Leonie’s 200 Life + Biz Goals In 2016: How Did I Go?

by Leonie Dawson on December 28, 2016

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Hi dearests, 

Earlier this year, I shared my 2016 goals publicly. I wanted to roll back around and see how I went with those goals.

I wanted to share as well – I’m not particularly having a Big Goal year. I’ve done a lot over the past eight years… and had some years where I’ve gone ballz-to-the-wall with goals. After so much moving and growing, this year, I’m much more about sweet domesticity and settling. So my goals reflect that. There ain’t no wrong way to do goals! They are really just the structure to help build a life and business you adore… however that looks for you and your family!

Overall, I’m really happy with where I ended up. There’s much more that I would have liked to have done… but when I take into account how life and health and business/staffing challenges happened in 2016… I feel pretty fucking rad at what I did do and where I’ve ended up!

It’s been a huge spiritual lesson for me over the years to be motivated by my goals, but NOT have my ego and worth tied up in them. I talked more about this with Kerry Rowett in this interview if you want to hear more!

And, as always, I’m so super grateful for my own goals workbooks… even though they’ve been used by over a quarter of a million people worldwide, I wrote them for myself first and foremost… and they’ve been one of the biggest blessings and guiding forces of my life and business over the last eight years.

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Life

  • Go on a health retreat
  • Increase my immunity
  • Tint van windows
  • Go horse-riding
  • Celebrate solstice
  • Do a large painting
  • Get fans installed
  • Do a picnic by myself
  • Do art date/workshop with Starry @ NGA
  • Get family photographs taken
  • Have BBQ with old work mates
  • Set up Wii and play games
  • Get painting for above bed
  • Have creative side projects (decide on some!!!)
  • Have a solo mama retreat
  • Do a digital illustration course
  • Do a daily creative challenge for 20 days
  • Experiment with Jade Egg
  • Get Lile to teach me knitting
  • Try tie-dying
  • Do some woodwork
  • Take Starry to something sacred (it’s in the works!)
  • Try Tigress Yoga or Yin Yoga
  • Read 52 books
  • Re-read “What We Say Matters”
  • Go to Cockington Green (planning to do it these school holidays)
  • Go on a road trip with Deb (we didn’t…. but we did spend so much time together! It was lovely!)
  • Go to Kingston Foreshore or get a Freakshake with family
  • Fix bicycle + go for ride (planning to do it these school holidays)
  • Replace curtains and blinds
  • Get shelves installed in wardrobes
  • Go to a concert or show
  • Read a good money book
  • Pay off mortgage on Property #1 (really close to that… feeling good about where we are financially)
  • Update wills
  • Make our house feel like a home
  • Plant tomatos and beans
  • Create poster for Golden Rules of Success + hang in studio
  • Stop sleeping with iPhone in bedroom
  • Declutter and get boxes to op shop
  • Get phone fixed/get new phone
  • Prune roses before Spring
  • Rearrange house and put bookcase in lounge
  • Order electric blanket
  • Order non-slip rug for long hallway rug
  • Finish Brené Brown e-course
  • Put up Zen Habits poster in my office
  • Have weekly solo mama retreats in bed
  • Get coat racks
  • Watch the seasons change
  • Max out super contributions
  • Quarterly financial planning meetings
  • Work out watering system
  • Fix foot
  • Make a creative nook for myself
  • Discover a new creative passion (planners!)
  • Go to Questacon
  • Go to Balloon Festival
  • Go to NLA exhibition
  • Finish “I’m Off Then”
  • Finish “Something New”
  • Read “Zim Zum of Love”
  • Keep regularly art journalling
  • Go on regular girl dates with Lil
  • Try San Churro
  • Get new king size bed
  • Get new headboard
  • Find a pilates instructor + do pilates weekly
  • Weekly food delivery
  • Beach holiday
  • Get wedding ring re-sized
  • Go to women’s circle
  • Get rugs + carpets professionally cleaned

Christmas Bucket List:

  • Order 2016 Instagram album (I usually order through Blurb, but its software is currently shitting its pants for the Instagram integration… waiting for it to de-bugify!)
  • Come up with advent calendar
  • Get family Christmas cards done
  • Write Christmas letter and send cards

Goals I Canned:

  • See the Christmas lights (didn’t. Daylight savings means we would have had to keep the kids up 3 hours past their bedtime to see them. #nope)
  • Read “5 Love Languages For Kids”(nope, wasn’t called to it)
  • Finish “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck”(nope, wasn’t called to it)
  • Finish “Quiet Power”(nope, wasn’t called to it)
  • Finish Bill Bryson’s “Home” (nope, wasn’t called to it)
  • Do quarterly personal plans (nope… decided it wasn’t the right thing for me)

Business

Biz Goals I Decided To Can

  • Batch-record video content in advance (it’s not my style)
  • New website design (yeah… NOT the right time for that this year!)
  • Finish reading “Managing For Dummies” (decided to stop focus on being a manager… I wasn’t born to be a manager… I was born to be a fucking ARTIST, man!)
  • Read great business biographies (canned that idea because burnout… I needed to read soul-nourishing creative and spiritual books instead. And trashy romance. Ohhhhhh how I love trashy romance!)

Philanthropy & Community – Completed

  • Build library through Room To Read (can read about it here!)
  • Sponsor more children (now sponsoring 8!)
  • Sponsor animals (sponsored an elephant, turtle and orangutan)
  • Donate to more land and animal conservations (donated $5000)
  • Make more loans through Kiva (have now made over 400 Kiva loans! Woot! So close to 400!)
  • Cook for someone who needs it (gave food delivery vouchers to a grieving family and bought a trolley filled with groceries for a refugee family)
  • Donate workbooks and diaries to charities (yay! 70,000 donated!)
  • Donated $1,000 to buying a Safe Bus for women in PNG
  • Donated $3,500 to supporting a Kenyan orphanage

I’m also cogitating over some of the big spiritual lessons I’ve learned over the last year. I hope to write more about them once they settle in, deep into my bones.

Thank you as always for sharing this ridiculously wild, amazing journey with me. I’m one lucky bugger.

Big love,

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