This website is about listening to and acting on the voice inside. That thing that’s sometimes referred to as following your heart or living your most authentic life. More specifically this site is focused on the nitty-gritty, sometimes fleeting, but other times agonizingly slow moments between having an impulse or hunch to follow your heart and the actual doing of it, or not.
And because this doesn’t just happen once in a person’s lifetime, but many thousands of times. And not just at the beginning and end of an adventure, passion project, or quest, but countless times along the way, all posts, resources and interviews are organized into three areas.
- Venturing Forth
- Returning Anew
The stage of Venturing Forth is full of firsts, new territory, struggles with uncertainty and questions about when to start, what to focus on and why me? For inspiration, there are posts about starting and failing, learning to trust yourself versus knowing when to question yourself. For resources, there is a free 1-hour video course on how to trust your instinct despite uncertainty.
The stage of Persevering is characterized by trials and errors which includes learning, adapting and trying again. Struggles are less about new territory and more about applying what one's learned and experienced in innovative and creative ways. There's also an emphasis on communication in this stage. Typical questions are who can support me (who can I trust), why does this matter in the long run/what’s my long-term goal and how can I keep going? Inspirational posts focus on stories of resilience, improvisation and navigating difficult conversations.
The stage of Returning Anew is more about integration of what is known and understood than it is about acquiring new skills. Because of this, it’s represents both familiar and new territory. Likewise, struggles triggered by uncertainty as much as certainty. Questions, therefore, are more nuanced than the first two stages and include questions like, What am I capable of that is less about doing and more about being? What is required of me right now? How can I serve? Inspirational posts are about finishing a project/quest in the best way possible, transforming painful endings, giving back.
For those of you familiar with the late Joseph Campbell, the prolific mythologist who popularized the idea of The Hero’s Journey through books and interviews, you may detect a parallel. And there is one. It’s that following your heart, or living your hero's journey as Campbell described it is not a one-time deal. It’s a way to live your life, or as Campbell said:
“…a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco.”
Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss (pg. 133)
I agree with Campbell. At the same time, it can tough to follow the call, whether once or over a lifetime. This may explain why Henry Thoreau, Naturalist and Philosopher said that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” (Economy, Walden).
Why did Thoreau say this? What did he know that we don’t? I suspect it’s got something to do with not living one’s truth, but instead, living the life others expect of him. If this sounds extreme, consider the fact that the single most common regret of the dying, according to Bronnie Ware in her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, is the regret of living life according to others expectations instead of a life according to one’s truth.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It is never too late (or too soon) to live your truth and follow your heart.
It’s my mission to help you be able to do this in any way that I can.