Let’s make some magic in 2014

Unravelling the Year Ahead 2014 workbook | SusannahConway.com
Can you believe it’s that time again? The older I get the faster the years seem to pass, which is why I think I’m such a prolific journaller — I want to remember stuff. Plan stuff. Figure stuff out. I like writing things down. And I especially like mapping things out. So for the fifth year running it is my very great pleasure to share the (updated and awesomised) Unravelling the Year Ahead workbook with you. This is the tool I use to say farewell to the old year and bring some intention to the new. It’s kinda spooky how effective this stuff is, actually.

Download the workbook HERE | download the 2014 calendar HERE

My favourite thing to do in December is look back over the previous year’s workbook to see which intentions I managed to manifest. There are always things I didn’t expect, but starting the new year with a loose plan in place seems to open me up to even better results. For example, last year I wrote down that i wanted to move my body more and improve my overall health. This intention lead me to join my local gym and find my personal trainer, Carrie, who’s not only helped me get in shape but has also become a trusted confidante. I couldn’t have seen that coming this time last year when I was struggling to get off the sofa.

In years gone by I’ve done this sort of work in my journal, but using the printed pages of the workbook makes it feel more ceremonial, somehow. I like to print out the pages two to a page then cut the paper in half, hole-punch it and stick in my Creative Dream Journal (housed in an A5 Filofax). This year’s workbook includes a map template which I’ll make several copies of so I can sketch out the paths I want to take in different areas of my life. Other essentials include a glass of wine, a lit candle or three and a deck of oracle cards.

Unravelling the Year Ahead 2014 workbook | SusannahConway.com
It’s the new moon tonight with the next one coming on January 1st, so I’d like to propose we spend this moon cycle working through the workbook and preparing for the new year. Start by printing it out and locating/purchasing a binder. Add extra blank pages for vision boarding and mind maps. Include any articles or photos that inspire you. Print out two copies of the calendar — one to plan out your actual year and another to plan out the year of your biggest dreams. What would that look like, I wonder?

If you haven’t figured out your word for 2014 don’t worry, I haven’t yet either, though I’m currently considering a few options. My plan is to complete the rest of the workbook first to let that guide me to the right word. Choosing a word of the year has proved to be SO powerful over the last few years I’ll write more about that soon. (Seriously — choose a word.)

If you share any photos of your workbooks please do tag me on Facebook or use the hashtag #unravel2014 on Instagram as I would LOVE to see what you come up with.

Above all else, have fun and dream big!

Journal Your LifeIn other news, registration for the January session of Journal Your Life is now open! I honestly cannot think of a better way to start the year than with a journal in my hand and a group of journallers to learn and explore with. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never journalled before or have journalled all your life — everyone is welcome — so if you want to start 2014 with even more intention and clarity, come join us :)

Posted on 02-12-2013
85 responses
  1. Nanette Gordon-Cramton

    Thank you, Susannah!! xo Can’t wait to dig in!

  2. Michelle


    You are so gracious to share this with us each year.

    Last year was my first year to dive into your workbook. My word for 2013 was “Manifestation”. In August, I quit my lucrative corporate job to follow my dream. I can’t wait to discover what I’ll unearth in preparation for 2014!

    Thank you!


  3. Esme

    Printing it out RIGHT NOW. Thank you, as always, for sharing this with us. & I’m counting down the… uh, years… till that Redfox reunion. x

  4. Aline

    Dear Susannah,

    It’s so kind of you to share this with us. I’ll be doing the unravelling for the first time this year, so I’m pretty curious and excited what I’ll do with me.

    Sending you my warmest and kindest wishes,


  5. TJ Wood

    Thank you :) You are a blessing!

  6. Latifa

    Thank you Susannah! Your sharing this with us is so wonderful! Printing right now…can’t wait to get started….I feel changes coming….I always love to see something from you in my in box!

  7. juliette crane

    thank you so much for this. helped me through this year and i just adore looking back at it all. xoxo

  8. Laura

    Thank you, Susannah. Last year’s workbook was my first, and I truly think that the process of completing it made a huge difference to my year, and set me on the right path. I am really looking forward to getting started on this year’s. Off to download it forthwith!
    Laura x

  9. Li

    thank you for these little gifts :)

  10. becky w.

    Thank you! I’ve been doing these, and circulating widely among girlfriends, for the last couple years and love it. I’ve been looking forward to this one’s release, it’s been a big, exciting year. Thanks for putting so much effort into something to gift us with ~~

  11. Wayfaring Wanderer

    Fuck Yeah! I’m so pumped about this!

