2 Inspiring Videos To Light Up Your Weekend!

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Darlinghearts,

Happy weekend! I have two amazing videos to inspire you this weekend.

These two have inspired me + lit my fires + touched my heart in a way I haven’t felt since the last time.

I’m just so over the moon over both of them I can’t even TALK about them.

Yup, they’ve rendered Leonie catatonic. #missionimpossible

They are so, so, SO worth it, lovebugs.

Watch away and get effing LIT UP with joy + love + all the good things.

1. THE FAILURE CLUB

God I love you Morgan Spurlock. You are one magical creative beast.

I present you: The Failure Club.

A new TV show on Yahoo about people actively chasing their dreams + inviting failure.

Click here to watch.

2. THE INCREDIBLE PREQUEL TO THE WORLD’S FIRST LIBDUB PROPOSAL

I don’t know if you got giddy and gigglesnorted and squealed your way through this beautiful heart-centered creative proposal:

Well… the mastermind of the proposal is back.

This time with the prequel and the sequel and the power of saying YES TO LOVE.

I cried cried CRIED like a baby the whole way through this.

yes to love + failure + dreams come true,

4 Commandments of Creating: How Not To Freak Out, Fuc* It Up or Flounder Your Magical Idea

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Hey lovebugs,

I’m thinking today about creating.

I’m in the midst of incubating + birthing my next big thing – the Amazing Biz and Life Academy.

It’s something I totally believe in and stand behind and am so sure that it needs to be in the world.

But it’s also not the easiest thing under the sun to do – this whole birthing of a miracle thing.

It’s just so dang easy to freak out or fuck it up or flipper your way into indecision and creative constipation along the way.

With that in mind, I’magonnatellyou just what it takes to create. To not get stuck. To keep flourishing. To keep producing the miracles inside you. And most of all, to be happy.

1: Thou Shalt Not Compare

Honestly humbug.

You’ve got this big beautiful baby inside you.

Don’t be looking at other pregnant mamas and think:

God, I should look more like them. They have it all together. Their baby is so perfect. And they are doing it so EASILY too.

Because that eventually leads you to think:

Maybe I just shouldn’t do this thing. Maybe I’m not worthy of creating. Maybe I should just give up. If everyone else is doing their thing, maybe my creative contribution means nothing.

This is about the point where I need to stage a Creative Comparison Intervention on yo’ ass.

Darlingheart,

of course you were born to create this thing.

This world NEEDS it, don’t you see?

It’s filled with so many people suffering.

And this one thing you have to offer… it can help.

Don’t deny them the beauty of that.

Don’t deny them the beauty of your gift.

You are doing it perfectly. Perfectly because it’s YOUR way.

Please just stay centered on YOU. On what YOU are creating. On that big ole belief inside you that sings the song of your creation.

We need it.

And dearest, YOU need it too.

Because this process of birthing it into the world?

It’s going to make you even more into who you are.

The brave, creating, radiant soul you already are.

It’ll make you wiser and more courageous and it’ll take you to the next stepping stone of where you need to be.

Don’t deny yourself the beauty of this creative journey.

It will change you in the most rainbow of ways.

2: Thou Shalt Not Get Distracted

Make yo’self a creative cave.

You might need to turn down the volume of life when you’ve got something big to be born.

My creative cave right now is the “recording studio” of our house – a room just off the garage that is wallpapered with hundreds of egg cartons (to soundproof it).

It’s quiet in here, and cool, and dark. There’s a bed and a window over the rainforest, and a candle. I spray it with Space Clearing Spray every single day before I begin work. I sequester myself away, and write what needs to be written. Here, in the place where all I can do is turn to myself.

It’s just like birthing a real life kid:

ya need a wee bit of quiet and safety and a cave.

You need a place to turn in, to listen to your own creative voice, to hold on to that unwavering faith inside you that whispers:

Yes, you can do this.

