episode #06

Danielle LaPorte – On Love, Forgiveness, and the Divine Feminine


Episode 006 Danielle LaPorte – On Love, Forgiveness, and the Divine Feminine

Inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and best-selling author, Danielle LaPorte joins the podcast to share her experiences navigating fear, possibilities, anger, forgiveness, and love throughout her career and personal life. Dr. Stephanie and Danielle discuss leadership and break down what it means to live a life of service. They share their experiences with all things love – self-love, love in relationships and love in motherhood. Finally, Danielle talks about the inspiration behind her book, The Desire Map, and her decision to branch out into podcasting to spread her message.


  • 00:53 – Introducing today’s guest, Danielle LaPorte
  • 05:34 – Danielle’s background and story
  • 09:06 – Imposter Syndrome
  • 10:17 – Rebelling against the establishment
  • 11:33 – Starting a lifestyle consultancy
  • 13:15 – Danielle tells the story of how her company was taken from her
  • 15:12 – Dr. Stephanie and Danielle talk about grief, anger, and forgiveness
  • 20:36 – Danielle speaks to what forgiveness feels like for her
  • 25:12 – The genesis of Danielle’s Fire Starter Sessions
  • 27:34 – Possibility and fear mindsets
  • 31:09 – Danielle talks about her book, The Desire Map
  • 35:33 – Dr. Stephanie and Danielle discuss the divine feminine
  • 36:55 – Danielle defines what leadership means to her
  • 40:34 – Living a life of service
  • 42:00 – The truth of love
  • 46:09 – What self-love means to Danielle
  • 51:28 – Dr. Stephanie and Danielle share their experiences and thoughts on motherhood
  • 57:44 – Danielle describes her ideal partner in life
  • 59:34 – Dr. Stephanie and Danielle talk about her podcast, With Love, Danielle
  • 1:03:09 – Danielle speaks to the influencer culture and ideology
  • 1:06:42 – What is something Danielle has changed her mind about recently
  • 1:10:31 – Where listeners can follow Dr. Stephanie and subscribe to her newsletter


“If you’re the outlier, just be the outlier. Declare it. Yeah, be the outsider if that’s what you are.” (08:58)

“The energy of anger is fire. Too much of that will burn out your system. It will burn your relationships, but just enough – for the right reason, in the right direction – looks like justice. It looks like policy change. It looks like clear decision making.” (17:53)

“And forgiveness, my experience of the feeling is it’s a profound relief. It’s a homecoming.” (24:16)

“My definition of leadership is the courage to hold the vision up and invite people to that vision. And, that courage comes from introspection and being able to be still and stillness takes courage.” (36:55)

“If you don’t want to live a life of service, if you don’t think there’s some higher order to this, I might not have that much to offer you. I’m not interested in convincing you of anything. I’m really actually interested in teaching teachers and singing to and with the choir.” (40:45)

“I want you to be joyful. I want you to be whole. And, I think the result of love is joy.” (42:26)

“I think most of us just need to be witnessed.” (1:08:19)


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The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms


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  • Dr. Stephanie Estima
  • Danielle LaPorte

I’m Dr. Stephanie

Part geek, part magic, and all the way passionate about being a well-lived woman.

I want to throw my grandkids in the air in my 70’s. I want to be squatting even more weight than I am now, and putting my OWN luggage in the overhead bin. Sound like weird goals? For me these are just some of the little things that represent a life well-lived.

My health is MY job – I’ll be damned if I rely on luck, ‘good genes’ or a cocktail of drugs that over promise and under deliver.

The Betty Body is my first book-baby, and a collection of what I’ve learned after thousands of clinical hours, hundreds of conversations with the world’s top experts, and most importantly…

This book is an outline of what took ME from “rock-bottom health” at 38, to being my own version of a Betty in my perimenopausal mid 40’s. A woman who is physically strong, full of energy, enjoys mental clarity, great sex and a joyful family life. Is it all roses? Of course not. But I have the stamina and tools to deal with the push and pull of life so that it doesn’t turn into chronic stress.

I want this for you too. Let’s go Bettys!