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My Dirty Secret

My Dirty Secret

It was one of those San Francisco drizzle dusks where you couldn’t tell where the fog ended and the rainclouds started.  Dressed in a black trench coat, I met an old colleague outside the warm glow of a Brasserie sign. It was time to confide a dark secret. “You’ll...

Burning Man Lessons from A Newbie

Burning Man Lessons from A Newbie

“I’ll never go to Burning Man,” I always said.  “It’s full of hairy armpit hippies having orgies in the dust while hallucinating.” I loathed the people in San Francisco that called themselves “burners.” You know the type-those wide eyed patchouli wearers that made...

Stop Talking: Making Less More.

Stop Talking: Making Less More.

We’ve all heard the phrase “Less is more” but how often to we really employ this?  We are always seeking “more.”  Say more, do more, be more. As another birthday descends upon me, I feel a case of the ‘more neuroses’ coming on. Have I done enough? Or is my life one...

Dream Job Interview: From Hedge Funds to Mountain Peaks

Dream Job Interview: From Hedge Funds to Mountain Peaks

I have often toyed with the idea of casting my career into the abyss and following some crazy passion. Maybe I’d run amok with a latin dancer and perfect the cha cha in Cuba. I would be known as “Pies del fuego” (feet of fire).  Or maybe I’d don board shorts and set...

Imperfectly Naked

Imperfectly Naked

Last month I received a postcard from Champasak,Vietnam. It was from my high school friend Tim. After getting his PhD from MIT, he decided to turn down lucrative offers and buy a boat to sail around the world for a few years.  “F*** what I’m supposed to do. This is...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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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