LATEST ACADEMY RELEASE: How To Create A WordPress Website

Hola gorgeouses!


We haz a new Academy course, Creating a Website with WordPress!!!!!!

This is the first of many tech courses to come, to help you actually IMPLEMENT + DO marketing for your business online without losing your tech shit.

Grant is the magical creator behind this one, and he is sage + funny + gentle + good at explaining stuff without making you:

  1. Want to poke yourself in the eye repeatedly with a cucumber from boredom.
  2. Feel like a tech-inept fool.

And you know… just get you to do the thing you need to do so you can get back to doing the things you love!

Here’s what he says about the course:

Finally, a course for the rest of us. The focus of this course is results – get started, get finished.

The reason we are offering this course is simple.

The WordPress platform offers users at all levels of ability a stable, secure, and featured publishing tool.

Want to expand, sure, WordPress can handle that. Need help, absolutely, there are thousands of VA’s, developers and designers who can support you on WordPress. Want access to great tools, drag-and-drop themes, and the top choices for e-commerce and bloggers all over the world, yep, WordPress is a great choice.

But before you assume something so powerful must be difficult, check out this course.

In under an hour, I will navigate you through installing, configuring, and building pages. Take a look at Divi, currently one of the top drag-and-drop themes and learn how to install and configure free WordPress plugins.

If you’ve been holding back, stop. Get started and get finished, with Creating a Website with WordPress.

“Grant’s walk-thru of WordPress is uber simple! I had a very difficult time with WordPress by myself. This course helped me figure it out!” ~ Becky


“Thanks Grant for turning something that I had given up on into something that I can be proud of. If you’re like me and you were afraid of WordPress and had given up on ever being able to use it, let Grant help you. It won’t take long and you’ll be amazed at what we can teach you.” ~ Laura


“Grant is my Website SuperHero… Leonie needs to paint you with a cape. Mr. Grant! This was the piece that was standing in my way – it was the way you explained/conceptualized how things fit together and showed the “design” pieces… and I could stop and do, stop and do. This really opens up the floodgates…THANK YOU!!!!”” ~ Sandra

Grant will be running Open Tech Hours during the month of October for everyone in the Academy to make sure everyone gets up + running with the WordPress course (and any other tech stuff they need to do in their business to get it booming!)

Sign up today to get this course, the incredible support you need + the rest of the 60+ biz + life courses!

To your thriving + shining!

Big love,

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60+ incredible courses on business, marketing, tech, creativity, spirituality, health + home –
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Got Questions About The Academy? I’d love to help!

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Hola banditos,

It’s been a busy, wonderful month for us. So very, very lovely to be welcoming in so many new Shining Academy members.

Lots of questions bubbling to the surface to, from beautiful souls wondering if the Academy is the right place for them.

Thought I’d answer them here publicly incase you’re wondering too.

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After the one year is up, do I have the option to renew at the same 12 month pp rate?


You will get to keep the part payment plan for the life of your membership!

We want to make it as easy and affordable as possible.

And even if we raise prices, you’ll get to keep it at exactly the same price of $49.95 a month.


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I don’t have a business yet, is the Academy still useful for me?


We have many peeps in the Academy that are there purely for life development + happiness.

There a metric butt-tonne of non-business-related courses in the Academy, including courses on:

  • clearing your creative blocks
  • decluttering and decorating your home
  • radiant health cleanse [including meal plans and recipes]
  • energy healing
  • meditation kits
  • and much much more!

You’ll also have available all the business courses under the sun for if/when you do start thinking about having a business. The Business Goddess e-course is a really great one to start thinking about ways you can receive abundance through a business.

And we’ve also got a course on Finding Your Soul Purpose in the works as well that you’ll receive in your membership.


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What if I don’t have a creative business? Would this still apply?


Read on here!

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I have a bricks + mortar business. Is this for me?

Indeedy do!

We have many bricks + mortar businesses in the Academy.

The business + marketing training in the Academy does apply to you – plus we have additional resources specifically just for you!

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Is the course content self paced? Any schedule for completion?

Self-paced, so you can dive into exactly what you need when you need it.

For extra accountability, you can jump into our monthly groups to work through + finish specific courses!

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Can I sign up anytime or is sign up only available during a sale or at specific times of the year?

