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Beautiful Life Project

 

Hi, I’m Heather (my friends call me Hat)...


In 2007, I was in a very bad place.  My self-esteem was at rock-bottom.  I hated the person I saw in the mirror every morning and felt such a tremendous amount of shame about the size and state of my body.  I worked long, unfulfilling hours on a life-sucking job.  I spent very little time with my children (who were in full-time daycare) and my husband and I were like ships passing in the night. 


Life consisted of seemingly endless cycles of working, eating, watching TV, sleeping... and endless bill-paying.  Weekends were spent at the mall - accumulating more *stuff* as a way to numb the depression and a deep sense of purposelessness.  


I often used to ask myself:  “Is this it?  Is this all I have to look forward to for the rest of my life?”


In November 2007, I created the Beautiful Life Project... and since that time, everything has changed.


It all began when I decided to change my mind about a few things.  I wanted to change the way I saw myself.  I wanted to stop hating myself.  I wanted to stop abusing and shaming my body.  I decided to embrace my beauty... and celebrate my strengths, live deliberately and to chart a course towards the life I wanted for myself and my family (instead of just drifting, aimlessly... on the Sea of Life).


After changing my mind, I set about changing my life.  I began to face my fears and stopped shaming my body.  I walked away from the draining, life-sucking career and started pursuing my passions and interests instead.  I cut my hair short and dyed it pink.  I discovered strengths I never knew I had.  I discovered purpose.


Then, my husband and I decided to make some additional life-changing decisions:  We ditched the TV, purged our stuff, downsized our belongings, drastically reduced our debt and monthly expenses, took our kids out of school (we homeschool now)... and hit the road on a long-term, nomadic family adventure.


We travelled around South Africa, took the kids on a 2-month road-trip around the United States, lived in Cape Town for 7 months (and are now selling our suburban home and moving into the inner city... after which we plan to embark upon a 3-month road trip around Europe in a camper van... and after that - who knows?)


We live on our terms now.  We live simpler, happier lives... and spend our money on adventures, experiences and memory-making with our kids (instead of the accumulation of more debt and *stuff*). 


As an artist, blogger and musician... I share what we’ve learned on this incredible journey... through Hatbooks, creative workshops, short courses, music and storytelling.


These days, my dream is bigger.  I want to make the world a better place (even if it’s just in the smallest way).  I want to encourage others to embrace their beauty... to discover their strengths... celebrate their uniqueness... escape One-Day-When Land... and to DO what makes them come ALIVE! 


I want to encourage folk to live deliberately - and discover that *thing* they were meant to do (that we were all meant to do) to make the world a better place.


I have LOTS of exciting things that I’m working on right now (that I hope will help, inspire & challenge you)...  if you want to be the first to hear about my free downloadable books (choc-full of photos, quotes, stories and art)... then just click here!


Looking forward to hearing from you!





Creative workshops, experiences and magazines

to help you embrace your YOU’ness!

STOP WAITING...
to start living!

Hat