Spiritual Lessons I Learned From My Accountant

I always bring food. Gourmet donuts or expensive hipster treats. This time, I was running late, so it was a McCafe assortment of cheesecake and macarons.

Food is the way I celebrate, the way I make everything a celebration. Life is better when there’s ridiculously good food around.

Food makes long meetings feel like parties.

I pull up to that big white building, hauling boxes of books and juggling smoothies. I come bearing gifts.

I get greeted with hugs and wide smiles.

This is one of my favourite rituals.

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I chose them carefully, my accountants.

These are my third set since starting in business.

With each one, as my business has grown, I’ve outgrown my old accountants.

I never want to be the big fish in a small pond. I want to be mentored and taught by accountants who know how to do business my size and beyond.

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The last time I outgrew, I got disciplined in my selection process.

I knew how important accountants were to me, and I wanted them to fill my needs.

Before I had recruited accounting firms by referral, but this time I wanted to step it up.

So I created a spreadsheet of everything I wanted in an accountant:

  • Experience with online businesses
  • Experience with export businesses
  • Using cloud software
  • Quick responses to my email requests
  • Managing companies that were both smaller and much larger than mine (so that they had the skill set for exactly my size).

I also had columns for:

  • Whether they answered my call quickly or responded back to my enquiry quickly
  • Whether I liked them on the phone and if they made me laugh. (Because, you know… FUN is important to have!)

Then I added rows for all the accounting firms in my area, and set to work on calling them to interview them over the phone.

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Some accountants were rude. Some had no clue about what I was talking about. Some made it clear I was outside of their expertise of “mom and pop small businesses.” Some didn’t respond to calls.

Each one was noted. Each negative answer was marked in red, each criteria addressed was marked in green.

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Rob was the star performer in that interview round.

He got me. He got my industry. I wasn’t a large anomaly to him as a 7 figure business – he advised much larger companies than I. He was kind and patient and funny.

He got all green stars.

*

Rob said to me much later:

You’re the only person in 20 years who has interviewed ME to be their accountant. I had to work hard in that interview too! I knew what you were like just from that phonecall.

*

It’s been 18 months since I started making those quarterly walks up to his office, arms overloaded with food.

We settle in. The meetings are always long.

There is so much to discuss.

*

Numbers paint just a part of a picture, he says.

They raise questions, but the answers can only be answered by you.

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That’s what these sessions are about.

Rob shows the numbers and is the voice of the questions:

This part here? This makes me want to ask: What is happening here? Why is this part growing? Why is this number increasing?

And sometimes I already know the answers and can confidently say:

I know about that. That’s a risk I took and it paid off.

or

I felt like that was happening. It’s a decision I made, and it hasn’t worked out, and I need to change it.

Things become clearer when the numbers paint their picture and I fill it in.

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This time around, I feel like there’s a great weight on me.

It’s our meeting to review the year beforehand, the year of 2016, the year belovedly called: What In The Holy Fuck Just Happened?

It was the year I hired a large team, went through 3 COO’s in quick succession the year that did.not.work.at.all.

Thankfully, the company continued to grow in revenue, and despite expenses skyrocketing, I still made good profit.

But it wore on me. I worked harder than I ever have. I fought for the vision and purpose of my company. I felt profoundly unsupported and misunderstood. I didn’t love what I did anymore. When I went on health retreat, I cried because I couldn’t bear going back to work again.

I finally decided: No more. It’s my way or the highway. I will claim my own power and recreate this company to fit ME.

And I did. It was surprising how quickly things felt better, how much the noise quietened once I got clear. I slashed everything that didn’t fit Pareto’s Rule (20% of your work (the core, central, good stuff) will create 80% of your profit (abundant and joyful), 80% of your work (all the excess stuff) will create 20% of revenue (hard won and salted with sweat and tears).

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I’ve been returning to this writing over and over for weeks, trying to get there. Trying to create the space and the quiet in my mind for it to keep flowing forward.

I went away to an essential oil convention which was huge and wonderful and energetically intense. I have a laughter hangover from being around my favourite girl squad, more stories than I can tell. And I backed it up with running the Mindfulness and Manifesting Success event yesterday at Australian National University.

