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It’s the Journey…not the Resurrection (and why we need to die in order to really live)

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Don’t fall off your seat or anything, but on Sunday…I went to church.

But before that happened, Saturday, I texted my motorcycle friend to see if he was available the next day (Sunday…Easter) to help me take my bike out of winter mode. He said yes, but only if I came to church to see him sing in the choir and play drums.

It had been awhile since I found myself sitting/standing and trying to pay attention in church.

Since I dated a Pastor’s son, to be exact (which has actually happened at three different times in my life, but that’s a different story altogether).

But on Sunday, I found myself among the sea of other Easter goers at Journey Church, in Bozeman, MT.

Journey is what some might call a “mega-church.” Big, beautiful building (that also hosts events such as Ted Talks Bozeman, etc), lots of technology on the “stage,” no stained glass windows, no altar. Just a bunch of good looking kids playing rock renditions of hymns, with a pastor who says things like “dude” and “God died for our sins…I mean, right?!” and asks us to take out our cell phones to text this anonymous number the sins we’d like to leave at the door (only to show them all on the screen…anonymously…later in the sermon).

This thing was top notch. A tight production, reminiscent of a weekly play or a ballet. Just as graceful.

At first I was skeptical. Not just of Church itself (which I’m actually not skeptical of at all since me and church go waaaaaaaaay back), but of spending one of my only days off at church. But once I got that out of my head, I thought four things to myself:

1) What the hell (oops…sorry God) else am I going to do today?

2) I wonder what church is like here/now?

3) My friend asked me to go and I’d like to support him

4) Maybe I’ll gain some inspiration for the Wildheart Revolution

So I went. With an open mind. Even though at times it was hard to bring myself back to a heart place when I found myself judgemental of aspects of this mega-church.

But I decided to take whatever was said, and apply it directly to my life. Which was actually easy because the sermon was exactly what I had already been rolling around in my head all week.

Which is…what is Easter really about? What does it mean to “die” and be “resurrected” and how can we all apply this to our lives.

In the sermon, the pastor told us about how when Jesus died, he left everything he previously was on that cross. That in order for a resurrection to happen, that a death of the old needed to precede it. And only by dying to the old, are we able to be born into what we’re meant to be. (Click to tweet that!)

THAT is resurrection.

And this got me thinking. About everything. About all the similar “spiritual” concepts that are just like this one:

“In order for one door to open, another one needs to close.”

“If you love something, set it free…”

“Leave everything you got on that stage tonight” (ok this was a mantra from my old band, but you get the point)

And there, in Journey Church, it all clicked.

That this was what Easter was all about. This was the divine message wanting to come through.

That we get to make a decision to leave the old, the things that aren’t working for us behind (like really really behind…like on that cross, kinda behind) in order to have the life we’re truly meant to live.

And this got me thinking of my own life. Of all the things I’ve been keeping alive that have been preventing my own resurrection. My own new birth. My own best life. And the list was long. Some of the gems were:

Doubt in myself/my abilities/Wildheart

Looking to other things/people for my happiness

Lack of self-love

Giving into my old habits and patterns that don’t serve me

Relationships that are already technically gone but I’ve been hanging on to

A messed up relationship with my body

Plus many many more.

And on that pew, tears welled up in my eyes. Not only at the sadness of realizing how many things I was hanging onto that were actually hurting me, but at the possibility of my own resurrection. Salvation. Of a true, new birth. Of actually BEING that person I know I truly am, deep down. And that all I need to do to be saved…is die. To myself. To my old way of being.

So that the seeds that had been planted long ago can actually sprout.

And I wondered, how many of us need to let our old selves “die” before we can truly live the lives we want to live. How many things we need to stop keeping alive, to truly move forward. My guess is…A LOT. And ALL OF US.