    Thinking about gathering a group of girlfriends to give the goal setting and reflecting even more oomph! This will go perfectly with the vision board gathering I host every year! :-)

  12. allie

    thanks so much for posting this! i loved the 2013 workbook and calendar and can’t wait to get started on this one.

    and you are SO right about choosing a word. i did it for the first time last year and it is amazing!!!

  13. Anna

    Thank you so much for doing this again. So so appreciated x

  14. Shandi

    Thanks, Susannah. My word for 2013 was Independence. My main resolution was to learn to drive. I’m taking my driving test next week.

    How are your driving classes coming along?

  15. inspirited mama

    This looks awesome. Mama Scout posted it on FB and I’m excited! Is there anywhere to get this workbook formatted for 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ discbound planners?

  16. Alicia

    Susannah: I can’t wait to work through this workbook. I shared the memory of losing my fiancé with you in a past email. After his death, I “let myself go.” I did not want to be seen. My words for 2013 were hearth and home. I realized that I could not feel at home anywhere until I felt at home in my soul. I have lost 81 lbs. I am now back at a healthy weight. My goal for 2014 is to attend the Redfox Retreat in November. Many thanks and gratitude!!!

  17. kelly

    Thank you, Susannah! The past two years, my word has been perfect…both times finding me and changing me. I’m excited to dig into your workbook.

  18. Katrina

    This is amazing. Thank you so very much! I’m even going to have this spiral bound at my local copy store. Fabulous!

  19. Usha Digiacomo

    Oh boy, I hate writing. But I loved this gift, and I will do it.
    Thank you so much for this present. It is perfect timing for me.

  20. Tina

    Hi! Was curious about how you use the tarot cards in this process or in general. I’ve always been really curious about them, but they get a really bad wrap. Was hoping for a brighter (less dark/occult) perspective on them.


  21. Tracy

    Thank you, thank you!! Looking forward to what word 2014 has in store. My 2013 word: listen. Loved it!

  22. Lauren BURKITT

    This was one of the best things I did for myself last year and I’m so excited to start another year with your workbook. Thank you for sharing your passions with us Susannah! xo

  23. kelly

    Aww. Thanks! Just what I needed.

  24. Galina

    Thank you so much Susannah!
    Now I can’t wait till the weekend to take my time and work through this amazing book.
    and then translate it to Russian :)

  25. C.D Beatrice CLay

    Susannah you’re so kind. I love getting this workbook every year and sharing near and far! God bless you.

  26. Maggie

    Hi Susannah. I’m going to explore this and give this a try. I love the concept. I’m a little bit unsure about doing it now because I’m going through a raw, uncertain time where I can’t really plan the way I would love to due to my health. However, putting out into the Universe my hopes and desires is a lovely, affirming and positive practice, and the clarity I have around this is strong now. I know there have been huge shifts for me for the better this year (though hard won) which it would be good to ‘tie up’. I’m looking forward to doing this and hope it might help me to begin a new, more full life in 2014. :)

  27. Marjorie


    Thank you ever so much for your work. Your gentle and graceful way opened a door for me to begin to really discover who I am.

    Your Unravelling for the coming year has been a profound tool in my life. The first year was Illuminate the second year was Dare. It has been very exciting to experience these words taking on a life of their own. Things happened the first year with Illumination that I would never has guessed and the second year has been one of Daring beyond my own comprehension.

    The words “thank you” seem a weak reflection of the gratitude in my heart.

    With warmth, hope and joy,


  28. Lucy Chen

    I’m so happy to have found you Susannah and join you in 2014 to unravel!

  29. Nika Marie

    I LOVE THIS… Thank you for sharing!!

  30. Sarah

    Yay! I am so excited to this again — so much has happened in 2013! Thank you so much for providing this awesome tool for us to use. Will keep you posted and be sure to promote!


  31. Rachel

    Thank you Susannah! I have spent the morning reading through last year’s version and it turns out I’ve had quite a year! I am as always a work in progress but it helps so much to see how many things have changed.
    Looking forward to digging into the new year ahead!

  32. pam

    Thank you so much Susannah! This is my second year and I am truly looking forward to the process. Thanks for your generosity and for giving us such a wonderful tool for digging deep.

  33. Meghan @ Life Refocused

    My favorite ritual for the end of the year. Thank you! xo

  34. Kelley Clink

    I know so many have already said it, but thank you Susannah. What a gift this is! It’s my first time doing anything like this, and I’m already blown away by how much is coming up. Here’s to a mindful 2014!

