*Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, I just had a great summer with my family. I’m excited for fall and enjoying my three children’s active sports schedule. I am also happy to have finished and launched The SMART Playbook and excited to see what the future brings.
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16 year old self now – what would it be?
Be more confident and don’t be afraid to take chances. I was always a bit insecure at the age of 16. I wish I would have realized that you don’t always need to be perfect. The most important part of life is to put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to fail. As the saying goes, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.’
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learning this year?
Be committed to your projects and dare to take new chances. My outlook on life is to keep moving forward despite obstacles and challenges. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel!
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I am a mom with a mission, inspired to communicate social skills and manners to all families.
My goal in the next twelve months is to introduce more fun games and challenges to help educate parents, educators and children on the importance of learning and using the common language of manners.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
We are living in such a fast-paced digital world, and I finally understand the importance of SLOWING down and just enjoying the moment with friends and family. I have also learned to unplug as a family and get back to the basics. I love this digital world but sometimes it can be overwhelming with email, texting and constant interruptions!
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Twenty minutes of some type of exercise – a nice walk around the beach, a great swim in the pool, a walk in the park with kids etc.
*What’s your biggest regret?
When I was young, I was afraid to take chances and failures. I know now that failures help you learn and grow and develop character and resilience. I understand the importance of trying your very best in all situations.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kids?
Always live by the golden rule ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.’ Manners and social skills are vital life lessons that help you handle all sorts of new situations with respect, integrity, empathy and character. If you handle yourself with social grace, it will open doors.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I am a perfectionist! I am always trying to lighten up a little so that I don’t drive myself crazy over every detail. I sometimes try too much to please everyone. Unfortunately, you can’t always make everyone happy.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of staying committed to my goals. Two years ago, I was a mom with an idea to help my family and others ‘Play it SMART’ in life. I worked night and day with the help of my family to launch my children’s activity books– The SMART Playbook: Game-changing life skills for a modern world. I am very passionate about my mission to share my activity books with children, educators and parents – teaching (in a playful game-changing way) the importance of the common language of manners and social skills.
*When were you happiest?
Five years ago, I almost died in child birth – after my third child. One of my happiest moments was waking up and knowing that I was alive and that my daughter was healthy too. When you are close to death, you learn to appreciate life and living in the present. I am lucky to have a wonderful husband, three beautiful healthy children and a career that enjoy.
*What ten words best describe you?
Mom, Empathetic, Caretaker, Kind, Respectful, Determined, Perfectionist, Creative, Energetic, Solution-oriented
Suzanne Wind is the author of the award-winning children’s educational activity books: The SMART Playbook series – Game-changing life skills for a modern world. She lives in CT with her husband and three kids. Before kids, she was an international marketing executive in New York City. With a multi-cultural background, she was raised in more than six countries with four languages. Her career and living overseas taught her the importance of knowing and using the common language of manners and social skills to being your best. Today she’s a mom with a mission, inspired to communicate social skills in a modern world to a new generation. Get social with The SMART Playbook on Facebook!