Podcast Interview with Amber Lilyestrom

Treasures,

This morning my podcast interview with Amber Lilyestrom went live!

Amber put together a list of everything we covered WITH TIMESTAMPS!!!! Omg. So awesome.

Here’s the podcast breakdown:

  • All about today’s guest, Leonie Dawson [ 0:30 ]
  • How to build community in business [ 7:50 ]
  • About the importance of sharing [ 10:30 ]
  • Why creating on-demand is energetically beautiful [ 21:40 ]
  • How to create space for our ideas [ 25:00 ]
  • About rightsizing [ 31:20 ]
  • Advice for growing our businesses [ 42:30 ]
  • Why we need to be unapologetically + joyfully ourselves [ 50:30 ]
  • How to free up space in our brains [ 52:55 ]
  • What Leonie would tell a former version of herself [ 56:00 ]

You have FOUR whole options to get myself and Amber in your ears:

  1. Amber’s website
  2. Spotify
  3. iTunes
  4. Libsyn

Cannot wait for you to have a listen!

Big love,

 

 

 

 

 

Today We Get To Donate $11,819.11 to Australian Wildlife!

Dearests,

Thrilled to announce I’ve been able to donate $11,819.11 to Australian Wildlife Conservancy thanks to your Goal Getter Mastermind enrolments!!!

The animals and land thank you!!!!

I believe deeply in the work that AWC are doing to preserve our natural spaces. They are an important piece of the puzzle to solving climate change.

“AWC is the largest private (non-profit) owner and manager of land for conservation in Australia. We protect (alone or in partnership) more than 6.5 million hectares including in iconic regions like the Kimberley, the Top End, Lake Eyre and the south-west forests. Your gift will help fund AWC operations around Australia, allowing us to deliver effective land management to protect 72% of all Australian mammal species and 88% of all Australian mainland bird species.”

You can find out more and support them directly at www.australianwildlife.org

Let’s go change the world together, dearests. This world (and us) desperately need it.

Big love and blessings,

The Great Annual Workbook Giveaway For Non Profits – 2020!

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Hey loves,

Are you a social worker or a part of a non profit organisation?

Does your organisation work with underprivileged or disadvantaged people?

Or do you know someone who is?

We’d love to donate the 2020 My Shining Year workbooks to you for using with your clients – as many as you’d like!

We can supply both Life and Business editions – whatever you feel would work for your clients!

Every single year since the beginning of the workbooks, we have been donating them to non profit organisations. Sharing the workbooks is my way of being able to visit even more places, helping raise spirits and creating change in the world. This year the workbooks are published by BenBella. I am incredibly grateful that they are willing to carry this philanthropic tradition on!

To Apply:

To apply for free workbooks for your clients, just fill out the form here + my lovely support fairy will be in contact in the next few days.

Those donated workbooks have been used by over 200,000 (!!!!) souls around the planet who needed them, from organisations that included:

  • schools using them for teenage girls
  • women’s shelters in the United States
  • Indigenous Australian women’s services in Sydney, Australia
  • disadvantaged women advocacy services in Cambodia
  • animal sanctuary in the United Kingdom (used by their board to business plan their charity! Hooray!)
  • aged and elderly services in New York
  • cancer survivors in England
  • women’s charities in Zimbabwe.

The feedback from the organisations has been really, really wonderful.

Organisations got a lot out of it, their clients got a lot out of it. Clients felt much more inspired, motivated and empowered after using them, and often requested more workshops to have accountability about following through on their goals over the year.

I got this heart-warming email from one of the case workers who used it:

“A few months ago I applied to use the My Shining Year workbook in a community agency. I would like to share with you how the non profit organisation has used the workbook to support clients.

As you might know already our town had its biggest flood in history. There is a whole suburb that went under here and many other places were badly affected. Homes and business were so badly flooded that they won’t be rebuilt again. Many people have struggled after this natural disaster. After reading the offer for the use of the workbook I had a great idea to support women who had been affected by the floods by using this workbook. I went and developed a full day workshop based around the workbook.

As we are non profit organisation and are always needing funding to continue our work I put a proposal together and put it forward to 2 community groups that I thought might help. Zonta and Rotary inner wheel very generously donated money so we could print the book out for participants and funded lunch for the workshop. The workshop was free for all women who attended.

We set out to run 2 workshops, which ended up filling very quickly so we had to put on another one. 40 women in total have attended over 3 workshops and have worked through the workbooks. These workshops provided a space where these women could come together to share of their experiences of the floods and begin to imagine a brighter future for themselves and their families.

The women were all deeply grateful for the workbook and for your generosity to allow us to use them. The workbook was the perfect platform to help these women move from feeling helpless and overwhelmed to feeling empowered.

The feedback from the workshops has been very positive and we would like to continue our work throughout the year to support women who have been affected by the floods.”

This makes me weepy, to be honest. To think of the workbooks helping women in the floods… and now they will help those affected by the fires as well.

This year we want to help even MORE.

That kind of feedback is exactly why we offer this program – to make the workbooks available to ANY soul who needs them to help them create goals for their families, lives and businesses, and inspire them to reach them.

Some essential admin notes:

  • Please note these are EBOOKS, not printed books. We’ll provide you with PDFs and a licence to print as many as you need. PDFs can be printed out or filled out electronically. You’ll also receive a short guide with instructions/suggestions on how to use the workbooks with clients.
  • You can order them for as many clients as you like – the more the merrier!
  • The workbooks can be used with men, but the language and imagery is definitely orientated towards women.
  • YES – if you’ve received them in past years, we’d be delighted to continue donating to you!
  • This offer is ONLY for registered non profit organisations. This is not a workbook giveaway free for all. This is not for individuals. This is not for practitioners to giveaway to paying clients. This is only for registered non profit organisations. Please don’t apply unless you are one. Please do not waste my team’s time who could be helping real non profits. If you aren’t sure if you are one or not… you aren’t, so please don’t apply. (I’m sorry if this sounds snarky, but holy dooley we’ve seen some doozy requests over the years!)
  • If you are NOT a registered non profit, YOU CAN ORDER WORKBOOKS HERE.