And I’m grateful I’ve done both these things… heart-glad I’ve connected and shared and turned up and experienced.

And then it comes to pay the Introvert Tax, the tax of being highly sensitive/aspie/easily stimulated/whatever you want to call it.

The comedown, the overload, the backlog of thoughts and ideas and feelings and stories and adventures that need to be processed… whether that’s by telling them to Chris, writing about them here or in my journal, or simply just reliving it myself in my head until it makes sense.

I’m reading “First We Make The Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety” by Sarah Wilson, and it’s by far the best book I’ve read on anxiety. Everything makes sense now, and I just keep telling all my mates: Go. Go now. Go get. Read now. Must. In it, she talks about her experience of anxiety (and bipolar), and what she does to keep it being a gift, not a hindrance. And it’s making me think of all the things I need to do to calm the farm – the weighted blankets, the writing, the quiet expanses of spaciousness just to… think. And create. And make sense of it all.

So it’s Thursday and my commitments from the last couple of months have ended and I feel like I have a bit more spaciousness now. To write and think again.

And there’s still backlog to work through, but this is part of it.

Gotta write it out to make sense of it all.

So I’m cocooned away, in my office, door locked, lanky now-3-year-old playing with her papa bear.

Not only that, but I’ve gone into the innermost creative cave of it… the nook of the walk-in robe just off my office… a bean bag and candles and crystals and hand cream in a corner by the window… a sanctuary away from any noise.

Here. Here I’ll return to me again. I’ve gone on many adventures. It’s time to write myself home.

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I wonder, you know. I wonder how I could have been a better manager, a better hirer so that I could have scaled up into a larger-sized business.

But it’s like trying to make an antelope be an anteater.

It’s not my gift in the world. It’s not what I was born to do. It’s not what lights me up.

This, this right here does. This part about writing and sharing, this part of listening enough to hear the soft voice inside of me, that’s what I was destined to be on the planet for.

To create endless systems and check-ins to monitor and ensure my staff were at full productivity and doing the right thing?

Nope. Nope. No. Not in a million years.

It was just way too… peopley.

And I didn’t have the right people.

And I didn’t love it, at all.

And I could spend my time beating myself up about that… about the fact that I’m not born to give dictation, I’d rather just do it myself… about the fact that this particular constellation of cells needs and craves great swathes of time in order to listen to the drum in her head and tap tap tap it out onto the keyboard in simpatico. I was not born to be a manager. I was born to be a Leonie.

But what’s the point of beating myself up?

It changes nothing.

And it makes the misassumption that managers are better than introverted creative types.

The fact is, this world needs both.

I got born as the latter.

And it’s my job to craft a life and a business that sings to that and plays to my best side.

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So I returned to my Hedgehog Concept… the one that I’ve always been so devout about but it got messed with when I had too many loud voices in my team so insistent that they knew better.

The Hedgehog Concept is from my (beloved business-boner-inducing) Jim Collins.

From Mind Tools – a good article about the Hedgehog Concept:

If you could choose to be a fox or a hedgehog, which would you rather be?

Many people would choose to be a fox. After all, foxes are beautiful, sleek and cunning. Hedgehogs, which are small, prickly creatures found in Europe, Asia and Africa, are quite the opposite: slow, quiet and plodding.

So what do foxes and hedgehogs have to do with your organization’s success? In short, everything.

In this article, we’ll look at the Hedgehog Concept, and we’ll discuss why it pays to be a hedgehog in business.

About the Model

The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

In the parable, the fox uses a variety of strategies to try to catch the hedgehog. It sneaks, pounces, races, and plays dead. And yet, every time, it walks away defeated, with a nose full of spines. The fox never learns that the hedgehog knows how to do one thing perfectly: defend itself.

Philosopher Isaiah Berlin took this parable and applied it to the modern world in his 1953 essay, “The Hedgehog and the Fox.” Berlin divided people into two groups: foxes and hedgehogs.

