What I've been chewing on lately...

June 5, 2012
The Well-Fed Woman: Susannah Conway

I’m like a moth to any lamp of genuine truth.

As spring is turning to summer, I find myself flocking to breezy white cotton, juicy blenheim apricots, salt-scrubbed skin, hand-written letters, and bursting peonies. I’ve been holding satsang with my own body. I want what’s tactile, what’s real, and what’s essential. These, I know, are key qualities in being a Well-Fed Woman.

My hunger for authenticity and for contact with what’s most basic in life is also why I flock to Susannah Conway, today’s interviewee.

You may know Susannah as the woman behind the wildly popular Unraveling e-course, or perhaps you’ve been inspired by her to look at your life through the magical lens of a polaroid camera, or maybe her own heart-spilled-on-paper writing has allowed you to find your way into penning the truth. This may be the first time you’ve ever heard of her and if so, what a wonderful day today is for you.

Susannah is simply a beautiful beacon for the rest of us and in addition to the wisdom she shares below, I am so happy that her soulful book This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart is available starting today!


Susannah, what are you truly hungry for?

Love and acceptance. For myself. For my family. For others. For the world. The more I thought about this question the more I realised I’m not hungry for food, or any of the other pleasures I often convince myself I want. I simply want to love and be loved, and to channel all the good stuff that comes from that place into everything I do.

What’s a craving that you previously denied that you now happily satisfy? How has this impacted you?

The sybaritic side of my personality rarely lets me deny myself anything, which isn’t always a good thing. I eat what I want and buy what I want and pretty much do what I want. Not to excess, you understand, but enough to mean I rarely feel denied. Part of it is because I’ve lived on my own for so long (it’s seven years since I lost my partner in 2005) — I’m single and a homebody so at the back of my mind I feel I deserve some ‘treats’. For the last three+ years I have focussed solely on building my business and writing my book, postponing a social life in favour of work. But in the last six months or so I’ve felt the need to be out in the world. To go on dates and drink too much wine and, basically, let my hair down. So that’s what I’m craving now, and that’s what I’m exploring. It feels good.

What are you a conduit for? What comes through with ease, meaning, and spark?

Truth and honesty. I’ll tell you exactly how I feel, even if sometimes it makes me cringe. I’ve had periods in my life when I felt very alone, when I couldn’t see my experience of the world reflected back at me at all, so now I make a point to be as honest as I can, knowing that when we share our stories with others we feel less alone. I hope that my transparency helps and encourages others.

Best bite in recent memory?

It was actually yesterday’s lunch. I smeared smushed up ripe avocado over two pieces of wholegrain toast, with a twist of salt and pepper. Really simple, really delicious! Followed it with a black coffee chaser.


Thank you Susannah!

And for the rest of us, today’s the day! Go grab your copy of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart. It is a stunning read for your summertime.