So this last week I turned another year older. 31.

I really dug 30, so I had some resistance in embracing 31.
Although, a week in, I have to say that it’s pretty awesome.
My journey continues on…I finished The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and walked away with some very BIG realizations. In the midst of all of that, I’m reading Rumi – and loving every juicy, delicious minute of it.

This morning I woke up early, read A LOT of Rumi and then proceeded to write 4 poems that I absolutely love. It keeps happening like this. Inspiration and writing, combined with voracious reading. I read some more of Maya Angelou’s work, including a biography written about her. Such an amazing woman.

And I realized that when you are destined for greatness, as Maya was, nothing in the world can keep you from it. Even though her path went in one bumpy direction (early pregnancy, prostitution, drug use, etc.), the Universe made sure the right opportunities came her way so she could be the great force that she is in the world today.

It’s comforting, this realization.
To know that if I’m meant to write a best-selling novel I will. If I’m not, that’s okay – I’ll do something else that will impact the world. And there is nothing I have to do to “make” it happen, except for listen to my heart and follow the direction it points me in.

Right now it’s pointing me in the direction of writing, reading, rest, walking, cooking (my fridge is EXPLODING with vegetarian, delicious food!), coaching, meditating and BEE-ING.

In addition, I had my official composting training and we have what’s called an Earth Machine (see photo above). Now, I’m able to compost effortlessly and easily. It feels good to be eating local, organic food and then taking care of it in a sustainable way.

My birthday ended up being AWESOME. I spent an entire day (the day before my b-day) at the Grand Hyatt spa – I hit up everything: the steam room (infused with eucalyptus!), the sauna, hot tub, pool, cafe, gym, outdoor shower and yummy products. Leaving there, I felt like a million bucks.

Monday, my actual b-day, I worked, but Rich and I went to watch the sunset and then went to dinner at Roy’s. They printed “Happy Birthday Heather” in the menu and served me a chocolate, flourless cake. I had a BLAST!

Today, was 80 and sunny – I spent it doing exactly what I love: sleeping in, reading, writing, cooking, spending time at the beach and in the ocean, going for a walk, talking with my soul sister’s in Portland, watching reality TV (Tough Love is officially my new favorite show) and just relaxing.

So, 31, let’s go!
I’m ready to see where my road leads to next.

Much love,
xoHeather πŸ™‚

Pictures top to bottom:
-Surfers at Shipwrecks beach
-Me at the Taro fields
-The Earth Machine!
-Me & Rich at Roy’s
-Me blowing out my candle πŸ˜‰
-The menu – everyone made me feel SO welcome there!

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Just because I celebrated my birthday far from all of my family and friends, didn’t mean I would go without cake and a celebration. πŸ™‚

I promptly went to the local health food store and picked up a chocolate cake mix from Bob’s Red Mill. It was DELICIOUS!

Make these adjustments for a yummy cake:
-Use organic eggs
-For milk, use unsweetened almond milk
-Use almond extract instead of vanilla extract
-Bake in 2 round 8″ cake pans
-Instead of frosting (sugar-ville), drizzle sunflower nut butter on top and in between the two cakes.

This cake was SO good, I had to give the rest of it away otherwise I would have eaten the whole thing!

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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“Who would you be if you did not do whatever you do every day?…When we open to this constant call, we remember why we are here and allow this knowledge to create a new and fluid story colored with that knowledge and never mistaken for all of who we are.” The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

In the middle of my realization that I have been identifying who I am with my friends, my work and my environment, I read this chapter, so eloquently written by Oriah. Her words are so lyrical, they are much like a nurturing touch to my soul. They remind me that I am not my story, and that this current opportunity is a chance to awaken to that which I really am – at my core. What are the odds that I would be reading this book during the very time I am experiencing this? Life is magic. This I know.

For me, the blessing of Kauai is the opportunity to be alone in this world, be with myself and create something completely new and different. My life is nothing like what it was before. My days are spent in entirely new ways and I’m being exposed to a pace of life that is totally unfamiliar to me. Yet all of this often comes to me with surprising ease. I do not feel like a foreigner here, I feel…at home. Even when I am clearly not at home. I find that it is easier to slip into mulitple moments of meditation and multiple moments of movement. The pace, in so many ways, suits me.

