Heidi Isern

writer. thinker. whiskey drinker.

2012

From Baking to Seduction: The Inspiration of Christmas Carols

“I abhor holiday music.  It’s so commercialized and so annoying…” What?!   I felt as if I had been stabbed.  How could someone  have such an aversion to a lyrical outpouring of glee? Were the songs I sang at the top of my lungs every December just serving to destroy other’s eardrums?  Did no one else hear “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and temporarily stop to “dismay?!” I became defensive,

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Meditation and Thomas Keller

“Why don’t you a blog post on meditation?” asked a man I recently met.   “What is every executive in a company were required to?” he continued.  What would the world look like? How much petty bullshit and time wasting would vaporize….”   Clearly the man had pleasurable meditation experiences.  He didn’t know that I had tried it multiple times without much success.  If I were going to write about

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Finding the Elusive ‘Present Moment’

There is a time in everyone’s life where we worry, “Is this it?”  “Is this all I will ever be?”    Some compare themselves to successful moms with two published books and three well-behaved children. Others measure themselves against those written up in TechCrunch, IPOing on a successful company. Did we somehow mess up? Did we miss the boat? Should start an immediate auto correct plan?   Many take a

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Abstinence and the City?

Manhattan is Broadway shows to some, intense shopping to others.  But to me it always a represented debaucheries and adventure in swank downtown clubs. Regardless if I traveled there for work or pleasure I always was sure to come back with a roaring hangover and amusing tales to tell my ‘smug married’ friends back at home.  If I had to sing for my supper I would do my best to make

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Obama Election 2008 vs. 2012: Remembering the Past and Continuing the Journey

On Tuesday we elected Barack Obama for his second term of presidency.  Four years ago I watched him win his first in the heart of Fillmore’s jazz district.  I was in a back booth of Rassela’s dark jazz club, the only blond head of hair in the joint.  I sat close by my date, a man I had recently met, drinking whiskey trying to look cool.   Fueled by election frenzy, we

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Overcoming Decision Paralysis

We are all products of the choices we have made.  Perhaps this is why I have a difficult time making them.  I am a true maximizer in every definition of the word, always seeking to carve out the best possible outcome for myself.  If my choices dictate who I am, then I want to ensure I am the luxury version, not some cobbled together knock off product. I collect data,

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Why We Need Harems

  The word ‘harem’ often conjures up sexual visions where multiple female dancers hand feed a lone aging fat man grapes while twitching their finely tuned abdominal muscles and showering him with kisses.   However, in reality the word has nothing to do with men or sex or cheesy belly dancing outfits.  Harem is defined as a ‘sphere for women, a sacred inviolable place.’  It comes from the Arabic word

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Who You Meet, Who You Love, and Who Sticks Around

Your timing determines who you will meet in your life Your heart determines who you will love in your life Your behavior determines who will stay in your life       Your timing determines who you will meet in your life I used to scorn the concept of timing.  I was a romantic believing only in fate and destiny.  Plus when it came to time, I had loads of

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Healing a Sports Injury Without Turning into an Alkie

“Heidi, You are not 25 years old anymore.  You can’t just do the same things.”   My body, foot now in a cast, apparently hadn’t gotten the message.   Last year after my birthday I wrote an article called “F*ck the birthday pressure, I’m taking my time…” However this year I cannot help feel the pressure of aging as it is literally breaking me.   My right foot is in

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What Makes a Marriage Work?

Today is my parent’s 36th wedding anniversary.  I asked them how it lasts (I certainly have no idea).  According to them, it’s simple.  It’s the threads you weave together over the course of time.  People that know my parents find them the perfect blend of romantic, silly, and kind.  To some they seem perfect-they wear matching outfits, they ballroom dance, and they sail across the world discovering newness together.  They

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Bringing Back Community

The first definition for community is, according to Webster’s, “a unified body of individuals.”  Then the options for the definition vary just like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book.  The community could be unified by geography, politics, common interests, beliefs, or, as I like to think, a common sense of wellbeing.   Sometimes, especially in large cities, our own importance gets the better of us and we forget to think

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In Defense of Beautiful Women

Beauty can have an ugly side and the fair faced don’t always ‘have it all’. I decided to talk to two former models that explained the challenges of being seen as just ‘another pretty face.’  When I turned 15 my body transformed.  My perm grew out, my glasses were cast aside, and my once gangly knee-scrapped legs grew curves. I also stopped going to Orchestra Camp, improving my popularity status.

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Too Busy? You May Have Your Priorities Wrong…

Gone are the days of long lunches and endless evenings.  In today’s hamster wheel of very important meetings and deadlines, everyone is just too darn busy to give you anything more than a 55 minute time slot.  The response to the question “How are you” is usually “Oh, I’ve just been SO busy.”  This response isn’t met with concern or disdain but rather congratulations and hearty pats on the back. 

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New York State of Mind: Life Lessons over Manhattans

Gain Clarity in mad Manhattan?  Why, it’s the best place in the world! Many people say that to in order to gain clarity that you need to escape to a place of exotic solitude. “Go to India to find yourself,” urged one friend. “No no, the beaches of Mediterranean,“ said another. “What about Bali?” offered yet a third. However, I had done all of these before. I was an Eat

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Top Ways to Get Over a Pity Party

I’ve kinda been a curmudgeon recently. Yeah, yeah I know my blog says that I write “inspirational musings” but trust me, that takes a lot of effort when the going gets tough. Have you ever had those low days when you just want to marinade yourself in self-pity and then stick your head in the oven? My girlfriend Mazz says that riding the (emotional) rollercoaster is always preferable to the

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5 Reasons Why Alcohol is Good For Your Soul

Ending both a relationship and job within the same time span can be very confusing.  There are multiple coping mechanisms: Crazy fitness streaks with boxing trainers and 5am power runs Exotic escapism journeys to meditate with shaven monks in unpronounceable lands Alcohol I decided to head up to Sonoma and embrace the third option. A friend had a large house that begged people to come and stay in it…and drink

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Life Lessons From Mexico: Waves, Love, Hula Hoops

“Way down here you need a reason to move…….Oh Mexico, You sound so simple, I just gotta go… The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home….” In San Francisco’s cold fog, no one forgets to go home. Even in July we rush indoors hoping for a fireplace and steaming cup of hot chocolate. And unlike most Mexicans, San Francisco’s type A tri-athletes need a reason NOT to move….like a

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4 Types of Breakups

In a passionate person’s life there are three things that are inevitable: 1. Writing bad poetry. 2. Quoting dead authors. 3. Crazy breakup sagas.Regardless of which side of the outcome you are on, breakups are miserable. I have had a few across multiple countries, personalities and outcomes with numerous learnings. There are lots of websites that guide you through the multiple breakup phases: Denial (i.e. pretending that he/ she’s  just on

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Things Granny Says

From eating gumbo to playing poker to shooting whiskey, my Granny has taught me many life lessons. She was a true Montana pioneer-giving up her privileged past to move to the big sky country for adventure. I went back home to embrace the land, its people, and of course, my Granny. On a hot Montana night I left the town of Bozeman and headed east to meet up with my

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The Bitch Within

“Oh my God, Becky. Look at her Butt….” Sir Mix-A-Lot’s rap song, ‘Baby got Back’ begins with a dreadful, yet familiar female trait, the tendency to put other women down. Why do women do this to each other? What makes us so competitive that we can instantly turn from Snow White into Cruella de Vil? Are we insecure about our own abilities? Jealous that we may be usurped? Or perhaps

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