Switch Off Sunday: Portrait Party Time!

Hola gorgeous Goddess,

Hurrah! It’s that beautiful day of the week again… that ritual of making all or part of our Sundays switched off… logging off our computers and doing some of those things I really wanna do!

Why do I make it a ritual? Because… all of us know it would be better to take time off from being online… but as the days roll by, we forget to do it. By making it a weekly ritual, it becomes part of our gorgeous routine… and becomes integrated into our luscious life.

You can join me by taking off the whole day, the morning, the afternoon or just a couple of hours off from being online.

Just remember: Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader & all the blogs in the world will still be there tomorrow. Stop pressing refresh, and let’s go give our gorgeous goddess lives some soulful, joyful, creative time offline.

Welcome back, sacred Sunday!

Here’s a gorgeous idea to do this Switch Off Sunday!

Have a portrait party with someone! Your partner… kids… friends… online or offline!

My goddess sister Pixie & I did the above portrait swap a couple of years ago ~ we haven’t met face-to-face yet this life… but this doesn’t stop us from portrait partaying it UP!


What are *you* going to do this Switch Off Sunday?

Otherwise ~ you might know already what you’d like to focus on for your Switch off Sunday… If you’d like some more ideas, head on over to the masterlist of magnificent possibilities by clicking below:

I’d love to hear the story of your Switch Off Sunday!

If you are feeling called to sharing about your own day, I’d love to hear it and share it here. Email support@leoniedawson.com with your words + pictures. *mwah!*

Need some accountability?

  • Take a pen & paper out and write down how long you will switch off for, and what your glorious possibilities are.
  • Write it out in the Comments Circle & check back in later.
  • Blog/photograph about your Switch Off Sunday using the button above once you are done!

Happy Switch Off Sunday gorgeous Goddess!

big love!


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Peek into the Creative Goddess Studio of Tara Swiger

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

Today’s studio peek is into the creative goddess studio of Tara Swiger. I heart this pink haired maven of all things deliciously colourful & fibre-ish oh so much 🙂

1. What do you create?

I dye eco-friendly fiber and spin into tasty, colorful inspiration for knitters + other crafters!

Pixie Dust handspun yarn

Hemp Laceweight in Pomegranate

Leonie Yarn :: dooooooooooooood. yarn inspired by me??? colour me flipping delighted!!

2. Where do you create?

I do my computering at the local coffee shop in the mornings:

I do my fiber work in my upstairs studio, in my sweet little farmhouse:

with my trusty pup nearby:

And under the watchful eye of grumpy Andre:

On sunny days on my front porch:

3. When do you create?

Whenever I can! I spin in the afternoons, with the sun slanting into my studio or on the front porch:

Almost every day I put a pot of dye on as soon as I can and I write and think whenever I can, with my trusty notebook always on me!

4. Why do you create?

It can’t be helped!
I believe EVERY one is creative and that creativity can be expressed in a zillion different ways.
Sometimes my creativity comes out in building my business, sometimes it expresses itself in yarns and fibers, sometimes in my writing.
Allowing that creativity out, allowing it to play, brings me a sense of calm and peace and it ignites my passion for life!


Thank you so much Goddess Tara for the peek into your studio!

To check out Tara’s gorgeous wool goodies, head to her etsy store or boutique website.

And if you are like me & love looking at wool but can’t knit… she has also created a Learn to Knit kit!

Yay! Thanks beautiful Tara!


happy gorgeous rainbow woolly days,

The Creative Goddess e-course is six weeks of creative + soulful projects, art & meditations!

{and it comes recommended too…}

“Goddess Leonie lovingly and intuitively holds sacred space for enormous healing work.. much deeper and more powerful than I expected. Her work, if you’re willing to surrender to it, delivers you to the heart of your creative blocks and empowers you to dissolve them. All the while having fun, kicking back with my sisters in the circle and getting paint on my hands!”

– Goddess Sara soularchitect

Last call for enrolments!

Hola! It’s QA time!

Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, Leonie used to work in finance.

In a government department.

I know… hilarious, right?

It was like being a unicorn in suburbia.

Anyhewsles, I used to joke that I was there on a secret mission to inject glitter right into the centre of the government monster. But maybe I wasn’t joking.

During my time there, I managed to do oracle card readings, hang cute drawings of angels over everyone’s cubicles, hug the division managers and have line-ups for my shoulder massages. Mission: successful.

So, I do have a point here… Apart from doing my secret-unicorn-glitter-mission, I did normal work too. Funny things called quarterly reports and traffic light reports and budget thingmajiggies. And a whole bundle of a thing called QA – Quality Assurance.