(You may not have a little room. Maybe all you have is a corner. All I had at one point was a corner of my backyard, and a tree in the park to sit up. That’s okay. It’s the metaphorical safe place, of getting away from the world.)

And while we’re at it:

Get the fuck off the internet. No last Facebook checks to see if anything significant in your life (or anyone else’s) has changed.

You have work to do.

You have a baby to be born.

3: Thou Shalt Not Freak The Fuck Out

There’s two virtues you need to invoke right now:

Faith

and

Grace.

Faith that you can do this. Faith that your thing is meant to be in the world. Faith that everything’s going to be okay.

And if you can’t find a loud cacophony of faith inside you, search instead for a seed of it.

The tiny place inside you of divine knowing.

And remember: To move mountains all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed.

Invoke Grace.

Know this whole creative thing is gonna be messy.

Shit’s gonna get real.

It’s going to feel emotional. It’ll press all your buttons.

And that’s okay.

In fact, it’s completely wonderful.

It’s bringing up all your stuff so it may be healed.

Looked at lovingly, listened to, and shown:

it’s okay darling. I know that’s what you think right now. But I promise a new dawn is rising, and there’s a new way of being just around the corner. We can do this. We’ve got this.

In short, be your own best mate. Your own cheerleader with glittering pompoms. Your ra-ra crowd cheering your name.

You’ve got this. You’ve got all you need inside you.

4: Though Shall Keep Yo Eco System Thriving

We don’t create in isolation.

We create in wholeness.

What’s all that hippy speak mean?

It means: our work is profoundly affected by our emotional state, our energetic body, our food and our health.

To stay in alignment, you’ve gotta tend to all of you.

Eat your greens. Have your smoothies. Get acupuncture. Get intuitive healing. Get therapy. Walk. Drink coconut water. Surround yourself with good, kind people. Communicate the shit out of things. Talk and get clear. Tend to what needs tending to. Meditate. Have things that fill you up. Stay inspired.

Your creative garden needs tending to. And yup, it takes work. But it’s the good work lovely.

Whatever you need to do from the above list to stay in alignment, do that. Maybe what you need isn’t on that list at all.

You’re the best expert on you.

For me personally, keeping myself in alignment and clear means doing a lot of that list. It also means not watching the news, having a very gentle pattern at home, getting enough sleep, and not taking alcohol (especially when I’m energetically sensitive or creating) or illicit drugs (ever).

It’s the combo that I’ve worked out is the best for me to create in. And nothing makes me happier than to create. So you can bet yo butt I invest a lot of time and energy in keeping myself clean, clear and ready to go.

On the bonus side, it has the side effect of creating a pretty dang happy, healthy life. Gotta love how happiness is symbiotic.

(P.S. This DOESN’T mean you get to wait until you’ve got all your ducks in a row before you start creating. This means realising your creative eco system is a pretty fragile thang that does need tending to. And that you’ll work it out along the way. Enhance as you go along! Yay!)

You Don’t Need Ten Commandments, You Only Need Four.

And they are listed above.

Gotta keep it simple sweetheart.

Simple is the truest way.

If I can tell you anything, I just want you to know that I believe in you.

I believe in you, your gifts, your story.

I believe your creations need to be in the world.

I believe they are destined to be born to help people.

I believe they will change you along the way too – in the most wonderful of ways, just like all our children do.

I believe we will change our world and the world with all our creations.

And that just behind a shimmering, translucent curtain there is a hundred thousand angels singing our names.

You can do it. You can do it. You can do it.

Yes.

Love, hope + destiny,

HUGE CHANGES AHEAD: And What It Means For You!

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At last! I’ve been talking about the new vision for what I will be doing over the next year…

and it’s time to let ya’ll in on the know! Yahoosicles!

Are you ready for this? ME TOO!!!!!

Drumroll please:

The Opening of The Amazing Biz and Life Academy

This is the vision that emerged from me around Christmas time. I’ve been waiting so patiently (and sometimes not so patiently, and instead whispering to the Universe: “c’mon! show me now! show me now!”) for the last year. Golly gosh it was AWESOME when it finally arrived!

