January 2010

Switch Off Sunday: Give yourself what you need

by Leonie Dawson on January 31, 2010

Hola gorgeous Goddess,

Hurrah! It’s that beautiful day of the week again… that ritual of making all or part of my Sunday switched off… logging off my ‘puter and doing some of those things I really wanna do… and just adoring my beautiful goddess life.

Why do I make it a ritual? Because… all of us know it would be better to take time off from being online… but as the days roll by, we forget to do it. By making it a weekly ritual, it becomes part of our gorgeous routine… and becomes integrated into our luscious life.

You can join me by taking off the whole day, the morning, the afternoon or just a couple of hours off from being online.

Welcome back, sacred Sunday!

My plans for my Switch Off Sunday:

This weekend I’m planning on having a gentle, mostly switched off weekend. My sweet love is taking off extra time off work so we can have a long weekend just being together {hurrah!} – I am so in need of some solid I-love-Chris-time right now.

What I need to give myself this weekend is gentleness, restoration and rejuvenation.

So I can get in a mostly switched off weekend, I’m going to finish up my must-do’s this afternoon {I’m a-writing this on a Friday – see?} and leave the could-do’s for another day. My Switch Off weekend is way more important than the could-do’s.

So here’s my list of wild {but gentle} Switch Off possibilities…

MeditatioNap like it’s 1999

Ohhhh yes. Just watch me.

Even more thrilling… Mr Soul-Hunk himself just called me to tell me he managed to find the last of these pillows in town for me.

I think I might just purrrrr like a cat… mmmmmm solid rest! Is it only pregnant goddesses who get their jones on about the perfect pillows, or what? It’s only been recent times since I’ve come waylaid with this affliction… and I’m a-wondering if there is a correlation. hee hee!

Love on this man like it’s 2001

It’s been a really, really intense month for us – a whole bundle of life stuff that hasn’t gone smoothly. It’s slowly getting back to some kind of form of non-nutty, but it’s been pretty exhausting in the process.

So I’m gunna soak up our three days of together-ness this weekend.

Being with my hunk feels like this photo… his love is a soul-cave that helps me rebalance again.

I’m really, really looking forward to that.

Go get some fresh air and open space

A month ago, I had a dream that I went to a friend’s farm, stepped out of the car into the wide open space, and took a deep breath.

And my soul felt at home, like what I needed the most was fresh air and open space around me. It was a feeling of instant relief.

But I kept on putting it off. Kept on ignoring that dream, that need.

I don’t know where we are going to go… but somewhere. Somewhere where there is fresh air and wide open space.

Possibilities for your gorgeous Switched Off Sunday!

You are so welcome to join me in switching off, for the day or the afternoon or two hours… and re-discovering the joys of being switched onto life outside the laptop.

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

Here’s some ideas for what to do to make today your own Switch off Sunday:

The Meditationap is your friend.

Have a book picnic in bed. Or even if you need to do some stuff – take it to bed to do. My bed is my favourite workspace!

Divinely declutter a cupboard or shelf. You will feel amazingly lighter!

Write a letter. Or in your journal. Or on your hand. Let your pen fly free!

Study up. Maybe you’re enrolled in a course. Maybe you’ve bought an e-book {or like OMG! a real book!} Maybe you’ve got a course. Maybe you’ve got a pile of study materials you haven’t got around to using yet. Today could be that lovely day of mind-and-soul-expansion!

Something else. Something that’s mindful, and giving you what it is you need right now. You probably aren’t going to find what you are looking for by pressing refresh on your Facebook page to see if anyone has written anything new lately. {I know only coz I have already looked ;)}. Today is the day you can give yourself what you need. I have faith in you!

This is your loving and sacred butt-kicking:
Log off, and give yourself what you need.

love you big time,

Reason #13897 my mama is amazing

by Leonie Dawson on January 29, 2010

She sends letters & oracle cards to my belly…

I adore her…

and know Little Mermaid does too…

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Making a big change: email hiatus

by Leonie Dawson on January 27, 2010


Support comes in many forms…

Hola beautiful goddesses!

