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New Years Resolutions suck, but this is awesome

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I can’t believe it’s already almost 2016! It feels like just yesterday that I was house-sitting for my friend Molly, waking up in her sun-filled house and writing in my journal about my previous year and what I intended for the following year. I took this pic right as I was writing in my journal and it seems to be pretty indicative of my year…lots of both light and dark moments. It also marked a huge transformation that was coming. You can read all about it here.

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My life had recently changed SO much and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted for the upcoming year, and so it’s no surprise that the year took on a life of its own!

I wasn’t super intentional. I was just in a “let’s see what happens” mode. And so that’s how the year greeted me.

So this year, I wanted to be a bit more intentional. I wanted to really reflect on 2015, and be intentional about 2016. And not in a “let’s put a million things on my ‘resolution/to-do list’ way.” But in a way that will help me really sink in, in a grounded solid way, to the way I want to FEEL this year, the things I want to accomplish, and the person I need to be in order for that to happen.

It was so much fun that I had to share it with you all. So I created this super fun and free worksheet. I hope you enjoy it!

In this worksheet you will…

  1. Reflect on your accomplishments, changes, lessons, game changing moments, and things you want to let go of from 2015
  2. Think ahead to 2016 and reflect on your desires, your goals, your experiences and how you want to feel in 2016 and who you need to be in order to do that
  3. Set strong intentions for your year to come

All you need to do is let me know where I should send it. So make sure you put your name and email in the box below and your super fun and free worksheet will be on it’s way.

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I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of 2015 and not working tooooo hard. Also…make sure you squeeze some loved ones and drink lots of tea or hot cocoa. Dr’s orders.

Cheers to a year full of happiness and Wildhearting!
XO,
Sally

My Creative Sabbatical (and why I’ve been gone all year)

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“Why don’t you ever write about us,” he said in a text message to me the other night.

And in that moment, an entire year’s worth of complex, complicated feelings flooded to the surface. I know you guys are used to hearing from me A LOT more than you have this year. A lot of you have been here since my very first blog post in January of 2010. And have been with me through my last major breakup and all the little heartbreaks along the way.

You’ve come to Costa Rica with me. Gotten into an RV with me for the first time and saw the country. You might have watched as my friend Natalie and I drove across the country doing random acts of kindness and filmed the experience as webisodes as Girls Gone Moto or followed along as the Travel Channel “pimped our RV ride”, and went with me on my solo road trip, culminating in my very first hunting trip.

You cried along with me when I moved to Montana and bought my very first pair of red and tan fuzzy Sorel winter boots. You followed me to the bar to go country dancing and went with me on the back of a flatbed truck to play bass with my new country band. You went to festivals and concerts with me. Climbed the mountain tops in Montana with me. You’ve gone on motorcycle rides with me. You’ve seen me create The Wildheart Revolution (my private coaching and lifestyle tribe), create custom jewelry, sell out Montana retreats. You’ve seen me sing songs in my bedroom and be guests on Podcasts.

So why is it that there is an entire year missing in our lives together? Why have I been so quiet?

Today..I hope to shed some light on everything and let you know what I’ve been up to this year, and what’s to come.  

In the beginning of being a coach, I was also going through a ton of personal transitions. Writing about them on my blog was a form of therapy for myself. I’d learn stuff, and then share it. Not paying a ton of attention to “growing my business.” To me, the growth always happened organically. It seemed to be a result of just living my life, and sharing that with everyone. I seemed to keep getting clients and I was able to make enough to live the life I wanted to live.

And then something shifted. I wanted my business to “GROW.” I had a vision that came to me in a lightning moment, winter in 2012-13. The words Wildheart Revolution flashed through my mind and I knew that something big was wanting to happen. I also knew that I wanted there to be amazing and affordable coaching available to like-minded and dynamic people in a way that hadn’t ever been done before. And so Wildheart was born. It happened slowly at first, and then snowballed very quickly.

In 2013-14, my business grew a lot and really fast. So much so that I couldn’t keep up with it. I scrambled to hire the right people to stay on top of everything with all the major changes happening. I didn’t do a great job. And found myself completely overworked and overwhelmed.

I had a big big vision for Wildheart, I wanted to help facilitate big changes, but most of the time I felt stressed with the amount of work I was doing alone. So much so that the joy and vision of it started to wane. My life stopped being about adventure and fun and sharing my stories and creating and growing the Revolution, and started being about 17 hour days, launch schedules, hiring/firing, troubleshooting payment malfunctions, and holding it all together.

And in that moment, the business that I had created so that I could be creative, and help inspire change within people, became the box that I had previously rebelled against, and I was just…TIRED.

Tired of the hustle. Tired of the game. Tired of being solely responsible for everything.

“If this is what having an empire looks like, I don’t think I want  it” I thought to myself.

