January 2009

Business Goddess: The O Word.

by Leonie Dawson on January 20, 2009

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

I want to write to you everyday. Well, most days at least.
And then my amazingly busy business takes my attention and energy. I didn’t think about the busy-ness of business until now. There’s been Goddess Guidance coaching & reading sessions. And late night calls to my business coach. And videos and meditations and ebooks to create for the Creative Goddess eCourse. (And yes, you can still enroll – I get asked that everyday. So, yes, yes, yes, you can still enroll at the moment! I’d love to have you along on the journey.) And then there’s the communing, circle, connecting and creating with the amazing, splendiforous Goddesses who are in the e-Course’s Goddess Circle. And then the 100+ emails I get everyday which need attention.

All of a sudden, things have gotten big.

The O Word.

So, this week, I was speaking with a business coach. I said:

Things have gotten big lately. Like crazy busy.And it’s completely wonderful, and I love love love doing this work, and it’s my dream come true. But I just can’t shake this feeling that I’m carried around.

And then, I realised I was feeling the O word.

Overwhelmed.

Her response helped me find so much clarity with where I am at.

Oh sweetie, (I love that I have a business coach who calls me by terms of endearment) of course you are feeling overwhelmed. Things just got biggified, and you love it, but right now you don’t have support structures in place to help you glide. They will come in time. Right now, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed.

*Insert big, long, exxxhale from Leonie*

It’s okay to feel overwhelmed right now.

And it’s okay to want to make sweet love to support systems.

Support systems are my new crush. My superhero with a cape come to save me from the O word.

So what do I mean when I say “support systems”?

Is that some kind of fru-fru-hippy-loo-lah speakology?

Well, yes and no.

Here’s my little list of what support systems mean for me.

1.}  Divine Delegation
So I now look at all the things I need to do, and work out what I can get someone else to help me with. And what I’m learning along the way, is that when I let go of the grips of Doing It All My Self, I’m creating space for other people to add their energy and their gifts to my dream. And it’s *wonderful*

For example, all my meditation MP3s are now produced and mixed by my love. After spending 6 hours goofing off, sobbing and getting utterly frustrated over trying to make my own, I enlisted my ex-audio engineering honey to do it for me. He’s happy, and loves using his talents in that way. And I’m a much, much happier person.

I’ve also delegated all my web design work out. The way I see it – my time is much better spent doing the things I do best and adore doing, then struggling on something that is out of my realm. Yay!

2.} Happy, Happy Automation
I’m starting to automate all the things I can for the small, little tasks that build up. This means using AWeber to handle all my email subscriptions, so I don’t have to manage my hilariously out-of-control Excel spreadsheet anymore – and it also makes sure everyone who wants their Goddess email is getting their email. Yay! Feeling breathier than before.

I’m also looking into using e-Junkie to help manage my wild and wonderful course materials. Double Yay!

3.} Having a support network
I’ve known that circles and communities create miracles. When you have a group of people that share the same intention, amazing things happen. I’ve been part of a gorgeous online group (the SARK Forum) for years now. It’s brought me huge joyful blessings, including meeting two of my besties there. And now, since my life has become so hugely focussed on my busy busi-ness and living my soul’s purpose, I knew it was time to find another group to help me navigate these new waters. And I serendipitiously found the place that was right for me. A place where I could fritz and fret, then find my way back to business balance. Support networks rock. Yay!

You are most welcome to use me as a Goddess test-bunny.

And whatever I learn, you can totally use.
So the Cliff Notes of Goddess Leonie’s Massive Life Research Lessons this week is:

1. It’s okay to feel both overwhelmed AND happy when you are doing your soul’s purpose, your big dream or your life (henceforth known as “your Stuff”).
2. Is there someone else who can help you with your Stuff? What are the things you do best? Who could add energy, talents, gifts to your Stuff?
3. Can you eliminate or automate the little things that take up your time?
4. Can you find or develop some support networks of souls who have a similar intention?

End of the Story.

