January 2013

2013 Dreams Of A Creative Publisher

by Leonie Dawson on January 30, 2013

2013 dream extravaganza

 

G’day darlinghearts!

Today’s guest post is by the inspiring Linda Joy. As publisher of Aspire Magazine, the premiere inspirational magazine for women and host of the highly-successful Inspired Living Secrets series, Linda Joy’s passion permeates all of her inspirational multi-media brands. Reaching close to 30,000 women, each brand is dedicated to supporting and empowering women with a Universal message of hope, love and self-empowerment.

As you know, I very rarely accept guest posts, but each year I like to invite some gorgeous, passionate, inspiring women to share their new year dreams, goals + miracles.

The more we hear of women dreaming big dreams and making them happen, the more it will become the “new normal” and fuel us to do just the same.

Introducing darling Linda!

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Setting my Intention

Leonie,

I just had to reach out personally to send you a great big luscious hug of Gratitude for creating the answer to my creative soul’s prayers.

For those who already follow one or more of my inspirational multi-media brands you’ve already figured out that I am a very creative, visual person who lives, leads and creates from my heart. So, the very idea of planning, scheduling and all of linear thinking stuff has been something I’ve had to work on –especially running multiple multi-media publishing brands serving close to 30,000 women that live and thrive on DEADLINES. (I must say I’ve done darn well with it but at times the entire linear process can leave a creative soul like me feeling boxed in.)

My Creative Work Station

A little over three weeks ago I was organizing my desk and files in preparation for taking two weeks off over Christmas and New Years to enjoy the holidays with my family. (A big step for me to take that much time off –but that’s another story.) As you know, this time of year also means getting ready for 2013 and planning out my year both personally and professionally. Each year at this time I generally spend hours in the big box office supply chain looking through yearly planners that always leave me feeling uninspired.

Until I found YOU my visionary friend!

My good friend and Online Business Manager Kim Turcotte knows me better than most – especially the side of me that struggles with finding a planning system that resonates with the truth of who I am.  So when Kim reached out to me on that life-changing day three weeks ago to tell me that she had found the PERFECT planning calendars for both me and my business I responded with my typical anti-planner response “Sure you have….”  I was suddenly silenced when she mentioned the woman behind the system – creative visionary Leonie Dawson – yes YOU.  I stopped in my tracks – now this was a planning system I was open to hearing about.

Knowing me so well, Kim (an avid fan of yours) said Just take two minutes to visit this webpage & call me right back.”

Well Leonie, I never called her back. I was too busy printing out my 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Workbook, Planner & Calendar and 2013 Create Your Incredible Year BUSINESS Workbook, Planner & Calendar.

My Zen Buddy Baxter

I have never been so inspired and excited about a planner before –ever. In fact, I was like a little kid on Christmas morning and couldn’t wait to work on them.

During the December Full moon window of Dec 27-29, I curled up each evening in my office ‘creative nook’ with my Zen buddy “Baxter” by my side.  I spent those three delicious evenings surrounded by my planners, markers, pens and excitedly filled in the pages in the “Celebrating and Releasing 2012” sections of BOTH planners.   At the height of the full moon I did my closing ceremony while listening to Karen Drucker’s beautiful music, Baxter on my lap and tears in my eyes. What a powerfully profound way to close out the year.

(BLESSINGS to you for such a sacred gift!)

Setting my Intention for 2013 – In Life and in Business

On New Year’s Eve I couldn’t wait to get all cozy with my Incredible Life and Business Planners.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the Invoking 2013 sections that spoke to who I am not only as a woman but as a creative business visionary who leads, creates and plays from a heart-centered place.

Closing out 2012

Again I thank you for creating such a powerful tool that resonates with, supports and inspires creative, heart-centered women like me.  I wanted to reach out to let you know that you are another woman closer to your goal of helping 10,000 women create incredible lives.

I will be in touch over 2013 to share the beautiful magic of what unfolds for me over 2013 –both personally and professionally. I’m honored our paths have crossed, Leonie keep up the blessed work.

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You are such a passionate, inspiring woman Linda!

Bless you for all your kind words.

Thank you for sharing your big vision and dreams with us.

May all of us be inspired to put our dreams into action and change the world.

All my love,

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workbooksfortheworld

G’day gorgeous ones,

Are you a social worker or a part of a non profit organisation?

Does your organisation work with underprivileged or disadvantaged women?

We’d love to donate 2013 Create Your Incredible Year workbooks to you for using with your clients.

We’ll supply both Life and Business editions – whatever you feel would work for your clients will work beautifully!

Every single year since the beginning of the workbook, we have been donating them to non profit organisations. I’ve also run a meditation + goal setting retreat at a local safe house which was such a beautiful experience. Sharing the workbooks is my way of being able to visit even more places, helping raise spirits and creating change in the world.

This year we want to help even MORE.

