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Welcome to our blog. We're twelve girls documenting our adventures in #yxe. Hope you have a nice stay!

Take Ten: Susan Busse

Take Ten: Susan Busse

Photo by Lisa Landrie

Photo by Lisa Landrie

Susan's been an OCM blogger since day one, the night Karyn Kimberley invited her to join 11 other gals for a mystery dinner at a local restaurant. She's a publicist, loves her amazing circles of friends (she calls them the family you choose), and the Saskatoon lifestyle. Remember to follow along on our Instagram account @ourcollectivemuse for her IG take over.

Hi everyone! Here are a few things you may not know about me:

1. I just got ENGAGED!! On Sunday of the long weekend, my boyfriend (oops I mean fiancé), Ryan, proposed to me in Edmonton with a very romantic proposal including a song he wrote and performed just for me, and the ring of my dreams. Sigh. #dreamscometrue

2. I'm 40, and friends, it only gets better! Seriously, I learn so much almost every week that you couldn't pay me to go back in time. I believe that Oprah once said that "60 is the new 40" and I believe her. Life keeps getting better. 

3. I love, love, love yoga, meditation, and feng shui. I find that my spiritual practices keep me centred, in tune, and at peace in my heart. I practice yoga at Moksha Yoga a lot these days, and sometimes at One Yoga. 

4. I've done some modelling and acting over the years and it's such a ball. AND it lead me to my career now as a publicist. I've been on billboards, in magazines and catalogues, bridal shows and was an extra in movies and a performer in a few music videos made for CMT.  I met some of my besties (and OCM blogmates Karyn Kimberley and Maygen Kardash) on set of Shane Yellowbird's video for the song 'Beautiful Concept' where I played the 'snobby city girl ex-girlfriend'. Click here to watch :-) 

5. This one time I walked on BURNING COALS! I went to Unleash the Power Within (Tony Robbin's introductory weekend workshop) for the first time in 2004 in New York and it was life-changing. Thanks to my mom introducing me to personal development materials as a child (we listened to tapes of Zig Ziglar in the car when I was a teen), I'm completely dedicated to listening to some form of audiobook, TED Talk, or YouTube lecture every day to program my mind for the better. Seriously, every day. 

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6. I ran a marathon in Switzerland in 2001. I hate running and I did it because it was something I thought I could never do. And I did it! 

7. I grew up in a very cool family! My parents are both highly active and have interesting and engaging lives. My mom's a Branch Manager with the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan, she does yoga, she iMessages and uses bitmojis, she throws parties, likes to paint, and she took me on an Alaskan cruise this June. My dad is a lawyer, a farmer, and a serial entrepreneur with more ideas, brainpower, and work ethic than anyone I've ever met. Plus he likes to have fun - maybe you've seen him driving around Saskatoon in his red Slingshot? (It looks like the bat-mobile). My sister and I share a birthday three years apart, and she's a hospital pharmacist...we call her "Dr Fahlman". With three degrees, she's the most educated of the family, and has the best giggle I've ever heard in my life. It's probably my favourite sound on earth. 

8. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a rare swallowing disorder called achalasia, and for a couple of years I had a great difficulty swallowing, progressively getting worse and that was scary. I struggled to find help I felt confident in here in Saskatchewan so I did some serious research and found the #1 Dr. in North America who specializes in achalasia in Chicago and my family and I travelled there for a simple procedure that's made my life 99% normal. Amazing. The biggest lifestyle change I made since then was going gluten-free. It's incredible how much a food allergy can cause internal inflammation and make everything worse. Let me know if you have any GF questions. I find it absolutely easy now, although it was super intimidating at first. 

9. I grew up in Biggar, a town with about 2500 people an hour west of Saskatoon. Paradoxically I consider myself both a country girl and a city girl. I love country music, don't mind popping behind a tree to relieve myself if there's nothing closer, and I can drive a quad...but I also love a good Americano, have an office in Riversdale, and love to dress up. People often suggest I look like I might come from New York. Nope! Biggar.

10. I was an athlete in high school: Captain of the volleyball team, Assistant Captain of the ringette team (won A & C provincials), played Women's Singles in badminton, and dabbled in basketball, curling, and track (I was terrible at this one but my best friend Brandy was awesome so I wanted to be with her). Team sports are so valuable when it comes to learning teamwork, good sportsmanship, new skills, how to make friends, and to have a blast while working hard towards a goal. I'd still be playing volleyball if I hadn't torn my ACL completely a couple of years ago during a volleyball tournament. But call me if you want to have a friendly game of badminton :-)  

I enjoyed sharing some personal facts with you today and I encourage you to do the same on your social feed. Just be sure to tag #OCMTakeTen so we can learn more about you too.

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