Creative Goddess: Create a scrap-journal

Hola precioushearts!

Another little creative project I’ve been working on… creating a scrapjournal for our little merbaby 🙂

Since we became pregnant, I’ve been wanting to create a beautiful journal to document this precious time. I hunted up and down for the perfect sized book to do it in – but then lightbulb moment! I realised it could be a FOLDER instead of a journal!

One that grew and got added to as I needed to!

So I got a plain ringbinder… and went to goddess-town on it…

Creative Goddess: Creating a Baby Journal from Goddess Leonie on Vimeo.

I’m so loving how richly textured it is becoming!

This could be gorgeous not just as a baby’s journal… but a folder for all your little ones’ creations and your words about them… or your own journal including all your poems, photos, words, doodles & spirit-musings…

or even as your own incredible year workbook + planner!

*happy sigh*

A little creative project I’ll be playing with over the Christmas break I think 🙂

Speaking of creative goodness… I got visited by the Muse Of A Fully Formed Gorgeous Creative Idea today… I love when the idea just comes all ready to go – and all I need to do is listen, create, and let it flow through… so for the next few days, I’ll be doing that… and will hopefully share with you the finished treasure in a few days! Holy dinger! 🙂 I love this time of the year… summer solstice – so much sun, warmth, ideas and creative energy. It’s definitely my time of the year for creating and making ideas full and ripe and out in the world!

Hope this creative project is just magical for you…

you are amazing!

love, love, and have I mentioned LOVE!!!

A Year in Photos

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

I’m a-celebrating my year in photos… All the big, beautiful, small & sacred moments that have made my year…

January

I started the year in Adelaide, with my love’s family. Days filled with reading trashy novels, coming up with big beautiful ideas, going to every secondhand store under the sun, buying buckets of books and falling even more in love with my love.

I also got to take my love to go see the buffalo herd at the zoo… buffaloes are my sacred totem, and they fill my heart with love.

January was also the month of firsts, creative births & bloomings.

First, there was the launch of GoddessGuidebook.com (has it really only been a year?). Before that, there was GoddessLeonie.com – and before then was LeonieLife.com. I wanted to create a big, beautiful Goddess ship that wasn’t just about me – it was a guidebook for goddesses wanting to live their most gorgeous, radiant, sacred, creative, wise lives.

And then midway through the month, I launched my first online e-course – the Creative Goddess e-Course. Six weeks. Over 150 goddesses. It was filled with miracles, and goddesses awakening, and creative blossomings. Absolutely incredible.

February

After an absolutely *massive* and wild busy November & December filled with Christmas art orders – and then January with the e-course… once February came around, I spent a lot of time doing things like this:

and this…

Self-replenishing all the way!

March

Just at the end of February, we knew there was a little puppy soul out there waiting to join our heart family. We even wrote a personals ad about the puppy we were looking for. After a few days of searching, we found her

A sweet little Maltese X Shitzu (A Shitzu? A Mittese?) named Angel. An Angel who completely and utterly fulfills every part of our ad. Especially this bit:

Chris needs a fluffy puppy to cup, hold and warm his ginormous, shining heart.

Angel has taken this part of her job very, very seriously. Her adoration for Chris is legendary. Just as Charlie the Happy Healer Dog has always made it known that he was my doggy – Angel has had Chris’ name tattooed on her tiny, fluffy butt. She is the perfect fourth Wiggle in our heart-family – and when she showed us that love grew bigger as our family did… she planted the seed that maybe, just maybe, extending our family even more would be an even bigger miracle.

She was right.

March was also the month I discovered a lump on my breast, and learned a huge amount of medicine and lessons about my body, burn-out and how to heal. I started using chamomile poultices, listened to my lessons, and created my own self-healing retreat. And… blessed of blessed, my tests came back joyful, positive & healthy. I am so grateful for all the medicine and lessons I learned during that time – and for the miracle of healing.

In March, our darling friend Goddess Sone came to visit as well.

We spent a lot of time in gentleness, beading crystal necklaces and taking walks on my favourite mountain near here.

April

My mama came to stay for three days in April… I showed Amma-mama {my nickname for her since we travelled through India together} how to read oracle cards. And we played Wii Tennis together. And rode on bicycles around lakes together. And drummed in tipis with friends. And made chakra bracelets together. And perused bookstores together. And talked about all my favourite hippy books which are now her favourite books too. And lay in bed together, making up big wild ideas together.

