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Because we want “This is Us” not “Singles”

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I have a very important question! :)

Do you ever walk into the grocery store at this time of year, and see all the heart balloons and chocolates displayed for Valentine’s Day and say to yourself “OH F YOU!” not because you hate love, but because you love love, which makes you sad because your current relationship status looks more like an episode of “Singles” or “Married with Children” than “This is Us”?

If you said yes…you are not alone. Studies show that 6 out of 10 couples are unhappy in their relationships, and 8 out of 10 singles feel discouraged in finding someone.

Valentine’s Day tends to bring up a lot for a lot of us. Pressure, sadness, feeling left out, and being reminded of the state of your less than ideal relationship status.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Through my training in Kundalini Yoga, I learned about a concept that shocked me. The idea is that we tend to store our past relationships (and any experiences, pains, or trauma from them) in our aura.

And since the aura is also the place where we project out into the world who we are and what we want, if we don’t clear some of those past partners or experiences, we’re likely to keep attracting similar people and situations into our lives.

You see this when you keep having the same fight over and over again. Or when your current partner acts a lot like your last partner in a lot of ways.

I believe that we can change all of this. And spend the month of February clearing out anything holding us back from having the relationship we truly want and envisioning what that is, and I created the perfect 28 Day Challenge to do just that.

In LOVE DETOX: Clearing The Past & Creating The Future, we will:

  • Break down what the heck happened in your last relationship/s that caused any residual pain and release it
  • Heal any wounds left over by love (romantic, family, friend, work relationships)
  • Envision your ideal future relationship (with a SUPER potent and killer worksheet created by Love Coach, Natalie Vartanian that has led to multiple relationships and marriages)
  • Manifest what we truly want and trust we’re in exactly the right place to get it

I know…sounds pretty awesome, right?

Here’s how it’ll go down:

  • Four weeks.
  • Four meditations (that we’ll do daily and each is 11 mins or less).
  • Two (in-depth and life-changing) worksheets.
  • Daily Check-In Posts
  • Daily Journal Prompts
  • Weekly Live Streaming Q & A chats with me
  • Private Facebook Group for discussion

All for less money than the takeout you and your friends ordered to binge watch “Jane The Virgin.”

BUT early bird pricing ends on the 24th, so don’t wait.

This is perfect for you if…

  • You crave an amazing relationship
  • You stay up at night worrying that you’ll you’ll be alone forever
  • You feel like you keep picking partners that aren’t right for you
  • You feel like you just can’t shake your last (or many previous) relationship
  • Your current relationship leaves a little (or a lot to be desired)
  • You long to stop feeling like you’re in “relationship jail” with someone you know isn’t right for you

If any of this resonates with you, make sure you check out all the details here and get in on the limited Early Bird spots because who wants to spend another Valentine’s Day talking yourself out of being sad about it. Instead, we can DO something about it. And I believe this is the thing to do.

So I have a request.

The request is that if this interests you even just a little bit, that you go on over to the page and read all the details and see if 2017 is going to be the year you find your person (or make your relationship with your current person better).

We sometimes get scared of making changes in our lives, but I truly believe that if something piques your interest, it might be the exact thing you need right now.

Let’s find out.

I still love love! Do you?

Sally

When It’s Time To Get Rid Of Your (Metaphorical) Christmas Tree

This morning I woke up and the first thing I did (after of course yoga, meditating, and drinking lemon water…lol j/k…I didn’t do that) was check my phone to see where the Christmas tree recycling facilities were.

You might be wondering why I would do such a thing, and to be honest, I was wondering the same thing myself. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to figure that out, and especially first thing on what was supposed to be a relaxed and lazy Sunday morning, and especially because I’m usually the type of person who leaves my Christmas tree up until March.

But for some reason, this year, only a couple weeks after Christmas, it feels like time to let it go. Put my regular throw pillows on the couch instead of the “Jingle Bell” ones. Take down the sparkly elf village inhabiting my kitchen counter. And switch out my “Christmas” porch display for a more generic “winter” one. In a sense…it feels like it’s time to embrace the changing of the season and the closing of the Christmas door for this year.

I am thinking about this this morning as I sip my new favorite tea (Chai Mint Vanilla), about what a change this feels like. I am usually someone who has a really hard time letting go, embracing change, and moving on from something that I enjoyed a lot. But today…it just felt like the right time.

And as I think about this, I think about all things that change every year (day), without us thinking about it…seasons, weather, feelings, experiences, people in our lives, thoughts in our heads, and I think about how much suffering and pain we all have from trying to hang onto things that are simply just out of our control, or simply just time to move on from. The grasping to hang on to our metaphorical Christmasses, even though the day passed and there is nothing we can do about that.

