- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Skirt!; First Edition edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762770082
- ISBN-13: 978-0762770083
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Reading Susannah’s words feels like spending time with a perfect friend—the kind who mixes mojitos as she listens to your dreams, laughs and cries with you, and most of all, persuades you that YOU CAN DO IT! I lost count of the times I was inspired to put it down to take a photograph or to write in my journal. I’m still bowled over by the generosity of this book.” ---Sarah Salway, Canterbury Laureate and author of You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book
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You hold in your hands a guidebook of sorts, a collection of thoughts and theories, each chapter culminating in a small creative exercise for you to reflect upon and apply to your own life. With her words and signature dreamy Polaroid images, Conway reminds us that we are not alone, that living mindfully is a process, and that in time you can let yourself be who you were always meant to be.
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Your book gave me so much hope that I will find a new bliss and direction for my life after such a deep loss. Frankie and I were a team and she was my life and work the past six years, making close to 350 appearances at schools. She was also a therapy dog and we did many visits to a senior assisted facility and hospice.
She was part of my journey and purpose, no doubt, and losing her in June was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. Your book came along just at the right time. We read it for our Creative Book Salon that writing coach Cynthia Morris leads.
One paragraph in particular really struck me and helped me so much: "Each person experiences grief in their own individual way. And though I have often thought to lose a child would be the most devastating loss of all, there is no hierarchy to grief- only we can know the pain we fell and what we have lost."
There is no right or wrong way to grieve--though so often I think many don't understand that losing a pet can be just as hard, sometimes harder, than losing a human in our lives. But what you shared about the fact that there is no hierarchy to grief is so true. Thank you.
Reading your book has given me hope that through my grieving process I will come to a new place, a new path and the journey will continue in a new way. I look forward to that as it unfolds.
Thank you for writing such and honest and courageous book--you shared your heart and it truly showed--and it truly helped me.
In essence it is exactly what it claims to be: "Notes". . . I took months to read it. . . partly because I didn't want it to be over, and partly, because it is reads more like poetry. Each chapter is complete unto itself. I found myself marking sections to read to friends, and often reread chapters before moving on. I took' notes' from her notes, and even if I didn't follow through on all the suggestions for self improvement, I did reflect on her reflections, and found so many similarities of thought that it sometimes felt as if I were reading my own long lost diary. . . The book is more than one woman's' journey, it is familiar territory, for who of us has not grieved for something or someone? Who among us has not agonized over loss of beauty, health, friendship or love?
For survivors of depression, devastating loss and blinding grief, this book is like a hug, from one who knows.
It's wonderful, I love it and I love her.