Anyway, what I really want to say through all of this…
is I want to create a place of support for you here.
A cushion, a velvet couch in a temple devoted to joy, wisdom, laughter and our Goddess selves. A place to return to to remember yourself and your beautiful life and your precious souls.
So I’m making things happen to make that happen.

So gorgeous Goddesses, I am so glad to have you here, sharing this amazing journey with me. As always, you can claim the talking stick in the Comments Circle and share about your journey.

I’m wishing you the most precious, luminous day,
Love,

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Yes! You can still enrol! Six weeks of magic, creativity, inspiration and Goddess discovery await you in the Creative Goddess e-Course & Circle.

Buffalo Writings

by Leonie Dawson on January 18, 2009

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

I hope you are having a splendifirous, spectacular day with your shining self.

Thank you so much to all those who shared their thoughts and dreamings through the Goddess survey. If you haven’t yet, but have got the itch to, there’s still time. Thank you biiiiiiiiig – I am so grateful!

Today, for something completely different… I wanted to share with you some writing from my Christmas break about meeting my totem, the buffalo, again. Over time I’ll be sharing more about totems and how to connect with yours… but for now… here’s Buffalo Writings. :)

The energy here is different. Here in South Australia – wild, unkept, windswept, with the taste of settlers and life close to the land. Bravery, dispair and truth and earth spirit are close to the surface here. If there is one thing I can say about it – it is Real. It is very here.

The wind sweeps in often on salt tongues, swilling around legs and bare shoulders. Look closely in the white orange earth, and you will find tiny shells, remnants of an ancient inland island.

Today, my love and I go to the open plains zoo, the place where I first saw my beloved buffalo. I am excited to share the animals with him for the first time, but don’t think of the buffalos. It has been some time since they had appeared in my dreams and visions, and in recent times I had been visited by other animals to teach me their lessons. In short, I thought my time with the buffalos had ended.

Sitting beside my love, we shuffle past the buffalo herd in an old, rattling bus. Instead of the gentle nonchalence I expected, I find myself taking deep inbreaths again, and filling with tears. Tears so light and golden they shine a warm light into my spirit.

Finally, after I thought these last months that buffalo had left me, I now see she has been living inside me. We are buffalo.

They speak to me, these beautiful beasts. They speak to me with their presence, their great spirit, their gentle eyes and wide backs. They are me, and I am them. I have been covered with a buffalo’s coat and claimed as their own. And I am willing, and honored, knowing I need not give up anything to be with them. I can be totally Leonie still – still utterly loved, still walking my talk, still quietly listening, still raucously living. I can still be myself – and yet be who  I am supposed to be. These words tumble out, and they surprise me.

In the zoo store, my love has cupped in his hand something I looked for a year ago but could not find – a buffalo statue. Wise eyes and gentle presence. Wild fur and tender agility. Feet planted in the earth. A body brimming with energy and spirit. She shows the way.

And so I venture forth, walking the path of the woman I was born to be, my gentle buffalo friends walking beside me and inside me. Showing me what it is to live with grace, wisdom, abundance and gratitude. And just how to live with this great stores of energy inside me. Walk it. Walk out my truth and knowing and love. Just as I am – a Buffalo Woman.

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Big big buffalo love from me to you ~

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Yes! You can still enrol! Six weeks of magic, creativity, inspiration and Goddess discovery await you in the Creative Goddess e-Course & Circle.

Creative Goddess Sunday & a survey

by Leonie Dawson on January 17, 2009

Hola gorgeous goddesses!

It’s not quite still Sunday… but it’s Creative Sunday in my mind at least ;)
I hope you are having the most beautiful day possible!

As always, on Creative Goddess Sunday I have a yack about what’s happening on my journey, and share one of my latest creations. And as always, you can join in by sharing in the Comments Circle.

So, talking stick sharing first…

… because I feel like I’ve got words and thoughts and feelings bubbling out of me.

First.
I can’t have a talking stick about my journey and not mention my big, beautiful Goddess Rocket Ship launch – my Creative Goddess e-Course and Circle. It started four days ago and has been thrilling, overwhelming, amazing, precious, daring, scary and very very real.

