Hi There, I’m Heather!
contact me at heatheroftheeo (at) gmail (dot) com
When people ask What do you do, I say, I Mom a lot. Sometimes I add that I’m also a freelance writer and a Listen To Your Mother director. Before I was a mother, I worked in social work, providing services for people struggling with mental illness.
My essays have been seen in Story Bleed Magazine, at Five Star Friday, on BlogHer, In Touch Magazine, Owning Pink, BonBon Break, Mamapedia, Scary Mommy,What to Expect, Everything Momand more. My story has also been featured in Redbook Magazine and on Twin Cities Fox 9 News, as well as on NBC Nightly News With Diane Sawyer.
I’ve had the honor of speaking all over the country, from the BlogHer conferences, Women Get Social and The Minnesota Blog Conference, to Type A Parent Conference, as well as for many local gatherings and keynotes. Sometimes I speak about alcohol abuse and motherhood–as a woman in recovery–and sometimes I speak on blogging, writing, or taking healthy breaks from the Internet.
I’m a co-manager of the BlogHer conference’s Serenity Suite each summer. The conference is exciting, informative, inspiring and fantastic. This can all be overwhelmingly good, so the suite is a place for people to take a break from the action and connect with other chiller-outers.
I’m forever grateful for the support and connection I’ve found in this writing space. I love it when the worldwide web is used for good.
I have two boys, ages 8 and 6–Miles and Asher, and a 2 year old girl named Elsie Jane. We’re from rural Minnaaahsohhhtah, so I say Uff Da and I draw out all the vowels. It’s ahhhsooome.
This blog and my life revolve around several themes, like my faith, motherhood, addiction, our family’s journey with Asher’s hydrocephalus, and finding my way to a fully alive existence. Blogging reminded me that I love to write. And then it somehow moved me to write about all of life – the good, the bad, and all that is the extraordinary in-between.