Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

The title of this post is quite possibly the most over-the-top hyperbolic headline this blog has ever seen, but it’s exactly what I’m feeling right now. I’ve just come back from a weekend retreat with my girls, and I’m tired and in need of a good night’s sleep in my own bed. But as tends happens when you spend time with friends who’ve seen you through good times and a lot of bad, I’ve returned feeling seen and understood. I’ve returned feeling fortified, holding in my heart a clearer idea of what I want and how I can open my self to it.

2012 has been a big year for me, work-wise, and now we’re in December I’m reflecting on what I’d like to bring into my world in 2013. And I can tell you now — there’s a lot I want to bring in. Oh yes, a LOT. Whether I can do it remains to be seen, but what I love most about a new year is the delicious POSSIBILITY of it. The blank slate and the clean page.

The promise of the NEW.

So, just like I did last year, I’ve put together a workbook to help me say goodbye to this year and prepare for the new one. The workbook’s been updated and expanded and I’ve also created a month-by-month planner so I can really plot out the next 12 months.

I got so many emails last year thanking me for the workbook, it was crazy! So it’s my very great pleasure to give you this gift today:

>> Click here to download the 2013 workbook <<

>> Click here to download the 2013 monthly planner <<

I really hope you’ll take a bit of time this month to print out the workbook and work your way through it. I’ve been reading back what I wrote last year and it’s so illuminating to see where I was in my head and heart and what I hoped to call in — and what came and what didn’t. There were quite a few surprises in 2012 (living in London? Didn’t see that coming this time last year) so I’m excited to see what 2013 brings. We can plot our path to a certain extent but it’s also fun to leave space for the stuff we can’t possibly imagine right now.

I don’t make resolutions but I do choose a word to guide my course through the year (more on that soon), so there’s space for that in the workbook, too. Writing down your intentions is incredibly powerful, so find an hour to yourself, roll up your metaphorical sleeves and dig in…


152 responses
  1. Rachel

    Lovely. I’ve just been reading through my Unravelling workbook from last year and Oh MY! Lots of things came true. Lots of things didn’t but didn’t need to and then at the bottom in tiny letters I wrote:-

    “Maybe start looking for a premises to open my own studio”

    Planning permission permitting (please, gods and goddesses, please!) I open in February.

    Did. Not. See. That. Coming.

  2. EMC

    Thanks for the gift Susannah, you’re very good. Looking forward to filling it in. Have a great Christmas and NY. EMC

  3. Alexis Zinkerman

    Thank you for this gift. I think it is time for you to make a video for this blog. We miss you smiling at us.

  4. susannah

    Rachel, that’s fantastic! :D

  5. Kym

    Thank you for gifting your workbooks xx

  6. Michelle mcgrath

    thank you so much! I loved doing this last year over a couple of days and combined it with creating a vision board at the same time and I have to say, I have achieved about 95% of what I wrote down….so very happy! Loved it!! Thank you! Here’s to a fabulous 2013 for us all! xx

  7. Michelle Reynolds

    These PDFs look awesome, I can’t wait to sit down and do them. Thank you so much. All the best for a great 2013.

  8. Heather

    I do like the idea about thinking about what i would like to bring into 2013. Thanks for the reminder! I enjoy reading your words and inspirations, Heather x

  9. Cindy

    Thank you for the downloads. Over the years I learned to look forward to what the New Year will bring and not really mourn the year past. I will enjoy recording my thoughts in the workbook.

  10. gemma

    Thanks for this!

    I was reading through my Unravelling workbook from last year and so much of what I planned worked out and even better – so many more AMAZING things happened than I could have expected!

    Here’s to 2013! x

  11. WHitney till

    Thank you Susannah!!!!! This is beautiful and so educational! Blessings,


  12. Tracy

    Thank you Susannah! Oh, I can’t wait to fill this in, and get more intentional about 2013. The ideas and thoughts are already swirling. :-).

  13. Mia

    Thank you Susannah! What a generous and thoughtful gift. I am so grateful. I worked so hard on my 2012 workbook — can’t wait to go back and re-read it. 2012 was a big year for me. Can’t wait to see what’s possible for 2013. Wishing you a year of your wildest dreams come true!