What’s happening:

The Goddess Circle will become the Amazing Biz and Life Academy over the next few weeks.

What this means:

A new name and brand that fits with the new expansive energy.

But not just that. This is about something MUCH bigger.

A whole lot more programs and content is going to go into the Amazing Biz and Life Academy.

Lots more business stuff, as well as my usual life/spiritual stuff, along with the rest of the programs that Goddess Circle already comes with.

A whole resource library for your to create and develop your own amazing business and life.

My High Level Business Education Program

I’ve been planning to do a high level business program about what you need to do to create a six figure business that sings to your soul.

Initially this was going to be a high level investment ($2k plus).

But when the dream of the Academy came forth, I knew I wanted to include the program in it.

So all members (including current Goddess Circle members) will get it as it rolls out!!!

Along with a whole heap of NEW materials, e-courses, meditations + workbooks…

a complete toolkit to help you create your own amazing life and business!

Price of the Academy

Right now, it’s going to stay at the same price ($199 a year for access to EVERYTHING! Ridunkulous, I know!)

At some point, prices will increase to reflect all the new gorgeous value being added to it.

But I’ll give you plenty of warning before that happens.

And if you’re already a current member (or become one before the price rise!), you’ll keep your current price for the life of your membership.

So if you join the Goddess Circle now, you’ll automagically get rolled into the Amazing Biz and Life Academy and get SO much more great stuff (on top of the hugely generous amount of programs you already get with membership.)

Why Am I Doing This?

Basically: because it makes me happy.

And when I get a vision like I did with the Academy, and with the original idea of the Goddess Circle over two years ago…

I follow it. I listen to it.

When I received the vision of the Academy and what the circle was moving in to, I was deeply struck by the sense that women were rising up everywhere to create powerful change, in their own lives and businesses, in creating their own lives that sing to them, being joyful and creative, in being financially free, in transforming their relationships, in living their soul purpose every single day, in becoming philanthropists.

A day after the vision landed, I saw a flock of ducks above me. And I waited to see if they would move into that familiar V formation. But they didn’t – they proceeded like a tidal wave across the sky.

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And it made me think of you all – about how we were going to change the world together, like a great tidal wave of powerful change, love, transformation and spirit in every single area of our lives, including business.

Three years ago I remember sitting on the floor with my wee baby daughter at my breast as I opened the doors to the Goddess Circle. I remember feeling so full of hope and joy for what was to be created. And it has so deeply held true to that promise. So many incredible miracles, deep transformations, kindred connections + lives changes already.

And now, sitting here looking out over the rainforest (I SWEAR TO GOD, A BIG BLUE BUTTERFLY JUST FLEW PAST MY WINDOW AS I LOOKED UP!!!!!!!!!), I feel exactly the same way about the Academy.

It will be taking the amazing groundwork and change that the Circle has already created, and making it even better and bigger and more delightful, profound… and just what you need.

How this will affect YOU in dot points:

  • Over the next couple of weeks the Circle will take on its new name and beautiful new design that is just sparkling with energy. If you’re a member already, you’ll see it as it all unfolds. If you’re not a member already, sign up now to get first access to all the new goodness as it goes live.
  • You’ll get MORE programs to transform your life and business than you signed up for. YAY! GIANT BONUSES!!!!!!!
  • Your membership price you signed up for will remain the SAME PRICE. We may raise the price of the academy down the track for new members… but if you jump in now (or if you’re already a current Goddess Circle member!) but you’ll just get to celebrate the shit out of the fact that you invested in yourself at the right time!!!! Hee!!!
  • In the past, the Goddess Circle has been a women’s only community. Whilst I will not be specifically promoting the Academy to men, if there are men out there who wish to join, I will welcome them with a big ole open heart. This work is important to everyone.

Basically: Same of the existing goodness. But now with SO MUCH MORE!

