3 Ways To Indulge like a Parisian

3 Ways To Indulge like a Parisian

From food to fashion to love....how to let seduction take over...gracefully. I first thought it best to start my new job with restraint and productivity.  I went on a detox cleanse, wore sensible shoes, and went to bed early.  And then I was sent to Paris. As I...

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Bringing Your ‘Whole Self’ To Work?!

Bringing Your ‘Whole Self’ To Work?!

Remember when we were encouraged to leave our personal lives at home and be 'just business' in the workplace?  That notion is dying...there is a new calling to be 100% OURSELVES 100% of the time.  The Past Once upon a time in a consulting world far far away, there was...

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Stilettos, Sexism, and Sheryl Sandberg

Stilettos, Sexism, and Sheryl Sandberg

I was invited to a book club to talk about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, ‘Lean In’. True to Heidi fashion I read the entire book in a cram session 24 hours prior, spilling coffee and makeup all over the cover. Sigh. Not very Sheryl Sandberg like. Regardless of the stains on...

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A Different Take on Philanthropy

A Different Take on Philanthropy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.  ~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy I am drawn to women’s stories that change the way we think about things, from sexism to alcoholism to altruism.   A new friend picked up on this and simply said,...

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Things Not Posted on Facebook

A college friend came to visit recently and remarked, “Wow, you’ve really made it in San Francisco. I can tell from your posts on Facebook.”  Er. That was right after another friend called me out for ‘humble brag’ on a recent post about a secret admirer.  I realized...

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How to Live Life and Love it!

How to Live Life and Love it!

The first message I received on Valentines Day went something like this: heidi,this is the first time I’ve looked at facebook in 5 months or so. i wanted to tell you that i love how much you live your life. few people ever live truly, and so most people might as well...

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Be Naked: A Weekend in Esalen

Be Naked: A Weekend in Esalen

Rather than juggle Memorial Day barbecues, I decided to head back down to Big Sur for the long weekend. No, this time I wasn’t going to a monastery to think impure thoughts. Rather I was going to Esalen to not think and be impure. Heading to Esalen Esalen is a...

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Not Thinking About Sex in a Monastery

Not Thinking About Sex in a Monastery

Hedonism and asceticism have always been fundamental parts of American culture. Never able to completely stay true to one path, we take turns diving into each, using one to wash us from the pleasurable guilt of the other. In pursuit of a little of each for writing...

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A Love Poem for Us All

A Love Poem for Us All

“Write about love,” she asked. Three weeks before her wedding, one of my closest friends asked me to create a poem to follow the exchange of vows. The world stopped at her request.  My limbs stretched and my arms grasped for adjectives to describe this mysterious...

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