I was having a similar conversation with one of my best friends last night about this. And about how, given that we can’t control outcomes or people, that all we can really do is do what we feel is best in any given moment, and trust that things are going to work out the way they are supposed to.

So today…trust is my mantra. Trust is my word. Trusting that I make choices from an educated and intuitive place and trust that those are the right choices for me. Like…that it’s time to recycle the tree and enter into the next phase of the year, which soon will be February…the MONTH OF LOVE!

And since I can never pass up an opportunity to focus on yearly themes and creates big “to-do’s” around them (I mean…you should have seen my Christmas decorations), I’m putting together the first annual 28 Day Love Challenge, but I can’t give you all the details right now because they are still top secret. But I can tell you it’s going to be awesome and it’s going to be perfect for anyone at all stages of relationship (or non-relationship). So keep an eye out.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy your Sunday and OH! Here…take a free gift.

Here is a short meditation that me and 63 other amazing Wildhearts just completed in our 40 Day New Years Challenge. The results were crazy cool…but of course I will tell you more about that when I tell you about the February challenge.

In the meantime…enjoy this free meditation! All you gotta do is click the link here and then click the little player thingy, close your eyes, and follow along. Happy Sunday to you.

From my Christmas tree to yours,

Sally

25 of the Coolest Gifts Ever (under $40)

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So….the holidays are my favorite time of year. I love when the weather gets cold and the leg warmers come out. When having hot tea or cocoa with your friends is a completely suitable nighttime activity. When the Christmas music plays and the Christmas lights go up and the ridiculous huge blow-up snowman shows up on my neighbors lawn (I’m TOTALLY doing that next year).

This year for me, I had my Christmas tree and the lights up and all my couch accent pillows switched out to holiday ones the day after Thanksgiving. Which helps me get in the festive mood (as if I needed any help with that).

The holidays are also a time of gift giving, whether that be a small gift to a hostess of a Christmas party to your employees, to your family and friends, but sometimes it’s so hard to know what to get people without breaking the bank or getting them something generic that no one really wants.

Which is why I love doing this post every year. I scour the internet…shopping! I look around to find awesome, unique, fun, creative gifts that are all under $40 so we never again have to wonder what to get our VA. I hope you enjoy this list as much as I do. Let’s do this!

 

  1. Hand-carved slingshot and felt ammo because who DOESN’T need a slingshot?
  2. Good Morning Tea Gift Set for the tea lover in your life (*raises hand*)
  3. Live olive tree in a terra cotta pot
  4. Abalone Iphone 7 case
  5. Campfire candle (no tent required)
  6. Handmade mountain scene ceramic mug
  7. Gem essences for if you need a little extra help feeling grounded, making money, & being less stressed
  8. Great Outdoors National Park Scented Candles for those times when you want to see the world but are stuck at home in front of the computer
  9. Gold steer skull and air plant because…#badass
  10. Mason jar measuring cups
  11. Self Watering Tomato Plant for your windowsill
  12. Mandala stencil for DIY furniture projects
  13. Antropologie Lion Dinner Plate
  14. Stainless Steel Growler for the beer lover in your life
  15. Custom framed silhouettes 
  16. Personalized Amp Doormat (BADASS)
  17. Custom Mantra Bracelet for your 2017 “theme word” (special Wildheart discount)
  18. Shiny gold succulent plant in white pot
  19. Gold Metallic Heart BKR Water Bottle
  20. Perfect Stovetop Popcorn Popper
  21. Flannel Bandana for your dog
  22. Upcycled Pendleton Coasters
  23. Gold Metal Planter
  24. Anthropologie Glass cocktail shaker
  25. Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses

So there we have it! Some fun gifts for the fun people in our lives. Did you love it? In the comments below tell me one item that you must have for yourself and one item you want to get for someone else. (I definitely need 23 and 25).

XOXO

 

When You Can’t Find The Girl You Once Were…

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Girl Band days. Santa Barbara circa 2003

 

* This is a bit of a long one so if you don’t want to read the whole thing…scroll down to the bottom to find out about a super cool 40 Day Challenge I’m running*

Carrying on…

I’m not sure if it was the Bangles “Manic Monday” (my favorite song from when I was 9) that came on Pandora, or the fact that I found an old box of photos from my childhood all the way through my band years that had me feeling nostalgic.

But I found myself sitting on the cold cement floor, on a trash bag to protect me from the dirt and oil, smiling, and reminiscing as I looked through a falling-apart box of pictures. “Wow I looked so young/fresh/thin/beautiful back then!” and “Wow I remember that crazy drunken college night with my roomies where I ended up at the beach in a fur jacket,” or “why did I put olives up my nostrils again?”

I also looked at those photos in honor. Honor of the person I was back then who was creative, full of possibilities, unafraid to ask for a position in a USC Masters program without applying for it and move to Los Angeles to join a rock n roll band with four guys I barely knew.
Honor of the person who went to the thrift store and cut up a leotard to make an off the shoulder crop top layer for my band outfit and who used rosaries as a belt and human hair extensions for a skirt. And who wore red eye shadow and used lines like “don’t you know who I am?” to cut in line at the bar (not my proudest moment, but still my best friend’s favorite memory of me in my 20’s). The girl who would walk right up to Tommy Lee and Slash and sit down at their table, as though I belonged there, because in my mind, I did.

And then I wondered…what happened to her? What happened to that girl who was always creative, painting her walls bright purple and practicing her makeup for the upcoming show for an hour at night. Who was bold enough to ask for a position at the table. Who felt like she deserved to have the one bartending spot at the coolest bar in town. What happened to the girl who shaved part of her head and dyed an apple into it or who put feathers in her hair or painted one fingernail a different colors years before that became trendy?

All of these moments I’ve mentioned have been turning point and life-changing moments. Ones that led to the next like a string of events making up a LIFE. Where I met all the people in my NOW life, along the way, each one changing the story a little bit and contributing to the story.
It’s been almost exactly nine years since I saw that exact person.

Nine years ago, in an act that shook my world in more ways than one and changed the course of my next phase of life, my singer of my (then) band left. Left the band, left me, left our friendship, left the life as I knew it. And I’m not blaming him…that chapter was bound to be closed.

But what happened in that moment is that I stopped being the girl I saw in those pictures on the cement floor of my garage. I stopped trying. I stopped being creative in that way. I stopped asking for my place at the biggest table in the room for awhile. I stopped wearing over the shoulder leotard onesies and sequined hot shorts because…well…where on earth was I going to wear that now?

I threw away my red eyeshadow and embarked on a 9 year journey of a different version of myself. One where I would eventually come out a lot stronger, softer, gentler, and kinder, but also one that completely erased the memories of the former one.

I have gone through several different identity shifts in these last nine years. From rocker bartender guitar player, to touring musician with famous friends, to life coach, to traveler entrepreneur cowgirl huntress in Montana, to quiet, soft family girl, and now…to homeowner with a rhinestone on her tooth. And since I’ve landed at my literal “home” I feel the metaphorical homecoming as well.

Have you felt this way too?

Numerologically speaking, we are currently in a “9” year (when you add but 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 you get “9”). I am also in a personal “9” year (the current year in addition to my birthday year) and what that means is that I and we are at the end of a 9 year cycle.

In numerology, there are 9 years in a cycle and each year signifies a different theme. A 9 year is all about endings, closing chapters, letting go. In 9 years we tend to see a lot of breakups, deaths and changes. But it’s also the end of a 9 year cycle, which means that whatever thing or “theme” you were meant to learn in these past 9 years, should be coming to a close soon, so you can start on a whole new chapter in your “1” year of 2017.

For me…looking back on exactly nine years ago, I can see the theme forming, and then playing out throughout this phase. I began to doubt myself and my worth as I wasn’t “Sally Hope the bass player in Poets” anymore. I began to think that my value was tied only to my career, band, coolness level, relationship. I joined “other people’s lives” instead of purely creating my own as I had done previously.

Don’t get me wrong…in these past nine years I’ve also done some amazing things. I traveled while building my business, living in Costa Rica, Austin, Santa Barbara, my home town for short periods of time and eventually moving to Montana, gone on multiple RV road trips while building my business from the road, built up Wildheart and reached all my monetary and business goals, fully gave my heart over to and happily risked everything for love, and now…bought my own house with my own money.
I feel like these last few years especially have been really challenging. Maybe it was the ramping up of the lessons I needed to learn, or the chapter beginning to close. As a Scorpio, I tend to gravitate towards the underworld experiences. The tragedies, the difficult and heartbreaking situations, the digging up all of the roots to see what’s planted in the ground. And so it’s no surprise that this past cycle has been heavy.

In my Kundalini yoga practice I’ve been doing a lot of work on excavating my fears of the future, and letting go and detoxing what is there. But as I was thinking about this I realized that I was doing a lot of “underworld” letting go type stuff and hardly any visioning of what I want the future to be like. And when I look back on my last nine year cycle, the one that led me into being in a band in the first place, that’s what I used to do.