Just open your arms wide… because there is SO MUCH GOODNESS coming at you.

I am so determined to make this the most wonderful thing ever ever… for you, your heart, your happiness, your life, your relationships, your soul purpose and your business.

This whole thang is making me exceedingly happy.

My whole aim is to create the world’s leading resource for women wanting to create incredible lives and businesses… incorporating powerful tools and programs in business, marketing, meditation, soul, happiness, creativity, mothering, decluttering + all the rest of the gorgeous stuff that goes into these amazing journeys of ours!!!

HURRRRAH!!!!!

Rebrand Delight!

We’re also in the final stages of completing a brand new website design and look.

Right now I’m working with the amazing Ashley Inzer and truly lovely Lisa Wood finishing my new look website and brand.

I got an inkling around December that I needed to shift how I looked on the interwebs. I’ve always been deeply proud of the fact that I’ve hand stitched and designed my website from scratch since the beginning of time. And now I needed someone to help me polish the crystal so it shines even more.

Ashley has been so exceptional at incorporating so much of my artwork and handwriting into the design. It’s more “me” than I ever expected it could be.

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I honestly thought that the whole graphic design process would be the greatest pain in the ass in the universe (that would be worth it in the end.)

I had NO IDEA that it would end up being such a sacred, spiritual, joyful experience – for me, for Marissa and for our designer Ashley. We’ve cried lots, and laughed hysterically, had massive illuminations. I feel like Ashley is TOTALLY on board with who I am, where the company is heading and what we represent in the world. It’s just amazing.

(In the screenshot above, we were literally laughing so hard at Google Hangout’s costume effects that we were crying. This has been an important part of our design process. That, along with hearing Ashley’s love story (it’s ridunkulous beautiful), and doing interpretations of each other’s cats and dogs. I DON’T KNOW. DON’T MAKE ME EXPLAIN WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, BUT IT TOTES IS!)

Combining a shiz tonne of gigglesnorts and connections and stories is just part of the branding process, right? We’re totally making it that way! (hee!)

And the designs Ashley is coming up with are SO indescribably beautiful and perfect. We are doing the tiniest of tweaks that barely even make a difference because she GOT IT so straight on.

It’s been a really illuminating process… so glad that we found the right person (one who happened to be about to email me when I emailed her to begin with… someone who already knew and loved my work and was a Goddess Circle member!!!!!)

Fully amazing. So grateful and happy. And holllly shiiiiiit I can’t wait to show peeps. It feels so much more like ME… very professional, shiny, polished, divine… like a rough crystal that’s been polished up!!!!

Basically:

There’s a lot that’s going to be changing.

Mostly about going BIG, showing up and helping as many people as possible.

But it’s pretty much the same energy as it’s always been:

about loving the shit out of life. Knowing that we are divine and have light inside us.

And doing the best we can to be the powerful, joyful creators we know we were born to be.

And doing it together. With joy in our hearts and gigglesnorts on our lips (and in our noses!)

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Thank you oodles and poodles for being a part of this journey as always.

I so deeply appreciate you, and I am SO excited to share this incredible new creation with you.

All my love,

Real Love: What It Looks Like. The Good. The Hard. And How To Make It Better.

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I woke up this morning,

rolled over and squinted through bleary eyes at my soulmate.

“Happy Valentine’s Day”, I whispered.

He groaned and pulled the pillow over his head.

It’s way too early for these kind of shenanigans.

And yet he’s still my best kind of Valentine ever.

*

I thought to myself this morning:

I love you even more

because I’ve hated you as well.

I’ve judged you and I’ve misunderstood you and I’ve argued with you.

And I know I always find my way back to loving you

just like you do for me too.

*

I did a teleseminar this morning, and did rounds of laser coaching for beautiful, spectacular souls.

One of them said:

“I feel jealous of you sometimes, when you talk about your soulmate. I wish it could be that good and easy for me.”

