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Get An Unbreakable Spirit

All About Acceptance, Appreciation, and Achieving
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

Your spirit is shot, you’ve been put down, and you just gave up. Has this ever happened to you?

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Do you have an unbreakable spirit? Has anybody ever put you down, and has caused you to give up on something?


Your spirit is shot, you’ve been put down, and you just gave up.  Has this ever happened to you?

Most of us have experienced a moment of feeling hopeless and I’m sure we can agree it’s an awful feeling. I believe we feel less hopeless as we age—or at least we should. There’s a quote that says: “With age, comes wisdom, but sometimes age shows up all by itself!” – Tom Wilson

I am on a high from some of my BoldHer friends because they told me I had an unbreakable spirit. In my 30 years of living that was the first I have heard that about myself. I felt warm, uplifted, and honored that these successful, bold women thought so highly of me. I believe any woman can have an unbreakable spirit with the right support team by her side.

No, I’m not being arrogant, and I still have low moments where my spirit isn’t always as high, but I am pretty darn optimistic when it comes to my life and my business.  Not everything I do or touch will be right. I have and will fail at things, but it’s the way I handle the situation at hand and continue to move forward that keeps my spirit unbreakable.

Be confidentHere are 3 tips on how you can have an unbreakable spirit:

1. Drive, Ambition, Passion: I believe it takes drive and ambition to use towards any passion. At the same time, when you have a passion, you have drive and ambition naturally. They go hand-in-hand in my eyes.  If you have a passion, then you can understand that the majority of us who have a passion also have an unbreakable spirit. Why? Because we have a dream, we see a big picture, we have visions, and nobody can break that. If you don’t have a passion then ask yourself, “What makes me smile? What gives me a natural excitement, joy and high in life? What can I do over and over that won’t make me sick or bored?” Find it because if you don’t have passion, then what do you live for?

2. Positive, Optimistic, Realistic: Yes, I understand that life happens and you can’t always be positive and optimistic, but you can be realistic. Being realistic, along with being a dreamer, can easily fit into your daily, mental routine. Work on looking at life, your situations, and experiences with the glass half full, not empty.  Go with the flow, go with your intuition, enjoy the journey you choose, and you will have an unbreakable spirit.

3. Focus, Be In Tune, Tune Out: Think back to a time when you were focused.  Can you remember the feeling? Can you remember the zone you were in? Did anybody break that focus? The one thing I can assure you is that if you are focused on a goal, nobody can stop you.  No excuses.  Live your life each day the way you want, but most importantly live each day mentally the way you want.  Tune out “them” – the negative voices in your life whether it be yours or others.  There is no room for the the negative voices.  So focus, stay in tune, tune out the negative noise, and you will have an unbreakable spirit.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally? 

I’ve accepted that I won’t always be happy and that I have to experience the downs to build a stronger identity and learn new lessons. I do accept the daily challenges to keep my spirit as high as possible.

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life? 

I appreciate my ability to see the bright side of every situation.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have? 

I’m extremely proud of the success of our 2nd BoldHer Conference that was held on August 21, 2014!

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity? 

I can be too on-the-go and need to learn how to relax a bit more.

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my unbreakable spirit!

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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.

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