Happy to report that the This I Know book tour was everything I hoped it would be — and just as tiring as I thought it would be, too ;-) I wrote more about the experience here and here, and shared lots of photos over here.
This month saw the launch of The Simple Things, a gorgeous new lifestyle magazine from the creators of Mollie Makes, and I’m thrilled to be writing a monthly column for them called Exploring the Senses.
And just like that, a book is born! This I Know officially launched on June 5th, and as exciting as it’s been to see the book appearing in book stores, the most humbling part of all this has been hearing from readers who’ve connected with the book. There have been a lot of happy tears.
The week of publication also kicked-off a fun virtual book tour, with visits on Poppytalk, Ali Edwards, Chookooloonks, Rachel Cole, Tara Mohr, Shutter Sisters, Scoutie Girl, Roots of She, Kelly Rae Roberts, Intuitive Bridge, Lisa Sonora Beam, Kind Over Matter, Boho Girl, Sfgirlbybay and Brene Brown.
Next up: the North America book tour, with events happening in Portland OR, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston and New York City, plus a writing workshop at the World Domination Summit.
On March 6th I got my very first glimpse of This I Know in the flesh and I’m pleased to report that she didn’t disappoint! I made a quick video introducing my book baby to you all and shared some honest thoughts after she’d been in my company for a while (the book is definitely a she, no doubt about that). The finished books will hit the warehouse at the end of April!
In other news I’ve been running the first session of Blogging from the Heart this month and am absolutely loving it. I also shared a guest poem over on the fabulous Bentlily.com, and am honoured to be featured in the spring issue of Somerset Life magazine.
The last two months have been filled with a bit of rest, a bit of play and a lot of work (so no change there then!) In December I shared my Unravelling 2012 workbook on the blog and to date it’s been downloaded over 14,000 times — that’s a lot of new year magic being made right there!
On January 5th I received my first copy of Instant Love and immediately Instagrammed the crap out of it :) So much fun to see the finished book in all its hardcover-shiny goodness — we’re thrilled with how it’s turned out.
Elsewhere I had the honour of being included in the The Inspired Way ebook, shared my thoughts on writing over on Writing Our Way Home and spilled some beans on creativity with Margarita at Psych Central.
For me, November was all about the very first session of Photo Meditations. Putting your heart and soul into a new project is always so rewarding, and coupled with the feedback I got from my students, I reached the last day ready to dive straight into a follow-up course (more on that next year ;)
This month I also revealed the cover for Instant Love, our Polaroid how-to book hitting book shelves next May, posted my Photography Manifesto, a sneak peek of This I Know, and I shared my thoughts on finding your thing in work and business with the lovely Tanya Geisler.
October’s been a big month! I shared the cover of my book and had the excitement of seeing it listed on Amazon. Registration for the first session of Photo Meditations opened and closed four hours later, completely sold out. And I had the great honour of speaking at the World’s Biggest Summit alongside an interview with Julia Cameron. Woot!
Elsewhere on the interwebs I was interviewed over on Lomography.com and shared some thoughts on photo meditations over on Shutter Sisters.
This month I launched a brand new e-course: Photo Meditations: Infusing Your Images With Soul. It’s the sort of course I’d like to take myself and will be a delicious five weeks of the inspirational and the practical, including: weekly photo theory lessons, weekly assignments, photo slideshows, interviews and in-depth posts detailing how I shoot. Registration opens on October 15th!
Elsewhere on the internet you can find an interview with me over on Christine Mason Miller’s new Global Inspirations column, Chronicle Books featured a sneak preview of our Polaroid book on their blog, and I had the very great honour of appearing on The Branding of Polaroid, the blog penned by Paul Giambarba, the creator of the iconic original Polaroid branding.
Oh, and I’ve started a new blog — just for fun :)
This year’s August Break was an absolute delight! With over 750 people on the blog roll there were so many new blogs to discover and enjoy. The no-pressure month of blogging really reinvigorated my love for my blog and I’m thinking about doing it again in January as a way to enter the new year mindfully while recovering from December’s festivities. :)
As ever I’ve been gadding about the interwebs, chatting to Jess over at Seek Your Course, Kate at Inspired Naturally and Kaileen at KaileenElise.com. And I’m revealing my nerdy tendencies over at Philofaxy this month (hands up if you’re a stationery addict *raises hand*)
This month was consumed by book editing, but I still managed to pop up in a few places across the web. Britt Bravo interviewed me for the Arts & Healing Network podcast, I was a guest on Kimberley Wilson’s Tranquility du Jour podcast, and I shared a guest video post over on Roots of She.
The recording of the Transcendent Sales call I did with Fabeku Fatumise et al in June is now available online over here. I was also interviewed over on Writing Our Way Home, and was a featured photographer on the 52 Photos Project.
