The Heroine’s Journey of Molli McConnell

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The thing that I love most about my work is the freedom it allows me in my life. I also love learning new things everyday. 

What is my idea of perfect happiness? My idea of perfect happiness is exactly how I am living my life right now! I try to stay in the present as much as possible, and I find that I am more content living in this frame of mind. I don’t look towards objects or material things to give me happiness, I search for this feeling through my personal relationships and experiences.

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is not living my life to the fullest, in a way that is satisfying to me. As I have grown up, both literally and inwardly, I have made it my mission to live my life for myself and my loved ones, ignoring what society says I should be doing. It was only when I realized how important this was that I began to have a happier existence.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The trait that I most deplore in myself is the fact that sometimes I can let what other people think about me bother me. It is something that I think everyone struggles with, and it is something that I work towards improving everyday. 

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire many people, but as I am a writer, there are of course other writers that I admire deeply. I especially admire Tara Westover for her honesty and Rupi Kaur for her relatable work.

What is my greatest extravagance? My greatest extravagance is definitely books and film for my cameras! I’m relatively old fashioned in that I don’t use a Kindle, and I prefer analogue photography. 

On what occasion would I lie? I pride myself on my honesty and frankness, but I would lie if it could help someone else. 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I wouldn’t say I dislike much about my work, but one thing that can be difficult is the fact that I work in solitude most of the time. As a freelance writer, I don’t go to an office everyday and I don’t have colleagues. Sometimes I enjoy the isolation (I am an introvert through and through), but other times it can get lonely. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I am the happiest in my work at this moment! I’ve worked really hard in the past few years to break into writing. I have a background in Fashion, but after realizing that I wanted to go in a different direction with my career, I really had to start from the bottom up. 

If I could, what would I change about myself? If I could change something about myself it would be to not be such a perfectionist. I tend to stress myself out for no reason because of this side of me.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My greatest achievement in work is the fact that I’ve created a writing career for myself from basically nothing. I knew I had a talent, but I didn’t have the proof to back it up, so I worked very hard every single day to get my writing published. 

Where would I most like to live? I love Paris, but I would ideally like to live near the beach.

What is my most treasured possession? If I had to choose a most treasured possession, it would have to be my Zeiss Ikon Contaflex camera.

What is my most marked characteristic? I think my most marked characteristics would have to be my attentive nature, and my passion for being a good friend. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? My most inspirational location in my city – this is a tough question as I currently live in Paris, France! I find inspiration in museums, in parks, wandering the streets or sitting by the river or canals. 

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favorite place to eat and drink in Paris is a little Italian restaurant called L’Osteria Dell’Anima in the 11th arrondissement. It is a teeny tiny place, and you need to make a reservation or else you’ll be out of luck! 

What books influenced my life and how? I have been inspired by countless books! The Beautiful and Damned and Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, and A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway are all part of the reason why I wanted to move to France. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo inspired me to follow my dreams.

Who are my favorite writers? My favorite writers are F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy and Marianne Moore, to name a few! 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? This is a really hard question, as I love many different types of music! But, if I had to choose, I would listen to the band Foals.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? My heroine in fiction is a character in the book Kindred by Octavia E. Butler named Dana.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My real life heroes and heroines are my parents and my maternal grandmother. 

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? My favorite movie of all time is Atonement with Keira Knightley. It’s a beautiful story and movie, and I recommend it to everyone! 

What role plays art in my life and work? Art plays a huge role in my life. I’m so lucky to live in Paris, a city with over 100 museums. Whenever I’m feeling less than inspired, a trip to the Musée l’Orangerie, the Museum of Modern Art or the Rodin Museum always does the trick! 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My greatest fans are my friends and family, but my number one sponsor and partner in crime is my boyfriend. 

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I would love to work with other like-minded entrepreneurial women in 2019.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019? I would love to, and dream to, one day meet Tara Westover or Rupi Kaur. 

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? In 2019 I am looking forward to continuing to do freelance writing, and to starting a novel that I have had in the works for years now.

Where can you see me or my work in 2019? You can see me on various blogs and websites! Click here to visit my LinkedIn page where I post all of my latest articles. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? For me, “Passion Never Retires” means that it is never too late to go after what you want and pursue your dreams. 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I think Peter should continue to scour the internet to find creative heroines like me and the others that are on this site. Keep up the good work!

How can you contact me? You can contact me via email, at 

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of the Heroine’s Journey 


The Heroine’s Journey is a private tour in story rich venues of world cities with Peter de Kuster, to rewrite the story you tell yourself about yourself and your creative work and in the process transform your life and business.

What is your Story?

“Your story is your life,” says Peter. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories — of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about ourselves, our creative business, our customers ; about what we want and what we’re capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we’re telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them — and, in turn, transform our very destinies.

Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Peter, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, “In which areas of my life is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I’ve got?” He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life.

Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Peter’s approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your business and personal life.

What Can I Expect?

Here’s an outline of The Heroine’s Journey.

Journey Outline


  • The Power of your Story
  • Are you even trying to tell a Story?
  • Old Stories  (stories about you, your art, your clients, your money, your self promotion, your happiness, your health)
  • Tell your current Story
  • Is this Really Your Story?


  • The Premise of your Story. The Purpose of your Life and Art
  • The words on your tombstone
  • You ultimate mission, out loud
  • The Seven Great Plots
  • The Twelve Archetypal Heroes
  • The One Great Story
  • Purpose is Never Forgettable
  • Questioning the Premise
  • Lining up
  • Flawed Alignment, Tragic Ending
  • The Three Rules in Storytelling
  • Write Your New Story


  • Turning your story into action
  • Story Ritualizing
  • The Storyteller and the art of story
  • The Power of Your Story
  • Storyboarding your creative process
  • They Created and Lived Happily Ever After.

About Peter de Kuster

Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project,  a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lifes and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.


Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing,  MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.

Become a great Storyteller

That’s why I set up The Heroine’s Journey in the great cities of the world.  A new way to use the power of your story.  To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.

In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; movies that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.

Book your private story coaching tour

You can choose from three options:

  1. The Heroine’s Journey Short and Powerful.   This is a 8 hours – private story coaching,  one day, one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is Euro 2500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  2. The Heroine’s Journey Intensive.  This is a 16 hours – private story coaching,  two days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster. The price is 5000 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.
  3. The Heroine’s Journey Impact.  This is a 24 hours – private story coaching,  three days one – on – one with Peter de Kuster.  The price is 7500 excluding VAT including lunch and drinks. You can bring a maximum of three (business) partners to the private tour if you choose to.

Please note the private tours Short and Powerful can take place in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Florence, London, Malaga, Madrid, Milan, München, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla and Venice at the moment.

The private tours Intensive and the private tours Impact are offered in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Barcelona, Bruxelles, Copenhagen, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Malaga, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, München, New York, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Sevilla, SydneyVenice and Vienna.

You can book Peter by mailing him at 

Booking Information

  • Once you have purchased a private tour you will be given information to get in touch and arrange a date and time for your private tour.
  • Private tours will take place at any given day of the week.  The private tour will take place in a story rich city.
  • Please note that once your appointment time and date have been confirmed, we have a forty-eight hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, or any no-shows will be charged. Any requests to reschedule less than 48 hours prior to an appointment, cannot be guaranteed and the original appointment will be charged for other than in exceptional circumstances.


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