099 – Ana Neff , “The Freedom Junkie”

Podcast Episode

20110925_ana_neff_0213_2-222x300David shares the importance of transparency and how it can become the source of our ultimate power. Also he introduces us to the wonderful and slightly crazy Ana Neff, AKA “The Freedom Junkie”, as she takes us behind the scenes of living a life that is full, passionate, exciting and completely rewarding. Strap in and hold on!

In her own words:

Hey there, fellow Freedom Junkie!

I want you to know something: I love living an {unconventional} life of freedom, passion, and purpose. Really love it. Not only that, I’ve been through myriad soul-transforming adventures and misadventures which all taught me how to live passionately, authentically, and purposefully – every day. The biggest bonus? Freedom. And I want you to have that too.

That is precisely why it is so important to me that YOU not waste any more of your precious life energy and freedom doing things YOU don’t want to be doing, or being someone you don’t want to be. I want you to create a life that is lived on YOUR own terms, in a way that you are proud of, with no regrets.

Frankly, I don’t care what it looks like – I just want YOU to care, and YOU to be happy – no…ECSTATICALLY PASSIONATE – about it.

In addition to being a Freedom Junkie™, I’m also a {transformational} life coach, guide, and mentor to passionate people like you – yes, YOU. If you weren’t passionate, you wouldn’t be here!

I’ve chosen to serve and change the world in this way because the only thing I love as much as living my own amazing life is helping YOU have the confidence, clarity, self-love, and tools you need to live a life of freedom, adventure, and purpose on your own terms.

Aside from going to a top coaching program, having a degree in Clinical Psychology, being a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (C-PCC)  and having two Master’s degrees from badass schools (I know some of y’all care about that kind of thing), here are a few of those aforementioned adventures (and misadventures):

Survived cancer. Twice (kidney cancer and worse-than-superficial melanoma). And now thriving. Yup. I know…right?! Talk about reasons to ask, “WTF?” These two episodes in particular are ones that I really want YOU to benefit from, instead of having to go through them yourself. Please allow me to have done that for you.

Almost became a Buddhist nun. Twice. Like, almost shaved my head and took vows of celibacy. For realz. The first was after doing a month-long meditation retreat in the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal and realizing the whole point of being alive, for me, was to grow spiritually and serve others. And that was before I got cancer;) But I realized I learn more when in the throes of a passionate relationship. Go figure.

Went to graduate school – twice. Once was to be a Family Nurse Practitioner and the second, to become a Midwife.

Got divorced (not twice!). Great man. Wrong man.

Got cheated on (once…but I suppose maybe twice;) Wrong man. Period.

Found my super-freakin’-amazing-more-than-I-could-have-ever-imagined soul mate (and live blissfully with him in three different states – yay!)
Lived out of my car (intentionally) for 7 years

Worked as an international alpine climbing guide for 10 years. For realz. Not hiking trips (that’s what my mom thought I did). We’re talking the Himalayas, Andes, Alaska, etc.

Traveled to 6 continents (just missing Antarctica!) and filled two passports, one with extra pages, most while making less than $14,000 a year.

Delivered hundreds of babies in the middle of the night in Bali, the Dominican Republic, and with badass women in the good ol’ US of A

…there’s more, but I want you to get out there and do cool shizzle instead of read about me here. However, I DO want you to know that I got through the funks of life – those dark, heavy, lonely places – and absolutely thrived afterwards. AND I learned how to avoid making the same mistakes again. I also learned how to teach this to other people wanting to make the most of this life. AND I got – and I mean really got, on a cellular level, where no one can convince me otherwise – that:

This life is so utterly precious, this world so incredibly beautiful, and it is meant to be celebrated and FULLY enjoyed

We are here to manifest and share our gifts (we ALL have gifts), and to love others

We CREATE our reality, our destiny. No shit. I mean, yes, even the shit, but “No shit, I’m not kidding.” This is probably the craziest and coolest thing ever. Jedi Mindtricks.

We serve others – and the world – the most when we commit to growth and being the happiest, most joyful, most fulfilled humans we can be

Our challenges also hold the solutions

If you want to free your mind and free your life, let’s talk.

Freedom Junkie offers group coaching program (both live and online), 1:1 private coaching sessions (aka Freedom Sessions™), and oodles of kickass retreats and workshops. Sign up for the eZine and stay in ouch with our tribe. Or, you can always reach me here.

To your {freedom} and success,



Author: David Wood

Introducing you to Master Trainer David Wood and The Kickass Life Podcast! In this podcast, David will be chatting with some of the worlds most fascinating and influential thought leaders who are impacting the world around us. You are invited to join in as David gets up-close and personal with these amazing people, unlocking their “success code” and letting you discover how these “ordinary” folks have gone on to do extraordinary things in the world, and truly live kickass lives.

Share This Post On