Friends, I am honored to introduce you to Sue. Auntie Sue is how I refer to her with my little ones. Sue radiates warmth, love and understanding- and I immediately feel at home in her presence. When I first moved to Charleston a few years ago, we both participated in a Wednesday morning huddle at church. At the time I was struggling with the move, losing my career and making friends. Sue immediately welcomed me and invited me to be part of her entrepreneur group- even though I was far from that at the time.
Sue has lived all over the world. She has raised two amazing daughters. Has wonderful grandchildren. She had the corporate career- and then she listened to a call from God and tapped into her creative side. Now, as an entrepreneur and owner of Shabby Shopper, she can take the most overlooked furniture and turn it into a beautiful piece that anyone would love to have in their home. Better yet, the opportunity to remake furniture and deliver it to a new home has allowed her to connect with women all over the Lowcountry.
Spend one afternoon on Sue's porch and she can tell you about a new mom she has befriended, a business owner looking for help that she has welcomed into her "E Group" and connect you with a new friend. She listens. She exudes grace. She is exactly the kind of friend I hope that everyone can experience. I am in awe of Sue and love spending time with her.
Name: Susan (Sue) Hinkle
Hometown: Awendaw, South Carolina
Occupation: Owner of Shabby Shopper [Editor's Note: Check out her Facebook page, it's full of unique, beautiful treasures.]
How has God used your creativity to reach other women? Sharing the story of seasons of my life connects me with women of all ages. Transitioning from a corporate environment into a more artistic, God centered season has inspired me to search for the lost, broken and forgotten....not just furniture, but women. I pray for the women who God wants me to connect with when the item is sold. I love to deliver to a young Mommy's front door because her schedule is overwhelming. I smile when the Holy Spirit connects His art with His children. [Editor's Note: Sue is such a gift to everyone she meets! I am so touched by how she intentionally prays for everyone she may come across throughout the day.]
What was your inspiration behind starting the "E" Group? The Lord opened the door and connected me with several ladies who were also changing seasons and had dreams.
What would your advice be for someone who is looking to transition in her career? Pray, join a support group, take baby steps. Be empowered, encouraged and embrace what God has for you. [Editor's Note: If you are ever doubting the plans that God has for you, take Sue out to lunch! Her story will inspire you and give you courage to press forward.]
One of your gifts is that of showing grace for others. You always take the time to listen and meet others where they are at. How have you seen this gift at work in your life over the years? Jesus is the best role model for this, isn't He? I take to heart that to lead, you have to serve. Being a good listener is a great place to begin. Seeing others through God's eyes is something I work on daily.
What is your favorite thing to cook/bake when your family is in town? Love, love, love to make tomato pie when guests come in the summer. My Mother taught me how to make pie crust and I buy local organic farm tomatoes from a friend I worked with many years ago. A slice of heaven.
Oh and at Christmas...cheese braid. A friend of my daughters came to visit this month and I surprised her with Christmas in July. She took a bite and said, "This takes me back to age 16 again." It was the first time in 40 years I had made the bread other than in December. [Editor's Note: The cheese braid is divine! Sue, I need to get your recipes!]