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Lately I’ve been asked about how to make it as a writer. Apparently, the idea that writers must be starving artists still exists. Fortunately, that’s not only NOT the case, it’s perfectly possible to make a great living as a full-time writer. Even better, there isn’t some magical formula, but actually just good ole’ common sense and the belief that you CAN in fact be a full-time writer (see concept of Law of Attraction for more on this).

The following is my list of “how-to” make it as a successful writer in today’s world:

-Say good-bye to traditional forms of writing.
When I first started out as a writer, I thought that I would write for national magazines that I loved, like SELF, Real Simple, Cosmo and the like. What I’ve learned is that in order to stay alive, print publications sell “stories” to publicists or advertisers. Editorial isn’t always editorial and more often than not it’s advertorial. Once I realized that traditional markets were struggling to survive, I turned my attention to un-traditional pub’s that will allow you to write, no purchase necessary. Explore the world of on-line writing – that’s where it’s at. Blogs and online pubs make up the majority of my writing. And I love it! Now, anyone in the world can read my writing, at any time.

-Allow change to occur.
Businesses change. Being able to flow with these changes is paramount. When I started out, I took whatever writing gigs came my way. Over time, I was able to carve out a niche (and learn what I love and don’t love!) and create a writing flow that best reflected my interests and passions. Recently, after letting almost all of my business writing go, I was approached to write a resume for a wonderful lady. I loved her energy and agreed to take on the project. It’s been a blast! The same with my journaling workshops – I originally started out volunteer teaching girls groups. From there, it morphed into paying gigs and lots of learning for me. Flow with the change of your business. Each adjustment will get you closer to your true dream.

-Attend conferences & workshops.
Get networked in the writing community. Absolutely attend conferences, like the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Ore. I met my current agent and some lovely writer friends at this year’s conference. It also inspired about 1000 new ideas and helped reinvigorate my passion for what I do. Don’t miss these. There’s also a Maui Writer’s Conference which I hope to attend within the next year or so. These are gems for your writing career. Do not miss them.

-Get out of the office.
For the love of god – you are in a mobile environment, so BE mobile. This is something I’ve struggled with enormously, but over time have learned to love the opportunity to write at a local (or beach) cafe. Getting out of your element frees up your creativity and allows the right projects to come your way. At any given time, when I leave the office for a day or two, new projects, people and abundance come my way. When your energy isn’t desperately tied to your desk, more good can come in.

If you have other suggestions that have made all the difference for you, please add them in the comments section.

Look forward to connecting with you!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Fortunately, the wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar markets are exploding. We have more options than ever before to eat great food that has zero preservatives and meets our dietary needs. Here are some of the resources I use or have used in the past, to guide me on my way:

Living Without magazine & resource list
Whole Foods GF Living Section
Wheat-free Diet blog
Grain Damaged blog
Portland Metro Celiacs
Food Allergy Initiative
Allergy-Details

Have any resources you can’t live without?
Do share!

–Heather πŸ™‚

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08 Oct / Peace Is The Way


β€œThere is no way to peace, peace is the way.” –A.J. Muste

Okay, so we’ve all heard this quote a million times, but for some reason, its been ringing in my ears. While reading Anatomy of Spirit by Caroline Myss (the chapter covering the second chakra in particular), I am struck and inspired by her account of a client who was dealing with health issues in his chakra and was overcome by work/anxiety, etc. Myss suggested he make a peace contract with himself, since he was a lawyer. I read this passage over 2 weeks ago, but have not been able to stop thinking about it.

And so, while spending 5 days on the beautiful Oregon Coast – Brookings to be exact, where it was sunny and warm all week! – I made a peace contract with myself, a non-lawyer. The action in itself filled me up, making me feel more committed to a cause I could really get behind – myself. For the first time in my life I made commitments to myself and no one else. It was at once liberating and blissful.

To create your own peace contract, which I wholeheartedly suggest if you feel called to it, you can follow my outline:

-Begin with: I, (name), do so solemnly swear on (date) to live my life with the sole purpose of peace.

-Create your peace “rules” in the areas of: work, romantic relationships, your body, health (nutrition/exercise, etc.), friendships, family, career, vision for the future, daily interactions, spirituality and daily practice.

-Read it out loud – either looking at yourself in the mirror, or as I did facing the ocean.

-Read it daily out loud or to yourself to cement this commitment in your life.

When my purpose every day is peace, so much of what doesn’t matter falls away. I’m finding it allows me to fully allow life to unfold, as opposed to forcing it. A truly lovely place to be. My writing is flowing with more ease and certainly more purpose. I’m loving it!

Please share your calls to peace if you feel so inclined…
-Heather πŸ™‚

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I’ve got a mini-vaca coming up and I’m packing up my road trip and snacking foods. If you don’t have a road trip or vacation planned – get to it! And use the list below to help you with packing and snacking with wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar foods. Bon Voyage! πŸ™‚

Arrowhead Mills GF Brownie Mix
Light, flaky and tasty – get these brownies. Be sure to prepare the night before, cut into squares and take with you.
EnviroKidz Crispy Rice Bars – Peanut Butter
Ezekiel English Muffins
Tofutti Cream Cheese – Herb & Chives
Trader Joe’s Soy & Flax Tortilla Chips with Salsa
Crispix Cereal – add flaxseeds & vanilla soy milk (for the hotel room, of course!)
& a plethora of mini carrots, red pepper (chopped), tomatoes, hummus, apples and nectarines.

Have any road trip fave’s?
Leave a comment.

