designing a life you love with Tanya Geisler

Tanya Geisler is a Life Designer. She is potent, supportive, creative, challenging and fiercely loving. Tanya guides her clients into their magnificence and has a whole lot of wisdom to share about how to design a life you love.

In this interview Tanya and I jam on …
… how new creation is all about possibility
… navigating restrictions and confines when designing a life you love
… what joy means to Tanya and how she claims it
… how core values can be conduits that raise your life into a state of joy
… how to navigate the expectations of others
… tips for staying in alignment
… how community led Tanya to the life she’s living

I’m running an Indiegogo campaign for The Art and Science of Living a Life You Love. There are fun perks that you can only get through the campaign {a copy of the book with a love-note inscribed, $100 off the Great Life Redesign retreat and I’ll even fly to your place for dinner}




book announcement!

The Art and Science of Designing a Life You Love is the book I’ve wanted to write for ten years.

Now is the time.

It’s taken me ten years to write this book because I didn’t want the book to be all about my story – that would be boring. I also didn’t want it to be all about the psychology of soulful change – that would be too academic. Now is the perfect time to write this book because I am in a place where I can share theory, weave it with philosophy, top it with process and scatter it with my story and the stories of other Life Designers.

Now that’s the book I wanted to write.


I’m using Indiegogo to support the creation of this book for a few reasons.

I want to know you. I desire for this book to create a greater connection between us and I think Indiegogo can help make that happen

I’m impatient. I’ve been waiting to write this book for ten years. Now that I’m writing it I want to get it to you … yesterday. It can take a few years to get a book published through a traditional publisher. I want to share what I know about designing a life you love as soon as possible so self-publishing is the way to go.

Life has given us each have a precious responsibility. To live as fully, freely and deeply as we can. To move from survive to thrive, from fear to love, from false to true. To follow our hearts and listen to the whispers of our souls. 
You are worthy of living a life you love. I hope this book helps you do just that. 

Love & gratitude,








designing a life you love with Jen Louden

Jen was suffering from severe panic attacks, raising a challenging daughter, navigating a rocky marriage and managing a super-successful career. She felt like she was failing and no matter how hard she tried she felt overwhelmed and scattered.

In navigating her own life Jen discovered tangible ways to design a life that worked a whole lot better. “A life with more spaciousness and enoughness, less reaction and blaming. More true choices and less people pleasing. More creativity, less numbing. More self-compassion, way less comparison.”

She has a whole lot to offer over at her website, including the Life Navigation Course, plenty of helpful books and her free Sanity Support Kit.

In our interview we chat about,

  • what what Jen does when she caught up in life and not loving it
  • what “knowing home” means to Jen
  • what trips us up when designing our lives
  • how Jen knows which “self” is guiding her
  • how to navigate times of uncertainty

I’m running an Indiegogo campaign for The Art and Science of Living a Life You Love. There are fun perks that you can only get through the campaign {a copy of the book with a love-note inscribed, $100 off the Great Life Redesign retreat and I’ll even fly to your place for dinner}




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Posted on Sep 18, 2014 | Posted In: interviews & media love, thoughts & musings

the happiness of pursuit interview with Chris Guillebeau

A quest can bring meaning, purpose and fulfillment to your life.

Gemma Stone Happiness of PursuitChris Guillebeau crafted his love for travel into a quest — he intended to travel to every country in the world by the time he was 35 and he did. Then, he wrote a book about it.

The Happiness of Pursuit is not just a book about the adventures Chris encountered while on his quest. He also tells stories of other people who have embarked on a quest.

There are stories of …

… A man who had undertaken a vow of silence for 17 years
… People who walked across entire countries or continents
… A man who became a real-life ninja {and another who became a real-life James Bond}
… A family that cycled from Alaska to Argentina
… A woman who cooked a meal from every country in the world
… A young man who adopted his wife’s quest after she died

The message embedded within the stories, philosophy and theory of the book is, a quest can improve your life. 

In this interview Chris and I explore the intersection of engaging with a quest and life design.

The Happiness of Pursuit challenges us to make our lives meaningful, snap up your copy at Amazon.comBN.com or Chapters.ca. A bookstore is a great place to get one too.

If you’re in Calgary on October 14th, meet me at the Crowfoot Terrace Chapters at 7:00pm for The Happiness of Pursuit book party. Register right over here.

You can expect a super hug from me, words of wisdom from Chris and possibly cupcakes!

If you’re not in Calgary, check out his complete book tour right over here.

Chris is smart, funny and generous. His values of community, adventure and service are infused into everything he does. Connect with him in real life, you’ll be glad you did.





questions for navigating the unconscious

Our unconscious mind holds a great deal of power over us.

It makes decisions on our behalf, it guides our thought patterns and emotional reactions and it creates the filters we see the world through. Jung said it best, until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

I have come to honor and respect the unconscious.

If we were free from the influence of the unconscious mind, life would work out as we planned. We’d make appropriate decisions, engage in proactive behaviors and the life we dream of would easily become reality.

Unconscious patterns rule us.

When you are in a moment of suffering, self-sabotage, or conflict ask yourself,

When have I been here before? What does it remind me of?
How is this a pattern? What patterns do I engage in that undermine my best interests?
What role am I playing in my drama? How is this connected to my history? 
How am I reflexively functioning in the world? What reactions are on auto-pilot?
Ask conscious questions, uncover conscious answers.

The questions you ask and the answers you discover will define the story of your life.

May these questions bring you closer to living a life you love.

To your liberation. Always,







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