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My Vision Board Movie

What does your Vision Board look like?

Do you have a bucket list?  What about a vision board?  This is my video vision board movie that I watch almost every day to keep me inspired and on track toward my goals, and also to keep me focused on my glorious now…

The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind – and a vision board, or in this case, a vision board movie, is the perfect tool to help you do that.

By watching your vision board movie every day, you begin to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis, and therefore activate the creative powers of your subconscious mind and program your brain to notice anything and everything that may help you get closer to what you want…

In my life, this has been one of the most powerful tools I have ever used – and I love it!  It’s amazing what starts to show up when you pay attention to your dreams!

If you are interested in creating your own vision board movie, I created this one in the free Window’s Movie Maker program and using my Bucket List as motivation for the images I used.

Shoot me a message to let me know when you create yours – I’d love to see it and hear your stories of how your dreams are coming true!

 

 

* How to Become a Best-Selling Author *

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Imagine seeing YOUR book listed at #1 on Amazon!

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The screen-shot you see in the video above is from just one of my best-sellers and when the first of them hit #1 I was ever so excited – but the ranking itself was not why I was excited…

I wanted to prove to my students and coaching clients that without being famous and without promoting it to your email list (that is, even if you have one!) ~ if you follow the steps, and your book is actually what people want to read, you can become an Amazon Best-Seller!

Many people believe to become a best-selling author you need to be rich, well-known, and/or have a huge and responsive email list – BUT it’s nice to know becoming a best-selling author is still an achievable goal for those who are not already famous… 


Q:  OK, so does how much does it cost to become a best-seller?

There are companies that charge anywhere from around $5,000 to over $25,000 to turn your book into a best-seller, some guaranteed their services, some do not.

Our price is not even close to that – and we GUARANTEE the result!

Full details and pricing are listed below.


Q:  What types of books do you accept?

We accept all quality self-published books (excluding erotica).

At one time we were only accepting non-fiction, however we have had such success with our fiction writers that we now accept both.

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Q:  You said ‘quality’ books – how do I know if my book is good enough?

As authors, I think it’s in our very nature to be hugely self-critical of our work.

Yes, we only take on a very limited number of books in this program – it would not be possible to work with everyone – and before we start, we need to make certain your book is of a high enough quality to become a best-seller because we GUARANTEE it!

…but we haven’t had to turn down a book yet!  Every one of the authors that has come to us has a book that is worthy of becoming a best-seller.

Some are long, some are short – some are business books, some are fiction, some are memoirs…

…and some we have actually come across and contacted the author direct because we believe their book would be an excellent candidate to become a best-seller.

So, I have confidence to say that in 99% of cases, the fact that you are even considering becoming a best-selling author is a good indication that your book is better than perhaps even you think it is…


Q:  So you mean ‘real people’ can become best-sellers?

Yes!  Tina Benson is one such person who was able to achieve a best-seller ranking on Amazon…


Now YOU can become a best-selling author!

It took me a VERY long time and a LOT of trial and error to put together the exact process to be able to take a Kindle book through to best-seller status and to date we have achieved that status for many, many clients.

After originally only offering this service to my coaching clients, I decided to now also make it available to people who have already self-published a book on Amazon (or are about to!).

While we can’t guarantee a #1 ranking (although several of our clients have achieved that level), in the past twelve-months, every single client has achieved a ranking in the TOP 10 in at least one category on Amazon!

“Without publicity, a terrible thing happens ~ NOTHING!”

This quote by P.T. Barnum (of Barnum & Bailey Circus fame) is spot on the mark.  If no one knows you have written a book, no one will read it.

If you’re going to market your book, invest in something that actually guarantees you a result!


Q:  You said a ‘Kindle book’ – why only Kindle?

To achieve a best-seller status requires a HUGE number of people to get a copy of your book within a very short window of time.  We actually work with Amazon’s Kindle KDP promotion tools that allow us to do things that frankly we couldn’t do with a print book – and to get those all-important thousands of people to all get your book in a very short space of time.

While it is obviously possible to achieve a best-seller rank with a physical print book for someone with very little public following (if any), those services are literally tens of thousands of dollars and therefore out of reach of most people.

We focus on providing a service that guarantees to turn your book into a best-seller at a price that’s affordable – and therefore we focus on the Kindle version of your book.


Q:  What if I haven’t written (or finished writing) my book yet?

If you haven’t yet written your book, simply click here to learn how we can coach you step-by-step through the entire process and guarantee to get your book published on the world’s largest bookstore, Amazon.com!

If you have written your book, read on…


Q:  What if I published my book only as a print book, not a Kindle?

Even if you self-published a book some years ago as a print-only version , we can still turn it into a Kindle-version and get you that Best-Seller rank!

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Q:  My book was published some time ago, can it still become a best-seller?

Yes!  For instance, one of Chris Cooper’s books was published six years ago, yet we were able to take it to a #1 ranking on Amazon…  Watch the video to learn more…


Q:  Why is becoming a best-selling author important?