  14. Catherine Denton

    I was hoping this would be our surprise! I loved working through the one last year and it really streamlined my focus. I was able to mend relationships and be intentional about forward movement. Thank you for this incredible gift!
    Catherine Denton

  15. Suzie Lambert

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’m going to go home tonight and look at last years. You are so great for doing this for us!

  16. ellemarcheseule

    Thank you SO MUCH. I enjoyed the previous workbook, and found it incredibly useful in shaping this year. I’m so excited to sit with this expanded one the dream up the shape of the year to come.

  17. fiona

    Thank you! This workbook is become one of my solid traditions.

  18. Katherne

    OHMY, I got a bit teary just skimming through this…the possibility, the hope, the optimism!!! Can’t wait to sit down & go through it properly (and review last year’s as well).

    Thank you for your heartfelt generosity in providing this to the world each year. It’s such a magical & wonderful gift…thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  19. Julie-aNN

    Wonderful tools to get us thinking about a new (or continued) path for 2013. Thank you!

  20. Melissa

    thank you for this. it couldn’t have come at a better time. i lost my job yesterday. i feel a bit lost, but it also feels like a blessing in disguise. i hated my day job; and it took me away from pursuing the things i love. this arrived in my inbox this morning, and i am thrilled for 2013 to start. i was already planning on doing ‘exploring the senses’ for a second time, and now i have this. i’m scared as hell, but boy am i inspired. thank you once again, lovely lady! xo

  21. Angela

    Susannah, I love the workbook, thank you. It’s the first year I have seen it. I have only just skimmed through the file online, but I have my word for 2013 :-)

    All the best for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

  22. Shellie

    the links to download the planner & workbook aren’t working – am I missing something?

  23. diane Chichelli

    Each year on New Year’s eve I hunker down with some Brie, crackers, caviar and wine. Play my favorite music and contemplate the year ahead. I too pick a word or mantra that I can practice throughout the year. It’s surprising how one word or phrase can change one’s life.
    Thank you for the workbook. Now I can add it to my list of New Year eve staples. And thank you, for you, your dedication to being a friend to all of us.

  24. Micala Duvoux

    Hi Susannah, thank you so much for offering these to us. Your generosity is awesome. I’m really looking forward to spending a quiet hour going through this xx

  25. Stephanie Watanabe

    I look forward to your annual workbook every year – thanks for the addition of the planner! So excited to work through this Susannah. Cheers to a magical 2013!

  26. Maya

    Thank you, thank you for these free downloads of goodness, Susannah! This is my first time doing this (didn’t know about it last year) and I am excited and so inspired! I so appreciate all the time and effort it took you to create this for us. maya ox

  27. michelle gd

    you are lovely. thank you for this gift.

  28. Yasmine

    Hi, Susannah, I’m completely new to your blog, and already in love with your writing! Thankyou for so generously sharing your 2013 workbook and calendar with us — 2012 has been a lovely but extremely challenging year for me, and I can’t wait to visualize my 2013 into being, with your help. =)

  29. kat {pipkin hollow}

    Oh my, a gift to inspire … the possibilities!

    Thank you Susannah. And I wish you an amazing 2013.

  30. Suzanne van Vliet-Struik

    Thank you and hope you have a wonderful december

  31. donna

    Thanks for this, Susannah – look forward to filling it in soon. Lesson from last year’s workbook – be more specific. One goal – to get to New York. The reality – got there for two days (at the start of a trip) but spent the whole time jet-lagged! Longer trip in the works for 2013!!

  32. susannah

    They should work, hon — email me and i can send them to you x

  33. Tara@Aquamarine

    God I am so excited about this! I know it’s geeky and I don’t care. I was rereading my Unravelling the Year writings from last year and remembering how much I loved doing it, as well as having it to look back on. As of this year it’s now my personal ritual; I’ll do it a day or two before the end of the year, light a candle, I suspect there may be wine, and just write to my heart’s content. Thank you for making this; I know there is more than one out there but yours is my fave. And the monthly planner as well – it’s almost too much excitement to bear! ;)

  34. Shandi

    Thanks, Susannah. I’ve been looking forward to this since November!

