about jodi

Welcome  - I’m so glad you’re here!
My name is Jodi Chapman, and I am the writer behind Soul Speak and the creator of the Soulful Life Sanctuary.
Jodi Chapman - Soul Speak

I am passionate about helping each of us listen to and be guided by our soul. But, like many of us, my life wasn’t always so overtly spiritual. Actually, I spent most of my life in the left side of my brain – focusing on logic, proof, and anything black and white. I received a degree in Technical Editing and Sociology with plans to become a statistician. I spent several years working for a publication that focused on debunking spiritual/mystic claims and several more working as a technical editor, but I just didn’t feel fulfilled.

Jodi ChapmanIn October of 2010, I experienced a spiritual awakening. (The complete story is detailed in my upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How An Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit.) Because of this, I slowly began to open up to the miracles that had always been all around me. And in doing so, my entire life changed – it became brighter and filled with love. I now know that we are never alone, we are always taken care of, and all of the answers – every single thing we need to know about our time here on Earth – have always been inside of us.

I have made it my life mission to continue growing spiritually while sharing what I have learned through my writing. I believe that my higher self helps me write each day. I am learning right along with all of you – pushing past my own fears and showing up here authentically and vulnerably – and I am so glad that we are helping each other on this wonderful journey.

 

Some Other Things About Me:

  • I am SO excited to have created the Soulful Life Sanctuary! It’s a sacred space where you can slow down, listen to your soul’s whispers, and connect with that deepest part of yourself and others! It’s a place where you can reconnect with that beautiful light that shines within you and share it with the world. It’s a place where you can come home to your true self.
  • I co-wrote the bestselling Soulful Journals series with my awesome husband, Dan Teck. We created these 13 journals as a way to make going within fun and enjoyable. We are avid journalers ourselves, and we wanted to offer tools and inspirational questions to help everyone get to know themselves better. The topics include gratitude, introspection, life transitions, relationships, and manifesting your ideal life. We are thrilled that the response toward them has been so positive – we have sold over 20,000 of them all around the world!
  • I co-founded the eco gift company, This Is It! Creations with my husband in 2005. We designed and created over 500 products – ranging from jewelry to candles to journals – and sold them to hundreds of stores and thousands of retail customers.
  • I started the Authentic Connecting group on Facebook as a way for heart-based entrepreneurs to come together and support each other. It’s a wonderful space, and you’re welcome to join us!
  • I’m possibly the sappiest person you’ll ever meet. I love romantic movies. If I see someone else crying (whether I know them or not), I will start crying. I’m intuitive, sensitive, and empathetic. I wear my heart on my sleeve and tend to surround myself with people who do the same.
  • I am pretty shy and introverted. I’ve been this way my entire life, and it’s only in the last several years that I’ve embraced it and seen the beautiful gifts that have come with it.
  • I don’t have it all figured out. Not even close. But I do try to put one foot in front of the other each day, stay aware of my thoughts, and stay open to the magic that this universe continues to bring.
  • I live in southern Oregon. We moved here on a “feeling.” I had never even been to Oregon, but I knew that this is where I needed to be. (Thankfully, when you work from home, you can just pick up and go.) That was five years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s absolutely breathtaking here. Definitely my forever home.
  • I am the proud mama of 3 kitties (Biddle, Buncom, and Elsie) and many sweet animal angels, including my beloved dog-ter, Xena.
  • I love all animals and am a proud vegetarian.
  • I stopped eating wheat and almost all sugar in October of 2012. And while it’s been an interesting journey, I’m so happy to be putting healthy food into my body! I am completely addicted to my Vitamix. :) 
  • If you would like to read my full bio, please click here. If you would like to feature me on your site or interview me, here is my media page. And if you would like to learn more about Soul Speak, please click here.

Things That May Surprise You:

  • I love to laugh. While I am a pretty serious soul, I do have a good sense of humor and can be pretty silly at times. I love watching comedies and listening to Dan’s puns and watching my cats be silly. I love to dance and play games and just allow myself to feel light and free.
  • I am petite. Whenever I tell someone from the online world that I’m just shy of 5’3″, they seem surprised. I love being this size – it’s the only size I’ve ever known (well, at least as an adult). ;)
  • I consciously changed my eye color. When I was growing up, I was upset with my dad and didn’t want us to have the same color of eyes. So I prayed and prayed that they would be turned from brown to green. It took some time, but eventually they started to change. Today, they are a light green/sage color that I truly love. I’m reminded every day how powerful we truly are.
  • Speaking of manifesting, I brought Dan into my life sort-of consciously. Again, I prayed to have a best friend – someone who “got” me and loved me for me. I met him 2 weeks later, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. That was almost 13 years ago! (I thought I was asking for a best girlfriend, but the universe had someone else in mind!) ;)

How I Connect With My Soul:

