Hey there lovely you! The holidays are upon us and as usual I greet this part of the year with a wee bit of grumpiness and a dash of exhaustion. The joys of working retail at a major store chain, am I right? Long hours, irate customers, and you get the picture. There are things that I love about this season - green bean casserole, hot chocolate with marshmallows, buying gifts for my favorite people, and Christmas episodes of the Golden Girls, but on the whole I'm just happy when it's over.

For some of you (us!) the holidays are hard and no amount of telling you to look on the bright-side and sing Christmas carols to yourself is going to fix that, and that's really okay. You don't have to be that lady in the bright Christmas sweater decking the halls with boughs of holly.

Every year I get super excited about Leonie Dawson's planners + workbooks. It's been my yearly ritual for four years now to spend the month of December dreaming up how wonderful I'm going to make the next year. 

We all need something to look forward to.

Especially during the stress of the holidays. If you're in need of a bright and shiny pick me up I recommend checking this out and see if it's something you think you'd have fun doing. I love getting out my markers and sparkly gel pens and listening to Christmas music while I dream about the amazing things I want to manifest in the next year.

So check it out!
I want you to join me!
I want you to dream!

I want you to make the commitment to making your year beautiful and magical. Full of dreams and wishes and hopes. Don't just flounder around hoping that you have a good year, plan for it and then make it happen. Create Your Shining Year right now!

Both workbooks (there's one for business!) are so vibrant and colorful (just my kind of thing!) but they also give you the space to be creative on your own, make it your own, and create a book of manifesting miracles that you can be proud of!

The Life Edition workbook is all about looking back on 2014 and making peace with it, how to make sustainable goals for the next year, create nourishing habits, and come up with a plan to be happy, shiny, and full of sparkles. You'll sweat glitter.

The Business Edition (zomg do I loveslovesloves it) will help you get your brain right, it will get it business-centered, nourished, and so excited to plan what you're going to do next year. This was like a lightening zinger to my business-heart just reading through the workbook and I haven't even started it yet! Get yourself a marketing plan, set goals, discover what's holding you back, and allow yourself to be successful. Your success depends entirely on you!

I absolutely can not wait to see what you guys discover from these awesome planners! 

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly.” ― L.M. Montgomery

A few weeks ago I was having one of those days, you know, where everything feels off even though nothing really is. Things just don't feel right and it makes you grumpy and feel all out of sorts. It's rather unpleasant.

So I ran through my list of things that I do to shake that feeling off and all of them made me feel quite meh. Nothing was singing to me and then a beautiful thought came to me and it just felt so perfect.

Go outside and play.

What do you really want for yourself?

Don't sell yourself short.

Don't let yourself believe that your dreams are too big so you've got to make choices that don't nourish you.

Don't settle because you feel like you lack the courage or the guts to make your dreams happen.

Choose to stop sabotage yourself before you even get started.

Believe in you.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I wanted to take a moment to share some information with all of you lovely yous. More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. That's a pretty scary statistic.

My own experience with domestic violence is rather interesting. I think back to my first relationship and I read the definitions for emotional abuse ticking them off on my fingers. Calling you names. Acting jealous and possessive over everything. Trying to isolate you from friends. Humiliating you. Telling you that you will never find anyone better. Belittling you. Constantly threatening to break things off to get their way.

Anxiety is usually defined as fear, unease, and worry over things that haven't happened yet. That's how I usually experience it in my own life. I will get anxious over things that have already happened, generally whether or not I've made the right decision about something or said the wrong thing, but what really causes the anxiety is not knowing what effect those things are going to have on the future. Not knowing the outcome of every decision you make can be kind of daunting when you think about it!

Anxiety = fear.

I have learned and practiced a lot of different ways to make friends with my own anxiety. Some of them have worked and some of them not so much, but when anxiety comes a knockin' I have a plan to deal with it. I decided long ago not to let anxiety overwhelm me.