This is a big one to write. A very big one.

Basically… to summarise…

*big breath*

I am now on email hiatus.

What does that mean?

From now on, I won’t be the Goddess Who Answers Emails. You’ll be taken care of by my lovely support crew instead.

Why oh why?

I’ve been wanting this for a really long time. Mostly because taking care of an inbox that can get up to 200 or so emails a day is incredibly draining.

And here’s the thing: I love, love, love what I do. I love Goddess Guidebook. I love what we are creating here. I love helping goddesses. I love creating lovely things that help goddesses. I love all of you.

But I don’t love getting drained. I don’t love opening up my emails and feeling utterly overwhelmed by all the emails. I don’t love that my inbox takes up 80% of my work time.

That’s really scary to write that… that 80% of my time spent in my passion is doing something that isn’t what I need to be doing.

I love love love connecting with all of you goddesses – but when it’s getting to the point that I’m wanting to cry when I think about my inbox? That’s just so not helpful… to you, or to me.

And I’ve got a list of sixty new projects that I want to be working on – ideas that totally fill my heart up with joy – things that goddesses keep asking me for – goodies that I think will really help more goddesses. And they aren’t getting done.

Plus… in about nine weeks or so, my whole life is about to change. Our Little Mermaid is due to arrive in the world, and needs me to be her mama.

There’s only so many things I can keep in my wagon… and email isn’t one of them.

When I was growing up, there were two things I wanted to be in the world:

an artist/writer/person who changes the world & a mama.

And I’m trying to work out how I can possibly do the two.

Right now? Totally not possible. Not if I’m doing everything. Not if I’m answering so many emails.

I need some more breathing space in my life. I need to know that I’m helping as many goddesses as I can with my time – not just mindlessly trying to get to Inbox Zen. I need to know I can have a business that doesn’t swallow me whole. I need to know I can be a good mama. I need to give precedence to Little Mermaid over my inbox.

How you are going to be taken care of

My biggest worry about this whole thing from this is making sure that all of you precious goddesses are taken care of.

I’ve enlisted a few beautiful souls who will be answering emails about:

  • courses
  • meditations
  • kits
  • advertising & sponsorship
  • interviews.

There’s three lovely souls who will be helping out:

Goddess Sone is still running Goddess School for me and taking care of course emails.

And I’m so excited to announce the lovely Goddess Marissa will be a Support Sprite with emails.

And you may even hear from my sweet hunkaspunky Chris whenever I need his Tech Support God-ness.

Just to make it really beautiful and clear with good boundaries, my lovely Goddess (+God) support crew won’t be able to help with personal, spiritual or creative questions. They are there to make sure goddesses who have purchased goddess goodies are able to get them perfectly.

If you have a personal, spiritual, creative or other kind of question, the best way I can answer it is if you ask it here. It can be anonymous if you like. I try and answer them with blog posts as much as I can and where I have energy.

How to connect with me…

I still read every blog comment, and hang out in the Comments Circle as much as possible.

With more time and energy, I’ll be able to keep writing here at Goddess Guidebook – and hopefully write even more good yummy goddess helpfulness.

And be able to keep making kits and courses and meditations that really, really help lovely goddesses.

I’m so committed to our little temple of goddesses here. I’m also utterly committed to finding a way of living and working that is joyful and sustainable and possible for me.

The Way Forward…

So what’s really going to change here? Not really that much I hope!

I’ll still be here, blogging away.

And I’ll still be sitting in the Comments Circle.

And if you need a hand with your goddess goodies, you’ll be taken care of by some truly gorgeous souls. We’re just making the Goddess Guidebook family bigger… with all the more love to share around.

Got questions? To the comments circle, dearest!

Thank you so much for being here, sweet soul. I so hope you can understand my choices in this. It’s been such a big one that has sat on my heart for so long.

Thank you for understanding, for honouring… for walking this beautiful path with me.

big love to you,