Each week, we feature a fantastic new woman we think you should know. Some of these women are clients, some are friends, some are women we’ve only just met. But they all have this in common: they are dynamic, interesting gals who have agreed to share with us their insights and secrets to success.
Susan Fisher Palace
My Current Job/Company: President, Susan Palace Wellness, Certified Health and Weight Loss Coach, Global Director, Take Shape for Life, Corporate Relaxation Speaker
My Birthday: 12-17-1958
My Work: I help people create a state of optimal health and wellbeing in their lives. It starts with getting to a healthy weight and adopting the mindset and practices to create vibrant and radiant health. I take people from surviving (non-sick) to thriving.
My Passion: Making a difference for people in the mind/body/health field. I love learning, growing and experiencing the miracles of transformation.
My Family: I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Andy, a beautiful daughter, Lauren 15 and delightful son Jay, 12. We have an 8 year old Shi Tzu named Roxy.
My Heroes: Anyone who turns a difficult situation into a learning experience or turns a tragedy into a triumph. It takes courage to overcome obstacles.
My Escape: My morning meditation time. 20 minutes wrapped in a blanket on my couch with a cup of hot water and lemon. Snuggling in bed watching movies with my husband and/or children.
My Pet Peeve: Hearing people complain.
My Indulgence: Wine, dark chocolate with almonds and movie theater popcorn with butter.
My Roots: Born in Houston, Texas before it was a BIG city. My dad was a surgeon and mom a teacher. I was the oldest of 4 children born less than 4 years apart. We were taught the value of education and independence from an early age.
My Future: I can’t wait to find out! I am enjoying the journey!!!
My Movie: “Gone with the Wind.” It is a classic and my mom’s favorite book. I could relate to Scarlett O’Hara’s determination when she said, “I will never be hungry again.”
My Love: My husband and children. They nourish me beyond belief. I also cherish my girlfriends, my mom and my sister.
My Quote on Life: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” -John Wooden
My Accessory: Silver earrings
My Advice to Young Women: Everything starts with a decision. Focus on who you are and what you want. Accept that it takes time to master your profession (research shows 10 years). Ask for what you need. Use challenges and setbacks as opportunities to grow and learn. Take responsibility for outcomes in your life. Surround yourself with support — coaches, mentors, colleagues and friends!
How I Balance it All: For me, balance is an “experience” that is dynamic — never static. Focus, structure and support are my keys to making it happen.
I learned by watching a unicyclist that to balance you must keep moving forward. If you stay still, you will fall. If you look down, you will fall. I keep focused on my priorities and the experience I want to have with my family, my clients, my business and my relationships. If I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I know I am out of balance and need to refocus on enjoying my work and my family. The choice is mine.
I have learned to say no to things (yes I feel a little guilty for not baking or volunteering more). I had to let go of control as my husband and kids take on more responsibility. (What an interesting haircut!)
If I stay balanced on the inside (nutrition, sleep, activity, structure) I am better able to balance my daily life with dignity and ease. It is always a dynamic process!