To give you an idea, below are some of the new ways I am BEING in Kauai:
-belly dancing
-practicing yoga daily
-spending time with the ocean every day
-eating more veggies than I ever have in my entire life (in fact, I have a lentil soup in the crockpot at this very moment)
-eating foods straight from a local organic farm, and my backyard
-dancing freely
-writing poetry
-wearing zero makeup
-not straightening my hair (there’s no point anyway, the humidity here gives me the biggest hair known to man)
-wearing skirts and shorts and tanktops – every day

Some of these things I could do in an urban environment. But, for some reason, I needed to come here to try on an entirely new type of life. I had asked John of God, as I mentioned previously, for a whole new life. That was 6 months ago. In 6 months I got exactly what I asked for.

Life Lesson: You can have whatever you ask for. Want something? Ask God/Spirit/The Universe, etc. for it – and it will come into your life – as long as you are willing to flow with what life presents to you. It’s freaking amazing!

So, here I am – in the middle of “the call”.
While it may sound rather lovely all of the time, it’s also quite disconcerting. I burst into tears today when multiple things did not go the way I needed them too – because I live in a small, island town. I cannot live my life in the way I have in the past. Pushing/forcing/demanding life to cooperate does not work. I suppose it never did, but in the space I’m in now, it seems all the more obvious.

My dreams are ridiculously vivid, synchronistic and sometimes prophetic. I keep having a very similar dream over and over again – so if you know anything about dream analysis – please reach out – I would love to get some feedback on what is coming up for me. The poetry is pouring out of me and I’m reading such rich poetry and work by one of my favorite authors/poets – Maya Angelou. Another poet that is bringing me much inspiration is Portland’s own Sage Cohen. If you don’t have Like the Heart, The World – pick it up today. It’s absolutely delicious.

Above are some pictures from my recent trip to Hanalei.
As I near my 31st year, I am amazed and surprised by myself. I am so much more than I thought I could ever be. I love it when that happens!

I’ll be spa-ing it up tomorrow (when I typically write this blog) ALL day, as I received a day at the spa as a birthday present and I am oh so grateful.

Missing and loving you all!

Pictures from top to bottom:
-Surfers at Poipu Beach
-Ocean at Hanalei
-Me at the Kilauea Lighthouse in Hanalei
-Taro farm – grass hut
-Taro plantation
-Ocean at Hanalei
-Flowers on the North Shore
-Tourists playing football at sunset at Shipwrecks beach
-Shipwrecks beach near sunset
-Hoku Foods (my savior!)
-Most amazing church in Hanalei – built in 1835 – the energy was reminiscent of the churches in Brazil!
-Cliff by Kilauea Lighthouse
-Caves in Hanalei – any idea why the people in the lower left hand corner are all whited out? No flash was on. When Rich took pictures of me there – my face was totally whited out. Bizarro. Some crazy spiritual energy over there!

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I LOVE hummus. Back when I lived in Portland, Ore., I would nosh on one Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus every week. I’m not playing around. When your diet is as limited as mine (and right now I’m on a vegetarian kick!), you hang on to what you love.

In Kauai, there is no such thing as Trader Joe’s. Heck, I’m lucky to have an awesome health food store (Hoku Whole Foods in case you were wondering) 20 minutes from where I live. So, I’ve decided that this is merely an opportunity to make the foods I no longer have easy access too – all by myself.

I came up with a killer hummus recipe and had to share:

-1 can garbonzo beans
-1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
-Juice of 1 whole lemon
-4 T tahini
-2 T paprika (or other spice blend)

Put all of the ingredients above into a food processor or blender. Note: DO NOT drain the garbonzo beans. Top with additional paprika or spices and serve.

Right now I’m toasting an Ezekiel bread muffin (only $7 for a pkg. in Kauai) and topping it with my homemade hummus, sliced cherry tomatoes and avocados (from my backyard!). See picture above.

How do you like to eat your hummus?
Leave your comments here.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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Commentary to come (I’m sure you’re all waiting on the edge of your seats)… πŸ™‚ What I will tell you is that I keep waking up with this Cat Stevens song in my head. Synchronistically it’s a song I was introduced to while journeying in Brazil. Oh, and Brazil has wild chickens running around, just like Kauai. Life is so magical…Did I mention that I asked for a whole new life when I was in Brazil visiting John of God? Um, pretty sure I got it…

“Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
cause theres a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
cause theres a million ways to go
You know that there are

You can do what you want
The opportunitys on
And if you can find a new way
You can do it today
You can make it all true
And you can make it undo
You see ah ah ah
Its easy ah ah ah
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say yes
And if you want to say no, say no
cause theres a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
cause theres a million things to do
You know that there are


Well, if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
cause theres a million things to be
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are
You know that there are”
If you want to sing out – Cat Stevens

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Recently, I decided to try a raw food cleanse. It felt, intuitively like something my body needed. While it was intended to last 9-days, at day 5, I knew my body was done. I needed more protein and I was tired of feeling famished and lethargic.

