Leonie Dawson - Amazing Biz, Amazing Life http://leoniedawson.com Tips, Small, Business, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Woman, Soul, Spiritual, Sacred Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:49:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 How To Hire Staff When You Want To Do It All Yourself http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-hire-staff/ http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-hire-staff/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:33:37 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18344  Hola love-bears and courage-beams, I’m just love love loving all these glorious questions I’ve been able to answer lately, and this week’s question really fits in nicely with what I’m doing in the rest of my life — spending muchos time with my beautiful girls, finding our groove as a family of four while my wonderful team keeps Leonie Dawson HQ powering along. So let’s jump in with both feet, darlings! Here’s this week’s muchos important staffing question: Hiring someone to be a part of [...]

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 Hola love-bears and courage-beams,

I’m just love love loving all these glorious questions I’ve been able to answer lately, and this week’s question really fits in nicely with what I’m doing in the rest of my life — spending muchos time with my beautiful girls, finding our groove as a family of four while my wonderful team keeps Leonie Dawson HQ powering along.

So let’s jump in with both feet, darlings!

Here’s this week’s muchos important staffing question:

Hiring someone to be a part of my business is DEFINITELY a challenge for me! I still like thinking of it all like it’s my fairy land and it’s happening by my magic wand and it’s all on my own. (Pride alert!) But I know I need to share my baby with others. It takes a village to have a successful biz just as much as it takes a village to have a child. So, you trigger me big time with your six-figure team waving flag, yet I know it’s necessary. So, could you talk about how the heck you would take the step to be willing to share your precious creation with others and to trust them enough to do so and trust yourself not to F-it-up in your relationship with them and through the business as well?

Hooo-eeey!  Being in baby land right now, I have this deep understanding of this question on so many levels! When you become a mum for the first time, your first thought is like — Ohmygawd I have this precious, precious thing, and I have to DO IT ALL. I can’t let anyone else help me because I’m the MOTHER!

I heard somebody talk about her first weeks of being a mum as becoming a ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE. Because you are so tired, and so in love, and still SO CONVINCED that nobody else can help you!

And then, hopefully you get over some of those whackadoodle hormones pretty quickly and learn to accept some help from your partner or your friends or your family soon because yes, you are the mother, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all!

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I’m SO much more cognizant of that this time around in mamahood. If I do it all myself in taking care of Beth, I’m going to burn to a crisp pretty damn fast. There ain’t no pride or joy or glory in that. It’ll hurt me, and it’ll hurt Beth.

And it’s the same with your biz.

You are the owner.  You are the creator. You are the vision and the light and the purpose and the values and the driving force and the passion behind this project. Wave that pride flag a little bit, goddess! You’ve built something amazing!

But that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself.

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And here’s the juicy secret: I know that everybody goes through this.  (And we don’t even have any whackadoodle hormones to blame!! We’re all just a little wacky.)

But, can I just tell you now that nobody hires their first employee as though it’ll be easy. Everybody faces this cliff, this leap of faith, this, oh, shit, I’ve got to get my shit together and I’ve got to hire someone.

You never feel ready. You never, ever feel ready. But there comes a point when you have to make the leap.

I remember when I hired my first assistant. It took me so long to work up the courage to send her an email to say, “Would you possibly be interested in maybe working for me?” Because I was just terrified.

I really kind of held that pride flag of — I’ve got it all under control. I do it all myself and I know everything that happens in my business. I knew every single client’s name and email.  I felt like, because I have the membership program, it was completely necessary for me to have it memorized – hundreds of people’s names and emails memorised.

If that’s not a bit crazy, I don’t know what is!

I had to find the courage to let go.

I needed to because it was doing my head in and it wasn’t helping anyone. It was burning me out big time, and I needed to make it much more sustainable.

Yes I had to let go of control, but I knew that in doing so, I was going to be able to help more people and to help in a much better way. My business improved SO much more when I did have that professional support behind me.

And that’s kind of the big AHA moment that I want you to hold onto – that by giving up control and accepting some help, you will be better serving your peeps.

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Not all of us is really gifted at every single thing.

I was really good at being able to make sure that I answered all the emails within a certain period of time and all that sort of stuff.

I also needed to try and keep a lot of brain space available in order to grow my business and think strategically and work out the next phase ahead.

And when you’re in your inbox and when you’re at the coalface of your business 24/7, you just don’t have that brain space in order to be able to do that. You feel like you’re responding and reacting every single day.

By hiring people, what you’re doing is building yourself a sacred dreaming space so that you can think more strategically about your business and make sure that it’s being dealt with in the best, most efficient and wonderful, lovely way possible.

And that means bringing in other people.

There’s a wonderful book by Gay Hendricks called The Big Leap, and he talks about being in your “zone of genius.” Because there are things you can do, like maybe doing your books; and there are things you’re good at, say, answering emails to customers; and then there’s your ZONE OF GENIUS which is where you shine like the brilliant star you are!

And that is what people need you to be all the time, my love — your genius, shining star self.

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So, to get there, you might have to find someone who is genius at numbers, or genius at answering emails in a loving way so that YOU can do your genius thang.

And here’s the biggest, ding dang deliciousest secret:

When you hire the right people, you don’t have to worry at all, because they will expand your business and your heart.

It’s been such a joy to have my team. They each bring something so precious. And you don’t have to worry about the trusting when you hire well. If you use the Six Figure Team system that is part of the Academy, you are going to find somebody who resonates with you and who gets you and who believes in you.

I’ve been so thoroughly, extraordinarily blessed that I have a team who loves my business as much as I do.

It’s still my baby and yet it just gets lovingly tended to by even extra care so that it can flourish and thrive and grow in an even bigger way.

So don’t worry; everybody has the freak out. And you will get over it. It is a leap of faith; but in one year’s time, you will feel completely different about this experience and you’ll be so grateful that you took the leap to hire.

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Your business needs even bigger wings to take on the world.

I know you can do it, love.

So much love to you!

To your dreams and vision,

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How to Be a Conscious Custodian Of Money (It’s Easier Than You Think!) http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-be-a-conscious-custodian-of-money/ http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-be-a-conscious-custodian-of-money/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:56:37 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18303 G’day gorgeous ones, Can I just say: I am feeling so so so damn good lately. It’s a revelation to not be a tsunami of spew and nausea after nine months. Yesterday me + my kinfolk went to the beach. Sat by the sea, made sandcastles, fed a sleepy sunset-haired baby, talked, but mostly just grinned. Grinned because our “normal” life is returning to us. One where we can go out! And do things! And I can be vertical! Guys, normal life is just so [...]