It might be a quarter way through the year… but it was just the right time to make an artwork with my theme word for the year: FAITH. Parts One & Two here.

And in April, Goddess Guidebook got its rainbow redesign to make it its present look. As I said back then…

I wanted to heal myself with colour.

Amen to that!

May

During April & May, Goddess Sone came to live with us!

We had a ginormous amount of fun… birthday parties… crafting… large amounts of tea… cupcakes… and late night Photoboothing…

And of course… our infamous Tribute to East 17.

Our Tribute to East 17 from Goddess Leonie on Vimeo.

I also went away to a life changing retreat for work… no photos, but a video of vulnerability here.

I wrote my favourite blog post – How to Meditate for Lazy People.

And I spent a lot of time in bed creating a new e-course.

June

I finished creating the Making Space for your Goddess to Shine e-course, and released it in June…

Over the next four months it ended up having over 250 goddesses enrol in it, before me and the lovely Lisa closed it.

If you missed out on taking it, there’ll be a new e-course hopefully sometime next year focussing on creating your goddess haven 🙂

In June, I also headed back to my homelands to say goodbye to my big sister who was moving to England…

while there, I got to hang out in mermaid’s paradise…

and photograph my beautiful big brother, his beautiful wife…

and my darling niece Paige Rhianna who was three weeks away from entering the world…

I adore my big, beautiful, love-soaked family…

I spent a lot of time doing our farm ritual… building the biggest campfires possible…

and spending inordinate amounts of time basking by it…

It ended up becoming my last trip home as a Maiden…

July

Paige Rhianna entered the world! My beautiful Cancerian moon goddess niece!

I created my own permission slips

I shared about my spiritual reasons for being vegetarian

And… I noticed I was feeling really emotional… like something big was shifting in me, and an ocean was swirling inside me. I spent a lot more time walking around in nature, sitting against trees and breathing.

It wasn’t until the end of July that I found out why…

August

In the first week of August, I shared my big, beautiful news… I was becoming a mama goddess.

I also shared our magical enchanted conception story

And decided it was the right time to birth my Divine Dreaming Meditation Kit… I wanted to help goddesses get more gorgeous sleep and have some healing, inspiring dreams…

We also made some big, profound decisions about not testing our little child for perfection – and we shared our teary, love-soaked reasons why.

September

In September, I shared about our True Love Story.

I launched Term One of Goddess School.

We celebrated three months of being pregnant.

October

A reminder…

I wrote about being a bit obsesso-adoring-in-love with my love.

I wrote about Birthing Choices.

And just incase you need to hear it, the Worst Thing Could Be The Best Thing.

I photographed a beautiful couple-becoming-parents… (congratulations beautifuls on your little one!)

and we celebrated four months of pregnancy

November

In November… I announced my dear friend Goddess Sone would be joining Goddess Guidebook to run Goddess School while I was on mama-goddess leave.

My love & I went to an exquisite weekend retreat of CalmBirthing.

I celebrated five months of pregnancy, with our first ultrasound on my 27th birthday, my beautiful parents & little sister flying across the country to be with us, and a sacred Blessingway ceremony.

And we learned that our little baby soul was a mermaid goddess!

December

December has been a month of finishing up some gorgeous soul + creative projects to send out into the world before I head into mama-cave…

I started December out by opening up Goddess School for Term 2 enrolments (begins Jan 17)…

and doing a whole lot of Radiant Goddess e-course creating with Goddess Sone…

And I finally released the two meditations I’d been wanting to send out for months – the Chakra Healing Goddess Meditation kit & the Releasing Fears Meditation kit.

I cleared out my studio to make room for baby goddess, and had an Etsy sale of original paintings & crystal goddess necklaces (there’s a couple of necklaces remaining at 40% off if you were feeling called!)

Because it’s our first real Christmas here in our little cottage, we got our Christmas craft on too…

Hand-decorated stockings for all the beautiful souls in our heart-family…

Handmade tree decorations our way…

And mostly… I just loved the one I’m with… my merman love who is perfect for me in every way.

