There are countless self-help programs claiming they have the solution to your problems. Some offer true transformation and growth, and others are full of fluff, lacking any real substance. What if you had access to the former? A program that could help you radically transform the way you live life? If you’re in need of expanding your passion, and living with more enthusiasm and zest for life, you are in luck. I was fortunate to have the pleasure of interviewing Jodi Chapman, the creator of the Coming Back to Life Ecourse, and the blog Soul Speak. Keep reading to learn more about Jodi and how her new course can help change your life for the better. Joe: For those who are meeting you for the first time, please tell us more about yourself. Jodi: If you’re just meeting me for the first time, I would love to start by saying hello. J I’m grateful that our paths have crossed, and I look forward to getting to know you better! I am an inspirational writer. (I still pinch myself when I write that because it’s such a dream come true.) I am definitely evidence that our lives can change drastically once we make our minds up and begin to leap toward our dreams. (More about that in a bit.) For now, I’ll say that I write the blog Soul Speak, and I am so grateful for the loving community there. I also co-wrote (with my amazing husband, Dan Teck) the bestselling Soulful Journals series – 11 writing-prompt books that make getting to know yourself fun. I am the author of the upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How An Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit, which is what my new ecourse is based on. Joe: What inspired you to create the Coming Back to Life Ecourse? Jodi: I was given a helping hand when I needed it so desperately, and this course is my way of offering my own hand to anyone else who is stuck and needing to wake up to their own life. Just two years ago, I was in a very different place. I definitely wasn’t awake. I was feeling lost and numb and completely disconnected from my soul and from all of life. Like so many of us, I was living my life on auto-pilot. I was alive in the sense that my body was functioning – my heart was beating, and I was getting up each day and going to work, but I wasn’t REALLY living. I was just going through the motions – sleepwalking through life – and I wasn’t even aware of it. And it’s not like this numbing out happened overnight – it happened gradually over a period of many years. Throughout my life, when something or someone hurt me, it felt like a little part of me left. I’ve always been a sensitive soul, and sometimes it was just easier to retreat rather than feel the pain. I also have lived most of my life feeling afraid and stepping back rather than leaping when I was called to take a chance. Also, I had spent several years in survival mode – struggling to get by financially, and I if I did realize that I was numb and needed to wake up and start living, I would’ve seen this as frivolous and not a great way to make sure all the bills were paid. So all of these pains and fears and struggles piled up on top of each other – creating a dark cloud over my heart. It was just easier to go to sleep and not think about it or feel any of it. Two years ago, all of the struggles in my life came to a head – my husband and I had to move under very stressful and surprising circumstances, we were having a hard time staying passionate about our struggling gift business, we were drowning in bills with no light that we could see at the end of the tunnel, and we had just lost two people who meant a lot to us. So we were grieving and trying to put our life back together at the same time. All I wanted to do was crawl into my bed, pull the covers up, and wake up when everything was better again. I didn’t know how I was going to keep going. That’s when the helping hand came. My loved one who had just died began communicating with me from the other side. He was my childhood sweetheart, and we hadn’t spoken in almost 20 years. I was definitely not open to this sort of thing at all, so it took an entire year of him sending me signs and me asking for more signs and on and on before we finally could get to work. And once we did, my entire world opened up. He helped me see that being here on Earth is such a beautiful gift – a gift that we have chosen to be a part of. He helped me see that I wasn’t really living. And he helped me wake up and step back into my life again. Our journey together has been life-changing for me. Everything changed – all because I now saw things through a different lens. I now know that my time here is precious, and I can choose to come back to life. We all can. That’s why I created this course. I was given this beautiful gift, and I didn’t want to keep it all to myself. I want to be the helping hand for anyone who wanted to start living again and wasn’t sure how to do it. Joe: What are the benefits for people who enroll in your course? Jodi: Oh my gosh, there are so many! First, I would say that the biggest benefit for anyone who enrolls is to know that they have taken the first step toward embracing their life. They have walked toward the light and are sending a clear message to their soul that they are no longer okay with sleepwalking through life. Through awareness comes healing, and recognizing that your life isn’t how you would like it to be is the first step toward creating the life you want to be living. Second, I would say that knowing you aren’t alone in feeling this way is a huge relief and a benefit that will last a lifetime. Like I said earlier, I went through much of my life completely closed off to outside help, and it was a very lonely way to live. Once I opened up and allowed others in, everything changed. I now feel love constantly pouring in, and I am constantly letting it flow out as