…apart from the fact that it feels AWESOME to see your book right there on the screen on the world’s largest bookstore as a best-seller..!

Imagine you need to see a Chiropractor.  Would you rather go to a general Chiropractor – or one who had written a best-selling book on chiropractic methods?

Imagine you want to do a book signing tour.  Bookstores will be much more receptive to a best-selling author than someone who has simply self-published.

Imagine you are a Conference Organizer looking for a Speaker for your next event.  I’m guessing you would rather choose a Speaker who had written a best-selling book!

Imagine you want to send a pitch to be on a talk-show.  While there is never a guarantee that they will even look at your pitch, Producers are more likely to consider someone who is a best-selling author than someone who simply published a book.

…and in many cases, people even feel comfortable paying MORE to someone who has already shown their expertise by becoming a best-selling author.

Being a published author in and of itself lends great credibility to any writer – but reaching that status of a best-seller puts you well above the rest of your field.

What you do with your new status as a Best-Selling Author is up to you – I had one client who was able to almost double their speaking fees after their book had reached the rank of a best-seller on Amazon.  


Q:  What is a ‘best-seller’?

The generally accepted definition of a best-seller is to be within the top 100 in a category.

…and many of the other companies providing best-seller services will correctly tell you that if you are in the top 100 in any category, you are a best-seller – and with the fact that according to a Forbes.com article there are anywhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published each YEAR, that seems like a reasonable goal.

We like to aim a little higher than ‘reasonable’ for our clients…   :-))

Our goal is to pull out all stops and do everything we possibly can to make you what WE believe is a best-seller:  listed in the top #50 on Amazon in your category!

In fact – we GUARANTEE a top #50 rank or HIGHER!

 

…and while we guarantee a top #50, every single one of our clients in the past twelve-months has achieved a top #10 ranking in their category on Amazon.

Here is another one…

best-seller-3Dear Leigh, When we signed on with you to help re-release and push our first book to Amazon Best Seller we were hopeful. WOW…..

You exceeded our expectations and drove our book to #1 Amazon Best Seller in TWO categories.

That’s success. We are not sure that we can thank-you enough! Now it’s up to us to leverage the accomplishment. You are a master!  With the greatest of appreciation, Mark B. Given – Co-Author, Finding My Why Ernie’s Journey….A Tale for Seekers, Amazon #1 Best Seller


Q:  So, what is the process?

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The entire process takes approximately 60 days (although we have successfully done it in less) and during that time we give you some action steps, but most of what needs to be handled is done by us – meaning me and my amazing Team of Elves (well, that’s what I affectionately call them!).

Through the KDP Kindle Select program there is a feature allowing you to run a campaign to give the Kindle digital version of your book away for free for up to 5 days in any 90 day period of time to help you achieve a best-seller ranking and to get your book in the hands of as many people as possible.

For two months we strategically position your book ready for a three-day ‘Best-Seller Launch’.

Through a great deal or research, trial and error, we have developed a strategic KDP Kindle book-marketing process – a tested and proven plan – that involves first determining how to best promote your book (analyzing your competition, keywords etc) and second, posting, tweeting, linking, advertising, forums, partnering, and more to ensure your Kindle book gets in as many hands as possible during the three day campaign.

COVERED Front“Leigh not only helped me write and publish my book, and was there for me every step of the way, but she and her team turned it into a best-seller on Amazon even before the official launch!  I don’t know how you did it, but THANK YOU, Leigh, for helping to make my dream of becoming an author a reality.  And now I’m a “best-selling” author as well!  You are the BEST!”

 

We currently work with and advertise your book on over 300 partner sites and platforms that are all focused on making sure YOUR book becomes a best-seller!

From day 1 to day 57, all the magic and hard work happens behind the scenes…  Then on day 58 the real fun begins…  For three days (days 58, 59 and 60) we continue to promote your book and we watch with you as your book climbs in the Amazon rankings…


Q:  So, my book is available free during the launch?

Yes.  “Build a better mouse-trap and the world will beat a path to your door.” ~ actually, they won’t UNLESS they know you’ve built a better mouse-trap AND they know where to find you!  Simply making your book free for a couple of days won’t achieve anything unless you have a strategic and tested plan to go along with it that will ensure enough people – often in the thousands – download your book all at the same time.

That’s why we work with and advertise your book on literally hundreds of sites and platforms.

As a side-note, here is an excerpt from a post by Tim Grahl about his KDP experience (I’ve not met nor worked with Tim but have read his book – and as you will see, Tim also references the “top 100” most people refer to as a best-seller rank):

“Every author’s greatest enemy is obscurity, so the fact that over 6000 people have possession of my book now is a huge win for me.  My goal was to give away at least as many copies as I had sold so I definitely hit that goal.  Another win is I made it as high as #101 ranked free Kindle book.  And I’ll admit, I was pretty sad that it didn’t break the top 100.  So close!

Did my sales go up or down as a result?