  35. naomi

    I look for this every year and every year with gratefulness in my heart, I say a loud “YAY!” when you post it. Thank you so much for being such a kind and generous person. You made my late night a great night!

  36. Tara

    Thank you! I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks, although I usually actually fill it in on New Year’s Eve, also with candles, oracle cards and probably not wine this year as alcohol doesn’t seem to be part of my life these days. Nevertheless am printing it out today and putting it with the ones from the last two years so I’m ready to go when it’s time. :) There are so many planners out there and none of them are a patch on yours for me. <3

  37. Croila

    Thank you SO much for this! I’ve just downloaded and read through it and good grief, what an incredibly powerful tool you’ve given us – THANK YOU thank you thank you. I can’t wait to get stuck in and start working through it. Thanks to you, 2014 is already starting look really exciting for me!

  38. Kathleen

    Thank you for such a wonderful gift! My word for this year has been “trust.” I’ll have to start musing on next year…

  39. Patty Mejia Burke

    Just heard about you – wonderfully excited about it. Printing off the workbook and calendar and looking forward to saying good-bye to 2013 and hello to 2014!


  40. Raquel T

    Thank you! I love it!!


    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite new traditions. Thank you, Susannah for being so willing to put it together. It’s really helping me have more focus.

  42. LIsa

    Thank you, Susannah. You are a gem!

  43. Savannah

    This looks amazing, Susannah – thank you for so graciously sharing this workbook with the world!

    This will be my first workbook with you, and I can already tell that it will not be my last. I’m super excited to get the next couple of days of work cleared away so that I can sit down for a few hours and really dig in.

    Vision boarding (and similar projects) is relatively new to me in the big picture of life, and it’s such an great feeling to have perspective on what we are asking for, and what we get; what goes as planned, what comes as a surprise.

    With the new moon, something in me has flickered and the toil of this past year has started to fade away. The energy of the moon is also something new to me. Following cycles has really transformed how I live my life – both work and play. And… tarot cards are very new to me. I have yet to invest in a set and I’m not sure of how they’re used, but your workbook has convinced me that it’s time to try them out – and the set at The Wild Unknown looks divine!

    Bringing the year to a close and envisioning the beginning of this workbook brings the memories of January zooming out of the past. My first vision board experience was with a lululemon shop in London, and very soon after I saw myself manifesting top clientele – photography projects with lululemon themselves and cookbook projects with Paleo Magazine. It was my first real try at envisioning the future… looking back, even though there were several tough times living abroad, it’s incredible how I’ve gotten to where I am today. And thinking about it now makes me much more grateful for the challenging process – especially living abroad. I have been living a couple of months in fear after spending over a year terrifically out of many peoples’ comfort zones and trying to live in an extraordinary way..

    Your words bring me back to peace with my process, experiences, choices, chances….

    I can’t wait to start your workbook and create a whole new year of adventure! Thank you, thank you.

  44. Ninie Pouce

    I did it last year and I didn’t realize all that things I wrote about. But my life changed all the way cause I lost my mum last february. I’ll write down again with new ayes, new project, new me. Thank you for your help.

  45. Diane

    Thank you…. I love presents

  46. Elizabeth

    Lovely resources, thank you so much ? Can’t wait to get started on the workbook!

    Sorry – that should be a heart not a question mark!

  47. Yvonne

    Thank you so much for this and all the inspiration you send out to the world!

  48. Naomi

    I’m a bit confused on on the 3rd page where it say unraveling the year behind it references 2012. Should that not be 2013 since it says the past 12 months?

    it’s a typo, hon

  49. Annette Gendler

    Thank you so very very much! I’ve been looking forward to this.

  50. Kelly

    Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing this!! I think this exactly what I need to say “Goodbye 2013!” and “Hellooooo 2014!!”

  51. Lyssa

    I used your 2013 guidebook last year and it was monumental in helping me structure the upcoming months with goals and ideas! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for offering this free gift!!! Can’t wait to discover my 2014 Word and dig into these questions : )

  52. eLIN JANNE

    Thank you !

  53. MAY leong

    Thank you for this wonderful gifts. I will dig into the workbook …

  54. Kyah

    Thank you so much for the workbook! Such beautiful generosity! :)

  55. Stephanie Watanabe | The Girl Who Knows

    This is my favorite part of December every year. Thank you for your generosity and for giving us this beautiful gift each year Susannah.
    Happy Holidays to you!

