Beauty is as Beauty Feels

(Deb Scott-Best People We Know- Lasting Beauty with Susan Miner)

Hi, I’m Susan Miner.  It is my privilege to share with you “Beauty From the Inside Out”.

First, I would like to share my story with you. I became a model while still in high school. Over the course of my career, I was one of the “Most Unforgettable Women of the World” for Revlon and graced the covers of “Vogue and Elle Magazines” and numerous more.  Yes, I know it sounds like a fairytale and yes; I had a passport full of stamps and was living the jet-set life. I knew something was missing in my life. I had to make a change.

I was getting paid tons of money for how I looked while secretly hating myself. While smiling and posing for the camera my thoughts often only contained recollections of perceived failures, shortcomings, or waistlines that were too snug. In retrospect, I realized that I was redirecting my inner conflicts of anger, sadness and shame onto my outward body.

On my journey, to find inner beauty and expand my knowledge I attended university receiving my BA in Psychology and MA in counseling. I eventually becoming an adjunct professor of Psychology for three years. Since then, I was blessed to become a mother.

There was a time I considered selling everything I owned and taking off for India to go into silent retreat! Instead I took the advice of a close friend who suggested I take a less drastic route. Instead, I attended a healer’s workshop.  I felt something click! Soon I began assisting the teache and spending 3 days a month with this community releasing my trauma and being supported through my story.  What I learned transformed my life!

When I’m asked how I got into the counseling and healing business, I answer truthfully that I was a mess! I found peace and inner beauty for myself and longed to help others on the same path.

My focus is on building more inner peace and insight continuously.  It was not a one-stop trip for me.  Oh, no! It is one experience at a time.  It’s all about re-training myself to be In Love with this human experience or at least, not hating it or rallying against it continuously (which is human nature).

Today I don’t claim to be enlightened.  Better, yes, better and better every day, yes.  I’m teaching what I desire to learn and experience.  Sharing in other women’s journey.  Making it a bit simpler and less lonely for some.  Here, it is, come and get it…. Beauty From the Inside Out.