Shailene Woodley loves a lot of things: Mother Earth, eating clay, making her own organic toothpaste, basking her vagina in the sun’s rays. But she love-love-loves the author Danielle LaPorte, who, in a Daily Beast interview, she refers to as “a sister beyond sisters.” Shailene raved about LaPorte’s book The Desire Map, which she explained is about “ basically charting the things that you want in life, and not just sitting back and saying, ‘I’m going to manifest this … here’s how,’ but actively doing something to manifest your dream.”
Now, I’d be lying if I said that anytime Shailene Woodley says she loves something — such as eating clay — I didn’t go Google it immediately. So here are a few things to know about a sister beyond sisters, motivational speaker Danielle LaPorte:
1. A native of Canada, Danielle LaPorte worked for The Body Shop corporate and formerly directed a think tank in Washington, D.C., which analyzed trends for the Pentagon and the World Bank. Now she is a motivational speaker and the author of spiritual advice books The Desire Map — for “seekers” who want to set goals by stating their intentions and desires; The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful And Practical Guide To Creating Success On Your Own Terms, in which she argues “life balance is a myth,” being well-rounded is over-rated, and “screw your principles (they might be holding you back”; and other books.
2. Fans of The Desire Map can also purchase a Desire Map journal ($12.50), workbook ($30), day planner ($25), six-CD set guide on “creating goals with soul” ($70), guide to feeling your power everyday ($20), and two different MP3 audio programs (priced $15 and $50).
3. Danielle is an unyielding fountain of “truthbombs,” which you have most certainly come across (written in curliecue script) on Pinterest at some point. “Truthbombs” include encouragements like “French kiss life” and not-quite-factual platitudes like “Depression is just boot camp for getting to joy.”
4. A handful of motivational speeches on Danielle’s web site are called Radio D, which speeches on subjects like “Love Your Sadness” and “A Prayer For Recovering Expectation Addicts.”
She’s coming out with — wait for it — her own magazine called (what else?) Danielle Magazine. Hey, maybe Shailene Woodley could be the first cover girl. Or will Danielle LaPorte appear on every cover, a la Oprah? Update: Just kidding! Danielle isn’t going to do her magazine. She wrote about it here.
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