    2012 was a disappointment for me. I’m hoping that there’s a 180 degree shift in 2013.

  35. susannah

    you are adorable! Thank you, Tara xx

  36. susannah

    It’s coming, love! big hugs xx

  37. susanBlack

    Thank you Susannah -I am looking forward to spending some “me time” before the new year & going through the workbook & pondering my goals, dreams, hopes & aspirations for this new shiny year – 2012 has been fantastic for me lots of growth & change and all good !

    Can I also say what gorgeously designed pieces both the calendar & workbook both are ! How I love very good graphic design – makes the world of difference – so thanks for that too !

  38. Jamey

    Thank you for this! I’m already feeling super-excited about 2013. And we’ve still got a few potentially awesome and game-changing weeks of 2012 left!

    I keep hoping that I’ll bump into you in town now that you’re a Londoner again, but when/if I do, I’ll probably be too shy to say hello. :-)

  39. Vinita

    Thank you so much! So generous!!!

  40. Tamar


    Thank you so much for this gift. I am going to take some time this month to write my intentions and work my way through the workbook. You are an inspiration.

    Tamar x

  41. anna k.

    Ohmygosh I can’t wait! Thanks again for putting these worksheets together. I’m in the midst of a huge transition in my life…on the brink of fear and flying! I’ve been fluttering my wings like mad…I’m ready!! 2013 or bust! :)

  42. Briana Morrison

    Though my intentions were good, I didn’t follow through with this last year. This year, however, I’ve already got it printed and am excited to sit down with it tonight. I feel like I’ve got so much to work out for 2013. Thank you for putting this together for us. :-)

  43. valeri blossom

    i printed this year’s mid-year and didn’t do it. so overwhelmed with overwhelming things but it was amazing to just glance through what i’ve been writing here, there, and everwhere to see bits of the truth and the dreams come through all the noise. i’m ready. 2013 IS going to be the best year ever – days after finally writing down that i wanted to illustrate children’s books i got a serious offer from a friend and a few days later another offer from a writer that i admire, who has more recently commissioned me to do the cover of her memoir. so this year is ending on a good note that i’m ready to use to propel next year as the year of BIG action behind the passion. printing the workbook now so i can spend a quiet day at the end of the month with my blanket, my coffee, colorful pens and set some goals! thank you, susannah!

  44. Anne Jutras

    Thank you so much Susannah. Can’t wait to take some time for myself and write my intention with this workbook.

  45. Amber Rogers

    Thank you so much!

  46. Angelina

    Thank you very much for your wonderful workbook! This is one of those special blessings one receives at the right time in one’s journey!
    Thank you again!

  47. Justine

    Thank you x100 Susannah – the work you bring into this world is a blessing. Can’t wait to work my way through a crazy year (2012) and call on my intuition for 2013. Love <3

  48. Janet Kemper

    Thankyou for this! I look forward to going through the workbook!

  49. ann

    thanks so much for the gifts. I really enjoyed using the workbook last year! i am so looked forward to the new as well. thanks!

  50. Melissa J

    I haven’t downloaded it yet (waiting for more printer ink to arrive) but I will save your email inbox by saying the biggest THANK YOU! right now.

  51. Jane Cornwell

    Thank you for your kindness and your generosity of spirit in offering this. I look forward to diving in to it.

  52. Kerri-Ann Sheppard

    Thanks Susannah for this workbook. I’ll definitely be doing this in the coming weeks. I did Mondo Beyondo January 2011 and found my dream list a few months ago – it was amazing to see how many dreams had come true. I’m a true believer in the power of the written word! Thanks again x

  53. MarieG

    This is such a wonderful idea and can really help lay out the year ahead, instead of just stating resolutions.

