Just Be A Giraffe Already

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

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!

 

 

Getting Real – The Best Biz Lesson I’ve Learned from Leonie Dawson

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.

 

 

 

A Life-Changing Lesson from Leonie

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 has wished to start over or felt like they were doing something that just didn’t “fit.”

Lots of love,

Leonie

A Life-Changing Lesson from Leonie

March 2002 (Age 21)

Sitting cross legged on the floor I am surrounded by a sea of paper. Piles of scribbled lecture notes and books full of lesson ideas cover every inch of the cheap brown carpet of my rented student bedroom.

In a couple of weeks I’ll be starting my 3rd year teaching placement at a local infant school. I’ve been visiting them once a week for the last term. A class of thirty 5 year olds, bursting with energy, noise, excitement and spirit – they are full of life and promise.

And I’ve got to be their teacher. For 6 whole weeks.

Staring at the papers in front of me, I feel the familiar feeling of panic rise inside of me. I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’ve found myself in this position. All I’ve got to do right now is plan the lessons. Planning’s the bit I’m good at! But once again, here I am. Clutching at my lecture notes and willing a moment of clarity and inspiration to appear and show me the way.

But that moment never comes. My brain has had enough. She doesn’t want to play along anymore.

I simply break down.

Sitting there, I feel my chest tighten and a sense of fear come over me as every inch of my body and soul feels lost, overwhelmed and confused. As if my heart is literally breaking in two, I start to cry. Uncontrollable tears and emotions pour out of my body as the realization hits me.

I can’t do this.

Within 24 hours I’m sitting in my tutor’s office with my loving and supportive parents at my side. After a half hour meeting I walk out of the office feeling like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders.

It has been agreed that I will take some time out and go back to teacher training a year later. But in my heart I know I won’t be returning. And I never do.

August 2013 – (Age 32)

As I’m writing this tale to you over 10 years on, I can remember the emotions as if they happened yesterday.

Teaching was the only option I’d ever really considered. The tiny bit of career guidance I received at school took place at the tender age of 14 and two years later I was handing in my application to University and committing myself to a 4 year degree that would never be right for me.

For the next few years after leaving the course I bounced from job to job. Never truly satisfied and never completely happy. Stuck in a world of mixed up career paths and wrong decisions.

I felt completely and utterly lost in the world.

But then one day I came across Leonie.

I’d already made the move to go self-employed and had started working as a Virtual Assistant for creative women. But when I came across Leonie Dawson it was like a whole other world was being opened up to me. Watching her videos, I felt empowered, inspired and energized. Her honesty and beaming smile made me feel like I could do anything if I put my mind to it. That I could create a life for myself that was 100% true to myself in every way possible and live my days the way I wanted.

And so, I started being honest with myself. I started a journey to investigate what lay beyond what I knew about myself. And most importantly I started to explore a side of myself that I’d always struggled with. My introversion.

These days I run two businesses. A sentence I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d ever be able to say.

Part of my time is taken up working as a Virtual Assistant. But my most recent venture has been launching a brand new online support hub for introverts. A place where I have faced my struggles and connected with others who have experienced the same difficulties.

And I feel that finally, my life has transformed.

I get to work when I want, where I want, in a way that is true to my personality and dreams.

THAT is the lesson Leonie taught me. And, it will stay with me always.
Kathryn HallKathryn Hall wants all introverts to be able to follow their dreams and do what they love without fear or judgement. She set up The Business of Introverts as a place of support and guidance. Where introverts at the beginning of their journeys into the world of business can go to share experiences, find practical information, then bask in the glory of their quiet creations. When she’s not running the site you can find her working as a Virtual Assistant, browsing bookshops and getting muddy.

 

 

Have you got one of these Academy questions?

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Yo yo panda bears!

Final three days before Amazing Biz and Life Academy prices DOUBLE.

So I’m feeling a bit like this:

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But you know, with more horizontal in bed not really moving except my fingers. PEW PEW.

You’ve got questions about ze Academy. I’ve got answers.

Let’s GO GO GO!

How long does my membership last? Is it just until the end of the calendar year?

Your Academy membership is a recurring annual subscription. You can cancel it at any time, and still access the Academy for the year you’ve already paid for. So if you sign up on 1 January 2013 and cancel the recurring subscription, your membership lasts until 1 January 2014. If you sign up on 14 July 2013 and cancel the recurring subscription, your membership lasts until 14 July 2014. (etc!) If you sign up and don’t cancel the recurring subscription, then your membership simply continues without interruptions!

Is there a payment plan?

Yes indeedy. Just click here to find it. You’ll get instant access to the Academy even when you sign up with a payment plan. WOOP WOOP!

Does my membership go up next time your raise prices?

Nerp. Nope. Not at all.

You get to keep the low price for the life of your membership!

What about if I choose payment plan? Will my membership go up then?

Nope.

When will I get access to all my goodies?

Within 24 hours of purchasing… usually sooner Yippee!

WHY is this so cheap? Why aren’t you charging thousands for it?

Hey love. I know. You might be feeling a bit “WOAH HORSEY. WHY IS THIS OFFER SO GOOD? IT’S PROBABLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.”

And I really just wanted to assure you: no funny business, scammy upsell or shitty content here. I pour my life’s work into the Academy. I believe in it and stand behind it as being world-class. And it IS such a good deal because I honestly, deeply and dearly want you to have access to EVERYTHING you need in order to bloom your own remarkable life and business. It makes me SO MUCH HAPPIER to see lots of people using this life-changing work than to raise the prices sky-high and limit it only to a select few who can afford it. I deeply believe the world will change and lives will heal when women become conscious creators of their own lives, dreams and businesses. The Academy is the best way I can help that happen in the world.

I don’t have a business. Will this still be useful to me?

Absoloodely. There is a HUGE library of self-development and life-development tools, programs and resources that will help your life be hugely more creative, happy, productive, peaceful and zen!

How do I know if it works?

Read the Success Stories. Then decide for yourself!

How long will I have access to the course materials?

The course materials will be available for the duration of your membership. So plenty of time to savour and implement them! Every month small groups at the Academy work through e-courses together, providing extra accountability + brainstorming goodness for you.

More questions? One I haven’t answered yet?

Email [email protected]. My lovely support fairies will be able to help!

PEW PEW PEW!


love,

P.S. One thing I should mention that’s v important – I cannot allow in anyone at the cheaper price once the deadline is ended. We got dozens and dozens of emails last time asking if it was possible. Sorry loves, it’s not. I have to stand by my word – my word is golden. You’ve got three days to sign up at the lower price and then it’s gone forevs. Let’s go make miracles happen together now! xoxo