14 In thinking out loud

always be giving – a new manifesto

Manifesto 2013 by Leonie Wise


  1. three years ago, around the same time as now, i wrote a manifesto and shared it here. it’s one of my most visited posts of all time. i wanted to give it a design refresh and add some new thoughts to it, so i enlisted the help of a wonderful designer – jo from the darling tree. she has made my words into something i think is much more beautiful to look at.
  2. so now, i offer this to you again for free. and this will always be free, and downloadable indefinitely (probably until i make a new iteration of it sometime in the future).
    print it out, share it, tweet about it, pin it, whatever you like…. anywhere you like…
    just please don’t edit it, remove my website link, sell it, or in any way try to pass it on as your own.
    in other words, please be kind.

» JPG file –  download the A4 size | download the Letter size
» PDF file –  download the A4 size | download the Letter size


manifesto text

live your wild & beautiful truth
dream, create, inspire
claim your space, you belong here
sleep under the stars
explore the edges
be willing to try
listen to your own ancient wisdom – it will lead you to amazing places
grow things
practise kindness
be your own first choice
work, play, rest
keep it simple
respect the environment
allow yourself to be guided by curiosity & delight
smile at strangers
be present
it’s okay to say no
begin again
ask for what you need
make stuff
trust the process
tell YOUR story
always be giving


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  • Roxanne
    23/06/2013 at 03:57

    This is so wonderful!

    • leoniewise
      24/06/2013 at 11:07

      Thank you x

  • new in the shop : leonie wise
    22/06/2013 at 16:28

    […] i’m so delighted to know that the manifesto i made is being downloaded, pinned, shared on facebook, google+, blogs and twitter. my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has spread the word. if you don’t have a copy yet, you can download it from here […]

  • Carole
    22/06/2013 at 14:44

    Thanks for the wonderful words. It is something that should always be shared.

  • seabluelee
    21/06/2013 at 22:42

    This is beautiful as well as inspirational. I love the colors and clean look of this new design. Thank you so much for sharing it so generously.

    • leoniewise
      22/06/2013 at 10:31

      Thanks very much… it’s my pleasure to share it with you.

  • fanny
    21/06/2013 at 08:55

    So beautiful!
    I’ve put it on my desktop at work:-) great inspiration!

    • leoniewise
      21/06/2013 at 10:19

      Thank you. I’m so glad you are enjoying it. x

  • michelle gd
    19/06/2013 at 21:50

    oh, leonie, i love this something fierce. thank you for sharing your goodness with the world.

    • leoniewise
      20/06/2013 at 07:09

      You are so very welcome. Thank you for being awesome

  • rebecca
    19/06/2013 at 21:22

    I am over here via Amanda. I have added your lovely spot to my list of inspiration on my blog. thank you for all the beauty you create here.

    wonderful soul-filled food for my heart. xo

    • leoniewise
      20/06/2013 at 07:08

      Thanks Rebecca. it’s nice to have your company here x

  • amanda
    19/06/2013 at 16:29

    lovely and generous! i’ve tweeted about your manifesto and shared it on my fb wall – it’s a message that needs to be shared.


    • leoniewise
      19/06/2013 at 17:39

      thanks Amanda. it is such a pleasure for me to share this with everyone. perhaps it will inspire you to think about how your own manifesto might read. there’s so much other stuff i could have put on here too, but it wouldn’t fit! :)