Talking about finding your passion is all fine and dandy. And helping people through your work is always the order of the day here in the Republic Of Freedom. But when you finally open your doors it's time to shove the nice feels in the cupboard for a bit and focus on bringing in some… Read More

How many times in your life have you found yourself wondering when "feeling this way" will end? You know...moving through something really difficult that seems to have no end on the horizon, or just wondering why on earth you feel such discontent when you should be happy. Ugh..."should"...I can't stand that word. (Unless it's in… Read More

"What's your favourite place you've ever been to?" The dreaded question. I get asked this so often, and it's near impossible for any serial world traveler to answer. "They're all so different and wonderful in their own way - it's hard to say" is my usual answer. There's certainly no shortage of magical places on… Read More

You know, sometimes it's a good idea to get right back to the brass tacks of things. Even people like me who've been in business almost 4 years now sometimes neglect the basics of running a successful business. So whether you're just getting started or you've been up and running for a while, let's circle… Read More

Ermagherd, friend - I'm so thrilled to bring you the first post of my new Summer series - Money Smarts - on how to get your financial shit together as a freelancer or entrepreneur. I've recruited the help of the ever-clever Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance because who better to answer your questions than… Read More

If you're new around here, this is the best way to get caught up with the happenings of the Republic. Below are half of my most popular posts, as decided by you, my readers. Poke around - I hope you find some ideas that resonate.  … Read More

  I've got a confession to make: I don't like crowds. And I especially don't like crowds of tourists. You know what has a lot of tourists? Machu Picchu. One million people visited the ruins in 2011. And I know..I get it...everyone associates Peru's Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu. But in typical Heather fashion, I… Read More

Often when I talk about being of service, people push back with the argument that they already give so much or that they've already tried giving a lot of their expertise away for free to grow a business but they're left tired and broke. That's because the lines have been crossed between people-pleasing and being… Read More

Please refrain from telling me how my life is or how it will be. The life I create for myself with every single day that passes has exactly zero to do with what you've seen come before me. Please refrain from telling me I'm lucky. How I got to where I am now is the furthest thing… Read More

Anyone who's worked a 9-5 job knows that not all people make good managers. I'd even go so far as to say that most people don't make good managers. They just get promoted up the ranks due to seniority, not due to actual managerial know-how. Great Managers know that not every employee wants to (or… Read More

  In staying with the theme of my new SNAPSHOT series, today I bring you some pics I've taken over numerous trips to Peru's most famous Andean town, Cusco. Cusco is the jumping-off point for anyone headed to the famous Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu so naturally, it gets flooded with tourists in the high… Read More

I'm not a natural at anything. My mother would tsk tsk at me for saying that, but it's true. I don't remember anything ever just coming naturally to me. Other than maybe talking. But no one wins prizes for the ability to speak. I was a dorky kid and teenager who was put into sports that… Read More