You can sign up for the Academy anytime during the year currently. The extended payment plan special is only available for September, and closes in 7 days.

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How do I receive course materials and resources? are printed materials and CDs/DVDs included in the membership?

The Academy is an online training institute. All our content is delivered digitally as videos, MP3s and PDFs. You can print out any of the resources you’d like.

4 benefits to us being digital:

  1. It’s cheaper for you. If you received all the folders, CDs + DVDs, the cost of the Academy would need to be doubled or even tripled.
  2. It’s better for the environment. Just print what you need, or not at all.
  3. We can update the course materials for you + make them better continuously.
  4. There’s no limits to what we can create for you. We’re at 60+ courses already, and have plans for many more in the works. We’d be constrained if we had to create accompanying physical products for them. This way, we can just keep on giving you the training you need when you need it!

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Will this payment plan ever be offered again?

Good question. This is the first time we’ve offered this. ACTUALLY!!!! WAIT!!! I think we offered another monthly payment plan maybe 5 years ago?

So there you go. There’s the precedence! Ha! Half a decade!

Anyways, to sum it up – I don’t know if it will be offered again.

Maybe in another 12 months. Maybe not at all.

If you’re keen, you just jump on it now. I can make no promises about offering it again.

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Still got questions that need answering?

We can’t wait to hear from you! My Customer Happiness Officers are uber helpful + delightful.

Pop us an email now or fill out the contact form below + we’ll get right back to you!

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See you in there, precious!




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Get $10 000 worth of programs, masterminds + support for under $50 a month!!!!


All Your Feelings ARE Allowed


Hey guys,

I have a message for you this morning.

I want you to know that all your feelings are allowed and okay.

Not just the good ones, not just the “positive” ones. Allowing yourself to feel all your feelings does NOT mean you will “attract” “negative” experiences. I believe that is one of the most harmful myths in New Age ideology. Constantly brainwashing yourself to only say positive things and feeling guilty when you don’t is not healthy, truthful and it doesn’t allow us to feel at home in our bodies.

You are allowed to feel alllllllll your feelings.

You don’t have to deny one piece of yourself. This is “wholehearted” living, as Brene Brown would call it, and it’s the word that resonates most with me for this.

And I need to be super honest here — I come to this the hard way of learning it.

For most of my life I positive-thought my way out of everything. And when I was 27, it all crashed down around me. I had crippling post natal depression and anxiety from crushing down the truth inside me. The truth was that I was very angry, and very broken, and very damaged from many, many things – things that were happening then, things that had happened in my childhood.

Through sheer necessity, I started talking about the things that weren’t okay with me.

Started telling my husband, my counsellor, my intuitive healer. I slowly, slowly expanded the circle of telling to my dearest friends. The trusting and vulnerability courage grew at glacial rates. It is still growing.

Today, I’m committed to truth-telling and whole-hearted living.

It is not easy. But it is better than stuffing down all my feelings and only being okay with the “positive” ones.

So much more to say on this, but my kids are feeling all their feelings and need some help with that right now.

I just wanted you to know that you’re okay.

Your feelings are all okay.

I love you.


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The Hippy Who Knows Numbers [A GUEST POST BY GRANT]

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If you looked at or at Leonie’s many drawings and downloads, it’s possible you could come away with the idea the the Shining Academy is a drawing school for fairy godmothers, or at least the playground for a madwoman with a really nice set of colouring pencils. Perhaps the addition of biz and life words might cause you to think about learning to draw whimsical images of copiers, standing desks, and laundry baskets. None of this is true.

Sometimes, people mistake the beautiful, creative, hippie-looking (I can say that, I used those clear-rock-deodorants until I was fired from a job for offensive body odour) illustrations and stylings for a statement on the nature of the content of the Shining Biz and Life Academy. Or that perhaps this is really best for people who run fluffy, creative businesses that use metaphoric lentils to measure their profitability. None of this is true, either.

The Shining Biz and Life Academy offers step-by-step business training using proven methods that work. You don’t even need to own art supplies to put these principles into practice.

I can assure you that Leonie measures profits in dollars and systems by success.

Art is her gift – beautiful illustrations, drenched in lively and intense colors, usually hand-drawn and scanned. This is Leonie working her craft, but it doesn’t make artistic capability a requirement for getting great results in your own business from the Academy materials. Why not use beauty where it is available? It does certainly make moving around the place much more visually appealing. And that’s something everyone can get behind.

