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On this Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, I am honoured to host Guest Blogger, Susan Sherayko, author of Rainbows Over Ruins. Susan shows us how we can transform chaos, disaster and crisis into opportunity.  And for that, I am truly grateful, and agree that you can use the power of your mind to create the life you want. Have a read and see if you agree.

By: Susan Sherayko (Guest Post)

Have you ever met an author who influenced your life over several decades? I have just had that opportunity. Gail Sheehy (author, Passages, New Passages, and much, much more) appeared on our show, Home and Family, to talk about her recently published memoirs and a new project she has on ‘daring.’ I was thrilled.

Sheehy described the seven-year cycles of life in Passages. Traditionally, such discussions stopped at age 63 when people were preparing to retire from the workforce. But times change. In New Passages, she carried these cycles beyond age 63. Her research had revealed that not only are we are working longer, we are active in our lives for decades more.

What is significant in this is that somewhere around 45, men and women begin to grow more interested in their legacy – the contribution they can make to society.   The drive to have families and build careers shifts. Now they look for what gives meaning to their lives. And, as life expectancy increases, each of us will face how to fill the 10 or 20 years beyond traditional retirement age.   As we start to think about this, we may realize that we have as much, if not more time to pursue a second life work after we “retire” from the first.

That was an eye opening perspective.   One question stood out – the answer has stayed with me every since. How do you want to spend your time in the second half of your life?

It wasn’t hard to answer. I found little room to express my spiritual interests in production. Periodically, when the topic came up, I would joke that when I retired from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment industry, I would have a center that provided people the space to gain clarity on their dreams and goals. But it wasn’t time yet.

Then in 2005, a landslide destroyed our home. For a year and a half, we struggled with the legal and financial impact on our lives. We found that the slide had not just affected us physically. It also changed us emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It was life altering. However, what began as chaos, disaster and crisis yielded great opportunities.

In the aftermath, I did what so many survivors do. I looked at my life as it was; I looked at my still unfulfilled dreams and recognized the gap between them. I began to ask the question: if not now, when would I go after my dreams?

And slowly I began to pursue the changes that would make my dream possible and enable me to help others rebuild after disasters. First, I learned about the power of the mind. Then I refined that understanding to include the power of the subconscious mind and our relationship to it. But I was missing an important piece of the puzzle to put it all to work.

Finally, I got it. The piece I had been missing was that the mind is an incredible search engine. Quantum physicists had observed an ocean of consciousness in which we all dwell. When you ask the right questions, the answers you need are culled from fields of possibility and arrive easily in your conscious mind. Once I made that connection, amazing things began to happen.

The book I wanted to write rapidly came together. A phone call from a friend yielded the start of an incredible opportunity. Financial woes began to clear and I was able to publish. My focus on what I wanted and how I wanted it to feel when I had it proved the means to move toward working on my own terms, with a nod to Janine Moore for her book of that title.

The dream continues to unfold.   Next steps and next levels of achievement fill my mind as I pursue the creation of that center.   I love accepting the challenge. Thinking back to Gail Sheehy, I dare to go after the lifestyle and life work I desire. That is the theme of Gail’s life and her challenge to each of us – dare to do what brings you joy, a sense of well-being, and a skip to your step.

No matter the circumstances in which you find yourself, you can overcome what holds you back. You can choose a better life. You can choose to improve your situation. You can choose Rainbows Over Ruins.

To Your Success,



Susan Sherayko is the author of Rainbows Over Ruins, a guide to those who seek to unleash their creative power. She is the Executive in Charge of Production and Emmy nominated Line Producer for “Home and Family” on Hallmark Channel. Susan is passionate about guiding others to discover how to change their thoughts and attract more successful results.


To find out more about Susan and her book, Rainbows Over Ruins, visit








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