Shipping News: 1 December 2016

Hey petunias!

It’s time for an update on the Shipping News!

So! Here’s where we are at as of today:

All pre-orders have been sent. New orders are shipping within 24 hours of placing an order. HOORAY! Please note: this does *NOT* mean you’ll get it within 24 hours of placing your order. We ain’t Amazon, and we don’t have a crew of unicorn drones. YET. So yas, please note usual delivery times apply!

All pre-orders have been sent. New orders are shipping within 24 hours of placing an order. HOORAY! Please note: this does *NOT* mean you’ll get it within 24 hours of placing your order. We ain’t Amazon, and we don’t have a crew of unicorn drones. YET. So yas, please note usual delivery times apply!

Our boat got cleared through Customs + the workbooks landed in their warehouse on the 23rd November as we’d been told they would (at last!)… BUT……… it seems that their system got itself in a tangle + they have been holding off on orders, expecting MORE workbook stock to land in their warehouse. This has held up ALL orders coming out of the UK which is bonkerdoodles + frustrating-as-heck.

We’ve been pulling extra hours to get this whole clusterfuck sorted out, and now have their managers sorting the issue out for us because frankly this just isn’t good enough.

We’re working with them to sort out the problem as fast as possible (they DO have ALL THE STOCK THEY NEED to ship bundles + orders out to you!) and get your workbooks shipping quicksticks. We’ve asked for their firm commitment to have everything sent out by December 1.

I can’t say how sorry I am that it’s taken so long… please know it’s been out of our hands, and we’re doing everything we can to get these beautiful books into your hands.

Also: related but unrelated… I just started diving into the rabbit hole of Ancestry.com and have discovered my heritage leads back to England, Wales and Denmark. Which maybe is the reason for my obsession for UKTV? Either way… I feel like I need to come visit y’all in my mother countries! (Maybe when Beth is no longer a toddler because travelling with small children makes me want to stab myself in the face with a cucumber.)

So, all that to say: UK/Europe/Africa: your books are COMING. I am so freakin’ sorry that you’ve had to wait longer than everyone else… but the wait is nearly over!

And YES – you will get a shipping notification in your email when yours is sent!

I know you all are so very excited and impatient to get your books.

We’re doing our very best to make it happen. Some of those things that we have to wait on are out of our control – including Customs + warehouse inventory systems!

It’s always a frustrating adventure + my team + I are doing everything in our power to get these babies shipping as fast as we can.

We’ll continue keeping you up to date. Thank you for your excitement. Thank you for trying not to wee every time you hear the postman. Please try and refrain from sexually harassing him, but only if you can help it. We all know that you’re only human.

Hopefully next time I write this update it will be:


And in the good news stories:

  • We have all major cart issues fixed so if you have had any problems ordering, you should be right now! Otherwise, PLEASE email us (support@leoniedawson.com). We are here to help!!!
  • I’ve had FIVE staff working customer service full time and we’ve cleared the inbox deluge from launching + are back to a response time under 24 hours. Most excellent news!
  • Our affiliate competition is going OFF… $8,000 in cash prizes to be won (woot woot!) If you’re not an affiliate yet – sign up here.
  • We have sold out of over half our Business workbook stock – so if you haven’t ordered yet, get in now!

If you don’t have your 2017 Create Your Shining Year products yet… then GET THEM HERE!! Don’t wait, kitten, they ALWAYS sell out!!!


Love you all long time,

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Susun Weed Herbal Healing Workshop: My Illustrated Journal Notes!

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I heard about it on Facebook first…

Expressions of interest for a Susun S Weed herbal healing workshop here in the alpine mountains of Canberra.

I was allllll over it like hippy on chai.

Ya see, I have had Susun’s herbal healing books for years, and her book for Herbal Healing During The Childbearing Year was used over and over again as I experienced recurring mastitis in my lumpy boobfeeding bosoms. (I should say that I DID use antibiotics as well when it developed… but I spent much of my breastfeeding years trying to prevent/fix another bout of mastitis.)


The day rolled around… fast… and due to a wild calamity of conflicting deadlines… it ended up being on the exact same date as we were launching the 2017 workbooks! Luckily, my team had it all under control (aka: there wasn’t anything else for me to do!) so I scurried off for the morning to meet the great green goddess.


