Thursday, January 10, 2013

My Yearly Ritual + Giveaway!

I'm SO excited to talk to you today about something that has been absolutely instrumental in changing my life by giving me direction, inspiration and has helped me grow my self-esteem and my personal empowerment. It has also been partially responsible for The Empowered Way.

I have talked to a very few close friends about this before- but this is basically the first time I am sharing this "secret ritual" with the world.

For the past two years, I have started the new year by using this guidebook planner from Leonie Dawson. I hate the word "planner" because it sounds so dull and BORINGGGG. This is more than just your run of the mill "planner". I like to refer to it as more of a "life workbook".

The workbooks that changed my life. 2011 and 2012.

As you are lovingly taken on a journey through the pages of this book, you will first be asked to reflect on your past year- what you learned, what dreams came true, how you have changed, what you let go of, what you discovered about yourself, what you are grateful for, etc.

You will give your past year all the final attention that it needs, and then, you will be asked to 


The Completion Circle Ceremony

That's right. LET IT GO
The past no longer serves your new year or the new you.

For the remainder of the book, you will be gently and mindfully lead on what you want to accomplish this year, yes. But much much more.

In this book, you delve into yourself. You will be asked to think about things that you normally don't give attention to. You will be asked to write out:
- 100 Things I Want To Do This Year
- Lists of things to do "When Everything Sucks"
- Affirmations to yourself
- "Ten Things I want to celebrate about myself"
- A pie chart of "How I currently spend my time vs. how I want to spend it in the new year"
- A diagram of "How my body feels now vs. how I want it to feel in the new year"

And so, so much more.
The whole book is filled out by YOU. Leonie will ask questions that will make you think and plan and dream. This is not a "self-help" book in the sense that someone else is telling you how your life should be. This is a "self-help" book in the sense that YOU become empowered to help yourself! The answers you are looking for are waiting inside of you. You just need to think about the right questions to bring them out.

Here is one of my most loved pages from the 2011 planner.
It really helped me out a couple times that year.
I was very interested in Sikhism that year... no turban jokes, please! :D

This pack also comes with a desk calendar. This is my first year using it and I am really LOVING it so far.

All of these pages were hand water colored and illustrated by Leonie herself. You can literally feel her love and inspiration coming through the pages of the book and being transferred straight to you.

Here she is talking about the guidebooks, you can get a sense of her passion and her personality. The books are a mirror of this love and wisdom as well.

I view this book as a very sacred thing in my life. I keep it in my "sanctuary" room, hidden away. This is the first time I've ever shown a page to anyone- including my husband. I only choose to work on it when I feel in the right mood. I dedicate the first weekend of the new year to working on the pages reflecting on the previous year, then I do the rest of the pages. Sometimes I do them out of order or I just skip some all together.

I have seen ~*MaGiC*~ happen in my life after writing in these pages.
Her book has done so much good in my life, I feel like I HAVE to share it with the world! There is just something so powerful about sitting down and thinking out your year, then writing it all out.

This year, she is making 2 types of these books. One is for personal life and the other is for business entrepreneurs.

Check them out HERE!

If you are seriously interested in changing your life this year, I would highly recommend making the tiny investment in these books. You can click the link to buy on my sidebar to the right, or click here to buy the book and have it in 10 seconds. All you need is to print it off and you are on your way to what will undoubtedly be the most transformative and empowering year of your life!

Since I am so passionate about these books, 


for my beloved LIFE EDITION -or- the new BUSINESS EDITION (winners' choice)! 
I just love sharing things that have changed my life
with my friends and blog family. Soooo
I will be giving away TWO of these incredible planners. 
I will either have it emailed to you straight from Leonie (you can get it right away) 
I will have it printed out and put in a lovely hardback notebook and mailed to your home 
as I have done below. (will take a little longer to reach you)

My 2013 planner, hot off the presses!

There are a few ways to enroll in this giveaway:
1.) Leave a comment on this post. *Don't forget to leave your name and contact info*
2.) Comment or "like" the Giveaway post on The Empowered Way's Facebook page.
3.) "Like" The Empowered Way on Facebook
^The above will get you one entry in the contest per number. Possibility of 3 chances to win!
4.) SHARE this blog post on Facebook
5.) SHARE or suggest your friends to like The Empowered Way page on Facebook
6.) SHARE this post on your personal blog
^The above will get you TWO entries in the contest per number. Possibility of 6 chances to win!!

