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

Colour in Shoreditch | SusannahConway.com

The art of being a heroine — smarts from Justine

40 years of photographs of one woman and one pair of pants | portfolio

Loving this simple home

Peach salad with mint & pistachios | crispy quinoa cakes | cold noodles with miso, lime and ginger

My favourite tricks for photographing babies — great tips from Elise

I need this wallet

How to say what you do (I struggle with this all the time!)

[video] Porn vs real sex, explained in food (made me laugh)

Lusting after this journal | this Moleskine

One from the archives: Because we ARE worth it

Happy weekend, loves! xo

Friendship | SusannahConway.com
My default setting is lone she-wolf. It’s taken me a long time to fully understand this and I suspect it will take many more years to truly accept it, because it flies in the face of the norm — or the norm that I perceive. I have friends I love and trust and my family are more important to me than anything else, but most of the time I really do prefer my own company. It goes far beyond being able to amuse myself of a long weekend. I like visiting new places on my own. I like working on my own. I walk my own path and looking back I see it’s always been this way. I don’t think I’m particularly anti-social — I like spending time with friends, just not as often as most people do. Once a week is just fine for me — twice a week and I feel drained.

Yet even with this bone-deep independence — and a life-long journaling habit that keeps me sane — some of the most important personal work I’ve ever done came about through the sisterhood found with other women. Through being seen and heard and emotionally held by others.

I was reminded of this last weekend when Meg came to stay — within an hour of her arrival we were already talking about the Real Stuff. We’ve known each other for eight years so it’s easy to open up and be honest, yet I remember even on our first friend-date we did the same. That’s the lovely thing about meeting friends through blogging — you cut straight through the fluff to the bean-spilling.

witchy night | SusannahConway.com
Our second friend-date was a flight to Seattle in 2006, where we spent a week with new friends and I got my first taste of how powerful being in a group of women can be. That week changed so much for me, as has every retreat I’ve been on since.

Fast forward to 2012. Meg, Sas and I flew to Italy for SquamItalia. Having spent many weekends together we were excited to be sharing a room again. Like sleepovers when you’re at school, the adult version is even better: we basically talked our faces off for three days. That was where we hatched the plan for our Redfox retreat (we were even planning the goody bags late into the night!)

Redfox was born out of the desire to bring women together to share their stories in community. To experience the kind of sister-bonding that lasts long after the retreat is over. We knew the three of us could hold the space for transformation to happen, and the more we schemed the more we knew we had to make it happen — it was something we yearned for in our worlds, too.

Last year’s retreat blew us all away, but especially me. This lone she-wolf likes to stay at home, so I wondered how a week of not just retreating but also facilitating would feel. As it turned out, we’d woven so much intention and love into our retreat plan, it was the most restorative and nourishing week of last year.

two foxes are better than one | SusannahConway.com
This November we’re leading our Unravel Your Story retreat again and we’d love you to bring a soul sister with you to both get 25% off the price. Taking time out to nurture yourself in this way is so rewarding, and doing it with your best friend/sister/cousin/mum? You’ll be taking your relationship to new heights :)

This is the only in-person teaching I’m doing this year and I can’t wait to meet our new group of vixens, ready to dig deep into what’s meaningful and true in our lives. And if you’re a lone she-wolf like me? There’ll be plenty of space to decompress and refill your cup in the quiet. Hello scheduled free time for naps, reading and walks in the woods!

Will I see you there? Feel free to email me if you have any questions! x

The Cornershop | SusannahConway.com
If you find yourself in Londontown this month, make sure you go visit the Cornershop (above). Artist Lucy Sparrow has filled an abandoned shop with 4,000 items, from biscuits to lager, chocolate and chips, and ALL of them are made out of felt. Read more over here, here and here (you can buy goods online, too)

Be full of yourself — loved this from Julie

[Podcast] The science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness

This desk collection | this mini printer

“Living the life of an artist, Gisèle is a woman of imagination. She still finds herself wondered by this world.” — 100 years old and so inspiring

More reasons to adore Jeff Bridges

The Cornershop | SusannahConway.com

How to make your anger divine

[video] The coolest tattooed grandma ever

Green goddess sandwiches | cherry + amaranth panzanella | green powerhouse salad

Everything is wonderful. Everything is terrible. — thank you for this, Kate

How a password changed my life

Happy weekend, loves! xo

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