Saturday, 27 November 2021
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Happy Halloween and Happy New Year!

Written by  Gillie Sutherland Oct 31, 2021

Happy Halloween and Happy New Year!

Yes, that’s right, New Year.

It’s the Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered to be the Celtic New Year. The Celts lived 2,000 years ago and mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. They celebrated their new year on November 1st.

It’s officially the end of summer and the harvest, and the start of the winter, the beginning of a new cycle. A time to look back at what may have passed, but also to look forward to the future and all the possibilities it holds.

One thing is for sure, I think we have all learned to expect the unexpected, but whilst there have certainly been some spooky goings-on, isn’t it also a reminder to believe in magic, for it is everywhere when we choose to look for it.

It’s within us, it’s around us in nature, and it’s out there in the ether – all that has not yet been manifest.

When I look back at the last couple of years, I could not have imagined that this is what my life, and work, would look like.

It’s now 21 months since I launched my morning sessions to help people through lockdown, and we are still going, with many of the online tribe now easily getting up and starting their day.

I have been amazed by the feedback I get, and I realise that without a shadow of doubt, it is the most powerful tool I have for keeping people physically, mentally and emotionally well through tough times.

It’s great for me, but then I have been in a routine for years, getting up that little bit earlier to get my own movement practise in, drink my morning tonics, and watch the sunrise where I can.

You see I’m a morning person, one of those annoying people that is at their perkiest first thing. I broke my habit of the snooze button many years ago and developed morning rituals for myself that have helped me stay well through challenging times and kept me motivated working on my own.

For many of us this has become more important than ever, as we adjust to remote working, and in a week or so, I am going to be joining Croatia’s first Digital Nomad Village to set up a health and wellbeing programme for the community in Zadar. It’s an incredibly exciting project to be a part of, and the first thing I will be implementing is Miracle Mornings as I know how powerful they are.

This Samhain feels even more special as it most definately marks the beginning of a new phase of my journey.

As I say goodbye to the last of the season’s guests today at Dubrovnik airport, I’m not as sad as I thought I’d be, as there’s something new ahead, and I know there’s going to be next year. I’ll be back in Cavtat for the beginning of April that’s for sure. People are booking in already and it’s looking like a great year ahead in so many ways.

I’m reminded today that with every ending there is a new beginning, perhaps that’s why I love the mornings so much.

With every sunrise we are given a new beginning, a fresh new day to begin again.

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Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.

To find out more about Gillie go to

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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