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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.

How To Make It Just Fall On Your Lap

How To Make It Fall On Your Lap www.sallyhope.com

This weekend I will be the last minute, guest/helper at a really cool event this weekend. It’s one of those situations that just falls into place in a way that is unexpected and delightful and reminds me that Grand Design is at play. So many things had to line up and happen (and fall through) for this event to take place, and while it feels random, I know it isn’t.

And this reminds me of how life is in general. People always say that when you’re least looking for it (“IT” being anything important to you), it falls on your lap and finds you.

This has happened to me many times.

When I first found out about Bozeman, MT, I wasn’t looking for it. Natalie and I had been only 5 or so days on our RV road trip, having no clue where we were going next when a friend of a friend we were staying with said we needed to go there.


Before I joined my first band, I happened to be walking by a girl in a store I worked, talking about music when she said “you should try out for my band.”

And there are countless other stories like this in mine and other people’s lives. You’ll hear people say “I found the love of my life when I stopped looking,” or “my multi-million dollar business didn’t start out that way, but rather I was just wanting to make cupcakes for my mommy friends.”

It is usually the things in life that we aren’t trying so hard to get, that end up being the most fulfilling. (Click to TWEET THIS)

Which is awesome, but doesn’t help the people who want to create things. I imagine that there’s some people reading who are like, “yeah that’s great but where is the balance between striving for what you want and sitting back in flow and letting the Universe do it’s job?” and to me, the answer is simple.

If we want things to happen in our lives, we need to be the type of people that attract those things. (Click to TWEET THIS)

We need to put ourselves on the path to be discovered by the random hiker walking by. We need to work on our own radiance before we attract others with it.

We need to say yes to the breakfast date where you’ll meet your future friend and confidant. We need to go to that networking event where we’ll make a connection to the future COO of our company. We need to say yes. And not for the sake of getting anything in return. But because we know that’s where we need to be.

My life has been really weird for a couple years now. It feels like a complete shedding of my old skin, in order to get a brand new one. You’ve seen a lot of this happen here on the blog, the latest being my Kundalini Yoga Teacher training. And this last minute retreat is no different.

I’ve been working on my own radiance, my own self-love, my own open heartedness, and my own connection with the people in my life, and so far it has led me to really great things.

Specifically, what this has looked like for me is a ton of journaling, counseling, reading, and a bunch of Kundalini Yoga. Currently, I’m on a 90 day daily Sadhana (daily spiritual practice…I’m on day 57) of this specific Kundalini Kriya (yoga set), just in case you want to check it out, or at least have some reference for what I’m talking about.

Every Day (57 of 90 days)

15-20 Minutes of The Kriya For Elevation

12 Minutes of Kirtan Kriya (meditation)

There are more rituals and things I do everyday to help me be the best person I can be, but for now, I’ll just leave it at that (let me know if you’re curious about other things!)

So now it’s your turn. I’m just wondering, where in your life you need to show up just a little bit more, or a little bit more open. Where in your life do you need to let go of the outcome in order for the flow to enter in? I want to hear about it in the comments below. And if you want to know more about this Kundalini stuff, soon I will be opening an Online Kundalini Studio with live, streaming, yoga classes. It’s gonna be rad. Promise. Get on this list to make sure you’re in the loop when that goes live.

Happy Friday!

Sally Hope

Confusion Doesn’t Exist…and why that’s a good thing

Confusion doesn't exist- www.sallyhope.com

I’m gonna say something, and you might not like it.

You might not like it because it might knock down a wall that you’ve been building for awhile. A wall that you might currently be standing behind. It might make you question when you say certain things, and you might not be able to say them anymore. Which might upset you because you probably say this ALL the time.

Here’s what I want to say: CONFUSION DOESN’T EXIST

Here’s what I mean…

I have been coaching people for over 6 years now, consistently and constantly. I’ve probably talked to thousands of people in this time.

And most of the time, what we are all looking for is CLARITY. Which business avenue to choose, which partner to choose (or unchoose), which house to move into, which job to take or job to leave. Which opt-in to create.

It is the “not knowing” (ie the CONFUSION) on these questions that causes us all so much pain. The pain comes from not knowing. It also comes from imagining making the wrong decision and regretting it later.

Confusion is just your mind’s tricky way of saying “I know something I don’t want to know.” (Click to TWEET THIS)

How many times have you ever had thoughts like this: “Well if I move into this house, what if a better one comes along later?” or “But what if I break up with her and then I realize that she’s the one but she has already moved on?” or “what if I close my business and then decide I want it back again, won’t I look flaky?”

It’s questions like this, fears about the unknown, that keep us in a state of non-decisiveness, and when we’re in that place, we tell people we’re confused.

But the more people I talk to, and the more I live my own life, the more I believe the theory that I came up with years ago, which is that rarely, if ever, is someone confused.

Instead, what happens is that we actually KNOW something. We know the answer, deep down, and often very clearly. We hear it as a whisper. Or we feel it in our body. It’s that little voice inside of us that speaks the truth.  But…we don’t like what it has to say. We don’t like it because what we hear is likely to cause us, or someone else we know and love some pain.

And since we reject and do anything we can to avoid pain, we will do everything we can to avoid having to make a decision that might lead to this pain.

And what better way to do that than to stick ourselves in a constant state of confusion?

There is no better way. Because as long as you stay confused, you don’t have to take action. (Click to TWEET THIS)

You can stay there waffling for a long time.

I believe it’s this place that causes us some of the most pain in our lives. Knowing something deep down, but being too scared to act on it. And then knowing that we know, but doing nothing about it enters us into a shame cycle where we feel bad about ourselves.