So I pose this as a challenge. For you (and me…I’m doing it too) to look at your life…really look at it. And see the things you’re keeping alive that are getting in the way of truly living. And asking yourself, truthfully, “what do I need to leave at the cross, what in my life needs to die, in order for me to be who I’m truly meant to be?”

Perhaps you will also find yourself welling up on your own pew. And if so, I’d love to hear about it.

If this resonates with you, please feel free to leave a comment below with what you’ve discovered.

See you in church,

Sally Hope

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Facing The Unknown. A Tale of Poets & Pornstars. (Or What Happens When You Seize The Day)

Just GO

It was late night, Fall of 2008.

I found myself sobbing uncontrollably, all alone in my studio apartment.

I had spent the past five years in the music industry being “Sally Hope, Fender sponsored artist and bass player for the LA Rock N Roll band, Poets & Pornstars.”

I had rockstar friends. I went to fun parties– and even funner after parties.

Everyone who had known me before the band thought I was so cool for being in a band.

Everyone who met me from being in the band thought I was even cooler.

I ate, drank, lived and breathed that band.

It was everything.

But what had happened over the years was that it had become ME. And I had become it.

Which meant that without it, I didn’t know who I was, or why I mattered.

I knew about halfway through my time in the band that there was something bigger out there for me.

That I was meant to impact a lot of people, and that slugging it away night after night (especially since I’m not a night person…at all…hello “in bed by 10 pm”), on tour, wasn’t the kind of impact I wanted to have.

I knew eventually I would leave and do something else. But that something else was still so far away. It was unknown.

It made no sense to me at the time, this desire to quit the band, as I couldn’t imagine what particular “J.O.B.” I would or could do.

(Not to mention that, after being a rock n roller, most other “J.O.B.’s” pale in comparison.)

So when the time came, that late night in 2008, where I KNEW it was time to go…

I felt…empty.

Scared.

Confused.

“If I’m not Sally Hope, the bass player from the LA rock n roll band, Poets & Pornstars,” I thought…

“Then who am I?”

If I didn’t have any real reason to buy fringy leather skirts and sparkly booty shorts and leather holsters…

And if I didn’t need to get up stage for a job…

Then what would I do with my time?

What would I wear?

And again…

WHO WAS I?

This fear of losing my identity kept me in the band much longer than I wanted to be there.

I simply didn’t know what there was for me on the other side. And I was afraid of the unknown.

But that late night, sobbing alone in my apartment, I realized that my lack of fulfillment had finally eclipsed my fear.

I couldn’t hide from the unknown any longer.

I had to pull myself up by my bootstraps (literally, since I owned plenty of boots) and cross over the threshold of my old life and into a new one.

I quit the band shortly thereafter and began to pursue my REAL work in the world.

Which, after a few twists and turns in the road, eventually led me here. Writing to you, Now.

And this reminds me…

Anything important I’ve EVER done has always been preceded by fear of the unknown.

When I moved to Costa Rica I didn’t even know if the guy I paid (over the internet) for the apartment (that didn’t have an actual address) actually existed.

I didn’t know when I got into an RV (never having been in an RV before let alone having driven one 10,000 miles) if I’d like it or if I’d survive.

I didn’t know when I left my ex if I would ever find happiness or love again, or if it was the right decision.

I didn’t know when getting into a van by myself to travel the country, with only a map, if I’d lose my way.

And I didn’t know if moving to Montana would be the right choice. I mean…it snows here. A lot. And I’m from California.

But in every example above, I felt an irresistible pull toward the thing I was supposed to do.

Something inside me just said, “GO.”

And so I went.

And you know what I realized?

(And why this is relevant to YOU?)

I realized that every single little step we take, as a result of listening to that “GO” voice, leads us to fulfillment.

To the place we’re really supposed to be.

People say life is too short. But I think life is too long to be spending it ignoring that voice.

The one that WANTS you to have what your HEART wants.

The one that knows this is your one shot at life.

(As far as we know for sure, anyway!)

