Creative Emergence Day 12: Interview with Susannah Conway

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susannahI wanted to include a few interviews with journalers I admire as a part of Creative Emergence to give you some different perspective and ideas about journaling.

Susannah Conway is the author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart and forthcoming LONDONTOWN: A Photographic Tour of the City?s Delights (Chronicle Books, 2016).

A photographer, writer and teacher, Susannah helps others remember their true selves, using creativity as the key to open the door. Visit her at SusannahConway.com and say hi on Instagram.

I’ve known Susannah online for years and have even had the privilege of meeting her in real life.? She is sweet and funny and wildly inspiring.
Why do you journal?

My journal is my sanity-keeper, my closest confidant and the holder of all my creative inspiration. Journaling allows me to decant the contents of my head onto the page so I can understand how I?m feeling. It?s how I brainstorm and dream up new ideas. It supports me through the darker days and celebrates with me on the good ones.

How did you get started?

I started writing a diary when I was 11-years-old. I can?t remember what compelled me to start but I?d always been writing in notebooks so it wasn?t much of a leap to begin dating my scribblings. I still have the notebooks and it?s amazing to be able to get a glimpse into what was so important to little me that I had to commit it to the page. My journal writing continued into my teens and beyond; there?s never been a time when I wasn?t journaling.

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What?s your favourite thing to do in your journal?

Stream of consciousness writing is how I usually journal but I also like to combine words with images. Sticking the occasional photo or found image on the page is my way of adding more colour and meaning to the words I record and in the last few years I?ve started using a separate journal for more intensive dreaming and life planning (it?s no coincidence that this coincided with a period of compulsive Filofax bidding on eBay 🙂

Keeping the different areas I want to work on in separate sections in the binder feels like my dreams are truly on-going projects, and while it?s not something I use everyday or even every week, when I do it?s a joy to be able to dip into the sections and add more layers to my visions and plans.

Do you have a specific brand/type of journal that you use?

I use large lined Moleskine notebooks for my written journals and an A5 Filofax for my visioning.

Do you get creative with art supplies in your journal?? If so, which ones?

Not in the traditional sense, no. Collage, washi tape and the occasional Polaroid is about the extent of my art journaling!

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If you want to see more from Susannah, I encourage you to visit her at SusannahConway.com.

Again today I want you to meet with your intention in your journal.

Using the technique I teach in my free class or anything you have learned in my classes inside the Creative Dream Circle, see what happens when you meet with the heart and soul of your intention today.

Ask your intention: What does it need today?

Or, inspired by Susannah, you may want to try stream of consciousness writing – just write whatever goes through your mind no matter how trivial it may seem.? Interesting things can come up this way!

Once you’re done – let us know how it went.

Share your daily journaling pics + thoughts on Instagram using the #creativeemergence hashtag, or post them here on Facebook.

I’ll be sharing my pics and thoughts on my Instagram.

And/or leave a comment below. (Yes, you will need a Facebook account in order to comment. Apologies to those of you who don’t have Facebook.)

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Because I loooove my Circle members, I’ll be posting links to resources inside the Circle in most of these posts so they can dive into the lessons a little deeper. If you’re not a Circle member you can just ignore this part – or join us!

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  • For more new ideas and perspectives, we’ve got the following amazing interviews and audio classes with inspiring people in the Advanced Creative Badassery Resource Library:

Being an Artist with a Chronic Illness With Samie Harding, Change with Shannon Wilkinson, Coming Out as your Authentic Self with Liv Lane, Creative Projects and Creative Practice with Jamie Ridler, Divine Guidance with Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, Poetry is a Lifeline with Liz Lamoreux, Sharing Your Story with Susannah Conway, Trailblazing with Chris Zydel, WordPress/Putting Yourself Out There Online with Angel Sullivan

You’ll need to be logged into your Creative Dream Circle account for these links to work.

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See you back here tomorrow for day 13 of Creative Emergence.


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