  56. Susanne

    Thank you, Susannah! It’s a good thing to have a look at the old year! :-)

  57. Katie

    Can’t wait to delve into my workbook; can’t wait to get absorbed in Journal Your Life; can’t wait to read more of your words and get to know you and the others in the course. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing piece of soulfulness – my first workbook was 2013’s and it sort of changed my life! What a positive way to put away the past year, and start intentionally on the new one. Much love to you and to all, Katie. XXX

  58. carol

    Thanks Susannah, just what i was looking for! xx

  59. maria

    Thanks so much! The design is impeccable!

  60. Lumen

    I’m very excited about the workbook, but am experiencing technical difficulties when I try to print it off. I can’t seem to make the pages fit into 8 1/2 x 11 format. Instead they are printing as if each page I see in the pdf is 4 pages.
    Can anyone help? Thank you so much!

    I am having the same difficulties. I’ve tried “fit to page” and on 2 different printers. It’s printing out huge. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for such a fantastic gift to all of us!

  61. Lumen

    I’m glad I’m not the only one Alisha. Hope someone will be able to help us! :)

  62. Kathryn

    really looking forward to getting stuck into this!
    I’m printing it out for myself and three of my sisters, one of my brothers and my mother. I love seeing what the others chose as their words. :)

  63. peppermint drop

    Thank you soooo much! This is an incredible gift. Now, I can’t wait to find some time alone (but, darnit, I have a house full of pesky family till after New Year, ha!) ;) Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! xx

  64. Melisa

    Thank you for sharing your gifts with us and for lovingly creating and sharing the unravelling journal each year! My sister and I complete our journals together every year! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  65. Sara Brooke

    This is my first year using your workbook Susannah can’t wait to get started on this on new years eve :) x Sara

  66. Dianne

    Thank you for these gifts. I am working on my intentions for 2014 now and release release 2013 matters. Best wishes

  67. Marwa

    Susanna thank you thank you thank you! It’s like you’re giving a gift to us for the new year :))

  68. ann

    Thank you a million times over for such an incredibly intuitive tool. Though I spent four hours crouched over the kitchen table scribbling my heart and soul out onto this workbook, I feel quite as though I spent a day at a health spa. Refreshing indeed. Am also linking to the pdf on our blog – hope that’s okay!

  69. Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer

    I heard about you and this through Dorky Mum. Have had a good look, changed my initial word and printed it off ready to work through tonight. Thank you and Happy New Year! :)

  70. J.J.Hartly

    Thanks for sharing such a great resource. My word for 2014 (and a hat tip to Doctor Who) “Regeneration”!

  71. Jaime

    Thankyou so much. I actually found your work book really challenging and felt it was too hard for me. But you know what I’ve made it through. It took me 3 days on and off. I’ve done 80% and I found out some interesting things. Thanks again.

  72. Ildiko

    Thank you, Susannah for sharing your workbook.
    The workbook in 2012 was the first I have filled in and I have to tell you 90-95% of my dreams came true. :)

    Thank you once again! :)

  73. emily

    Thank you for sharing this, Susannah! So excited. :)

  74. Larissa

    I specifically same looking for this, as I enjoyed last year’s so much! :-) I posted about it on my blog with your cover graphic linking back here – I always like to let people know if I write about them or their stuff.

    New adventures: that is my motto for 2014.

    P.S. If you have never seen or used Susannah Conway’s “Unravelling the year” workbooks, I strongly encourage you to check out the 2014 edition.


    Thanks, love! Glad you found it useful! :)

  75. Croila

    Susannah, I actually went into a print shop in town today, got him to print it out in colour for me, then he spiral bound it. It’s a REAL BOOK for me! And I LOVE it!

    perfect!! :)

  76. Relyn

    I am so eager to get a hold of this, but the link seems to be broken. Help please.

  77. Flora Doehler

    Thank you SOOOO much for sharing this. I can’t wait to do this exercise.

  78. Annie

    I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for putting this together. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this post but I’m glad I did. I just started working this a couple of days ago and can see that it is going to help me a great deal.

    Much appreciated.

  79. Christine Daleiden

    My word for 2013 was Artfullyjoyfullygleefullyliving
    In reviewing 2013 It did guide me through many months when S*** happened and at times there was a truckload. Used my red nose to cheer me and those around me and it traveled to many places each month. Thank you for the workbook and the direction for a present moment life.

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