In his essay, he argued that foxes are sleek and shrewd animals that pursue many goals and interests at the same time. Because of this wide variety of interests and strategies, their thinking is scattered and unfocused, and they are limited in what they can achieve in the long run.

Hedgehogs, however, are slow and steady, and people often overlook them because they’re quiet and unassuming. But, unlike the fox, they are able to simplify the world and focus on one overarching vision. It’s this principle that guides everything they do, and helps them succeed against all odds.

Jim Collins developed this idea further in his classic 2001 book, “Good to Great.” According to Collins, organizations are more likely to succeed if they focus on one thing, and do it well. By doing so, they can beat their competitors and become truly great businesses.

An organization can find its “Hedgehog Concept” by making three separate assessments. First, it can understand what its people are truly passionate about. Next, it can identify what it does better than anyone else. And last, it can determine where it’s good at generating revenue.

The right way forward is where all three answers intersect, and it’s this central position that is the “sweet spot” for the organization’s strategy.

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I’d always been so devout about that Hedgehog Concept… knew what worked for the workbooks and the Academy. When I listened too much externally about what I SHOULD be doing next, it led to so much feature and product bloat it wasn’t funny. Revenue went up, but expenses leapt up at the same rate. More work, more money coming in, more money going out, same profit. I took on projects that I shouldn’t have. I got burned to a crisp.

In that meeting with Rob that day, I said:

I should have said No. I should have said No so much more. I should have just listened to what I knew was right, and continued to steer the ship in the direction it needed to go. I wish I had been stronger.

Rob looks at me kindly.

You know, Leonie, you need to be gentler on yourself. And that’s not true. You DID say No. You said No a LOT. I was with you in some of those meetings with your staff. You said No to many of those things that people were pushing you to do. You always knew.

And then:

You know, you were always going to get to this point…

How so? I ask, pleading to know the answer of how I’d managed to fuck it up.

Volume was always going to kill you in the end.

You’re not a slow growth company. You’re a high growth company. Sheer volume of orders was always going to force your hand. You were going to have to decide on either of two options: hiring a large team, or outsourcing. There are pros and cons of both, and it comes down to personal choice.

You just explored the option of hiring a large team. You’ve discovered that does not bring you joy at all, or help you feel like you are fulfilling your company mission.

So now you are streamlining and outsourcing.

Either way, you were going to reach a pain point. You couldn’t have kept going the way that you were without choosing one option or the other. All you’ve done is learn which one you don’t wish to do. Excellent. And you’ve done it while staying profitable. You can count that as a win.

Oh, I say.

Maybe I couldn’t have prevented the pain. Maybe I hadn’t made a mistake. Maybe I could give up on believing that if I’d just controlled more, worked harder, I could have avoided the growing strain.

This is normal, he says.

Everyone goes through this. Everyone has their thing to work through. The pain brought on by owning a high growth company. It’s called scaling up, and it isn’t always graceful.

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I will get asked this question, so I’ll pre-emptively answer: Rob is from DFK Everalls.

Yes, I recommend them.

*However* they may not be the right fit for you. It’s up to you and your criteria.

Do your own spreadsheet and interview round.

It’s worth it to find gold like this.

*

Maybe I’m not that special. Maybe I couldn’t have done anything else but been what I am.

I think about what Richard Branson says:

“Even if I’m falling flat on my face, I’m happy, because I know I’m still moving forward.”

*

I fell on my face. It was muddy and shitty and it hurt.

It did not feel graceful.

It broke my heart to see my dream – that thing I loved waking up in the morning to do, become something I didn’t want to return to.

But that right there – that time, that space – gave me the opportunity to reclaim it.

A reclamation of vision, determined to heal my dream and make it whole again.

And in doing so, I stepped into myself again. My power and my light and my joy. My salty intuition and my lioness guts.

Each step of the way as I carved off the pieces that stung and the pieces that did not fit, I felt lighter again.

This. This is what it is meant to be. This dream that was here all along. It might have got covered up with vines and barnacles… but the castle remains.

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Maybe I didn’t make a mistake – I just did what everybody does.

I tried something. It didn’t work. So I’m trying something else.

