Heather has lived a bit of everywhere. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Hilton Head, Nepal, Prague, Madrid are just a handful of places she calls home. Now residing in Chicago, Heather has been working in advertising for the past ten years. Her true passion is film. After working with NGO’s in Human Trafficking overseas, it led her to meeting some of the great minds behind Chicago Media Project. CMP focuses on impactful media with a philanthropic theme. The idea is to unite filmmakers across the globe to create change. With her efforts on social change in tact, Heather’s mantra on life is simple and direct, expect more.

What do you wake up thinking about?

I literally have the same conversation with myself almost every morning- What time is it?  Do I have to get up yet?  What does this day have in store for me?  Ok, get up and go work-out... Heather, stop... drink some water and meditate before you do anything else.

What's your morning ritual?

I prefer to meditate right when I wake up, when I'm still warm and cozy and my mind is fresh.  Get up and turn on music, look at my schedule for the day and go to yoga or workout... then when I get back I start with emails. If I jump right into work mode, the rest will never happen and the rest is the most important part of my day.

How does social media play into your daily life?

It can be an amazing tool for me and others if used correctly.  We get to see places we've never been, maintain contact with friends overseas, educate ourselves on other ways of life and thought processes, empower ourselves to create our own businesses or gain strength from the Facebook community. But I learned there are times a "wake-up call" needs to happen and we need to disconnect at times. When comparisons start happening, when anger over other's viewpoints takes over the understanding... that's when I walk away and remind myself  "you do you, let others do the same"

Are we more connected or disconnected than before?

Both, equally.

What is most important to you in life?

Without question- family and friends... but my soul is also fed by travel and all you discover when doing so.