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I got there a bit early, and plonked beside Carrie the Candlemaker… it’s so funny… we met earlier this year at the markets. She had her candle store there, and I was wandering around… and she said “Leonie???? I have your workbooks!!!” and she even had them on her!! She takes them to the markets with her each week to work on them between customers! Amazing!

Anyways, we totally hit it off, and realised that not only did our kids go to the same school… but we were neighbours!

It was the rad. She’s adorable!


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Here’s me just about to drink a sacred elixir made by Susun S Weed.

P.S. it tasted like horse.

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I made Carrie hold my hand when Susun walked in because I was so excitable.

She was just how you would expect her to be… the passionate, playful, joyful, enthusiastic, mischievous voice of her books. What a glad blessing and a joy to witness her in person.

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She’s totally my style statement too… silk skirt, leggings, bare feet, printed tee, bra-free and bandanna! Live the dream, girl!

Here’s my sketchbook from that day…

I kept talking about the workshop with mates and promising to upload my sketchbook from it… so here it is!

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With these pages, she was talking about the sacred act of eating herbs (and everything else!) is ultimately the act of love. And counselled us against wanting too much “balance” in our lives… that our lives are at its nature dynamic and that’s the reason we are alive.

Then we got into the meat of the show… which was all about herb infusions which are highly nutritious.

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What a great way to get more nutrients in ze body!

I think the big thing I’ll take away from the workshop is this…

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That instead of “cleansing” our system of “toxins”… to instead nourish it with good foods + herbal infusions.

I think I’ll make it my word for the year next year!

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Afterwards, I got a selfie with ze Weed. She’s totally wearing my colours!

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So grateful for the experience.

When I’m 70, I want to be as Leonie as Susun is Susun… wild, free + completely herself.

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Big love,


Leonie’s Scrapbook: Workbooks, Summer and Birthdays!


Hola soul sistahs!

Here’s my latest scrapbook instalment! What have I been up to? Workbooks.

And a few other things. Haircut. Kids. Celebrated 2 birthdays. But mainly Workbooks.

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Back in October, the Dawso’s pad was invaded by Butterflies. This time THERE WAS A KOALA IN OUR BACKYARD. 

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I went to equine constellation therapy… which ended up evolving into “just” equine therapy… which was just what was needed. I cried a lot… both happy and sad tears… and was given so much healing and teaching by those horses. It’s still settling into my bones… and I’ll keep working with the lessons… go back and do some more… but I’m feeling grateful to have experienced this healing modality at last. Read more about it.

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I packed  for my week long health retreat… 90% art supplies, books, essential oils & a small weighted blanket. I even packed my own essential oil diffuser! Who cares about clothes… these are the real necessities in my life.

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I left my family for a week to be with myself on a health retreat.

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I returned home, happy to be beside my love again.

I spent the day on a bunch of calls coaching Academy members, hiring & getting ready to launch 2017 workbooks. Using essential oils to cure family ailments and feeling like an oil-dispensing shamaness.

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I snuggled with the girls. Beth likes to sit next to Angel and play with her ears… and Starry? Well Starry likes to sit as close to me as possible. I don’t know if you can tell.

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Summer is coming. We turn to greet her coming radiance in the garden each afternoon. Each year, my girls’ legs seem impossibly longer after being hidden in winter layers.

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I was down and out with round #6785 of sickness… these last six months have been so tough on my poor old immunity and body. I feel sorry for my poor husband… I don’t think he knew what he was getting into with the whole “in sickness and in health” thing… I’ve certainly had enough of it over the last 3 years!

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Confucius say: When in doubt, paint outside.

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Reading books to her collection of dog toys, small and large. #befflife

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I did a Facebook Live on the self publishing process, and talked lots about the 2017 Create Your Shining Year Workbooks!

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Motivational gobbledegook… just throw in as many meaningful words as possible and see what happens.

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I started my own Facebook Live cooking lessons! GF Peanut butter cookies!

(Thermomixed a cup of unsalted peanuts, a third cup of honey, an egg, a tsp bicarb and choc drops. Cook for 10-15min or until golden brown.)

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I sketched a little lot.

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I reflected on the upcoming US election. I know so many of us were anxious for it all to be over, and also anxious for what the outcome might be.

I want you to know, no matter what happens in the US, I’ll turn up here tomorrow and keep loving you. And we will do what needs to be done. And we will be in the soup of it all together.

