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.

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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

The August Break | SusannahConway.com
Well, we’ve got over 1,500 2,000 people signed up to get the daily emails so I think it’s fair to say this year’s August Break is going to be a lively one! We start tomorrow and there’s still time to sign up to get the (totally free) daily emails — I’ll leave the list open so if anyone wants to sign up during the month they can.

I’ve been prepping the emails (from my sick bed – summer sickness sucks. Fact) and there’s been so much goodness coming in from the contributors I think you’re going to love it. I’ll be mainly sharing on Instagram this year as I don’t feel the need to take a break from the blog — there’s still plenty of stuff I want to talk about — but however it all unfolds, I’m looking forward to taking my foot off the pedal a bit this month. August only happens once a year, amiright? ;-)

Happy August Break, everyone! xo

The humans of Londontown | SusannahConway.comI’ve been shooting photos for my new book and it’s starting to take over my life — which is as it should be because I want this book to be beautiful and inspiring and, well, good. So no pressure then! We’re having a heatwave here in the UK so the last few weeks of shooting have been pretty intense but thankfully the Circle line has air conditioning so I’m planning my travels accordingly. Pro tip: avoid the Central line at all costs. It’s like sitting in hell’s kitchen.

Chinatown | SusannahConway.comThis book is going to be a portrait of the city and with a population of 8.3 million I’m inevitably photographing a lot of passers by.  I’ve never felt comfortable taking photos of people in the street, but the more places I go the bolder I get. Like actors in your own private play, people bring life and character to the shots. I’ve been fantasising about creating a Humans of London blog in honour of the wonderful Humans of New York, but the truth is, I prefer wandering the streets unobtrusively. I like to observe rather than interact.

Camden girl | SusannahConway.com
Of course, when you have a 40 year-old Polaroid camera hanging across your body, you tend to become a people magnet. Each day I speak to at least five or six souls who are curious about the camera. I’ve chatted with policemen outside the Houses of Parliament, the old boy in Camden Passage and Jesse, the Spanish dude I met on the Southbank who insisted I take his picture. There was the girl in Chipotle who said she had a Polaroid at home, the charity worker in Islington who wanted tips on shooting at night, and Darren in Chinatown who was so inspired by the Vivian Maier film he was out snapping strangers.

You are never stuck for conversation when you’re shooting with a Polaroid. This is turning into quite an adventure…


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