2018 Workbooks Are Here!

Dearest souls,

Annnnnnnnnnd they are up.

2018 goals workbooksGolden and glittering and sparkling.

You can now buy the printed books on Amazon:

Biz printed workbook: http://amzn.to/2z9CuaZ

Life printed workbook: http://amzn.to/2xRaVll

If ya love ’em, I’d gratefully love a review.

Digital ebook versions available here: www.shiningyear.com

It’s a joy to see them emerge into the world, into your waiting hands and loving hearts.

Frequently Anticipated Questions:

But… the diaries! To do list pads! Wall planners! WHERE ARE THEY?

Sorry poppets, but I’m not producing them this year for a few reasons. You can read about those here.

Do you sell the printed books in Australia anywhere but Amazon?

Sorry, no. I’m hopeful that when Amazon opens here this month they will stock them, but I have no clue whether that will happen.

Will you re-open the Workbook Facebook group?

Not at this time.


And then a story about Emergency Room Zen Monk Insights…

Last week we’ve had one of Those Parenting Weeks that included so many doctors appointments and x-rays and an emergency room wait so long that I feel like I was at a Zen Monk Initiation Ceremony.

(We’re all okay now thank the Great Goddess AND the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster!)

But in a startling insight… probably one brought about because I’m an initiated Zen Monk ordained by Her Holiness The Emergency Room… I’ve decided I probably just need to start creating and sharing again. Because it’s a bit fucking boring not to be, and I create and share because it’s good for my soul first and foremost.

So this morning I was up at buttfuck o’clock with the kids, and leapt out of my couch where I’d been drinking my peppermint tea and my husband said “What’s wrong? What’s happening?”

And I said: “I HAVE AN IDEA!” and ran for pens and paper and started drawing and writing away. And he just watched and smiled, and I could tell behind his eyes, he was thinking “About damn time, lady.” It was like he’d missed Wild Idea Woman, prone to throwing herself into ink at the slightest whim. I get it. I missed her too.

More soon. But for now… 2018 GOALS WORKBOOKS!!!!! GOLDEN AND GLITTERING AND NEW!!!

Big love,



P.S. I just wanted to say a deep thank you for your love, patience and understanding as I retreated into the cave. It was needed. And I hope whatever wishes to come through next will be that much more alight because of it.

P.P.S. Loving request: I’m not in the mood to promo the fuck out of the workbooks this year. Usually it’s an immense energetic, brain + financial load to do that much advertising, and I don’t wish to do it this time. So if the workbooks are something that people in your life need, please share it with them. Word-of-mouth, heart-to-heart. That’s how the workbook-word will have to spread this year!

An illustrated letter care of my 10 pound sack of haemorrhaging uterus


Addendum infinitum:

I never like to worry people, so I just wanted to reassure you:
I’m okay. I’m really, really okay. I’m really GOOD in lots and lots of ways:
I’m happy. We’re happy. Our kids are happy. We have a good life. Homeschooling brings me so much joy.

This was (incase it wasn’t obvious enough! ha!) cry-written/illustrated one night in a journal in those kinds of red river floods of emotion, where nerve endings tingle alight with all the brave fury of the world.


I always thought that I would create, write, share forever. I couldn’t see a day, week, month, year go by without that. And yet, six months on, it’s precisely where I am.  And I still don’t see that feeling abating.

My creativity looks different these days.

It’s filled with homeschooling my children. My craft is this one beautiful life, right here, in this precipice moment. They aren’t tiny any more. They aren’t tiny any more.

You elder mamas told me it would be this way:

They grow up far too soon.

I refused to believe you of course. I had fallen down a hole of PND and struggled with the daily rigamarole of tending to a wee baby who needed more than other babies seemed to need. More of her Mama than her Mama had available. And so I was snide and cantankerous in the voice in my head, gasping for a lifeline that it wouldn’t always be this way:

They don’t grow up soon enough.

But time shifted and ebbed as it does.