Overall my sales have shown about a 10% increase in the two weeks since the campaign. As I assumed, and heard from other self-published authors, it never hurts sales to give your book away, and this has definitely been true for me.

Any other positive results?

There were two other positive results that came as a result of the campaign.  One expected and one unexpected.  First, as expected, newsletter subscription rates from book readers went up.  In Your First 1000 Copies I embed several links to my website for extra resources.  I am tracking those pages to see who is signing up for this email newsletter as a result of reading the book (you may be one of them!).  As expected, if you give away 3408 copies of your book, newsletter subscription rates from readers are going to go up and this has been the case for me.  Second, unexpectedly, it significantly improved the book recommendations around Your First 1000 Copies.  Before the campaign, my book was often paired with some of the spammier, “get rich on Kindle” books.  Now, it’s become a recommended book against Guy Kawasaki’s APE: Author, Publisher Entrepreneur and other popular titles.  I believe this will have a helpful, long-term effect on sales.

Any negative results?

None that I can tell.  …


Q:  Will this help me actually ‘sell’ copies of my book?

In some instances, yes – but not always.  Remember, the purpose of your best-seller campaign is to LAUNCH your book and begin the momentum, getting your book into the hands of as many people as possible in as short a window of time as possible, all culminating in that all-important “best-seller” ranking.

While we can never guarantee that becoming a best-seller will result in a certain number of book sales, many of our clients who actually do the optional activities we suggest (most of which are free) to further promote the book and themselves during the launch, achieve best-seller rankings in the paid store sometimes continuing up to weeks after the launch.

ROBYN HOOD ebook…and as an example, this client reached #2 during their launch and then the following week sent me this message to let me know their book had reached #1 in the paid store:

“This is so cool … Right now #1 in Time Travel – and I bet the book that was keeping us out of that spot – is 11.23.63 by Stephen King. I’m okay with being just behind him. 🙂

I just this morning ran into two people who saw the book in their Facebook feed this week.  It’s starting to get out there.   A friend just IMd me on FB – he picked up the book and couldn’t put it down until he finished it. 🙂

You have certainly more than fulfilled your commitment in getting Robyn Hood Chronicles: Beginnings launched, and I deeply appreciate your assistance.”


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Guaranteed Result – Guaranteed Low Price

…and we do all this for one basic fee – just two installments of 1,250 USD – the first when you sign up and the second a month later.  That’s it – there are no extras, no surprises, no royalties, no commissions, no hidden charges – and if you don’t achieve at least a #50 ranking in at least one category on Amazon, we will repeat the process for you for FREE!

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Q:  Why is it so cheap?

Good question!  We could make a lot more money by charging much higher prices – but that would put becoming a best-seller out of reach of even more people.

We have been doing this for quite some time and know that what we charge is a price that makes it affordable for those who have finally taken the leap of becoming a published author and simply need help taking the next step to turn their book into a best-seller – and it is a fair price we are happy to stand behind.

…and in certain circumstances, we have even helped out a couple of authors by allowing them to pay for the service in additional installments over a longer period.

Also, you won’t have seen any paid advertising for this service.  Why?  Because we get all our business from customers who are referred by previous clients; from people who have seen my articles and posts; and on occasion from reaching out direct to an author whose book we found online and we think would be an ideal candidate.

That means the money we don’t spend on advertising, we don’t need to pass on to our customers in order to recoup!


Q:  Are there any other fees or charges or anything else I have to pay?

None whatsoever.  There are no additional fees or charges on our end, and for Amazon, this is a digital product, so you don’t owe them anything either.

It’s funny, a lot of people, when we start talking about this process, are looking for any hidden extras or traps.  We have become so used to saying ‘yes’ and then actually expect the ‘upsell’ – as in, “well, you’ve bought this product, but if you just give us some more money, we will now give you all the bells and whistles that didn’t already come with it.”

I believe in telling you what you will get, how much it will cost, give you a guarantee and then stick to it.  Simple and straightforward.  I know it’s an old-fashioned way of doing business, but that’s the way we do things around here.”  ~ Leigh St John


Q:  Will you get me Book Reviews?

Book reviews are essential.

Many people will not even consider a book unless it has two or three reviews – and from our experience you need at least five reviews before most people take your book seriously – so if you don’t already have five reviews, we will give you tips and suggestions on how you can get a minimum of five reviews.

Not only that, but many of our partner sites require that a book has at least five x five star reviews as part of their quality assurance – so if you don’t already have five x five star reviews, we will work with you to discuss how you can obtain reviews to help you reach that goal.

“What if reviewers don’t like my book?” I hear you ask?

First, please remember that the vast majority of writers are highly self-critical – your book is most likely of a MUCH higher quality than you perceive it to be.

Second, we only take on a very limited number of books in this program – it would not be possible to work with everyone – and before we start, we need to make certain your book is of a high enough quality to achieve a best-seller rank of at least #50 because we GUARANTEE it!  So, just the fact that we have said “yes” to you is evidence enough that we believe in you and your book – and therefore the likelihood that a reviewer will also ‘like’ the book is high.


