YOU-NICORN: A 30-day workbook to find your inner unicorn
Are you ready to turn your life from meh to marvelous?
Do you grab for -- but always seem to miss -- that elusive dream life you know you deserve? Do you love coloring and expressing your creativity, discovering yourself, and reading laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud books?
Heck yes you do!
Get ready to IDENTIFY your dream life, and JUMP START YOURSELF on the road to get there.
If life is a map, and YOU ARE HERE, we're going to find the way to get where you want to go. We're gonna barrel through Tenacity Valley, and over “Don’t Give a Damn” Mountain Pass, and the bus is fueled with your vision for the rainbow-dancing unicorn you know you have inside you! Unblock yourself by identifying self-limiting beliefs and dissolving them with powerful affirmations.
Gain confidence as you identify your dream life, and make an actionable plan to achieve it.
You don't have to know what you want. This book will help you find the path to building a satisfying life.
It's a fun and engaging illustrated workbook to be completed in 30 days, with one exercise per day.
Every day includes a thought-provoking (and often funny) lesson, perhaps some illustrative stories, and room to complete the exercises associated with the chapter. The exercises take between 10 and 40 minutes.
The illustrations are made for coloring, because coloring is fun! The book is both fun and insightful... just like you!
It's not a planner. It's not a new time management strategy. It's not a journal. It will not give you rock-solid abs in 30 days. It will not call your mother for you (though it may get you off the hook for not calling her).
It's really fun, but it's also really thought-provoking. It's playful, yet important.
Time is tickin’ my friend
We’ve got no time to lose here on this massively and rapidly spinning planet, and as far as any of us know, we have only one life… and that life is confusingly and unpredictably brief. It’s a tough truth, since most of us have a lot more to do than we’ve done, and we’re running out of time to do it.
Just the other day, a truck crossed the double yellow lines into my lane, and my first thought was “OMG NOT NOW! I’M STILL WORKING ON MY BOOK!” Thankfully, he swerved and I narrowly missed having a messy draft published posthumously.
What “but I haven’t…” flashes into your mind when you are faced with your mortality? Gone to India? Eaten petite fours in Versailles? Made peace with your family? Written a screenplay? Heard the scrambling of dachshunds at a wiener dog race?
It’s important. It’s important not to let more days sneak by while you’re doing something mundane just to pay the bills or fulfill some externally-designated obligation.
DO NOT LET ANOTHER DAY GO BY WITHOUT TAKING A STEP TOWARD YOUR DREAMS.
YOU-NICORN is conveniently arranged in 4 sections, which roughly correspond to a week-based calendar (so handy!).
Part 1: YOU-NICORN
You'll re-embark on the adventure of a lifetime: YOUR LIFE (already in progress). In the first week, we'll look at how strong you are, evaluate what success means to you, as well as check out some habits that may be holding you back.
Part 2: It's an inside job
In the second week, we'll deep dive into some attitudes and limiting beliefs that are probably stopping you from living your fullest life. And then we'll --BLAMMO-- break those suckers down.
Part 3: Relationships
In the third week, we'll learn "The Angry Person's Forgiveness" (don't worry, it's pretty fun!) and build our team of supremely awesome unicorns!
Part 4: The tool kit
In the final week, we'll do some fun goal-setting exercises so you can identify the next steps in achieving them! And we'll add to your tool kit with meditation and journaling.
This book isn't any ol' regular self-help book, it's a limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive illustrated workbook to use all the parts of your brain! You'll have fun while building the life you deserve to live.
This little sample gives you a pretty good feel of the book.
On the left is a little story about Bob Ross (because he's very inspiring!), and on the right is a chapter about how bad habits, even small "paper cut" habits, might be thwarting your dreams.
This illustrated workbook is a passion project. I mean, the whole thing is a passion project, but especially the illustrated workbook. The whole time I've been working on this book, I have been envisioning it as a fun workbook. I want my weird primitive illustrations and doodles in the margins. I want people (you!) to doodle on the doodles (HEY! Get your mind out of the gutter. I mean DRAW on them.) and have a good time while working on the book. I want people (you!) to make it theirs (yours!).
So that's why we're doing this super special, semi-self-published workbook.
The funds raised with this Kickstarter aren't just going to cover the costs of this edition... read on to find out what they'll cover!
$4,500 - minimum funding
$2300 - costs of editorial and design work on this illustrated version
$2200 - cost of production and shipping for this edition
$14,500 - stretch goal
$2300 - editorial and design work on this edition
$4500 - cost of production and shipping of this edition
$2500 - additional editorial and design work on paperback & kindle
$5000 - publishing first run of paperback books
Even beyond that stretch goal, we're hoping that we can raise enough money to cover a whiz-bang publicity campaign (and maybe even a book tour!) for the paperback.
The super-stretch goal is $45,000, and if we hit that goal, we're going to fund a publicity campaign, advertising, and a tour.
It's aggressive and wildly optimistic, but if you support this kickstarter and share it with your friends, I know we can do it.
We just need to sell 1,800 books to hit that super-stretch goal, and that goal can be achieved ONE BOOK, ONE SHARE, ONE MENTION AT A TIME. If you share this project, we can and will achieve this goal.
The plan is to publish this workbook NOW, and use the Kickstarter as a proof of concept.
When you support this project, you're not just creating THIS book, you're kick-starting my career as a writer. Even $5 shows publishers that I am a desirable writer who people look forward to supporting.
Not only that, you'll be setting sail on the life you deserve to lead... and if you give this book to other people, you'll be helping them set sail on their most amazing lives as well.