I’d say “I want to work in a cool boutique and have dreads, and have them play loud music” and BAM…that would show up.

I’d say “I want to be in a band and be a bartender” and BAM that would show up.

I’d say “I want to move to LA and tour with a big band” and BAM that would show up.

It’s like everything I decided I wanted, I got.

But I realized lately that with so many doors closing, I haven’t been taking the time to work with the “I wants” and the vision and the dreams. A part that I think we skip over when so much letting go and dusting off and closing chapters are happening.

So…that’s what I’ve decided to do and I want you to come with me.

We have only 58 days left of 2016 which means we have 58 days to wrap up whatever we need to from this past year and past 9 year cycle and envision what we want to start fresh with in 2017.

And I know myself and unless I have some structure around that, I’ll just forget about it. So I decided to embark on a 40 day Sadhana (which means “daily spiritual practice” and in kundalini 40 days is significant because it’s the amount of time it takes to change a habit) in which I do a meditation every day that is for the sole (soul) purpose of envisioning and bringing about the exact life I want. And not only will we envision it, we’ll bring anything that is blocking that vision to “zero” or non-existent.

And I want you to come along just in case you’ve been missing yourself too, and have been feeling the heaviness of your last chapter, and are ready to start your new one.

I haven’t announced this anywhere else yet. I haven’t created a sales page for it, but I wanted to invite you, right now, to do this journey with me.

Starting on November 21 all the way to December 31. We’ll do a daily meditation, the same one, for 40 days straight. We’ll have a private FB group with a daily accountability post, live stream Q & A’s and videos to keep you on track, and journal prompts and we’ll see how much magic we can create in the last 40 days of the year. But more than any of that…we’ll be super clear on what we want and literally manifest that into existence.

I have been doing these kundalini meditations regularly for a couple years now and can say that they are powerful and completely game changing. One I did where I intended to bring in unexpected people and things in my life, I got gifted a motorcycle. When I worked on releasing fear of the future, my dream home showed up and was cheaper than I had budgeted. This stuff works.

I have a goal that we all manifest at least one of the things we envision during these 40 days in 2017 and I KNOW we can do it. I’m hell bent on it.

Only $87  for the 40 days. This is an early bird price. It will go up next week. You in?

Doors to this close on the 17th. So get in now. Limited spots available.

What is it you want? Let’s go get it.

Click here to grab your spot or reply to this message with any questions. I’m telling you here first but will send this out publicly next week.

Let’s do this





Cheers to the next chapter,
Sally

Leaves Fall. And You Gotta Keep Raking Them. (And other metaphors for life).

This weekend I had my first experience with raking leaves. I know I know…I’ve been fortunate to have lived my whole life without ever having done yardwork.

But now that I’m in my new house, and I have both a front and a backyard with multiple trees, I realize that one must rake up that which falls.

So Saturday, I wake up early, knowing it’ll be sunny out, I write my list of chores I want to get done, walk in the garage to get my rake and gardening gloves and get to work.

Immediately I learn that raking leaves doesn’t look how I’ve seen it in the pictures or movies, with one big leaf pile, just begging for a kid to come jump in it with delight, but rather that raking is about having lots of little piles, all piling up in the section of the yard where those leaves fell.

I learned to be gentle with my rake so I don’t bring up the dirt and tear out the grass. I learn that some leaves can go at the base of the trees to act as mulch and some leaves need to go in a hefty bag and be taken out of the yard.

And as I finished with my first raking job, I felt proud. What was once a leaf covered yard is now a clean and clear grassy pasture. I could see the results. I watched it happen before my eyes.

And as I stood on my patio looking out at this grass I thought to myself “all in an afternoon’s work. Sweet. I did it.”

I went on about my day and woke up the next morning and looked out the window. And what did I see? Leaves everywhere. We had wind during the night and there were now more leaves on the grass than there were before I started raking the day before.

And I giggled to myself and thought…”yes…of course, because this is life!”

Just because we have one conversation, or feel like we’ve worked through a problem doesn’t mean it’ll never show up again. Just because I raked the leaves yesterday doesn’t mean I’ll won’t have to rake them tomorrow.

It just means that I’m engaging in the daily practice of what it is to handle the things in my life that need attention. And this applies to everything.

Relationships. Leaves. Mopping the floor. “Working it out” with our loved ones. But if we tend to the leaves and the garden, the grass remains alive, and that which we plant will grow.

Happy Tuesday friends. Happy Fall.

Wildheart Revolution