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G’day gorgeous ones,

Can I just say:

I am feeling so so so damn good lately.

It’s a revelation to not be a tsunami of spew and nausea after nine months.

Yesterday me + my kinfolk went to the beach. Sat by the sea, made sandcastles, fed a sleepy sunset-haired baby, talked, but mostly just grinned.

Grinned because our “normal” life is returning to us. One where we can go out! And do things! And I can be vertical!

Guys, normal life is just so dang underrated… but so damn wonderful.

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I am just rolling in my life lately.  I’m like a puppy dog rolling around in the dirt just for the joy of rolling around in the dirt! I am so, so blessed to have my little family growing, my little stardust baby growing, my bigger mermaid girl growing, my life growing before my eyes. It’s incredibly empowering and humbling at the same time!

And it’s been making me think a bit about this amazing biz that I’ve been able to grow here, and this stupendous community that has grown up around me and supported me and allowed me to build this life that I just adore and couldn’t be more grateful for!

It’s all very woo-woo and spiritual and Land of Hippy around here!  And yet.

AND YET.

There’s a big old elephant in this space that those of us who reside in the Land of Hippy don’t love to talk about, and that’s Money.  With a capital M.

And that’s where our question for this week’s Q + A comes in:

I started a nonprofit organization which exposes at risk youth to better choices for their life.

It was not created to make money, but to help the community while I earn a basic income.

Helping youth is my calling I know.

However, I am at a point of growth in my money mindset. I have three wonderful boys to raise and I know more abundance empowers my family to provide academic and social enrichment for their lives.

My question is about aligning money with my intentions for work and personal good so I can be a great custodian of money.

Ooooh I just LOOOOVE this question!  So, in other words:

How do I align my intentions for work and personal good with my money mindset so I can be a great custodian of money?

Let’s play a little what if-sies here:

  • WHAT IF… you made a million dollars this year, free and clear?
  • WHAT IF… someone handed you a gift/grant/paycheck that would cover every foreseeable expense for the next 10 years, and everything you earned yourself was gravy?
  • WHAT IF… you created a business that supported your every physical and spiritual need and desire?

Basically, what would you do if all your money cares and worries were GONE tomorrow?

How does that feel?  Does it feel warm and fuzzy—or big and scary?

Would you run out and invest in a huge, soulless corporation that exploited the workers, used child labor, and ruined the environment? Would you buy a gigantic house that was totally out of line with your needs, just because you could, and a huge gas-guzzling vehicle to roam around aimlessly in? Would you suddenly decide that you could only eat endangered bird eggs and field greens from clear-cut rainforests in the Amazon????

Handy hint: I don’t think you would. I don’t think you would because that doesn’t actually align with who you are.

Money isn’t going to make you evil, or stupid.

Instead, if you had more money:

Would you continue to make choices in line with your beliefs? Would you support more local artisans and producers because you could afford to? Would you give more of your income to charity because you weren’t worried about paying the bills? Would you invest back into your business so you could reach and help more gorgeous souls with your brilliance?

I know exactly what you would do. You would use your moolah for good. You would use having more to become more.

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Here’s the thing, darlinghearts: I don’t believe that money is the root of all evil.

Money just is.

The same way that the Earth is

or the sky is

or the sea is.

The same way that love is.

What we do with money is what colors it, what makes it good or bad.

I think our lovely questioner is worried that if she has money, it will change her.

And it will.

But only for the better. It will allow her to align all of her actions with her intentions.

Money is a tool; no more, no less.

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand

Darling hearts, money is like a spade.  It can be used to cultivate a wonderful environment where good things grow, or it can be used to bonk somebody else over the head and take his wonderful things.

Either way, it’s not the spade’s fault.

I think a lot of my beautiful hippy dippy tribe worry that money will change them.

But what you don’t realize is:

You can change money into something that reflects your values and beliefs.

Now, you know I adore and support micro lending in developing nations through Kiva.  It’s just the most amazing thing to be able to see how an amount that you and I would consider relatively small can RADICALLY, magically, and fundamentally change the life of someone who has nothing!

(Our amazing Kiva team has actually lent more than $22 000! Incredible!!!!)

I believe in entrepreneurship changing ourselves, our families, our communities, our world.

I believe in Earth Angels helping each other out and teaching each other what they know.

I can change money into something that supports my values.  And I can do it over and over and over again.

The more money I have, the more change I can make.

(And I don’t mean coins!!)

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Maybe it sounds crass, but it’s the absolute truth.  With money, I can affect my world.

  • It might mean choosing to buy organic
  • or sending your children to a better school
  • or giving money to the neighborhood school to make it better
  • or choosing to power your home with wind and solar instead of oil and nuclear power
  • or empowering others to affect change in their world.

I get uber excited about money now.

Being financially free means:

  • I can live anywhere I want
  • I can choose any kind of housing I want
  • I can give my kids the best education without being limited by money
  • I can donate as much as I want

And I can do it all without fear or lack… just abundance. I know that I can make more money anytime! Money always comes to me. I know this now.

Money is just going to make you more of what you already are.

I believe you will make the right choices with your money.

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Our questioner asked specifically how to be a good custodian of money.  And that can get a little—oooh, icky, SCARY!—investments and stocks and what should I do with it do I need an accountant sort of uncomfortable questions.

And yes, you may need to get yo’self some education (you KNOW how I feel about education!!) or hire an expert person whose soul lights up around numbers to help you figure out the details.

But the big picture is clear:

If you know your heart, everything else will follow.

  • Don’t be afraid of earning money.
  • Don’t be afraid of charging what you’re worth.
  • Don’t be afraid that the people who need you won’t be able to afford you.
  • Don’t be afraid that money will change you.

If you are blessed to be the custodian of money, then you will also be given the opportunities you need to handle it with grace.

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Much love and abundance, my darlings!

You’ve got this!

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How To Stop Under Charging! http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-stop-under-charging/ http://leoniedawson.com/how-to-stop-under-charging/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 04:58:57 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18305 Hello gorgeous hearts! It’s all family-family-family time for me right now, with pockets of work, writing, creating, aligning, slotted in here and there. I love being a mama. I love what I do. I don’t want to ever have to choose between the two. I’m so so so infinitely grateful that I don’t have to. That I’ve crafted a life + a business where the two can work together. {This is me + my little loves having a GIRLZ PARTAY in my studio/office/turquoise thinktank yesterday [...]

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Hello gorgeous hearts!

