Game Changers Series: The Desire Map

Game Changers: Books // Desire Map

Welcome to my summer Game Changers series!

Each week I’ll be sharing a book, film or artist that has inspired me.
Click here to see all of the Game Changer posts.


It’s the kind of book you…

  • write and doodle in
  • dog-ear lots of pages
  • keep next to your bed with a purple pen clipped to it 
  • tell your friends about…


Desire Map

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Danielle is a firebrand with a heart, and she’s not shy about taking a stand.

She tells us the raw truth about the most creative force in the Universe: DESIRE.

Her book has the best argument I’ve ever read for why “goals” (and even affirmations) can be harmful to us.
Danielle gets the whole you can have it all baby, push and strive message we’ve been sold for years.

And how all that lofty goal-setting can create a lot of pressure and disconnect from our soul-on-fire desires.

What she advocates is that we take an “All juice. No push.” approach to our lives.


Reading it felt like taking a long, delicious breath of fresh air. My shoulders relaxed and my heart expanded.

Danielle offers a fierce, yet strangely gentle way of entering our REAL lives through the desire door.


First stop? Feelings. We get to have our feelings, but they don’t get to run the show.

She walks you through a process of opening wide to what you want, built on 2 questions:

How do I want to feel?

What do I need to do to feel the way I want to feel?

She talks about the value of negative feelings and letting go of goals that no longer serve you.
Along the way, she shares intimate stories, hilarious 1-liners and some kick-ass, spirit-moving poetry.


The second half is a workbook where you dive into creating your personal Desire Map for each of 5 key areas:

  • Livelihood and Lifestyle
  • Body and Wellness
  • Creativity and Learning
  • Relationships and Society
  • Essence and Spirituality


I dare you to read this book without…

1) laughing out loud

2) crying

3) feeling more awake to what your heart is truly longing for


If you read The Desire Map, you’ll do much less proving and way more living.

And you’ll have more to give to the world.

Check out more and grab your own copy here.


Have you already read The Desire Map?

Did you love it? Hate it?

Let me know in the comments below.

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