2016 Goals

2016 Goals

Hey readers! Long time, no blog post.  I’ve been a little MIA here on the blog for the holiday season (but I’ve been very active on my Youtube channel), but the holidays are officially over and it’s time to get back to work.  Let’s chat a little bit about 2015 and look ahead to 2016.

2015 Recap

2015 was a year of total chaos and change. I’m a believer in change being a good thing and all, but the amount of change that Mister and I went though was a little much.  Between the end of 2014 and the end of 2015 we called 7 different places home.  That’s right…SEVEN! That’s about  6 too many for my liking.  By this time (Jan 1) last year we were on our way to Japan for a 10 week study abroad adventure in a country where we didn’t speak a word of the language.  While Mister had classes and things to attend to, I was left in a less than ideal situation. While I was not pleased about it while we were there, now I do look back at our Japan journey fondly, appreciating all of the things I learned about the Japanese way of life. Read more

Leonie Dawson Create Your Shining Year in Life 2016 Goals Workbook

Leonie Dawson 2016 Goal Setting Workbook for Life will help you create the best 2016 ever.

Goals are a very important thing to many of us.  We all have goals. Some of us even create action plans to help us reach those goals.  This time of year, a lot of goal setting resources are released to coincide with the new year. Brilliant marketing: get them while they’re making new year’s resolutions.

For the last 3 years I have purchased the Leonie Dawson Create Your Amazing Year workbook series.  There are two different books in the goal setting set: one for life, and one for business.  Today, I am focusing solely on the workbook to help you create your amazing life. The business book will come later.

Leonie Dawson is a hippie chick from Australia who has a thriving business in helping others achieve their goals in life and business. She seems to be a very free spirit, full of life and color, and her workbooks reflect that personality.  While I have never taken any of her courses, nor do I subscribe to her uber spiritual (in the tarot card reading type of way. I am a religious person, though.) way of living, I do know that I love these books and use them as a bit of inspiration to help get myself ready for making the new year the best year ever.

Inside this stunning book you see brightly colored, glossy pages.  I find that writing on them with a Sharpie pen or my Pilot Frixion pens works best for me.  The book is bound by a metal coil.

Leonie Dawson Create Your Amazing Life Workbook

The first section in the Life workbook is the 2015 closing ceremony, where you reflect on the past year and accept that it’s over and time to move on to 2016.  Then the goal setting for 2016 starts.  I find this reflection on the past year quite helpful, as it allows me to praise my successes and vent about things that didn’t go the way I would have liked.

Leonie Dawson 2016 Create Your Amazing Life Workbook

Your life goals are divided up into 13 different sections:

  • Creativity
  • Soul
  • Mind
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Body
  • House
  • Travel & Adventures
  • Finances
  • Community
  • Self-care
  • Support
  • Dreams

Each section allows you to focus on that specific area of your life by asking you questions to get you to ponder each subject deeply.  Some sections are larger than others, but no matter the size, each section gets you thinking about what you’d really like to achieve in the new year in that area.

Many people don’t often think of things like “self care” as a part of life worth setting goals for, but if you think about it, many of us would be so much better off if we actually did take time for a little self care.  If we improve in that area, how many other areas would naturally reap the benefits from us giving ourselves the rest and recharging we need and deserve?

Leonie Dawson create your amazing 2016 workbook

Each section also contains a resource page, which is new to the 2016 edition of the workbooks.  Leonie offers great book and website suggestions for areas such as finances, creativity, career, and more.  Some pages have you doing activities other than writing. For example, the body section has a page with two blank bodies on it.  One one, you’re supposed to write or draw how you feel about your body now, and on the other you do the same thing, but with how you want your body to feel.  It’s something a bit different and lets you look at things a little differently.


Throughout the book there are other awesome pages that help you get creative and thoughtful juices flowing.  Just to name a few:

  • 10 Things I Want to Celebrate About Myself
  • 100 Things to Do in 2016
  • My Mottos
  • My Shining Habits
  • What to Do When Things Suck
  • My Medicine Bag

All of these are in there with the hopes that it will help mentally keep you fired up and ready for anything that might get in the way of achieving your goals.  I think the Create Your Shining Year in Life workbook really covers everything when it comes to getting you ready to set goals and make plans for the new year.  Its a resources I love using. After it’s all filled out I plan to look back at it every month and check in with myself to see how I’m doing.  With plenty of note pages in the back, it will be easy to write up action plans to help achieve my goals.


The Create Your Shining Year in Life Workbook is offered in several bundles and formats.

  • Spiral bound book only: $24.95
  • E-book only: $9.95
  • The Life Bundle (Contains printed and digital book, the 2016 diary/planner, a wall calendar, and a to-do list pdf): $42.95
  • The Biz Bundle (Contains everything in the life bundle plus a printed and digital copy of the Biz workbook and an extra wall calendar): $64.95

This book makes a great gift for yourself or a loved one that you know is looking for a little extra goal setting motivation for this year.  We all could use a little extra help when trying to lay out and plan our goals and New Year’s resolutions, and this book is a great (and fun) help.