It’s all family-family-family time for me right now, with pockets of work, writing, creating, aligning, slotted in here and there. I love being a mama. I love what I do. I don’t want to ever have to choose between the two.

I’m so so so infinitely grateful that I don’t have to. That I’ve crafted a life + a business where the two can work together.

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{This is me + my little loves having a GIRLZ PARTAY in my studio/office/turquoise thinktank yesterday afternoon. I’d been doing a bit of work when Chris brought the girls in to visit so he could start cooking dinner. Beth promptly fell asleep on my lap, and Starry drew pictures of butterflies. The sacred balancing act of life, mamahood + business!}

So, since we are getting ready to launch my new Double Your Biz Course for Academy Members, I thought we’d talk about another icky-sticky, itchy, uncomfortable problem that loads and LOADS of entrepreneurs come up against:

How do I overcome undervaluing my services as a coach?

I’m in training to find out how to pitch myself within a professional price bracket. The little voice of “you are only training and how can you justify your fee” always pops up and undermines my confidence.

It’s to do with confidence and self-worth, and I can rationalize and think about it logically, but I do keep tripping myself up. Any advice will be gladly welcomed.

Oklydoklywho! Let’s get to it.

So, whenever you’re just getting started, or you’re offering something TOTALLY new, we all can be supsceptible to hearing that shitty voice inside our head.

The one that says crappy, unhelpful things like:

  • Why would anyone pay you?
  • Who are you to charge so much?
  • You’re still in training / just getting started / don’t have a track record yet.

And all those other negative nasties.

Our lovely Q here knows in her big ‘ole brain that this is her self-confidence (or lack thereof) talking. That these are her little demons on her shoulder telling her things to knock her right off her soul’s path.

But just because her brain knows it ain’t true, doesn’t mean her heart can’t hear it.

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Oof.  Tough cookies here.  But guess what, goddesses?

There is a SURE FIRE way to make those self-doubt demons give us a bit of hush-hush time + piss off + do something useful.

The best way to build confidence is to get results.

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To get results, you’ve got to have a client, right?  Right.

If you’ve already had some clients, FABULOUSO! You are good to go.

If you haven’t had any clients yet, then you need to consider how to get your first one.

That’s really the hardest thing in business: getting your first client.  Every one after that gets easier and easier!

If you’re looking to get your first client(s), you can do a couple of different things.

  • You can just get out there and hustle and get your first client.  Pick a price! ANY price will do for your first one, lovebug!
  • You can ask people to be a part of a “beta” program — which means you’re still working out the bugs. Usually people get a discounted price in exchange for their feedback. Sometimes I think people feel like it’s easier to give a “discount” at first and feel out what people are willing to pay.
  • You can also give away a free session or two, but DON’T do too many of these (you will get stuck in the free zone which is WAY worse than the friend zone!), and be aware that people are GENERALLY more invested in something they invest in. Some biz experts will say no freebies, but you have to listen to your soul here, goddess.

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Then measure your results.

So with that very first client (EEEEE!) or the clients that you’ve already had, start measuring how things changed for them, and really take on board the positive feedback that they give you, even if you have to write it down to really understand and absorb it. Oh my gosh, this happened to them, and they felt differently about this!

You are growing right along with your clients.

When we first start out in coaching, it’s a real exploration for us and for our people. It can be really beautiful to see what appears for them.

Your gifts and your brilliance are starting to emerge and coaching can be such a beautiful medium for that to happen and who knows where that path is going to take you. Who knows what brilliant insights are going to come from your clients!

So make sure that you get everyone to fill out testimonial forms for you.

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How to ask for a testimonial without feeling like a schmuck.

Some people don’t like asking for feedback, but it doesn’t have to be hard at all!  All you need to do is say,

You know, in coaching with you I really, really appreciate your feedback and it would mean so much if you were able to share about it using this form, because then if people are wondering whether to use my services, they can hear your story and know what it was like for you.

P.S. A form makes life a LOT easier for your client because they don’t have to come up with what to say from scratch.  You can use Survey Monkey or Google Forms or TypeForm for freeeeeeeeee.

Ask questions that get to the root of their RESULTS.

Make sure that you ask questions that get their results.  Ask them to be specific!  Like:

“What three things changed for you after working with me?”

Then make sure you’re asking:

  • what did you feel before the experience
  • what did you feel after
  • what significant changes did you notice in your lives, or health or business

You’ve got to toot your own horn a little!

Once you’ve gathered these amazing words about how AWESOME YOU ARE, you have to share about them as well.

Make sure that you’ve got a really great testimonial page so that people can really see the results that you’ve already had.

The results you get will give you the confidence to charge what you’re worth.

Here’s a wee case study from Leonie Land!

When I first started out doing 1-on-1 business coaching, I knew that my time was pretty dang valuable already. I’d already created a successful six figure business, and created lots of programs that had done really well. And I knew there was a real want out there among my tribe to get business advice from me.

So I invited a few people who had already asked me if they’d like to try out my business coaching for half price.

Then I gathered the results, and by the time I opened my services publicly, I had evidence. I knew I could charge a premium price ($1000 an hour) because my clients were getting more than their investment out of it – they would leave their session and go on to create ten times that or more.

Having those testimonials and results there helped me feel super confident in my higher price, and it also gave a lot of confidence to to potential clients.

When I did open up some coaching spots publicly, they were snapped up super quickly.

(Nerp, sorry lovey, I’m not offering them at the moment! Have to say because I know we will get asked! I’m concentrating all my efforts on my Academy members for now!)

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It takes time to build up these coaching clients and it takes time to get those kind of testimonials.

Don’t be afraid to start with a number that feels comfortable and safe.

Just be committed to not staying there too long.

Make it a commitment to yourself: Every time you’ve gotten three new clients, you raise your prices.  Something like that.

Doing it that way makes it feel safer, but also makes it feel more real, like—I know I can do this now, because I got three clients, so I feel more comfortable raising my prices a little.

Don’t let the price tag get in the way of your vision.

Wherever you decide to set your prices, you need to stay completely focused on your vision and your purpose. So if you are in coaching because you so love those aha moments or you so love connecting deeply with another person, and being their cheerleader, then I want you to really stay in that energy of why you do that.

Make that be your besotted love, that thing that you are completely devoted to, because otherwise you’ll get so distracted by all of the other things out there and by the fears and by the oh god am I good enough.

(P.S. YOU ARE.)

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When you can stay completely focused on why you’re doing what you do, then nothing can push you away from that.

