2011 has been a year of two obsessions: my nephew, Noah, and my book. Not a single day went by when I wasn’t thinking about one, if not both, of them. My relationship with both grew throughout the year, and both are now bigger, braver and bolder than they were just 12 months ago. There are a lot of similarities between being an auntie and an author — both roles stretch your heart wide open and help you see you are capable of so much more than you ever realised. Both require you to be skilled in nurturing and patience. Both ask you to play your best game, even when you’re tired or hormonal (or both).
I’m sitting here trying to remember what else went on in 2011…
… I started the year in full-on book writing mode, so shared some guest posts here from friends, including Fabeku, Jo and Megg
… there were lots of firsts for Noah: his first shoes :: his first birthday :: first time on a swing! :: first steps :: first time painting together :: first words :: first cuddle
… Marisa and I launched our Aquarian twins podcast
… Jen, Amanda and I completed our Polaroid book and our Pretty Polaroid Notecards arrived
… I wrote a whole honest-to-goodness book all on my own :) I wrote it, edited it, edited it some more, proof read it, prepared the Polaroids for it, consulted in the design of it, shared the cover of it, felt really effing nervous about it.
… I saw my name on Amazon for the first time!
… in January I’ll be celebrating three years of the Unravelling e-course, something I never thought could be possible
… we all took a second August Break and it was awesome
… I wrote about wisdom for Amy, intuition for Louise, recorded an a-ha moment for Jenn and talked transcendent sales with Fabeku, Chris and Alexandra
… I didn’t make it San Francisco :(
… so instead I launched a brand new course!
… this month I celebrate THREE years as an ex-smoker
… and I shared my Photography Manifesto
Favourite moment of the year: it’s a tie, between Noah giving me a cuddle and the magical spontaneous disco on Christmas Eve, when Noah got his mummy, daddy, auntie, nana and granddad all dancing around him — he’d pulled each of us by hand to the living room then stood in the middle and shook his tiny toddler booty to the music. The laughter and elation swirling around that room was the happiest I have ever seen my family.
Favourite sound: hands down, it’s the way Noah says my name: “Shoo-she”
Favourite taste sensation: all meals shared with family and friends at Jamie’s this year
Favourite email: the one my mum sent me telling me she’d just pre-ordered my book on Amazon and was so proud of me. I kept that one :)
Favourite phone call: calling Jo in tears of laughter
Favourite TV show: True Blood
Favourite tipple: champagne quoffed at Sas’s wedding
Proudest moment: helping my sister at her very first craft fair — and watching her sell loads!
Favourite blog readers: all of YOU! Thank you so much for visiting me here this year, and for all your love and support. It means so much to me — thank you xxxx
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Other years in review: 2010 :: 2009
That was a pretty bloody funny phonecall :) Thank god :) x
I remember when you started to give up smoking, that was three years ago?? Wow. And well done for sticking it out. Having followed your blog for years I thank you for sharing all your creativity and heart on here, I love how you have stayed down to earth and ‘real’. You have also inspired my word for 2012, I renember when it was yours a few years ago :) Happy New Year, Susannah, may it be amazing and filled with love! Kerstin xo
Rah! Rah! Rah! What a great year! So glad I could be a part of it – love YOU and look forward to adventures with you in ’12!!!
An early ‘Happy New Year’ to you Susannah, I hope your next year is as good as your last! x
Wow, what an amazing photo of the little man in his cute hat! Such a stylish little guy.
I love how much you love Noah. My own Auntie is so special to me; she doesn’t have any kids of her own and she’s almost like a second mum to me, in a way. She remembers everything I tell her about my friends, she always finds good books for me to read, and her home is so cosy and welcoming. No-one else I know has that relationship with an Auntie that I know, so reading about how you so passionately and whole-heartedly love your little blondie bear is my favourite thing about this blog.
Beautiful stories, beautiful photos. I wish for you -wonderful things in 2012. xo
I love you.
brilliant list, a great way to remember the past year. :)