Susan Campbell Cross

Writer, actor, and super mom Susan Campbell Cross is the walking definition of a modern day multi-tasker—and, she's the new lifestyle editor of SHAPE! She is also a contributing lifestyle editor to Star and OK!, and her blog, Secrets of a Suburban Soccer Mom, has amused thousands of readers from all over the world. Susan is a working commercial actor and has appeared in television, radio, print, and Internet campaigns for Mr. Coffee, NuBrilliance, and Jewel Osco, and has appeared in cooking segments with chefs Bobby Flay and Curtis Stone. Susan lives in L.A. with her husband, Kevin, and three children, Kayla, Rory, and Aidan, and is currently working on her first book, a self-help memoir chronicling her adventures as she took on 40 goals before her 40th birthday. Follow her on Twitter@SusanCross1 and check out her website

I wasn't always a confident person: As a kid I wanted desperately to have a part in the musicals they put on at the local community center.

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Because I am a very positive person, I used to have a terrible time making decisions.

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I've always prided myself on being a master multitasker.

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I start every day by making a new to-do list. It keeps me organized, on task, and accountable.

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When we think of bullying, usually kids on a playground or teens using social media platforms come to mind, not adult neighbors or coworkers in a conference room.

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Don't do anything you're going to be resentful for.

That's the best advice anybody ever gave me, and while it may seem obvious to some of you, for me it was life changing.

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I have always been a very positive person—annoyingly so, depending on whom you ask. I try to see the good in others, even when they seem determined to prove there isn’t any.

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Everyone has a blah day now and then—it’s part of life. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around waiting for the black cloud to pass over.

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A few years back, I did a community theater musical for charity. As I was putting on my makeup, I began to fixate on a zit that had decided to make its own debut performance.

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Have you ever noticed how nice people are around the holidays?

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