The start of something good

 

* This is an excerpt from my most recent Love Letter. There’s still plenty of time to download the Unravel Your Year 2017 workbook and join the Find Your Word course. Let’s start this year as we mean to go on!

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For the third time this week my corner of London is shrouded in heavy fog — it’s like being in a cloud which is exactly what this week’s felt like. I love the liminal space between Christmas and New Year. I love how everyone is a little slower, a little smilier, a little more reflective. Even though it’s been a hard year for so many of us I’m feeling at peace with 2016. There have been political shocks and terrible things happening in the world; much-loved celebrities have passed on and people continue to do unspeakable things to each other. And yet, now I am on the other side of my baby nephew’s month in hospital, I am slouching towards 2017 with gratitude in my heart. Thankful that Sammy is still here, with his very first tooth and on the verge of crawling just like any other baby, unaware of what he has been through and what is still to come. Thankful that his big brother, Noah, wanted to spend Christmas Eve sleeping in my room so I got to have the first cuddles when he woke up on Christmas morning. Thankful that I was able to pay my corporation tax in a timely manner and that my business continues to support me as a single and very independent woman. Thankful that I have fresh food my fridge. The big and little things of life.

It’s been a deeply emotional year, much more than I’d expected. I’d known for a while that my word for 2016 would be LOVE but it did not manifest in the ways I’d initially hoped — and with hindsight I’m glad. LOVE was falling for Elizabeth’s dog, Ollie, and deciding to move house so I could find my own. LOVE was being my sister’s birthing partner. LOVE was feathering my new nest. LOVE was looking after Noah full-time while my sister and her precious baby son were in hospital without a diagnosis. LOVE was putting my life on hold for six weeks while we waited and hoped and prayed. LOVE was being selfless. LOVE has taught me so much about HOW to love this year. I’m not sure I could have made it through without it.

And so I am here on December 31st cracked wide open. I’m sick, of course — I always get sick at this time of year — but it almost feels like a clearing out of the old to make space for the new. My word for 2017 is SEEN. After a year of devoting my energy to my family I’m ready to step back out into the world and be SEEN: in my work, in my relationships, in this next iteration of my life. Have you chosen a word yet? I am so wildly in love (there’s that word again) with this practice and I cannot recommend it highly enough. There’s been some really deep and insightful sharing in the Find Your Word Facebook group so if you’d like to join us you can sign-up for the mini course over here.

This time last year I was in Providence, Rhode Island, curled up on Elizabeth’s chair by the window, laying out a few tarot cards as I journaled my hopes for the coming year. This year I’m in a new home but back in my NYE ritual of cards, journaling, a long bath and clean sheets, my favourite way to welcome a new year.

I feel ready for this next chapter. Whatever you’re doing for New Year’s Eve, I hope you do too xo

 

A year in photos

The year in photos

 

It’s been a full year. A heavy year filled with the stuff of life that can’t be avoided. It’s been a year of feeling all the feelings, over and over, and I’ve reached the end of it completely emptied. There has been joy and there has been grief. I almost didn’t put this post together as I’m so ready to get on with 2017, but I treasure all the other round-ups and traditions are important, aren’t they. My iPhone has continued to be my most used camera and I haven’t shot a single frame of film this year, which only saddens me a little. It’s been more important to be fully present to every day, and the photos and film clips I’ve captured have been enough. Photography will forever be like meditation for me and it honestly doesn’t matter what camera I use — all that matters is that my eyes are open.

 

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Something for the weekend

Something for the weekend on SusannahConway.com

 

[video] Accent expert breaks down 32 actors’ accents

10 of the most beautiful libraries on earth

Gift ideas: this Polaroid pin | this patch | Memorial stitches

[video] Dads write powerful affirmations for their daughters

Friends creating good stuff: Anna’s beautiful oracle deck | Ronna’s sacred readings | Lisa’s tarot bags | Bella’s perfume oils

Clutter-free holiday decorations

[video] The One Moment (and how they made it)

Email etiquette: the double opt-in email introduction

[podcast] Why our “suffering” only exists in the past, with Byron Katie

 

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And finally, I’m already seeing peeks of the workbook out in the wild! I’m treating myself to a printed copy from Blurb and planning an evening of reflection with candles and gluten-free pumpkin spice loaf (thank you Carrie!).

You can get the workbook and planner over here and sign up for the Find Your Word course over here :-)

Happy weekend loves xo

Photo credits: Jaime | Mandy | Tiffany | Jennifer

Let’s make magic in 2017!

Unravel Your Year 2017 : a free workbook on SusannahConway.com

 

If you ever meet me in the street I can guarantee I’ll have a journal with me. Writing stuff down has always been how I make sense of the world, ever since my 11-year-old self chronicled the passing of her guinea pig in her Bramley Hedge notebook. So it’ll come as no surprise that I love all the reflecting that goes on at this time of year and I especially love sharing my yearly workbook with the world!

It’s got a new name but I promise I haven’t altered too much in this 2017 edition. I like to compare my answers from year to year and as a creature of habit it feels extra cosy to sink into these familiar pages and reflect on the year that’s passing. The cover is full colour which will look fab if you’re getting it printed (I like Blurb’s economy magazine option) but to keep it printer-friendly I’m including a separate B&W cover you can colour in if you wish :-)

 

Unravel Your Year 2017

 

This year I’m also experimenting with a planner of sorts. The calendar’s been jazzed up and I’ve added some monthly reflections (loving these a lot!). You’ll also find blank daily and weekly pages at the back which you can use to create your own DIY planner. To be completely honest I have no idea how well this will work, but it’s something I’ve been hankering after for ages. There’s a good chance 2018’s workbook will be accompanied by a full-on planner…. Watch this space!

If you share your printed workbooks and planners on social media use the hashtag #unravelyouryear2017 so I can take a peek at the magic you’re making!

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Find Your Word 2017 :: the free 5-day course on SusannahConway.com

 

Find Your Word is also back by popular demand!

In the eight years I’ve been choosing a word for the year, my life has certainly changed for the better. Some of my previous words proved to be wildly empowering — BRAVE, EXPAND and OPEN were all dynamically useful words that helped me create change in my life. Other words have been less helpful: COMPASSION, for example, was a bit of a cop-out in 2011. Last year’s word was NOURISH and it was the most supportive and nourishing — pun intended — word I’ve chosen so far. This year I’ve danced with LOVE and now I look back I see it was exactly the word I needed to navigate all this year has thrown at me.

The more I do this practice the more I understand why it’s such a valuable thing to do each year. I also know that sometimes we need a hand uncovering our just-right word, so I created this sweet lil 5-day course to help you find YOUR word for 2017.

Head over to this page
to get started — it’s completely free, of course!

ENJOY! xo

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