A friend once told me something interesting that stayed with me – that volunteering and activism had increased during Bush, and decreased during Obama. Because… complacency, ya know? And I very much pray we don’t need a Trump to inspired the crowds of love in action again, empowered to make a change on a ground roots level because they see their government is not. I wish we all did this each day, no matter our leader.

But that’s not what I wanted to tell you. I wanted to tell you this:

No matter what tomorrow brings, I will be here. So will you. We will be here together. And we will do what needs to be done. Together. Because this world, and we, need it.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the knights in shining armour.

A circle of wise women linking hands across the world. A circle of support.

A million angels standing by, ready to bring love and compassion into the world.

In this together.

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After that shocking election result… a message to myself.

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Starry six years ago today… and today…

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I completed one of my Shining Year goals and had a Freakshake from Patissez !!!! OHHMEMMMGEE!

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Then, one day I woke up and I was 34.

My love made me a hot chocolate, and I watched endless birthday puppet shows put on by my girls.

I sat by the window and wrote a full list of everything I was grateful for over the last year.

Then I went for a walk down to a cattle paddock and got a bit lost so I trespassed through a golf course to get home again. There’s still adventures to be had. It’s been a hard year with lots of stresses and illnesses and other such calamities. I’m still healing and restoring my inner well. And I’m so grateful for a fresh new year to be born into.

Thank you world, for being the biggest, most beautiful and intense journey. Thank you for all the feelings, the good and the hard.

Thank you for teaching me how to be fully human while still holding the divine in my hand. I’m so lucky to be alive, and so very glad I’m a Leonie. 

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I reminisced about my unicorn donut from Patissez. You’re welcome guys. You’re welcome.


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Starry told me she wanted to take a photo of me… here’s how I’ve spent most of the past few weeks… getting ready for the launch of the 2017 workbooks.


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Grocery shopping for refugees, tears in my eyes and a full heart awash with love along each aisle. There’s many things I can’t control in this world, but this I can. Love and love more.

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I also celebrated that this beautiful man was born and that I’ve been lucky enough to share so much of that life with him.

Dawsy, I adore your spirit… its gentleness, wisdom, intuition, thoughtfulness, sensitivity, creativity. I also appreciate very much that you are sexy as fuck. I’m pretty sure I’ve never mentioned that before.

Learning how to love with you has been some of the hardest and best work I’ve ever done. We sure were stupid about love when we first started out… it’s a miracle that the thread that tied us together did not break… and has only gone stronger over the years.

We’ve learned, loved, laughed and adventures so much together… you’re my Siamese twin, the wind beneath my wings & my best mate. I’m so grateful our daughters have you as their sage, protective, nurturing Papa Bear.

From the bevy of girls at our home (wife, daughters, dog)… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

[This photo was taken the moment my husband became a Papa Bear nearly 7 years ago!]

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We did it! One of our Shining Year goals this year was to get a trampoline for the kids. We ended up buying a Vuly as a few friends have them and love them. Two hours of installing with Mr D and we’re done. The kids have been bouncing happily ever since… I think Trampy will be our new babysitter! Ha!

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This is how we roll. #girlposse

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“Mum! I’m giving birf to a baby named Beff!”

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Just creamed my pants over a completely ticked off to do list. #satisfaction

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As Confucius once said “Misogyny can suck its own dick.”

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So one night, I was using up food scraps from the fridge and attempting to make peanut satay sauce… which tasted HORRIFIC. And I started doing a Facebook Live… and ya’ll gave me cooking lessons… and we fixed the sauce together… and it ended up tasting AMAZING. Chris says THANK YOU!
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We went for a walk along the lake and recreated a photo we took 14 years ago when we first moved to Canberra, in front of our favourite library.
We were so young when we first moved here… we are both more solid and grounded and our love is so much deeper and stronger.
Being 20 was hard. Being 34 is easier. Don’t get me wrong – there’s harder things to face, but we are bigger, stronger, more resilient.
Giving birth, raising kids, going through chronic illness and family dramas, facing down business challenges… all of that “tests the mettle.”
I just looked up the definition of that and it says: “Mettle is the courage to carry on. If someone wants to “test your mettle,” they want to see if you have the heart to follow through when the going gets tough.” That is such a perfect description of life at times. It wasn’t always pleasant… but I’m grateful for it.
A soul’s strength forged in the flames.
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What time is it? Time for mama’s weekly solo retreat to bed to dream and write and fill her well. I’m still working on my 2016 Shining Year workbooks… I tend to start 2017 in a couple of weeks… I know some have started now though because they are super keen.
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New hair don’t care. YOU CAN SEE MY CUT MY HAIR LIVE (!!!!!) HERE!!!
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My new haircut is settling in and behaving itself so well.

