Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IIISTRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Susan M. Sparks
Susan M. Sparks is a writer, photographer, and author of The Student Life Jacket.
A story teller from an early age, Susan self-published her first book about wild horses in the 5th grade. She continued creating compelling content earning a B.S. degree in Photojournalism from Ball State University.
As the wife of a naval officer, she moved around the world to exotic locations, such as Sicily and Guam, and the not-so tropical Maryland and Illinois, observing, recording and reporting on the people and places. She adapted her talents to fit the location, working as a freelance writer, wedding photographer and Navy Public Affairs contractor punctuated by motherhood and a smattering of curious and quirky gigs in between.
Susan describes moving around the world, discovering new cultures, and keeping a family organized as an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire training program that included volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and super typhoons along with the continual upheaval of several military moves.
Back home again in Indiana, Susan provides ghostwriting, editing services and encouragement to entrepreneurs, aspiring authors, and business owners through her company, ASAP Writing Services. Her book, The Student Life Jacket, is an organizer with a slice of motherly advice for college students and young adults.
The Riches in a Rag-Tag Resume
Every time I’d get settled, it was time to move – and for a young professional woman, it meant another dreaded gap in my resume. It was that carefully crafted quilt of abilities and accolades meant to emphasize my qualities and value as a worthwhile worker bee. Despite five and ten year plans, vision boards, and affirmations for success, I barely kept a job for more than three years. While others were getting raises and promotions, I was unpacking boxes in Sicily or riding out a typhoon on Guam. What I feared was my greatest shortcoming; my rag-tag resume, became my richest reward.