Q:  Are there any things that are not included?

Everything you see listed here is included in the price.  There are no hidden fees.

For one low price, we guarantee to turn your book into an Amazon best-seller and you into a best-selling author!

It is important to note, however, this process is not designed as a ‘get rich quick’ campaign – in fact you may not make money during the three days of the campaign.

What it DOES do, is to turn your book into a best-seller – and thereby raises YOU to the ranks of a Best-Selling Author – and we even give you the screen-shots to prove it!


Q:  What do I need to do during this process?

Although we will provide you with a list of action steps you can take in addition to the Best-Seller Program if you choose, there is actually very little you need to do..

We do it all for you!

We undertake a lot of research on your book, your competition, the best keywords…  We promote you and your book on several hundred different sites, platforms and services…  We post about it, tweet about, advertise it, and follow a carefully and strategically laid-out plan of action that we KNOW produces RESULTS!

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Q:  What will it cost me if I DON’T turn my book into a Best-Seller?

How does it feel knowing you put so much time, effort, and often so much of ‘yourself’ into creating your book, only to know that almost no one has read it…

If you are reading this page, it’s most likely that you fit one or more of the following:

  • You have published a book only to find it languish on Amazon and you’re feeling disheartened that no one is reading it
  • You know you could command higher prices in your business by becoming a best-selling author, but you don’t know how to go about it
  • You always dreamed of becoming a best-selling author – and you wrote a great book – but then nothing happened…

Think about how much more you would pay to a professional who had written a best-selling book VS a similar professional who hadn’t…  That difference in price is just part of what it is costing you to NOT turn your book into a best-seller.

How does it feel knowing you believe in your book and yet you can’t seem to get anyone to read it?

That feeling of dismay and possibly even regret is just part of what it is costing you to NOT turn your book into a best-seller.

We could list many other ways that by NOT turning your book into a best-seller that you are leaving money on the table; that you are not experiencing the joy around your book that you could and should…

The only real question is – what are you going to DO about it?

There is a quote you will notice I use on a lot of my websites, correspondence and social media:

“Will my future self thank me for my decisions and actions TODAY?”

Five years ago, you had dreams, made plans for what you would do in five year’s time…  Well, those five years have passed and the day you were dreaming about is TODAY!

…does it look the way you thought it would ~ and if not, why not ~ and what can you do differently TODAY to make sure your tomorrow is everything you imagine it will be?

Every conscious action is a choice…

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Q:  So, how much does it cost?

Just two installments of 1,250 USD – one now and one in a month’s time – to GUARANTEE your book becomes a best-seller on Amazon, the world’s largest bookstore.

That’s it – there are no extras, no surprises, no royalties, no commissions, no hidden charges – and if you don’t achieve at least a top #50 ranking in at least one category on Amazon, we will repeat the process for you for FREE!


Want to know more?

If you would like to learn more about how YOUR book can become an Amazon best-seller, please click here to schedule a time to talk – yes, actually talk!

Looking forward to it!

~ Leigh


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Please note:  While we reserve the right to turn down any book we believe is not suitable for this program (and don’t worry, I haven’t yet refused a book), if we do accept your book into the program, we guarantee to get you within the top 50 on Amazon in at least one category or we will repeat the process for free!  (and even give you that guarantee in writing!)

How old is too old – and are YOU too old?

Are you too old?  That’s actually a loaded question…

Astronaut_U_S__Senator_John_GlennOn the weekend I watched a documentary on PBS about John Glenn.

While many know of – and even remember – his inspiring flight in 1962 as the first American into orbit, what I didn’t know was that while he was a sitting Senator and holding down that position, he was training for yet another space flight and in 1998 he became the only astronaut to have been a part of both the Mercury and Discovery missions…

…at the age of 77!

 

Last week my dear friend and glorious human being, Werner Berger, spent his birthday in Africa.

While that may be amazing to some, what I find to be the truly amazing fact is that…

It was his 78th birthday, 3 days after his 5th Mt. Kilimanjaro climb!!!

 

As a society, we are told you’re too young or too old; or too fat or too thin; or too this or too that…

When it comes down to it, the ONLY thing that really matters is what YOU think!

Are you too old?  John Glenn and Werner Berger certainly didn’t think so – and I agree with them!

In the words of one of my favorites, W. Clement Stone:

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

 

So, what are YOU about to conceive, believe and achieve?

You’re never too ‘anything’ unless you think you are…

Who Inspires You?

inspirationI don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling less than my bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self, rather than talk about it – which only usually makes me feel worse and puts a downer on the day of the poor soul with whom I decided to share my misery – I tend to closet myself away either at home or taking a drive in my beloved car, and immerse myself in watching or listening to inspirational stories from others.

There’s something very powerful about hearing that Jim Carey started with nothing and every night would drive up to Mulholland Drive and ‘imagine’ what his life would be like when he achieved his dreams…

Or hearing the story of JK Rowling who, although she was a single mother and one step away from being homeless, still believed in ‘Harry Potter’ and even prophesized the fact in the first book, “There will be books written about Harry, every child in our world will know his name”.