    Thank you!
    Marie G LifeSimplyBalanced.com

  54. DIANA

    Fantastic! Thank you! I wasn’t around for last year’s, but can’t wait to dig into this one. I’m doing a similar exercise with my writer’s group. I’ve found recapping and then setting intentions for the New Year to be so valuable in the past.

  55. An

    Thank you, Susannah! Can’t wait to dive in :)

  56. elinjanne


  57. Ruth

    Thank you, thank you! How generous that you’re making this available without even asking downloaders for an email address.

  58. Brandy

    Thank you so much Susannah! It’s amazing how fast a year can go by, it feels like only a couple of months ago I was filling out last years. I’m looking forward to sitting down with this new one to create another year of goals and dreams. It’s going to be a BIG year for me too, I am expecting my first child in the spring and that brings so much excitement and nervous energy about how I will be as a mother. Big love xx

  59. Sarah

    This is a very special gift that you have created. THANK YOU. I cannot wait to spend some time with myself, going through this workbook and making 2013 absolultey AMAZING. Love this!

  60. Shelly

    Thanks for the workbook! I just found your site through SQUAM’s twitter feed & I’m so excited with what I see. I look forward to exploring you site further!

  61. Tracy

    I printed mine out yesterday!! Whoo hoo. Thank you!!! Such generosity :-).
    I saw your Filofax version on Instagram . . . do you have the Filofax software to fit it to the binder? It looks AMAZING – and that smaller size is so handy.

  62. susannah

    blog post about that coming today :)

  63. frau Kleinkariert

    Would love to download it, but having troubles. Google Chrome keeps telling me Site not found and Safari doesn´t download it either…
    Anyone else having this problem? Thanks for help!
    Lots of Greetings!

  64. susannah

    I’ll email it to you, hon xx

  65. frau Kleinkariert

    After several tries it worked :-) Seems many other want to get this awesomeness :-)

  66. Angela

    This is a wonderful gift to share with others. I’m downloading this now and will work on it during the holiday break. AWESOME!!

  67. Raquel

    Thank you !! I hope it help me this new year

  68. Amanda S.

    Thank you so much for sharing these gifts with us, beautiful soul! I blogged about + linked to these goodies here:

  69. Teri S.

    Thank you for sharing the workbook and the planner. Lots of ideas are beginning to bubble up in this creative life I’m trying to foster and I can see that the workbook will be a valuable tool to help me sort through…well…everything.

    With gratitude,

  70. Nancy

    Thank you so much–words cannot express how thankful I am for this gift. This is the first year I have actually sat down to do some planning and today is day one of that process. Over the past few days I have been saying to myself “i just wish I had a worksheet/process I could follow” and then voila–I was catching up on my blog reading and found your gift!! The universe works in such mysterious ways! Looking forward to 2013–thank you.

  71. Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Oh lovely, Susannah, thank you so much for this gift! I just downloaded and printed! I LOVE to plan and your gifts are just what I needed to reflect on 2012 and get a move on 2013. xx

  72. Renee Bell

    awesome!! thanks so much <3

  73. Stephanie King

    Thank you. Heaps of blessings comin’ atcha! =)

  74. juliette crane

    hi susannah- your blog has been ever inspiring and i can’t even say how much i’m loving the unravelling workbook. i’ve had so much fun filling everything out and it’s really brought so much focus. i even printed one out for my husband. something i added on the backs of the 2013 calendar squares in the workbook, were squares for 2012. filling in what actually happened each month helped me see how much i’ve accomplished and just why i chose my word of “bliss” for 2013. thank you for all of the inspiration! xoxo juliette

  75. Sabine

    Thank you so much for this amazing workbook. Worked with it, loved it. Your inspiring quote hangs now in front of me above my workdesk to remind me everyday, that everything is possible in 2013. :) My word for 2013 will be “simple” and I’m really excited about it. Thank you, Susannah. You’re such an inspiration!

  76. Kathryn

    I love the feeling of possibility in a new year, too.
    I’m printing out the workbook for my older sister and mum. :)

  77. aka jules

    thank you! thank you!

  78. Audrey

    this is beautiful! and I am a sucker for beautiful things on paper ;) thank you so much for creating and sharing!!