Excuse me while I… *snorrrrre* oh, woopsie daisy! I just fell asleep 😉

Leonie is so heart-glad to be working full time as a goddess now… not just a goddess masquerading as a public servant.

Anyways, so when I typed QA back there in the title, I had a finance reporting flashback. Please hold me.

My point – and I do have one – is it’s QA time! But this time it’s just me answering all your questions that have been cropping up about the Creative Goddess e-course I’m running at the end of this month.

So if you’re not really interested, here is the time for you to go make yourself a big mug o’ hot chocolate/chai/celestial seasonings 😉

hokay! onto the question-makin!

I’ve already taken this course – can I sign up to do the circle again?

Yes you can – choose the Upgrade option on the enrolment page, and you get it for just over half price.

Can you tell me the benefits of re-enrolling again? I finished the Creative Goddess course a couple of months ago.

Guten question, divine hottie!

All the courses at Goddess School are now wrapped up. For the last six months or so, my dear friend & goddess sister Sone was running the Goddess School circles for me so I could concentrate on becoming a mama. I absolutely couldn’t have done it without her… and am so grateful that Goddess School was able to continue so goddesses could keep on circling & doing this gorgeous goddess work.

And now I’m ready to run the circles again. So when you re-enrol, you get access to the private Creative Goddess Circle for the six weeks. You’ll get to connect with me ~ and I share as much insights and goddess wisdom as I can in the circle with each goddess. And you’ll also get to connect with more goddesses on the journey.

For me, circles are the thing that change the world. I know my life is incredibly richer and more beautiful for having womens circles in them… whenever women circle, miracles happen.

So that’s what I’m dedicated to creating for women, wherever they are. Because we all need a place to come home to. We all need women sisters. We all need miracles.


When is the next creative goddess course being run?

Not for another three months or more, me thinks. Actually, probably muchos more than that – in three months, we’ll be moving across the countryside to our homelands… so it will be a while after that.

So at this stage, the answer is living in unknownsville. If you can make it for this circle, hurrah! If not, hopefully our timing planets will align at some stage 🙂

How much time do I have to dedicate each week to this course?

At minimum I would suggest the course would take two hours a week – but that can be split into 30 minute blocks to integrate into your days. Also, if you find you still don’t have the time, you can access all the course materials for six months so you can take a month to complete a week if you need to. The six 30 minute meditations are worth more than the price of the course – esven if you just use these

you will get so much value out of them – they are transformational, healing and creativity-inducing all on their own.

And if you’re wanting to know what other goddesses have experienced from this course… here’s what they have said:

“I would really like to express my appreciation to you for the 6-week Creative Goddess Course. I think it is one of the most wonderful things I have allowed myself to do in many years. The course released so many things in me, and I am so pleased and grateful that I actually followed through on it for the duration. Your meditations are so beautiful, and I listen to them often, usually before I go to sleep. And watching you in your videos not only helped creatively, but inspired me in the sense of a “way of being” that I had clamped down within myself for a very long time. So to you and all the beautiful creative goddess-sisters I have met in circle, thank you so much.”

– Goddess Donna

“Today I did project one from week one of the Creative Goddess e-course. I just wanted to let you know that I am in love with what I created, and I feel as if I have already gotten my money’s worth! You are an amazing teacher, and filled my heart with happiness and peace the second you started talking.”

– Goddess Katrina A

“I dont even know if I can put words to what the experience has been for me – it was life changing! During the space of the workshop I saw my energy shifting and my soul shining. It unlocked a deep sacred knowledge that I found most profound. I was reminded of how much I love to paint. I was reminded of how much I love connecting with other women in sacred space. I was reminded of how much I love the land. I reconnected with the true me! You are Wise Woman. Healer. Guide. Sacred Teacher. All of this and more. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this experience.”

– Goddess Sonya

I hope these help somewhat dearheart in answering any questions or doubts you may have… Do let me know if you have any more questions. 🙂

The next Creative Goddess course starts this Sunday May 30 :: only a couple of days left to enrol to be a part of six weeks of meditating, creative projects, wisdom + sparkling inspiration.

For more essential info + to enrol + to check out the new scrummy handdrawn page, head over to this page.