And found myself just about completely unable to keep it going. Or rather…unwilling to continue growing it in the way I had. I questioned…EVERYTHING…

“Why am I doing this?”

“Is this creating the kind of impact I want to create?”

“Do I even like being a business owner?”

“Why do I have these money goals? Are they even important to me? And if so…why?”

“Do I want to be spending my time doing all of this?”

“Is it all worth it if my relationships are falling by the wayside?”

“Does having all this money even matter?”

“What are my true priorities in my life as a whole?”

As these questions were forming, so was a new relationship. In 2014 I struck up a relationship with an old flame from college and decided last December to give it a go and see what could happen for us.

We’ve spent the year, learning, growing, giggling, cuddling, loving and learning how to be in a relationship with each other. My focus went from solely myself, my adventures, and my business, to a new relationship, in a new place, and with an entirely new situation since he has three kids, a huge family, and is very involved in his community.

My life literally could not have looked more different this past year than it did any of the ones previous to it. And in the meantime with that, I was growing and shifting. Wanting to be a bit more private, not just because there were now kids involved, but because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be “Sally Hope, Renegade Life Coach, and Leader of the Wildheart Revolution,” as much as I just wanted to be Sally Hope. A person. A person who was discovering, at this point in time, what she wants in life and what’s important to her.

I felt my role shifting. I felt my desires shifting. Nothing that was known before was known now. Everything was up for grabs, including whether or not I even wanted to have a business.

And within these thoughts and changes, my life started to feel private to us. And since so much was shifting in my business and my life, and my emotions, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to share, I shared almost nothing.

Not because I didn’t want you to know, but mostly because I wasn’t really sure how I felt. I had so many complex emotions swirling inside. Questioning my business was like questioning myself and my self-worth.

“If I’m not Sally Hope, Leader of the Wildheart Revolution, then who am I?”

“If I’m not doing something really cool and exciting, what do I have to offer people?”

“If I’m not building an amazing business, what am I going to talk to my friends about?”

It’s kind of hard to explain, but questioning these things was not just like questioning whether or not I want to eat dairy in my diet, but more like it was questioning everything I thought to be true about myself, and my world.


I am and always have been an ambitious person with very big visions, but I started to question why I wanted the things I thought I wanted. Why I had the money goals I had. Why I had the business goals I had. Why it mattered. Were those visions still “mine”?

I just want to live my life and figure it out. And so that’s what I’ve been doing this year. I’ve been questioning all my thoughts and desires. I’ve been evaluating all the people and things in my life and deciding whether or not they are fulfilling. I’ve been falling in love, not only with my guy, but with his amazing kids and family. I’ve been having a lot of Netflix nights. I’ve been getting better at cooking. I’ve been hiking. I’ve been changing. My heart has been expanding. I’ve been challenged.

I’ve been getting to know myself and my new life and here’s what I’ve discovered: Creativity is really important. Business is amazing but it’s not everything. Online life is great, but it will never replace sitting around the fireplace with your loved ones. You can create it however you want it, but sometimes you have to rediscover how you want it, and that’s ok. Sometimes you’ll change your mind, and that’s ok. I adore Wildheart. 
And given all these discoveries, here’s what I’ve decided for myself…

I’ve decided to go on a bit of a creative/business sabbatical. I recently shut the doors to the Wildheart Revolution private coaching community, and only take on one on one clients every once in awhile so that I can have some time and space to rediscover what I truly want to create next. I will only be doing things that feel creative, fulfilling and fun. I am not really sure what’s next, but I’m dedicating my sabbatical time to taking the pressure off of figuring it out.

I will still be posting publicly and will still be keeping in touch with you during this exploratory time. I’m not sure exactly what that will look like, but since this all started with sharing life and creative stories, I imagine that’s what I’ll be doing this year too. I will still be taking you all along for the ride.

So far, just making this decision has been amazing. I’ve had doubts and fears. A LOT. But overall I’m excited. I’m excited to go back to basics. I’m excited to write to you guys because it’s my favorite thing to do, not because doing so is part of my marketing plan. I’m excited with all the creative ideas that are bubbling up since I decided to take my sabbatical.

And even though I’m not sure what will come out of this pause and creative time, I did want to share with you some of the things I’ve been thinking about that might make their way into your inboxes:

  1. Kundalini Yoga – this powerful and transformative style of yoga has changed my life. I’m getting my teacher training certification this year. I’m spending the next seven months in training. YAY!
  2. The Wildheart L.O.V.E. Technique. I created this technique a few years ago that helps people handle and get rid of really really tough emotions. I would like to develop and expand on this.
  3. An idea I’m working on: Sacred Exploration Time (S.E.T.) a practice in which you give yourself time and space to discover what you truly want (I’m currently in a SET time right now)
  4. Creativity. Writing. Telling stories. Sharing for the sake of sharing.

If you are still reading…thank you. I know this is a bit long winded, but that’s sort of how I roll. :) Thank you for being a part of this journey. Thank you for still being here. Thank you for being a part of this Wild Ride.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions and please let me know if you’ve experienced anything similar. Have you ever been going down one path and then realized you’re not sure why you’re still walking? Have you ever changed your mind and had to re-evaluate everything? If so…I want to hear about it.

Also…in my “time off” I got super inspired to create a fun worksheet for the New Year. Look for that in your inbox next week.

Happy Friday Dear Friends,

Sally

25 Of The Coolest Gifts Ever (under $40 bones)

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It’s that time of year again…when it’s time to break out the ugly Christmas sweater and start going to parties.

And with parties comes gift giving. Which, in and of itself is AWESOME, but sometimes I feel like I never know what to bring.

I don’t want to just get something to get it.

I want to get something that people might actually want. Or giggle at. Or be like “ohmigosh I never knew I wanted this but now that I have it I can’t imagine how I ever lived without it!”

So I decided to put together a list of the coolest, most fun, unexpected, gifts under $25 that you never knew you wanted.

And I swear…just putting this list together extended my own Christmas list by 50 items!! (Psssst…Santa…if you’re listening I’ll take ANY one of these things.)

I hope you enjoy this and in the comments below, let me know which of these items you’d SWOOOOON over this Christmas.

25 Of The Coolest Gifts EVER under $40

  1. Any of these three awesome iPhone cases: Magical Agate, Mermaid’s Secret, Gold And Turquoise Marble $35
  2. Subscription to Unbox Love, monthly “Dates In A Box” $39
  3. Badass Deer Printed stockings $23
  4. N.W.A Record on vinyl $27
  5. DIY Mason Jar Herb Gardening kit $22.98
  6. The Dirt Trace Mineral Tooth Powder $12
  7. Air Plant and Crystal (my FAV gift to give) $18
  8. Whiskey Ball (giant ice cube mold) $18.98
  9. The Five Minute Journal $22.95
  10. Wood Paneled iPad Mini cover $39
  11. Thelma & Louise engraved wine glass set $34
  12. Lambskin leather gloves with cashmere lining $24
  13. Cord Taco (to travel with your cords and cables in style) $35
  14. Scratch map (you scratch out all the places you’ve gone…sure beats a push pin!) $28.95
  15. Part Wolf tank top $28
  16. Anthropologie monogrammed mug in gold $10
  17. Archipelago Oat Milk lotion (my personal FAV) $22
  18. Wild Unknown Tarot Deck $40
  19. “Carpe The Hell Outta This Diem” throw pillow $30
  20. “Big Magic” Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book $13
  21. Year’s subscription to Mindful Magazine $29
  22. Rose quartz, pyrite and airplant terrarium $23.99
  23. American flag coaster set $38
  24. Joy and Happiness henna mason jars from MK Connection $35
  25. Bullet crystal necklace $35

And now I want to hear from you! Which one of these items is going on your personal Christmas list? Are there any awesome gifts I totally missed? If so I want to seem them in the comments below.

And if you like this list…share it with your peeps! Wouldn’t want us to be the only ones getting this ridiculously awesome gifts.

XO,

Sally

P.s. Do you like these gifts? Like ma vibe? Then you’ll LOVE The Wildheart Revolution. We is currently undergoing a ton of changes, but HOLY MOLY, when things are ready for viewing in 2016, it is going to be THE BOMB! You will not want to miss it, so make sure you’re on the waiting list to get more info about it. Ho ho ho.

Proof you are not alone

The other day I was at my very first Reiki healing and meditation circle. I got an email from a friend mere hours before the thing was supposed to start, and had previously been looking for more “spritual” like things to do around town so it was perfect timing.

So I jumped in the shower, with not even enough time to brush my hair, and rushed to the crystal shop two towns over where the circle was to be held. I didn’t know anyone who was going to be there, but for a traveler, this is not a problem.

So I get there maybe one or two minutes late and everyone is already sitting around in a circle, with the lights dim. I say “hello!” with a big smile on my face and before I could properly meet all the people, I saw the sweetest looking dog curled up by a woman’s feet.

Now…I’ve become quite the dog lover. Which is funny for someone who used to be so annoyed by the excitedness of wagging tails, shedding fur, and slobbery tongues. But now, whenever I see a dog, I MUST go pet it. I’ve been known to run several blocks to pet a great dane. True story. Two weeks ago.

So I go over to Penny, the puppy and she starts licking me and cuddling up to me. So much so that the woman who was sitting next to Penny and her mom, moved so I could be closer to the dog.

Penny near jumped into my arms (which apparently is very unusual for her), and so I picked her up like a football and cradled her like a baby in my lap as I rubbed her belly and she looked lovingly straight into my eyes.

