“Art and writing have the power to transform”
Hello! I’m Heidi.
I’m an artist, writer and teacher living on the beautiful Oregon Coast. I was born in California, but grew up in Oregon. After high school I moved to Chicago where I met my amazing husband. We have been fortunate to live in many places across the country, including South Carolina and Arizona. Each place we’ve lived has influenced my creativity. We have two young adult children who we were fortunate to homeschool. It was all those years of teaching that prepared me to be the teacher I am today.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis and had 3 surgeries in as many months. In 2018, when I was 25 weeks pregnant with our third children I had a hemoperitoneum, an internal hemorrhage, where I lost half of my blood volume and our baby boy died. I spent 8 days in the ICU, I endured traumatic treatment at the hands of medical personnel, I spent months recovering and the grief of such a loss was suffocating.
“My journey has been far from a linear path“
My journey has been far from a linear path to this time and place. I’m an empath, an HSP and a nurturer to my very core. It is in my tenderness that I found my strength. I’ve used the written word and creative arts throughout my life to find my way through the darkness. I struggled to identify myself as either an artist or a writer, feeling that I had to choose one because it would be impossible to be both. What I didn’t know was that I would need both of them to endure a traumatic tragedy that almost ended my life.
What I didn’t know at the time, was that I would need the written word and art to show me that I was not only a survivor, but a fighter. It was art that got me out of bed each day and it was art that helped me to embrace life when I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be alive.
“I’m not a therapist, only a writer and artist who mined inspiration from my own journey in hopes that you see a bit of yourself reflected back“
My writing and art career have taken on many faces as my life has evolved. It was in all those twists and turns that my writing and art grew around me.
I’m not a therapist, only a writer and artist who mined inspiration from my own journey in hopes that you see a bit of yourself reflected back.
I help people journey through the dark and twisty parts of life, using creativity to bring light back into the darkness.
I share my journey with loss to inspire others on theirs.
When I embraced both the writer and artist in me is when I began to find my way out of the darkness. I now share my writing and art through my online courses. It has been an honor to walk beside each of my students and it’s been through their courage and bravery that I have found my own.
To use writing and art to help people to walk through the darkness
To discuss things typically told to keep silent
To offer creativity as a way to express feelings and emotions we’ve been told to ignore
To help the broken to flourish
Secrets About Me
* I’m oddly terrified of sinkholes. Like if I hear a weird noise in the house, I immediately think, “what if it’s a sinkhole?” Weird right?
*I never leave the house without a book, magazine or my iPad. I always have something to read.
*I love to cook…bake…whatever, I just love being in the kitchen. Although, I’m not a fan of doing the dishes.
*I love French fries and I eat frozen Junior Mints with my Popcorn.
*I don’t drink coffee…never have…but tea is my jam. A London Fog is my go-to drink. If you know, you know!!
*I love brussel sprouts. Seriously!! I craved them when I was pregnant even though I’d never eaten them before. The trick is to make them with coconut oil and nutmeg. I’ll give you the recipe!
*I’m a girly girl. I love makeup, shoes, purses, and jewelry….but there is seriously nothing better than a cozy sweater, thick pair of socks and a top-knot.
*I LOVE coca-cola Slurpees! It’s a sickness really. If I lived close to a 7/11 I’d be in serious trouble.
*I moved from Portland, Oregon right after high school to Chicago. I’d seen While you were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and thought Chicago was where I had to live. Luckily my aunt and uncle were living there, so I headed East, and sure enough, I met the love of my life and we’ve been married 23 years.
*I’m kind of a stalker when it comes to people’s routines. Whether it’s a daily routine, or how a writer or artist goes about their days. Where they work, what inspires them, what they eat for lunch and what their space looks like. Seriously, it’s a problem. I LOVE to see other people’s desks and art studios. So, share your pixs with me!!