I’m speaking from personal experience here.

I’m not particularly in Leonie’s target market – for one, I lack ovaries. When I first met Leonie, she started coaching me in my own company. (Who does this?) If you’ve met Leonie in real life, you’ll know she does this with everyone she meets. You can’t turn off her bossy coaching nature anymore than you can turn off her annoying effervescent personality. She asks questions that are blazingly direct, and knuckles down right into the core of your business and what needs to change in order for it to survive and grow.

And honestly – when I first came into her rotation – I thought I knew her ‘kind’.

You know, internet-marketing types. A part of me thought she couldn’t possibly create the levels of success she has. (I really pressed her buttons once by calling her personality her “shtick”. Good thing Skype doesn’t have a feature that will box your ears… I might have been in physical danger a continent away.) A jaded part of me thought it was a fluke, or a fallacy. Over the last year though, as I’ve worked more and more with her, seen more and more into her business and into how her business brain works, I see how her success has been created intentionally, with good old fashioned strategy and business insight (and hard work).

I’ve worked with many, many business owners as an Infusionsoft Certified Partner, and in my background in tech, banking, non-profits and sales.

Leonie knows what she is talking about in business and marketing. I can’t say the same for many I’ve seen the innards of the business of. She is numbers, data, strategy and insight, all wrapped in a heart-centered, do-good business ethic (I’ve already spoken about her compassion and intensity here.) After several months of incessant head-hunting, I decided to throw my lot in with her full-time. It has been magical (well, except for this bit here and here). I share those also because you need to know – this is a real business, wrestling with real challenges, inside and out, and committed to adding real value in the world, not just harvesting dollars by selling a dream.

Bottom-line – the Shining Biz and Life Academy is a set of serious training tools for any kind of business. We aren’t interested in just helping one kind of business. We are in support of people finding the training and support they need to be successful at their passion and we happen to believe that the Academy is the best deal around for course content, the MasterMind, and consistent behind-the-scenes access to our team, our strategies, and our insights. You could say, the beauty is free – you’re welcome 😉

And we aren’t sitting still.

We’re making more content, and, surveying every member after they’ve finished a course to understand how it helped them and what we can do better. That feedback is analyzed monthly and we’re incorporating what we’re see there into upgrades, new content, and improvements. We see ourselves as servants to this great mission – The Shining Biz and Life Academynot just for artists, designers, and wild-haired types  passionate people who long to make a difference in the world through business. Our passion is supporting yours.

If this is you, make sure you check out our current promotion. In September, the Shining Biz & Life Academy is more affordable than ever.

Now – let’s be realistic for a second – online training has limitations, right?

I mean, for that matter, so does a MasterMind group. And Ask-Me-Anythings with a skilled, committed team, those are limited too. How do I mean? All these resources require effort to use them. We can’t do it for you. We are like midwives for your dream (okay, I know male-midwives are rare, just stay with me here). We do our best to provide the tools, support, and training that will help you be successful, but it’s your dream, it’s your baby, and you have to be passionately committed to doing the work. This is one of my favorite quotes:

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.” ~Vance Havner

If you’re ready to start stepping of the stairs of your vision, we’re ready to help!

I hope to see you around the Shining Biz and Life Academy!

Enjoy the journey,


Ready to take your business + life to the next level?

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New FREE Webinar Training: How To Double Your Biz With Testimonials

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Have ya noticed we’re a tango with the kewl things of late?


Last week’s webinar was such a huge hit, we’re doing another one this week!

“How To Double Your Biz With Testimonials:
How To Get Them Without Feeling Dirty
Or Annoying Your Clients + How To Use Them In A Way That
Actually Makes You A Buttload Of Abundance”

Join us to learn:

  • exactly what you need to do (including what software + tools you need) to gather testimonials that sell.
  • a system for capturing, recording + using testimonials that supercharges your business.
  • how to double your business’ revenue in the next 12 months through the power of testimonials
  • behind-the-scenes goss on how we collect + use customer reviews to build + revolutionise a million dollar company.

Click here to sign up for this free, intensive business training!

And please do share it along with your business friends!

See you on the call!

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