When I was first putting together the Academy, I really knew in my heart that the Academy is something that I so believe in and so love and I knew that this is what I’m meant to do. Of course challenges come up and we had to create a whole new website, there was just so much work, we were hitting a wall, and people were freaking out about what the change was going to be like — all that sort of stuff.

That could all distract me and put me into procrastination, fear and all that sort of stuff. But I can’t. I can’t let it be that because my goal and my dream and my vision is to make this the most amazing thing possible.

And so that is my love note to the universe. That is the thing that I live every single day, the essential and important workings to make that dream come to life.

It’s like being a midwife to this beautiful soul child that wants to come into the world, and loving it so deeply already.

So whatever it is that is your thing – the thing that lights you up — follow that and be obsessed by it and refuse to give into fear because you love this vision of yours much too much to let it go. 

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That’s what you were born to do.

Go out, and do it hon.

Do it today.

So much love to you buttercup,

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Hola dearest ones,

Thank you all so much for the congratulations + well-wishes on the birth of beautiful Beth.

I am so grateful. We are settling as gently as we can into our new lives as a family of four.

Beth is a living doll. Evidence:

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Right at this moment she’s sound asleep nestled up at my feet in her MamaRoo.

That shiz is the bomb dot com, peeps.

Going into newbornhood second the time around, I knew I needed more arms so I could, you know, eat and pick my nose and function and write and type. I’d heard it was the loveliest pair of robot arms around, so I jumped all over it. Hunky love promptly called it “That Expensive Useless Piece of Crap”. Until we brought Beth home and she was unsettled but fell fast asleep in a couple of seconds in it. And then he renamed it “Thank God I Love It Forever.”

So that’s where we’re at with that!

Let’s talk BIZNESS PEEPS!

I’ve got a great question to answer this week. And I know, know, KNOW that there are going to be so many of you nodding your noggins as you read this one and that you will be able to empathize with what she’s saying.

Here’s the beautiful question I got:

How do I get past the uncomfortable fear of putting myself out there?

I know that people say don’t wait for it to be perfect, but still I wait.

So how do you know when it’s time to make that leap to really putting my stuff and me out there and how do you get past the fear?

Ohhh, let me sit with that for a couple of minutes. Can you feel it? Can you sit with it and breathe it in? Because I’m about to hit you with some CRAZY soul wisdom that will change your everlovin’ LIFE if you can take it in:

It’s not your job to wonder if you’re good enough.

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It’s not your job to wonder if you’re ready. It’s not your job to look at other people and compare yourself to them.

Your job is to do the thing that lights you up and that you love doing.

Your job is to love your mission and do anything to make that happen.

Your job is to show up, and share your light, and know that you will be fully protected and loved and alive as you do it because that’s what you’re born to do.

You no longer have to hide behind skirts. You no longer have to hide who you are. You are safe to be here, and what’s more you’re so needed.

What you do in the world is needed.

When you change your perspective from worrying if you’re good enough and instead really focus on the fact that there are people out there who need what you do, then it becomes effortless to reach out because you are so called forth by that passion that you have.

It is not your job to freak out. It is not your job to worry. It is your job to put your actions where your intentions are and to make it happen.

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But what happens when you hit a block?

Sometimes, YES – you will hit a big ole block.

As you are creating your amazing life and amazing business, you’ll come up against the hard shit.

You’ll come up against fear, self limiting beliefs, subconscious barriers.

I think this is such an important thing for us to discuss as entrepreneurs and as women who walk through the world.

Because so often we think we are alone in this.

We think we are alone in our stuckness and our blocks and our fears.

And we start thinking that maybe we should just STAY stuck. That it’s a sign that it’s not going to work out and that we should back away from our dreams. Because it’s all so hard and confronting and scary when you are there at the edge.

It’s time for a reframe.

It’s not a sign for you to quit.

It’s not a sign for you to give up on yourself.

It’s not a sign that you aren’t good enough.

All it is – is a magnificent, fantastic opportunity for you to heal your shit.

For you to grow into the next evolution of yourself.

For you to become stronger, smarter, more courageous, and more wildly that brave, powerful spirit that you are.

I’ll give a real life example of me hitting my fears:

I set this big intention to build my company into a seven figure a year business. And I so believe that by doing that we’ll be able to help even more people and we’ll be able to hire even more beautiful support staff and increase our philanthropic efforts as well. I wanna be the next Bill Gates of philanthropy, ya know?

Anyway, I set this big intention and then I hit this really big block and this block felt like real fear, and I kind of fell out of love with that goal. I was like well, I’m not sure if I want to grow that big anymore, and maybe I’ll just stay here and maybe I’ll just hide out for a bit.

And I knew I had to get past that block. It wasn’t my job to doubt my goal.

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So I always find it really, really useful to have somebody that is a healer of some kind – whether they’re a coach or a mentor or whether they’re a therapist, intuitive healer, kinesiologist, whatever works for you to work with that stuff – so I ended up talking to a coach and I also went to my spiritual healer and had a session around that.

And what came up was that I was stuck because I was afraid of too many privacy intrusions in my life. I had a subconscious fear that I was afraid of somebody being a crazy nutba, and intruding into my life here and my little family and that sort of stuff.

It was this deeply seated fear, and so I worked through it and healed it. I felt much less freaked out and I also had some actionable steps that I needed to take as well about sharing my personal information.

And once I felt clear and healed, I was ready to jump all over my goal again.

And I went ahead and made it HAPPEN.

But here’s the secret, you don’t actually need to heal ALL of your shit before you make things happen.

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You don’t have to wait to have all your shit healed before you get shit done.

All you need to do is heal stuff as it comes up along the way.

You’ll know when something needs healing because you’ll feel like you’ve just hit this big wall, and that’s the time when you bring out all your support to heal it.

And as your business grows, as your abundance grows, you’re going to get much more comfortable with spending money on healing and on those kind of supports – just because you realize that your emotional health and your spiritual support is really an integral part of you being able to step up and shine your light in the world.

I’ve still got stuff that needs healing, but it will get healed in time. I’m not going to be the perfect person right now because hey, I’ve got the rest of my life to heal that stuff. All I need to do is heal what needs healing now, and keep on doing what needs to be done. Doing my work in the world is healing to me.

Doing your work in the world is going to heal you.

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It’s such a freaking beautiful feeling that you’re going to get addicted to it, and you’re going to keep turning up every single day to get that rush of: yes, I’m doing what I was born to do. I’m helping the people I was born to help. I’m making it happen no matter what comes up, I’m making it happen.

So make that your mantra.

“I’m making it happen.”

Make that the reversal of all your fears.

