A Shining Year


Well. Let’s try this again.


I’ve never been one for resolutions, but it’s hard not to feel like the beginning of a new year is a fresh start. A chance to wipe the slate clean and resolve (but in a non-resolution-y kind of way) that this year is the year to finally get your shit together. And it will totally be different than last year when you declared the same thing and, alas, your shit did not get gotten together. This is the year.

But I didn’t want to continue swimming in the Doing The Same Stuff And Expecting Different Results pool. I needed some kind of guidance. Or accountability. Or something. I happened across Leonie Dawson and her Life & Biz workbooks and was intrigued immediately. She’s a vibrant spirit with a genuine drive to help other people (women, specifically) reach their goals and have an amazing life (and biz). And she delivers it all in a self-proclaimed hippy woo-woo kind of style that obviously isn’t for everybody. I dug it though. And the nerdy little 2nd-grader in me dug the workbook idea. When do you, as an adult, get your very own workbook to fill out??

So it’s about goals, not resolutions. And it’s not just about making goals, but writing them down. And it’s not just writing them down, it’s actually checking back in with them regularly. This is the difference. Last year (and years before) there were goals. Maybe jotted down (though probably not). And then, I don’t know, left for the universe to figure out. Quickly forgotten in the chaos of the everyday. This workbook is brilliant. She guides you through looking back at what worked and what didn’t in the previous year and letting that go. There are spaces to fill out for goals, visions, resources, plans, self-care, and ideas and by the time you’re through it you have a clearer picture of what you want and what you need to get there. With a major part of that being going back through and reviewing the workbook often.

At my first end-of-the-month review I was kind of surprised at how much I’ve accomplished. The bulk of it due to the tools and planning this workbook offered. I’m feeling more organized than I have in awhile. It’s winter and this is the slower, calmer time of year for me in general. But I really do feel like I’m setting myself up for a smoother year even when things start getting more hectic. This is the year it all comes together.