Annapurna Woman: Danielle LaPorte

Our Portrait of the Annapurna Woman is an ongoing series featuring divine women who embody the nurturing spirit of Annapurna Living. Today we are thrilled to present author, inspirational speaker and luminous beacon, Danielle LaPorte.
Danielle LaPorte. Photos by  Catherine Just.

Danielle LaPorte. Photos by Catherine Just.

How do you start your day?

I pray before I get out of bed. Or I contemplate. Or say Thank you. Or mediate in very specific ways. I don't touch the ground without a cosmic check in. Followed by...

In and around getting my boy off to school and the puppy walked... there's elliptical time a few days a week, hot water with lemon, a schwack of supplements, green juice, and music—which ranges from Deva Premal to Queen. Some mornings I oil pull (coconut oil, which I always have a jar of in my bathroom.) On days when I'm planning to write (my very very favourite days,) I most definitely will roll out the yoga matt and get stretched.

And then, I'm so stoked to get to business I literally run up stairs to my desk.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?

Text my girlfriends. It's like a religion for me. Hot tub time—I envision my little backyard hot tub as like, the healing pool of some magic dimension. Because it is. Also, very loud rock n' roll and dancing it out works EVERYTIME.

What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?

So many moments with my son. Blissy bliss bliss. Morning snuggles—the day is better when that happens. Dancing in the kitchen to Bruno Mars—we got MOVES. Drawing together—both of us, silent and concentrating. Laughing. This week we were laughing so hard (at my expense) when I was driving that it was a bit dangerous. But … bliss!

And, I feel deep, expansive joy almost every day. It doesn't mean that I'm “happy” everyday. But even on the shit days of dark emotional waves, missed appointments, uncomfortable conversations, wanting chips more than yoga... I'm so very very aware of an abiding truth—a steady light—and it's joy. And when I feel it, I thank myself and all the forces for the capacity to feel it.

Danielle LaPorte

What are you currently reading?

The Magdalene Manuscripts. A few books on Archangel Metatron. And Tony Robbins' new book on money just arrived. How's that for real life range?

What are you listening to right now?

Right this moment? DJ Drez, from his 4am Plum Mood album—way sexy. These days...the new Madonna is sharp, I gotta say. The collaboration with Pink & Dallas Green, they called themselves You + Me, is one of my favourite albums of the year. And for reasons I can't go into yet, I recently downloaded every version of Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End of Love—the most incredible version is from The Civil Wars.

What is your go-to simple recipe?

Well, recipes and I don't really “connect.” I do salads and picnics, basically. But for very special friends I will make the most incredible chocolate quinoa cake, with coconut milk whipped cream. It's miraculous. (I'll make it for you. xo)

What are some simple things you do for self-care?

12 minutes/3km on my elliptical, three or four days a week. Just 12. I have 3 essential oil diffusers in my house—I love using frankincense, clary sage, lavender. And... I don't ever speak meanly to myself. Not ever.

Danielle LaPorte

What does nourishment look like to you?

My sofa is magic. People says things on my sofa they've never said before. Ideas and plans get made. So, sofa time with my friends. If that happens on a regular basis I feel like my life is a huge success.

How do you make space for play?

We recently started something in my company called #BigFridays. On Fridays, you're not expected to answer anyone's emails. You don't even have to work, necessarily—but you can if you want to. This is the day for researching, putzing, wandering, pedicures. I want to foster a revolution of a four day work week. The five day routine is soul-sucking.

What are some favorite mantras you cling to?

Ahem Prema: I am love.

I am light. ... which often turns into a prayer: “Thank you for reminding me that I am light.”

I also love this anonymous quote I read on a bookstore wall forever ago: Love everyone. Trust few. Paddle your own canoe.
For years, I chanted the Saraswati mantra—and I never knew what it was. I bought a cassette tape at a darshan event with a female Indian guru and I played that tape on repeat until the tape snapped. Of course, I came to find out that Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of writing, music, the arts—my field! She's been with me all along.

Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.

You know, it's all energy. It's easy to say this, and it might be easy to accept this idea as a relative truth. But the way to really know it—and to use it in your life, is to feel your feelings. Feel them, without judging them—the intense longing; the enthusiasm that wants to burst; the anger that needs to seethe; the sweet, sweet love. The pure power is right there in the truth of your feelings. And that energy will move your life forward. It will be your creative force. It will save you money, speed up or slow down time. It will make you more psychic, and more magnetic to what you want. It will help you create miracles.

Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions (with Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.

You can also find Danielle on FacebookPinterestInstagram and of course, Twitter @daniellelaporteThe Huffington Post included her Twitter feed in their list “12 of The Wisest Twitter Accounts Worth Following.”