I'm going to be straight up with you - I think everyone's gotten a little carried away with this whole "find my passion" business. First off, it's a bloody tall order that leaves most chasing their tails, reading every self-help "find yourself" book out there for years and still not coming to a conclusion. I've… Read More

First off, thank you for being here. Seriously. I know you're reading this because you want to do meaningful work with people who rock, and I (for one) salute you! Problem is, no matter how lovely you are or well-intentioned you be, if you're a service-based freelancer you will inevitably have to deal with the… Read More

This week we're back on the topic of Sweden. A couple of months ago I did a SNAPSHOT post of Sweden's super-famous Ice Hotel, but this time I wanted to show you the warmer side of this lovely Nordic country.   Sweden's known for their love of pickled herring, but did you know they're bonkers… Read More

When it comes to bookkeeping and accounting, there are only four words you need to remember: Don’t Cross The Streams Business expenses go through the business account and on the business credit card. Personal expenses go through the personal account and personal credit card. The end. If you’re just starting out, start right. If you’re… Read More

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