Life + Biz Edition Workbook: 2015 Create Your Shining Year

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.This workbook was created by Leonie Dawson. Note that I did recently sign on to be an affiliate for her products, because I believe so fully in the value of this workbook and I love how hard Leonie works to motivate and inspire people.

I found this workbook while on her blog, where I also discovered her YouTube channel. I quickly subscribed to both. And I am glad I did. Reading back through her old posts, and watching all those videos, did take some time. But it was well worth the effort.

My workbook arrived in February (because I ordered it after the New Year, I found it late) and I worked on it the rest of the month and into March. I began my ‘year’ on April 1st, and will end it March 31st, 2016. So, it is not too late to either plan for a half-year or a whole one.

This workbook is amazing! I loved filling it out, and am so happy to be working on completing what I want to get done this year. It has helped to motivate me with a few specific projects, mainly fiction but also a little with the freelance business. You can tailor this to whatever your business is, what you want to accomplish.

This workbook is not taking the place of my planner, but is an extension. It is being used for specific projects that the planner only eludes to, breaking it down in such a way that will help me get to my end goal for two specific things. You can do the same, or use the workbook to help create a planner. Whatever you like.

Let’s take a look inside the book. I am not even showing half of what this workbook is about, but this will help you get a feel for what it takes you through at a reasonable price.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

Before you can plan for the coming year, you must take stock of what was accomplished the year before. Leonie’s workbook does this with a Closing Ceremony.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.While Celebrating & Releasing 2014 you will be asked specific questions, such as what life lessons you learned.

This and other questions are about LIFE, not all are about business. Why? Your personal life is just as important as your business.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Another question I answered was what dreams came true during 2014. I decided to use this space to focus on how proud I am of my daughters for being who they are, because I realized the extent of how my raising them set them up to be the amazing young ladies they are today. I realized this because of conversations with them, where they told me what important things they learned growing up.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Other life questions included how I know myself more this year, how I was transformed, and what I let go of.

This section also included sections on emotions, which is so important. How we feel each day dictates what we do and how we perform.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Then there are the business questions. What happened in your business last year? What were your weak points? What can you do to improve on them?

I mentioned needing to learn more about book cover creation and self-publishing, among other things.

There was much more to it all than these things, and I was able to get a good picture of what happened for and against me last year in both my personal and business life, and what did not. I also began to get a picture of what I was going to need to do in the coming year.

Then we moved into the planning (or invoking, as Leonie puts it) stage for the upcoming year. (Remember, mine started April 1st.)

This part helped bring together everything I had learned in the previous section, and allowed me to get a clear picture of what I need to do to meet my goals.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.The very first question for you to answer in this section is what you most want to experience 2015 as. This is a huge question. I asked myself what my biggest goal is. For me, that is something having to do with fiction this time around. I have three stories I want to publish on Amazon. Next year, it might be something more freelance related.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Just as importantly, she asked what it is I wanted to FEEL during 2015. My answer?

Love, hope, joy, accomplishment, pride in success, pride in a job well done. What do you want to feel?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I also got to set up a plan for what to do when everything sucks. For when I can’t get the perfect book cover, or editing is proving to be too much for my happy existence. I know there will be difficult days, but I have an action plan in place that includes activities such as taking a walk, doing a mini workout, taking deep breaths, and journaling.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I also got to make some affirmations, of which I am a firm believer. They include:

  • I am happy and healthy.
  • I am blessed!
  • I am smart enough to create a successful life!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.And goals were made, which included:

  • Financial goals
  • Body goals
  • Family goals
  • Spiritual goals

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.And then I was asked to list 100 things I want to do in the coming year. Wow. That is a lot. But I got through it. I made this list with personal, family, organizational and business necessities and desires in mind. From writing to my daughters once a month (they live away), to organizing my home and workspace, I discovered there are many things I want to do. As of today, I have checked 9 things off my list! Do I think I will accomplish all 100 tasks? I don’t know, and it does not matter. Things change, and we decide we want to do something different. And tasks can be moved to next years list if I still feel they are important.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Mottos are also important, and are examined in this workbook. Mine include:

  • Moving toward my dreams!
  • Anything is possible <3

What would your motto be?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Another important thing to consider is that we should be celebrating us. Who we are. What we are about. Some of who I am includes:

  • That I can (for the most part) stay positive about life.
  • My ability to see the good in people, even when others cannot.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.My habits were also examined, as they are an important part of who I am. For instance:

  • I take time out to brainstorm new ideas.
  • I read.
  • I walk.
  • I am filling a blessing jar.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.I also noticed there was a place for me to record my word for the year! This year, that word is SIMPLIFY. See:

http://livethefreelancelife.com/code-word-simplify/Then I examined what needed to be done to create and support a business that earns my income goals. For the stories, I need to:

  • Get book covers.
  • Do a last edit of each.
  • Set up on Amazon to sell books.
  • Market the heck out of those stories once they are published.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.In the next part of the workbook, we go through a sort of vision quest. This is where I made my life and biz dreamboard. I combined the two into a wall hanging that I can look at each day.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015I scrapped it 🙂 One of my favorite hobbies!

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

I also loved this activity, where I did two dreamiest day:

  • My personal dreamiest day included things like shopping with the bestest, my daughters, my sisters, and my mom, where they help me choose the best outfit and shoes for my business dreamiest day.
  • on my business dreamiest day I go to a meeting with a famous author, his lawyer, publisher, and accountant, and I am given a contract and a large advance to write a series of books, or two.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.And I get to take a look at how I spend my time. Right now I am not spending it in an ideal manner, but this pie chart shows what I hope it will look like by the end of the year.

Lofty goal, I know.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Toward the end of the workbook we get to do a fun  spiritual exercise, then there are pages for monthly check-ins where I will be recording what my goals were for that month, what I accomplished, and how I can accomplish the next set of goals. This goes hand-in-hand with the wall planner I will be posting about soon.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.Finally, at the back of the workbook, there are a few pages for notes. These I am using to record what I want to look at for next year. I have already begun filling it out.  Some of the items I have written are:

  • Publishing more stories and books.
  • Continuing to market items from this year.
  • Let go of the need to be busy all the time.

You can take this information as is and work on a 6-month or year long plan for your business and personal life, or you can see what else the workbook has to offer. Either way, you will get much out of this exercise. Leonie explains so many things in the book, guiding you easily through the entire thing.

And this workbook is just one of the reasons I chose to become an affiliate for Leonie Dawson. She is amazing, always wanting to help others. To show them the way. She has such energy, and love for everyone. She does not care what spiritual path you take, she just wants to help women succeed. And this workbook is a great product. Click the picture below to learn more.

I do not do much affiliating, and will only do so for products that I use myself. Products I truly believe in.

Feel free to comment below, or to email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I reply to all emails.

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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