I've been kind of vaguely aware of Leonie Dawson for a while, but other than that she was some kind of hippie millionaire who draws pictures of butterflies I knew next to nothing about her. In recent months (funnily enough about the same time I've been doing this New Age Hipster thing) I've joined a lot of 'grow your blog/business' groups and people were going ape-shit (sorry, but that's really the only way I can describe it!) over this book. Grown women who run their own successful businesses were fangirling all over social media about the release of this workbook and swearing by it as a way to set goals and make things happen in both their lives and businesses. I was interested, but also kind of like - 'WTF are you guys on? Seriously?' And then I spotted this infographic:
I've always been a dreamer. My mum always says 'if you're going to dream - dream big'. I never had a problem with dreaming and thinking about what I wanted for my life. When I was a kid I wanted to be a pop star. Now I want to be the next Doreen Virtue/Stephanie Meyer. I always had pretty big dreams, that was never the problem for me. What I always sucked at was making a plan, staying focussed and actually making something happen. I was pretty blown away by the fact that 80% of people have no goals. I mean OMG REALLY? A few years ago I started writing things down, working with the Universe to make things happen and hey, apparently that works OK! But reviewing goals? Getting to December 31st each year and looking at my bookshelf where my novel still didn't sit was kind of the only reviewing I've done.
Deciding to make New Age Hipster an actual business and not just some extra place on the internet to faff about on has made me realise that there is more to goals and ambition than thinking it's for losers. I always though planning and goal setting was like the most boring thing any one could ask me to do. But Goddess Leonie has made me see things differently. Damn it I want to be in the 1%!!
Enough of that, let's move onto the rave review...!
The first thing I want to say about this Workbook is that just having it makes you want to set goals, plan for your year ahead and make shit happen. Befre you even open it the magic is oozing out of the cover. Just the idea that you can create your Shining Year is like - WOAH, I can seriously do this!
Now the next thing I want to say (I have lots to say) is that this whole book reminds me of those 'about me' books you used to do in school, did you have those?! I used to freaking love those books! I was always sitting around filling in my favourite stuff, drawing stupid pictures and feeling special because it was all about me! Leonie's art is so cute and lovely and Goddessy and even though I usually go for a neon bright bold hipster/80s/rock chic style of art, the curly-cue girly images really draw you into Leonie's magic making Goddess world, and the style is perfect for Sunday mornings in bed with your tea and to-do lists!
The Create Your Shining Year Workbook comes in soooo many options - electronic download for if you're on a budget or just prefer that version, or the printed one (which I got because I just LOVE BOOKS! RARRR!). Also you can decide if you want the Life version, the Biz version or both (the one I got!) - Biz + Life! So if you don't have a business you can just plan your freaking whole LIFE OK? And that's awesome! Because planning my business stuff has made me realise how cool it is to plan for my LIFE! You know, like holidays, and yoga classes, and literally 100 things you want to do this year.
There are so many amazing things to fill in and I don't want to tell you them all because THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET ONE (it's still January!!) and I want you to enjoy it and not be like - Oh yeah I read about this bit on Vix's blog, but I thought I'd share with you (in Instagram pics!) my journey with this book so far! I still have a couple of pages left to fill in and I was going to do them, but then I thought - screw it, leave them for later in the year when I really need it. Also, you have to revisit your book and goals every month and it comes with printable calendar pages to help you do that! I have two versions of the calendar on my wall right now - one for my life and one for my blog.
Enough reading, let's look at piccies! Eeep!
Here's part of my 100 things to do in 2015 list. Amazing how some of the stuff I thought of doing this year would never would have crossed my mind if I hadn't had to write 100! Can't wait to do number 88 - Watch all the Back to the Future movies in a row - with nachos. 88 - get it?!
And here's my list of things to do when things suck.
Here's me working on my Dream Board with Zorro looking seriously freaking cute. He sleeps with his head in his paws! OMG! NAWWW!
...And here's my 2015 word of the year - SHINE! How darn appropriate!
There is SO still time to get your hands on one of these life-changing soul-singing workbooks! Just CLICK HERE! And guess what? I'm officially a Leonie Dawson affiliate (and you can be one too)! But to say thanks for clicking through and making your purchase from my blog and not the gazillion other blogs raving about this Goddess Genius I'm giving away a free one card Tarot or Angel Card reading (via email, FB chat or on the phone!). All you have to do is make sure you click through from New Age Hipster and then send me a message vix(at)newagehipster.co or via Facebook - I'm NewAgeHipster333 and let me know!
I really hope you get one so we can fangirl (or fanboy!!) all over the internet together and check in with each other during the year and be accountable for making all our biggest dreams come true in 2015!
<3 Sending you so much love, light and good goal setting vibes! <3