Welcome to It's Not Just You

Slightly wicked comfort for anxious times

Well hello! I’m so glad you’re here. You probably have questions. Here are some answers, and a few compelling reasons to subscribe. See you soon, Susanna

What is It’s Not Just You?

I write inspiring, often funny essays about how we connect to something larger than ourselves. You could consider this your weekly reminder that whatever’s happening, it’s not just you. Readers describe It’s Not Just You with words like: wry, quirky, beautiful, hope-inducing, witty, and honest. (Links to previous editions and more from current subscribers below. And I swear they’re not ALL my friends.)

This newsletter was born at TIME magazine where I was a columnist and executive editor. And now I’ll be coming to you from here at Substack.

Why should I subscribe?

You’ll receive a short weekly essay—see examples below. You’ll also get a round-up of enlightening articles, some photography, and a monthly tale of human kindness to stave off cynicism.

Because I have thousands of open-hearted, brilliant readers (like you), you’ll be part of an extraordinary clan of smart, kind people all over the world from Tasmania to India, Canada, and the U.S.

🌟 It’s Not Just You will be entirely free for the first month, then we’ll be introducing ways for paid subscribers to connect with me and other readers in this incredible community. You’ll be able to share your wisdom and participate in discussions about matters of heart and soul. In the year since I started this newsletter, I’ve gotten the most insightful and heartfelt letters from hundreds and hundreds of readers and I’m so excited to be able to bring you together. Plus, you’ll be supporting this newly independent writer. :)

💟 But! The weekly essay will always be free.💟

Can I see some of your writing before I sign up?

You can read my essays and reported pieces on TIME.com, Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated. Herewith, some of my favorites: on loving someone who battles inner demons, an interview with writer Anne Lamott about staving off cynicism, the benefits of being imperfect and unfinished, the emotional blowback to Adele’s 100 lb. weight loss, Simone Biles and why we all get the twisties, on Justine Bateman’s book about why women don’t need to ‘fix” their aging faces, the Mars Rover and the science of awe, when the earth tilts toward hope about the winter solstice, our post-pandemic bucket list, when my oldest child came out, why rage is contagious, a reported yarn in which I go to the Moroccan Sahara for an all-female motor race across the Sahara, and my afternoon with Stormy Daniels.

What do your readers say about the newsletter?

“This is so beautiful. What a gentle note to read in the morning” —Sonali

“Quirky, entertaining, relevant, diverse and always relatable.” —Carole

“You did it again.  You spoke from the heart and touched mine.” —Dave

  I’m absolutely loving following your road trip - you write so eloquently & the photos are gorgeous.” —Ella all the way from freezing Tasmania

“Our shoulders are sore from tensing for so long waiting for “normal” to arrive like a summer that’s always six months away”. Beautiful text by @SusannaSchrobs —Leila

“I love this newsletter so much! Everyone needs to sign up now.” —hhalepis

“Please know that [It’s Not Just You] has brought me joy in so many ways.” —Tom

“Wry, witty, reassuring.” —TIME reader survey

“The humor,  the easy-going tone that Susanna presents with is always so welcome.   I feel like I'm just having a chat with her,” —TIME reader survey

“Wow. Just plain WOW; I am blown away by this beautiful edition. You grabbed my soul and gave it life again. Thank you.” —Susan

I must know more about you!

Before starting It’s Not Just You, I was a writer and executive editor at TIME magazine, Newsweek and NBC Universal. At TIME, I edited all kinds of stories, videos and interactives from the 2017 Person of the Year: “The Silence Breakers” about the women who started the #MeToo movement, to a cover on Mattel’s attempt to save itself by woke-ifying and redesigning Barbie.

I live in Brooklyn with two sassy children and Small Dog who took over and became our Chief Operating Officer during the pandemic. Ages ago, I was stationed in TIME magazine’s Paris and Brussels bureaus covering sex trafficking, gymnastics, and French youth culture, and I’m writing a memoir about that. I also spend way too much time thinking about how to get back to Paris.

Write to me at susanna.notjustyou@gmail.com, or post in the comments. And come see me on Instagram: @SusannaSchrobs. See you soon, Susanna

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