  79. Tasra Dawson

    Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I printed out copies for myself and my daughter (she just turned 18) and we had a girls night out at Starbucks to get started… we got about halfway through after 3 hours!!! Either we’re slow or you LIED!! :) You said it would only take an hour. But I can’t really complain about needing to plan another girls night out. :)

  80. Franziska Birke

    Dear Susannah,

    your 2013 e-book is such a delight and so much better, fuller and sensual than the planning exercise I did this morning… duh! Thank you for your generosity and this wonderful gift. Just shared it with friends on FB. Have a wonderful Christmas, happy potatoe peeling with nephew and a smashing start into the new year. My word(s) for 2013 are 2 words: Inspired Action!


  81. Lavonne

    My word for 2013 is PERSEVERE.
    I like it because it contains the word ‘severe’ and when has my life ever been mundane?

    Thank you for the workbook!

  82. Tara

    I just discovered your blog and your workbook through another blogger-thank you so much! I can’t wait to get started!

  83. Ahmad

    I stumbled on your website while searching for a a good monthly planner. And yeah, totally agreed, let’s make 2013 even better than 2012.


  84. LILY


  85. Lisa

    Hello Susannah,

    Marcia Francois pointed me to your blog. Thank you very much for the workbook and planner. I’m looking forward to utilizing them both and I appreciate your help with beginning a new year.

    Best regards,

  86. susannah

    Lily — i’ll email you the files x

  87. AImee

    Thank you and happy new year!

  88. Lisa Uotinen

    THANK you for the UnRaveling 2013 download. I happened upon it…I’m printing two copies, one for me and one for my 12 year old daughter.

  89. Michelle gutmann

    You have such a creative talent and huge genuine heart to share this great workbook. I just stumbled on your web & blog. I am a widow and was looking for inspiration online. This was such a profound thing to find. Look forward to spending time with this. Blessings to you and your loved ones in 2013!

  90. Laura

    I loved this last year and am so excited to see it back again. Making and reflecting on new year resolutions can be so stressful, there can be a real sense of failure but your workbook is so positive despite being so thorough. It helps me really open up to thinking and feeling deeply about what i want and what i can do to achieve that.

  91. Molly Porter

    Thank you so much for this workbook! I found it through Tracy Larsen’s blog. I am about to go on a 13 hour road trip and this is the PERFECT exercise to do on the drive down. Great timing. :)

  92. samantha Claridge

    thanks for this, cant wait to work my way through this! my job for new years day <3

  93. michelle

    LOVE this – thank you so much for sharing. I am in the middle of the post-Christmas clear out and can’t wait to sit down later with a cuppa and fill up every blank space in the workbook. Thank you so muchx Wishing you lots of love luck and success in 2013

  94. Kristine Vicente

    Thank you for this beautiful gift!

  95. Rebecca Lovell

    Thank you so much!! I’m going to love working through this!

  96. Tamatha

    Heard about your workbook through another blog. It looks fabulous! I can’t wait to get to work on it. Thank you for sharing it!

  97. Tengleman

    Thank you for this wonderful New Years’ gift! I am anxious to complete the process and not just dream about the changes in my life this year, but to make them happen.
    Most years I do really well at planning, but don’t implement the changes to make my dreams happen.
    This year IS going to be different.
    Thank you for your help in making it happen.
    God bless you.

  98. Kate

    Susannah, wow. What a lovely gift to your readers. I cannot wait to begin working my way through the workbook. I have determined to this year approach life with more intentionality and contemplation. My 2012 year was full of surprises and many fantastic things – an international move, many musical opportunities, new friends, so much learned – and I want to continue that through this year.
    All the best to you and thanks again.

  99. Olga

    Thank you very much for giving the hope and strength to fighting!

  100. paulette adams

    WoW Susannah, I love that you made this available to everyone. I popped in to take a peek.
    The questions you ask your readers are wonderful and thought provoking and put a smile on my face!
    Thank you for taking the time to post and share your inspired work.
    My heart and mind are in the same place as yours.
    All best wishes for the new year!

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