I’m taking a look back over the past 12 years of blogging/2,000 blog posts/nearly one million words written and sharing with you my 20 most popular blog posts of all time.
I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve sworn (more on that here) and this blog has been somewhat of a form of therapy for me.
There’s freebies, there’s life stuff, there’s business, there’s big deep soul sharings as well…
It’s been a true honour sharing it with you… this job is really my favourite thing ever… and I hope we can share another 12 years and 2000 blog posts together. It’s been a joy… and such a blessing. I’m so grateful for your support, friendship, kinship and encouragement.
When I started 12 years ago, it was just that fun hobby thing I did at night and on weekends. I was 21 and me and Mr Dawson had just moved to Canberra and it was really a time of play and exploration and learning how to be an adult. I worked in the public service and explored all the rest of my passions and studied part-time. I started blogging just before I found women’s circles and before we adopted Charlie puppy.
Me and Charlie in ye olden days of blogging…
And now we are married, have two kids, adopted another doggy… we’ve moved all over the countryside… and this blog and company has been both me and my husband’s job for nearly six years.
I’ve met so many beautiful souls, had so many adventures and mostly just felt soaring joy at the very opportunity to be able to write and share and create and help. That’s all I could ever ask for or want. Ever, ever, everrrrrrrr.
So… here’s the top 1% of my last 2000 blog posts my loves!
And here’s to sharing 2000 more!
So… gift time!
I now present to you….
A 100+ page colouring book chockablock full of inspiration for you to colour!
These 100+ pages will keep you going for MONTHS I reckon!!! As well as giving you some beautiful art to put on your walls + in your journals.
I recently read my very first Brené Brown book – The Gifts of Imperfection.
I’m always so reluctant to jump on popular book bandwagon – but lemme say… there’s a reason her books are so popular.
I had so many AHA! moments + wanted a poster to remind myself of the 10 guideposts for whole hearted living. I couldn’t find one, so I made one.
And of course – I had to share it along with you! I was pretty sure ya’ll would be Brené lovers too!
I made this for some private coaching clients to help them get their creative projects finished a few years ago… Which they promptly devoured, giggled over + made miracles with.
And I just discovered it again and thought:
OMG WOTTTTT MORE PEOPLE NEED THIS! I NEED TO GIVE THIS OUT!!!!
So here we are my loves.
It’s The Project Finisher Ebook: How To Finish Your Projects + Get Them Out Into The World.
Official Secretive Title: “The Cowgirl’s Guide To Riding Wild Donkeys.”
It’s so deeply important that we get to know what makes us thrive and remind ourselves of this,
So, to help… I made a fun free printable poster/worksheet for you.
Fill it out. Pop her on your wall. And send me a pic when you are done!
Wondering how to sell your artworks as prints online? I’ve got a buttload of experience in this one.
This is the story of two small businesses selling handmade stuff online. And how they used social media differently, with great affect.
This is a true story – the one me + my team saw unfold before our eyes.
One story is one of those wonder stories – of social media done so beautifully it wins for everyone involved. (Holy Flaps)
The other – a bit of a dramatic-filled trainwreck – that still leaves us with a sour taste in our mouths to this day.
Me and my team talk about it often.
The lessons we learned from seeing it play out.
And the very different outcomes it made.
It illustrates so beautifully the do’s + don’t’s of social media.
I wanted to share it with you here to inspire you + help you find your own shining success story in social media that looks more beautiful than trainwreck-ish.
Ya think I’ve got it all worked out?
Think that once you get over a certain point in your business, it all gets EASY?
And that no buttons get pressed, nothing needs fixing, it’s all lollipops/sunshine/unicorns FOREVS?
I don’t mean to break your illusions.
The truth is,
I don’t have it all together.
I get asked this question a lot. So you know what dat means…
Time for an article about it.
El questiono in question:
Is it really possible to have a six figure business and not work full time hours?
What about in the beginning when you first start out?
I wanted to share with you a quick but important tip to grow your business…
Guidance that I’ve used to grow my own multi-million dollar a year company and has held me in good stead.
Just a few minutes long so short, sweet + potent.