However, some great stuff came out of the cleanse: I’m eating more veggies than ever before and I’m still not eating any animal protein above and beyond eggs. I’m not saying I’ll go vegetarian by any means, but it has felt good to give my body a break. Above that, I’m just not craving anything…except for toast (and Ener-g Foods Tapoica bread is the best gluten-free toast ever!)

I also fell in love with green smoothies. I’m having them everyday now, sometimes twice a day. Here are a couple of my recipes – most of which have been adapted from what I’ve seen online.

-2 cups water
-1/2 c pineapple, chopped
-2 c kale or other green leafy vegetable (spinach is great too)
-1 banana
-2 ice cubes (optional)

Blend on high until thoroughly mixed. The ice cube will make it super cold (if that’s your preference). Pour into a big tall glass and enjoy. Yum!

Here’s the recipe for green smoothie I’m having every morning:

-2 c unsweetened almond milk
-2 c kale or other green leafy vegetable
-1 banana
-4 strawberries, chopped
-1/4 c blueberries

Blend on high and enjoy.

It’s the best way to get more fruit and veggies into your diet (and it tastes amazing)!

Happy Eating!

P.S. I really do drink mine from a margarita glass. It’s so much more fun that way. πŸ˜‰

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11 days into my big move across the Pacific and I’m deep in the heart of transition central. Everything I thought was me has been removed – no super cute studio apt. in super hip NW Portland, no more supportive group of incredible friends, no office to go too, no dance studio to frequent, or Blazer games to attend or clubs to dance at.

I’m in Kauai, Hawaii, on the southside of the island (which happens to have just as much going on as my childhood home of Tillamook, Ore.). If you know anything about either location, you’ll know there isn’t much left to distract you. Sure, there’s the gorgeous ocean and miles of beaches, but beautiful scenery won’t get you much farther than about 7 days.

So, here I am, one phase of my grandiose dream complete. And I find myself asking – what defines me anyway? What makes me ME? The beauty of this question, and thus, the answer to it, is that it can be ANYTHING I want it to be. The limitlessness overwhelms me. I get to recreate myself. I’ve chosen a new path, a new adventure. I sat back looked at my great life and said, “Hmm…let’s change it up…dramatically.” Which is so very Heather of me.

Now I’m screaming at cockroaches (which for the record are becoming less and less since the magnificent pest control girl came to end the drama), laying out by the pool and spending more time at the ocean than I have in years. I know practically no one here and so, I am left with the isolation that only a move and a change of this magnitude can bring. The only voice to answer, the only conversation to have must be with myself.

How will I allow this opportunity to take me to the next phase of my evolution as a human being? How can I become more of who I TRULY am?

Ironically, my angel card this morning was “Awakening to Your True Self” – a card, mind you, that I haven’t pulled since I made the painful decision to leave a near-perfect romantic relationship a couple of years ago. So, I’m observing. I’m paying attention to my reactions, my inclinations and my desires. I’m thinking about who I would really like to be in this next decade of my life. I’m reconsidering my priorities, my values and the way I spend my time.

This is my one, big beautiful life (because let’s face it – I believe in reincarnation, but if I can’t remember who I was before, it can’t really help me now, right?!), and just what will I do with it?

I’m recognizing it’s less about the DOING and more about the BEING.
And that’s the tough part. Who will I BE?

Damn, who knew that moving to one of the most beautiful islands in the UNIVERSE would cause such a deep, deep, deep searching of my own soul.

Oh, right.
I did.
That’s why I came here. πŸ™‚

Much love and THANK YOU to the amazing people in my life who are CALLING/emailing/IMing and reaching out in general. You have NO IDEA how much it means to me.


P.S. Pic’s top to bottom: chicken outside my office, Sheraton Beach in Poipu, Me and Richie at the beach.

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Growing up, we noshed on tacos at least once a week. The tradition hasn’t changed, except that now I eat a far healthier version of tacos (mom: beef & dairy are bad! ;)). This is a great weekly meal that can easily be converted into a taco salad–just skip the tortillas.