Was that confusing? I hope not.

So, basically you have a possibility of getting 9 entries in this giveaway!!!!!!!!

After you have done any of the steps listed above,
just send me a message on here or Facebook to let me know how many entries I should put in for you. 

I will close the drawing on Thursday, January 24th so as many women have the chance to enter as possible! Tell every woman you know! Get them enrolled! 
I will be using again to choose the winners on the 25th.

Regardless of what happened to you last year- THIS year is all in your power! 
Plan, cherish, love, think and dream! 
It is guaranteed that whatever you put into your life, you will get back ten-fold! 

Whether you use Leonie's Planner, or not- putting pen to paper will put thoughts into action! 
She also has lots and lots of other wonderful programs to inspire and nurture you in case planners are just not your thing or you want even MORE. 
Check out her shop HERE.
You can also find some cool free videos, podcasts, ebooks, posters, programs and other special things HERE.

I can't wait to see all you do,


Find Leonie Dawson On:
 - Twitter
 - Facebook
 - Her blog


  1. This planner looks awesome! Really interesting content and I love the layout and the art. Sign me up for the contest please =)
    Joanna Tambakis

    1. Ok! I just put your name in!!! :) Good luck!

    2. Hi Joanna! I have you for 2 entries in the contest. Is this right?

  2. I actually read about this planner before and wonder if it's as good as advertised. I'm glad to hear from you Meg about the positive changes you were able to make in your life thanks for this planner. I'm glad I'm on time for this giveaway drawing.

    Magda Rogosz

    1. Yay! You will LOVE this planner for sure!! It lives up to the hype... and more!!! :)

    2. Hello Magda!
      I have you for 3 entries in the contest, right?

    3. I did numbers 1 through 4 :)

  3. To be honest I am a huge planner and love using planners, but sometimes always having everything so rigidly planned can be stressful...looking at everything you have to do can be overwhelming. This planner seems so relaxing though..even energizing! I love the colors and pages of reflection. Sign me up!
    Jami Keaton or facebook me

    1. I totally know how you feel. Being SO organized is not great for the creative part of the brain. This planner is beautiful and not regimented. It's gentle and inspiring. Signed you up! :)

    2. Hi Jami! I have you down for 2 entries in the contest, is this right?

  4. Oooh, I can't get enough of planners and anywhere I can doodle! This is a great blog, I'll have to explore more. Now time to explore all your links! Please sign me up for your contest. You can reach me at my blog or by email, Thank you!

    1. Awww.... thank you! Ok- Signed you up! What is the address of your blog? I'd like to check it out!!


    2. Ah, thank you. My blog is, but there's not much to see there at the moment. My published writing has been appearing on The Korea Blog, at I write about Korean culture there. Right now I have an article called "Korean Kicks" up there (about shoes) and one called, "New Year's Day, The Korean Way!" Or you could search my name if you're really keen - should have one up in the next few days!

      Leonie Dawson's blog is a real find! I've been enjoying it since I saw it here :)

    3. Wow! Cool! I'll check it out!

    4. Hey Jessica!
      I have you down as having 4 entries in the drawing. Is this right?

  5. Meg, you are such an inspiration and such a beautiful person. I hope your love for life will spread like wild fire. Let 2013 being a brilliant year!!
    Mandy Bery ^^*

    1. You are such a wonderful and encouraging friend. ^^ I'm so thankful I have you. <3
      There are so many wonderful things in store for 2013... I'm practically bursting at the seams!!

  6. This looks fantastic! Please sign me up! Meagan Grace Elliott

    1. You will LOVE this book! You are signed up. :)

    2. Hey Meagan!
      I have you as having 3 entries in the contest, right? Let me know if you have more. :)

  7. I have used this planner and I absolutely LOVE IT! Leonie Dawson is an incredible and inspirational woman! You are too, Meg! I think what you're doing is a wonderful idea. This "life planner" will challenge you in ways that will make your life much more positive and fulfilling. I am SO happy you decided to share this. What a great gift!

    1. I am lucky to have such amazing, inspirational AND aspirational women in my life. Thank you for being such a great friend. <3

    2. Hey Meg!
      I have you as 1 entry in the contest. Is this right?

  8. Thanks guys, I am just tallying up how many entries each of you have. If you have more- let me know. If you have less... well, let's just leave it as is! :)

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