It’s Summer here in this gorgeous, wide, brown land… and looking back over this year, I see how very, very full and transformative it has been. It was only the birth of this year that this website was born… and since then – there’s been so much love… transformation… creating… and being gifted a whole new journey…

Usually my year is filled with more travel… but this year, it has been instead the adventure of becoming a mama – which is wholly the biggest soul-change I’ve ever met.

And it started with him – and it ends with him. I’m so grateful I got to share it with my love Christian – he is the sun to my star in every way. I don’t know if Great Spirit could have made a soul that would teach, love and inspire me like he does. All I know is – when I wake up and look in his blue ocean eyes, I know all is right with the world. And that I get to be a parent with him, and see him become a father to our daughter? It feels like one big beautiful fairy tale – but it’s a mermaid’s tale!

I’m so grateful I am sharing this celebration season with my daughter-in-belly… everyday she teaches me. Everyday I get butterflies of joy in my belly, knowing that she has chosen me as her mother.

I’m so grateful for my own mama… and dadda… and my siblings-of-my-heart. My family is one of the biggest blessings of my life.

I’m so grateful for my dear friends, and my elders, and my teachers.

And I’m so deeply grateful to be here, sharing this work, sharing the joys of being a goddess, sharing my story, and sharing the journey with you… hundreds of beautiful goddesses from around the globe… we are all walking this path together. As goddesses, and as sisters. We are so so blessed… and I know there is a thousand miracles to follow 🙂

At the end of this year, and this decade I want to say:

My heart is full. I am blessed. I am grateful.

Thank you for all you have given me.

In big love, and in big blessings,

from the Goddess in Me, to the Goddess in You,

Switch Off Sunday: 8

Hola gorgeous Goddess!

It’s that time of the week again… Switch Off Sunday!

Switch Off Sunday is my weekly ritual of making all or part of our Sunday switched off… logging off our ‘puters and doing some of those things we really wanna do… and just adoring our beautiful goddess lives.

You can join me by taking off the whole day, the morning, the afternoon or just a couple of hours off from being online. Write down now how long is the perfect time for you to “Switch Off”.

Facebook, Google Reader, Twitter, blogs and your inbox will all be there tomorrow waiting for you. But Sundays are for beautiful recharging 🙂

Some glorious things you can do this Switch off Sunday:

  • Make a To-Do list book

  • Create your own gorgeous Christmas stockings
  • Go for a walk or take a meditation-nap with your iPod playing some meditations
  • Have a little bit of an unclutter – make your home spacious and yummy!
  • Make some creative new decorations for your Christmas tree

  • Plant something in your garden… or if it is winter time where you are – on your windowsill!
  • Have a half-day slumber party in your bed… with journals, books, music, oracle cards
  • Walk : Move : Dance
  • Make some art
  • You know that box of pictures & goodies you’ve got hidden away somewhere… for that one day when you’ll use them, journal them, scrapbook them? Today’s the day!

Here’s my plans for my Switch Off Sunday…

Well… I don’t want to call them *plans* as such… more like *MAGNIFICENT POSSIBILITIES!*

  • Finish up washing and putting away the beautiful hand-me-down nappies & baby clothes we’ve been given. We are using the writing table I’ve had since I was 12 for Little Mermaid’s clothes. It feels like there is something holy and right about completing this circle – I have dreamed upon that desk for so long now… and it is going to be nurturing my biggest dream of all soon!
  • Hang some of the beautiful Goddess prayer flags in Little Mermaid’s room that the beautiful Wild Earth Arts sent me! I adore!
  • Maybe today will finally be the day me & my extremely talented love make some art for Little Mermaid’s change room. I’ve gessoed the backgrounds… now all that is left is some magicifying to do!
  • Charge up my iPod. Why am I writing this here? Because my iPod is like the generator of my meditation habit. It’s been out of batteries this week so guess what? No meditation practice! Boo! But charging it up = back to meditation. Hurrah!
  • Finish up my next little creative project… will show you this in a video next week! Yay!
  • Finish up a one-off Goddess in You painting commission
  • Make something out of my craft projects book (another one I didn’t get to last week)
  • Add to the scrapbook/journal folder we are making for Little Mermaid
  • Fifteen minutes of our exercise bike. There’s something about moving my pregnant hips in a circular direction that is totally needed right now.
  • Unclutter & make our living room all cozy again.