The one that knows it all works out in the end.

When you’re standing on the threshold between where you are and the unknown future…

It won’t always make sense.

It will likely feel scary and uncertain.

You will likely find yourself trying to apply logic to something where logic won’t apply.

But that whisper, that nudge, that GO, knows something.

And it wants you to be free.

Free from the wondering. The back and forth. The unhappiness.

Free from the pain of your recurring thoughts or your mediocre relationship.

It wants the absolute best for you.

And so do I.

And so does Wildheart!

That’s what the Wildheart Revolution is all about, in fact.

To not just let that voice be a soft, quiet “go” in the back of your mind that you hear faintly and then continue about your life…

But to give that voice permission (and space, and support) to say a big roaring “HELL YES!” to the life you know you’re meant to live.

It’s been 6 years since I made the decision to stop being “Sally Hope, Fender sponsored artist and bass player for the LA Rock N Roll band, Poets & Pornstars.”

I couldn’t be happier about (or more in awe of!) where I am today.

I’m not just “Sally Hope, Renegade Coach & Leader Of The Wildheart Revolution”…

I’m Sally Hope.

Person.

Carpeing the HELL out of her diem.

(Diem after diem. )

And I want that you for YOU, if you want it too.

So if you’re looking “the unknown” smack dab in the face right now, please know that others have stood just where you are, and have taken the steps to cross the threshold.

Take the step.

Because you know what? It’s all unknown anyway.

And if you’re craving support as you step into your new life (or even just to help you TAKE that first step), then come join the wildest group of (peaceful) rebels around.

The Wildheart Revolution is waiting for YOU to add your voice, your personality, your dreams, hopes, and goals.

(And right now, it’s waiting at over 40% off!)

We’d love to be trusted partners in your journey—and let you in on OUR journey too.

All you gotta do is take that step.

And whether you join the Rev or not— know that, just by reading this, you ARE a Wildheart.

So take the step, Wildheart.

Find the support you need.

Walk into the unknown.

Because remember… life is long. There’ll never be a better time than now to seize the hell out of it. (TWEET THIS)

xox,

Sally

P.S. If you find yourself thinking, “This just feels like where I belong,” then don’t hesitate to join us in the Wildheart Revolution right NOW while your membership fee is so low.

I can’t guarantee it’ll ever go this low again, but I can guarantee that you’ll love it or I’ll give you your money back.

You’ve got nothing to lose, and your life has everything to gain. Check it out now.

You can’t have what you want, unless you do this first.

Let it go

Well hello there reader. :) I know it’s weird to write to you like this on a blog, but it’s how I felt inspired to do it, so that’s what’s a-happening.

So…sometimes, when I’m “supposed” to write a blog post every week, the inspiration just doesn’t come. This week I had something alllll written out for you and I just wasn’t feeling it.

So I decided not to publish it. I’m kind of a stickler like that. If it’s not resonating, then I can’t do it (#wildheart).

Anywho…something that HAS been inspiring me has been the impact that a particular #heartwork (Wildheart version of “homework”) had inside the Wildheart Revolution, so I wanted to share it with you and see if it sparks anything for you.

Here goes:

#Heartwork

There must be something in the air.

It seems that everywhere I turn, there is a theme of “letting go” that keeps popping up.

Could it be the new energy of spring with birth and rejuvenation? Could it be the planets? Or could it just be our collective consciousness trying to move us along into our next growth period?

Either way…things seem to be coming to the surface for folks and we are unable to look away.

It’s interesting though, because usually when we think of “letting go” or “release” we think of people, or things.

But it occurred to me recently that there are many many more things we can release in service of our greater good.

Like…old stories we’re telling ourselves (“I’m just not meant to make a lot of money”) or (“I’ll never have THAT kind of love”) or even (“I’m no good at decorating”), or old patterns, old hurts, old cycles, old behavior.

Sometimes I find that it’s these more energetic releases that are the most important.