Spiral Line

Okay angels, that’s all from me this month!

Have a delightful December!!!

Love, love, love,

Love Leonie With Workbooks


What’s The Secret of Top 1%ers?


Now, we all know that I talk about goals a LOT.

Almost as much as I talk about how hot Mr D is.

There’s a reason I talk about how hot he is (because he’s really hot and I can’t not tell people what I’m thinking about).

And there’s a really, really good reason I talk about goals so much and even write best-selling goals workbooks.

Because they are a HUGE reason for my success.

They’ve been the powerhouse behind creating a company that generates over $3 million a year, why I still do it while working part-time, why I’ve been a finalist for myBusiness Australian Business Woman of the Year and Ausmumpreneur of the Year.

And I’m not a ding dang anomaly here guys…


Not just me and Dicky B… but the stats back us up too.

Research by Dr. David Kohl shows:

  • 80% of Americans claim that they don’t have goals
  • 16% of them have goals, but they don’t write them down
  • Only 3% actually have written goals, but they don’t review them regularly
  • Only 1% has written goals and they review them regularly, and these are among the highest achievers in the US

Or for those of who you read in images like moi:

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or in pie charts:

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OK, so whether you’re in the US or anywhere else in the whole wide world, if you’re one of that 1% that’s writing down your goals and reviewing them, HOLY MOTHER!  You’ve just raced to the front of the line, haven’t you?!?

And, I mean, for what? For making a doodly little list!!!

That’s part of the reason why the Shining Year workbooks have been such a huge best-seller… because they guide you through that exact process… creating gorgeous, inspiring goals for every part of your life (and business if you have one!) We double our sales every single year… and we don’t sell in any stores… simply because once a person uses them… they see HUGE results in their lives, and they will use them every single year… AND they’ll tell other people about them as well because they want to share the joy along! It’s been so magical to witness… and to hear their stories of success and dreams come true. All from such a simple, powerful thing.


So if you really want your dreams to come true… here’s your three step formula to success. Around here I’d make some fancy dance reference, but I am really fucking uncoordinated and can only dance The Running Man and The Leonie Crazy Dance. But pretend I’ve made a punny dance reference, and we can both pretend to be cultured normals, okly dokly? HIGH FIVES!

Enough of the ridunkulous, here’s the juice…

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Step 1. Think up some goals. (Or just answer the questions you’re guided through in the 2017 Shining Year workbooks!)

Step 2. Get ’em out of your head. Write them down.

Step 3. Regularly review them.

It’s that bloody simple guyz.



If you haven’t already – order your 2017 Shining Year Workbooks (or go get yourself one!), review your goals, and make them happen!

And if you haven’t already, join the Facebook group for workbookers.

Goal setting is practical magic, my lovelies, and you can make it happen today.

To all your biggest dreams,

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Leonie Dawson International Makes Its 400th Kiva Loan!



I am DEEEEELIGHTED to announce my company has just made its 400th loan to entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva. Well… our 403rd… I made 6 loans at a time so we shot over the goal. Makes me gloriously happy though… to get to 400 loans was one of my Shining Year goals for this year! We’re still ranked in the top 1% of lenders worldwide and have been since 2014 which I’m so bloody proud of!!!


We also have an amazing Kiva team made up of our wonderful tribe (aka you lot!)… and together we’ve lent over $60,000 (!!!!!!) You’re most welcome to join us if you like… it really is an amazing way to do philanthropy!!!!


It costs only $25 to make a loan… AND it DOES get paid back to you (!!!!!!!)… so why in the heck wouldn’t you do it?


May our actions align with our intentions… aka may we put our money where our mouth is and be the change we wanna see in the world!


P.S. When I went to upload these photos, they were sitting beside this AMAZING t-shirt design I made.

I told my team I wanted to make more illustrations of boobs, and they requested a t-shirt.

Ever the humble servant to dreams, I made it happen licketysplit.

I feel like this is potentially some of my best work yet: