Here I am

I’m all for the Light — the illumination that leads to liberation. My definition of holistic includes green juice and very loud rock n’ roll; pop culture and eastern mysticism; justified anger and deeply sweet empathy. I love the game of business and multimedia. I’m saddened by greed. I believe that generous people have more to give.

I stand for making money in meaningful, eco-honouring ways. I’m an introvert who rarely inserts herself into conversations, but if you ask my opinion, and especially if I have a microphone in my hand (which makes me happy), I will speak very, very clearly about matters of the heart. I think everything is a matter of the heart.

My Core Desired Feelings are Radiance and Devotion, and two other words that I keep to myself.

Music has saved me more than once. I want to do more yoga than I already do, I want to paint more than I have. Being my son’s mother is my greatest honour and biggest laugh — mostly, it’s him laughing at me, not with me. Not long ago he said, “So are you a philosopher?” I answered, “Ya. Well, more like, I’m very philosophical.” He thought that was hilarious.

I think the best self-help is self-compassion.

Really, I just want to keep offering “spiritual” backup. (I put spiritual in quotes because that’s a relative term if there ever was one.) I’m committed to being straight up, as kind as possible, and useful — right now. Now, when you’re in pain. Now, when your life is good but you know it could be so much better. Now, when you’re longing to take that hot heart of yours and really do something with it this lifetime.

I love the phrase Godspeed. It reminds us that the light is right here, in a flash, and that the universe is rooting for us.


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Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”

She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries.

Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to every month for her #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.”

A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son.

You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.

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Oprah features Danielle LaPorte on her inaugural SuperSoul 100 list of awakened leaders

So when Oprah invites you to brunch…you get there. I’m thrilled (an understatement) to announce that I’m alongside some really incredible change-makers on Oprah‘s first ever SuperSoul100 List.

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O Magazine: “Oprah and the OWN team have dreamed up the next step: the SuperSoul 100—innovators and visionaries who are aligned on a mission to move humanity forward…

Not long ago, more than half of the 100 met up at OWN’s L.A. headquarters, where Oprah explained what inspired her to bring them together: ‘Everyone here is connecting to the world with a spiritual energy that matters.’”

Check out Oprah's complete list of SuperSoul 100 leaders

How To Start a Business: Danielle Laporte feature in Real Simple Magazine.

Let your vision be your map. LaPorte suggests exploring (and repeatedly revisiting) your deepest motivation for launching your project.” This keeps you on track and allows your strategy and confi­dence to unfold naturally…

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Shailene Woodley loves the Desire Map

Lovely mega talent Shailene Woodley (The Fault In Our Stars) gave #‎DesireMap‬ some love on @Dailybeast and UK/Ireland Yahoo. Bless her rising stars.

Daily Beast: “You’re very vocal on Twitter about how you’re a big fan of this book The #DesireMap by Danielle LaPorte…what’s it about?”

Shailene Woodley: “This writer is amazing and a sister beyond sisters. She reps the sisterhood thing and women’s empowerment, and she wrote this book called The Desire Map where it’s basically charting the things that you want in life, and not just sitting back and saying, ‘I’m going to manifest this…here’s how,’ but actively doing something to manifest your dream.”

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"A Beginner’s Guide to Danielle LaPorte, Shailene Woodley’s Self-Help Guru"

New York Magazine’s The Cut shares more buzz via Shailene Woodley:

“Meet the woman who helps Shailene Woodley go after what she really wants.”

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"Empowering Books For Women, By Women"

“The who’s who from women’s business and empowerment…Canadian motivational speaker and author of four books, LaPorte is a well-known mover and shaker. This book examines goal setting and the fundamental reasons why, more often than not, we fail at achieving goals. LaPorte successfully leads the reader on a quest to achieve, while at the same time taking into consideration the emotional roller coaster of life.”

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Inc’s. 2017 Women Business Leaders

LaPorte is a former business strategist and DC think tank executive turned life coach and motivational guru who has been named to the Oprah SuperSoul 100, a group that connects the world to spiritual energy energy that matters.

LaPorte is also the founder of, one of Forbes magazine’s Top 100 Websites for Women.

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"Bible" The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Sweet delight to be mentioned in the UK’s Sunday Times Style Magazine with my soul sweeties, Meggan Watterson, Kyle Gray, and Gabby Bernstein…suggests to make #DesireMap your bible and Meggan your minister…ya baby!

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Danielle LaPorte is responsible for issuing Woodley’s wake-up call to “actively do something to manifest your dream."

“She may not have advised Shailene Woodley to eat clay on a regular basis, but Danielle LaPorte is responsible for issuing Woodley’s wake-up call to ‘actively do something to manifest your dream.’ LaPorte calls her branded life plan (and her fourth published book) The Desire Map, and it’s influencing not only the fresh-faced actress but also LaPorte’s own 87,000 Twitter followers. Whether in her writing, her vast social media presence, or her live speaking events, LaPorte’s mission is clear: She shows people how to make room in their lives for their own feelings and needs.”

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Spiritual Path: Intention — feature in Women's Health October 2014

“When it comes to happiness and well-being, says author and motivational speaker Danielle, intention — acknowledging how you want to feel and then letting that feeling steer your choices — connects your actions to a greater purpose and and allows you to let go of things in your life that aren’t serving you…”

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"Personal Necklaces with Meaning For Under $100"

“Before we tell you about some really cute personal necklaces that you’ll need to buy right away for yourself and all your friends, put down everything and follow @daniellelaporte on Instagram. Done? Phew! Considered your life changed. Her daily #truthbomb quotes have a massive following and for good reason — the straight-talking one-liners are meant to inspire happier days.”

