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9 months and 1 1/2 weeks later — suzanne-mcrae.com

9 months and 1 1/2 weeks later

If I was talking pregnancy here, then this baby would be due. But I’m not, instead I’m talking about the amount of time that has passed since I pressed the button that would make my website (blog) go live at the end of April 2012. I had never been so nervous in my life.

The 6 months leading up to that day I spent an incredible amount of time and energy figuring out how I would even do it. I hired someone to help me find my answers. You can read about it here. Very few people knew what my dreams were. I kept my dreams well guarded like a secret for a very long time. Until one day it was bubbling over and I had to start sharing with more than my family. A little at a time I got brave enough to tell one more person then another that I wanted to write and I wanted to create. I wanted this dream to succeed but I was also afraid that I might not be able to do it. I felt terrified of failure. I was even afraid of succeeding.

It has taken me almost a lifetime to become brave enough so I could step into who I truly am

Listening to the sweet whispers from my soul is helping me get there… and trust. Each day I seem to become braver and more fully able to embrace who I am and to do what I wish to do. For me it was by really looking at what I was most afraid of, and finding a way to get through it that was most important. There were days that I felt like I was going after my fears with a jack hammer. When you hear that inner voice loudly calling you to do something… YOU HAVE TO DO IT! That voice cannot be silenced and should never be silenced. Once you know this, you have to take action. And trust me when you will take that step, everything will start to fall into place so much easier.

I had chosen a day in April that I wanted to have my website go live. In numerology terms, that April I was a 1 month and that day was a 1 day for me. So at 11:11 pm that evening, that is when I chose to make my website live for the world to see. I was excited because if my calculations were correct with all of these 1’s, the energy of that day and time was all about new beginnings, new chapter in life, creation and seeing a way to open up to the new in all ways. That alone was awesome to me. I loved what the #1 meant with regards to what I was about to do. This was a dream come true for me to be able to write and if I could have even more positive energy guiding this dream along then I was very grateful to accept it..

It’s been a true labour of love to have carried this dream for so many years and to have arrived this far. Yesterday marked the anniversary of my 100th blog post that was written. It may not sound like a huge deal but for me it is a huge deal. I have poured my heart, blood, sweat and tears into this dream of sharing and creating what I have wanted for so long. Most of my blog posts take a tremendous amount of time to write and create. I often will joke that it is like having a full-time job some days because of the amount of hours that it takes to do. But even that will not discourage me. I love what I am doing. So today has me reminiscing to those 9 months and 1 1/2 weeks and all that I have created since that time. It is my way of celebrating my accomplishments and finally starting to live some of my dreams. So if you allow me I’d like to now share with you…

My very first post Life is a Journey was published on April 27th at 11:11 pm.

Each step of the way...

Each step of the way…


Since then it has been about trusting … each step of the way … that I am exactly where I am meant to be, and doing exactly what I am meant to be doing.


Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

I have gone re-visited the posts I have written and am sharing some of my favourites and other people’s favourites in no particular order… enjoy!

Our journey with our son who has autism:

  1. The Dentist a Reflection on the last 17 Years 
  2. Birthday Blessings for my Son
  3. The Autism Diagnosis
  4. The Upside Down Kleenex Boxes
  5. Happy Thanksgiving – We’re Here!
  6. Riding at the Stable
  7. Christmas at the McRae’s
  8. Gratitude: The healing I am seeing happening with my son
  9. Heilkunst and how Autism has Brought us on this Journey
  10. Awakening to One’s Soul
  11. Bloom True: Flora Bowley’s Intuitive Painting eCourse

Juicing Cleanses:

  1. Juicing for Health
  2. Back to juicing and making smoothies
  3. Eating Healthier

Some Favourites:

