I met this gorgeous women several years ago when our kiddos started the same school together. From that very first meet and smile, I sensed that Heather was one of the most authentic, kind and funny women I had met … and YES, as Heather mentions in the interview, her laugh was one of the most memorable characteristic about her. And yes, I can really hear it in the store and know exactly where I can find my friend.
That laugh is also contagious, as is Heather’s generous spirit. Heather has traveled the ocean in a boat with her family to help a community get reconnected with seeds and their land (read details below), regularly volunteers to share her amazing knowledge of gardening with her community, opens her home and heart to her friends regularly, and now, Heather has co-launched an amazing project called RaisingDirt.com where she and her partner Candace Allen show how easy, fun and fulfilling it can be to be outside, in the garden and getting to know the earth with your kids in tow.
Heather is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called Growing Alliances for Sustainable Agriculture, with a mission to help ignite a new agricultural paradigm on Andros Island in the Bahamas.
Yup … she’s a busy mama on a mission … that’s where Self-Care comes in as a crucial strategy. Meet my dear friend, Heather Tiszai.
Q. What does Self-Care mean to you?
Self–care means loving myself and going with the flow. As a person who is infinitely inspired and eagerly engaged, I find myself to be quite busy. Sometimes I run a half marathon distance by the time most people leave the house for work. Then I’ll come home expecting to write a grant, plant some seeds in the garden, clean out the chicken coop, bake bread, and write a blog post before lunch. Essentially, I put a few too many demands on myself.
Luckily, I have kids that keep me reminded about some of the important things like eating and sleeping and a good game of UNO. And if I don’t feel like doing anything, then I don’t. I give myself a break. I’ll lie in bed and read most of the day. Or I’ll take a long bath and eat frozen fruit to spare myself the dishes. I forgive myself for trying to do too much and allow myself the space to do nothing. Well, at least that is the goal. But I accept myself even though I’m not fully there yet.
Q – Was there a time when you did not take care of YOU and how did it affect your life & business?
Yes, I was working and living in an isolated environment with a domineering boss. My voice and abilities were not respected and honored. I was made to feel guilty for taking time to myself. I got sick. A lymph gland on my neck swelled up to the size of a golf ball, and I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr. When I decided to give my resignation, the swelling in my neck went away and my energy was restored almost immediately.
Q – What are your top 3 Self-Care tips that women can incorporate into their lives?
GO to the Woods and LISTEN
LOVE Yourself as YOU are
REMEMBER to Make it FUN
Q – What’s something (fun, silly, surprising) that we can learn about you?
I have an astoundingly loud laugh. Friends hear my laughter aisles away in the grocery store and know exactly where to find me. At times my laugh has been a source of embarrassment and self-annoyance. But I have come to appreciate my laugh, to be thankful for its gift. The world can be so incredibly serious. And yes, there are many serious things happening all around us to pay attention to. But the gift of laughter lifts us out of the world’s woes to something higher. I’ll take that gift any day, loud or not.
It’s YOUR turn ..
Heather and I want to know … what can you learn to embrace about yourself? Is there something you’re embarrassed about … don’t love about you … how can you turn it around to make it something to honor and accept?
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