Or Sara Blakely starting with the last of her savings, and out of her garage creating a business empire that, by 2014, had her listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.

Life happens…  We all have our ups and downs – but as Charles Swindoll said, “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

I learned some time ago that it’s important to prepare for when those moments of doubt, fear or worry hit – thankfully they don’t hit often, but when they do – to have already a prepared course of action – one I don’t need to think about, but is already there waiting for me…

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”  Confucius

My course of action?  I created a YouTube playlist of videos that inspire me, motivate me, make me think and make me smile…  From Wallace Wattles’ incredible work, to Will Smith’s thoughts on how to be a success…  This ever-evolving group of videos is my go-to place for inspiration when I need it.

Here’s the link if you’d like to take a look:  bit.ly/youtubeinspiring

Who inspires you and what is your course of action for those moments when you need a dose of whatever it takes to get you our of your slump and back on track?

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

 

 

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The Importance of Having a Bucket List (plus here’s a look at mine!)

bucket-list-LSJWhen was the last time you did something you really wanted to do?

Why have a Bucket List?  Most people go through their life as though they have all the time in the world to “one day” do the things they really want to do – and you know what?  Most never do them.

The old adage is true about the cemetery being full of the best books (that were never written because they never found the time to write that book they always dreamed of writing); the most amazing love stories (that were never lived because they never built up the courage to ask the person out or to say “I’m sorry”); the most amazing experiences (that were never experienced because there was always “one day”)…

I often update my Bucket List (that I call a Life List) however recently I did something in addition to that – I wrote out my Life List DONE!  Not just Bucket List items, but also simply amazing experiences I have had – because I decided that “one day” was every chance I get!

What I discovered in writing that list was just how many wonderful memories it brought back simply by going through that exercise – and also just how much I had truly done in my life…

…but I had a special ‘gift’ that many of you do not have…

What is that ‘gift’?  Several years ago I had an illness that was supposed to kill me – and didn’t (I’m stubborn like that).  Thanks to that illness, I realized just how short life really is and how every moment is precious… and I started living each moment to the fullest…

I started paying attention to the beauty in the everyday comings and goings of life…  I started exploring and going places and doing things simply because they sounded interesting or fun…

…and I developed a Life List DONE that inspires me every time I read it.  It contains not only goals and bucket list items, it’s also simply experiences that were ever so cool and that have meant a lot to me.

While you scan my list – reflect on all the incredible things YOU have ALREADY done in your life!

So many times we look at our GOALS and our TO DO lists, and forget just how much we have already accomplished…

…and if you look at my list and think it would cost a lot of money to achieve – perhaps if you did it all at once – and yes, there are a couple of expensive items on the list – but this list is the culmination of the past 10 or 20 years of my life – and also, think about how many incredible experiences you could have, right in your own city – for free…

It’s all about making the most of every moment…

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done…”  Thomas Jefferson

Here in no particular order is my EXPERIENCES ‘DONE’ LIST:

  • Own the Car of My Dreams (her name is Bridgit aka Baby Car and she’s a classic Jaguar convertible I restored who has been my constant travel companion for several years while living in the USA – when preparing to finally leave the States, I donated her to a children’s charity.  I just couldn’t bring myself to ‘sell’ her so I gave her to an organization where she could continue to bring smiles to people…)
  • Traced my family tree back several hundred years and completed the Ancestry DNA analysis (I’m 40% UK, 26% Iberian Peninsula, 21% Scandinavian, 12% Irish and 1% from western Europe) – and am writing a novel based on some of the stories…  Stay tuned!
  • Lived on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Climbed all 272 steps of the Batu Cave Temple in Malaysia (complete with an army of macaque monkeys ‘helping’ every step of the way)
  • Rebuild a Car Engine (twice)
  • Wrap a Snake Around My Neck
  • Stayed two nights in one of America’s most haunted B&Bs
  • Ride in a Tiger Moth
  • Sat beside Walt Disney’s original “Dreaming Tree” on the farm where he grew up – while the original tree has fallen over, the trunk is still there, a sapling from the tree is growing next to it – and the entire field is awe-inspiringly beautiful!  Wild flowers that grow as high as your waist in some places…  It is one of my top 10 spots on the planet.
  • Host Movie Premieres at Warner Bros
  • Walk over Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Host “Going Green” TV show
  • Live in a two-storey villa in a 4.5 star resort with a friend’s 65′ yacht moored at my front door
  • Leave nothing ‘unsaid’
  • Grand Canyon
  • Fly Internationally First Class
  • Mardi Gras Ball
  • Made my living as a Professional Entertainer
  • Find True, Pure, Blissful Joy in pretty much every moment…
  • Live in USA (my dream since I was a small child)
  • Write an Amazon #1 Best-Seller
  • Speak on stage at the United Nations in New York
  • Stay in a luxury vintage rail car at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel (formerly a Victorian-Era rail station)
  • Love Unconditionally
  • Spent Significant Time Touring Through 42 States (so far) – all by Road
  • Fly a Plane
  • I absolutely ADORE what I do for a living!
  • Ride the Incline Railway (world’s steepest)
  • Bring a Stranger Home for Dinner
  • Winter Olympics in Whistler
  • Tombstone, Arizona & OK Corral (where the shootout DIDN’T happen, by the way!!)
  • Angel Oak
  • Drive Across the USA Coast to Coast (several times – and at least 4 times in Bridgit!)
  • Teach at a World’s Top Business School
  • Target Pistol Shooting
  • Forgive and move on
  • Fairy Penguins on Phillip Island
  • Member of various Private Members’ Clubs
  • Visited The Alamo
  • Make a Difference in Someone’s Life
  • Visit Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Visit just about every significant Antebellum Home in the USA
  • Learn Sign Alphabet
  • Catalina Island
  • Own Personalized Private Label Wine
  • Participate in Murder Mystery
  • Spent several inspiring hours at the Georgia Guidestones
  • Tour Historic Philadelphia
  • Hug a Redwood in the Redwood Forest
  • Competition Ballroom Dancing (as a teenager, and won two awards)
  • Tour Stalagmite Caves
  • Mark Twain’s beloved Hannibal Missouri
  • Member of Mensa
  • Visit Cadillac Ranch
  • Gorgeous collection of Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories
  • Hiking Through Rainforest
  • Visit the original Laura Ingalls Wilder house
  • Arabia Steamboat Musuem (the largest single collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world)
  • Achieve over 50,000 Followers on Twitter (it’s down to around 37K now, and it was a wonderful experience building the following – it’s interesting that once I stopped actively building, the ‘fluff’ fell off and the 35K or so that remain are constant, loyal followers)
  • Own several Civil War Gowns
  • Struck by lightning – and obviously lived to tell the tale!  Actually, the lightning hit the roof of the garage I was in and went through the power line to the charger cable that was beside me – the spark arced from the cable to my leg, causing a weird burn/bruise-like injury, my hair stood on end, my heart started beating to a very different drum!  Not only that, but it fried the wiring in the garage and even literally ‘blew up’ the automatic sprinkler controller on the wall – we found pieces everywhere!
  • Daily Full-page “Life with Leigh” series in Major Metro Newspaper
  • Own a grand piano
  • Visit Parkes Observatory
  • Treat a Person who is Homeless to Thanksgiving Feast (I do this most every year)
  • Live with Private Beach at my Doorstep
  • Been on stage with Jay Leno
  • Tour Historic Newport
  • Win Awards for my Photography
  • Build a Snowman
  • Ruby Falls
  • Visit Painted Desert in New Mexico
  • Fishbowl Margarita in El Paso
  • Willard Hotel in Washington
  • Visit Churchill Downs (Home of Kentucky Derby)
  • Sailing on a tall ship
  • Attend Private Event in US House of Representatives
  • Shopping on Rodeo Drive
  • Sing for a Living
  • Route 66
  • Drive entire length of Historic Route 1 / Hwy 101 from Mexico to Canada
  • Civil Rights Museum in Lorraine Hotel
  • Swim Naked Under the Stars in a beautiful a lake
  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Danced/Played the giant piano in FAO Swartz in New York
  • Met the Principals of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet & had front row seats
  • Elvis Presley Aircraft Museum
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame (no, I’m not ON it, I just walked along it)