And before I know it, I have not one long-limbed elfling, but two. The eldest is starting to arrive here on the planet fully after the first seven years of that enchanted place called childhood. I’m not as funny as I used to be to her. My singing isn’t as beautiful. Her wide, sensitive eyes start to drink in reality.

And I don’t want to miss one more thing with her, or with her sister. Don’t want to wish it away. Don’t want to spend it as the mama whose primary joy in life is not them. Don’t want to hide away in my studio when there is so much life and love to be lived out here, sucking great airfuls of it into my skin.

Hiro tells me:

“You can just enjoy this time, you know. It’s okay that you don’t want to be out in the world right now. That feeling won’t always last forever. You can just be with them now. You’ve worked so hard to create this life. You can just enjoy it.”

I spent 7 years trying to find the time to scurry away into my studio, away from them.

Now I want to run toward them, arms outstretched.


Before emails come in:

I wish to reassure people (again): I’m not quitting any of my businesses: Academy, workbooks (2018 editions will be available within the next week) or doTERRA. I’m happy to continue producing these offerings.

The thing that I am struggling with is the external fluff + guff + creation. The blogging + social media. The public sharing.


I have no idea what I will be called to doing next – because it must be a calling… I have no time or inclination for anything but that.

And I don’t know when or where or what my sharing will look like.

I don’t know, and sometimes I am buoyed with the joy of not knowing, and sometimes I am despairing. I don’t know, and until I do, I wait.

But there’s one big mural of a life happening right now, right here. A mural filled with my children and my husband, the sun and the garden, art and books and adventures.

This, right here, without a doubt, is my best work yet. Invisible to all the world but me and us, it is as good and as ripe and as incandescent as can be.

And maybe, just maybe, with all the not knowing of how I will share publicly and the worry and the flash of that… I can lean into this. This one thing that I do know is true.

This, right here. right now. Pour your love right here.

And I do, and I am. And it is enough. More than enough. It’s just what I always wanted it to be.




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2018 Workbook News: When They Are Coming Out + What To Expect! (Plus a wee personal sharing from me)

Hola gorgeous souls!

It’s nearly that time of year… workbook time!

I wanted to let you know when they will be released + some changes that will be coming + why I’m making those changes. And what’s a Leonie post without a yarn (that’s Australian for “story-telling”) + a catch-up too?

First, the official stuff!

When the workbooks will be released:

By end of October.

Changes to the 2018 product offering:

  • 2018 Biz and Life workbooks WILL be produced as printed workbooks and ebooks again.
  • 2018 Biz and Life e-books will be given to all my Academy members as usual.
  • There will be changes to the print process of the Biz and Life printed workbooks. They will no longer be spiral bound or have the documents envelope at the back. They will be pared back to a simpler print production.
  • They will be produced as print-on-demand and will be ordered through a third party website. More details on that soon.
  • Planner/diary, to do list pads and wall planners will NOT be released this year. These were an addendum to my core offering, and I am not as passionate about them as I am about those workbooks. They are also not as profitable as the workbooks.
  • At this stage, I will NOT be reopening the workbook Facebook group. It’s been a relatively new side-bonus, one that was invented by one of my past employees that wasn’t in alignment with my original vision. I understand it was a happy place for many people for a time, and I am grateful for that. I take my role as space-holder and energy-upholder for community spaces very seriously, and I will not hold a space half-heartedly.

Why I’m making these changes:

I am going to be making some important changes to my product offering for 2018 in order to simplify + reduce stress for myself. Printing + distributing 80,000+ products across 100 countries in a 3 month timeline got to the point where it was no longer fun for me as a business model. Printing through China + sending via 3 boats to 3 different countries, getting them through Customs, and into 3 distribution centres to then be sent out via numerous postage services to get them into customer’s hands was, frankly, a fucking logistical nightmare that consumed a whole year… by which time I needed to start work on the next year’s workbooks. It was just a level of complexity and financial outlay that I am no longer happy to do.

I have investigated whether partnering with a publishing company was the right move forward. It wasn’t, for various reasons. So this is the right way forward for right now.

