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!
–HKS

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09 Oct / Good Morning!


It’s been a crazy week. I had an article printed in the Daily Journal of Commerce just click on “Design Special Section” and then “The Future’s So Bright” to read my piece. Also, if you haven’t checked, my dairy-free smoothie recipe appeared on Wired Berries.

I’ve also started writing a blog for Women OUT LOUD a new blog/webcast hosted by OregonLive.com. Check it out here. The editor at OregonLive.com is something else. He was babbling on and on to me the other day about how to write a blog (hello, I’m a writer?!) and I said to him, “I’m not a moron.” To which he replied, “Oh yeah, where did you go to school?”

Can you believe this guy?
Where did I go to school??? As if that matters or is an indicator of whether or not I’m a moron? Besides being completely disgusted with this man, I realized that ‘schoolism’ is just another form of prejudice that shows up in our society. It’s as if the pecking order is: being judged by color of your skin, your sexual preference, or when all else fails – what university you went too.

This type of “us vs. them” mentality irritates me to no end. It’s just another way that humans try to separate themselves from one another.

Needless to say, there is no way to tell how long I’ll be writing this blog with that kind of ridiculous attitude wandering around, but I’m there for now. Our webcast is scheduled to hit November 3rd to discuss the November 7 election. If you have not registered to vote, please do so now. Register to vote here!

Also, you’ll see a new picture of me with my best friend Jen. We went out dancing this weekend (more on that later). I dyed my hair back to my natural color (sort of). It’s pretty dark. Let me know what you think. 🙂

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01 Oct /

Happy Sunday!

It’s been awhile since my last post. My schedule got a bit out of hand. I had my 10-Year Class Reunion, which I planned (Go Mooks!). And lately writing assignments are coming in fast and furious. I even have a recipe coming out soon.

With all of that, it made me realize how important celebration is. Too often, our success passes us by (10 years out of high school and actually doing something with one’s life, comes to mind) and there is no glorious party or honorary pat on the back. And life is just better with a party. Quite a few parties, actually. 🙂

Everywhere I turn, the people in my life are attracting success. My best friend of 10 years, Jen recently quit a job she liked to complete her education and live her dream – teaching elementary school. One of my other Jen friends (I have about 4) is a life coach and has so many clients that she can no longer take on any more! How exciting is that?! BTW – if you want to get on her waiting list – visit: www.jenniferpowers.com.

These two women inspire me. Life is not about doing what other people tell you to do. Life is about living your dream. Being surrounded by women who are living their dream, brings me more inspiration than I ever thought possible.

To aid in my inspiration, I’ve discovered Wayne Dyer. If you aren’t familiar with his work, please visit: www.drwaynedyer.com His entire premise is that our thoughts control our reality. So, when we change the way we look at life, our life changes. I wrote about this recently in Christine Hassler’s September newsletter: http://list.namasteinteractive.com/content/23203/SeptemberFull06.htm. I also saw Wayne on Monday when he spoke at the Portland Expo Center. I was able to meet him and have him autograph my book. It was most definitely one of the highlights of the week.

And the trend of inspiration continues on – this weekend I watched The Secret. If you haven’t watched this movie, I highly encourage you to do so. It is life changing and provides a quick shot of inspiration for any of the dreams you want to make a reality in your life. Self-proclaimed “realists” may tell you that the law of attraction isn’t for real, but don’t listen to them. Every single thing that is in your life right now is because you created it. With that knowledge is the empowerment to attract exactly what you want into your life. I’m seeing it in my own life. It’s exciting! To download a copy of the movie or purchase the DVD, visit: www.thesecret.tv

Finally, I had two wine articles come out in the September issue of Brainstorm NW. Pick up a copy (or better yet) subscribe today: www.brainstormnw.com.

And with every accomplishment, with every success – celebrate. Last night was great friends, copious red wine (check out Frei Brothers Redwood Creek Cab) and many applauds to our success. And to that – cheers!

xoHeather Strang

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10 Sep /


Hi all,

I’m testing out a new picture. My friend Jenn took it over the Labor Day weekend while we were wine tasting at Rex Hill Winery outside of Dundee, OR. It’s an amazing winery, with a gorgeous setting (although very pricey).

Let me know if you like the picture or think I need something new. I am in the process of updating my site and want something that is more “me”. Trouble is, I don’t have a plethora of pictures of myself (shocking, I know). Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Today’s topic is email and text messaging spelling/grammar etiquette. Is it okay to abbreviate – “ur” instead of “your”? Or is it better to spell everything out and use correct grammar?

