sky.
   I really don’t know what to say. I have known him since we were in elementary school...

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wish I had a list of books that I have read


I love the written word for many reasons, and cannot imagine a life without the feel of a book in my hands or deprived of the character's words replaying in my head. as difficult as it was to do, I chose three of my favorite books in order to understand why I like to read and how I can get lost in a book...


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Words can be powerful


Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

Words can be powerful, but so can our thoughts. Most of the spiritual books that I have read discuss how powerful one's thoughts and intentions are. We create our experience of the world based on how we think about it. What are you thinking? How are you responding? What are you creating? Is your intention positive or negative?

We all know that hitting someone and calling names can hurt, but intentions and thoughts can hurt others as well as we damage ourselves. When you hate others, you bring that onto yourself. When you are negative, you draw more negativity in your life.

There are countless songs like the one by Sister Hazel that sing, "If you want to be somebody else, change your mind." Not change your circumstance, not change your words and not change someone else. Even movies and books, people constantly focus on trying to change others. When you try to change others, you bring that onto yourself.

I even spent years praying that people I cared about would change, and was constantly disappointed. Relationships can indeed be the catalyst for change, but the decision, the intention and the thought must come from within that own person. The only person that I have the power to change is myself. If I want love and peace in my life, I must give that to others in my thoughts, my words and my actions.

All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Looking For the Good Blog

Although I love this blog, I am currently writing a blog called #lookingforthegood for ChicagoNow. Please follow me there since I post twice a week!



Thursday, July 14, 2016

Life changes again


As I sit here changing my address again for the third time in four years, I am reflecting on how much resistance I give to change in my life. I like to be challenged, but on my own terms, not because of situations in life that I seem to have no control over. It seems though that more I resist and fight these alterations, the more that I hurt. Today, I choose to focus on the positive and just lean into the changes coming my way, if I can.... 



Thursday, June 23, 2016

True success


 As I was reflecting on a conversation today, I had this insight about my philosophy of leadership. I believe that Leaders are only there to help others succeed. Yes, there are tasks to be done, and no we don't want to do their job for them, but we need to help them be successful in their roles. To me that is how I know that I am succeeding...whether my teachers are. It may take some discussions and brainstorming, but isn't that what it takes to "lead" others. If they can't see how to have success on her own, together we need to set goals, figure out a plan and determine how to achieve them.