Monthly Archives: September 2013

Just Be A Giraffe Already

by Leonie Dawson on September 30, 2013

The One Thing That Changed My Business

Hola gorgeous hearts!

One of the things that really inspired me (+ still does) when I’m down in the salt mines of my business, trying to work out the next step, is listening to the stories of other business women who’ve been where I am + have had an insight that’s helped them along.

With that in mind, I’ve asked a number of gorgeous, inspired, soulful business women to share their sacred AHA! moment – of the thing that changed their business.

Today’s insight is for everyone who longs to let their creativity shine.

Lots of love,

Leonie

Just Be A Giraffe Already!!

Square Rules Be Damned!  Unleash Your Creative Self!

Oh, yes, Leonie’s wild, creative spirit rocked my world, Thank Goddess!

There I was, transitioning from academic educator/freelance writer/editor to a more focused and creative dream of teaching the world about conscious, compassionate, vegan-inspired living.  And, by the way, teaching the world while also being truly present for my family and young children at home — and for myself, while I’m at it.

There I was, taking online entrepreneurship classes (in one of which I “met” Leonie), taking notes, trying to figure out the “rules of the game” of this whole online business thing.  How does it work?  How can I create this business and be there for my family?  How do I get my message out as my unique self?

Well, I learned a lot in the classes, but what I learned that made the biggest difference in my heart and spirit was from Leonie.  

  • Work just a few hours a day and create miracles?  Totally possible.
  • Be present for my family and still make money?  Yep, I can, I know now that I can.
  • Be goofy and un-self-conscious on video?  Fabulous.  Done.
  • Be an “A” student bookworm and a woo-woo artist?  Oh, yeah, thanks for that validation!
  • Use your own unique imagery?  Seriously, the drawings I’ve been doing since I was a kid, and my life-long connection with giraffes – using them!!!!
  • Follow your heart over any rules?  OK, feeling a big vision for an exclusively online program, and not blogging every day — aaaaaannd, doing it!!
  • Prioritize self-care and spiritual work? Oooh, yes, and watch the productivity soar!
  • Be clear about money and boundaries and still be kind?  Love the living examples of this from the Goddess herself.

It wasn’t even any one particular message, but the SPIRIT of all of Leonie’s messages, that made me believe more than anything that I can really do this, in the creative way I deep-down wanted to.

Once I had all the notebooks filled with class notes, I needed a nudge to just let my creativity flow, let my dreams be real, let my light shine.

Really, the giraffe thing for me was the kicker.  It was Leonie’s e-books and videos that subtly influenced my thinking as I conjured my business, that finally got me to say:  “I want to embrace my inner giraffe: huge heart, plant-eating, peace-loving, elegant-yet-just-a-bit-awkward. So, dammit, I’m going to just Go Giraffe!!!”  And, thus, my business name, Giraffe Revolution, was born, and it feels just right.

Thanks, Leonie, for giving me that nudge.

Your colorful art and language, and eclectic, authentic videos.  Your sharing with us how (and how much) you work (and how much you make), how you make decisions, how you balance work and family, and how you take risks, and learn from mistakes.  All of this encouraged my deep, inner faith that said, yes, this is all possible for me, too, in my own way, in my own time.

So, now I am riding my own wild donkey (wild giraffe?!) and launching my vision for a Giraffe Revolution – using all of my academic and creative energy to invent a program that’s uniquely me, and allows me the business and life I want.

Thanks for the encouragement, Leonie — to just be a giraffe already.

MegantheVeganHeadshotMegan Pincus Kajitani – a.k.a., Megan the Vegan – is a writer, educator and founder of Giraffe Revolution.  She teaches “plant-based eating & heart-based living,” or a vegan-inspired lifestyle, through her exclusive, flexible online program for women, The Joyful Transition Program, launching this Fall.  She has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition, is a Certified World Peace Diet Facilitator, and spent years researching, teaching & writing about Cultural Studies.  She lives with her family in Southern California.  Visit Megan the Vegan at www.GiraffeRevolution.com.

 

 

Being An Introvert Doesn’t Need to Hold Me Back

by Leonie Dawson on September 29, 2013

The One Thing That Changed My Business

Hola gorgeous hearts!

