I lived a relatively “normal” and responsible life until I reached my mid-40s. I was always on time for things. I got good grades in school. I did what I was told, I finished my vegetables and I played by the rules. My wardrobe was mostly navy and black, it never included yellows or pinks. I was living the kind of life that everyone expected me to have.
That all changed in 2009 when I somewhat spontaneously sold my home in Ottawa, Canada, got rid of most of my possessions, and said goodbye to family and friends to hit the road in a daisy-decorated RV that was emblazoned with my mantra, “Follow your heart, wherever it takes you”. I come from a responsible family of lawyers and accountants so, of course, my Mom was thrilled with the idea.
It is this soul-searching journey that I share with readers in my memoir, Following Daisies: A True Story About One Woman’s Adventures Finding Happiness, Fulfilling Dreams and Becoming Herself.
In 2013, I published Life’s Too Short to Drive a White Car! , an inspiring and humorous read about how to live life from the heart. I’m also a contributing author to Cooking with Sin and the Canadian best-seller The Power of Women United.
In 2014, I founded The Funny Farm Amateur Comedy Show on Salt Spring Island and ventured into stand-up comedy (My mom was once again thrilled, since my very first set was all about her and her compulsive knitting). I was a member of Toastmasters International for over 4 years where I earned a reputation as an engaging and authentic speaker known for my sense of humour, ability to connect with the audience and for the variety of speeches I delivered that included the subject of chicken.
Currently I’m working on 2 book projects, both of which are scheduled to be published in 2015. You can read about the first project, Peace, Love and Daisies here. I’m also involved in a project called Everything SaltSpring, which is an ebook series scheduled to be released in late spring 2015.
When people ask me what I do, I like to say that I do fun stuff. Having an official occupational title just feels too confining for me. I like to write. I like to speak. I like to perform. I like to make people laugh and smile. I like to be creative. I like to have fun and I like to help others have fun too. So, that’s the kind of stuff that I do.
Heather, why are you called “The Wild Daisy”? That’s a great question. I took on the moniker of Daisy while on a mountain biking vacation with some friends several years ago. The nickname stuck and my love affair with daisies only continued to bloom (pun intended). My lifestyle is also a bit daisy-like, I tend to go with the wind, live from the heart and aim to keep things on the bright side. I guess you could also say that I have a bit of a “wild” side too.
I live on beautiful Salt Spring Island on Canada’s west coast. I drive the most colourful car in town, am often running behind schedule, frequently break the rules and often wear bright-coloured outfits.
When I’m not busy writing, speaking or trying to find my keys, I can be found hiking or at the beach with my Jack Russell Terrier, Daisy ‘Mo, cycling around the island or at home enjoying some Nanaimo bars.
For those of you who like professional details, certifications and that kind of thing:
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Guelph, 1986
Chef’s Pre-Employment Certificate, George Brown College, 1987 (Yes I can cook! I actually went to school and worked briefly with the notorious Lynn Crawford.)
Wellness and Lifestyle Management Certificate, Centennial College, 1996
CanFitPro Personal Trainer Certification, 2007
Life Coaching Levels 1 and 2, NLP for Personal Trainers, 2008 (in conjunction with CanFitPro)
Toastmasters International, CC and ACB