Today is scrumptious! Let’s go out and eat it! 😀

love you big,

what our days {& nights} are filled with

my mama coming to stay for a month : divine decluttering to the zen zennith : getting our cottage ready for sale : a trip to emergency {we’re ok!} : an exploding lightpole outside our house at midnight : 12 weeks until we move : my first mama’s day {chris brought me a family photoshoot to celebrate… perfect just perfect… can’t wait!} : a bazillion morning tea dates to eat gf spinach & fetta muffins {just the 3 of us} : canberra getting brrrrrrrr cold again : finding utter affinity with other mamas : having a baby convention with chris’ cousin & friend & two sets of grandparents : thinking about the practical + nuturing nature of multi-generational living : still finding my feet of being a mama + lover + business goddess : going to bed at 6pm every night {it’s my best night-time feeding survival mechanism} : her first big smiles : how vocal she is + how she loves to play with sounds {i think she might be an early talker} : thinking “modern family” is hysterically funny : finding my way on my mama journey

and of course, typing all this with a sleeping ostara mermaid in one arm, all jazzed up in a tie-dye wondersuit.

my arms, my heart, my life + my eyes are filled with her light.

happy sighs,

Peek into the Creative Goddess Studio of Nina Beana!

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

Today we are peeeeeeeking into the beautiful studio + life + loves of Nina Beana who I muchos adore…

Nina gilbert, aka “nina beana”, is a mama, a crafter, a self-taught artist, a massage therapist, and a doula. she loves to play with color, vintage ephemera, children’s books, and acrylics. she’s also mighty fond of poloroids and photobooth strips. nina loves to take pictures of bright, beautiful things that make her happy. you can find her waxing poetic on the power of positive thinking, entertaining the masses in her cozy home, or being climbed on by her three wild children.

Where do you create?

i create mostly in a shared space in the front porch of my home. i say “shared” because half of the space is where i keep my work table and sewing machine and supplies, and the other half is

kid-friendly- toys, paints, baskets of fun stuff placed at grabbing level. the line between “theirs” and “mine” if often blurred- and often the space on the edge of my desk has drawings and presents and playdough balls. my inspiration board (and inspiration dressform) hangs above my desk and is also a revolving space that is constantly being changed, added to, or reworked altogether. sometimes i like to unpin everything, put stuff into envelopes, and send my little inspiration pieces off to friends. and then i get to start being inspired all over again! i have a great affinity for vintage children’s book illustrations, paint chips, photobooth strips, love notes from my kids, recycled things, things from nature, and discarded bits.

What do you create?

i create quilts, notecards and postcards made out of recycled or salvaged papers, notebooks, most of the gifts we give as a family (and when you have three kids…that’s a lot of birthday parties!). most of the supplies i use are free, thrifted, or very low cost. plus, it helps to have friends in the antique business who always gift me with the best things to use in my work!

i’m pretty all over the map and like to change up my creative adventures so i don’t get bored. i also paint (mixed media) and take photographs. i’m sure there’s a million other random things (some epic failures, but sometimes those are my favorites!) that i’ve created over the years, but the ones mentioned here are the things i love working on the most.

When do you create?

i usually create during lulu’s (my youngest) naptime, or in little spurts throughout the day. because of the way that my crafting space is designed, i can create alongside the kids and find ways in get them involved in the process. sometimes i’ll say “does anyone want to put my pins back in the pincushion?” and they’ll be lined up to help. cutting felt or fabric scraps is also a fun way to keep the ki

ds busy. i’d like to be one of those people that can stay up late and craft alone, but i’m usually burnt out by 7pm and heading for bed, so i rarely create anything after around 5pm.

Why do you create? {What informs & inspires your work?}

i’m inspired by other artists, by recycling, by sending off beautiful things into the world. i love color and texture and creating things with my hands. i love getting together with my friends and family because that’s what fuels my creativity the most. i love making lists of goals and then checking them off one by one, no matter how lofty or unachievable they might seem when i first write them down. kids inspire me with their creative abandon. sleeping inspires me. birth inspires me. the changing of seasons always sparks a big creative burst for me- and since spring just sprung here this past weekend, i’ve been a creating machine!


Thank you so much beautiful Nina for being you… I adore how you mesh life + love + children + creating…

find out more about nina here: www.thewholeself.blogspot.com.


5 days left to enrol in the Creative Goddess e-course :: six weeks of meditations, creative projects, joy, healing & transformation!

What other goddesses say about this course:

“Today I did project one from week one of the Creative Goddess e-course. I just wanted to let you know that I am in love with what I created, and I feel as if I have already gotten my money’s worth! You are an amazing teacher, and filled my heart with happiness and peace the second you started talking.”
– Goddess Katrina A