Merry Christmas!

Forget about eggnog, there are several soynog products on the market that are delicious and A LOT healthier for you. 1/2 the calories and fat. You can’t hate on that!

Check out VitaSoy’s Holly Nog. It’s yum-alicious. And really tasty with a lil’ brandy. Try it out!

Another good option is Silk’s Soy Nog, but right now I’m drinking nothing but the VitaSoy. The price point is more reasonable and it tastes like the real thing (without all the calories or lactose intolerance!).



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OK – I HAVE to talk about this book because 2 other people have mentioned it to me this week. The Renegade Writer. Read it if you have any aspirations of a freelance writing career.

The book found me in a rather odd way. I was walking down Burnside, as I often do, thinking about my writing career. This was pre-quitting the “job”. Suddenly the words “unconventional writer” came into my head. I liked the phrase, but had no idea what it meant. Later that afternoon, while I was “working”, I stumbled across the book The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success on Amazon.com.

How cool is that? Besides, any book that has the word “totally” in the title must be great. Yay valley girls! (BTW-I am NOT a valley girl, yet I use ‘like’ and ‘totally’ in ridiculous amounts. I know, how very attractive).

Dawn, another freelance writer in my new writing group (yay!) mentioned it to me this week also. Apparently, ALL successful writers devour this book. Enjoy!

And Merry Christmas! Hope you get EVERYTHING you want this year.

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I currently teach a twice monthly journaling class to girls through the Boys & Girls Aid Society. If you have not checked out this incredible organization helping kids all over the Portland Metro area, please do so. They are always looking for amazing volunteers and I highly recommend it.

Spending time with the girls is seriously the best thing I do. I’ve learned that it’s not always about doing a “perfect” job or giving them just the “right” info – it’s about spending time with them. In fact, we recently added another night, just to discuss whatever is on their minds.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding additions to your schedule that you’ll ever make. Make that one of your New Year’s Resolutions!

And to enjoy the last working day before Christmas, tune into SomaFM. The Christmas Lounge rocks. Besides, Santa looks kinda hot with two turntables and a microphone…

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18 Dec / The Secret Is…

…Being in love with yourself and everything in your life.

Sounds easy, right?
Well, usually it is. But, on dark and dreary days it can be tough. This time of year in Portland, Ore. is particularly trying. My dad is contemplating heading back to Dallas, TX simply because he can’t stand all of this rain and grey-ness!

I still believe Portland is the best city in the country. Someday’s, though, it’s a little tough.

To increase your productivity, check this http://thesecret.tv/secret-to-you/ out every morning. It makes a huge difference in my effectiveness as a writer.

Wishing you much success & abundance,

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As a writer, I’m a big reader. I won every Tillamook County Library Summer Reading contest as a kid, and I’ve continued that tradition through adulthood.

I’m currently on round 2 of the phenomenal book by Jerry & Esther Hicks, The Law of Attraction. If you have not read this book, please do!

It was introduced to me by my incredible friend and massage therapist, Liza Tapp. She recommended I read it. I thought, “Yeah, I’ll get to that after I finish the other 5 books I have going right now.” Then, mysteriously and very synchronistically, I found myself at New Renaissance Books with The Law of Attraction staring me in the face.

Once, I finished reading it, I immediately started back up. This book has changed the way I think. After all, the thoughts we think lead to our feelings, which lead to our actions, which lead to our results. Buy this book now! You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

Have a lovely weekend,

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11 Dec / Home Office Tips

A home office is a lovely thing. Unless of course, you have laundry, dishes, floors to vacuum, and a dirty bathroom. Then a home office is a real distraction to all of the cleaning and chores you should be doing.

On my first day back to the world of working from home (I previously spent 4 years as a home office junkie); I am reminded of these distractions. I’m also reminded that having at least 1 outside appointment a day is key and setting hours is important. So far, I’ve done zero cleaning or laundry (all of which need to be done badly). Instead, I’m planted – working away. Check out some more great tips on working from home here.

And now, I need to get back to writing.

Wait – is that a chip under my desk???


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Yes, it’s happening…I am leaving corporate America to go out on my own full-time. I’ve been freelancing for over 5 years and felt it was time to live my dream.

So many people have been a support to me over the course of my journey. Jennifer Powers is my best friend and biggest champion. She also happens to be an amazing business and professional coach. She helps entrepreneurs and professionals shift into greatness. And let me tell you – she is INCREDIBLE. Her energy is infectious. You can’t help but be happy about your life when you talk with Jen. Call her today. You will not be disappointed!

Another resource that has helped empower me, has been a teleclass that I recently took through the Attraction Boutique called Attracting Perfect Customers. It helped me get clear on what I want my clients and editors to look like and how I want to interact with them. I also got to meet other empowered women who are living their dream as well.

There are so many other people and resources that have guided me along the way and I promise to continue sharing in blogs to come…

Also, the WiPP event that I wrote about on 11/17/06 was awesome. Great women in publishing, doing great things. If you haven’t already, join Women in Portland Publishing. They rock!


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I love to write. But I also love people. Which is why after 8 hours at my desk (okay, more like 6), I need to connect with a live person.

And tonight I get to do just that. I am joining Women in Portland Publishing, a networking organization for publishers and writers alike. I’ve been to one of their meetings before and was blown away. I met a professional indexer (she indexes for a living!), publishers, editors, PSU students, and women working on their first book. All of that writing energy in one room was impressive.

Tonight’s event will be at Via Delizia in NW P-town. I’ve never been there, but they specialize in Italian desserts. Game on! These chicks know how to do it.

Stay tuned for my review of the event AND the cafe…
Heather πŸ™‚

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Happy Friday!

I am very grateful to be working with so many amazing businesses! I recently completed a brochure for Integrity Residential (worked with the loveliest agent ever – Heather Francine). I’m also working with the wonderful folks from Secure Network Solutions. In addition to all of that – I’ve got an upcoming article in NW Meetings & Events and Principal Broker.

And then, of course, there are the infamous bullet points. I’m a big fan. I use bullet points a lot in website copy (easier to read) and marketing collateral. Not so much with non-fiction articles – although I may find a way to work it in. The writing question that stems from all of this bullet pointed-ness is this; do you put a period at the end of a bulleted phrase? The answer is (are you ready?) sometimes.

You need to be consistent when using bullet points. If it’s a complete sentence (noun/verb agreement), you definitely should. If not, there is no need for a period. However, be careful not to have sentences in your bulleted cluster with periods and some without.

Still not sure? πŸ™‚ Check out more info here.

BTW, not sure if you’ve noticed this, but Yahoo! has been yielding less and less desirable results. I’m loving Ask! this seems to always take me to exactly the information I want.

Got more tips? Send them my way!

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15 Oct / I’m in love…

…with Jonny Lang. Seriously. I can’t stop listening to his new song. It rocks the house. Check him out at: www.jonnylang.com. Click on Audio/Video and listen to “Anything’s Possible”.

Or check out my MySpace (I know, it’s only supposed to be for teenagers) page here.

The writing biz is ramping up. I will be writing the cover article for the trade publication, Principal Brokers. My first article for them comes out in the December issue – look for that.

And lastly, can anyone tell me what “Fun for the Whole Family” means? Over the weekend on KWJJ 99.5 in Portland, they were talking about a Halloween event/promotion and used that phrase half a dozen times. What if it were “Fun for Mom Only” or “Fun for Your Aunt Louise and Uncle Kenny”. I don’t get it. Is there a more ridiculous marketing tagline than “Fun for the Whole Family”? I’m pretty sure there’s not.

OK – more rants later. Have a fabulous week!

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