Five years ago, I left my corporate job at the Oprah Winfrey Network to start a small business with my soul mate. We have since grown Outlaw Soaps into an internationally distributed personal care company with two employees. We sell in Whole Foods and numerous boutiques, on OutlawSoaps.com, and Amazon.com.
Never satisfied with just one project, in 2015 I started working as a marketing consultant for the internet champion nonprofit, Mozilla. I work with their developer outreach team to help web developers excel at their jobs, write great code, and have the most up-to-date resources.
I am a contributor to small business sites like GoDaddy Garage and Pyragraph Magazine.
In 2016, I finally felt like I had rounded out my self-help toolkit and got to work writing a book. I wanted to test my personal approach to goal setting, and launched the video goal setting workshop. It changed lives.
After hearing what a difference the goal workshop made in people's lives, I decided to pursue my dream of writing a full book in earnest -- an actionable book that combined the joy of artistic creativity with the practical (and sometimes difficult) work of personal development. I knew it had to be equal parts fun and heart-centered.
My friend and sister-in-law, who also conveniently has a publishing company, was so excited when I pitched the concept to her. She immediately agreed to publish the book and we set to work immediately writing out the plan on a napkin... and here we are, on the eve of the execution of this plan.
And we need you as the partner!
My hope is that you don't waste one day above ground. As far as we know, we've got just one life, and dammit, I want you to live the best one.
In the book, I talk about how important it is to have a great community.
In addition to the free community, people who sign up for the New Year program ($395 level) will have access to our special 30 day coaching group, starting January 1, 2018.
Each day, for 30 days in January, I'll post your exercise for that day, along with group questions and thought-starters. It's a wonderful way to start 2018, and start the life you deserve!
The coaching group is filled with rockstars like you, who want to live their most adventurous and amazing life. It's a great way to connect with people who are fun, funny, and awesome.
No matter what level you get, you'll have access to the book-owners-only 30 Day YOU-NICORN email sequence (if you want it - don't worry, you won't be signed up for anything)
You'll get a daily reminder of your exercise for that day, as well as some additional reflections, in your inbox. That's included with every book, even gifts, and it's a great resource!
We have given early copies of this book to friends and family. Here's what they had to say about their experience...
"I’m a firm believer that we never stop learning, and I try to live by that. But sometimes a firm nudge in the right direction is needed. YOU-NICORN provides that nudge with equal parts humor, honesty and encouragement. It helped me dig really deep to see what my obstacles were (relationships chapter, anyone?), and provides clear guidance on how to overcome with some laugh out loud AND 'AHA!' moments. I originally read it because hey, who doesn’t want to become their favorite mythical (or is it?!) beast, but the solid help it provides in figuring out life’s many tangly arenas isn’t just magic—it’s real." - Laura, CA
"Danielle has been a personal inspiration. When she embarked on her journey to be an entrepreneur and start her own company, she shared her tribulations and triumphs. She imagines, she plans, and she works hard to achieve her dreams. I continue to learn from her and was honored to preview this book. I'm at a turning point in my life and 'YOU-NICORN: A 30 day workbook to find your inner unicorn' has been the perfect resource. I appreciate the way the book is structured, paced and written. It's thought-full, personal and witty. And the tools are incredibly helpful. I started keeping a journal; the book includes interesting strategies. I'm working on daily affirmations and setting goals for What's Next in my life. And I LOVE the 3 bitch rule. Gotta read the book for the deets." - Roxanne, CA
"Reading this book and working through its whimsical, yet highly effective, steps is like hanging out with your best friend, who also just so happens to be helping you find your passion and joy. Danielle is a highly gifted writer and I am confident her book speaks to and benefits many different types of people, and promotes personal growth in a painless, enjoyable manner!" - Krista, CA
"Clarity, affirmation, a loving kick in the pants... YOU-nicorn magic is real. Every step brought me closer to the life I’m meant to live. Danielle Vincent’s fun, fearless, and generous heart shines in this workbook. You’ll want to shine with her." - Shari, TX
"I don’t use the phrase 'that changed my life' liberally. In fact I can only think of two other experiences that I can say that about. One is going thru a 10 day Vipassina sit and the other is having a child. And now the third is the goal writing workshop you offered. [which is included in the book]
The day dream section helped me get really clear on what I wanted my life to look like, and starting from something as simple as 'what do I see when I wake up' was the perfect place to begin. All of a sudden I saw exactly what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go with my business, life, and family. I also really appreciated that it covered all aspects of life. I did the Goal Writing workshop to gain focus and tools to increase my income and jump start my business, but was reminded that life is all things; health & body, family, community, travel, downtime, personal goals as well as work goals. Getting the to do list whittled down to, ok, what do I have to do just today to move forward on my goals - what it is just today made everything seem attainable." - Suzanne, CA
"How could I resist? This is a fun, engaging, easy, and worthwhile book that really helps one see the possibilities that are right there in front of you. It's the kind of book that you'd find yourself coming back to again and again!" - Russ, CA
"Like Danielle, this book is very unique. Beware this book causes deep personal reflection! By the end you will have a better understanding of your self and with that you will begin to heal and feel better about you!" - Anne, IL
"I consider myself lucky that I was chosen to be in the pilot class for Danielle's book, You-nicorn. The book is well written, concise and easy to read. The 'homework' exercises are quick and easy to do, but also helpful and thoughtful. I found myself thinking about the small changes I needed to make during the day and making them. I especially enjoyed Danielle's personal story that was sprinkled throughout the readings. It's the kind of book you want to keep on your bookshelf because you'll always be picking it up to refer to." - Angela Carillo
Risks and challenges
The book has been edited. It's sitting in my Google Drive folder, ready to be laid out. The biggest risk is that I just won't have time to lay it out, in which case, we will enlist the help of a professional designer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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