I meet the awe-inspiring Danielle LaPorte in 2007 when I heard her speak at the Ladies Who Launch Live event here in Toronto. I remember it very clearly because it lit a fire under my ass to just START. I had been so moved by her words and struck by her authenticity that I decided to make a change.

I knew I wanted to be in business for myself and had been working on my business plan for two years at that point but really didn’t take any formal action. I made a decision that day, the best decision I’ve made in my lifetime – I decided to live a more authentic life because really what else is there? I’m living a life that I’m passionate about, a life that I love and a life that makes my heart sing and my stomach flutter almost everyday.

I’ve heard Danielle speak on several occasions and have yet to walk away with nothing. I’m constantly elevated to a new level and for that I’m thankful. It’s not surprising to me that after lighting a fire under my ass in 2007 that Danielle launched Fire Starter Sessions along with White Hot Truth. I’m an avid follower of Danielle’s work and was excited at the opportunity – I quickly signed up with anticipation. What I remember most from our session in February was “everything is progress”. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to profile Danielle and her raw, pure and authentic style.

Danielle LaPorte is the outspoken creator of WhiteHotTruth.com, which has been called “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality.” An inspirational speaker, she has been featured in Elle, Body + Soul, Vogue Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Huffington Post, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous talk shows, and is a regular commentator on the national CBC TV show, Connect With Mark Kelley.

Danielle is the former director of a Washington-DC think tank where she managed a team of analysts to think big thoughts about future global trends. As a strategic and intuitive business advisor, Danielle works one-on-one with entrepreneurs who want to rock their career while making a difference in the world. From CEOs to start ups, social media stars to designers, her signature Fire Starter Sessions have been known to ignite new business models, new revenue streams, and…new definitions of success.

Photo Credits: Anastasia Photography

She is the lead author of Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design, and recently launched her own stationery line.

S: What are your secrets to Authentic Style?

D: I firmly, or should I say, faithfully, believe that authenticity is magnetic, so “showing up” as your true self attracts to you what you truly want. That means, in terms of fashion, you need to feel good. And sometimes feeling good has little to do with trends, or what we’re told are the style rules.

Know what you love and why you love it. Know how it makes you feel when you wear it. Cheap is expensive in the long run – don’t comprise. Choose “amazing” over “it’ll do.” And know that amazing can mean jeans and flip flops, or a loud animal print – it’s up to you.

I feel best in quiet colours – mostly mochas, taupes, ivory, dark browns, with a kiss of drama in a big ring or dark eyeliner, or kickin’ boots. No pattern, no black, no noise.

S: How would you define the Style of your work?

D: ruthless compassion. laser focus. very private bleeding heart. results obsessed. original. deep listening. highly, intensely practical.

S: What are the items in your closet that you couldn’t live without?

D: I’m currently rocking my snake skin patterned leggings from H& M – which my 5 year old son picked out for me. The brown cowboy boots I picked up in Santa Fe. My serape from Mexico. Toques – I have about a dozen, I live in knit hats. I have an ivory linen coat from Obakki that is a total treasure.

S: What are your newest obsessions?

D: I’m infatuated with my hair right now. I had dreadlocks for years and went through the very long and arduous process of combing them out (yes, it can be done.) Now I have very long, very straight, very happy hair and I can’t stop running my fingers through it. In fact, I’m thinking of inviting strangers to do the same. In keeping with that, I’ve just discovered Moroccan Oil and it’s magical.

I’m also obsessed with a great gold filigree ring I picked up in NYC this fall. It’s actually from Juicy Couture – never would have thought any Juicy would work for me, but it’s a stunning East Indian replica and I love it with just about everything.

S: Do you have any exciting news you’d like to share with us?

D: 2010 will be the year of innovative, divine, practical content from me and some stellar collaborators. Off the charts exiting. For now, you can catch some of it on WhiteHotTruth.com along with my new stationery line.