You don’t need to focus on whether you’re good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, not weird enough, any of those things. Those are questions that don’t belong to you. They are not yours to consider. And they don’t FREAKING matter!

All that matters is you shining your light, doing the thing you were born to do.

Your job is to be your light. Your job is to be you.

It feels really nice to remember it. So whenever you feel the crazies come on, just make sure that you just go back to that knowing, that truth that lights you up, that love that pulls you forward.

Big love,

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Hello my lovelies!

It’s a season of change and birth here in my little corner of the interwebs!

As you may know (if you follow me on Facebook), my pregnacious self is now 100 percent LESS pregnacious and doubly mummy-licious as we have welcomed our second daughter into our family.

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Beautiful Beth was born last week after a fast labour. I’m so deeply grateful that she is healthy and well and here here HERE at last. It feels like an immense relief and celebration to be finished with such a difficult pregnancy (I was vomiting right up until minutes before she was born). She is stunning and precious and cuddly. And she has almond shaped eyes filled with wonder and peace. I’m so glad she’s here. Our little family of four is complete.

I’ll share her birth story soon. And more about hyperemesis gravidarum for any woman who might be going through it. For now, I’m percolating in that soft, sacred space of newborn-ness.

I’m so very grateful to the support of my midwife, acupuncturist/doula and my darling husband. And I’m grateful that Ostara is transitioning into big sisterhood with more grace than I could have imagined (she still has moments where she just wants her mama of course).

And I wanted to say thank you so very much for all your love and support during this pregnancy and birth. I am so grateful to walk this path with you.

What’s being born next…

Soon soon soon we will be birthing another online course here as part of the Amazing Biz and Life Academy (because birthing a baby just wasn’t enough for me)!

The new course is called the Double Your Biz intensive. It’s the biggest program I’ve ever created, and will show you exactly how to create your own rapid growth 6 figure dream business. It’s a massive program (worth over $2k) and will be released to our Academy members at the end of this month!

So, I thought for today’s wild and wonderful soul Q + A we might talk a little more about the biz side of things.

Here’s what the gorgeous goddess asked:

Is your awesomely fabulous business formula aimed at online information and subscription businesses only or does it apply easily to all businesses (for example: physical goods from a store, online and market stall)?

EXCELLENT fabulous amaze-balls question, my darling!

And the answer is a resounding, big fat YES!

The biz courses in the Amazing Biz & Life Academy are just as much for physical products and businesses as digital ones.

In fact-a-mundo, I have had quite a lot of experience selling physical products:

  • I’ve self published THREE books (and hit the top 500 books on Amazon with my last one). I’ve made over six figures in two months with one book alone!

  • I designed t-shirts & journals.

  • I sold art in art markets (along with selling through my website, and through Etsy.com).

  • I signed with a licensing agent.

  • I held my first solo art exhibition at 23.

  • I’ve run live retreats (both spiritual woo-woo types and biz ones!)

Some pictures to take you down memory brick lane of physical stuff I’ve made + sold

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Goddess in You paintings!

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Sacred crystal + goddess jewellery

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Custom commission family portraits

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Solo art exhibition

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My first book! Adorable!

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One of my tshirts!

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Art prints

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And yes, I have moved more and more into a digital way of life for my biz, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with selling physical products!  We all need bits and baubles and gems and journals and all the other good stuff you’ve got to sell.

Once upon a time, I was convinced that I was supposed to be doing something different with my life. I wanted my dream job. The one I’d always dreamed of. One that was artistic and soulful and creative and made me glow.

I would sit in my cubicle, and I would doodle on yellow looseleaf paper. One day, I wrote down on a piece of paper:

In the next 12 months, I want to make $30 000 doing what I love.

Then I tried to work out how I could do it by selling my art. The numbers didn’t add up. I had no idea how it was even possible.

But my heart longed for my dream so deeply that I decided I would make it happen. I got all crazy determined (like I do) & decided I was gunna find out the secret…

the secret of becoming a Business Goddess.

And so I DID.

That year, I made $30 000. The next year I doubled it. The next year I doubled it again.

And I’ve doubled and tripled my business every single year since – whether in the physical or digital world (it’s all the same stuff!)

And now we’re at close to a million dollars a year which totally takes my breath away.

Because here’s the thing, pandas—

Good business and marketing ideas apply to ANY business!goodbizprinciples

And there’s muchos lots of tips in the Business Goddess program (and the new one we’re cooking up!) about marketing and business building that will fit any any business.

Are there some sections that might apply more to digital businesses than physical ones?  At first glance, yup.

But I want to encourage you not to look at your biz through any kind of limiting lens like—I just have a physical business or I just have a digital business.

If you limit your vision of your business, darlinghearts, you’re limiting your business.

And one of the biggest things I know about running a business is that you’ve got to keep your mind and your heart open to different Prosperity Possibilities.

Invite in more Prosperity Possibilities Into Your Business!

Prosperity Possibilities are different income streams in your business, and just like lots of little streams come together to form big rivers, so your different big and little prosperity possibilities come together to create your 6 figure dream biz.

Prosperity Possibilities are all the different ways you can use your gifts to receive abundance, prosperity and divine dobleros into your life. If I had limited my vision to only selling my art, I never would have made my dream goals come true. So, maybe you can:

  • Run an physical art/jewelry/fashion gallery and also sell your goodies online.
  • Are a photographer in the physical world and sell prints online.
  • Are a photographer in the physical world and sell ebooks or courses on taking better photos online.
  • Practice Reiki, acupuncture, massage or another healing art in the physical world and sell audio meditations and self-healing courses online.
  • Help people get into shape, get their life in order, or get back to health in person, and want to branch out into Skype coaching or write your first book.

These are all amazing possibilities and you don’t want to tell the universe NO to them by thinking you “just” have a physical business.

Our gorgeous questioner got it right on the nose when she mentioned many different ways to sell—physical goods from a store, online store, and market stalls. All good!  All valuable!  All fabuloso Prosperity Possibilities!

Of course, running a physical business IS different than having an all-digital biz.

So I would love to gift you with some of my fave tips for physical, local businesses. These tips are awesomesauce whether you have a shop, an office, or a hybrid biz both online and in the physical realm.

Leonie’s Top 10 Physical Biz Marketing Tip-er-oos:

1 >> Make the most of your signage

If I had a local business, I would use the glass front as a big ‘ole signboard and write what’s inside the store, daily specials, who the store is for…
I would have signs inside educating people on why the business is special. Who it serves. I would have written testimonials and photos on the walls. I would have little cards on products. I would be using signs continuously to advertise who the shop is for, what you offer, how you can help people, and which product is for whom!