When talking on the phone or in person, you send out a host of signals. Body language, facial expression, tone of voice, eye contact, gestures, sighing, laughing, etc. Email and text messaging eliminate all of these signals. Therefore, conclusions about your state of mind, personality, and disposition are all left to what words you use and how you use them.

This brings me to one of my biggest pet peeves – the use of LOL. Seriously. What does that even mean? Laugh Out Loud? Why? Why are you telling me to Laugh Out Loud? It’s silly, ridiculous, and just plain confusing. Are you signifying that you are being funny, a smartass, sarcastic – what? I don’t get it. That being said, I’m a big fan of smiley faces 🙂 and word on the street is – those can be just as annoying as LOL.

In any event, I digress.

My suggestion is to spell it out and use good grammar. Unless it’s someone who already unconditionally loves and adores you, practice good use of the English language.

This leads to what will follow in blogs to come – our ever dependent use of antisocial communication devices such as email (love it!) and text messaging (addiction, anyone?). Stay tuned…

And please, for the love of all that is good and right, don’t ever use LOL.

Until next time,
HKS 🙂

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03 Sep /

Happy Labor Day weekend!

I’ve made a new commitment to posting blogs on a more regular basis – I promise! Life has been very busy. New articles published in both NW Meetings & Events and Brainstorm NW. In fact, I have two wine articles out in the September issue of Brainstorm NW. I love the folks over there. Alsye is the editor I work with and she is amazing!

My writing is mostly for business these days. I noticed that a few weeks ago and started up my morning pages again. What are morning pages you ask? They are the foundation of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I’m currently reading The Vein of Gold, a sequel to Artist’s Way. Julia suggests that all creatives (which is everyone) write at least 3 pages each morning. She also encourages readers to walk at least 20 minutes a day, including a one hour walk a week, and weekly artist dates. Artist dates are very powerful. For me, going to author signings/readings at Powell’s is my favorite way to spend an artist date.

I strongly encourage you to write 3 pages every morning. It doesn’t have to make sense or have an agenda. Just write the thoughts as they appear in your head. It’s like emptying the contents of your brain. Sometimes you’ll be surprised by what shows up (“I’m still not over my sister’s biting comment?!) and other times you’ll sort things out (“No, I should not take that particular assignment, it doesn’t feel right.”)

One of my favorite things about Julia’s Artist’s Way series is the quotes. I am a big lover of quotes. My favorite one right now is:

What happens is not important. How we react to what happens is very important. It is not what we get that matters, it is what we do that matters. We can let go anytime we are willing.”Cheri Huber

Every page of the Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold contain 1-3 quotes. They are divine. I mark the quotes that resonate with me. Be sure to add both The Artist’s Way and Vein of Gold to your book list. Both will feed your creative spirit. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Cheers,
Heather

Heather Strang
Write For You
www.strangwriteforyou.com

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22 Nov /

Hello!

It’s been a long time since my last blog – I have successfully completed my move and have settled into apartment living in suburbia (is there anything more divine than mad mom’s in minivans – everywhere?).

I would like to use this blog as a forum to post writing tips. Are you ready? Be prepared to be absolutely astounded. 😉

After editing several cover letters and resumes recently, there is something everyone must know: SIMPLE IS BETTER. Less words = more effective communication. Using a multitude of words does not make you sound smarter, but rather, unsure and insecure.

Example: “I feel my skills can provide your company with the best possible option as an employee.”

Better: “My skills qualify me as the best employee for this position.”

Best: “I am the best candidate for this position.”

Fewer words and more active language make your writing (and you) sound more confident and qualified for any position.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Please feel free to email any writing questions to: info@strangwriteforyou.com.

Cheers,
Heather Strang

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10 Aug / Welcome!

Welcome to my blog!

We’re in the midst of summer and I’m loving it. The weather is gorgeous. Last night I did a
7-mile bike ride (which isn’t much at all), but it killed. It’s my first real ride in over a year. My bike is a totally pimped out and I’m ready to go. I’m trying to find a cycling buddy to do some longer rides with me, but so far no luck.

I’m heading out to the Howie Day/Anna Nalick concert tonight at the Crystal Ballroom. This will be my first time attending a concert at the Crystal Ballroom and I’m looking forward to it. Did a little pre-concert shopping today and picked up some huge dangly earrings to wear tonight. 🙂

The only down side to summer is my lack of motivation to work. Everyone and their mother is on vacation and I’d much rather be reading a book (currently “His Needs, Her Needs”) by the pool than sitting in front of a computer. It’s time to get that laptop with wireless internet I’ve been drooling over…

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