Today’s guest post is by my beautiful friend Leah Piken Kolidas. Me & Leah have known each other for what feels like a gazillion years in internet land. I’ve long admired her commitment to creativity, her incredible personal style and the eyelashes of her beautiful daughter. Leah is a mixed-media artist and creativity guide living near Boston, MA with her husband and daughter. When not chasing her one-socked toddler around the house, she enjoys painting, lounging with a cat on her lap, and laughing loudly. Leah leads the Art Every Day Month Challenge and the Creative Every Day Challenge at her blog, www.CreativeEveryDay.com.
As you know, I very rarely accept guest posts, but each year I like to invite some gorgeous, passionate, inspiring women to share their new year dreams, goals + miracles.
The more we hear of women dreaming big dreams and making them happen, the more it will become the “new normal” and fuel us to do just the same.
Introducing lovely Leah!
For the last 4 years, I’ve worked with Leonie’s beautiful Workbook and Planner. I love the way it helps me wrap up the year that’s ended and plan for the next year. I had never really thought about attending to the previous year before, but it’s a wonderful exercise. An important one I think, to honor what you’ve been through and what you’ve accomplished, so you can move forward.
(One of Leah’s gorgeous artworks!)
What I also love is how gently, but firmly Leonie helps you to not only define your goals for the year, but then also break them down into actionable steps. I think that’s where I lose a lot of stamina when creating resolutions. Smaller, doable steps with a date to complete each of these mini-steps is essential.
Here are a sampling of pages I’ve completed in the workbook so far. I especially loved filling out the gratitude page as I worked through wrapping up my 2012. Still have more to add, but it was great to appreciate all the wonderful things I have in my life right now.
In these winter months, when I tend to want to hunker down and nest a bit, I also enjoyed thinking of some things I want to do to make my living space more wonderful. I’m still working out what my big goals for the year are. I have a few, some that are simple, some a little scary. But a little scary is a good thing when it comes to big dreams!
Leonie is a powerful resource for making things happen and her 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner is a great place to start in making your big dreams happen too.
Thanks so beautiful beautiful L.
May we all become conscious creators of our own lives, destinies + businesses.
I know when we do, huge ol’ miracles will occur in this world.
All my love,