One of the things that really inspired me (+ still does) when I’m down in the salt mines of my business, trying to work out the next step, is listening to the stories of other business women who’ve been where I am + have had an insight that’s helped them along.

With that in mind, I’ve asked a number of gorgeous, inspired, soulful business women to share their sacred AHA! moment – of the thing that changed their business.

Today’s insight is for all the introverts our there that think they will have to change something about themselves so that they can succeed in business.

Lots of love,

Leonie

The single best business lesson I’ve learned from Leonie:

I can be super successful as my awesomely introverted self

Once upon a time, I believed that to have a successful business, I’d have to become more of a people-person.

You might not know it from talking to me online, but I am, at heart, a RAGING introvert.  It’s not that I’m shy – or even quiet, when you get me talking about something I’m passionate about.  But interacting with people – fun as it can often be – slowly, inexorably drains me dry.

I didn’t actually know I was an introvert until late in 2012.  I mean, I’d heard the term before, but – like so many other people – I thought it just meant someone who was shy.  Or someone who didn’t like people.  Neither of those words seemed to describe me: I was happy standing up and talking to a roomful of people, so I knew I wasn’t shy.  And I *liked* people: in the right numbers, at the right time, and in the right setting.

I do, however, have the highest alone-time needs of any human being I have ever met.  I start feeling a little bit crazy if I don’t get time to myself.  LOTS of time to myself. I actually used to wonder deep down if maybe I was anti-social. And I definitely figured it was something I’d need to get over if I was ever going to have a successful business.

It wasn’t till I read a blog post from a fellow Amazing Biz & Life Academy member that I realised what introversion was… and that it totally described me.

Just learning that I was an introvert was freaking amazing.

That discovery about introversion totally freed me – but it was a mixed blessing.  I “got” that being an introvert wasn’t inherently bad. I knew I could be introverted and still have a business that ticked along nicely.  I could even show other introverts how to promote themselves in ways that felt authentic – and I went on to create a programme that did just that

But at the same time, I figured – somewhere in my heart of hearts – that eventually, my introversion would put a cap on my business growth.  It just seemed like “accepting reality” to acknowledge that while being an introvert was fine, it would still limit how successful I could be.

I told myself that being authentic and true to who I really am was more important than having a stunningly successful business.  What I didn’t realise was that I was buying into an “either-or” myth: either you’re authentically you OR you’re wildly successful.

At that point, I couldn’t imagine someone who was genuinely both. I just didn’t have any models for it.

But then I read a SERIOUSLY life-changing blog post from Leonie.

It was kind of funny.  The first time I ran my “Promotion for Introverts” programme, one of my awesome participants (another Academy member) asked me whether I thought Leonie was an extrovert or an introvert.

I honestly had no idea at that point.  I knew Leonie was bubbly and outgoing and loved people – which looked liked extroversion from the outside.  But I also knew she talked about going stir-freaking-crazy if she didn’t get Leonie-time to work on her art. And that sounded like introversion.

Then, not two weeks later, in the world’s most AWESOME piece of synchronicity, the lady herself wrote this post.  It was all about how to succeed in business as an introvert. And I swear I felt my jaw dropping as I read it.

That post gave me proof positive that, as Leonie says “being an introvert does NOT equal sucking at business.”  It provided me with the model I so desperately needed of someone who was mind-bogglingly, awe-inspiringly successful AND who honoured her inner introvert.  It showed me that it really was possible to be 100% yourself AND have a business that doubles in size each year.

I don’t use the word “life-changing” lightly.  But folks, that post deserves the term!

Of all the lessons I’ve learned from Leonie since I joined the Academy, this feels like the most important.

I’ve talked before (several times!) about all the amazingtastic value I get out of my Academy membership.  Mine is one of the smiling faces you’ll see amongst the wall of raving testimonials on the Academy signup page.

I’ve talked about how my membership:

  • Helped me quit my job.
  • Took me from having no biz at all to full-time business-ownership.
  • Helped me to raise my rates (twice).

But can I be honest with you?  All those lessons… ALL of them… pale next to the realisation that I can be totally, completely exactly who I am, and be successful with that. Not in spite of it, but because of it!