  • I write. I close my eyes, put my hands on the keyboard, and trust that what comes out is exactly what’s meant to come out. I ask my brain to step aside for the moment and invite my soul to take over.
  • I create. This can take many forms – from playing around in PhotoShop to drawing spirals with my SpiroGraph Kit to coming up with a new recipe. Anything that gets me into the right side of my brain connects me immediately to my soul.
  • I take dark showers. Pitch black. No candle, no light. Just the water and me. It’s a perfect way to end the day – to wash away everyone else’s energy and just be left with my own. It brings me closer to my soul and all of the universe.
  • I laugh and give myself permission to feel joyful.
  • I get still. And quiet. And spend a lot of time alone. It’s during these times that I can hear my soul’s whispers.
  • I talk to my spirit guides, angels, and loved ones who are on the other side. I ask them to support me, to send me signs, and to help light the way.
  • I trust myself and the universe. I embrace faith, and this leads me straight to my soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xena angel

The connections that I have made here mean the world to me. I cherish each of you so much. The fact that we all continue to show up and be vulnerable and authentic blows my mind (in a good way). :)

I believe that we are each on our own path of awakening, and there is so much we can offer each other in terms of love and support. If we haven’t connected yet – and you would like to – please reach out and introduce yourself. I would love to hear where you are in your journey.

Here’s to each of us following our inner voice…

Comments

about jodi — 23 Comments

  1. Dear Jodi,

    I just found you through Alia’s blog and it’s so good to be here. It’s always such a comfort to stumble upon fellow bloggers who share the same heart desires–it is clear that you are one of those people.

    Thank you for spreading your beautiful messages around–your words are so important & appreciated.

    With love,

    Julia

  2. Hi Jodi, I just found out about you on Shane Michael Taylors FB page. I thank you for the thought provoking interview with Michael. He is a wonderful neighbor and friend of mine. Beth

  3. I really love your blog. I will send you the info on the oils very soon. I wanted to see what else you are doing. I liked learning more about you here. Very inspiring what you are and your hubby are creating.
    Blessings,
    Claudia

  4. Dear Jodi, I picked up a whole living magazine today and guess what? I saw your picture. So this lead me here to your wonderful blog… Anyways I just wanted to say: Happy New Year to you and Dan and all your fuzzy friends.

  5. Hi Jodi. I found you via my sister’s fb page. It’s funny how the web works because my sister lives in Washington yet found your blog before I did altho I, like you, have been blogging from Southern Oregon for years.

    Love what you are doing here.
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  7. Hi Jodi,

    So glad to meet you and come across your blog. I feel relieved knowing I’m not the only person who cries when I see others crying. I can relate to the feeling you have about your partner. Isn’t true love so wonderful?

    I love how open and transparent you are in your writing. I’m learning to do the same. I’m also slowly connecting to my soul and learning about what my soul wants me to know.

    I look forward to getting to know you better. Thank you for having the courage to be who you truly are.

    Peace, Love & Gratitude,

    Neseret

    • Hi Neseret,
      Thank you so much for saying such kind things. It’s always so nice to meet a kindred spirit!
      I just read your story and all I can say is that you know firsthand that our true spirit – our essence – our soul can not be broken. You have overcome so many obstacles where many others would’ve given up. And not only have you created a beautiful life for yourself, but you are giving so much back to others in the form of inspiration, hope, and love.
      I’m so glad we’re connected now.
      Love to you,
      Jodi

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  11. Nice to read your about page Jodi. I see we’re opposites in some areas. I’m an ENFJ (not that I’ve taken the full test, that’s just a shorter version), I’m far from sappy or shy, and I can’t stand romantic movies :D

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  12. I was so drawn to your Soulful Love ecourse that I found through an Out of the Fog newsletter. Just listening to week one last night, and will be downloading the workbook today. I just wanted to say thank you for the work that you are doing. I am recently separated (9 months), after a 20 year relationship. I have 3 young kids, and a great job, and a lot to be grateful for (and I am), but I feel that there is so much more my soul wants me to do in this lifetime. I feel like I am getting closer as I feel myself opening up slowly…any advice on what you did as a first step would be most appreciated.
    In gratitude and love,
    Shauna

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  14. Hello Jodi,
    I have loved getting to know you through your many wonderful Soulspeak articles….What an inspiration for anyone who reads them. I feel so close to you sometimes while reading. We just may be sisters separated at birth brought back together through your writing! I can identify with so many things you talk about. Coming from a very traditional church background I was not expecting such a spiritual awakening that has occurred in my own life experiences. I thank you profusely for sharing your spirituality with us. I am examining how to find and read more of your writings so I can share with you too! Love Laura

  15. We have SOOO much in common – truly meant to connect – so happy to have found you! <3 (Animal love here, happy vegetarian since 1982 (at the age of 12) – sensitive, intuitive, a cryer at movies and for any touching reason – and when others cry (especially my sweet clients during a transformational moment in their sessions….) Such awesomeness all around!
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