How To Apply

To apply for free workbooks for your non profit, COMPLETE THE APPLICATION HERE + we will be in contact with you shortly!

I’m SO delighted to work with even more organisations this year to help even more beautiful souls grow, evolve, dream, hope, transform + make their own miracles happen.

Together, we’ll change the world. I totally believe and know that with my whole heart.

Thank you so much for all the work you do.

big ole love,

P.S. If you know of anyone (social workers or organisations) this could help, I would SO SO SO appreciate it if you could share it along!!!! Thank you so much for helping the world!

Not a not for profit but still need ’em? Order yours now!

FREE: Goals Worksheets For Kids!

Hi treasures,

I’m delighted to share with you a wee goodie for the wee ones in your life…

A mini goals-workbook for kids!

It’s black+white (fun to colour in + cheap to print!) and if your kids adore it, they can also upgrade to the full My Shining Year Life Goals Workbook (lots of party peeps use it already with their kids + teens… this is just a bonus gift!)

This has been requested SO many times over the years. If there’s enough demand, it may grow and bloom into a full blown bookywooky, but for now, it’s a beginning piece.

It’s small but mighty + will lead your magical munchkin through:

  • journaling the best + worst bits of the last year
  • the top 10 things that make them amazing
  • what they would like to learn over the next year
  • sports and hobbies they’d like to try out
  • what adventures they’d like to have
  • how they want to feel
  • + books they’d like to read.

TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE KIDS MINI GOALS WORKBOOK…

Just pop your name + email in here + it will come flying its way to you on rainbow wings!

With love + gladness,

Our House Is On Fire

Image by my kids’ favourite author/artist Oliver Jeffers

Dearests,

I’m writing to you from an apocalyptic Australian summer.

Bushfires and climate change has been weighing heavily on my mind since November, when we were evacuated for three days. It’s one of the reasons why I’ve changed my philanthropic focus. We were safe and our home was safe. But it hasn’t been an isolated incident. Fires have continued to flare and burn across the rest of the country. Over 63,000 square kilometres have been burnt – double the size of the Amazon rainforest fires. Half a billion animals are estimated to have died. There are more people evacuated in Australia than ever before in its history. Smoke continues to blanket large parts of the continent. Our beloved Canberra has experienced some of the worst air pollution in the world.

A bushfire near our property in November

And our Prime Minister hasn’t shown leadership, empathy, or common sense. He continues to lie, and gaslight. This is a man who held up a chunk of coal in Parliament to proclaim how safe it was. We, the world’s largest exporter of coal. We, the country that came almost last in the Climate Change Performance Index. We, the country that will not meet the targets in the Paris Agreement. We, the country, who is aflame.

It’s devastating, and sobering, and a big old freaking wake up call.

The thing is, I don’t think it’s ScoMo’s fault. I think he’s just rather magnificently displayed where our government’s true priorities lie (whether Labor or LNP). And that is in protecting the coal industry at all costs. Even when we are burning.
I’m turning up to write this because there’s nothing else to write, nothing else to say, but to talk about this. And I get this might upset you. I get that our politics might be different. I get you may disagree. I also know I can’t say nothing.

I’ve been thinking deeply about what I can do.

There’s so many good humans doing good things.

I’m in awe of Celeste Barber who has raised close to $35 million (and counting!) for the Rural Fire Service. I am so inspired by Lisa Messenger who has co-ordinated massive amounts of food donations through her network. I have amazing friends who are volunteering at Slabs For Heroes.

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by what there is to do. And then I worry that I’m not doing enough. And I just get stuck in despair.

So I wanted to share with you some of the things I am doing. Because momentum and action help ease that fraught, frantic anxiety.

Next up on my list:

  • I’ve got some advocacy friends and an environmental engineer looking over a letter to Ministers. Once it’s finished, I’ll share it publicly for anyone who wants to use as a template.
  • Participate in Mad Fucking Witches campaign against NewsCorp.
  • Continue researching and reading on the best ways to reduce my environmental impact and affect policy change.
  • Continue sharing what I learn.

One of my 2020 goals is to engage in climate change activism.

I’m going to make changes in the four areas… which I then realised was 4P’s… the things that my brain gets excited about at midnight!

Personal: Looking at how I can reduce my consumption and make better choices.

Policy: Trying to affect government policy change.

Philanthropic: Supporting non-profits working in this field through $$$ and/or time.

People: Sharing what I learn as I go along.

Here’s some resources for you if you’re feeling called to learning + doing more:

Pattiegonia’s Guide To Action In The Face Of Natural Disasters
1 Million Women App
Participate in Australian Conservation Foundation‘s campaigns.

As Australian Conservation Foundation says:

If you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed…

Earth Guardians created an excellent post – How To Cope With Ecological Distress In Our Bodies.

I’ve been feeling it too.

How I’m managing mine:

  • Talking it out with my husband and friends. Research shows that the more you can do this in person, the better it helps with trauma.
  • Being mindful of how much news I can really watch right now without losing it.
  • Making sure I switch my brain off for little holidays with novels, graphic memoirs (not about fires) and movies.
  • Knowing this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.

Dearests, however you are, wherever you are…

I’m sending you so so so much love and gentleness.

Thank you for being you, in this world.

Thank you for stepping up to change this world in the way you feel called.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

I am so blooming grateful.

GROUP HUGS!

Big love,

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