Find Your Hill

A few weeks ago, Colleen Wainwright, aka the Communicatrix, posted a link to a youtube video of her NSFW song, The Boulder.  Its refrain has been buzzing through my head ever since.

Swear words aside, we each got our own c&%ksucking boulder that we’re pushing up our own mother$&%king hill.  But, does it have to be so hard?

Colleen herself shows us the answer with her 50for50 project.  For her 50th birthday, she decided to raise $50,000 in 50 days for writegirl, a non-profit organization that empowers High School girls by connecting them with mentors and workshops that help them find their voices through creative writing.  She hit her goal in just 40 days and the dollars keep rolling in.

Reading Colleen’s posts about this experience, one thing becomes abundantly clear.  Colleen loves the hill she’s climbing.  Her desire to climb this hill surpasses all obstacles.  She’s writing more than ever.  She’s working harder than ever.  She’s tired.  She’s achy. But every step she takes exhilarates and the view is so very sweet that the boulder she’s pushing barely even registers.

A couple of years ago, my partner and I hit a point of complete and total burnout.  Too many things – many of which were beyond our control – had been too hard for too long.  We were tired, we were overwhelmed, we had lost our vision and our way.  We didn’t know what to do, where to go, or how to get there.

So we looked for help.  We found it in the form of a consultation with Danielle LaPorte of, who said “The two of you are in a valley, looking up at a mountain.  And the problem isn’t that you don’t know how to climb the mountain – you’ve climbed this mountain a million times – the problem is that you’re tired of climbing this mountain.  Go find a mountain you want to climb.”

The realization that we had changed – that our dreams had changed – was a huge epiphany for us.  One that freed us from self-imposed constraints we didn’t even know we had and opened the way for new dreams, new priorities, new goals – for new hills and vistas, for lighter boulders that were easier to roll.

If the hill you’re climbing feels like a mountain, if the boulder you’re pushing keeps pushing back, it may be time to ask yourself if you’re on the right hill.

And, if this post resonates in any way, there’s still time to help yourself by helping Colleen.  If you act fast, you can donate through Danielle LaPorte’s website and get access to a one hour ask-anything-telejam with the Firestarter herself (Wednesday, 9/7 12 pm pacific, 3 pm eastern).  Or you can choose from an assortment of other fabulous prizes, by donating directly at through September 13th.

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