The truth of parenting is I absolutely do not enjoy parenting every single minute of every single day, and I think it is downright bullshit and so harmful when any person claims to or tells you should to.
I love my children deeply and ferociously. I would choose them again.
I was born to be their mother. And still, it is hard.
On realizing I’ve got Asperger’s…AND why it’s perfectly bloody wonderful by me.
I’m so used to being an open book.
I’m so used to being vulnerable.
And yet… I don’t feel like I am as much anymore.
I used to feel completely safe with sharing things on the internet, ya know?
That was before.
Before I discovered that some people have so much sadness inside them that they delight in other people’s sadnesses or struggles.
Some people call ’em trolls or haters. I try and think of ’em more as lost.
It’s harder for me to be vulnerable when I know that a tiny, tiny percentage of readers will not be kind with that vulnerability.
When you write a post about your boss – you really want to say nice things, right?
But, if you’ve been around Leonie and I at all, you might already know we make it a practice to be radically honest. Well, let me restate that – she makes it a practice to be radically honest and I’m just surfing along uncovered in her wake. Frankly, while I love the effects of this trait, often it scares me to death.
I’m going to set that aside and give you an inside look at what it’s like to work with Leonie. Leonie, who asked me to write this post, but won’t publish it unless she thinks it’s really an honest look, so here it goes…
Another guest post from Grant Andrew, our Chief Operations Officer. I always get the grins when I see a new draft blog post of his has pinged into my inbox. I love the messages that come through him. And it’s such a delight to creatively collaborate with him + illustrate his words.
We use that word in many ways. Work can be a simple task, work can be a monumental effort. Work can be something you do yourself, or it can take an army of workers to accomplish it.
What great thing will you plan today? What next step will you take? What Donkey will you ride on your way to the summit of your most important work?
Lily has a little business. Always the creative type, this year, a friend told Lily about Leonie. Lily now finds herself at her little desk, flipping through the pages of the 2016 Shining Biz Planner.
It almost seemed like too much, tasking her tiny business with a whole volume of goals and commitments. It was too concrete, in a way.
Turning the color-splashed pages of the her Workbook, she stumbles on a word that seems foreign to her hand-drawn, each-one-different world. “Systems” it said. . Something in Lily recoiled. Hers was a systems-free world. She had left systems for one-of-a-kind. She competed with systems.
Maybe you’re like Lily. You’ve found a niche of un-system in a systems world. You’re a throwback from a different era and you like it that way. Your clients like it that way. It’s working for you.
Or is it? Click here to read why you actually need systems (even for your creative business!)
One thing that’s been super fun to see pop up this year is people getting creative + innovative with how they customise their 2016 goals workbooks, to do list pads + weekly diary-planner to be perfect for their life!
The 2016 workbookers Facebook group is busy + thriving with brilliant ideas + shining souls… so inspiring to see and be a part of! Make sure you join it… it really is incredibly motivating!
Goal setting + accomplishing your biggest hopes and dreams isn’t always an easy feat. Life gets in the way. You get sick, work gets hectic, unexpected expenses come up.
It’s just SO easy to put those goals on the back burner and well, give up. Been there, done that.
We all need + deserve support.
We decided to create a fabulous, free guide to help you create your own workbook group!
This year as I was filling out the workbooks I decided I wanted to do one of the extension activities in it…to make an artwork for my Word of the Year.
I’ve done this before a couple of times before when I’ve been called.
This year I decided to do another painting to hang in my office. It’s so helpful to have a big painting to remind me of my word of the year.
For my word of the year and to check out my artwork project, click here!
Want to be someone who actually achieves their goals this year? This 1 tip can make all the difference…
Let’s talk GOALS for a moment, shall we? The fact is this – the vast majority of us will end this year no different than how we began it. Our dreams still tiny seeds that have not taken root. And that makes me bloody sad.
Goal-getting + dream-birthing is a LEARNED skill. A pragmatic practice that all too often is not shared, discussed, understood or worked at. And yet it’s the skills that make all the difference.
So, if you really want your dreams to come true, here’s your three step formula to success!
I hope you found my guide to be a handy one that you’ll bookmark forevs.
Big ole looooooove,
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