Several days ago I was surprised to receive an invitation to an intimate conversation with Danielle Laporte. For those of you not familiar with her work, she’s the author of several books including one called The Desire Map. It’s been taking the book world by storm as she’s created a part guide, a part manual that reverse engineers goal setting: instead of setting objectives and goals then reaching and aspiring to them, what if you become clear on how to want to feel then use these core desired feelings as a guide on how to plan your day, your year, your life?
During this intimate conversation with Danielle and her team, a group of women (and one man) gathering in the living room to talk about their experience in reading and applying the book. One of the first questions asked by Annika, our facilitator, was, “Growing up, what did you learn about showing emotions? How did your family deal with that?” Well, that set the tone as one participant shared an honest and personal story.
After we covered the topics of guilt, motherhood, relationships, success, I asked Danielle about her thoughts on self-acceptance and she replied that during her more challenging moments she wondered how kind she could be to herself. That was balm to my ears as I have grappled with self-acceptance and felt compelled to include it in my mission with empowering women.
The best piece of advice she offered last night was, “Speak up!” and so at the end of the night Danielle was kind enough to view my personal photography projects and offer her insights. I’m hoping our conversation leads to another and another…Stay tuned!