2 >> Create events related to your offerings

Create free or cheap nights where you demo products, give samples, do book readings, teach short courses… with everything optimised to sell a product or a program. This actually works whether you have a physical thing to sell or a digital download!

3 >> Leverage referral programs

Ask everyone who buys from you to tell people about you, give them extra flyers and business cards to hand out (even with a 10% discount). You can even tell people that if they get people to come to you, you’ll give them a free session/discount for every five customers or whatever. Get people yapping! EXCELLENT for art markets and such. Give ‘em a bag to put all their other freebies in and they’ll love you forever.

4 >> Ask away!

ASK your people what they want to see in your store!

Listen to them, work out what they are struggling with, talk about how you can help. In a real-world sitch, you have the ENORMOUS advantage of being able to talk to your customers face-to-face!

5 >> Book ‘em back in!

If you are offering a service, invite them to book in another session at the end of the session and tell them what you’d work on next time, or what regularity you recommend for them. Good—no, GREAT—for coaches, healers, any and all service goddesses.

6 >> Upsell upsell upsell

Upsell either on complementary products (i.e. if they buy crystals they might want to buy a pouch for them or a necklace holder for them) or ask if they’ve gotten presents for upcoming events (i.e. Christmas) – you could even say “If you want to get them now I can give you 10% off.”

7 >> Cross-promotion central

Can you do a joint venture with a symbiotic local store where customers are similar and might be interested in each other? Can you cross-promote each other with vouchers?  For example, a yoga studio might pair up with a local herbalist to talk about complementary healing. A massage therapist could offer discounts to members of a local gym.

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8 >> Grow your business muscles

Brainstorm with other business owners and help them come up with promotions and ideas for THEIR businesses… it will help you learn to apply marketing principles to your own business and you’ll see some amazing results… EVERYONE has great business ideas when they practice!

9 >> Be as popular as Katy Perry

Look at what your most popular product/service is.How can you replicate that? increase sales on it? get in similar products/services?

10 >> Who’s that girl? It’s JESS! No, it’s your target market!

This is the most important – really, really, REALLY know WHO you are selling to…Who is your target market? Think about WHERE they are hanging out already and how YOU can get them into your business… know what problems you solve for them and COMMUNICATE THAT in everything you do…

Of course, even if you are a local business, you NEED to get your online business stuff worked out, too.

  • Can I Google you easily by name?
  • What if I was just googling for your service/product + location?
  • Do you have a website with great photos and lists of what you provide with opening hours and contact details and how you can help?
  • Do you have social media set up?
  • Encourage people to post reviews and photos of your product.
  • Start taking a photo of one thing every day that you have on offer or that your target market would find useful and post it to Instagram, Facebook and other social media.
    Hashtag it with your location and descriptors of your business.

Most importantly my physical biz goddesses:

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Don’t dance with discouragement.

You have to stay motivated, enthused and have an open mind instead of always saying “that’ll never work for me… that doesn’t apply to my industry… I’m at the whim of the local market…”

Those kinds of sayings limit business growth, not open it.

So dive into the biz courses in the Amazing Biz & Life Academy with gusto and an open mind, precious!  You’ll find incredible goodness for any business!

How to get the most out of these tips (instead of, you know, just reading it and DOING NOTHING with them!)

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Take the time to actually PRINT THEM OUT.

And then get a pen… and start brainstorming ACTIONABLES you can do with YOUR business right now to start seeing results.

Remember: information is worth diddly squat unless you actually DO something with it.

Get in the habit of implementing every single day, and you WILL see positive growth in your business.

Found these tips helpful?

Please share ‘em along. May everyone in the world know that they CAN make a change, and see a difference in their lives and businesses.

With love and kindness,

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Hola lovely hearts!

We’re doing another A to another Q. Aka: peeps be asking me this shiz all the time.

So Imagonna answer it here. Just in case you are asking it too.

It’s the question of all ages. The Big Kahuna. The one we all toss and turn about with.

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Here’s what our questioning goddess asked:

I would like some tips for how to facilitate figuring out one’s divine purpose. I’m so ready to start my own endeavor, and I know I’m meant to do something. I’m just not sure exactly what it is. I’ve been searching for quite some time now, and I know everything happens when it’s supposed to but I would like a little help coaxing it along.

Awesome. Awesome. So to her and all the other soul purpose wonderers out there: she is so right when she says that it does take time, and it’s all a matter of divine timing. You find it when it finds you.

But we can help that inspiration journey along a tiny bit and give the universe a push in the right direction.

Have you heard that old joke, where the guy is praying, “God, please let me win the lottery, please let me win the lottery…” And then God comes down and says, “Meet me halfway—buy a ticket!”

It’s a bit like that.

So how do we win the soul purpose lottery? We’ve got to buy a ticket! I mean, you’ve got to show up and try things out…

Here’s what I recommend:

My recommendation is for you to play.

Now, when I say play, it may sound counter intuitive to making shit happen. But it’s not, because you’re playing with a goal in mind. You’re playing to find your purpose.

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Make a Play-List

Start by writing a list of all the things from your childhood and adulthood that you are really interested in, and include things that you’ve always thought: “OOOOH! That might be interesting to try out!” or “Gosh I’d really love to try that.”

You know—all the things that are on your bucket list of experiences that you want to have.

DON’T censor yourself!

Don’t think, “I can’t put that because my mum hates that,” or “I can’t do that because I can’t make any money at that.”

Because how on earth do you know FO SHO if you don’t try it out?

So start by writing that list and then seeing if you’ve got any matches that you can start trying out right now. Like ASAP.
Like classes you could take, workshops you could dive into, peeps you could align with.
Start playing and seeking.
Whatever sparks an interest for you, seek that out and see if that’s your home.

I mean peeps, this does NOT SUCK AT ALL.

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Getting to find your soul purpose is like the greatest fun on earth.

Stop making it a freakin’ chore. Stop making it your Eeyore story.

Write your damn list. And holy dinger, what a great to-do list it IS!

Try out all the things that you love, and see what sticks! That is an awesome job you have to do.

And when you find the one that feels like home, that’s the one that’s your soul’s purpose.

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Sometimes it’s a long road home. And that’s okay.

When I left school I was a really determined little shit… And I had no freaking clue what I wanted to do in this world! And so I went to three different universities. I studied so many different subjects and they were all subjects that I thought that I would be interested in.

