Accept, Appreciate, Achieve: One Sister’s Journey to Get the A’s in Life

Susan Vernicek - Mindset Mentor
I’ve experienced imposter syndrome and so has pretty much every Mompreneur going after what she wants.
Written by Susan Vernicek


Nearly 10 years ago, alumna Susan Vernicek, Gamma Zeta, launched  Identity  magazine with a simple purpose: to inspire women to accept and enjoy themselves for who they truly are.

“Everywhere I looked, I saw messages persuading me that I should be someone else, change my body, or buy this expensive shirt that actress so and so has,” she recalls. “Even in magazines like  O, The Oprah Magazine, articles teach women how to live their best life and embrace who they are, but ran advertisements next to the articles that marketed the ‘perfect’ body and face. In fact, I started my career creating posters like these, digitally altering faces — including my own. Thankfully, I soon realized that this fakeness was not worth aspiring to. Instead, I decided to just be myself, and strive to be the best version of me that I can.”

Susan started  Identity  to create a space where women can, in her words, “showcase themselves as is, so-called ‘flaws’ and all.” The digital magazine runs articles and blog posts about many facets of women’s wellness including career advice, personal growth, and adopting and maintaining a strong sense of self. Susan also tours the country giving speeches and holding workshops on self-awareness and achieving a healthy self-esteem. In May and June, she will host the  Identity Live at Sea Celebration and Empowerment Cruise  to Bermuda, featuring speakers, workshops, and self-help sessions for women.

Susan knows about what she speaks. For her, the road to well-being and self-acceptance was difficult. In college, she struggled with alcohol and a debilitating personal relationship. “My Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters in Gamma Zeta had to hold an intervention for me,” she remembers. “They helped me get my drinking under control, and supported me through my ‘rock bottom moment.’ Because my Sisters caught on to the problem, spoke up, and stuck with me, I was able to conquer another life challenge and and get onto the path of well-being. Who knows what would have happened if not for them. It was turning point in my life, and I am forever grateful.”

Today, Susan believes that every experience, good or bad, can help create self-awareness and self-respect. “Every obstacle in life is a step closer to realizing who you are,” she says. “Every experience can build character and self-acceptance. I wouldn’t have accepted who I am without the confidence gained by overcoming hurdles.” She calls this accomplishment “getting the A’s in life:  Accept,  Appreciate,  Achieve.”

Carrying this message to others is her life’s work.

About the author

I’ve experienced imposter syndrome and so has pretty much every Mompreneur going after what she wants.

Susan Vernicek

Mindset Coach, Susan Vernicek ignites and empowers Mompreneurs who struggle to discover their balance between MomLife + BizLife. For over a decade she's been helping them create a winning Mompreneur Mindset so that they can consciously thrive at home and KILL IT in business —without feeling guilty and letting go of the comparison game.

With 14 years of experience and overcoming her own emotional, financial, and physical rock bottom, she's now thriving as a Mompreneur.

She's not just a mindset coach and igniter, she's known as the Mindset + Achieve™ coach, a #1 Amazon Bestseller, and Speaker. Move from autopilot to achieving in MomLife + BizLife! To connect directly, please Email Susan at

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