Right now, it’s working.

And if it stops working, I’ll change course again.

Maybe there’s never any wrong turns, just scenic drives along the way to give you insight and travelling stories you wouldn’t have without. My eyes are different for having seen that land. My heart is stronger and wider for having felt that pain and choosing me and my dream again.

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Maybe the whole point of all this is that sometimes, in life and in business,

we go to places we don’t want to go, we learn lessons we don’t want to learn, we see things we don’t wish to see.

Maybe the whole point is that growth of any kind (revenue or spiritual) doesn’t come without pains, without fumbling and near misses in the dark.

That nobody gets through this unscathed, without their war stories, without their “Holy fuck can you believe THAT just happened?”

But that maybe the whole breathless, sweaty mess crafts us into better humans, far better than if the road was always smooth, the air always sweet, the choices easily made.

That this is what we were made for, the destruction and the resurrection, the losing and the reclamation.

It’s all the more sweeter, all the more precious, to have lost it and claimed it again.

Blessings,

P.S.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS:

1. Due to popular request, here’s the complete list of courses available in the Academy.

2. Just 8 days left until Shining Biz + Life Academy prices DOUBLE.

A Complete List Of Everything I Teach In My Academy

Dearests,

It’s a story about my accountant. About the spiritual lessons he’s taught me. In some ways, he’s like my business priest, his office a confessional, his desk adorned with tissue boxes, ready to soak up both happy and sad tears.

But the words are still coming. I’m pushing but it’s a labour.

And so I’m learning and relearning the art of patience. And waiting. Waiting for the right unfolding for those words and that sharing. I don’t want to give birth to it prematurely, before it is fully formed and ripe.

So instead, today, I’m taking the opportunity to answer a question many of you have been asking.

I’m talking a lot about my Shining Biz and Life Academy right now in the countdown before prices double.

I talk a lot about the results my members get, and how so many of them have been members since we opened our doors in 2010. I talk about how you get over 120+ courses, and $2000+ worth of discounts of essential services and software, and monthly coaching calls. There’s so much to cover that I don’t share much about exactly what courses + topics we cover in the Academy.

So, ye, behold, the Complete List Of Shining Academy Workshops!

BUSINESS + MARKETING:

