Planning for Personal Growth in 2016

If you’ve been following along you’ll know that I’m in the middle of my ‘Getting Organised for 2016’ blog series. I had intended that Part 2 be about my university planner, but since I still have almost 2 months until uni begins for the year I thought I would skip right to Personal Growth Planning instead.

The one thing I’ve found about goal setting for personal growth is that to see results I really need to make a plan, and for me (and most planner addicts) that means putting pen to paper. And the more beautiful the paper the better!

The one resource I swear by for personal growth and goal setting is the Leonie Dawson life planning kit. It’s beautiful and inspiring, as well as being quite inexpensive, and best of all, it really helps me to focus on all the different areas of my life.


There are a few options available from the site, if you just want to focus on personal growth in 2016 there is a ‘life‘ planner, if you want to expand your business in 2016 then there is a ‘biz‘ planner, and if you want to flourish in both areas you can get a discounted combo kit. There is also a yearly planner/diary type thing (but as you know I’m all set in that department for 2016).

I’m feeling pretty comfortable with my business growth from last year so I skipped the biz planner this year and just bought the 2016 shining life kit, which includes a gorgeous 160 page goal setting book and a yearly wall planner.



The book itself is gorgeous, with beautiful illustrations and thick glossy paper. It sounds silly but every time I open it I feel so excited for 2016. One of my favourite parts about the booklet is the “closing ceremony” section. Before you begin planning your goals for 2016, you reflect on 2015 and celebrate your wins and take stock of what you achieved (as well as what you didn’t).


After the closing ceremony, you delve into creating a map for what you want to achieve in 2016 and there are a bunch of gorgeous sections including:

Travel & Adventures


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Each section has about 5 pages, filled with questions and illustrations to help inspire you.

About half way through the book is a ‘100 things to do in 2016’ section which I LOVE. As a long time ‘project zero-er’ and total list addict I am super excited to fill in this part (and start ticking things off!).



There’s also lots of extras like what to do when you ‘fall off the wagon’ and forget to chase your goals and how to deal with bad days, but I won’t share too much because half the fun is opening the book and taking a look through it for yourself!

There is also a Facebook group of “Shining Life & Biz” fans filled with lots of inspiring and helpful women, and Leonie herself has lots of programs and resources available on her site, but I can’t vouch for them because I’m just a stationery devotee, I haven’t tried out the rest of her stuff.

This particular bundle is the 2016 life goals workbook which cost me $21.95 (AUD). The biz goals book costs the same, and there are also bundled kits available, as well as a more inexpensive digital version of each.

So! That’s it for my personal goal setting. If you’re using a different planner or resource for your personal goal setting I’d love to read about it. Leave me a comment below.

Stay tuned for my 2016 university planner set up, coming later this week.



  1. The planner above is quite colorful and lovely. It would be very nice to see filled up, you know, used. Do you still have your Baroque? If so, are you willing to sell it?

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