Suzanne is a writer and the senior curatorial producer for The Moth, an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. We sat down with Suzanne to ask her the questions that make her the remarkable Alembika woman we all know and love.
What moment in your life made you think, “After that, life was never the same.”
The death of my mother when I was twenty-two. I am an only child, and we were very close, so that loss really shaped me. It made me grow up a little faster than I would have liked. It’s been over 30 years and while I still feel her light, I miss her so much.
What do you do when you don't know what to do?
I get very still so that I can hear myself think, then I take a few calming breaths. Next, I try to see what the best course of action is. Sometimes it involves making lists, taking notes, or consulting with my husband or a friend. However, I have to say that more and more frequently, I just listen to my gut. It only gets better with time.
What would you do if you had the whole day to yourself?
Sleep in a little, have a big lazy breakfast, and then visit some art galleries or a museum. The other delicious option is to stay in pajamas all day and watch movies…so really, I need two days for myself.
What is the best thing about being a woman?
Everything! I think that we are so magical. When you really embrace the power of your womanhood, it’s pretty amazing. I feel the energy of my great grandmothers, my grandmothers and my mother flowing through me. I hope that I can pass those vibes down to my daughter.
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
A great-fitting pair of jeans!