By Jennifer Porter | Photographed by Jamie Swetnam of Life as a Photo
“I loved the entire outfit, but adore the shoes—although they are so impractical for chasing around my gypsy boys who are 5 and 7!”
Susan Gregory, her husband, Bo (the new economic development director at the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce), and their gypsy boys, Hughes and Banks, moved to the Twin Lakes Area in December from North Carolina. You may be aware of the “Meet Bo” campaign. This is your chance to “Meet Susan.”
After settling her boys in their new schools, Susan jumped head first into community work, joining several organizations in their efforts to improve job security, food insecurity, poverty, and self-sufficiency. She has masters degrees in social work, and law and social policy, but her passion now is finding a way “to incorporate art, particularly expressive art therapy, into some type of work, ideally with children and women.”
Comfortable in her own skin (her go-to outfit is yoga pants and a tee), she was open-minded at Posh Boutique as we shopped for an outfit. After she was poked, prodded, and stretched, she reached out, touched my face, and said, “I’m going to touch you now,” which caused us all to erupt into giggles. The following day I received this text from her: “I dreamed about my shoes!”
Susan was delightful during our photo shoot at King Dermatology’s new clinic, Restore, striking poses and mugging for the camera.
“What I enjoyed most,” she said, “was spending time with such fantastic women! I am not a particularly girly-girl, but Ashley and Gabrielle at Posh helped guide me toward a fabulous outfit, and while it was a long way from my usual picks, it was totally comfortable and fun. Diane, with Mary Kay, was kind and encouraging. Jamie, the photographer, helped me find my silly side and made me feel at ease in front of her camera. Jennifer with Marvelous! held my hand and made me laugh throughout the entire two days. It was incredibly fun to be made up, primped, and fussed over, but the best part was coming home to Bo and the boys. They jumped out and said, ‘We love you, Mom!’”
M! April/May 2013