Friday, January 16, 2009

Highly Creative Blogger Interview #2: Suzie Ridler

I hope you enjoyed our Week 2 interview with Suzie Ridler of Chez Sacred Suzie. A creative power e-pack of all 12 inspiring interviews plus over 122 pages of accompanying transcripts and bonuses are now available at Your Creative Spark.

Suzie Ridler is an accidental dynamic domestic diva who found out that the homemaker's path can be fun, delicious and exciting. She is out to change our outdated ideas of women who create domestic bliss. Suzie loves creating in the kitchen and is currently turning her house into a home. She believes that homemakers can be young at heart, rebellious and anything but frumpy. Life at home is a beautiful thing.

You can find Suzie at her blog
Chez Sacred Suzie NOTE: Suzie can now be found at Suzie the Foodie.
Her user id on Twitter is sacredsuzie.

33 comments:

Dia said...

Wonderful interview - delightful acknowledgment of the importance of following - & OWNING - our dreams!

Jenn said...

It was so fun to hear Suzie's voice! I've struggled with the same concepts - feminist vs. homemaker. It's so reassuring to know that there are other women out there like me, who are reclaiming honouring their home. I still work a 9-5 job but I take a great deal of pride in taking care of stuff at home as well. Suzie & Jamie, as always, an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

creativehealinggoddess said...

I love Suzie's spirit and her voice where is the TV show lol!

This is energetic,a very good interview of an inspiring pioneer.

marilyn

Core Connection Lifestyle said...

peace suzie! it was great listening to your interview. i think it's amazing how you've been able to mesh your creativity, your values, and your desires.

i am a creative person who works to support people to live their dreams in balance (among other things). what really caught my attention at the earlier part of the interview was your mention of fibromylagia. i work in a non-profit that provides medical education to health professionals around sexual and reproductive health. i am getting ready to launch a program around fibromyalgia. to bridge the health care gap, i want to go past meeting the professional gap and do something fun and creative around programming. i say all of this to say...contact me. it would be great to touch base to see what the possibilities are.

Genie Sea said...

Loved the interview! Very energetic and inspiring! You two sound like sisters :)

Anonymous said...

LOL ~ that was so great to hear! In the middle of your interview Suzie, I grabbed a pen and jotted down a note to acknowlege my creativity as a domestic diva. Up until now, it's not something I would have called as "creative" or even recognized as worthy of being enjoybale...but hearing your enthusiasm about it (and nowing where you've come from through your blog writing)has instantly allowed me to say "hey, I DO get enjoyment from this...and I do allow my own creative spark to influence my cooking, and atmospere in my home for my family and myself!" WHile it's not exactly how I want to fully express my creativness...it's within the doablilty (is that evena word?) my life as a mother of a preschooler is. So mote it be!

Leaping,
Lil
powerofcreation.blogpsot.com

gemma said...

Very inspiring interview. Adventures at ChezSuzie...you make them shine. BRAVO!

Tracy said...

Wonderful interview & I love Suzie's voice!! Very inspirational... :D

Sacred Suzie said...

How odd it is to come here and say, hey, that's me! LOL. Thank you so much for your support everything and especially thank you to Jamie for this opportunity. It's really changing my life to work on this and that's what you do! Make our lives better.

Bohemian Single Mom said...

Wow!!
That Suzie! That confident, rebellious, hilarious, oven-cleaning, recipe teaching, home-making role model really came through in such an awesome and articulate interview.
I LOVED every word of it!

You guys are great and I love the "sister energy" and how you often laugh together at the same things.
That was so inspiring, so informative and so much fun to listen to!
xo

Gypsy said...

First, I want to say what a pleasure it was to hear two sisters who enjoy one another. The energy was beautiful.

Suzie is a beautiful and inspirational person! I was a stay at home Mom for quite a while and not only did I make our house a home, I made our home a sanctuary and we all lived in an apartment! It didn't matter because it *felt* like a home so I could definitely relate to everything Suzie spoke of!

Ananda said...

I think it is great that you and Suzie are both creative sisters. Suzie's energy is contagious. It is so important to accept, honor, and own our dreams. Thanks again for the interview. Blessings!

daisies said...

oh my gosh, what a fantastic interview filled with such beautiful energy!!

i love that ~ honouring ourselves and our dreams. i also take pride in being a bit of a domestic goddess though i have to fit it in here and there and can't fully devote the time i would like but i love to cook and bake and decorate and make things shine :)

i adore suzie and her beautiful spirit and inspiring words ... thank you for sharing yourself so freely :)

JulieZS said...

Fabulous interview! I'm so thrilled to finally hear Sacred Suzie's voice. Her message is so important to so many of us, and I love the idea of no dream being too small to honour. Too True!

Shell said...

I'm really bias because I adore Suzie. Seriously,The interview was really great. I loved how Suzie talked about no dream is too small. Honoring your dreams for what they are.

Lisa said...

Such a great interview! Two of my fave bloggers are sisters. Seems so obvious now! lol

I was just thinking about the creativity of homemaking last night. I rearranged my livingroom and I realized I felt the same way about it that I do when I finish a collage or painting. That satisfied feeling of creativity. I just wanted to keep visiting and looking at what I created...that cozy, sacred space.

