Go beyond basic self-help for women and stop proving your worth through achievement, likability, and million other forms of being "good." It's time to reclaim your wildness.
"A must-read for every woman swimming in perfectionism, pleasing, and performing, and who is looking for the permission to be her wildest, most beautiful self."
—Sharon Podobnik, founder of The Center for Conscious Leadership and author of It's Not (All) Your Fault
As a child, Heather Whelpley was confident, bold, and relaxed in who she was. She belted out Barbra Streisand tunes, dared to hold live snakes with no fear, and marched to the beat of a drummer all her own.
Until an all-too-common avalanche of rules told her to hold her breath and tuck herself in. Rules that said there was a "right" kind of body. That worth is tied to achievements. That we should prove, please, and perfect our way through life.
One day, deep realizations finally pushed her to break the rules she'd been handed to rediscover her beautiful and uniquely grounded wildness.
International speaker Heather Whelpley is a recognized thought leader who galvanizes women to reclaim their bold voice and unleash their authentic leadership—and life. Equal parts self-help inspiration and feminist memoir, Grounded Wildness explores the freedom that comes from rediscovering your true self by breaking the rules that have broken you.
With insightful reflection questions and applicable practices to help you embrace your own grounded wildness, discover how to:
- recognize which rules and standards were always meant to suppress your power.
- transform shame into power by releasing the weight of approval and validation.
- rewrite your story with main character energy and start living your truth, free from "should" and "supposed to."
- shed the beautifully painted armor that separates the full radiance of you from what you present the world.
- stop swimming upstream against your true nature and follow your own path.
Fans of Heather's award-winning perfectionism book, An Overachiever's Guide To Breaking The Rules, will love this intimate look into how to love yourself and take up the full space of who you are, with nothing to hide, cover up, or shove down.
It's time to stop quieting the boldness of your voice and dampening the fire in your belly.
You are enough, worthy, and whole. And you get to make up your own rules for life.
"A roadmap for women who are ready to ditch the suffocating rules that have kept them small—and can't wait to reclaim their freedom." —Gaby Natale, triple daytime EMMY-winning journalist, speaker, and bestselling author
"A must-read for those who are looking to remember exactly who they are and who they are meant to be." —Erin Diehl, founder and host of the Improve It! podcast
Heather Whelpley is an award-winning author, speaker, and the podcast host of Grounded Wildness. She leads presentations and workshops at companies and conferences on creating your own rules for success, imposter syndrome, discovering your authentic voice and how to use it to create change, and becoming a grounded and wild leader.
Heather has spoken to thousands of people across the US and internationally, including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, universities, and associations. Prior to starting her business, Heather spent over a decade in human resources and managing development programs for high-achieving women at Fortune 500 companies in the US, Australia, and Latin America.
Her first book, An Overachiever's Guide To Breaking The Rules: How To Let Go Of Perfect and Live Your Truth, has won multiple awards, including the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Living Now Book Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Today, Heather lives in Colorado where she spends as much time hiking and exploring as possible.
"A powerful reminder that we all have parts of ourselves that we hide away, sometimes without even realizing it. Grounded Wildness is about unhiding, rediscovering the parts of ourselves that we've buried deep, and allowing them to flourish. It's about breaking free from the rules that have held us back and rediscovering our true selves without needing external validation." - —Ruth Rathblott, MSW, TEDx speaker, and author of Singlehandedly: Learning to Unhide and Embrace Connection
"A must-read for those who are looking to remember exactly who they are and who they are meant to be. Heather Whelpley's vulnerability in Grounded Wildness is inspiring. As a fan of Heather's work—and a self-proclaimed recovering people pleaser—I continued to see myself on page after page. Her openness will captivate you, and her storytelling capabilities will draw you in." - —Erin Diehl, founder and host of the Improve It! podcast
"Required reading for anyone who struggles under the weight of should's in their life. As I read, I could feel the weight ease a little more with each chapter. It helps transform the should's into could's, or cans, or even simple no's." - —Rachel Suman, chief experience officer of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
"Transformative and inspirational! Anyone seeking advice on how to live a more authentic life should read this book. Grounded Wildness will guide you to seek out joy, trust yourself, and unapologetically take up space. It will show you how to become the whole version of yourself again. It has been a motivating and enlightening experience to read this book!" - —Toneshia Addison, 2023 Tennessee Banker's Women in Banking Conference Chair
"A must-read for every woman swimming in perfectionism, pleasing, and performing, and who is looking for the permission to be her wildest, most beautiful self." - —Sharon Podobnik, founder of The Center for Conscious Leadership and author of It’s Not (All) Your Fault
"A roadmap for women who are ready to ditch the suffocating rules that have kept them small—and can't wait to reclaim their freedom." - —Gaby Natale, triple daytime EMMY-winning journalist, speaker, and bestselling author
"Valuable insight on forgiving yourself for the ways we as women have been conditioned to prove, please, perfect, and perform, as well as how we can forge our own unique path forward. Heather Whelpley's vulnerability in sharing her experiences provide the perfect backdrop for taking a critical look at the way we treat ourselves and the treatment we accept from those around us. Don't shy away from doing the work Heather lays out in this book—feel your feelings and find your community! You're sure to come out better for it on the other side." - —Jessica Sares, co-chair of ITW Women’s Network Global Events
"Utterly honest and vulnerable, striking at the core of so many of our insecurities. Heather Whelpley compels the reader to urgently find their true self while providing a playbook for how to start. A must read for anyone looking for greater fulfillment out of life." - —Sarah Strehl, chief human resources officer of ECMC Group
"After years of performing, Grounded Wildness made me stop and think about how I got there. I do so many things mentioned in this book so frequently it has become who I am. I realized I need to break some of those rules to find myself—and please myself. Heather Whelpley's vulnerability in this book is inspiring. So many women will benefit from the stories and lessons she shared." - —Lisa Propati, vice president and general manager of Promach
"Heather Whelpley writes so honestly and speaks to audiences in the same way—from the very place of grounded wildness she talks about. This book gives shape to things we don't normally notice and shines light onto that which we don't question, but holds us back. Through speaking her own story, Heather provides the opportunity for us each to find the path to our own grounded wildness." - —Monica Smith, managing director of Talent and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at The Toro Company