You know that book I raved about earlier this week? It was written by one of my favorite bloggers, Susannah Conway.
She's honest, she's open, and I love the way she sees (and photographs) the world. I took her Unraveling course last year and it was a great experience. Be sure to follow her links at the end of this interview to see more of her work.
After finishing Susannah's book I had to reach out to her to let her know how much I enjoyed it and I asked if she might be willing to be a wonderstruck interviewee. And you know what? She replied to that message with her answers. Incredible.
More and more I'm learning that sometimes all you have to do is ask.
Please welcome Susannah Conway.
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
My 4-year-old nephew. That I get to be his auntie is just the most incredible thing to me. I was there when he was born and every day I marvel at how much love and joy he has brought into all our lives. He’s the brightest star in my galaxy.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for the moment I wake up without an alarm. I spent many years following a more traditional career path and as a night owl I always struggled with getting up early in the morning. These days I’m blessed to be able to wake up when I naturally wake up. It’s something I will never take for granted.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
The mid-afternoon slump tends to be a tricky one for me. I usually do something admin-y that doesn’t require too much brain power. Recently I’ve started going to the gym around 4pm and that seems to be working quite well — I definitely don’t need brain power for that, just willpower :)
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
These days I find I’m pretty conscious of most of my good and bad habits, so this might sound silly but I really wish I was more conscious of my reading glasses! I recently had a bout of eye strain and it was down to me using my iPhone too much and never taking off my reading glasses — I’d wear them around the house all day, even though I only need them to read. The eye strain was the wake up call to get into the habit of taking them off — it’s a work in progress.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I’ve kept a journal for the last 30 years and I use it to check in with myself and keep track of what I need/want. Everything I’ve created in my life started in my journal — the good and the bad! I have to do lists and goals and plenty of business-related projects I want to complete, but what’s really important to me is being as truthful as I can possibly be — in life and love — and that starts with my relationship with myself. My journal bears witness to everything and helps me unravel the knots that inevitably come along. I think we all need a place where we can be thoroughly ourselves and for me that’s my Moleskine notebook.
About Susannah Conway:
Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart (Globe Pequot Press). A photographer, writer and teacher, her classes have been enjoyed by thousands of people from over 50 countries around the world. Co-author of Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids (Chronicle Books), Susannah helps others reconnect to their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. You can read more about her shenanigans on her blog at SusannahConway.com.