Divine Decluttering story…

On the subject of uncluttering… can I just say what a difference it makes? This last week’s project has been our bathroom. It’s been filled with photos and jewellery and knick-knacks that were starting to feel a little bit old in energy… like when I looked at them, I just didn’t feel glorious any more. I felt a little bit stifled, a little bit like I was keeping them out of obligation, a little bit overwhelmed by it all. And I’ve been a-thinking for MONTHS… I should just get rid of them, ya know?

So instead of making it into a big job, each day I’ve just been taking a couple of things away from the area. I gave Goddess Sone a bunch of my treasures, listed some of my crystal necklaces for sale (I’ve reduced the price on the remaining treasures by 40%… I want them sent out into the world by Christmas!), took some of my paintings out, and replaced with a couple of Chris’ paintings that felt bright and shiny. And when I walk in the bathroom now, I’m just a-mazed at what a difference it makes. It feels soft and glorious and new and revitalised in there now.

So my litmus test with any object now is:

When I look at you, do you make my heart sing? Do I want to like you or feel I should like you, but I don’t really? Do you remind me of something that doesn’t feel beautiful, true or nourishing to me right now?

And when I follow that answer… and release and let go… it makes space for this lovely new energy to enter. And holy dinger it feels GOOD.

The End of my happy uncluttery story! hee hee hee 🙂

It’s time!

Time to switch off… and soak in this shiny, shiny day. What glorious things can you make/see/play/do today?

Get out a pen and paper… write them down… dream and play!

love you shiny sweetness!

P.S. Less than a month until Term 2 of Goddess School begins!

Goddess Allsorts

Hola gorgeous Goddess!

It’s that happy day of the week… Goddess Allsorts day!

This is the day I share with you all kinds of scrummy inspiration I find around the place & want to share. A whole smorgasboard of delight for you to nibble on!

One Good Thing

Love this One Good Thing (via Goddess Loran)

What Makes Me Feel Beautiful

The precious words & stories over at Real Simple on What Makes Me Feel Beautiful.

The Problem with Positive Thinking

I’m a die-hard positivity goddess. It’s dang nice for someone like business writer Seth Godin to be talking about the lusciousness that is positivity and why people don’t do it.

Reminder to self: Must write post about positivity shtuff sometime.

How to Deal with Down Syndrome like a Goddess

Incredibly touched by this goddess, and her daughter…

Glue Batik!

I adore this tutorial on creating a stocking with glue batik… and how to create glue batik!

Definitely want to try this out sometime 🙂

(Care of Artful Parent)

Shoes & Bags for Fairies

I think these shoes & bags are adorable!

My Career is to Live A Happy Life

Amen, amen, amen to this! (care of Happy Moon Moon)

We encourage you to decide, as early in life as possible, that your dominant intent and reason for existence is to live happily ever after. That would be a very good career choice: to gravitate toward those activities and to embrace those desires that harmonize with your core intentions, which are freedom and growth—and joy. Make a “career” of living a happy life rather than trying to find work that will produce enough income that you can do things with your money that will then make you happy. When feeling happy is of paramount importance to you—and what you do “for a living” makes you happy—you have found the best of all combinations…

We would like you to see your “career” as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here.
—Abraham Hicks

That’s definitely my life’s work…

Lovely Lisa

A few years ago, I watched Australian Idol & adored the precious spirit of Lisa Mitchell.

I’m so glad she didn’t win… because she’s gone on to create her own gorgeous, unique career & songs in her own perfect way…

Any Goodies to Share?

Found anything that has touched your heart lately? I’d love to hear about it possum!
To the comments circle, darlingheart!

You = rock my world

A couple of Goddess necklaces

Hola beautifuls!

Running out the door for a midwife appointment… but I’m having a Studio Clear-Out Sale, to make space for the new little mermaid creation who is coming.

I sold out of all my remaining original artworks in three hours earlier this week, and have just popped up four sacred crystal goddess necklaces.

I’m wanting to send them out tomorrow, so if you are called, jump in sweetpea. This will probably be the last time for you to grab one of my creations for the next year or so… the mama cave is a-calling.

The necklaces are available in my Etsy store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/goddessofleonie

Have a gorgeous day, sunshine!