Regardless, one thing I know is true is that something new and vibrant and brilliant can come into our lives when we’re still hanging on to something (or someone) that doesn’t serve us.

It’s #heartwork time

Here are some thing you can try…

1) Think about: Where in my life am I feeling stuck?

2) And then: What might be something related to that that I need to let go of?

Think about a recurring thought you’re having, an old belief, a person (maybe partner, friend, co-worker, etc). Maybe there is someone in your life or space that is really getting in the way of your growth. Maybe you’ve outgrown a friend. Or you know your partner isn’t right for you but yet you stay.

3) And then: What might be possible for me if I were able to let this person/thing/thought/go?

4) Share: Once you know where you’re stuck, and what might need to be let go of, post your discoveries in the comments below. Answer these specific questions:

a) What was the most surprising thing to me about this exercise?

 b) What is the most important aha or take-away I got from it?

Go through this exercise. Really try it. Don’t gloss over it. No matter what, we’re ALL hanging on to SOMETHING.

Happy releasing, Dear #Wildheart,

Sally

P.s. Did you find this exercise helpful?? Want more where this came from? This type of thing happens every Monday inside the Wildheart Revolution. Doors to enrollment are opening NEXT WEEK (AHHHH!!! SO excited!). Make sure you’re on the list to get first dibs.

 

A Battle Cry For Peaches Everywhere. (How To Do Your Own Thing. No Matter Who Approves Of It.)

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Have you every felt like no matter what you do…it isn’t the right thing?

Maybe you leave your job to travel the world, which fulfills YOU, but then your family thinks you’re being irresponsible.

Or maybe you break up with you “perfectly-good-on-paper” boyfriend to pursue passion and fire, which excites YOU, but all your friends think you made the wrong choice.

Or perhaps you want to go to your sister’s house to watch Nashville but if you do, your husband is upset that you’re not spending time at home.

And to make matters worse, if you stay home with your husband, then your sister is mad for not spending enough time with her.

It seems that on any given day, no matter what you do, someone isn’t going to be happy about it. (Tweet this!)

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as I’m working on several different projects involving a number of people.

All of them, including my own Wildheart Revolution, are groups where the leader is HELL BENT on making a positive difference in the world.

In each of these groups, we teach how to have the businesses and lives that you’ve always dreamed of.

How to bust through the blocks that are preventing you from getting there.

We provide a loving and amazing community that will support you when you’re scared or when you fall.

We are available, present, and WE CARE.

And the funniest thing happens.

People aren’t happy.

Someone doesn’t like the new policy. Someone else is upset that they can’t find the email that explains the new policy, etc etc.

And as the days go by, it’s easy to feel discouraged.

To wonder, “Why the hell am I caring so much? Why am I spending my Saturday evening at 10pm putting out a fire because someone is upset about something in a program that they signed up to be a part of?”

The truth is, though, I can only control MY actions.

And because I care so much, I spend my Saturday evenings putting out those fires.

It matters to me that I give the people in these programs a great experience (to the best of my ability).

I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a mentor of mine, Marie Forleo, where she quoted Joel Osteen:

“25 percent of the people you meet won´t like you and never will; 25 percent won´t like you but could be persuaded to; 25 percent will like you but could be persuaded not to; and 25 percent will like you and stand by you no matter what.”

Or, as Dita Von Teese once said, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there is still going to be someone who hates peaches.”

This hits home for me.

(Does it for you, too?)

And I think the problem is that most of the time, we cater to the 25% that won’t ever like us.

We try to convince the peach haters to love peaches. (Tweet this!)

But the truth is that some people won’t be happy no matter what you do.

Someone won’t like the business you want to start.

Someone won’t like that you want to travel the world.

Someone won’t like that you don’t want to have kids.

Someone won’t like that you want to be a stay at home mom.

But the beauty is that it really doesn’t matter what “someone” thinks. The only person living your life is YOU.