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"A Feel for Living: Danielle LaPorte"

“Life is not about what you want to accomplish, says best-selling author Danielle LaPorte. It’s about investing in feeling your very best.”

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"100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs"

“Don’t let your fear of the “woo woo” steer you wrong: Danielle LaPorte knows how to get after it, from expressing your creativity to building relationships and clarifying your purpose to owning the fact that you’re a woman. Her ‘Public Library’ is chockfull of reading material that is bound to light a white-hot fire inside of you, sister.

Must-read category: For Your Ambition, and Your Doubts”

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50 Must-Follow Women Entrepreneurs in 2017

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul — the book that turned into a day planner system, a top iTunes app, and an international workshop program. She is also the co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan and co-host of the Beautiful Writer’s Group podcast.

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A Social Movement: The #DesireMap Revolution

40,000 copies shipped during first month of launch. 500+ Desire Map Book Clubs – from Chicago to Reykyavik. 16,000 Desire Map Group Facebook Fans. Nearly 200,000 subscribers. Countless core desired feelings.

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Danielle, who credits green juice to fueling her digital empire, was a director for a think tank on future studies prior to founding her wildly popular website. She also explored the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation. “I’m as stoked about pop culture as eastern mysticism,” Danielle says. “I’ve had conversations with thousands of women about what ‘success’ really means, and I’ve concluded that the best self-help is self compassion. And, true self love includes serving the world around you.”

Danielle believes that our relationship to ambition is inside out, which is why she wrote: The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul. The book turned into an international facilitator’s program. She also wrote the book, The Fire Starter Sessions, to shake up notions of success.

Danielle, who is “often mistaken as an extrovert,” lives in Vancouver with her favorite person, her 12-year-old son. Her charity of choice is Eve Ensler’s V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls, because she believes that empowered women heal everything around them.

Oprah's SuperSoul 100

Danielle is our OM girl! Her highly entertaining and engaging talk was a huge hit with our Yoga Journal audience. Danielle and her team were an absolute pleasure to work with from their pre-event support all the way through to the end of the night. Our team was highly impressed with Danielle’s personal attention to the attendees during the book signing that followed her event. Everyone left the event on cloud nine!

Yoga Journal Renee LaRose, Yoga Journal LIVE!

Danielle LaPorte left quite an impression with our attendees at The Art of Leadership for Women. Her time on stage was incredibly engaging and packed with content. Our audience has been raving about Danielle long after the conference ended and she was definitely one of our top rated speakers. It was an honour having Danielle on our stage.

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White Hot Truth

Unfiltered and hard won wisdom…at least I think it’s wisdom…from my own self-help antics and victories. I hope White Hot Truth feels like a relief to people who take it in — comfort from knowing that even when you get off track, you’re still where you need to be. Knowing that you’re not a New Age loser because you gave your power away on the “spiritual path” — but that it’s all a power initiation and how we deepen our devotion to meaningful living.

Really, I want this book to help you create deeper compassion for yourself, so that you can care more deeply for other people. Self love and then, selfless loving for the world. Radical discernment and real open heartedness.

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Desire Map Planners

I’ve written books, I’ve recorded books, and if I could, I’d eat books for breakfast. I’ve also tried every calendar system out there and I never found one that inspired me as much as my favourite books. So I created it. Out of all my multi-media attempts at helping people to live more soulfully, I think the Desire Map Planner System is the most effective. And pretty. And useful. And long-lasting.

Because it meets every woman where she lives: in her to-do list, and in her heart. It asks her questions she’s never been asked. It encourages her to focus first on what matters most: her Core Desired Feelings. And with that kind of clarity, big goals and daily must-do’s get a major energy boost.

Because…how you plan your day is how you live your life.

Brave Love

This symbol began as a rubber stamp carving that I did late one night about ten years ago. The heart-key, and an arrow, at first as individuals. And then I thought, “You need both to make it happen in life.” (The answer to so much in life is “both”.) Love opens the door – always. But to walk through the door – to make the most of the opportunity – you need focused intention. Still + Action. Feminine + Masculine. Receiving + Giving. So open your heart. And use your intelligence to direct your Love.


Total whim, these were. I wanted a place to express my, ahem, vast and profound wisecracks. I wanted to be encouraging in just one sentence if possible. I rolled out a few one-liners to my friend Steph and she said, “Well THAT’S a Truthbomb!” And here we are, #Truthbombs have turned out to be one of my most popular makings.

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The Desire Map

Desire Map is my love child. It really poured out from my heart in response to seeing so many people running themselves into the ground for ambition (I was one of them.) Soulless goals make for a lot of…meaningless fatigue. The magical question is this: How do you want to feel? Nobody ever asked me that in school. Or my jobs. Or most of my relationships.

If I can inspire one more person to ask themselves that question, then it’s a very good day. And if The Desire Map can help someone hone in on their Core Desired Feelings – brilliant. And if their Core Desired Feelings become the driver of their life strategies – fucking awesome.

The Desire Map book has sold over 120,000 copies and at last count, is being translated into seven languages. We have 900+ Desire Map Workshop Facilitators and every week somewhere in the world, a Desire Map workshop happens.

This all came from a sticky note I put in my day planner a decade ago that started with: I want to feel….

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The Fire Starter Sessions

This book is an homage to my favourite failures and feats, and my willingness to willfully will things into being. People ask me for business advice a lot. Especially the start up, creative, blood n’ sweat kind of advice. Read The Fire Starter Sessions.

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