Live From the Inside Out

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. -Steve Jobs

Live fro the Inside Out

Live from the Inside Out

Live from the inside out. That’s my motto for the year. I have put the kibosh on following social convention and fulfilling other’s expectations. Living in a box of someone else’s making leaves little room for sharing your gifts with the world.

Over the years, I’ve learned to actually feel when my heart is speaking to me. It takes quieting the mind to discern the embedded whisper. Granted, many times I’ve ignored that guidance and gone into my brain. There is nothing like trying to reason your way to safety for a sense of false security. Being safe and being an artist do not go hand in hand.

I’m a firm believer that we are born to share our gifts with the world. The older I get the clearer it becomes that I’m just passing through this realm. That knowledge is what has brought me to the decision to take directions from within. Living from the inside feels risky until I consider the ticking clock. American author Erma Bombeck said,  “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

Allegra was the perfect model for my illustration. Living from the inside out is something she was born doing.

Allegra was the perfect model for my illustration. Living from the inside out is something she was born doing.

Me too.

Text and images © Sue Shanahan. All rights reserved.

21 thoughts on “Live From the Inside Out

  1. Sue, I’m so glad that Jeri forwarded your blog to me. Your truths are meaningful and inspirational. I’m hooked. Jack and I are doing well in Arizona. Expecting our 3rd grandchild in July. Hope this finds your family in peace, health and harmony. Blessings, Mary McCambridge

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Sue, this was a whopper! Wow! Related to using reason to create a false sense of security. Boy, that’s like my M.O.

    Thanks for your beautiful images, but more importantly, your beautiful YOU! Deeply grateful for all that you share, and your courage to do so. It helps lift me up & I’m sure others as well.

    Hugs from Western Colorado! I made it!


  3. It’s taken me a lifetime to “buy into” living from the inside out. I’m still trying to choose my heart, inner spirit. Once and awhile I’m blessed to experience the result.


  4. Great post, Sue. I especially love the Erma Bombeck quote. I always enjoy your inspirational thoughts, and I love seeing the real-life models behind your lovely arthwork!


  5. Sue, your extraordinary sense of nuance gives your work a remarkable and credible vitality that I am in awe of. I think this is one of my very favorite paintings yet! Superb, by anyone’s standards. I send you love and respect. Margot Datz


  6. Excuse me … you two know each other? Sue Shanahan and Margot Datz? How fortunate for Louise and me … to be admirers … no … catch-our-breath FANS of both of you and your talents.

    And Sue, you should see what Margot has just done with the historic Whaling Church … replicating incredible murals that once graced the walls of that great Greek Revival church … only one block from where I sit right now.

    I love godwinks. Especially when they involve two friends who live miles apart.

    SQuire Rushnell


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