Category Archives: Inspiration

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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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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Inspirational Travel to Machu Picchu Peru

Having just returned from my first Machu Picchu experience,  I must say, it was inspirational. You have probably heard the quote, "Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by those that take your breath away." And, that quote sums up Machu Picchu on so many levels. Let me paint you the picture…
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Arranged Marriage at Three and a Half-Year-Old

I hope the title was enough to grab your attention. Although common in past times and still very prominent in many cultures, you wouldn’t expect a 30-something American woman to write of a true life experience of an arranged marriage. In the early 80’s, there were various programs to help the refugees of Laos that…
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