This week the very talented photographer, writer, awesome online course creator and a dear friend, Susannah Conway, put out a free course called Find Your Word. The idea was to narrow down your intention, to find a word that will be your guiding light for the year ahead.

I have always been more of a visual person and expressing myself through words has always felt limiting to me. The power of words is undeniable though and I began to wonder whether my natural preference for imagery is sometimes just an excuse to stay within my comfort zone... so I laboured through the exercises. I really just wanted to throw the shovel in. This morning though a word came to me. It turned up effortlessly and out of the blue. It then came again in quick succession from different sources. It felt perfect.


“Aliveness is energy. It’s the juice, the vitality, and the passion that wakes up our cells every morning. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves a relationship from the status quo to something grander and much more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds and our eyes open wider, than ever before. Everything is of interest to a person who is truly alive, whether it’s a challenge, a loving moment, a bucket of grief, or a glimpse of beauty.”
- Daphne Rose Kingma

As the year draws to a close, I can see that the last 12 months for me have been one long lesson in letting go. Letting go and allowing. Learning to stop always wanting to stubbornly control any and all outcomes. I am starting to get it. Some kind of cellular shift is finally happening and the concept is slowly moving from an intellectual plane into an experiential one. Letting go to make space for my intention. Aliveness.

the power of INTENTION

As soon as I settled on my word, things started to come together in the most magical way and I got what I wanted: aliveness. This afternoon, a friend of mine asked me to climb a mountain with her and, as a result of pure synchronicity, in a week's time we will indeed be climbing a mountain! Not any old mountain but the Jebel Toubkal in Morocco, the highest peak of the Atlas range.

I've never climbed a mountain before, let alone one that is over 4000m high (freaking out just a little!), but I have skied down many and very few things make me feel as alive as being on top of the mountains.

Everything is different there. Senses are heightened. The light is brighter. The sky is wider. Even silence sounds different, somehow more silent. You feel the vastness of everything and the limits of your own existence begin to blend. Because you are so close to it: consciousness, god, the universal soul...