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Finding magic in the messy middle with Danielle LaPorte

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In this COZY conversation about transitions, trust, and Finding Magic in the Messy Middle, I interview Danielle LaPorte. Her answers are super inspiring, real, and unfiltered (so kids wear your ear muffs!). We did the original interview as a Facebook live so you can watch the video version below.

Danielle LaPorte is a writer, speaker, poet, business maven, mama, muse to many, and a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. I love the way she shows up in the world, standing in her truth and leading with heart. Watch below, I know you'll love it!

“You cannot work to please your people. You have to work to be self-expressed and then set out to give service.”


What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

  • How Danielle answers the question, “What Do You Do?” [5:01]
  • Why she now incorporates spoken word poems into her speeches [8:25]
  • The reason Danielle is taking an intentional pause and saying “No” to opportunities [11:20]
  • How Danielle evolved and let go of any attachment to identity and brand [17:40]
  • What the transition looked moving away from 1-on-1 work and what she learned in the process [23:25]
  • Why everything Danielle does is a “heart project” [27:00]
  • The powerful message she has for Corporate America – right now [29:21]

She also tells us her reason for cutting her dreads (did you know she had them twice?!) and her favorite way of connecting with her son (this simple, quick ritual is SO good, and I’ve already added it to my family routine)

I also asked a question that Danielle’s never been asked before and her answer was a good one! You’ll have to listen to find out which one it was. 😉

Resources + links mentioned:

» Danielle LaPorte

» White Hot Truth

» Finding Magic in the Messy Middle – Facebook Interview

» Connect with Danielle on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!

Key Quotes:

  • “I really feel like I’m more than a writer. I wasn’t a writer first; I don’t think it’s my original thing. I think that first I’m a seeker.” [5:36]
  • “The beauty of poetry is you can say things in these really abstract, fluid ways that convey so much.” [10:13]
  • “There’s a lot of opportunities for all of us. I mean, it’s not just about where you are in terms of visibility.” [14:39]
  • “9 times out of ten, close one door and more doors open.” [16:42]
  • “You cannot work to please your people. You have to work to be self-expressed and then set out to give service.” [22:51]
  • “I’ve never had an identity crisis; I’ve been clear. It’s all (about) what am I going to do with my identity?” [26:15]

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