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#sparkchamber 082018 — Suzy Hardy

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Today, #sparkchamber welcomes a creative spark who always knew she would find her own way: “All I ever wanted to do when I graduated college was to be creative and not work for someone else,” says Suzy Hardy, the co-host [with Allison Melody] of the Food Heals podcast.

Hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” the podcast brings together experts in the fields of nutrition, health, and healing, providing eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues — from picking the best non-toxic makeup and getting rid of wrinkles naturally, to learning about the benefits of a plant-based diet and the healing power of nutrition.

She also founded CBD Fountain, offering cannabidiol-infused bodycare and wellness products. These tinctures, capsules, and topicals are high in antioxidant properties, but without any THC high, just a sense of relaxation and the gift of natural balance that CBD gives to the body.

The common thread in both enterprises is a connection to intuitive healing. At the age of 16, Suzy learned firsthand that western doctors didn’t always know the answers; she found her passion for healing with nutrition rather than drugs when a high-school injury thrust her into the world of holistic health and healing.

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology, Suzy followed her heart to pursue acting and voice work — becoming a licensed massage therapist along the way — which then morphed into writing, co-hosting the podcast, and running her own businesses. She has voiced over 60 audiobooks in the past two years, and her voice can be heard on the radio, in film and cartoons, and of course, on the Food Heals podcast. As an actress, she has performed on both stage and screen, from the classics to improvisation, and just completed her first feature-length screenplay.

Suzy lives with her husband Michael and dog Obi in Hollywood, and is in pre-production to shoot her first feature film.

1.] Where do ideas come from?

The ethers

2.] What is the itch you are scratching?

I am happiest when I am being creative, I feel like I’m doing what I was meant to do.

3.] Early bird or night owl, tortoise or hare?

I used to be a night owl, lately that has switched. I vacillate between tortoise and hare...if I force it, the work doesn’t happen. But I feel like I could be doing more, getting more done. 

4.] How do you know when you are done?

I’m never done. You can always keep going. I feel like if I check in and ask myself if I’m satisfied, then I can let it go. I no longer look for others approval.