  • Watch the sun rise and set at the horizon while at the Beach (obviously not at the same beach!  LOL!)
  • Natural Bridge in Virginia
  • Historic Santa Monica Pier
  • Four-wheeling over monster sand-dunes
  • Host “Achievers and Unsung Heroes” TV & radio shows
  • Victor Borge 80th Birthday concert
  • Monticello
  • Horseback Riding through Antebellum Plantation
  • Nashville
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Off-Roading Through Monster Sand Dunes
  • Ride the L train in Chicago
  • Crater Lake
  • Build a smart-phone app (several)
  • Attend a Rodeo
  • Travel Through Asia
  • Manage a Charity Feeding Homeless Children
  • Stay in Eco-Friendly Cavallo Point, California
  • Attend a Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas
  • Guest Soloist with Sydney Conservatory Choir
  • Attend Revolutionary & Civil War Re-Enactments
  • Go on a Blind Date
  • New Years Eve on Sydney Harbor
  • Churn Butter By Hand
  • Survive an Illness that was supposed to kill me
  • Conquered fear of Public Speaking (and a good thing, too, given that I chose to go into the field of media and entertainment!)
  • Herd Cattle
  • Contact someone I don’t know who also has my name
  • Tour Royal Selangor Pewter Factory in Kuala Lumpur
  • Buy something at an Auction
  • Attend College Football Game (LSU @ Tiger Stadium) & Tail-gating
  • Ride an Elephant
  • Visit Grant Park in Chicago
  • Do something ‘big’ completely on faith
  • Lead in Musical Theater
  • Study Artificial Intelligence at Stanford (for fun)
  • Niagara Falls (& also did a horse-drawn carriage ride in middle of winter – stunning!)
  • Daily Successfully manage several health ‘challenges’ that sometimes slow me down but never stop me…
  • Own AV Studio
  • Reverse a Trailer Around an Obstacle Course
  • Stayed AirBnB
  • Cuddle a Koala
  • Ride in a Tuk Tuk
  • Live in Las Vegas
  • Co-Host Drive Time on Major Commercial Radio Station
  • Explore a Completely Uninhabited Ghost Town
  • Ate squirrel and rabbit gumbo (where both critters were shot on the same premises they were cooked and eaten – certainly an ‘interesting’ experience but not one I recommend! (for you or the squirrel!))
  • Do several ‘staycations’ where you stay in a hotel in your city and be a tourist in your own town
  • July 4th on the Water in Savannah, Georgia
  • Attended a Louisiana Cajun Boucherie
  • Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur
  • Attended an international IndyCar race
  • Visit all Smithsonian Buildings in Washington
  • Swim in a Tea Tree Lake
  • Adopt a Rescue Dog
  • Attend International Surfing Competitions (not as a competitor!)
  • Eat Philly Cheesesteak in Philadelphia
  • Hoover Dam
  • Row 6 – Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour
  • Snorkled on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Dropped 75lb after putting it on during an illness (and currently working on achieving my dream body)
  • Camping By Myself – beside a lake… it was magical!
  • Jekyl Island
  • Start a Non-Profit
  • Visit ‘The General’ in Kennesaw Mountains
  • Ride a Greyhound Bus across several States (boy, was that an experience!)
  • Build Websites
  • Entertain elderly people at a nursing home
  • Shear a Sheep
  • Build several businesses (some were successes – some were monumental failures – although thankfully there were more of the former than the latter!)
  • Natchez Pilgrimage
  • Play Bocce
  • Continually Learn about Quantum Physics
  • Windsor Ruins
  • Create My Own Family Crest
  • Get caught in a dust storm with zero visibility (Ok, so not something I planned, but experience worthy of the list)
  • Biltmore
  • Attend an Event with International Heads of State
  • Hold a Tarantula
  • Stayed in a number of glorious vintage hotels
  • Attend Renaissance Festival
  • Front-row-center at Don McLean concert
  • Shucking Oysters Fresh from the Fire at an Oyster Roast
  • Spend a whole day at a luxury spa, then elegant dinner and a show
  • Sailing
  • Study at Stanford
  • Discover my signature perfume
  • Hole in One (OK, so it was mini-golf!)
  • Magnificent Historic Charleston, South Carolina
  • Picnics are usually 5 Star with Vintage Crystal Glasses & Estate Silverware
  • Teach Someone who is Illiterate to Read
  • New Year’s Eve on the river in Savannah, Georgia
  • Eat possibly the world’s best Lobster Slider – Plymouth (near ‘the rock’)
  • Used Limousines as primary method of transport
  • Toured a submarine
  • Visit New Zealand
  • Attend a Polo Match
  • Visit Times Square
  • Learn CPR
  • Bought a quality western cowboy (or should that be cowgirl) hat and had it custom-fitted (I love bespoke experiences like that!)
  • Drive in Celebrity Speedway Race
  • Catalina Island
  • French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Lasik Eye Surgery
  • Boat License
  • San Antonio Riverwalk
  • Met Masaru Emoto
  • Jet-boating
  • Brewed Beer
  • Atalaya Castle
  • Be a Ghost-Writer
  • Shoot a Bow & Arrow
  • Attend Zulu Lundi Gras
  • Regularly Send Handwritten Notes with Wax-Sealed Envelope, Written with Fountain Pen
  • Learn to Throw a Clay Pot
  • Bowl a 200+ game
  • Donate Blood
  • Aspen
  • Historic Vicksburg
  • Experience a Real White Christmas
  • Mount Vernon
  • Toured an aircraft-carrier
  • Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club
  • Milk Cows both by Hand and Machine
  • Live on a Yacht for a Week
  • Go on a Hay Ride
  • (ref scene in Pretty Woman) Had lunch at Bar at the Beverley Wilshire (they’ve redecorated since the movie)
  • Dined at the Boat House in Central Park