And I laughed, because it’s

NOT always good.

And it certainly has never been easy.

*

And yet he is my dearest Valentine.

 

The truth about love for me is:

It takes shit tonnes of communication.

Of talking it out.

Of misunderstanding each other and not listening and then finding a way to hear each other.

Of sometimes going in completely opposite directions only to find the tension between us too tight, and finding ourselves flinging back together again.

Love is sometimes shitty. And gritty.

And it forces you to grow up. Get over your shit. Forgive. Let them not be perfect. Accept that you’re not perfect either.

Get better at communicating. Get better at loving. Get better at loving the shit out of yourself.

Get better at being your own best friend, your own soulmate, your own Valentine first.

Want to know the secret to long lasting relationships?

Two people being motherfuc*ing stubborn about having a long lasting relationship.

Two people deciding to grow and heal.

Even when it doesn’t look or feel easy or graceful.

*

We didn’t buy each other presents or cards or flowers today.

Sometimes I want them, so I buy them for myself.

Or if I do want something, I tell him simply and clearly what it is I want.

He doesn’t need to prove anything to me:

his love, my worth.

That shit’s pretty damn clear.

 

Of course, I didn’t always hear the ways he told me he loves me.

We speak different love languages:

I’m verbose and showy,

he is not.

But yesterday the toilet was blocked so he spent an hour in the blazing midday sun chipping away at concrete and unglugging our lil farm’s septic system.

It was his first time doing it (he of the city-boy-ishness) and I couldn’t have been prouder or more grateful to him for having the cahones and nasal stamina to do it.

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On Valentine’s Day, he gave me an unblocked toilet.

Which is kinda perfect really… this being the day of celebrating love by getting over your own shit.

I had dreams about love before I met him

Dreams where he was like TOTALLY Dawson (from Dawson’s Creek).

Where he’d know me better than I knew myself.

Love me so I could love myself.

Make me feel like I was someone special.

That he could see into my eyes and see exactly what I was feeling without me ever needing to express.

How he’d take care of me for me.

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And then I did meet him.

And his last name was Dawson

but he definitely wasn’t like my dream.

Because I learned:

the world’s leading expert on Leonie is… Leonie.

that wanting someone to love me so I can love me is like putting the chicken before the egg.

That knowing that I’m lovable and special is my job, not something that my love gives to me.

That taking care of my self and communicating my emotions and needs… is my job.

What’s more, it’s my sacred job.

The way things really need to be.

I’m so grateful I learned all these lessons.

 

I don’t look for my husband to save me, or tell me I’m beautiful, or that he’ll love me forever.

Because that has always been and will always be MY job.

It’s my job to be my own saviour, my own knight in shining armour, my own cheerleader.

That then leaves him the job that he was born to do: be himself.

The most I can give my love this Valentine’s Day is:

a woman in love with herself.

a woman who is willing to change and grow with him.

a woman who is okay with the fact that her one true love is splendidly and achingly human.

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And I know he gives me just the same back.

And that’s all that’s needed.

 

Other glorious things you can do this Valentine’s Day to celebrate the shit out of love?

Learn more about love.

Start talking about it. Get educated about it.

Most of the time, the only education we get about love is from peeps who haven’t got it worked out.

So we need to recircuit ourselves to discover what love really is, what it means, what work it takes, and how to get it shining.

My favourite books on love, sex + relationships:

Other favourite relationship resources?

  • A relationship counsellor who makes sense to both of you
  • Use the talking stick when communicating with your love (it doesn’t have to be a physical one!)
  • Look at what communication blockers you use… and consciously begin to stop using them.

And the best gift you can give your love?

A person who is utterly in love with themselves.

A woman who keeps cultivating her passions and her dreams and the things that light her up.

Who decides to see herself everyday as the goddess she is.

Who is whole and happy and true.

And even if she doesn’t feel like that all the time… she sure as shit keeps growing in that direction. Keeps knowing that it’s possible for her. And that life is for living and loving the shit out of!