I had birthing pains. And birthing euphoria. I cried when I sent it out for the first time. I cried when I felt overwhelmed. I cried when I saw the amazing creations and sharings that are coming out of those Goddesses. And I sobbed when I watched the video of one of the Goddesses about the mountains and the wind and her voice. SOBBED.

So, yes, I’ve been mama-emotional. I just birthed this very-big-but-little-and-precious-thing, and witnessed it flighting off into the lives of other women. That’s HUGE

Right now, I think I need a bean bag, a cup of tea, and a sister to wrap her arms around me and just listen. *aaaaaaaaaaaaaah* {long exhale}

And then more stuff.

Support
I’ve been kind of blown away by the support some of my dearest friends have given me during the birthing process. I’ve felt a little bit like I’ve had midwife sisters checking in, seeing how I’m doing – even as they had their own stuff going on. And then my mama decided to take the Creative Goddess e-Course too, and calls me to gush over it, and that makes me kind of still. And proud. And very, very emotional.

Changes
There’s changes and developments going on over here. I’m working less in my other job, and working more at this job than I ever have before. I’m hoping to reveal the new Big Change to you this week at last (Yay!). And I’ve also just started a year long business course/forum thing which is blowing my gorgeous mind in all new kinds of ways. (And Yay!)

Things to Do
Videos to make, prints to send off, and lunch to remember to eat (2.30pm, and it still hasn’t happened.)

*exhalllllllle* gently.

So that’s what is bouncing about in my mind these days… it feels better to have it out. Thank you for listening, and for being here, Goddesses.

Creative! Goddess! Sunday!

Yay! And now it’s time to share one of my latest creations. This Soul Story custom art was ordered as a present, from one Raw Food Goddess to another Raw Food Goddess. I so loved making this for Goddess Jo, including her favourite colors and celebrating her Soul’s Story in art.

And just an aside… if your wondering why these pics look slightly different than my usual: these photos were taken by Chief Helper Elf Chris when I was wild-busy. I adore that man. :)

Creative Goddess Studio Views!

And it’s been a while since I shared a pic from the studio space… so here’s one!

Those are my hilarious astrological curtains (they were here when we moved in.) Outside you can see the rose bushes against the window, growing wild and lush as they do. And two oak trees. Then the road, our neighbours, and out to the back is the mountain I like to call the South Mountain. Because it’s in the South. Imaginative, no?

Why I really call it the South Mountain.

South Mountain does have a real name – Mt Rob Roy – but I call it South Mountain for a different reason.

We live in a little valley that is bordered by mountains on all four sides, and I imagine that each of them holds the energies of the Medicine Wheel directions. The North Mountain: The place of ancestors, and wisdom, and walking my talk. The East Mountain: The place of inspiration, of new ideas, and new days, and floating in the sky.
The South Mountain: The place of passion, and birthing, and creation and full bloom. It is the fire of romance and spirit in action!
The West Mountain: The place of replenishment, and caves, and curling up inside ourselves to hibernate before we venture out into the world again.

So the South Mountain becomes sacred to me, and I love that my studio looks out over the mountain that is my place of passion and project-birthing.

Sparkling survey stuff.

*Phew* This is getting to be one biiiig blog post! It makes sense really, with all The Stuff happening. As I mentioned, there are some gorgeous changes coming for GoddessLeonie.com as I dream up even more ways I can help goddesses live their precious, wild, brave, joyful, blissed out lives. I wanted to find out from you *your* thoughts & ideas, so we can create even more magic & joys together. I’ve put together a survey – and would love love love to hear from you.

To take the survey, click here.
And I’m so so grateful if you are called to doing it!
:)

Okay, my gorgeous Goddess sisters.

It’s been beautiful sitting and sharing with you. If you’d like to claim the talking stick, and share your stories and creations, the Comments Circle is always open for you, and held with love. And if you’ve got the time to fill out the survey, I am so deeply grateful!

Have a glorious day, drops-of-sunshine-Goddesses!
Love,

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Yes! You can still enrol! Six weeks of magic, creativity, inspiration and Goddess discovery await you in the Creative Goddess e-Course & Circle.