We’re fast approaching the middle of the year so it feels like the right time to check-in with our words. Did you pick a guiding word for 2015? If you did, has it made any impact on how the last six months have unfolded?
My word for this year is NOURISH and it’s honestly been the most dynamic word choice I think I’ve ever made. I suspect it’s something to do with how intentionally I chose it in December — this has always been quite a nourishing practice for me (pun intended) but this year it’s been especially transformational.
NOURISH helped me heal after the surgery in January. It inspired me to sign up for a 100-hour yoga immersion (which I loved). It brought reiki into my life (must share that story one day!). It’s informing every decision I make about the new website, and, perhaps most interestingly, it’s helping me approach online dating with a more relaxed and open attitude this time around.
NOURISH is looking after me in so many ways and I’m loving it as much as I did when it first occurred to me last year. For context: I’ve had a few years where I struggled to remember what my word was about this time!
I should mention here that I don’t spend my whole day meditating on my word, obviously, but I have noticed I ask myself “does this feel nourishing?” more often than not. It’s like my word choice has created a through-line I can follow and is having a positive effect on so many parts of my life I’m wondering if I should adopt it for 2016 and beyond.
It may be that your word has been slow to have any effect but now the year’s well under way you’re noticing the wisdom of your choice. It may also be that you weren’t ready to pick a word in December but now feels like a better time to choose.
And if your word hasn’t felt like the right fit, what not choose a different word for the last half of 2015? Or pick another word just because you can.
Gift yourself an hour this weekend to read through your Unravelling the Year workbook and see where you are with those intentions you sketched out. If you want to choose another word — for whatever reason — the free Find Your Word mini course is still available over here. I plan to work through it next week to see if any extra words make themselves known :)
How have your been getting on with your word(s)? I’d love to know xo
The secret life of passwords
[video] How to meditate “Talking about meditation is crucial. Not talking about meditation is like the ocean losing the moon’s gravitational pull. All the dolphins die.” I love JP
I’m just a shot of whiskey—not for everybody. — read this from Dani
You’ve probably seen this already but I’ve been wondering what I could spend 100 days making… (plus this)
Maya Angelou’s beautiful letter to her younger self
How awesome is Baddie Winkle?
“With two young sons, Silas (five) and Arlo (three), my emotional life is ruled by the untenable condition of being hopelessly in love with tiny people who are too young to understand that they’re slowly killing me. At no time has it been more important to be mature, and at no time in my adult life have I felt less capable.” — I also love Jason
How to cook artichokes | pea, mint + feta fritters | mojito cheesecake
And finally, if you’ve taken a course with me you’ve probably emailed with my lovely VA, Nita, at some point. She’s sharing all her heart and know-how in her new toolkit: Say It With Grace AND she’s offering my peeps a $60 discount — just use the code susannahfriends15 anytime before May 31st!
Happy weekend, loves xo
I’m back in the liminal space. I’m waiting, wanting, preparing, exhausting: my self, my ideas, my patience, my nerve. I’m creating a new website and don’t want to write here any more. I’m creating new things for my tribe and finding it hard to narrow it down to the First Thing to make, already thinking about the third and the tenth. I’m drinking my coffee from a new mug and writing on a new keyboard. I’m so ready for the new, so ready for more. I want to be kissed, touched, seen, heard. I’m ready to slip out of this old self and step into the next incarnation, the next chapter. Yesterday is too small for me now; I want to run towards tomorrow. I want tomorrow to be today.
I’ve been quiet here, I know. In-between the yoga immersion and my usual workload I’ve been working on the new site. It’s going to be beautiful (I think… I hope!) and I’m developing some new things for you. Bear with me, yeah? It’ll be worth it :) In the meantime, some links for you:
Shades of sensitivity (Elizabeth found this)
Tired of having to wear a thick skin? Try this instead
I really need to do this: make your own board butter
10 things internet marketers don’t want you to know — I always love some truthful biz talk, thank you Shenee
Jo’s latest course looks amazing for new designers
Green smoothie | black sesame cupcakes | [cute video!] the best paleo bread recipe
Creative ways to declutter your home
How to make people *not* want to join your freakin tribe — wisdom from Justine, as always
Behind the scenes of a photo shoot
Happy weekend, loves!
p.s. I’ve started sharing sneak peeks of the new site with my Love Letter peeps, so, ya know, if you’re curious, you can sign up here. I just recorded a video for them, going out next week ;-)