(I update this list (both done and to do) every few months)

…and here is the (much shorter) Bucket List of items still to do… (again in no particular order).

  • Become healthy enough to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in 2017
  • Daily continue to see the beauty and enjoy the bliss…
  • Continue to make a difference and help people achieve their dreams…
  • Be a volunteer at “il Club di Guilietta” (ref ‘Letters to Juliet’)
  • Continue to explore my ancestry, including visiting places from which they originated
  • Be the voice for an animated feature film
  • Achieve the body of my dreams
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Develop a fictional character I love and publish stories about her journeys
  • Live in a Marina (again)
  • Meet and fall mutually in love with the Man of my Dreams
  • Help a family who is homeless to get a job, a home and a new life
  • San Francisco Cable Car
  • Private Plane (I don’t want one, I just want to travel in one if I need to fly anywhere)
  • Learn to better appreciate wine
  • Be a writer for “Huffington Post”
  • Speak Italian and French (I don’t need to be fluent, just enough to understand and to be understood)
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Attend all three Triple Crown events – Private Box
  • Build a Labyrinth
  • Visit every US state (42 down – 8 to go…)
  • Continue to facilitate inspiring events…
  • Natural Hot Springs
  • Really explore Napa Valley
  • Pike’s Market
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Stonehenge
  • Develop a range of inspirational books, journals, items etc from my photography
  • Coliseum
  • Monaco
  • Machu Pichu
  • Mud Bath
  • Produce inspiring short films
  • Heart Castle
  • Coral Castle
  • Santorini
  • Tour ~ and stay in ~ castles across the UK and Europe
  • Major art and architectural icons through Europe
  • Coney Island
  • Vienna
  • Venice
  • Vintage Rail Tours including Orient Express & Pullman Tours
  • Greek Islands
  • Austria
  • Disneyland
  • Switzerland
  • Easter Island
  • Rome
  • Kiss passionately in the rain
  • Athens
  • Loch Ness
  • Tuscany
  • ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ House
  • Record an album
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Build a water feature
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Go on a cruise
  • See icebergs up close
  • Buy jewelry at Tiffany & Co.
  • Horseback riding in the snow
  • Regularly make something with my own hands
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Edgar Cayce Museum
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Narraganset Rune Stone
  • Make a Kiva loan
  • Nantucket
  • View a piece of Harry Winston jewelry up close and personal
  • Cape Cod
  • Stay at a Dude Ranch
  • Upperville Horse Show
  • Winchester House
  • Chateau Montelena
  • Newport Tower
  • TCM Cruise as a VIP
  • White Pass and Yukon Railway (Skagway AK to Whitehorse, Canada)
  • Continue to regularly attend exhibitions at the Smithsonian

I’m certain I’ve missed a number of items – and I am constantly adding to it… although the one that is most up to date is on my Luxurious Nomad site – here’s the link:  http://luxuriousnomad.com/bucket-list/

So, why have a Bucket List?

When I finally do meet my Maker, I want to be able to honestly say I lived my life to the fullest – that I used my passions – that I was of service to others – that I made people (and myself) smile – and that I didn’t wait for “one day” that never came…

This list is my inspiration to live the life of my dreams…

What’s yours?

Free Event Management Checklist

Free Event Management Checklist

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At last – a free event management checklist to assist you in delivering a successful event that achieves your objectives and surpasses your expectations.

This free event management checklist covers a range of topics and is provided to help you to take care of all the major items as well as all the ‘little’ things that are often forgotten – and those that can make the difference between a “good” event and a “great” one.

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Event Management Checklist topics include:

  • Pre-Event Planning
  • Run Sheet
  • Publicity & Promotion
  • Invitations & RSVP
  • Risk Management & Legalities
  • Venue & Facilities
  • Audio Visuals
  • Management of Alcohol
  • Human Resources
  • MC/Facilitator/Coordinator
  • Entertainment, Keynote Speakers
  • Catering
  • Ticketing
  • Event Recording
  • Fund Raising
  • Acknowledgements
  • Event Budget
  • Post-Event Planning

> Click here to download your Free Event Management Checklist

If you would like to book Leigh (Bella) St John as your Event Facilitator or MC – or discuss the requirements of your next event – please feel free to contact us.

 

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Coaching/Consulting

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.”

Tom Landry

One of my greatest delights is seeing my clients achieve what they set out to achieve!

 

Entrepreneurs, corporate clients, and those who have developed a reasonably high-profile need to work with someone who has been there!  Someone who knows what it’s like to have achieved a high level of success ~ who knows what it’s like to have a dream and build it from scratch ~ and someone who knows that every now and again, you need a strategic adviser to help you get to the next level.

Coaching and consulting to meet these challenges and more:

  • You need assistance developing your leaders and/or your leadership team
  • The leaders in your organisation face challenges attracting, developing and retaining key talent
  • You’ve wanted to write a book for as long as you can remember but don’t know how to achieve that goal (or just need someone to make you accountable so you actually finish it!)…
  • You are looking to re-brand yourself and/or your business and need strategic input into your decision-making process…
  • You need assistance on how hire an awesome team of outsourcers so you feel supported and can focus on your brilliance…
  • You need more effective means to get honest feedback or time to evaluate yourself and your people…
  • You need assistance fine-tuning your presentations and/or media skills

Obviously, everyone is at a different place and requires different levels of support.

I’ve been Coaching people (and organizations) for more than twenty years (I’m showing my age now! LOL) and provide strategic coaching and consulting on these areas and more…

 

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Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Dreams

I know most of us have already seen this at least once, yet it’s worth watching again from time to time…

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.