  • boost your sales
  • get your marketing systems advanced + working
  • map out your income + business goals and create the plan to make them happen
  • learn how to add zeros to your monthly income (at the END of your numbers that is!)
  • create a plan to massively grow your tribe
  • learn how to get more clients
  • find out how to work less + earn more
  • how to have maximum impact with less effort
  • how to help more people + reach your tribe
  • how to stop being the bottleneck of your business
  • how to communicate what you do powerfully + charismatically!
  • reprogram your beliefs from fear + insecurity into prolific creating
  • get out of procrastination + into massive action
  • get wildly productive + creative
  • How to double your sales with sales pages
  • How to double your sales with launches
  • How to double your sales with solo emails
  • How to double your sales with tele seminars
  • How to double your sales with split testing
  • 8 Ways To Make Money Online
  • How to create + sell ebooks
  • Discover Your Ideal Client
  • How to grow your business with blogging
  • Facebook advertising
  • How to grow your biz with blog advertising
  • How to become a coach online
  • Social Media Bootcamp
  • Creating a social media plan
  • The Complete Sales Page Checklist
  • Master Copywriting That Sells
  • How to double your productivity
  • How to create automation and systems in your business
  • Grow your biz with direct mail + traditional advertising
  • How to sell your physical goods online
  • Speaking live at events
  • Calculating your Profit Per Lead worksheet
  • How to grow your mailing list
  • How to become an Amazon best-seller
  • How to optimise your website to get more leads
  • How to get more clients from your blog
  • Free Opt-in Offers that work
  • Creating squeeze pages that convert
  • Ezines that are magnetic, get opened + actually sell
  • How to write sales emails that make a motza
  • Case studies and behind-the-scenes of how Leonie grew her mailing list to 75,000
  • How to grow your biz with live networking
  • Online networking + marketing that sells
  • How to self publish your book or CD
  • How to market your biz with online industry directories
  • How to market your biz at conferences and markets
  • How to earn money through affiliate programs
  • How to create + sell webinars + tele seminars
  • How to earn abundance with Joint Ventures
  • How to create your website
  • How to write brilliantly for your website
  • Setting up your shopping cart
  • Choosing a mailing list provider
  • How to charge for your work
  • How to get a fantastic profile picture
  • How to rock your sales page
  • What to test in your emails for more profit and interaction
  • Social Media Marketing Do’s + Don’ts
  • How to grow your business through guest posts
  • How to run your business without losing your sanity
  • How to put yourself out there
  • How to double your business with videos
  • How to double your mailing list
  • How to hire and manage a team
  • How to find VAs for your online business
  • My business rolodex of all the essential software + systems I use in my business
  • Complete 2 day video recording of the Shining Biz Conference
  • How to market your business with videos and youtube
  • Recommended business reading
  • Business Case Study: Success at an artist’s market
  • SEO Masterclass: How to get to #1 on Google
  • Marketing Do’s + Don’ts for Health Coaches + Professionals
  • How to grow your local bricks and mortar business
  • How to have self love in business
  • Money + Manifesting course
  • 6 stages of getting and keeping customers
  • How to raise your rates
  • How to get + share testimonials to grow your business
  • Leonie’s Super Simple Money Planner
  • How to create a website with WordPress
  • How to create a million dollar company
  • How to use masterminds to accelerate your business
  • Magic Money Making Kit
  • 7 Chakra Business Model: Guidance + Tools For Each Stage of your Business Growth
  • How to create Standard Operating Procedures
  • Sales 101
  • 6i Success System: The Essential Mindset + Habits You Need To Create Success
  • Double Your Biz in 365 Days
  • Publishing Sensation Case Study
  • Product Marketing Workshop

LIFE + SOUL CLASSES

  • Radiant Goddess E-Course
  • Creating Your Goddess Haven E-Course
  • Shining Habits System
  • Sacred Space Clearing Kit
  • How to Protect Your Energy
  • Leonie’s Recommended Reading
  • 21 Day Gratitude Diary
  • How to create more joy in your life! Mini workshop
  • Sex, Burnout + Other miracles of life
  • How to trust your intuition! mini workshop
  • How to create your own damn miracles! mini workshop
  • Healing Goddess workshop
  • How to use a Sage Smudge stick
  • 73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know book
  • How to get happy
  • How to face your fears
  • How to trust your intuition
  • How to stop comparing yourself to others
  • Living a Creative Life (featured expert: SARK)
  • How to be a Mama Goddess (featured expert: Karen Maezen Miller)
  • To do List pad printable
  • Discover your Life’s Wisdom workshop
  • Top Goal Setting Mistakes that Ensure Failure
  • 7 Life-Changing Habits for an Abundant Year (featured expert: Denise Duffield-Thomas)
  • Smart Time Management (featured expert: Kate Christie)
  • How to Align to and Attract your Goals (featured expert: Kerry Rowett)
  • From Broke Creative to Millionaire Maven
  • How to find your purpose mini workshop
  • Boundaries Bootcamp
  • Unforgettable India visual journal
  • 5 Ways to Get Back on Track with your Goals
  • Everyday Sex Goddess
  • Anxiety Workshop
  • Spirited Relationships

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

  • Creative Goddess e-course
  • Creating with kids video workshop
  • Divine Wool fairies craft workshop
  • Intuitive art workshop
  • Canberra Wise Women Event
  • The project finisher e-book
  • How to create a mini retreat
  • How to create a dreamboard

MEDITATIONS

  • I Create My Amazing Year meditation
  • Best Day Ever meditation
  • Divine Dreaming Meditation kit
  • Chakra Healing meditation kit
  • Releasing Fears meditation kit
  • Holy Dinger Uber Zennifying meditation kit
  • Instant Uplift meditation
  • Making Space for your Goddess to Shine meditation
  • I am a Radiant Goddess affirmation meditation
  • Discover your Radiance meditation
  • Get Creatively Unblocked meditation
  • Become Wildly Creative meditation
  • Mother’s Meditation + Healing
  • Anxiety Releasing meditation
  • Creative Goddess meditation

