What I learned interviewing 50 wise women

Over the past two months I interviewed 50 women on the topic of trusting their inner callings.

These are women whom I admire. Women who have had all kinds of rich, painful, revelatory, joyous, challenging life experiences. 

They are women who regularly sense their intuitions speaking, but don’t always feel the strength to follow them.

Women who have a deep-down awareness of their true values, but don’t always feel safe speaking them out loud.

Most of these women also have a powerful connection to nature. Some are more drawn to the ocean, others to mountains, others to the desert, others to forests, or the moon, stars and sky… some feel a deep alliance with the animal kingdom. 

For many, it’s beyond a connection to nature, it’s a sense of belonging and a deep yearning to be of service to the earth.

Many of these women are also wildly creative…

There is a painter, a writer, a singer, a dancer, a storyteller, a photographer, an actor, a filmmaker within that longs to be immersed in the creative process.

They sense their potential to create something great – something that will impact humanity in a significant way.

These women aren’t here to just putter around making patty-cakes for their loved ones (although they may love to), or to be decent employees rising in the ranks getting a decent paycheck (although they may have felt some value there). 

These women have callings that continually wake them up in the night. Callings to DO SOMETHING MORE.

And all of these women are up against terrific odds when it comes to confidently responding to, and pursuing the call to a truer life path.

Why? Because those of us who have lived the female experience have so many layers of conditioned inner repression to get past.

“The modern woman is a blur of activity. She is pressured to be all things to all people. The old knowing is long overdue.” Says Clarissa Pinkola Estés’, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves. (P. 2)

“We forget how to know ourselves when we learn how to please.” Says Glennon Doyle in Untamed. (P. 24)

There is this thing that happens to women – this shame-laden idea that in order to be “good” and “loved” and “not-kicked-out-of-society” we have got to skirt around our truest inner callings. 

Somehow, following what feels the truest also feels the most dangerous.

The idea that it is “selfish” to respond to her calling causes a woman to avoid it for fear of losing connection, becoming ostracized, or just being gossiped about.

But the funny thing is that you don’t CHOOSE your callings. They choose YOU. 

That’s why it’s called a calling! Because you’re being called. The damn phone is ringing whether you like it or not! Doesn’t it make you crazy to keep hearing the ringing but never really pick it up? 

(Or maybe you grab the phone, rush into a closet, and whisper “I can’t talk now! Don’t call here! You’re disrupting my complacent not-quite-honest lifestyle!”)

The messages that you’ve absorbed around the “selfishness” of following your calling might have you thinking that answering the call will destroy your life as you know it.

But this is not so.

Moving into synch with your calling brings all into synch. It means you activate a force of integrity within you that all else organizes itself around. 

It keeps all other things in a field of truth… which brings more sincerity, more love, more opportunity to you. 

Plus, despite what your fears might tell you, it doesn’t have to be a big, painful thing to get on your path.

The transition to trusting and stepping into your calling can be a gentle shift that doesn’t have much fanfare on the outside, but transforms everything in your inner world… and lays the foundation for a very, very different future.

The past decade of my life has been devoted to peeling away the layers of “I can’t” and “I shouldn’t” and “that’s selfish” to instead stay with each new call I receive… to unapologetically build my entire world out of these callings.

The result is a combined experience of deep peace and effervescent enthusiasm for life.

The result is also a career that is seamlessly connected to my values, a home that is elegant and spacious, a relationship that perpetually points me toward my higher potential, closer family connections, and an inner life that is rich with wonder.

It may sound morbid, but the result is also a feeling of peace that if I were to die tomorrow, it would be okay because I would have fully lived.

I interviewed those 50 women because I’m creating a completely unique program called Lady Quest that supports womxn living their callings…

Lady Quest is a 9-week program with lifetime access that helps intuitive and self-aware women go from professional work that isn’t quite true to them to defining what they’re actually on earth to do, removing fear-based blocks, and moving bravely forward with their life’s purpose.

Lady Quest begins October 12th, spots are limited, and registration is now open.

If anything about this note speaks to you, please send me a message through this contact form that says “I’m curious about Lady Quest”. I will follow up with more information.

Stop ignoring the call. It keeps ringing for a good reason.

Your way begins on the other side.



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Ariel Kiley - creator of Lady Quest Coaching Program

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