And I’m thrilled to report that the Instant Love Polaroid Retreat Jen, Amanda and I are hosting in Marrakesh next February has already sold out (!) so we’re thinking about bringing the workshops to the USA later in 2012.
Now that the first stage of the book writing is complete I’ve been getting out and about on the internet a lot more lately… I heartily recommend downloading Lisa Baldwin’s delightful ebook of love notes, 23 things you might not know about you — seriously, it’s free, it’s beautifully designed and will brighten your day!
I shared a video on She’s Next, where I talk about how we heal emotional pain, and was interviewed over on Hannah’s Harvest and The Creative Diarist.
And I guest posted on Louise Gale’s new site with my contribution to her Stories from the Universe series, and shared some Polaroid-y goodness with one of my fave photographers, Heather Champ, at Champalicious.
It was a busy month!
Wow. Has it really been four months since I updated this page? That’s shameful! But I have a very good excuse — writing the book really did take over my life, but I’m pleased to report that the first stage is now complete. On April 1st I sent the full manuscript to my editor — 50,000 words and 77 Polaroids. Next comes the editing and design, but for now I’m basking in the oh-my-god-i-can’t-believe-i-did-it glow :)
In other news, we now have an official title for our Polaroid book: Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids. We love it!
While I was tearing out my hair finishing up the writing, I managed to sneak in some guest post love — I’m sharing some honest thoughts on wisdom over at Amy Oscar’s lovely blog home, talking on video about my she-ro’s journey in Jen Louden’s fabulous free ebook, and spilling the beans about my morning routine with Goddess Leonie and co.
It’s been a busy couple of months! I’ve been dividing my time between my beloved Unravelling classes and working like a madwoman on my book — with a deadline of March 1st the madness isn’t going to slow down any time soon :) While I’ve been pouring my heart into my laptop another inspiring book has been released — I’m proud to announce that I’m a contributing artist to Liz Lamoreux’s new book Inner Excavation: Explore Your Self Through Photography, Poetry & Mixed Media.
Elsewhere around the internet I was interviewed by the lovely Irene Nam for the fabulous Shutter Sisters blog, and talked to Andrea Schroeder about life as a self-employed creative over on ABC Creativity.
Back in September I had a blast teaching my first photography class at Squam Art Workshops – I shared some thoughts and photos of the retreat over here.
With nearly 500 members and over 6,000 photos, the August Break proved to be the best kind of community adventure, filled with amazing and tender views of August from around the world. The month was also filled with studious book-writing for me, so having the group’s Flickr pool to dip in to was such a joy – we’ll definitely be doing it again next year!
In other news, I shared my thoughts on finding inspiration in a guest video post over on Spring, examined the delights of online friendship for Kind Over Matter and discussed online business and dreams at 101 Bird Tales.
Next up: teaching at Squam Art Workshops in September and a NYC Polaroid safari with one of my co-authors!
So honoured to be included in the journal, volume one, the first publication from the amazing team at Squam Art Workshops. Filled with essays, stories and photographs, the journal ‘is an exploration of the journeys we take, how we can find friendship in the most unexpected places, and the restorative power of natural beauty– but above all, it is about what happens when you honor your creativity.’ Sounds magical, non?
At the end of July I announced I’d be taking a break from blogging words in August and would be sharing photos each day instead while i focus on my book writing; little did i know that so many people would want to play along too! So the August break was born – I’ve a feeling this will turn into a yearly summer camp :)
June was filled with the joys of Unravelling, including the very first session of Unravelling #2: Living in My World – truly a remarkable experience! Elsewhere I contributed a post to the I Am Enough blog, shared inspirational thoughts and images for Bindu Wiles’ 21.5.800 project and treated the readers of sfgirlbybay to a tour of beautiful Bath.
This month I announced that I’ve accepted a book deal with Globe Pequot Press (USA) which means my first book will be in stores in June 2012! At the end of April I also shared that I’m working with two crazy-talented photographers, Jenifer Altman and Amanda Gilligan, on a how-to book about Polaroid photography for Chronicle Books (USA), available spring 2012.
Elsewhere I was interviewed in Photo Pro Magazine’s ‘Instant Art’ feature (May 2010), shared some thoughts on the writing life over at The Creative Identity and loved being mentioned in a post on the very cool 99% blog.
This month saw the birth of my beautiful little nephew, Noah, and the launch of this new website! The aim was to bring my blog under the same virtual roof as my site, in turn creating more space for new projects and upgrading the registration process using the magic of WordPress.
Marisa Haedike and I announced that we’re working together on a podcast to share our knowledge of creating and running online classes; the podcast and a full transcript will be available for purchase later this year.
In March I shared a few thoughts on photography with Catherine over at Parismages, and I had the honour of being included in Kate’s ‘You Inspire Me’ series on her blog, The Fabric of My Life. Thanks ladies!