SHINING DISCOUNT CENTRE:

Discounts on a range of our favourite suppliers including:

  • Bluehost
  • Mother Magazine
  • Camtasia
  • Elegant Themes
  • Woo Themes + Woo Commerce
  • Ambition Ally
  • Kerry Rowett
  • Leadpages
  • Hiro Boga
  • Lucy Cavendish
  • Edgar social media software
  • Akashic Record Institute

UPCOMING COURSES OVER THE NEXT YEAR:

  • Copywriting
  • Needle Felted Wall Hanging workshop
  • Social Media Bootcamp
  • Art Journalling workshop
  • Network Marketing workshop
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: How to recognise it + protect yourself from it
  • Self Publishing Success Story: How I Sold Over 300,000 Books
  • Burnout: How To Recognise + Heal It
  • How to Create and sell an e-Course
  • Productivity Bootcamp
  • Wisdom Journalling: Journal Your Way To Clarity, Insight + Abundance!
  • Emotional Self Help
  • Websites That Sell

It really IS the whole kit + caboodle!

So yes… it’s quite amazing when I look at that list of just how much we cover in the Shining Biz + Life Academy… but it really is my life’s work – I give my Academy members everything I’ve created over the last 14 years of blogging and running a business online!

I’ve learned SO much about success, money, business, marketing + living a soulful, happy life… and I’m passionate about paying it forward and sharing it ALL for anybody who wants the same.

Just remember though – only 23 days left before price DOUBLES!

Let’s make miracles happen together!

I’m so excited to be working with even MORE gorgeous souls this year to help them make all their dreams come true in the Academy. It’s my favourite thing in the world to see.

I hope you’ll choose to be one of them.

Big love,


 

Academy prices DOUBLE March 31! Enrol now!

Dearests,

Important news in this blog post.

It will probably be a bit of a long one, but it’s important, so there we go.

I’ve just opened enrolments for the Shining Biz + Life Academy.

I am doubling prices to $997 on midnight March 31 – so you have a month to enrol before prices go UP.

Enrol now to jump in at the current price
before the big price increase!

You get SO MUCH amazing support + powerful, inspiring education as an Academy member!

Here’s what our members rave about:

  • 120 powerful courses for all aspects of Biz, Marketing, Relationships, Life, Creativity + Soul!
  • A mastermind of thousands of vibrant women from all around the globe to support you.
  • Monthly group Q&A coaching calls with me (worth $1000 + the ONLY way to connect personally + get coaching with me like, EVA!).
  • $2000 worth of tremendous discounts in the Shining Discount Centre, a treasure trove of deals for the software, suppliers + goodies you need for a life + biz that shines!
  • New workshops added to the training resources at your fingertips monthly!

Enrol now to jump in at the current price
before the big price increase!

Q: Why are you doubling prices?

I shared about my bigger reasons here. Basically: I’ve added courses + services out the wazoo for the Academy, and even at the increased price, it’s still a fantastic investment for people.

Q: Is this a new thing you’re offering?

LOLZ. Nope. I’ve been running the Academy since 2010 – nearly 7 years now! I’ve taught thousands of women in that time to grow abundant, successful businesses + have happier lives. I’ve adored watching their lives + businesses change + grow because of the Academy! I’m so very proud!

Q: Do you have a payment plan available?

No. Not anymore. I shared about my reasons for that here.

Q: What if I don’t have a business? Does the Academy still apply to me?

Yes! There’s lots of people in the Academy who are just there to make use of the 75+ life courses for:

  • creativity
  • spirituality
  • health
  • parenting
  • meditation
  • decluttering…

Thus why it’s called the Shining Biz AND LIFE Academy! Ha!

Q: Can I buy just the business courses? Or just the life courses? Or just one course on its own?

Nope. The Academy is the best way I can support you. It’s comprehensive support.

Q: What if I’ve already signed up at a lower price? Does that mean you are increasing my membership price?

