Goals and Dreams for 2013 and Clear Vision

I've got some throat thing, so I'm holed up on my couch watching old soccer games and listening to the soundtrack to "Les Miserables." And I'm planning. I'm planning planning planning for 2013.

It feels to me like for the last couple of years I've been very much in a "get it done" mode, in which I make a goal and then make a straight line to that goal. And I know why--I was asleep for so long, just trying to maintain, so being able to actually take action was a big deal. But now I have this sense that there's way more that I can do, that's not just utilitarian but is actually good for me and has some room for fun and delight. Enter Leonie Dawson's 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner.

I don't know if any of you read Leonie. She's an Australian business coach and she's super woo-woo, way extremely woo-woo. About as woo-woo as I am cynical, honestly. But she and I are looking for the same thing: movement and freedom. She gets there with rainbows and glitter and I get there with cynicism and coffee, but we're both looking for something more, for ourselves and for the people who read what we write and who work with us. And we both like structure that leaves room for movement.

And I was just having this feeling that I could do more this year and somehow my regular one-page list of goals wasn't going to do it, and right them Leonie's bright pink and purple glittery superfantastical planning tool landed right in my inbox. So I bought it, and it is no joke. No. Joke. I spent yesterday doing her "closing out 2012" section and shed some tears. She moves you through the big ideas in a way that seems natural and kind. And now I'm moving into the planning for 2013 section, and something about this workbook is really sparking me to think big.

I'm loving them (the Life Edition and the Business edition) so much that I'm recommending them to you. You should buy them. Each one on its own is only $9.95, or you can get the pack of two for $17.90. You buy them and get access immediately and print them out on your own so you can start right now. Full disclosure: this is my affiliate link, so when you click through and buy them I get a little kickback, just like when you buy something from Amazon through this site: 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner. (Does anyone else remember that "I liked it so much I bought the company" commercial? That's how I feel.)

If anyone's local to me, a few of us are going to be at Fraser's Pub on Packard at 6 pm on January 3rd to work on the workbooks, and you're invited. Show up with your printouts and pens.

Clear Vision: If anyone has FSA money you need to use by Monday, and you wear glasses, I'd like to recommend WarbyParker.com. You send them your prescription and pick out the glasses you want, and they send you the entire pair (frames and lenses) for $95 AND they donate a pair of glasses to people in areas without access to vision care. The glasses are excellent, and I'm wearing a pair as I type this. (The green pair in my banner photo on my Facebook page.) I have two pairs of their regular glasses and one pair of their precription sunglasses and am pleased with all of them. If they had an affiliate program I'd totally join it, because I do use their glasses happily every day, but they don't. I'm just a happy customer recommending the glasses I love. (Their customer service is excellent, too, especially Colleen.)


And now back to tea and the workbook and SKy Sports News.