As you know, for 2014 resolutions I got pretty big on goal setting and improving myself. I happened to stumble upon this book thanks to someone in an Erin Condren fan group with me and was intrigued. I decided to dive in further and discovered the author, Leonie Dawson, has this entire website and list of products geared specifically toward women and helping them set and meet their goals. Needless to say I was intrigued, so I decided that (after reading tons of positive review and thanks to an Amazon gift card I had) I would pick up the “2014 Create Your Amazing Year Workbook.”
Right off the bat you can see the unique text and the bright colors. It is like this the entire book! There are fun doodles, lots of colors and some things that even look handwritten, which definitely makes this more of a workbook/journal than some mechanical feeling goal setting textbook. I am a huge fan of color, so this was a really fun thing to discover.
Now let’s dive right in. I got the book that combined the Life workbook and the business workbook, but each of these can also be purchased separately as downloadable PDFs which you can write in on your computer or print out and bind yourself. I went with the print edition because I like to go all-in like that, and my husband would kill me if I decided to print an entire book in color from our printer.
First up was the life planner. You start off with a “Celebrating 2013” ritual and work through a few pages reflecting on last year. Some of the things it asks are:
- What beautiful things did I learn about myself in 2013?
- I let go of…
- What beautiful lessons did you learn?
- What do you need to share/rant/express about to feel COMPLETE about 2013?
and so many more. She really gets you to sit and reflect on the year you had, both good things and bad, but even the bad things are spun in a very positive way.
After you reflect you consider 2013 done and now it’s time to move on.
Then we move into 2014 with her first question asking what you want to experience this year, and following along those lines she asks how you want to feel, what you want to experience and everything in between. Basically this allows us to think of our goals in a different way. Usually when people set goals like “make more money” or “lose 25 pounds” they don’t put it in terms of “I want to feel successful” or “I want to experience feeling comfortable in my own skin.” I think that imagining the emotions and feelings and experiences help excite and motivate to reach the goal that will get you there.
I think my favorite pages in the whole book is the list “100 things to do in 2014”
Thats literally all it is; 3 pages with a list of 100 blank lines (all written in different, fun colors) with a few adorable doodles mixed in. Leonie emphasizes that these things can be “silly, fun, joyful, big, creative..” and I’m striving to do just that. I don’t want to sit and make a list of 100 major resolutions like “get back in shape” and “go to the gym 6 days a week.” Those are great, but a list of 100 items like that would be a little much. The first thing I wrote on my list was ” 1. Drink a fancy latte.” You know, those beautiful, photo worthy lattes with the foam art on the top? I’ve never had one, and being the coffee addict that I am, I SHOULD have one. So that’s one thing I want to do this year. A few other things on my list:
- Have a for real Harry Potter weekend (watch all 8 movies)
- Complete a planner (rather than using it for a month and letting it gather dust the other 11)
- Try a Pure Barre class
- diet down a new baking recipe
- Try the Advocare Herbal Cleanse (currently in progress)
Sure, some of these things (like complete a planner) are larger, but in general I’m shooting for experiences, and littler goals that would be a great thing to do this year. I have only managed to fill out 17 so far (I figured as ideas come throughout the year, I’ll add them to the list). I want your opinion, friends; what should I add to my list of 100 things?
Moving on.. Leonie then has you writing things like a “List of things to do when things get sucky” and affirming messages, and planning some ritual days. Then she has you set goals for in each typical goal eating category:
There are also several pages with her own mantras, ideas, and advice tossed around in the mix, including instructions on how to create some of her most used resources. There’s talk and reflection on habits and time management (how you’d like to spend your time versus how you actually spend it) and so much more, This workbook is literally filled with goal setting gold, but it doesn’t intimidate you as you do it. I found it fun and relaxing to sit down and work through this book. It gives you an amazing way to think about and write down what you really want to get out of life this year.
The Biz (Business) Edition is laid but very much the same way. The difference here is rather than focusing on your life as a whole, you focus solely on your business. You do the 2013 closing ceremony the same sort of way, and then she walks you through your vision for your business as well as specific goals (how many Twitter followers do you want? How many new products will you release or new posts will you make? etc..).
Bottom line: I think the 2014 Create Your Amazing Year Life + Biz Workbook is a fun, colorful, laid back and productive tool to help women plan the amazing year ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through this book, and plan on looking back at it, referring to it, and adding things often. It’s purpose is to be a productive tool in helping you make your dreams come true and help you meet your goals. Anything that can help keep me motivated past January (which is why I got a beautiful, slightly pricy but amazing Erin Condren Life Planner..read about that here) is a good thing, and I think this will help me do just that!
Want to get your hands on a Create Your Amazing Year Workbook? Go ahead and click here and you can browse the options for yourself. There are 4 different ways to get your hands on a workbook. You can buy the PDF ebook and print it out for the Life Edition ($9.95), the Biz Edition ($9.95), both together ($17.90 10% savings!) or you can get the printed and bound version that I have which is on Amazon for around $30 (I think I got mine for $27). As I said, I guess you can type right on the ebook format if you don’t want to print it out, but personally I’m a big fan of dolling it up with colored pens and doodles of my own 🙂
Disclaimer: I purchased this product on my own (thanks to a gift card from work) and all thoughts and opinions are my own.