“The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” — Joshua Becker

What’s this about, then?

When I started writing this blog, I really wanted a space to write about one of my pet topics – the ocean, plastic, how our use of plastic is mucking up the ocean and the planet, and how to live a more deliberate and sustainable life.

Then I did a little exercise for myself on what interests me and what matters to me. The question was “what do I want to do deliberately, on a regular basis in order to create a life that is sustainable for me AND planet, ocean and people?”

The answer was a list of keywords: that included the following, in no particular order:

  • drawing and illustration
  • making music – singing, uke, guitar, djembe
  • writing
  • storytelling
  • reading and books
  • teaching
  • plastic
  • the ocean
  • different cultures
  • the role of women in the world
  • learning new things
  • sewing
  • sustainability – and how I can live more sustainably
  • travel
  • bringing people together
  • cooking
  • creating communities in my adopted city
  • brainstorming
  • scuba diving
  • entrepreneurship
  • English
  • communication
  • gardening
  • chillies – my babies!
  • languages
  • Africa
  • natural perfumes
  • colour
  • swimming
  • the “good” news
Whilst it’s useful to have a focus – sustainability, learning new habits, deliberate living – all of these topics are part of my sea change. And so nothing is off-limits writing-wise.

In under a minute…

My name is Suzanne Whitby. In the past, I’ve been an art gallery assistant, a very happy waitress and bartender, a programmer, a project manager, a consultant, a brand guru, a graphic designer, a website developer, a mentor, a marketeer and a creative director.

When my father died unexpectedly in an accident, I decided to make the leap from running a successful creative agency to starting my career afresh as a storyteller, idea starter and community builder.

Now I tell stories, write, illustrate, teach communication skills, brainstorm ideas, and create communities.

I am South African, but live in Innsbruck in Austria, with a husband that other women can only dream of.

Avid reader, fish-hugger, ENFP bordering INFP, scuba diver, star gazer. A morning person who prefers being barefoot to wearing shoes. Love bringing people together, jumping in puddles, losing myself in a good book, throwing parties, scuba diving, cycling around town in a sundress and a big hat, drinking wine, vivid colours, cooking up a storm, the ocean, birds, basil, writing, walking (not hiking), people watching, tea, words, growing chillies, and hopping on a train, plane, or other mode of transportation to travel just about anywhere.

I think life’s too short to only do one thing. Current side projects include mastering the guitar and ukulele, learning Italian, baking the perfect loaf of bread, and writing another book.

More info:

If you’re interested in inviting me to speak about sustainability, plastic, the ocean and living a deliberate life, get in touch.

You can see some of the books about living deliberately that I read and love here.

If you’re interested, here is what I am doing now (inspired by Derek Sivers)
If you want to learn more about me outside of this blog, you can visit me at suzannewhitby.com.


If you’d like to get in touch, reach out to me at seachange@suzannewhitby.com. I do my best to respond to emails promptly, although I receive hundreds a day and “prompt” no longer means “immediate”.

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