  1. Creating More Ripples in the World
  2. The Greatest Adventure that Never Happened
  3. A Soul Awakening Speech
  4. Choosing to make a deeper commitment
  5. What followed after I became a Karuna Reiki Master
  6. A Special Friend
  7. What is this little creature trying to teach us
  8. The Ritual of Cleansing our Space
  9. When Something Just Doesn’t Measure Up
  10. A Feast of Canadian Fall Colours
  11. One Year Later, 2 Afghans Made
  12. A Century of Living
  13. 2013 New Year – The Journey Inward
  14. Remembering… Ice Storm of 1998
  15. Welcome to my Sacred Space
  16. December Reflections – 2012 my Year of Transformation

A Vacation in Newfoundland Canada:

Town of Trinity Newfoundland... a magical place

Days 1-2: 10 Days in Newfoundland

Day 3: Irish Loop

Day 4: Trepassey to Brigus

Day 5: Baccalieu Trail

Day 6-7: Port Rexton to Elliston, Bonavista, Upper Amherst Cove & Trinity

Day 8: Trinity

Day 9: Last day in St. Johns Newfoundland


Anniversary Get-Away


If you haven’t already, I’d love to have you come over and LIKE my Facebook Page. In such a small amount of time I have been blessed to have welcomed almost 300 people so far.


Newest additions
Lastest additions for Christmas

And then there’s the Recommended eCourses, Books, Programs that I have taken in this last year as well as the most recent eCourse with Flora Bowley: Bloom True Intuitive Painting where I’m having so much fun painting. I cannot express enough how having taken these eCourses and programs have also helped me get to where I am today. And the on-going support of my family especially is huge… not forgetting all my friends and the amazing artists, writers and healers that I have met online through these courses. Each person has helped pave the way to myt success and for that I am infinitely grateful.

Thank you for visiting and stopping by to read a few of my posts (or all of them). I’d love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment. Or if you wish share with others that would warm my heart very much. You can always Tweet about it or post on your Facebook about this post or any others that interest you. I am so grateful for all the comments, likes and sharing that I am always being blessed with. I’d also love to hear how you are living your dreams!!

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  1. Oh, how I love this post! It’s amazing how those numbers lined up. 9+ months ago, you gave birth to a blog. You put so much thought into the launch date and time! Sheesh! Talk about numbers aligning for you! Congratulations on being prolific and writing 100+ posts! I can’t believe I read 100 posts… since I haven’t missed one!

    I love the categories lists you have created. How fantastic. Keep the on rolling, Suzanne.
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  2. Congratulations my dear!! I love the month of April – it’s the month I married my high school sweetheart. I can feel your love and joy bubbling over in your posts and am truly honored to be a fan of yours. That quote by Thoreau is one of my favorites. Funny story… my friend makes quote signs and gave me that one and I remember as I posted it on my wall thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder why she gave me this. I am living my dream as a school teacher.” Within a few years I left teaching to become an entrepreneur and I have a funny feeling that looking at that sign every day changed the course of my life. It certainly was a gift.
    Julie Geigle recently posted..Increase Vitality with New Energetic FrequenciesMy Profile

    • What an interesting story Julie. Your friend might have known something at the time that you didn’t see coming. It sounds like you are doing what you love best right now. Thank you for being a fan. I truly appreciate having you here. xo

  3. Congratulations!!! So awesome and amazing to know you are following your dreams. Your posts are a pleasure to read.
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  4. I love that you hand-picked some of your favorites. I was immediately drawn to the “ripples” post since I firmly believe that by helping others create a habit of being mindful, present and compassionate, I create lots, and lots of ripples, until some of them reach my shore.
    Kate Sciandra recently posted..Building a Team from the Ground UpMy Profile

  5. Dawn Conery says:

    Hi ! What a great post this is! I plan to read an savor all your posts and links as I can over the next few weeks. I find you so inspirational. I hope someday we can meet so I can give you a big hugg. I have always felt drawn to you from the first time I saw you online in class. People are put in our lives for a purpose, I think you were meant to be an inspiration of all that is possible if we open our hearts to our truth. Thank you friend, for sharing.


    • Hi Dawn, thank you for your kind and inspiring words. I appreciate that you will take the time to read all of my posts and links I shared in this blog post. There are quite a few you know. 🙂
      I also hope that one day we will get to meet in person. That would be so awesome. xo

  6. Suzanne,
    I love your openness and commitment to growth and sharing. Two of my four children have ASD, so I can relate!