I’m incredibly grateful for the success I’ve had with these workbooks. I’m so grateful that they’ve been so deeply loved and adored. And I need to make a shift to how and what I produce to keep it sane and joyful for me.

You’re most welcome to ask questions by emailing support@leoniedawson.com.

Please, however, do not use this space to process your feelings about this. That is for your journal or your therapist. I am not asking for feedback. I can’t make everybody happy in this, and I refuse to sacrifice my energy, time and family for things that do not feel right or good to me. If what I offer resonates with you, great. If it doesn’t, please find something else that does.

Let’s make miracles happen…

I’m delighted to offer up these beauties for their ninth season… they’ve changed mine + so many others’ lives.

The power of goals, wrapped in rainbows and love.

I’ll of course share + update when they are available for purchase!

What I’m up to…

It feels odd to send you a letter without some sharing!

What HAVE I been up to?

Goodness me… where to begin?

Taking long service leave from blogging + social media has been so refreshing. It feels like it’s been rewiring my brain in a good way. I’ve written a wee illustrated zine about the experience… will share with you soon.

Happily homeschooling. I also now have TWO horse-riding daughters now, oh heart of beaming hearts! I grew up with horses, mustering cattle, and it’s been my forever wish that I would have children who would find their soul’s home too on a horse’s back. I even went on my first trail ride with Ostara, on one wet, wild, woolly day. I could burst with joy and pride!

There’s also been visits from two sets of cousins, and a visit from my Wild Bushman Dad. We’ve been on a long drive to the ocean to taste the salt air. We’ve been working our way through reading together all of Roald Dahl’s books – another one of those parenting dreams come true. There’s been art + playdates + long walks + rejoicing in the return of the sun in the backyard.

Most of all, I’m ridiculously content. I feel like I’ve really come into my stride as a parent. Homeschooling has been so damn fulfilling – more than I ever expected it to be.

It’s been a joyful, good season of life.

And whilst it looks like it’s muchos quiet on the business front, behind the scenes it is full steam ahead.

I’m still doing my monthly coaching + new classes for my Shining Biz + Life Academy for my 3,000 members.

Me + Mr D have been working together on the 2018 workbooks. I just did final revisions on it this afternoon while watching Pride + Prejudice for the billionth time. (NO, NOT THE KIERA KNIGHTLEY VERSION YOU PHILISTINE! ORIGINAL BBC SERIES OR NOTHING!)


I also just broke a world record for building the fastest doTERRA business – it’s now generating about $500k a year, but I’ll double that again in the next couple of months.  I like to joke that I’ll never be the type to climb Mount Everest or run a marathon but give me a business world record to beat and I am ALL OVER IT LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER.

It’s been a fun, wild ride… I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Mostly I just get tremendous satisfaction from other people seeing how essential oils can change their life like they did mine… and also helping people who want to build abundant doTERRA businesses do it lightning fast.

More dodeets (aka: doTERRA details! ha!):

Also, 2017 has really been a freaking STELLLLLAR year for me on the musicians front. I met James Taylor. I got to see Amanda Palmer in concert. And this morning I had a Skype tea date with another one of my top 5:

Ben Motherfucking LEEEEEEEEEEEEE! His album “Awake is the New Sleep” has been on constant rotation in my house for the last 10 years. I only listen to about 5 albums like that. He’s had an amazing music career since he was 14, acted in the brilliant The Rage in Placid Lake, is a death doula, activist, philanthropist and all round stellar bloke. And… he’s also just created a successful doTERRA business as well.

We had so much to yarn about – creativity, business, essential oils + our surprising career moves.

I managed to keep my fangirl way in check. I think. Meh, fuck it. He’s a rad soul and I delight in that.

My favourite quotes from him from this morning:

“Part of being a creative is deciding something is cool before anybody else does”


“You can’t do anything big in the world without getting a bloody nose.”

We decided there’s so much to talk about, we’d do a free webinar/public-talk-shit together. More deets to come soon. In the meantime, I’ll be over here squeeeeeeeeeeing my heart out!

To big dreams come true,