Amanda Balltrip

Core Desired Feelings spacious, ease, playful, in communion

Specialty performing arts, vocal instruction, wellness, mindfulness

About Me

Music | Performance | Desire

That's the realm I dwell in.

Classically trained soprano here, reshaping and creating my life into this beautiful new dream I've discovered. I teach voice privately in person and via Skype, and still perform if it excites me, challenges me, and helps me grow.

I recently began incorporating mindfulness and wellness values into my teaching, practicing, and performing. I'm stoked for the Desire Map to be part of that!

If you're interested in exploring your voice, getting clear about you how you want to feel, or both, I'd love to connect with you!

Contact Info

Phone: (606) 424-1641

Email: abballtrip@gmail.com

Website: http:amandaballtrip.com

Q & A

Q: What are your Core Desired Feelings?

in communion

Q: How / where did you Desire Map? What did you love about doing it that way?

I was alone in my home; music up, papers and dictionaries scattered everywhere. It was like a massive solo scuba diving mission! And when I finally came back up, everything was shiny and clear. Not to mention, I found some buried treasure. ;)

Update: Most recently, I did a quick and dirty Desire Map on a flight and boy was it a refresher!

Q: Tell me a specific story about how knowing your CDFs has changed your life.

In November of 2014 I moved home to Kentucky after having lived in New York for 18 months. Dad had just been diagnosed with kidney cancer, I was in a job that was making me miserable, and I wasn't even singing around the house anymore. I was depressed, and I didn't even realize it.

It wasn't until I dug deep with the Desire Map that I began realizing that I wasn't feeding my soul with the things that I need. I was completely ignoring how I wanted to feel, and that was leading to habits that were keeping me down, down, DOWN.

I won't tell you that life is perfect now, or that I feel diamond sharp every day. Or that I always find that sense of flight + flow in my work that I want . Or that my soul is engaged in an electric way in every waking moment. But I will tell you that I know the difference between feeling my CDFs and being disconnected. From the world. My friends. Myself. And that has made all the difference in my life.

Q: Why are you passionate about sharing this work with others?

I want to share this work with you because it's about connection. It's about that "something more" that we all crave. It's soul work. I believe we do our best work and are most present in the world when we get clear about how we want to feel. I want to cultivate space for you to make that discovery.


I felt compelled to attend this workshop to bring focus into my rather chaotic life. I wanted to stop focusing on the things I HAD to do and instead focus on what I NEED to do to be the best ME. It was amazing to see how much I knew about myself, but had buried away. I no longer feel lost but hopeful!


[I attended this event] to learn more about myself and the connection of self in making attainable goals. The experience was very enlightening and safe. I learned a lot about my feelings in connection to my desires in the 5 areas discusssed. Ms. Balltrip facilitated the meeting very well, she was a great resource and light to the group.


Having started on a journey of self on my own, I wanted to see if this workshop had anything to add. I am so happy I went! The ladies in the group, and Amanda’s leadership was nothing short of AMAZING!! I feel better about me just for knowing these ladies. Looking forward to gathering again next year!! Love. Truth. Power.


At first, I was overwhelmed to choose three words that represent my core desires. But over the weekend, with Amanda's guidance and the great course, I not only chose three I love, but was so pleased with the process and little things about myself I discovered along the way. It was fun!

Theresa Jean



4 Aug 2018
Somerset, KENTUCKY (KY), United States

Goals with Soul: A Desire Map Workshop for High School Singers

Led By: Amanda Balltrip
I?m finally combining two of my favorite things: Singing and the Desire Map.

The most valuable lessons I?ve learned in my life are this:?

1.) You are not your art. Yes, we put ourselves into our art whole-heartedly, but tying your self-worth to your art is dangerous.?

2.) We can reach a goal and still be unhappy. We can not reach a goal, and be oddly relieved. That can be a lot of years and money wasted.?

What if we get clear on how we want to feel first and create a journey without the stress of expecting an achievement, spouse, pant size to make us happy?

This workshop is specifically for singers in high school considering pursuing a Big Dream. 

Register today at www.mcneilmusiccenter.com or email info@mcneilmusiccenter.com for more information.

Limited space available.
29 Dec 2017
Somerset, KENTUCKY (KY), United States

New Year’s Revolution: A Desire Map Workshop

Led By: Amanda Balltrip
We have the procedures of achievement upside down. Every New Year's, we come up with our to-do lists, resolutions, bucket lists, and strategic plans - all the stuff we want to have, get, accomplish, and experience outside of ourselves. And here's the heart of it all: All of those aspirations are being driven by an innate desire to feel a certain way.

So what if this year, we get clear on how we actually want to feel within ourselves, and then we design our to-do lists, set our goals, and make our resolutions?

New Year's Revolution: A Desire Map Workshop is a two-day in-person workshop for discovering what you want most out of your life. This is a brand new, holistic way to set New Year?s resolutions ? with soul. Based on the best-selling book The Desire Map, we get straight to the heart of the matter: How you want to feel? At the end of this New Year?s workshop, you will walk away with your Core Desired Feelings and use those to guide your life decisions in your career, your body, your creativity, your relationships, and your spirit. This is a revolution in goal-planning from the heart.



Two-Day In-Person Workshop:
Friday, December 29th 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Saturday, December 30th 2:00PM-6:00PM

McNeil Music Center
400 E. Mt. Vernon St. (Corner of College and E. Mt. Vernon)
Somerset, KY 42501

$75/person. Price includes admission, snacks, drinks, The Desire Map Workbook, The Desire Map boom, and deep, sweet connection to your Core Desired Feelings.

*If this price is still prohibitive for you but you really want to participate, chat with me. I could definitely use a volunteer!

Registration will open Friday, December 1st and close Wednesday, December 27th. A link will be posted on this event page. There is a 12 person limit.

Email Amanda@mcneilmusiccenter.com or visit McNeil music center.com to register! 
18 Feb 2017
Somerset, KY, United States

For the Love: A Desire Map Workshop

Led By: Amanda Balltrip
This Valentine's season, take a dip on the deep side. Whether you're in a relationship or flying solo, knowing how you want to feel is the most potent form of clarity you can have. In this workshop, inspired by the best seller The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte, you'll identify what your Core Desired Feelings are and create the life you most desire. Complimentary chocolate and wine. Register for our next workshop or to learn more, email Amanda at amanda@mcneilmusiccenter.com.
14 Jan 2017
Somerset, KY, United States

A Desire Map Workshop

Led By: Amanda Balltrip
Knowing how you want to feel is the most potent form of clarity you can have. In this workshop, inspired by the best seller The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte, you’ll identify what your Core Desired Feelings are and create the 2017 you most desire. Register for our next workshop or to learn more, email Amanda at amanda@mcneilmusiccenter.com.


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