holistic: The place where conscious meets cash, and ambition meets inner peace; the space in which all beings and ecologies are considered by asking questions like, How will this make them feel? Who will profit? Who pays? Where does this come from? Where do my thoughts go?; The bridling of intense desire with intelligent strategy; ruthless compassion.
Entrepreneurship has been my back door approach to having conversations about consciousness. All that fire starting and hustling brought me to a place where I’m simply more interested in love, and how to apply it in any given situation. These days, most of my philosophizing is about what I consider to be the most creative force in the universe: Desire. I’m curious about our relationship to “wanting”, and how we create lives that we love living.
Professionally-speaking, I once ran a future studies think tank in Washington DC, and started my own communications company. I skipped college, raised money, wrote books, learned to speak multimedia, and generally learned everything I know through bursts of obsession. Those details are here.
Creative highlights and lowlights
Biggest creative feat ever: born May 25 1969. My mom, a teen-ager at the time, brings me to college with her so she can finish her BA.
Nursery school teacher reports that I’m very bossy and motherly.
Age 7. First poem is rejected from curated collection.
Grade Two. Public speaking contest. I talk about how awesome Eskimos are. (This is subversive retaliation against the kids
who teased me for looking like an Eskimo.)
Draft my first young adult novel. Get criticized by a grown up.
Burn draft in the fire pit behind our barn.
Best part of high school was To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper
Drop out of Fashion Design school application process when I
realize that sewing gives me migraines.
Work at a Romanian orphanage as a “Department of Social
Inventions” project with The Body Shop. First cultural heartbreak.
Psychedelics in San Francisco while helping authors self-publish.
Rilke, Rumi, Jim Morrison’s American Prayer fill my nights.
Dharamsala, India for a private meeting with the Dalai Lama.
Resign as the executive director of a DC-based future-studies
think tank. I realize I’m more interested in the present.
Rejected from art school.
Vancouver 2004. Give birth to my son at home. Realize
that if I’m going to tell him to go after his dreams, I better fully go
after mine. I have no idea what it will mean, but I commit to live my
life as an artist.
Co-found a lifestyle media company. Write Style Statement: Live
By Your Own Design. Raise a bunch of capital. Oprah producers
call. First well-paid speaking gig.
Make one of those Top 40 under 40 lists, which just adds to my
complex that there’s so much more to do before I die.
I discover Jiddu Krishnamurti and feel so fucking liberated by
his viewpoints that I ease up on my to do list (kinda), and realize
that all I’ve ever wanted is freedom.
Speaking of freedom…in a coup d’etat, I’m fired from my own
incorporation. And then it hits me: creativity sovereignty rocks.
Launch WhiteHotTruth.com — later re-named DanielleLaPorte.com
— visit sixteen cities in one year to do group “Fire Starter
Sessions”. Come home full of great stories.
2009. Launch digital edition of The Fire Starter Sessions.
Alexander McQueen Exhibit at The Met. Decide that I want
to write like McQueen designed clothing: light. dark. light.
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The Fire Starter Sessions is so incredibly rich and deep. I read a bit and savor it. I ask myself the questions. I feel how I want to feel deep in my soul and then read on for more layers of goodness. I'm grateful for this book. I have it on my phone so I look forward to stealing moments throughout the day to take in a little more of it. I can't say enough how much I love it -- just like fine dark chocolate for the soul! Read the full review.
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Danielle Laporte is known for her witty, pithy blog posts and commentary which reframe old concepts in fresh ways. In short, she shares both common and uncommon wisdom in quotable, easy-to-remember bites which make you feel empowered to actually DO the things you want to do, and live the life you dream of!
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Not everyone is ready for Fire Starter Sessions. Let me tell you why. You may quit your job, leave your man, move to another city, quit graduate school or climb Kilimanjaro! Danielle goes for broke in breaking down all of the excuses we pad our lives with as we avoid the pain and work of being authentic.
Twenty years ago, the breakaway best-seller, The Artist's Way changed my life. Today, it's Fire Starter Sessions, it's the big girl's version of the Artist's Way. Read the full review.
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I got a book deal with the first and only publisher I submitted to (New World Library) and handed in the first draft of the manuscript - early!
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