And when we feel bad about ourselves, it causes more pain. And we withdraw. And we hide. Which allows us to continue to stay “confused.”

But it doesn’t have to be like this. The more we are aware of what we DO know, they less likely we will be to enter this cycle. And really, it all starts with looking at our emotions and our pain, and seeing what’s there.

What’s underneath your confusion? What truth do you know but you don’t want to know? Are you afraid that leaving your partner will mean you’re alone forever? Do you believe that leaving your business will make you less important or interesting and thus less valuable? Do you believe that if you move to Bali that your family won’t support you?

I can see why, if you believe all of these things to be true of your own truths, why you wouldn’t want to act on them. But this is all very different than being “confused.” This is a different issue all together. This is just fear, and fear we can work with and move through by practicing courage.

So this post is to start the conversation and ask you to examine your own life and see where you might be feeling confused. Have you used that word lately? Where? Examine that and see what is there.

And here are some questions you can ask to do this and ways to get around it:

  1. Where am I currently confused?
  2. What do I KNOW to be true, deep down? (Ie “I know I feel scared about the possibility of knowing something that feels painful” etc)
  3. What am I most afraid of with this truth?
  4. What could be possible for me if I acted on this truth?

And of course I want to hear from you. Are you finding yourself “confused” right now? Are you kinda mad at my post being all like “But Sally…I actually DO feel confused right now…so what do I do with that?”
I want to hear your take on confusion in the comments below. And as always, if you appreciate this article, please “like” and/or “share” it with your friends. Mucho appreciation. 

XO

Sally

P.s. I’m doing something NEW!! Soon I will be opening an Online Kundalini Studio with live, streaming, yoga classes. It’s gonna be rad. Promise. Get on this list to make sure you’re in the loop when that goes live.

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When Your View Changes, Your World Changes.

Change your perspective, change your life. www.sallyhope.com

Last night I entered into a new world. And not that it was new in that is was somewhere else. It actually wasn’t. It was actually just 7 miles down the road from where I’ve been for the past year and a half.

But that seven miles might as well have been a complete time warp. Or a bending of reality. Because once I stepped foot on my friend’s 40 acre Homestead, I felt like Alice who had just come out the other side of the portal into Wonderland.

There were things there I hadn’t seen in my world for a year and a half. Magical little people who came out from the little rooms in her straw bale house. Magical keys on the wall to open who-knows-what doors. Feathers everywhere. Nature. Beauty. And five houses on the property, all of which had a story and had been touched by the land and the people that lived on it.

The giant  trees all had swings on them of a different style. We walked to one that overlooked hills beyond the eye could see filled with vineyards and rolling green and amber, jumped on the tree swing and leaned back with my hair flying in the wind.

Her kids, each with a stripe of color in their hair, green and then purple, joined in when we made our prayers for the full moon, wrapping tobacco inside a square of fabric and tying them all together on one string, before throwing them into the fire to release our wishes back into the sky. They made sure to put all the materials back into the box because that’s the box that daddy takes to the fire house when he goes to work as a fireman, and wants to wrap his prayers while he’s there. They talked of their school that backs up to a creek and where they can be barefoot while they learn.

Another woman comes over who is curious, kind, and shares her mission in life, which is to help people connect to their innate wisdom with nature. That wisdom that we all have as children and forget somewhere along the way. She has a school for children that focuses on this.

We ate a fresh salad. Pet their pet horse, pony, goat and llama and walked inside the chicken coop. Walked among the almond trees to the tipi, walked under the apricot trees, and finally, ended by sitting by the fire, talking. Calmly. Sweetly. And with connection.

Being here on this property reminded me of one thing: That it only takes a shift of perspective to change the landscape of your entire view.

Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope? Where you see one thing as it is until you turn the kaleidoscope ever so slightly and the whole view changes completely?

This is called perspective. It’s the way that we look at things and how the entire landscape of something can change if you shift the way you’re looking at it.

In coaching school, I used to frame this as “what glasses are you looking at your life through, and what happens if you look through a different pair?”

Because how we are looking at things changes the way we see them. (TWEET THIS)

It’s kind of the same idea when you really look at the sky, the same sky that you’ve seen before a million times, and for the first time ever, you really see how blue it is. It’s not that it wasn’t that blue before, it’s just that for whatever reason, you didn’t see it as that way, and now, looking at it through a different lens, or clearer eyes, you can finally see it as it is.

And this got me thinking about reality, and wondering if anything we ever think or feel is really real, or rather if it’s just the lens we happen to be wearing at that particular time, and what would happen to the “reality” if we just put on a different lens.

Because I’ve driven the road where my friend lived before. I had seen similar vineyards before. I have lived in the same place for a year and a half, and never knew that tucked away on a right turn on that street was this wonderland and therefore didn’t know things like that existed here at all. And now that I know it does, it has rocked my reality a bit. Rocked my world a bit. And has shifted the view on my kaleidoscope lens.

So today, I thought it would be fun to look at YOUR life and see where you’re stuck, and see if a shift of perspective, or a change of glasses might change the way you feel about it all.

So in the comments below I would love to hear this from you:

  1. What is one thing you’re currently feeling stuck on right now?
  2. What is your current perspective on this? (how are you currently seeing this?)
  3. What might a different perspective be?
  4. What might be possible for you by looking through this different lens.

Please do share this with me…since Alice likes having friends in Wonderland.
And as always, if you enjoyed this article, please feel free to “like” it and “share” it with your friends by hitting the little buttons on the left side of this article.

XO,

Sally

P.s. I’m doing something NEW!! Soon I will be opening an Online Kundalini Studio with live, streaming, yoga classes. It’s gonna be rad. Promise. Get on this list to make sure you’re in the loop when that goes live.

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