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


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


14 thoughts on “always be giving – a new manifesto

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.


    • 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! :)

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