I went with a group of my workshop alum to the largest Holi Festival in the U.S. to celebrate the adventurous lives they're creating.  Arianne's first Core Desired Feeling is PLAYFUL...nailed it.

I went with a group of my workshop alum to the largest Holi Festival in the U.S. to celebrate the adventurous lives they're creating. Arianne's first Core Desired Feeling is PLAYFUL...nailed it.

ASK YOURSELF:
How do I want to feel?

What if your entire journey felt the way you want your ideal destination to feel?

IT CAN. IT WILL.

You've been waiting for this whether you realize it yet or not. The Desire Map is your catalyst to begin living the life you want to live, like deep down in your soul want to live. It's time. 

 

Virtual Group Coaching Program COMING SOON! 

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What is The Desire Map? Clarity. Permission. Freedom. 

The Desire Map guides you to your Core Desired Feelings. Discovering your Core Desired Feelings gives you the clarity, permission, and freedom to design a life you love. Think: Goals with soul. The Desire Map is not just a book. The Desire Map is a system, a revolutionary practice designed for heart-centered goal setting. It's a paradigm shift, a game changer. Think about your goals for 2015, for your life in general. What if I told you you're not  chasing the goal itself?  You're chasing a feeling. You're chasing the feeling you hope to have when you reach the goal. So instead, pause and ask yourself: How do you want to feel?

Take the common goal to lose weight. You may reach a certain number on the scale only to realize...you're still not there. It doesn't feel right, or feel different, or feel whatever you thought you wanted to feel. It never will, because you're actually chasing the feeling of being energetic, or sensual, or confident. The number on the scale is secondary. The Desire Map flips the script on goal setting. It teaches you how to feel the way you want to feel every single day. You can discover your Core Desired Feelings and design a life you love. What if your journey felt the way you want the destination to feel? It can.

I flew from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, having never met Gail but knowing I needed to work with her. She was exactly what I hoped she’d be. I now have permission, in a very direct way, to make big decisions for myself. It’s as if she’s given me a road map for everything I do. Permission! I’ve already said to myself, ‘Oh nope, can’t/won’t do that because it’s not aligned with my core desires.” Permission is a beautiful thing!
— Anne Boswell, Desire Map workshop attendee (January 2015)
 

Group Coaching Program Objectives

 Ginger ended a 21-year marriage in September 2014. In January she attended one of my group workshops seeking clarity, permission, and freedom for her new life. In March she joined me and fellow alumni at the Holi Festival. She wore her wedding dress and we "blessed the mess." Ginger's first Core Desired Feeling is BRAVE...nailed it.

Ginger ended a 21-year marriage in September 2014. In January she attended one of my group workshops seeking clarity, permission, and freedom for her new life. In March she joined me and fellow alumni at the Holi Festival. She wore her wedding dress and we "blessed the mess." Ginger's first Core Desired Feeling is BRAVE...nailed it.

  • Create a sacred space, a container for your soul's work. You'll join a community of like-minded goddesses. Content is structured for all leaning styles, including online self-paced content and live coaching.

  • Dive in to the concepts of gratitude & dissatisfaction, learning how they are critical to designing your best life. 

  • Meditate. Breathe. Rest. You deserve time for yourself, time to do this work. Give yourself that gift.

  • Identify areas in your life that feel the way you want them to feel and areas that leave you feeling stuck. We explore five categories: Lifestyle + Livelihood, Creativity + Learning, Body + Wellness, Relationships + Society, Essence + Spirituality.

  • Flip the script on endless to-do lists and everything you've been taught about goal setting. No more striving. No more. 

  • Discover your Core Desired Feelings. You will give yourself permission to ask (and to answer): How Do I Want To Feel? Your Core Desired Feelings are a soulful guidance system; by far the most revolutionary focus you can adopt to catalyze your best life. You will leave with your Core Desired Feelings in hand, and in heart.

  • Surrender your fear, your guilt, your shame. Surrender it all. Say NO. Say YES. Begin guiding yourself with your Core Desired Feelings. Begin doing whatever you need to do to live your life on your terms. 

  • Celebrate. Because liberation is pretty damn exciting.

Gail’s style as a facilitator is phenomenal. She uses the right amount of probing questions to find your Core Desired Feelings, blended with her personal experiences going through her own CDF journey. I felt such a personal connection to her because she can relate to my feelings of being overworked, tired, and missing my spark! Finding my Core Desired Feelings is like a weight is lifted.
— Arianne Prina King, Desire Map workshop attendee (January 2015)

Group Coaching Program Outcomes

You will leave your Desire Map experience with:

  • Clarity. You will leave with your Core Desired Feelings and a network of support to cheer you on. As The Desire Map author Danielle LaPorte says, "Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity you can have."

  • Permission. If you're not yet living a life you love, that you designed, on your own terms...then by definition something is holding you back. You will leave fully empowered and ready to give your dreams permission to manifest. Without guilt. Without shame. Without apology.

  • Freedom. You will begin living your new life with the knowledge that you are aligned, centered, in pure flow. Your Core Desired Feelings guide you to say YES, to say NO, to design the life you want to live. Liberation is yours for the taking.

