Hi, I’m Victoria. I’m so glad your messy heart found mine.

This website is a product of a personal-growth freight train that hit me like a ton of bricks in 2014. For a long time I called it a mid-life crisis; however, I like the author Brene Brown’s description so much more: an unraveling.

When you think you have everything figured out and realize you don’t, life has a funny way of proving it to you.

If what I share resonates with you, I welcome you with open arms and an open heart.  If something isn’t quite clear or if you have a specific question – shoot me an email at victoria@theguidedheart.com and I’ll give my best, heartful reply.

A little about me….

Said “I do” to a pretty great guy in 2003 and welcomed three children along the way.

Some factoids about me:

  • INFP personality – “The Mediator.”
  • I started drinking coffee at age 14.
  • I was a medic in the ND Army National Guard and served in Iraq, as did my husband.
  • I’ve never had a pop or pizza for breakfast….ever.  I have no idea how people do that.
  • I can touch my tongue to my nose.
  •  I believe everything is “figureoutable.”
  • I once sold a Kirby vacuum cleaner.  True story.
  • I find open-mouth chewing incredibly annoying and gross.
  • Adaptability = my greatest strength.  Variety = a necessity for joy in my life.  I go with the flow and believe spontaneity is the spice of life!

I started this website as a way to openly share my heart with others, who, like me, are on a journey of self-discovery.  This website is an outlet for me to share resources, tools, and people who have inspired and helped me grow exponentially.  My hope is that my personal perspective of the world and my experiences may help others in some way.

The name came to me as I was drifting off to sleep and has been years in the making – all of my life, really.  Every life experience, every decision, every stop (and start) has led to this website. And the name….well, I just don’t believe it’s a coincidence.

The content I share and write is for those who are searching for more out of their lives. They feel something is missing or just feel stuck.  If you are wanting to make positive, lasting change, it starts with you and I know from experience that just starting is overwhelming.  I am here to guide you through that process through my writing and sharing of resources that have helped me along the way and new ones as I discover them for myself.  And sometimes, we just need another perspective, to be asked a different set of questions that provoke self-reflection and stimulate growth within ourselves. Hopefully, my words do that for you.

My wish for you is that you leave my website with a positive, enlightened state of mind, and maybe with a different perspective.

I want people to feel inspired, uplifted and encouraged by my words and the resources I share.  That is my main goal.

If I have not done that or you are needing more – I welcome your comments, suggestions, and certainly your questions.

Does making a lasting change take effort?  It sure does.  Will it happen just by reading what I write or share?  No.  My hope is, however, that you feel inspired and challenged to put what I share into practice;  to bring more joy to your life and the lives of those around you. Self-work is a daily practice; like a bloom needs continual nurturing.

If you’re interested in learning more about who and what contributed to my personal growth, check out my Resources page!  I only recommend people/programs/books/etc. that I have experience with or have personally helped me.