Happy travels,
Heather πŸ™‚

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I used to think men were stupid, selfish and sexist.

Shh…don’t tell my boyfriend.

And shocker of all shockers, I kept attracting these very men (ah, Law of Attraction). Finally, I was fed up with having less than fulfilling relationships, walking away thinking, “What is wrong with THAT guy?”

Luckily, I was introduced to PAX Programs who’s sole purpose is to help men and women gain harmonious relationships. After taking their Making Sense of Men seminar I felt ready to take on the weekend workshop, Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women. In 2 days, I was able to shift from a place of irritation and fear surrounding men to a place of total acceptance. In addition, I learned more about what my needs are and how important communicating them is to both myself and to my man . As a bonus, I met incredible women who I’m continuing to keep in touch with.

I’m reformed! πŸ™‚ In all seriousness, if you’ve ever been perplexed by men, check these programs out. They’re based on more than 16 years of research with and about men. At the end of each workshop, a panel of regular guys are brought in to answer your questions. It’s simply AMAZING.

The only thing men want to do is make the women in their lives happy. That’s it. Can you believe it? That’s what we’ve been getting so irritated at them about.

Learn this and MUCH more. I’m intending to take as many of their workshops as possible to continue my transformation.

Have a workshop that changed your life? Do tell!
Leave me a comment…

Thanks,
Heather πŸ™‚

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On a recent jaunt to QFC (of all places – they actually have a great little wheat-free section), I discovered Mary’s Gone Crackers, crackers. Okay, super cheesy name, but super yummy crackers. Right now, I’m dipping them in soy nut butter or topping them with Tofutti cream cheese and a dollop of salsa. YUM!

It’s the perfect mid-day snack between lunch and dinner. When you’re hungry, but not famished. Pair with carrot sticks/celery to up the nutritional quotient.

The original cracks are made with organic brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds and sesame seeds. Try them out – they’re delish!

-Heather πŸ™‚

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You know the silent voice that comes up immediately when you ask yourself, either silently or out loud, “What do I do about…?” It comes quick and fast before you’ve even had a chance to think about what you want the answer to be. The voice that beckons you to turn right rather than left, the one that knows that it’s Jenny calling before you even look at your phone or lets you know that Coldplay’s “Yellow” will be on the next song on 105.1 fm.

Meet your intuition.

I’m vaguely familiar with mine. I hear it most strongly when I’m sitting on the beach having a conversation with the ocean (i.e. myself). The answers come strong, quick and right on. They resonate and as much as I may want to argue otherwise, I know its right.

It’s my intuition that led me to pick up a book that’s been on my shelf for over a year after a reading with health intuitive, Karen Grace Kassy. Last July, Karen gave me amazing insight for what to do next as I found myself unemployed and confused about what path to take.

She also mentioned that she felt that a cyst was on one of my ovaries. For some reason, I ignored her warnings only to find out a few weeks ago that she was absolutely correct. I gain comfort in knowing that for some reason I must have needed this experience and have already learned so much. Mostly, that my body is incredibly AMAZING. It heals quickly and quietly, gently reminding me when needed to love it more consciously.

So, it’s no surprise that during my healing process I picked up Karen’s book, Health Intuition and have scheduled another appointment with her.

In the meantime, I’m following her well-laid out method for tapping into your own intuition. I am loving it. It is tough – checking in with myself so much – but so needed.

I would love to hear any ideas you have for tapping into your intuition, for health, success or simple fun like for finding great parking spots! And stay tuned for an update after my next session with her mid-month.

With love,
Heather

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As the healing cycle continues, I find myself drawn to chicken & wild rice soup with toast. Not very exciting, but it’s what I’m loving right now.

Ezekial Bread (try Low Sodium – just got it and you cannot tell a bit of difference)
1T Smart Balance Light butter

Dip in your fave soup!

Also, check out my article on the wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar lifestyle on White Apricot.
Be sure to subscribe to their newsletter – they rock!

-Heather πŸ™‚

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During my time of healing, I’m reminded of the power of gratitude. Yesterday, as I struggled to remember – ‘why exactly is THIS happening?’ I found an email from the folks at Go Gratitude in my inbox. As always, the universe provides what you need, when you need it. In the email, founder Stacey shared her recent challenges, a la’ family relationships and her need to maintain a connection to gratitude.

Turns out, I’m not alone and even the most enlightened of us struggles. I felt instant peace. And you will too, when you check out the YouTube piece on gratitude. It gave me chills and an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards my existence on this amazing planet. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I’m loving it!

In addition, be sure to visit Gratefulness.org – a non-profit dedicated to the power of gratitude. SO Cool. I’ve signed up for their newsletter and have bookmarked the site for future wanderings.

Every morning, I write 10 things I’m grateful for. It’s a practice I teach to girls in my empowerment classes and it’s so important. Anytime I’m not feeling grateful (symptoms of this: irritability, complaining, fear, anxiety, etc.), I work hard to shift to a place of gratitude. Now, it doesn’t always happen – like yesterday – but often it does.

So, today, I’m sharing my gratitude list with you:
-My amazing and perfectly healthy body.
-The weekend!
-My adorable cat, Beatrice.
-My sister Amanda.
-Jim – the best boyfriend EVER.
-Toast. (Ezekiel bread with Smart Balance Light butter – YUM.)
-E! and Sex & the City πŸ™‚ It’s a tie.
-Wearing jeans (I’ve spent the last 1.5 weeks in drawstring everything.)
-Mid-day naps.
-My book proposal.

What are YOU grateful for today?
Please share!

Much love,
Heather

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