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,
–H

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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,
–Heather

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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???

–H

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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!

–H

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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…
Cheers,
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!
–H

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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!
–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. πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

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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