(It’s the best gift you can give yourself TOO you know. Funny how that works! What’s good for the gander is good for the goose!)

 

Most of all

May you know that you are loved. Deeply loved. So loved it is swirling all around you.

Can’t see it?

Imagine you were a fish in the sea.

And you tried to tell that fish about water.

And it would be all:

WHERE IS THE WATER?

Because it’s just THAT surrounded by it.

The same is true for you, lovebug.

You are swimming in a great ocean of love.

 

Deeply and truly,

HONESTLY. BUSINESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT.

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I’m watching a seminar.

Listening to millionaire mumpreneurs.

Them sharing about the guilt of having to work SO hard.

Of being away from their kids.

Of taking lots of work travel.

Of never, ever taking a day off.

And somehow, somewhere along the line you start thinking that that’s the only way to do it.

The only way to play big and create an incredible business is to work your ass off.

I call bullshit.

It doesn’t HAVE to be like that.

Honestly. It doesn’t.

You’ve got choices.

In many ways, I’m an example of breaking so many business paradigms and “shoulds”:

I am the CEO of a half million dollar a year company.

I also only work two to three hours a day. The majority of my day is spent with my husband and daughter, going on little adventures, crafting, making art and making happy. That’s the thing that’s the most important thing to me. That’s where my incredible life is right now.

And for these couple of hours? I create like a woman on a mission. A rocket lit by soul. I have supreme focus on what I need to do, and I do that. Just that. The thing that will make maximum impact, that will help the most amount of people.

I take holidays and internet sabbaticals.

I don’t travel across the world for the latest seminar. I don’t do live networking. I don’t go anywhere but right here. Why? Because that’s what I need right now. That’s what I love most now. I love home. I’ve done travel.

Maybe in a while I’ll travel again for coaching, masterminds, training, events. Probably with my two loves in tow.

I say no far more often that I say yes.

I think consciously and carefully about where money goes and where it needs to be.

I take evenings off. I don’t work weekends. I never, ever stay up late to burn the midnight oil. I go to bed at 9:30.

I don’t answer emails. I learned long ago that if I did, I would go cuckoo, and I also wouldn’t have the time/energy/inner space to create what I needed to create. I have a lovely support team who looks after them with compassion and zest and commitment.

I have no idea anymore what people are talking about when they talk about inbox doom.

I’m still actively creative. I have creative side projects that have nothing to do with my business.

Most of my friends aren’t in business.

I have large philanthropy goals.

I’m the breadwinner of my family. It’s not awkward. It’s the way our family works best.

I make a concerted effort to switch off my business brain. It does NOT need to be on 24/7. Instead, my whole brain and spirit needs to be nourished through just-for-fun creative side projects, emotional connection with my love, fun with my daughter, journalling, cooking. I read romance novels. I, you know, have a LIFE that’s totally outside of my business.

It’s a life and business on my own terms. In a way that lights my soul. I don’t have to suffer for success.

Lovely, I want you to know:

Your amazing life and amazing business

doesn’t have to look like ANYONE else’s.

That it doesn’t have to be about sacrifice and burn out and disconnection from those things you hold dearest:

your family, your peace of mind, your spirit, your integrity, your time out.

It can be crafted the way YOU love it. The way it makes YOU happy.

Now don’t get me wrong:

it takes focussed work, dedication, faith, commitment. Business will make you step up, become your biggest self, evolve and heal your shit.

It takes everything you’ve got.

But it doesn’t take it all away.

It gives it back to you, over and over.

I see us rising up

to lead a new way of business.

The sacred feminine path. The path of heart and soul and work.

The one that is filled with

dedication without desecration,

faith filled with reason,

committed work without work that gets you committed (to the bonkers zoo).

A business that fits around your life,

not a life that only occurs around the edges of your business.

It’s Totally Possible

You can do this love.

You can do this.

Let’s show the world it’s possible.

Believing in you with my whole heart,