I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to have this conversation. I’ve listened to it a few times since we recorded it, and I feel energized every time. I am beyond passionate about women’s stories, and I get so lit up whenever I have the opportunity to have a deep and meaningful conversation with a woman who inspires me. Simone fits the bill with bells on.

Simone Dalton is a writer, communications strategist, and a small “p” philanthropist with big “P” Passion who leads a steel pan music-centred nonprofit based in Trinidad and Tobago.

In this inaugural episode of Guts & Grace, we dive deep into the beauty of asking for help, giving yourself permission to start over (again and again), forgiveness as an essential practice, and how courage doesn’t always feel like courage in the moment.

What really stood out for me is Simone’s willingness to listen to the insistent voice inside her and allow it to lead her life in beautiful and sometimes surprising directions. She truly is carving out space for her authentic self expression, and leaving a profound legacy along the way. We can all fall into the trap of thinking that we need to have the end game figured out before we take a moment to dream, and pressuring ourselves to do it alone…and that’s if we even give ourselves permission to pursue our passions in the first place. Simone has clearly figured out a thing or two about how to make your own way, with an approach that allows her to feel well-supported as she goes.

Take a listen, and see where it takes you.

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I am so grateful to Simone for sharing her journey, and it is my genuine hope that her story might inspire you to pursue your passions and listen to the little voice inside you yearning to be heard. You can find out more about Simone here, and check out her non-profit work here.

What nugget stood out for you the most in this episode? (There were so many for me!) Share in the comments below.