After the first day I immediately began to utilize the tools given to me. Things have been happening already! I’m no longer fighting what I feel in order to contain what I think might be “wrong.” Every day now I’m doing what my spirit tells me and really listening! Absolutely life changing!
— Ginger Stoneking, Desire Map workshop attendee (January 2015)

Core Desired Feelings are THE foundation.

you will be guided + supported as you discover and then boldly declare your CDF's.

Core Desired Feelings are the GPS for our soul. They are the root of what our life can become. If a lush, strong tree bears fruit, it's because the root system is strong and nourished. Your Core Desired Feelings are your life's root system. They ground you so that you can reach your full potential. My Core Desired Feelings are Magical, Free, Supple, Luminous, and Healthy. Every day I make decisions in my life, big and small, based on how the decision and the outcome will make me feel. Will I feel heathy? Can I make that choice and still feel free? Am I supple and magical in this moment, or do I need to change the situation? I'm a compulsive goal setter, but with The Desire Map in my life...I now set goals with soul. 

Ask yourself: How do you want to feel? What desires live in the core of your soul?

Sounds simple, right? But the truth is, so few of us actually live with that kind of clarity. We’re fixated on what others think we should do. Tragically, "should" interferes with our soul's guidance system. We push ourselves to meet someone else’s expectations of The Successful Professional, The Patient Wife, The Forgiving Friend, The Great Mom, The Perfect Daughter, The World's Coolest Girlfriend. In all that striving to meet other people’s expectations, we lose ourselves.

It initially felt scary, knowing I was going to analyze big changes I need in my life. I was worried I’d be resistant; but Gail’s facilitation - her vulnerability, bravery, and support - made it safe. I loved the willingness of everyone to risk, share, and grow. My biggest takeaway is that I’m in more control of my life and how I want to feel than I ever believed before.
— Heather Lewis, Desire Map workshop attendee (January 2015)

No more striving. Let it be easy.

Enter: Clarity. Permission. Freedom.

In striving to meet other people’s expectations, I lost myself. I did. Nearly completely, in fact. I'll be the first to stand and declare that I was living a life based on rules I didn't fully create.  For years I was riddled with anxiety, I was off-kilter, I was just blah. I wrote it off as being stressed at work or tired from travel or overwhelmed by grad school or or or any number of excuses. The truth was that I was out of alignment with my soul. The misaligned feelings made me physically ill and manifested in my body as a full blown autoimmune disease. It wasn't until I found The Desire Map that I started to dig my way out of a lifetime of low-grade inauthenticity.

I can't explain the sensation, other than to say The Desire Map felt like like I finally came home. To myself. To my tribe. It gave me permission to tear down old paradigms, brick by brick. With my new freedom, I slowly but surely rebuilt my worldview, my life, my dreams, my realization of what is possible. All on my own terms. I now know what I want - or rather, I now finally have zero guilt or shame in pursuing what I want. I say NO. I say YES. I am crystal clear on how I want to feel every single day and five years from now. My Core Desired Feelings are my life's guidance system. The liberation is profound. The Desire Map was my permission slip. You can read more about my journey (here), including how not even my Hashimoto's diagnosis can keep me from living an adventurous life. 

My Core Desired Feelings completely changed my life, on a cellular level, from the inside out. I'm now on mission to help you completely change yours. 

One final love note: You deserve to be happy. You are worthy of your desires. You have the power to speak your most radical dreams into reality. You can design the life you want to live, a life you're totally in love with. The Desire Map gives you the tools. You can do this. You're so close...that's why you're here...all the way at the end of this page. Let's go the rest of the way together. 

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver, American poet and author

If the group workshop experience isn't your cup of tea...

Would you prefer to work with me in private Choose Your Own Adventure coaching sessions? Imagine it: You. Me. Undivided attention paid to your core desires. Details HERE.


Who am I?

My name is gail jessen. I'm on a mission to give you the clarity, permission, and freedom to choose your own adventure and live a life you're totally in love with. I'm a coach + fire starter and founder of A Series of Adventures. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid, I committed to not only re-designing my life into a series of adventures, but to help others do the same. In August of 2015 I will leave my career of 15-years and begin traveling longterm. I am currently the proud owner of a one-way ticket to Bali.

Read more here.


ALREADY DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH THE DESIRE MAP? WANT TO BECOME A DESIRE MAP FACILITATOR, coach, superstar?

The beautiful thing about The Desire Map process is that every facilitator approaches it from their own unique perspective, integrating their unique story. There is room for all of us who are called to lead this work. If you want to lead your own soulful retreats (or fold Desire Map into your existing coaching, counseling, or yoga business): Follow this link to learn more about The Desire Map Licensing Program. Full disclosure: If you follow through with the purchase of a license through my affiliate link, I receive credit for bringing you into the licensee community. It's savvy business and beautiful karma, if you ask me. 

Read powerful testimonials from people who've worked through the Desire Map process;  everyone from Shailene Woodley to Kris Carr,  Michael Bernard Beckwith to Gabrielle Bernstein, to Kate Swoboda and Gala Darling. It's powerful stuff. See what desire devotees are saying.