And at the end of the day, “someone” probably will have forgotten about you, and you’re the one who has to live with your decisions. (Tweet this!)

You’re the one who gets to either be proud of the life that you’ve carved out for yourself, or die knowing that you kept trying to get that last 25% to like you.

When I get down about this stuff I keep in mind WHY I do what I do.

I believe in freedom. In connection. In support and community.

I believe in creating spaces and opportunities where people can flourish. Where people have the resources needed to make real, actual changes in their lives.

And most importantly, I believe that change can happen from a spark inside ONE person. (Tweet this!)

And if something I’m a part of helps create that spark, my job is done and I don’t have to worry about the remaining 25% who will never be peach lovers.

And THIS is the Wildheart Revolution.

Where you get to be the perfect peach that you are.

Where you’re free to pursue what’s important to you, no matter who approves of it.

Where you come to be 100% YOU. (Tweet this!)

To either find out who that person is. Or to start acting like her.

So tell me, what have you been avoiding because you’re afraid someone won’t like it?

Share it in the comments below if you like, and then DO IT.

And because I know that “DO IT” can be easy to say and harder to implement…

If you need a little support, please know that there’s a whole cool tribe of Wildhearts waiting to help you out.

And that I’m personally committed to providing all the resources I can to help you inside the Wildheart Revolution!

Whether you join us inside the Revolution or not, don’t wait for everyone to approve of you before you do what you really want to do.

Approve of yourself first. (Tweet this!)

And let the apple lovers get what they want at the next orchard over.

xox,

Sally

P.S. The doors to the Wildheart Revolution (at this RIDIC sale price!) will be open SO DAMN SOON, so scoot on over and check it out if you want to get the kind of coaching, support, and community that will allow you to blossom into the 100% YOU that you really came here to be. I’d love to see you there!

P.p.s If you have something even MORE serious to deal with, we’re here for that too. :)

In fact, this week (Friday, March 28th from 5-6pm Pacific) I’m holding a special call with my friend (and Wildheart) Helen Hunter Mackenzie.

We’re going to talk about how to pave your own path in life instead of listening to all the guru wisdom (Helen and I are both pretty passionate about this topic!).

And because the call isn’t us sharing our own “guru wisdom”, we’re not naming it something market-y or snazzy.

It’s just… a rad, fun phone call. Where we’ll provide:

  • Inspiration to go after what you REALLY want instead of what you think you “should” want
  • Wisdom from our own experiences WIldhearting our way through life
  • Awesome actions you can take right away to start stepping into the life YOU want to live

So, be there Wildheart! Put your name right here to get all of the call details.

Don’t Hide Your Brown Toothbrush! A Manifesto For Wildhearting. (Plus, Self-Care Rocks.)

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The other day, I did something absolutely ridiculous.

I was brushing my teeth with this new amazing toothpaste (well, tooth powder).

I know this doesn’t sound newsworthy yet, but stay with me because there’s a story in here that relates to you, I promise!

So this particular tooth powder is different and unique. 100% natural, and super good for my teeth.

And every time I brush, I feel like I’m doing something really good for my body.

Kind of like yoga for my teeth.

The only thing is that the powder itself literally looks like dirt (and is appropriately named “The Dirt”.

Which would be fine except it also makes my toothbrush look like I swirled it around in mud.

Brown flakes fly everywhere, including my bathroom walls. My sink, after brushing, looks like I washed muddy boots in it.

And the other day, as I finished brushing I looked at my toothbrush, in all its nasty brown glory and I thought to myself…

“I should probably hide my toothbrush and put it in the cabinet in case anyone comes over, goes to the bathroom, looks (closely) at my toothbrush, sees it all brown, and thinks I have nasty brown teeth.”

And immediately after I had that thought, I realized how utterly ridiculous it was.

The truth is:

1) I live alone. And I almost NEVER have people over.