well. It’s a much more free and loving way to live, and you’ll definitely experience that within the course. It’s always starting in the private Facebook group! Joe: What can someone expect to learn from this course, and how will it change their life? Jodi: I do want to mention that this course can’t change your life unless you are willing to change the way you are living your life. You have to be open to it and you have to be willing to put in the work. That may sound harsh, but it’s the truth. I have read tons of self-help books throughout my life and was always disappointed when nothing changed. Well, it was because I simply read the book but didn’t apply any of the teachings to my own life. I read them like I would read a novel – simply for enjoyment rather than to learn and REALLY change and grow. If you sign up for this course and simply watch the videos and read through the workbook but don’t apply any of the exercises to your own life, I’m sure you will enjoy everything but I would bet that nothing in your life will change. You have to make the choice to take action. You have to be so fed up with your current way of living that you are honestly ready to make a change. And if you are, then this course really can help you. It’s based on what I went through in my own life, so I know that it works. Once you decide to wake up and start living fully, you will begin to examine why you stopped living and then you get to figure out how to heal from that, forgive yourself and anyone else that needs to be forgiven, open up to the universe, and begin embracing your life again. And no, it’s not always as easy as this makes it sound. But once you begin and once you feel that glimmer of hope again – that feeling that you probably haven’t felt in a really long time – you won’t want to turn around. You’ll want to keep moving toward the light. I guarantee it. This course will start you on a beautiful journey that you will continue for the rest of your life. Joe: What do you hope that people will take away after completing the course? Jodi: I want them to see that there is another way to live. I want them to really know that we have a choice – we truly don’t have to go through life simply going through the motions and just getting through the day. There is an entire universe out there that we are only just beginning to tap into. Our soul is connected to such a beautiful world – and waking up is the key to experiencing this way of life. Joe: What are a couple of ideas or applicable tips you would suggest to help readers start coming back to life today? Jodi: This is such a great question! First, being aware that you are feeling disconnected from life is such a powerful first step. Once you realize that you would like to live differently – more consciously – there are several ways you can plug back in:
- Be grateful for where you are starting from. We sometimes have a tendency to beat ourselves up for not being where we think we should be. And this just makes us feel even worse about ourselves. So accepting where you are right now in this moment and then being grateful for it is a great first step toward being able to truly embrace your life and move into where you want to go.
- Open up to the magic all around you. Once I opened my heart and remembered that there was so much more to life than what I was seeing through my own tunnel vision, my entire world changed. I began noticing beautiful signs that the universe would send, showing me that I was heading down a great path. I began seeing how I fit into this beautiful world, and how I was just a small part of the larger whole. I began to open up and let others in rather than trying to go through life as a solo act. And pretty soon, I noticed that my heart was fuller, and I felt so much more plugged in and alive!
- Take your fear out of the driver’s seat. My own coming back to life journey consisted of me continuing to say yes to life when I normally would have said no. It meant leaping toward my dreams even when I was scared that I would fail. It meant having faith that I would always be supported because I was living on purpose. And what I found is that each time I took a leap, it became a bit easier than the last. If you imagine that fear is a weed that can only grow if it’s watered, just stop watering it. Tend to the other flowers in your mind and heart, and pretty soon the fear will just wither up and leave.
- Finally, love yourself and know that you are enough. Seriously. This has been such an important piece to my own coming back to life puzzle. I was always trying to be who I thought I should be. I was always trying to be perfect. And I was pushing harder and harder, trying to reach this unattainable goal and becoming more and more miserable. Once I realized that a little self love goes a long way, I began taking steps to honor myself and take care of myself. And this has made such a difference!
Joe: What else would you like to share? Jodi: We have all felt disconnected from our soul and the universe throughout our lives. This is completely normal. And when we feel this way, it can be hard to know how to plug back in. When I was feeling numb, I had a friend help guide me back. That’s why I created this course – to be that helping hand for you. To offer concrete tools and a loving community to support you in your journey back home. I would be thrilled if you joined us. Isn’t it time you woke up and embraced your life again? Isn’t it time we all did? This amazing ecourse begins on 10/1 – I hope you’ll choose to come back to life! If you want more information please go to the Coming Back to Life page: http://www.jodichapman.com/coming-back-to-life-ecourse/ You will learn all about the course, including each week’s content, a detailed description of all that you’ll receive in the course, and a complete list of contributors!