  • I studied anthropology.
  • I studied psychology.
  • I studied creative writing.
  • I studied journalism.
  • I studied economic history.
  • I studied philosophy (I thought I would be sooooo into it, but I wasn’t.)
  • I went to art school.
  • I did summer school in art colleges.
  • I did illustration courses.
  • I tried out spiritual modalities like meditation and reiki and shamanic drumming and all that sort of stuff.

It was so much fun exploring all of that. I had a blast!

But the thing that resonated with me happened when I was 21 or 22, and I went to a women’s circle. I stepped foot there and I thought to myself:

This is it. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is home.

And it has been! And what’s more, it has evolved in different ways.

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It was such a perfect step into my purpose.

I ran retreats, I ran live workshops, and I did life coaching. I did oracle card readings. Then I started taking things more online. I sold my affirmations and spiritual artwork and prints online. And then I created creativity and spirituality e-courses and meditations. And I wrote books.

And all that evolved too, because I realized that I have a real passion as well for sharing my purpose in the biggest way possible and I worked out how to build my business muscles, and I realized I’d love to help other peeps and hippies with gifts do the same thing. So it all kind of flowed on from there. All in all: it’s been a blast. And I have no idea how it will keep evolving. I just know that it will. And that it will be ding dang glorious.

But I might never have found any of it (or it might have taken MUCH longer) if I hadn’t been so open and trying new things all the time.

Some of the groovy places I’ve landed + loved:

Playing with purpose

It’s a beautiful thing to play around until you find your soul purpose, and it doesn’t suck to play! It’s a great and a glorious and a wonderful thing.

Play isn’t just important to finding your soul’s purpose, either. Play can really be a spiritual practice. It can open up our hearts and our minds, it expands our creativity, it invites new people and things into our soul’s circle.

Sometimes I think we all get a bit too grown up and anal and brown polyester suit-ish and forget how to play… but IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT.

It’s your choice, party peeps. Play is ding dang essential to creating a life you can love and grow into.

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So I’d really encourage you to try out every little crazy thing that you’ve ever thought of and see what sings to you and see what says: here, here…

You’re home.

Get out there girl! A big, glorious world of joy awaits you!
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Hola darlinghearts!

You know what I thought would be coolio-moolio?

Because you really are the best tribe I could ever have wished and dreamed for, I thought I’d do a little blog-style Q+A and go back and answer some questions I’ve received that MIGHT just maybe possibly apply to oodles of you, and not just the one gorgeous soul who was brave enough to speak up and ask.

Because isn’t that how it always happens? The question on your lips is also in the hearts of a bunch of others who just hadn’t found the words yet.

Sound good? Yes? AWESOME. Here we go!

How do you work as a solo-preneur/entrepreneur from home and NOT feel isolated?

I work alone most of the time. And often feel very isolated. I have a home office but often will take my work to a cafe just so I can be around other peeps.

I think ALL of us just starting out in business (or even rocking it with a biz that’s going strong) have felt this way.

Because nobody knows your business like you do.

Nobody cares SO MUCH about what you care about.

And if all your friends/family/partners/cousins/etc. have day jobs and aren’t walking this entrepreneur path that you’re on, they just don’t get it, do they?

But here’s the superdy-duperdy important part:

YOU have to take action to get out of isolation.

Going to a cafe to work is a good start, but you’re really still kind of isolated unless you’re striking up conversations with strangers over your chai.

I’m saying go one step further. It’s crazy ridonkulous important to have a circle of like-minded biz peeps who know what you’re going through, who’ve been walking this path with you, who have maybe been there before and know the way.

As a matter of fact, I think it’s pretty much essential. One of my 10 lessons of building a heart-centered business is to surround yourself with peeps who are advancing souls.

You must must MUST be around people who are headed in the same direction as you.

If you’re the only person you know who is doing this amazing work, trying to change their life, trying to be more positive, trying to start a business, trying to grow a business or whatever…

Is it any WONDER you feel pretty dang isolated?? You’re missing out on a huge chunk of motivation, companionship, support + masterminding brilliance that comes from having that business camaraderie.

I have gotten so much out of my mastermind groups that I’ve belonged to. I know in my heart that they have been a huge key to my success.

It doesn’t matter what you call it — a mastermind group, an accountability partner, a biz goddess circle (my personal fave) — a community of other entrepreneurs to support you is ESSENTIAL to your business success.

How to find your own Biz Goddess tribe:

So, this is that action I was talking about. You have to make the first move. If you’re feeling this need in your life for community, you’ve got to go out and find it.

It’s a little like dating, but you don’t have to worry about whether or not to kiss at the end of the night. (I HOPE!)

Here are some good Biz Goddess Circle pickup lines and tactics:

  • First and tops is the Amazing Biz and Life Academy because this problem is pretty much exactly one of the problems it was created to solve! If you haven’t checked it out, it is a veritable LOVE FEST of amazing biz goddesses who are on the same path as you! It doesn’t matter what you do or where you live, there is a group in there for you — and if by some CRAZY MIRACLE you don’t immediately see your peeps, create a group and I assure you they will flock to it.
  • Go to an in-person networking event. But for the love of Petunia, be choosy about which ones you go to. Some of these are just AWFUL with a capital AWE because they’re mostly insurance guys and real estate agents throwing business cards at each other. YUCK. Check out Meetup.com and see if there are any biz events that sound like the might resonate with you.
  • Look for Facebook groups for entrepreneurs in your area. Lots of times they start on Facebook and then spill out into the real world in coffee shops and cafes and bookstores. Excellent place to find your people.
  • Co-working spaces are a hot thing now, and if you don’t have an office, they might be just the thing. They’re popping up in big cities especially, but all over the place. They’re basically a big space where entrepreneurs come to work TOGETHER in a community. Totally amazing.
  • Do you know any other small biz owners or entrepreneurs in real life? They don’t have to be in your field or your niche. In fact, sometimes it’s better if they AREN’T because they’ll have a different perspective on things. Ask them if they want to go on a biz date with you! Have a beverage and talk about stuff! And if it’s a good fit, you’ll feel it and be able to figure out what to do from there.

That last one could be a bit scary, couldn’t it? It absolutely shouldn’t be. Because just like there are other people who wanted to ask this question about being isolated, there are other entrepreneurs out there looking for connection.

If you need a little push, here’s what I would say:

I so respect the way you’re running your business and your life, and I was wondering if you’d be interested in getting together sometime to share and connect and mastermind and brainstorm together about our businesses. Would that resonate with you?

And if they are as amazing as I suspect they are (because you wouldn’t pick them if they weren’t amazing) they’ll say yes!

