Bella Grace magazine | SusannahConway.com
The very first time my name was mentioned in a newspaper was 1988. I was 15 and had won first place in a local painting competition. Seeing my name — and photo! — in the local paper was thrilling, and also a little embarrassing. But mostly thrilling.

The next time my name appeared was as a byline attached to an article in a national Sunday newspaper. I was 26-year-old mature student in the final year of a journalism degree, working as an intern for no money but a lot of experience. That first piece spun out into a regular weekly column and heralded the beginning of my short-lived but much appreciated career as a journalist.

Between then and now there have been many published articles in newspapers, magazines and websites. The loveliest thing is seeing my name in print never gets old — it’s always as thrilling as it was that first time. Obviously these days I mostly write here and I truly love the freedom to share whatever’s in my head or heart — I am the ruler of my own virtual queendom here and I like it! But there’s also a beautiful new magazine on the block and I’m thrilled — there’s that word again — to be a part of it.

Bella Grace is Stampington’s newest baby, a gorgeously tactile cross between a magazine and a journal. Imagine your favourites bits of the creative blogosphere mixed together with dreamy photography and inspiring words. As the internet takes over the world I’m glad there are still publishers creating magazines I can hold in my hand. I love my Kindle but I prefer paper books, and I adore Pinterest but I’d still rather collage images cut out of magazines. Bella Grace is now sitting in my pile of favourites, alongside Cereal, Kinfolk, Frankie and Flow. She’s a beauty :)

Bella Grace magazine
To celebrate the magazine’s launch I have a copy of the premiere issue to giveaway PLUS I’m adding THREE places in the September session of Journal Your Life which starts on Monday. So that’s 4 winners in total!

To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question: what’s your favourite way to get creatively inspired?

I’ll update this post with the winners’ names on Sunday and will be in touch by email to get your deets — good luck! xo

In the fields | SusannahConway.com

These are some of the things Noah teaches me about myself:

— He sees me as a whole. He doesn’t see bits of me that he thinks are lacking. He sees all of me and loves all of me.
— He has no embarrassment around me. Clothes on or clothes off, it’s all the same. I’ll be sad when that lack of self consciousness comes to an end. For now bodies are for jumping and cuddling and running and dancing.

the field | SusannahConway.com
— He thinks I am strong and powerful. I can lift him over a (very) high gate and carry him for half an hour through a corn field when we get lost. Which we may have done on Sunday, but neither of us panicked because we were together (and I didn’t let on that we were, in fact, a bit lost).
— He trusts that I know the way home, even when for a moment I didn’t. I got us home and it became an adventure. From now on it will be known as the day we went home “the long way”.
— He trusts that I will protect him, no matter what. He believes in me.

Give peas a chance | SusannahConway.com
— He sees me as his comfortable chair. His human towel. His living transportation. His comfort when he missed his mummy.
— He takes me seriously. Most of the time ;-)
— He sees me with loving eyes. There is no “good” or “bad” — there is just “Susie”. Taller and bigger, though not blonder. Grown up. Protector. Conspirator. Best pal. Mule and servant. His auntie. His Susie.

The villagers decided to fight back! | Susannahconway.com

The Hackney Pearl, London on SusannahConway.com

Have you downloaded the Steller app yet? It’s my new obsession! Find me over here

Lisa Congdon’s inspiring studio

Lots of cold-pressed juice bars opening in London: The Juice Well | Bobo’s Juicery | Roots & Bulbs | Raw Press

My best tips for traveling solo (thanks, Elise)

[video] Finding love on Instagram (this melted my completely)

Spring quinoa risotto | the life changing crackers | mint & almond pesto

I want to live in Erin Wasson’s house

I’m stocking up on notebooks for Journal Your Life – we start September 1st!

[video] How meditation can reshape our brains

If only everything was as awesomely named as these paint colours are

And finally, How to Maintain Control of the Shared Armrest:  A Guide for Women Flying Alone (no. 6 made me LAUGH OUT LOUD)

Happy weekend, loves! xo

The Millennium Bridge, London | SusannahConway.com
I thought I had words to share this month, but it turns out all my creative energy has been needed for the new book. When I wrote the proposal for Chronicle last year I knew the project was an ambitious one. Photographing a book about London? Yep, that will take a bit of doing. As it turns out, it’s physically exhausting — London is a big place! — but I’m loving (re)discovering this city of mine. Even though I get home barely able to keep my eyes open, I’m thrilled to be flexing my creative muscles in such a focussed way again. The words will return but for now I’m pouring everything I have into this. Can’t wait to share it with you in the spring of 2016!

The Lord napier pub, London | SusannahConway.com
Coffee in Brixton Village | SusannahConway.com
The Odeon, London | SusannahConway.com
Shoreditch locks
The Lord Napier pub in hackney | SusannahConway.com
In other news, we took Noah to the circus last weekend. He was completely in his element :)

Noah at the circus | SusannahConway.com

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