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Speaking Topics : 2018

(Susanna Peace Lovell : Speaker, Writer, Coach, Advocate!) Happy Holidays! I have enjoyed, so much, speaking about my experiences, sharing resources, uplifting my community with stories I have lived through .. it is truly a blessing to LIVE such a rich life of fulfillment and purpose. I’m looking forward to engaging with more of you […]

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Autism Speaks : Into The Blue

(Me & Arizona, dressed in blue for Autism Speaks) There were a lot of firsts for Arizona this past Saturday night as she participated in the opening of the Autism Speaks annual gala held at downtown Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. I was reveling in that culminating moment, reflecting on just how far my 11 […]

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The Good Doctor

Shaun Murphy has a pet bunny as a young boy. It serves as an emotional support to him; he holds it tight and cuddles with it when he is having big feelings. Then, there is an accident. The bunny doesn’t survive, and Shaun is left wondering how he could have fixed his broken beloved. So […]

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EVOLVE 2017

(Suzi Lula, Dr. Shefali & Me!) I first saw Dr. Shefali speak about conscious parenting on Oprah years ago and have been a dedicated follower of her message since. I attended her first EVOLVE conference in 2015, watched her take the stage LIVE @ Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions at UCLA’s Royce Hall, attended an intimate […]

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A Morning Routine

(Walking to School) Exercise has always been therapeutic to me. The benefits to my physical health have always been welcome, but the mood-boosting effects motivate me to keep a consistent routine. Mostly I take a barre class, but sometimes I swim or find myself in a hip hop class at a nearby dance studio. When […]

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Planning for Special Needs Families

(Speaking at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Firm in Century City, CA : Planning for Special Needs Families) Last week, I had the honor to speak as a panelist on : Planning for Special Needs Families at Alliance Bernstein’s Los Angeles office. I joined Jim Huyck, Consultant and Advocate, Karen Park, Principal at Bernstein and Andrea Ross, […]

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Noah’s Ark

(Surrounded by LOVE) A few days after I graduated from UC Berkeley back in the late 90s, there was a freak rain storm and lots of flooding around the university. I was renting a basement apartment in a family home and awoke to sounds of trickling water and a trash can floating by my bed. […]

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An Homage To My Mama

(My Mama, Zo & Me) A few weeks ago I was lamenting to my Mom about Arizona’s increasing sassiness and overall stinky pre-teen behavior. At one point I stopped and asked, “Wait, but I never went through that stage, right?” My mom smiled and responded, “Oh yes, Susanna, you had a stage.” Well, I guess […]

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What’s Wrong With Her?

(Shine bright, baby girl!) In the very early days of Arizona’s journey with doctor visits and assessments, it was  hard to explain to outsiders (family and close friends included) what exactly was going on with her. I was confused by the wide range of diagnostic terminology used to describe Arizona : auditory processing disorder, sensory […]

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Jack & Arizona

(Arizona and her friend Jack) Jack and Arizona have been in school together since they were 2. They met at Step by Step, moved on to Echo Horizon in the Pre-K program and when that didn’t prove to be a good fit for either of them, both ended up attending and graduating from Cheerful Helpers. […]

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