Absolutely not. You get to keep the membership price you signed up at for life.

I’ve always promised my Academy members that even if I increase prices, I will let all members keep the price they signed up with. (Note: if you cancel your membership and want to renew later, you have to sign up at the new price. So always best to keep your membership renewed!)

I take care of you, boo!

Q: What is your spirit animal?

Trick question for those still reading. Buffalo or horse.

Q: Will I get to keep this price, or will it go up?

Whatever price you enrol at, you get to keep forever. So if you sign up today for $497, that’s your membership price forevs. Even if I double prices again in another two years and start selling the Academy for $1997 a year – you’ll get to keep it for $497 a year. YAY!

Q: Does it include the printed workbooks?

Not this year. You’ll get access to the digital workbooks. I wrote about the reasons for that here. The focus for the Academy has always been about the courses.

Q: What is the refund policy?

There are NO refunds for Academy memberships except where required by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Law.

There are no refunds for change of mind, or because you’ve logged into the membership site and quickly realised that you will still need to actually – you know – work to see results. It’s not a “Click a Buy Button and Instantly Fix All Your Problems” kind of thing. Nothing is.

As soon as you enrol, you receive access to 120+ of my business, marketing, tech, creativity, spirituality, meditation and relationship courses. If you use them, they will work for you. They’ve been used by thousands of people over the last 6 years with huge results. It’s a unique, generous offering, and you’d be hard pressed to find as much content, resources, love and goodness in such an affordable program. When you invest in yourself with the Academy membership, your purchase is final.

I stand fully behind my products, and I don’t enable quitters. Do the work + you’ll see the results. Simple.

Q: Is your husband hot?

BIG TIME.

Q: I have another question!

Please, for the love of delilah, go read the dang sales page! Ha!

Q: What do people say about the Shining Biz and Life Academy?

Here. Dis:

Enrol now to jump in at the current price
before the big price increase!

Phew… Righto!

There’s more to share… but that will come in time.

For now, at least I’ve opened the enrolment gates.

It’s funny how both my babies – the Academy and the workbooks have been around for exactly the same amount of years as I’ve been a mama. I wrote the workbooks with a full moon belly of Ostara, and got the idea for the Academy one night in the dark haze of night breastfeeding a tiny baby in my arms.

I opened it the week after moving back to my hometown with a chubbier baby on my hip.

Oooh! Let me see if I can find the original video for it.

Nope… but I DID just find this!

ERMAGERD

MY OOOOOOVARRRRIES

Oh Leonie of 7 years ago. You are so beautiful babes. I am so proud of you. And I know your vajayjay is all bung up in this video, and you’ve got some big hard times ahead of you. But you’re going to make it through. And you’ll do it all your own way. And it will be enough. It will be perfect in its human kind of way. I love you.

EEEEP. Okay… that was a fun SASHAYYY down memory lane.

What next?

I just finished writing up all the courses I’m teaching for the next year for my Academy members. A beautiful blend of business, marketing, life, relationship, meditations + creativity. I feel excited. It feels… GOOD. I can’t wait to share them with you.

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I took the weekend off social media + phones completely. Deleted them all off my phone, haven’t put them back on. Instead of using the phone as my reflex when I was bored or overstimulated… I had to make better choices. I read, and I journalled. I read a romance book in the bath so long I had to top it up twice with hot water. I made big art – the kind I haven’t done for a while.

All these choices I’ve made and been making…

it’s like the spring rains are coming

and little tendrils and petals are unfurling.

I feel like I’ve been beige for a while, for a variety of reasons – stress, illness, I lost my way.

But now I’ve reclaimed my path…

And damn it feels good.

Leonie in full colour is returning to life.

And it’s the most wonderful feeling of all.

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If you’d told me last year that I’d feel this good by this time, I wouldn’t have believed you.

All I needed to do was make some decisions that were big and hard at the time…

but damn… if my life isn’t magnificent and good again from them.

I’m so damn grateful.

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Wherever you are… however you are…

I want you to know you’re not alone in this.

Spring will come.

Big love,

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