Hello classmates!

I’m Heather and I am happy to be in another class for my MS in Project Management. I have completed four courses so far and am on track to finish in May 2018. I also work as a Project Manager at a large textbook company (the company that published our textbook for this course, in fact!).

I am originally from West Virginia and Maryland, but I moved to Boston to attend Emerson College in 2011 and simply never left after graduating. I occasionally hear the siren call of New York City (how can I not, when I work in publishing?), but at the moment, I am still in love with beautiful, historical Boston. I live with my partner of over four years, Ben, and together we have a fluffy bunny baby named Leeloo. Her name comes from the movie The Fifth Element, for anyone who is curious.

My determination not to miss out on exciting things while being in school and working also adds to the chaos of my life. I don’t want to miss out on anything just because I’m img_20170121_214425_229busy! For example, Ben and I went to a Great Gatsby Ball last night at the Omni Parker House in Boston, in two weeks, my friend and I are flying to Philadelphia for 22 hours to take a yoga class with a teacher we both love, and the next month, my mom and I are flying all the way to Florida for a weekend to go to a concert by Audra McDonald, one of our favorite Broadway singers. We’re also in the middle of the all-of-my-friends-are-getting-married years, so we have multiple weddings to attend each year. All of these things are wonderful and exciting, but they do lead to a packed schedule.

Between school, work, and a ton of other plans and commitments, I sometimes find myself overwhelmed, which is why I spend as much time as possible caring for myself and finding ways to reduce stress and relax. As my choice of industry may suggest, I love books. Whenever I have free time, I read as much as I can. I am interested in anything and everything, so at a given time, I might be alternating between a biography, classic novel, young adult novel, and historical non-fiction book. My favorite book is Jane Eyre, which I have loved since I first read it at 14. I actually collect different editions of it, and even recently got a tattoo that includes a little shout out to it!

I also love to bake and try to fit it in once every week or two. I can’t eat gluten, so I’ve really embraced the challenge of making gluten free baked goods that people actually want to eat!

Links to each recipe for the pictures above: Peanut Butter Bread, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

downloadYoga is another important part of my life. I’ve found it so incredibly relaxing and inspiring and make an effort to get on my mat every day. I try to be active in ways that I can enjoy, and for me personally, that does not include typical gym workouts. I swim, horseback ride, jog, and walk as much as possible. There are a lot of great yoga events and challenges available for people, including Soul Pose, Wanderlust 108, and the Wanderlust 21 day challenge.

I go to Lucky 7 Stables in New Hampshire for trail rides.
I’ve participated in The Color Run 5k, Hogwarts Running Club, Color and Glow 5k, and the Insane Inflatable 5k

I love my job, my studies, and my life, but it sure is a lot to juggle. I am always looking for new ideas for reducing stress, so I would love to hear what you all do to stay sane with such busy lives.

I look forward to getting to know all of you during the next seven weeks!

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