What I learned from Leonie’s post inspired not only me, but also every single introvert who’s signed up for one of my programmes since. That’s why I maintain it’s the single best business lesson I’ve ever learned from her.

tanja_2012_croppedHi, I’m Tanja Gardner :-)   I’m a professional copywriter, word weaver and story sculptor over at Crystal Clarity Copywriting Ltd.   (I’m also an amateur High Priestess of the First Church of Joss Whedon!)

My mission is to help introverted, heart-based difference-makers like you get the word out about what you offer in ways that feel 100% natural and authentic. I help you figure out how to use your unique strengths as an introvert to serve your clients better and make more of your difference in the world.

Because, like Leonie says: being an introvert does NOT mean sucking at business!

 

 

The One Thing That Changed My Business

Hola gorgeous hearts!

One of the things that really inspired me (+ still does) when I’m down in the salt mines of my business, trying to work out the next step, is listening to the stories of other business women who’ve been where I am + have had an insight that’s helped them along.

With that in mind, I’ve asked a number of gorgeous, inspired, soulful business women to share their sacred AHA! moment – of the thing that changed their business.

Today’s insight is for anyone looking for something a little more…  Who feels like they might need more support, community, connection.

Lots of love,

Leonie

Getting Real (or The Best Biz Lesson I’ve learned from Leonie Dawson)

Leonie Dawson is an unstoppable force of nature, and I’m so glad that I found her.

Her Amazing Biz & Life Academy is just that – Amazing.  And the singular thing that drew me to her and her fabulous Academy is also the best business lesson she has taught me, and that is to be real, to be honest, to be fearlessly authentic. 

To recognize that those who are gonna love you are gonna love you just the way you are.  Period.

The funny thing is, this is something that I help clients do all the time. And yet, in little subtle ways I was still hiding.  Sure, I have made an effort to always be honest and real with my family, friends, and yes, my clients. I write a weekly blog and I make a point to show up truthfully and authentically there too.

Of course I want to put my best face forward, just like anyone else, and I make an effort to do just that, by staying in integrity and making choices that align with my values.

So I wasn’t being secretive or dishonest, but I was hiding by allowing myself to be isolated, by playing small, by not being in community.  And for those of us who run internet businesses it is such an easy trap to fall into.  It is so easy to spend the majority of time writing, editing, posting on social media, creating programs, researching new ideas, etc.

This past Spring and Summer I felt a longing for something, I felt like something was calling to me, it seemed like my life and business were missing something but I was unsure of what it was.  Then I found Leonie’s Amazing Biz & Life Academy and realized that the big thing I was missing was a community of other women that were in the process of building amazing lives and amazing businesses and doing it with the intention of staying true to their authenticity.

I believe that Leonie owes much of her success to her tremendous ability to be true to who she is.  She positively shines because of it, and that beautiful glow rubs off on her Academy and everyone who makes a home there.

She is a wonderful model of what it is to be honest, real, raw, vibrant, authentic and successful.

To be in community with this vibrant group of women has changed my life and my business.

Feeling completely safe and comfortable being my authentic self and continuing to build and enjoy my unique business with the help and mutual support of Leonie and this group continues to be a powerful experience for me.

During the past 3 months I’ve gotten new clients, created new programs, and have been published in Huffington Post and Wild Sister Magazine, just to name a few things that have transpired since I’ve been a part of Leonie’s Academy.  Working my way through Leonie’s Business Goddess Course was the inspiration for so much forward movement for me and my business.

The internet is full of business advice and learning tools, ideas, templates and models to help you run a business…and Leonie Dawson’s Academy is no slouch in that department.  Her Business Goddess Course (as well as all of her other courses and goodies) are top notch and FULL of great material.  But the real thing that continues to make it all so powerful for me is the community that lives and thrives and supports each other all under the Academy’s virtual roof.

Leonie Dawson and her fantastic offerings and courses have taught me a multitude of great business lessons, but my favorite one is the ongoing one…the lesson of being real, and doing it with a group of other amazing women shining goddesses who value authenticity and all glow with that same beautiful light.

Thank you, Leonie, for letting your light shine so brightly in the world, and for leading, supporting, and lovingly showing so many beautiful souls the way to success.

cindie brick croppedCindie Chavez is a certified Life and Relationship Coach that partners with busy, creative women who struggle with overwhelm and want to connect to their spirituality and create a life full of Love & Magic™.  She writes a weekly blog and has some great free stuff for you at www.cindiechavez.com.