Don’t wait! Reach out right now if you’re feeling isolated.

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

All my love and good connecting juju,

loveleoniecircle

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The Self Care Smackdown: How To Stop Surviving and Begin Thriving! http://leoniedawson.com/self-care/ http://leoniedawson.com/self-care/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:11:34 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18172 Heyo! Just me again. With another one of those funny, short cheerleader videos. You know, those ones I do with tips and shit about how to be happier + make more moolah + magic in the world. You know, if you actually LIKE that sort of thing. You can watch it if you want. Or again, sea sponge yourself in the eye because you’d rather be a grumpy, broke, perpetually-procrastinating, eternally-burnt out fluffy duck. You totes have free choice in da matter. You can think [...]

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Heyo!

Just me again.

With another one of those funny, short cheerleader videos. You know, those ones I do with tips and shit about how to be happier + make more moolah + magic in the world. You know, if you actually LIKE that sort of thing.

You can watch it if you want. Or again, sea sponge yourself in the eye because you’d rather be a grumpy, broke, perpetually-procrastinating, eternally-burnt out fluffy duck.

You totes have free choice in da matter.

You can think of these little ditties as PRODUCTIVITY VIAGRA.

But cheaper. And potentially less shame around the whole thing. Oh I don’t care. Judgement free zone around here.

Stay rad.

I will stay pregnant. For at least the next minute.

Until my waters break.

Like NOW.

Or NOW.

Nope. Still pregnant.

Suspenseful, isn’t it?

While we are waiting for me to pop a baby, just watch the video okay?

Then go do your important shit.

And take care of you. Because you = the most incredibly valuable, rare resource you’ll ever have.

GROUP HUGS!

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Soulmate relationships are made, not found. http://leoniedawson.com/soulmates/ http://leoniedawson.com/soulmates/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:09:51 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18167 I wrote this post a year ago. It remains true today. Even truer than ever. Worth recounting. Worth resharing. Worth adding to (in italics). This is for you who has struggled in your relationship. This is for you who has cried in pain at the heart’s longing to unite with another’s. This is for you who is begging to be understood, loved and celebrated. This is for the pragmatic, the romantics, the idealists, the dreamers, the jaded. With love. * I woke up this morning, [...]

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I wrote this post a year ago. It remains true today. Even truer than ever.

Worth recounting. Worth resharing. Worth adding to (in italics).

This is for you who has struggled in your relationship.

This is for you who has cried in pain at the heart’s longing to unite with another’s.

This is for you who is begging to be understood, loved and celebrated.

This is for the pragmatic, the romantics, the idealists, the dreamers, the jaded.

With love.

*

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.

*

This morning I woke up and I forgot it was Valentine’s Day.

So did he.

He’d let me sleep in, just as he has every morning since I became ill with hyperemesis gravidarum a life time ago, at the beginning of this very long pregnancy.

I walked outside, did my morning ritual hurl, walked back inside. Made toast. We sat together and talked about all the big changes in our life and how we are going to navigate them.

Using our words as leylines, tracing each other back to the same place, the same page, so we could understand most fully what was on each other’s hearts, and our own.

And then we made up a lunchbox together for our daughter’s first “drop-off” day at kindergarten. The first day she would be in the care of someone other than her parents or grandparents.

We drove to school together, the three of this, and this bulging belly full of arms and legs.

And I smiled to myself. 

Soon, our threesome would become a foursome.

And we could call ourselves The Awesome Dawson Foursome!

It was only later, much, much later, after we’d sat in the quiet of our house for the first time, alone, together, in close to four years, that we remembered.

“Happy Valentine’s Day, darling. I love you more than 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 thought to myself this morning:

I love you more deeply and impossibly and thoroughly than I did a year ago.

The Leonie who wrote this post didn’t know then that nine months of a horrific, difficult pregnancy along with all manner of other calamities

would birth the most beautiful thing in the world:

a partnership of soulmates, two souls who had finally learned what it was to be a team, to face the world together, to want the very best for each other, to understand each other implicitly.

Two people who’d learn to live the vows they’d spoken.

Husband and wife. Soulmates. Parents. Through thick and thin. In sickness and health.

Because my ego is no longer at war with yours.

I no longer have to be right. I just want to be understood and to understand you.

*

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.

*

What we gave each other today was this:

He stood up for me. He told me that all he wants is for me to be happy and at peace. That no matter what, we can work anything out, because we are a team and he is on my side.

Then he trolloped off in boot and hats to fight never ending battles with tropical grass that becomes jungle in the blink of an eye, and weeds that fuck like bunnies and spread from yonder to hither.

And I sang to him “Living and a-working on the land” and he liked it.

I told him that I didn’t care what anyone else’s opinion of him or us was. At long last! At long last!

Leonie’s seek for approval has ended. And all I know is that I believe in him, and his goodness, and how dearly I loved him.

 

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.

*

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.

*

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.

*

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,

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Behind The Scenes: How I Created A Million Dollar A Year Business http://leoniedawson.com/behind-the-scenes-how-i-created-a-million-dollar-a-year-business/ http://leoniedawson.com/behind-the-scenes-how-i-created-a-million-dollar-a-year-business/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:48:49 +0000 http://leoniedawson.com/?p=18161 Dudettes, I am tired and pregnant and I’ve spent a lot of today cleaning up spew that just for a change WASN’T MINE. (My poor little girl has her first ever stomach bug.) So I don’t really know if I have it in me to give a good intro to this video and tell you why you should watch it. But if you wonder how I make so much shit happen… how I managed to create a million dollar a year business while working 2-3 [...]

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Dudettes,

I am tired and pregnant and I’ve spent a lot of today cleaning up spew that just for a change WASN’T MINE. (My poor little girl has her first ever stomach bug.)

So I don’t really know if I have it in me to give a good intro to this video and tell you why you should watch it.

But if you wonder how I make so much shit happen… how I managed to create a million dollar a year business while working 2-3 hours a day (less when vomming like a pregnant woman who is bearing the Holy Daughter Of Queen Vomatron)… and how I did it by the age of 31…

you probably SHOULDN’T watch this video. You should go stab yourself repeatedly in the eye with a sea sponge instead.

Or watch it. If you like. I’m too pregnant to care to be honest.

If you grow tired of the sea sponge stabbing caper, you can watch this and see the behind the scenes of my million dollar business and how it has doubled in size each year.

Word to your mother,

P.S. Incase you’ve been living on Mars having sex with Martians who, whilst attractive have zero emotional intelligence, the workbooks I talk about in this video are these ones.

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