2) I’m proud of being a tooth-brushing yogini!

3) Who cares if these imaginary bathroom-inspecting people DO come over and happen to see my brown toothbrush?

And I wondered…

Why was I so worried about being judged for something I’m really proud of?

(And for something that is very likely not even going to ever happen?)

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we ALL do this in so many areas of our lives.

I mean, haven’t you experienced this in your own life?

You decide to do something for yourself. Something that makes you feel good. Something you’re proud of.

It might be starting your own business, or embarking on a year-long travel journey. Or it might be something simple, like leaving little post-it notes around the house to remind you to look at the positive side of life.

For me, it was brushing my teeth with this awesome toothpaste that made me feel all healthy.

And once we start doing these things, we want to back down. We imagine that people won’t approve. Or that they’ll think we’re weird (or have nasty ass brown teeth), or that we’re frivolous or silly for wanting what we want.

And the more we think of things like this, the more likely we are to change our behavior to do what we “should” be doing instead.

For me… it was hiding. Hiding my toothbrush. Not giving anyone the opportunity to judge me.

But what am I doing really by hiding my truth (or truthbrush)?

I was not standing behind my decision. I was turning my back on something I was proud of. I was too afraid to be judged that I wanted it all to just go away.

And this made wonder…

How many times do we stuff down our opinions because we’re afraid people won’t like us if we share them? (Click to tweet that!)

Or we don’t tell people about our dreams because we’re afraid they’ll think we’re silly?

Or we hide who we really are to try to avoid getting rotten tomatoes thrown at us?

But the more time goes by, the more I realize that this isn’t living.

That if we are so afraid to be who we are that we hide, then we’re not doing what we came here to do.

We are WILDHEARTS.

We came to make a difference. We came to create beautiful things. We came to have a voice. To say something. (Click to tweet!)

To be the full expressions of ourselves. To do it differently. To listen to our heart and not be bothered if someone else doesn’t like what we have to say.

We didn’t come here to hide.

And with that, I’m proud to say that my ugly brown toothbrush is proudly displayed on my sink.

There are flakes of brown tooth powder all over my bathroom walls. My sink looks like I washed my feet in it.

And I’m damn proud of it.

After all, this is the Wildheart Revolution.

Where you ponder questions like whether to leave a brown toothbrush out… or when it’s time to end a relationship… or how to leave your mark on the world.

Where you decide FOR YOURSELF how you want your life and your toothbrush to be.

And where we support you, no matter what.

We are the Wildhearts. The peacefully rebellious warriors. And we’re here to help you through your biggest toothbrush issues.

Or hey, if you have something even MORE serious to deal with, we’re here for that too. :)

In fact, this week I’m holding a special call with my friend (and Wildheart) Helen Hunter Mackenzie.

We’re going to talk about how to pave your own path in life instead of listening to all the guru wisdom (Helen and I are both pretty passionate about this topic!).

And because the call isn’t us sharing our own “guru wisdom”, we’re not naming it something market-y or snazzy.

It’s just… a rad, fun phone call. Where we’ll provide:

  • Inspiration to go after what you REALLY want instead of what you think you “should” want
  • Wisdom from our own experiences WIldhearting our way through life
  • Awesome actions you can take right away to start stepping into the life YOU want to live

So, be there Wildheart!

And if you can’t be there, make sure you’re on the list to get notified when the recording is available. (If you already get emails from me, you’re already on the list!)

AND, if you know you want some support pondering your own questions about toothbrushes and careers and love and life…

Stay tuned, because the doors to the Wildheart Revolution (which are currently closed) are about to swing wide open soon!

And I’d love to see you in there. Brown toothbrush and all.

 

Big ol’ brown toothy grin,

Sally

P.S. Here are the details of my rad phone call with Helen Hunter Mackenzie:

When: Friday, March 21 from 5-6 pm PST

Call-in: 712-432-3100

Passcode: 309631

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