    • Hi 6ftmama, thank you for leaving a comment and visiting. No doubt you understand and relate if you have 2 ASD children. Sending blessings your way, for you and your family. I appreciate you being here. xo

  7. Wow! You’re on such an amazing journey, thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. It takes an incredible amount of courage to share who you are but all of us around you are so much the richer from your gifts and for that you have my gratitude. 🙂
    Indigene Theresa Gaskin recently posted..50+ and growing pains…My Profile

  8. Suzanne, I feel so fortunate to have ‘met’ you through this medium, your lovely spirit and brave heart seem to shine from your words. I see how you support everyone you come in contact with, with a kind, encouraging word too, and you send out ripples of love into the world via cyberspace. Well done, and thank you from your friend Down Under:)

    • Hello Malini, thank you for your generous and kind words. I feel the same about you. xo
      I would love to meet you in person one day. My niece just arrived in your country to go and study for the next few years… it would be awesome if we could take a trip there. I would love to get to visit her and you as well. My dream is that if I ever get to meet you, I HAVE to take one of your art classes. 🙂
      Blessings! xo

  9. Congrats on finding your inner goodness! It has been wonderful getting to know you too over these past months.
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    • Can you believe Sue it’s a year since we met in our class online. I absolutely love that we still continue to go in many classes together. You inspire me so much with your work, and your warm spirit. I love seeing your smile wherever I go. xo

  10. Suzanne, You have an amazing site! I especially appreciate this post which gives us your history and an index of posts. I have enjoyed visiting your site since our class with Kelly Rae.

    Looking forward to what you write next!
    Ruth Packard recently posted..An Exposed Family SecretMy Profile

    • Thank you Ruth for the wonderful compliments. I look forward getting to know you better, since our class together just a few short months ago. I am enjoying seeing your journey of blogging unfold also. xo

  11. You have done an amazing job in a very short period of time! Congrats to your success.
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  12. Thanks Michele. I really love that I got to meet you also online a year ago. It’s been an awesome journey to be on with so many others that are on very similar paths. I love and appreciate the connection that we have. Blessings! xo

  13. Suzanne, my blog began in fall 2012. You are an inspiration to me! I don’t know that my blog will grow as quickly as your has 🙂 but knowing that it is possible is inspiring. It is hard to push through all the fears that ego uses to hold us back. But push through we must if we are to do what we came here to do! xo
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    • Belinda you are doing an incredible job with your blogging. Wow! I cannot believe that you just started not that long ago. Well wishes to you. Most of all have fun with it and the rest will unfold as it needs to. xo

  14. Congrats. So much to explore. I will return later and see where it started. My date was May 22, 2012 so I’m a tiny bit more a newbie than you. Where was the wooden path? It looks like a path I love at Tumwater State Park.
    Sheila Skillingstead recently posted..When you can’t writeMy Profile

    • Hi Sheila, the wooden path photo was taken at Rainforest Trail near Tofino on Vancouver Island near BC if my memory serves me right. Congratulations to you for your beginning journey as well with blogging. It’s fun isn’t it. All the best! 🙂

  15. So proud of this amazing journey you have taken this year! Your beautiful light has touched so many. Can you feel the ripples? I hope so. Keep staying true to the unfolding. xo, kathy
    Kathy Anne recently posted..Simple Creative Collage in My Art JournalMy Profile

    • You always have such kind comments Kathy Anne. Oh I do feel the ripples, and at times it feels like waves of gratitude washing back to me. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least. I’m so blessed to know you. xo

  16. it’s so beautiful when a woman follows her heart:)
    i send love to you
    and your bright wings
    and to every pebble of your path
    as you travel along
    ….grace and peace in the journey, friend,
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  17. Hi Suzanne, What a great post! My blog has been such a journey too – and led me to things I could never have imagined. It’s been almost 5 years now, and my life has transformed, largely because of my blog. So I honor your journey. And am so glad you are taking my Women’s Energetics course too:-) – Lisa
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