We broke with tradition by using a picture of a person, rather than a home, as our lead photo. But what image can better capture the dynamic essence of Danielle LaPorte, other than Danielle herself?
This month in our series of interviews with people who exemplify inspired everyday living, we’re excited to speak with business strategist and inspirational speaker, Danielle LaPorte. We first met Danielle, and experienced her many gifts, during her Fire Starter Session (think practical, strategic, and deeply spiritual life and business coaching coming from a clear and inspired source). The session sparked a transformation not only in our work, but our lives. She gave us a divine blueprint that lives on in both our minds and souls.
We can’t wait for (and already pre-ordered) her soon-to-be released book, The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms.
We are so grateful we have the opportunity to bring you the unique, sexy, laser-sharp, brilliant and divine Danielle as she shares wisdom about her home and life. Enjoy!
What is the meaning of home for you?
Home is temple, center, nest. Really, really, I treat our house like it’s a sacred space. Nothing comes in that doesn’t have meaning. No space-filling, we mostly work to keep space free. Home is like, spa meets studio, meets cuddle zone. Good art, great fabrics, awesome sound system, so you can chill and rock out when the time is right.
Do you have any favorite everyday rituals?
I walk my boy to school and when I get home, I make a green smoothie, read something inspirational or meditate a bit, and then I literally run upstairs to start working — writing, hustling, thinking. There’s usually some Japanese incense somewhere in there and some Florence + The Machine. Or Led Zeppelin.
What inspires you about your home? How does it make you feel?
White glossy walls. Patricia Larsen paintings. Love notes from my kid. A nest under glass that I found on one of the nearby islands. Carnelian stones tucked here and there. Feels calm and fresh.
If you were moving, what three things would you take with you?
I’m not that attached to stuff. If, say, we lost everything in a fire, I think I might manage okay. But three things…Timothy Wilson Hoey Canoe painting, oatmeal linen sheets, MacBook Pro. And…baby’s foot prints.
If your home had a voice what would it say?
Call before you come. When you get here, curl up, rock out, the temple is yours.
Please name one change you have made in your home that has transformed your life in some way.
It was a policy we applied years ago: no TV in the bedroom.
How do you feel about your day-to-day living? If you could change one thing about how spend your time, or bring one new quality into your home and life, what would it be?
Less email. More yoga. Louder dinner parties.
What inspired you to start your business?
It was the next natural evolution. More writing, strategy and business development, gigs. And… when I first started my site, and doing business consults, it was a matter of survival. I just went rogue from my other company and I had to hit the ground running. Survival turned in to the creative freedom I’d been dreaming of. Leap! And…fly.
Danielle LaPorte is the author of the forthcoming book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms (from Random House/Crown). An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist, she is the creator of the online program The Spark Kit: A Digital Experience for Entrepreneurs and co-author of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice on DanielleLaPorte.com, a site that has been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality.”
Photo Credits: Union Photographers, Vancouver
Want to learn more about Danielle? Laura was recently inspired and mesmerized (way past her bedtime) watching a clip of Danielle speak at the World Domination Summit. We highly recommend checking it out!