Recent Posts by Heidi Siefkas

I’m allergic to

One of the most common questions I get at the doctor's office or local pharmacy is, "Are you allergic to anything?" My typical answer is, "No, I'm not allergic to anything." Having spent most of 2009 and 2010 in and out of ICU, hospitals, and doctor offices because of an accident and a lengthy recovery,…
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You Only Live Once – Carpe Diem

Are you getting your YOLO dose of dessert first, nightcaps, sunshine, bubble baths, adrenaline, and bacon? If you haven’t heard the original quote from Mark Twain, let me repeat. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you DIDN’T than the ones you did.” What are you waiting for? Although…
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A Text for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a mixed bag. It all depends on which side of the fence you are on: with a Valentine or without. Don’t get me wrong I love a good spoiling on Valentine’s Day. I’ve been showered with multiple bouquets of roses, taken out to dinner, whisked away for getaways, and who knows this…
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Inspired to Walkabout

Don’t be fooled by the title, I’m not an aborigine. However, just like those Down Under, my walkabout was a rite of passage. In my early-thirties, I suffered a near death accident, had a painful divorce, and lost my job. I found myself at a life-change, needing to clear my head and a change of…
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Combo Adventure Travel in Kauai – Secret Falls

Whether it's your first time in Kauai or you're kama'aina (Hawaii resident), Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls) is a perfect combo of kayaking and hiking.  I stress that it is a combo as to access the Secret Falls trailhead because you must arrive by water. Most choose to kayak, but for those adventurers looking for a real…
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Taking the Road Less Traveled

Although I have been known to color between the lines and jump through various hoops to graduate from UW-Madison and also UM-Boston, I’ve found my biggest successes have come from creating an alternate path. I was reminded of this as I recently accomplished another feat, turning in my manuscript to my editor just this past…
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Good Times and Good Stories

I base a lot of my way that I frame situations on the fact that I believe each occasion in life is either a good time or a good story. Sometimes they can be both, but most often than not when you are having a good time it isn’t raining, you don’t have a flat…
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Happy Look Up Day

If you haven’t heard of Look Up Day before, let me share with you why I created Look Up Day as well as its lesson. On September 27, 2009, I had a traumatic accident. I large tree limb broke my neck in one fell swoop. It was a miracle that I survived and ever more…
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Welcome to My World

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was hoping you would. Grab a seat and let’s get to know one another. My name is Heidi Siefkas, but I have gone by many other nicknames – pumpkin, Hi-d, Miss Trempealeau, and Heidi Suitcase, which morphed into Ms Traveling Pants. I was born and raised in a…
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Desk Job to Dream Job

When I made my decision in 2013 to officially leave an executive level desk job conveniently located just 15 minutes away from my home to become a freelance writer and tour guide, I made some heads turn. Not only was I taking a gamble, but by colleagues I was viewed as taking a big risk…
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