I feel like I'm seeing with brand new eyes. Creativity is everywhere.

Melba said...

I have such a big smile on my face! What a great interview. Hearing your voices is so uplifting. Suzie you talked of such important issues that are really close to Home for me. Thank you for sharing your self Suzie and as always Jamie thank you for your beautiful ideas!

XO,
melba

jennifer lee said...

Brilliant, Suzie! Absolutely brilliant. What a powerful message you had to share hear about honoring your inspirations and finding value and creativity in everyday life. So important! I also loved your fiesty feminist take on modern home life! Very true.

Anna said...

Simply wonderful.

It is nice to come across a pair of sisters who are so creatively entwined.

Britt said...

Thank you both for that interview. (YOu made me long for my sister living currently in Australia! :)

I must admit that it was hard for me to listen; I found myself fidgeting and getting tense because you touched something deep inside that I have been grappling with. Since my son was born last June I have been on mat leave, leaving my busy full-time artistic/managerial life in pursuit of a year of mom-dom. While I have handled the transition more remarkably than I expected (I just ADORE my baby), I still grapple with domesticity and the image of 'stay-at-home mom'.

Thank you Suzie for empowering all dreams and giving voice to the 'domestic divas' who are so often overlooked, undervalued and/or misunderstood in their importance in our society. Having inherited the feminist era (I was born in the 70's) it almost feels like an instinct to want to 'go forth and conquer' to the point that I was undervaluing motherhood and the domestic life.

Thank you for shining a light on my doubts and fears and inspiring me with the desire to further develop my 'stay-at-home' creativity!

Diana said...

great interview! I like the idea that no dream is too small. I think there would be more domestic diva's if our economy was in better shape. Good point that we all have our path to follow - it sounds like you found your Suzie, your making it work for you.

Sheila said...

So GOOD to hear when we're doing what everyone else might call crazy we're on the RIGHT path! LOL Funny, instinct/common sense/whatever it is usually tells us to reject those 'crazy' ideas...I've had one for quite some time I've been too chicken to pursue but I'm encouraged now.

Lady Laurie said...

Wonderful interview ~ thank you Suzie, for honoring homemaking! I love how you talk about being in the kitchen as an adventure ~ thanks for the inspiration!

Jessie said...

oh dear SISTERS!!! i love BOTH of you so much! you have no idea how much fun i had listening to your voices--both at the same time even! :) did you two know that you share a similar laugh? yes, and it is a wonderful laugh, indeed!

suzie, you are such an intelligent, well-spoken rebel of a diva! yes!! :) i loved getting to know you a little bit better through all you had to say. you are an inspiration and a kitchen goddess! :)

Olivia said...

Wonderful interview!

I love the points Suzie makes about honoring herself and her work. I am also a housewife and find it very, very countercultural. I too am educated and do an amazing job running my home, although I am the only person that acknowledges this as being a valid use of my time...

I had never thought of how much power and freedom I have, until this interview.

Thank you, Suzie, for all of the important messages in this broadcast!

Blessings,

Olivia

pamela said...

What a Great Interview!!! Loved every minute of it. I wish you both the best. Listening to the both of you as sisters brought tears to my eyes because I could hear the love that you have for each other. I didn't hear any jealously just love and affection. You both of so lucky. God Bless you both,
Pamela

Romana Mirza said...

My favourite part of your interviews so far are the giggles - you have such as wonderful connection with your interviewees...and Sacred Suzie - thank you! Thank you for sharing "the truth" I loved what you said about knowing what dream is the truth for you. Profound and beautiful.

KV Creative Designs said...

I am pretty bummed that I can not listen to these interviews, being very hard of hearing makes it a challenge. I feel like I am missing out. :(

Beth said...

Fabulous interview...reminded me of my own Domestic Diva years!

dolci said...

Hi Jaimie and Suzie,
Thank you for sharing Suzie's inspiring story with us. It's so important to confirm one's own creativity. Suzie has some great communication skills and she articulates her ideas beautifully. She's a real inspiration for the rest of us.
Janet

kath said...

Jamie and Suzie, this week's interview landed squarely in my life and I had to smile at the wonder of it. I am in bed with a fibro flare, today my best is that I'm sitting up and have only taken one pain pill. My sister, who I blog with, picked up my slack for me and made me smile. Everything you said Suzie, rings true and to anyone else out there who might suffer like we do, I want to remind us that we must not let a "down day" get us down. Finding some pleasure, a smile, or a chore well done in each day is sometimes enough.
Thank you!

Sacred Suzie said...

Since my week here is coming to a close, I just wanted to thank all of YOU for your support, you kind words and compliments. You have moved me to the core. I was so nervous about doing the interview but really wanted to speak my truth about my life and my reality. We are not victims, us housewives. We are creative, we are beautiful, we are sacred. Blessings to all of you! It's been a fantastic week. I adore you all.

Faerie said...

Thankyou Jamie and Suzie, what a wonderful and ispiring interview, and I have come away with a new perspective about being a "home-maker" myself!