1lb. ground white turkey
McCormick’s Taco Seasoning Mix
non-dairy cheese (I’m a huge fan of Lisanatti’s Almond cheese, but make sure it meets your dietary needs)
corn tortillas
black beans (optional)
cilantro (optional)
lime (optional)

In a skillet, cook ground turkey until no longer pink. Add 3 T of taco seasoning mix and 1/4c of water and simmer for 5 minutes on low. Chop lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado for topping. Cook black beans on low until heated through. Turn one burner on low and place corn tortilla on it for one minute and then flip to other side (great way to bring an “authentic” taste to your tacos). Grate the desired amount of cheese. Top tortillas with turkey, beans, veggies and cheese. Add salsa and cilantro for garnish. Sprinkle a lime wedge over top for added Mexican flair.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

P.S. As with any recipe, please make sure the ingredients above meet your dietary requirements. While we may have similar allergies, all of our bodies metabolize foods differently, so always honor what is best for YOU.

P.P.S. Stay tuned next week as I document my 10-day raw food cleanse…

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Thought I would share a few more pictures from Kauai. It’s been 72 and rainy for the last few days…I just learned that this is typical for March. My hair is HUGE (thank you humidity!) but I can’t truly complain.

I get to watch the sunset every evening over the expansive Pacific Ocean and creatively I’m opening up. In short, my love affair with Hawaii continues.

I spent the day walking around Koloa town, writing poetry, reading A Wish Can Change Your Life and getting set up as part of a CSA (community supported agriculture). I’ll be receiving a box of organic and local veggies each week courtesy of South Shoreganics. I’m smiling at tourists and touching (and photographing) the exotic trees and plants that surround me.

Life is really lovely and I am in eternal gratitude for this gift of living in Hawaii.

Much love & blessings,

Photos: Proof that the humidity is wreaking havoc on my hair (taken in our new place!), The coolest shell I’ve ever seen – located at The Beach House lookout, Me Sunset at the Harbor, Two beautiful sunset photos.

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Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.

When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
–Joseph Campbell

Campbell said it best – and I felt so called to this invitation that I have the “Follow Your Bliss” magnet on my fridge. I say it frequently, but follow the advice less than I would like. I followed my bliss when I left the extremist religion I was raised in (the Jehovah’s Witnesses) and began a new life. I followed my bliss when I quit my corporate job to freelance write full-time (something I was told I couldn’t do).

And now, today, I have followed my bliss by leaving my home in Oregon and moving to Kauai, Hawaii to live on the beach. This has been a lifelong dream.

Accomplishing it has given me more joy than I can even put into words here. Poetry is pouring out of me and I have spent many moments with tears in my eyes and love in my heart. Joseph Campbell is so right. The Universe has conspired with me as I set out on this journey, and the right people and circumstances have all been provided for me.

Life is such magic.

But you cannot fully grasp the magic of life until you do this very thing – until you follow your bliss. And when you do, you will not BELIEVE what will come together for you. The people that will drop off from your life (and rightly so), the amazing people that will step into your life (blissfully so) and the insights that seem to automatically download into your consciousness (even more surprisingly so).

Why is this?
When we are BEING our bliss (and for me that is living at the beach), we are SO in alignment with who we REALLY ARE, that there is no more struggle, no more strife, only total and complete joy.

I realized over the course of this journey (which is only really beginning) a few key things:

-In times of great transition, the people who are truly your friends step up, the ones who are not (this includes family too), also show themselves. This provides an amazing opportunity for clarity and more intimate bonds with those who are truly in alignment with you.

-Nothing else matters, but right now. Sitting on Poipu beach on Friday, I realized this. It doesn’t matter what I do in my life, what matters is that I’ve done this. That I had a stirring within me, a voice and a message that said “go” and I went. And the going provided me with so much more than I could have ever imagined.

-Happiness is a feeling. Joy is a state of being. I can feel “happy” about circumstances in my life, but when I am living in alignment with WHO I REALLY AM, I feel joy that no outside circumstances can impact.

These are just a few of my realizations and I’m eager to see what’s around the bend.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me in the attaining of this dream (InsideTrack, JenP, and all the rest). I am so excited to see the next bits of unfolding.

And most of all, I have to thank the Universe and Mr. Campbell for reminding me of who I REALLY AM and allowing me to be that.

Much love & blessings,

P.S. Top photo – sunset at Poipu Beach, Richie & I on my first night living in Kauai.

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