Some examples of non-profits we’ve worked with before:

  • safe houses
  • domestic violence programs
  • shelters
  • organisations working with low income, underprivileged or disadvantaged women.

As an FYI, I specify this is for women because the workbook’s content is definitely aimed at women.

Please note: workbooks are PDF (i.e. not printed, physical copies). We’ll provide you with PDFs and a licence to print as many as you need for your clients.

To apply:

To apply for free workbooks for your clients, just fill out the form here + my lovely support fairies will be in contact in the next few days.

I’m SO delighted to work with even more organisations this year to help even more women grow, evolve, dream, hope, transform + make their own miracles happen.

Together, we’ll change the world. Totally believe and know that with my whole heart.

All my love,

P.S. If you know of anyone (social workers or organisations) this could help, please do share it along. Thank you so much!

What If My Dreams Scare The Shi* Out Of Me?

by Leonie Dawson on January 29, 2013

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So. Growing a business.

Crafting my own amazing life.

Making choices that require transformation and growth.

Choices that force me to step up, invest in my dreams, make shit happen.

Does it scare me?

I get this question a lot.

As though somehow I must be exempt from fear or worry.

So I want to set the record straight.

Does it scare me?

Of course it fucking does, my darling!

I’m going through a big wonderful scary/growth/mindset shifting time right now.

Here’s the low down:

Around Christmas time, I was crouched in the shower with my daughter.

And all of a sudden I saw it:

the vision I’ve been seeking.

The download of what my business was supposed to do in the next year:

what would it create, how it would change, how it would serve me, how it would serve others.

In a word, it was BIG.

My first million dollar a year idea.

Something that feels big and profound and limitless.

Something that will go on to change the world, and the many women.

It felt GOOD.

Now me + my lovely right hand Americano girl Marissa are submerged in a deep, intensive planning retreat.

Mapping out exactly what we need to do to birth this beautiful vision into the world.

And confronting every part of us that isn’t ready for it to be born.

It’s a great, deep vision quest.

Of course it’s okay and normal to be afraid of change. It’s understandable when parts of you quake in fear. You just don’t know what your world will look like at the end of this change, if you’ll be able to step up and do what is needed.

So I rise to meet (and crouch to hold) all the parts of me that aren’t yet ready.

I know all I need do is listen and their fears will be lessened.

Do the work that is needed to lessen the pain and severity of their fears.

Help them see that no matter what, they will be safe with me. Always. All of my selves.

So I cry.

I cry when I write down in my business planner that I will make a million dollars over the next year.

I cry because I don’t fucking know what a million dollars is (as I said to Marissa “It’s like Monopoly Money! The only time I’ve ever glimpsed a million dollars is in that game! It’s like learning to speak a whole other language!”)

I cry because all the hurt, wounded, unresolved parts of me want to rise to the surface and be witnessed and healed and loved:

the me that feels like a terrible friend. the me that has been so deeply damaged from an awful bout of Post Natal Depression and awful life shit and is still recovering from the trauma of it all. the me that feels unlovable.

They are a part of me, but they are not all of me.

Just as the parts that are afraid in you are not all of YOU.

Because all of you includes the you that already knows how to do this. The You you will grow into along the way. The You you were destined to be. The You of profound power, grace, sovereignty and courage.

What To Do When You Hit The Place of Fear

Talk to it.

Acknowledge it.

Speak it.

Cry it out.

Know it’s not all of you.

EFT it.

Therapy it out.

Intuitive healing it out.

Journal it out.

Whatever it takes – whatever works for you – do it.

You’re Not Meant To Stay Stuck In Fear

True shit, darlingheart.

You’re really not.

When parts of you feel fear, you’re not supposed to stay there, feeling it over and over again.

Ya gotta heal it. And then pull your big girl panties on, and do it anyway.

Your gifts and your biggest dreams are MEANT to come true in the world.

You are MEANT to play big and change the world in a BIG way.

You are destined to do this.

And it’s not always going to be a piece of piss. It’s not always going to feel like ease and comfort along the way. There will be parts that scare you, that take your breath away, that make you think “can I really do this?”

And then you do it.

You do it because it must be done.

You do it because it lights you up.

You do it to prove you can do it.

You do it because there is no other way.

You can’t just stay stuck. You can’t keep wondering. You can’t keep hoping that one day your ship will come in.

Instead, you become the best effing captain you ever can be. You set your course. You write your map. You make your mark on the world.

You say “I was Here.”

You do it, not because you’re not afraid…

but because you are more than just that.

You are more than just fear.

You are pure energy. Work. Love. Faith. Commitment. Persistence. Perseverance.

Deep, total and complete focus on your vision.

Faith that what you are doing is of the utmost importance.

Because it is.

To you. To us. To everyone surrounding you. To the world.

We want to see you SHINE, love.

Because that’s what you were born to do.

All my love,