This went on for about ten minutes before she jumped down to curl back up at her owner’s feet. My first reaction was to feel loss, like “noooo! come back!” but my second reaction was to say “thank you for hanging with me that long!”

Previous to this moment, it’s been a bit of a tough week. You know…one of those weeks where you just feel sort of lost. And tired. And you get some news you don’t really want to hear. And you don’t know what your next step is and not in that exciting “anything is possible!” way, but in that darker “shit…what am I gonna do?” way. And so I was feeling that. And feeling disconnected.

And so when I got to this Reiki circle, not knowing what to expect at all since I’d never been to one before, I guess I was looking for something. Some guidance maybe? A sign to tell me that everything was going to be all right perhaps?

And right in that moment, during the Reiki healing, when I felt my eyes start to well up with tears, I asked for some help. Some guidance. And right then, Penny put her sweet little face on my foot.

I kid you not. It was the exact moment I needed to know I was supported. And not alone. I sat there with my eyes closed, and took a deep breath and smiled.

Earlier this week my mom sent me a picture that came full circle in this moment. It was a picture she said always makes her feel not alone and makes her feel loved by the higher ups (whoever they are).

And this is what Penny said too. You are not alone. I am here. You are being cared for right in this moment, even if you don’t feel like it. You are in the palm of my hand and won’t be forgotten.

Maybe you’ve had a week like me. Maybe your week was really hard on you. Maybe you’re feeling lost and alone and not having any clue what to do next. And if that’s the case, consider this email the little Penny cuddle on your foot. The note to let you know that you’re not alone, you’re being held in the palm of my hand. And if you need the support more than ever, close your eyes and ask for it.

Sending you lots of Pennies,
Sally

If you want a different result in your life, do the opposite of what you normally do

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I would bet my best cowgirl boots that you…want something.

Maybe you’ve wanted it for awhile and it aches in your belly or your chest as a longing to have. Maybe it’s a new desire that that is slowly (then quickly) revealing itself to you. Maybe it feels exciting to want it. Maybe it feels like heartbreak.

The act of wanting is such a pure thing. You get a feeling, a desire, and your body and your mind says “YES. THAT.”

But then something else happens right after that.

You doubt. You wonder “how am I ever going to get there…it seems so impossible.” Or “what if I change my mind?” or “I’m not good enough/smart enough/pretty enough/deserving enough to have that” or “what if I end up doing it and it still isn’t the answer?” Or you think “I’m not allowed to have that” whether that’s a self-imposed decision or one you picked up from your family or peer group.

And then at this point, you have a choice. To follow the “YES. THAT” feeling, or the “it seems so impossible” one. I wish I had better statistics, but from what I’ve seen, most of us spend a lot of our lives wanting “YES. THAT” but actually making choices that align more with “it seems so impossible.”

And then we all wonder why we don’t feel happy and fulfilled or have the life we truly want. We wonder why “it’s not happening for me.” And we then use that thought to prove that it is, in fact, so impossible.

But that’s not true. It’s not the case. Instead, the truth is that you’re getting exactly the thing you’re putting your attention and making choices toward. If you choose options aligned with “that’s so impossible” you’ll keep finding that it’s impossible.

So you might now be all like “Ummmm…yeaaaaah…ok so what do I do about that?”

And the answer is actually really really simple. And it is something that I was reminded of yesterday during an office hours chat with one of my members of the Wildheart Revolution.

And it reminds me of a game that we all used to play when we were kids. Remember “Opposite Day?” It’s where everything you said and did was to be the opposite. So if I told my mom “I really love it when you ground me…OPPOSITE DAY!” I am basically saying that I absolutely do NOT love it when she grounds me.

Well, the answer to the above question is similar to this game…

If you are finding the same undesirable result in your life and not getting what you’re wanting, then do the opposite of what you normally do. (TWEET THIS!)

So for example if what you’re really wanting is a successful and popular blog, but instead of writing you find a million excuses why you can’t (including drinking wine with your roommates), then the opposite of that would be to make the choice to write instead of drink.

If what you want is an amazingly beautiful, mind-blowing relationship, but you never leave the house and go talk to people, then the opposite of that would be to get out more.

The trick of the trade is to make all your decisions aligned with the thing you truly want, and by doing that, you make it happen.

You down to practice playing opposite day this week? This is how it works:

1) Discover what you’re unhappy with right this minute (boyfriend, job, kids, etc)

2) Think about what you would “normally” do in that particular situation

3) Do the opposite of that

4) See what happens

So I’m curious…what is something you’ve been wanting? And how much are your choices and behaviors aligned with that? And if they’re not aligned, what would be the “opposite”?

I’d love to hear from you so if you’d like to join in on the convo, hope on over to the comments below the blog and chime in and if you need help working through this exercise, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Have a great weekend! (not opposite day)
Sally

 

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