At the beginning of this year I sat myself down under my favorite tree and planned, visualised, mind-mapped and dreamed up the next twelve months. Before I knew it I was surrounded in pages and pages of scribbled soulful strategies. These are strategies that a few years ago I had not even heard of, and now are such an intrinsic part of me. It is also the happiest I have ever been in my life. Coincidence? I think not.
These. Tools. WORK. You’ve been warned.
So, I decided to write a short blog post to include the tools, the epiphanies and the knowledge that was scattered around me. Give a template for anyone else looking for a bit of clarity. Literally within a few hours two pages had turned to forty! I was illustrating zen yoga chicks. I taught myself how to use InDesign (badly). I was a woman possessed. Before I knew it I had created my first eBook; Illuminate: A Workbook to Inspire and Ignite. But now that I had it, how do I deliver it to the world?
One of my themes this year is Give (more on that below) and so I decided that this workbook should be given free to anyone who joins my tribe and signs up to my newsletter! (You can sign up here). For you, I will give the gift of clarity and soulful goal-setting. For the world, I will release a whole load of hungry, driven amazing women who are focused and ready.
A crowd favorite seems to be the two chapters on choosing themes for your life ahead and so I thought I would share one of them as an extract from the workbook and after that indulge myself by sharing my themes and what they mean for the blog. Enjoy!
Many moons ago, when I was studying Interior Design, it was all about Mood Boards. I
was given a brief and was instructed to choose three themes to guide me through my
The project outline? “Decorate your perfect space”. The words I came up with…
Natural, Patterns, Eclectic
I brainstormed all the traits of each of the words and how I wanted to capture them in
my design. It looked a little something like this…
- Natural – eco materials, lots of pot plants, natural tones
- Patterns – paisleys, swirls, nothing geometric
- Eclectic – bohemian patterns, upcycled, vintage
At the time, it seemed like a fairly arbitrary exercise but I played along. As I was always
on the look out for inspiration I decided to scribble out those words and keep them in
my wallet as a sort of voodoo luck charm to help me find artifacts.
Fast forward a few weeks later and there I was standing in a gorgeous antique store. I
had found the most beautiful French Provencal chair. The wood was painted the
crispest white and it was upholstered with French Blue cotton and the most perfect
pearl buttons. It was whispering to me… begging me to take it home.
I made my way to the counter and opened my wallet to pull out the cash. Instead I pull
out a crinkled piece of paper…
Natural, Patterns, Eclectic
I walked back, put the chair down. You know what… it was a gorgeous chair, but it just
did not belong in my ideal home. It did not ft my brief.
If you are reading this right now then you have given yourself your own brief
for your Dream Life. It is the same.
Just because something looks good through the window does not mean it is right for you.
Just because something looks good in someone else life, does not mean it will look good in yours. Stick to your goals. Be true to yourself. (Click here to tweet this).
You need those touchstones to help you differentiate between the things that fit and the things that don’t. The things that belong and the things that are being pushed upon you.
This is where your themes come in!
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If you would like to download the worksheets (which have processes and questions to help you map out your themes) then sign up here to have it delivered straight to your inbox. Flick to Page 19!
This word has been playing over and over in my mind for weeks. I really didn’t know what my subconscious was egging me on to give at first. Give… money? Give… time? Give… high fives to joggers? I kept pondering it whenever the little voice piped up. Then one day (not long after hearing the word again) I nestled into Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions and I found my answer;
Give until it hurts.
—The Dalai Lama
Yes. Then, as Ms LaPorte tends to do, she whizzed up this magical soufflé of wonderful words to demonstrate her point beautifully. (You can read the excerpt it here).
I will give until it hurts even though that sounds like a bad idea! But hey, the Dalai Lama seems like a pretty stand-up guy and I kinda trust him. So I am going to give an amount that I am uncomfortable with – my time, my money, my love, my ideas, my knowledge, my forgiveness. Give everything I can of myself.
So to kick it off; in the next few weeks I will be releasing my official coaching packages into the world (though I am already coaching if you are interested in joining forces!). I have decided that a portion of the earnings from every coaching client will be donated to charity. Which charity? That will be your choice.
I will be selecting three deserving charities representing the environment, people or animals and you can choose where your donation goes. You are giving me the gift of giving you the gift of giving! Whenever we team up, we are collectively giving back – how flippin’ cool is that?!
I have had this overwhelming urge of late to make art. I am carrying sketch books and 5B’s in my handbag again and regularly stopping in the street to scribble an image or write a little line or two down. I was flicking through my sketch book a few days ago when I noticed a little idea and sketch and had a lightbulb moment. I found a beautiful gift that I could give the world. So this year you can expect some self-love products to be available on this website. I can’t wait to share these with you!
And beyond my artistic exploits, the urge extends to my home and garden. I am not exactly a green thumb. I can kill succulents for gods sake! But I am determined to create an edible Eden, to decorate my little cottage, to refurbish roadside finds and craft to my little hearts content. So expect a few more tutorials and DIY projects floating around here.
My ode to Mother Nature. I have recently got rid of my TV, my toaster, a whole heap of clothes, any toxic cleaning products and a lot of useless stuff that I had been hoarding. (Please note that by got rid of I mean sold on, not turfing to landfill).
This year I am going further. I will no longer be buying disposable fashion to sate whatever sartorial urge has gripped me that day. It is good quality pieces all the way. I will be looking to eco model Amanda Rootsey for mucho inspiration on eco threads.
I am forgoing all the exotic superfoods that I grew to love last year. The foods that – while nutritious and delicious – have turned into cash crops (a crop that no longer helps the grower) that are flown over all the way from South America in little unrecyclable plastic packaging. I will be focusing on local foods and reignite my love affair with plastic-free life. And speaking of plastic, after a years break, I will be partaking in Plastic-Free July again. And I hope that we can all jump on the challenge together. It’s an eye-opener.
And there is more, but I will save it for another day; less car, more bike and train. Less make-up, more glow. Less products, more natural remedies. Less homewares, more upcycling (see also; Beautify).
It’s going to be a fun year on the blog!
What about you? What are your powerful, shining themes for the year? Or is there anything you in particular would like to see me explore on the blog? Let me know in the comments.
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