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Chapter Three: Why Do I Feel Alone in a Hyper-Connected World?

Chapter Three is the one that I knew had to be in the book. Many of the women who interviewed with us spoke about loneliness and the disconnect they were living. Hearing their stories was painful. There were times I wished I could gather them all around my table and let them know that ‘I see you, I know you and I’m with you’ (something we say to one another at The Gathering Cloud).

To be seen, known and heard is an amazing thing.

It speaks directly to our value and can carry us through so much.  How do we do this for one another? How do we actually ‘see’ ‘know’ and ‘be with’? I recall lessons I learned from my late father who was, in my opinion, one of the greatest communicators I’ve ever known and someone who placed value on everyone he met. He would remind me that more important than being interesting is being interested in others.  

A natural flow from being interested is that you are interesting and within that, there is a beautiful flow that happens.

A H2H, or Human to Human connection that can replace that feeling of loneliness or disconnection. Loneliness and disconnection is something we all experience at some time in our life. For some, it’s a more frequent thing and for others it’s occasional. Whatever the case may be, it’s very real and each one of us has the power to change it for another. I hope this chapter speaks to you and I pray that together we can be carriers of connection.

As we rest and sit in stillness and quiet may we discover how deeply connected we are? One to another, to the ground beneath us, the air around us and the planet we are part of.


Chapter Two: The Spin Cycle

This article is taken from excerpts from chapter two of my book. That chapter is called The Spin Cycle, and quite a few people I know and love have told me that this is possibly their favourite chapter in the book. WOW. People have been picking favourites. That’s really crazy to hear.  I invite you to stay connected as we endeavour to stop the spin cycle, kill comparison and all the other unhealthy places that we all find ourselves in.

If you have battled with comparison, and I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s hard to escape from it, please find comfort in Chapter 2. For more articles that address the reality of Pain, Comparison, Loneliness, Living in Pain stay on this journey with us. Thank you for all the love and support so far. It means the world.

I originally wrote the bulk of this article in February 2018. Back then my book was still cooking and now we have well and truly had the dinner party. No one has seen it until now.  But it’s ready for your eyes now.

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YouVersion – The Bible App Reading Plan

We are very excited to announce that True You: Finding Beauty in Authenticity is now available as a YouVersion Bible App Reading Plan.

As a companion devotional to Susan Sohn’s debut book, True You, you are invited on a search for your truth. This won’t happen without God, and it won’t happen without being honest about ourselves, our pasts, and our hurts. Not only do we pursue truth in our own lives, but we also pursue the truth of who we are in our connectedness to one another and to God.

As a fourteen day plan, you dive deep into the issues of each chapter. At the same time you are working through carefully coordinated daily scripture chosen by Susan! Click here to start the plan today. The Bible App is completely free to download, with no advertising and no in-app purchases. #notanad

 


Eternity News: Tired of seeing #picture-perfect lives?

Recently. I was super honoured and excited to find out that Eternity News had published an interview I did with them on my birthday! This kind of attention is humbling and very much appreciated. Thanks very much to Rebecca Abbott for the wonderful article,  titled “Tired of seeing #picture-perfect lives?”

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Women and the stories we carry

I’ve been thinking recently about what it means to be a woman. As many of you know my book is out. And through this writing process,  I have had the incredible privilege and honour to interview some of the bravest women I have ever met. Women who have shared their stories with me, their truth. They have trusted me with some of the most intimate parts of their life.

Whether it is the young mum who faced a cancer journey before her 30th birthday. Or the woman who in her 40’s realised that the life she had was crashing down in front of her. Maybe even the beautiful woman I chatted to who believes that she, just being herself, will never be enough for anyone to love.

 

 

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5 Things I learnt from writing a book

For years I was told to write a book, but what would I write about?

This seems like a very odd question, considering I have spent the better part of the last 20 years writing, blogging, creating and sharing content every day. So, for those of you who have a book stirring on the inside this is for you.

Before I begin, I remember someone once saying to me that all of us either have a book or a marathon in us. Some days I wished I had a marathon in me but alas my sneakers have remained intact and the written word captured my being. If I was asked for any advice about the writing journey it would be to really consider the marathon. Dig deep, go for a few runs, try it out because from what I have come to know is that having a book in you and sharing it with the world is no easy task and much like what I imagine the physical pains of a marathon would be, writing a book can cause havoc within your very core. Read on, dear one.

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My book has arrived and it’s not face cream!

The last 24  hours have been a whirlwind, and many of you have watched the video of me seeing my books for the first time. I’m still pinching myself. I actually can’t believe they are here. I can’t believe I’m a published author. And I can’t believe that I mistook a package that I thought were my books for face cream!

After that video was shot, I did my first radio interview about the book. I’m not even really sure what I said in that interview. I sincerely hope it was sensical. I guess I’ll have to wait until it airs and listen to it to determine my state of mind.

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How fear robs us of living free

For those of you who know me, I have spent a good portion of my life terrified of cats. I would go so far as to say I had a cat phobia. Sounds stupid, doesn’t it. Who is afraid of a cat? Me. Well, I was. I’m working on it!  But to be completely honest there is a bit inside of me that is still a little ‘unsure’ when I’m around certain cats. However, for the most part, I would suggest that my family and close friends have seen a transformation in me when it comes to cats and fear.

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

One of the chapters in ‘True You‘ is about standing on the shoulders of giants, by doing that we begin to live in our truth and allow our children to confidently stand on our shoulders.

The chapter is about being honest about what we’ve walked through and sharing our stories. Brene Brown says, in the Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted, that story is our way home and truth is our song. As challenging as this can be I believe it to be true. We need to tell our truths bravely because it is part of our stories.  We have to let it be our song rather than the thing that holds us captive.

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