Meet Sue -
Sue is a San Diego Native, and lived most of her life in Escondido, California. At a young age, she participated in school choral groups, honors programs, and was a dancer and cheerleader.
After surviving a 9 year-long abusive relationship, Sue had a fresh start through a Domestic Violence Program. She went from being married with 3 little girls, to being homeless and on the run from her ex, to living in a Domestic Violence Safe House. It was a tough reboot at the age of 29, but knowing it would all be worth it in the end to keep her family safe and healthy, she persevered.
Sue then entered the corporate world, working hard to support her little family on her own. Sue and Dustan met in 2005, and wed at the end of 2006. With Dustan's support, Sue was able to go back to school, obtain professional certifications and a college degree, and climb the corporate ladder to eventually become the head of Human Resources for a multi-state company. They were able to purchase a home and life seemed great. However, something always seemed wrong, and Sue felt like she was missing her calling. She loved helping people, but felt like this wasn't the right avenue.
Dustan and Sue went to many concerts and shows in their spare time. The experience was shifting and their love of music helped them get through many stressful times. It was through this love of music that Sue founded Sun Drenched Vibes
in 2017. After founding her new company, she regained her love of writing and photography. After shooting her first festival, she knew that this was where she was meant to be.
In 2018, things became abundantly clear. The corporate life was unhealthy, and suffocating. The hours worked, the stress involved, and lack of time with family made it an uneven trade. Was money this important? Was STUFF purchased this important? NO - it wasn't. And when Dustan's health was suffering because of HIS work - there was no question what needed to be done. Sue exited the corporate world to strike out on her own.
"I just don't want to get to the end of my life and realize that I never actually LIVED the life I was meant to live."
*featured photo by Sean McCracken Photography from Iration's Live From Paradise Tour stop at FivePoint in Irvine 2019