Hi I’m Heather! I am…
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I’ve always been one to dream big, trust my intuition and question the world around me. Even as a young child one of the most common words to come out of my mouth was “why?”. Throughout my life I found myself in states of imagining how a system or organization could be better designed to fulfill its intended purpose or serve more people effectively. This knack for identifying areas of improvement and producing solutions, partnered with my desire to serve others led me to a successful career in HR strategy and management. In this role I acquired important people and business skills and discovered I had a gift for coaching. I spent years developing and coaching leaders of all levels, from first time managers to Executives.
About 6 years into this career, I found myself severely burnt out and unhappy. My days were filled with more meetings and responsibilities than I had energy for. From the outside, I was reaching all of societies markers of success- on the verge of a Director promotion, 6 figure salary, managing a successful team, etc. However on the inside I was waking up every day feeling dread. I originally wanted to get into this work to make an impact, but that was far from the reality of my role. I became disillusioned with the corporate culture I was experiencing. I didn’t have boundaries with my work, so what began as a genuine desire to help others, turned into me prioritizing my job above all else and sacrificing my needs. It took me getting to this level of burnout in my life to finally reach the conclusion that something needed to change, but I felt stuck.
During this same period, I was in the midst of a long pursuit to recover my health. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease in 2017, after searching for answers and support for nearly 5 years. My initial health struggles and eventual diagnosis unlocked a whole new world for me where I began to study and explore every possible method for holistically healing myself along with support from trusted healers and mentors. I learned a lot and I unlearned even more throughout this challenging experience. After years of committed healing work I can now say that I've been Lyme free since December 2020, and I'm grateful everyday for my health. This challenging experience tested my limits and taught me how resilient I actually am. My healing journey ignited a passion for health and wellness and a desire to help other people heal and reach their optimal wellbeing.
I often say I’ve been my biggest client, because the reality is I spent 10 years committed to my healing, personal growth and the pursuit of my happiness. I nurtured and coached myself through my darkest hours and moments where I felt like I had lost all hope. Through the cultivation of mindfulness practices, I was able to intentionally slow down, reflect on my life, re-connect to my authenticity, and get honest with myself about what wasn’t working in my life. Through this awakening, my next step became clear. I needed to walk away from my career and stop accepting a life that was unfulfilling. I knew there was a more aligned path for me, and although taking this leap of faith was terrifying, it was the best gift I ever gave myself.
I spent a year focused on recovering from burnout, healing and re-imaging my entire life. Things got worse before they got better, but I worked at it every day and eventually I regained my energy and love for life. I cultivated my natural healing abilities by exploring and studying wellness modalities that I felt drawn to. I spent time immersing myself in nature, disconnecting from technology and remembering how beautiful life can be when you slow down and get present. In this time frame, everything about the way I related to myself and the world around me transformed.
I pushed my limits physically, emotionally, and spiritually, by spending a month studying plant medicine healing with a Shipibo Shaman in the Amazon jungle of Peru. I went fully into my darkness and surrendered as I faced all parts of me and my trauma, even the parts that I had been hiding from for years.
And in the surrender I found an opening, a bit of space for love and light to make their way back in. I’ve found that transformation happens ever so subtly; in the day-to-day it can feel as if nothing is happening, then all at once you look up and there is a more whole and authentic you staring back in the mirror.
What I experienced through this intentional break in my life was a reclamation of my soul and the unfolding of a new aligned life path. My longing to serve came back with more force than ever and with it, came a knowing in my body that i'm here to guide people on their path to fulfillment. That’s exactly what I intend to do.