Susan Seay is a mom of 7, who believes that life as a mom is a wild adventure and worth every grey hair.
She and her husband have built an amazing real estate empire that allowed him to retire from his corporate job and today Susan travels around the world mentoring moms, helping them rise above the noise and live from a place of their God-given purpose.
Susan feels in line with the purpose of her life, and she has learned to “take everything in stride.”
Her family does the stuff that matters, which is creating connection with each other.
“At the center of everything we do, our family is keen at being intentional”
She takes a long-range view of what she wants for her family, and advises others to do the same. You can do so by determining what you want them to know about themselves, and then you can step back and figure out what it will take to create that.
At the same time, be intentional about what you’re doing at this very moment. Her tip to remain present is to remember that when you’ve been away from your family members and get back together, the most critical time you have is those first 5 to 10 minutes. Focus on them only during this time.
“You’re telling them that there’s nothing more important in your life than what they’ve got to share with you”
As she has gone around the country mentoring moms, Susan has created what she calls “Home Inspirational Parties”, or nights of encouragement for moms. Her workshop is called the “Mom Guilt Cure.”
“I wanted to create the ripple effect where more moms are rising above the noise and distraction that hits them day to day, focusing on their purpose and living intentionally with their families.”
Susan shares that “mom guilt” is that feeling that you’re never doing enough as a mother for your family. This leads mothers to fear if there are even capable in the role. In order to stop this type of thinking, mentorship (like the type that Susan does) is important.
“It’s one step at a time. Your success is as you define it.”
Moms have more power than they give themselves credit for. Your voice matters; let your family know if you’re not feeling the support you need.
According to Susan, mothers need someone to encourage, not fix them.
TV Show: Alvin & The Chipmunks
Family Tradition: going to church every Sunday
Most Embarrassing Moment: getting attacked by fire ants, and having to strip off her clothes to get rid of them
Struggles: her family moved often as parents were in the military (always being in new schools, homes and cities).
Her mom was an entrepreneur, and Susan helped that catering business growing up.
“My mom would light up when talking about her business. I was so inspired by that.”
“(Life’s) a wild adventure, lets enjoy every hill and every valley”
Susan is in the process of writing a book called “The Intentional Parents”, to be released in early 2016.
“My hearts desire is to stay faithful to the calling that’s in my life and to encourage the people around me to do the same thing. I say to them, as they’re raising their own families, to stay faithful to the call that’s within them; the gifts and talents they’ve been so blessed with. Use them to make this world a better place…”