I met Heather because she was leading the charge in NYC advocating for medical freedom. It meant a lot to me to find such strong courage like hers in a time of extreme loneliness and alienation. She is someone who infuses you with courage. She is as bold as her beautiful red hair. Today, Heather speaks to us about an animal that reminds her of angels, life after loss, and her passion and creativity. Thank you, Heather, for speaking with us. It means a lot. You remain an inspiration.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I grew up in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. I’m the middle child of two sisters. My dad was a steel worker and my mom worked for The United Steel Workers of America. They grew up poor so they helped us live our dreams. My mom said I exclaimed when I was about 5 that I wanted a diamond ring, to be a star and travel with the circus! My mom said they weren’t circus people so they couldn’t do that. So, I settled for ballet and acrobatics classes. I loved putting on shows with the other kids in the neighborhood. I also grew up climbing trees and building forts in the woods.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Once again I am in a transition in my life. With both my parents in heaven and the world upside down, I find that my relationship with God has grown leaps and bounds. I am letting God fully take the lead. Thus, my creativity is blossoming. In my past life in the arts, I would get frustrated easily and question where I was. I’m learning to truly let go and let God.
Profession/specialty: Professional speaker, actress, and writer.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? “Kicking with God” How the pursuit of living my passion, drew me closer to Jesus.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? My mom sang to us as kids and spoke about angels. We went to church with her. I remember praying as a young dancer because when I started dance class I wasn’t as good as the other kids. I had a passion to dance and perform but I had no idea what it all entailed. I remember asking God for help. And then I remember falling and forgetting my routine during a recital. I think I was 9 or 10. I had fears of this happening from then on. Before I stepped on stage from those early years, I would ask God to help me do the best I can and be in the moment.
How has your relationship with Him changed you? Through facing many disappointments in life but still having faith, I see directly how God has worked miracles in my life. Sometimes the blessings are learning how to have more patience or the blessing is being able to be with both your parents as they transition into heaven. I can clearly see God molding me because I am allowing it more. I also feel I have more compassion for people and their struggles.
What has been the darkest time in your life, and how did you see God in it? The darkest time was when I left my dream life in Florida to help my mom who was dying of cancer. I was actually taking RCIA classes and working on getting confirmed. I knew I was being called by God to help both my mom and dad at this most difficult time. I felt God there the whole time, though I cried daily feeling frightend and miserable about what my personal life had become. Dying is part of life. I learned what selfless love is. I had no idea how I was going to pick up the pieces of my life after my mom passed but God has always been there no matter how many tears, no matter how scary it feels.
“I learned what selfless love is. I had no idea how I was going to pick up the pieces of my life after my mom passed but God has always been there no matter how many tears, no matter how scary it feels.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Realizing God has been protecting me from things my whole life. I realized, God knows my heart. Life’s rejections are God’s protections.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I’ve been rereading revelation. God wins but humanity must stand with him no matter what.
Top three essentials: Taking care of mind, body and spirit.
How did God speak to you recently? God said, “Talk about me,” so I’m writing a book!
Hobby: Salsa music and dance, holistic health.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Pray giving thanks to God for your blessings, pray for others and offer your help and time to others in need.
Favorite person in scripture? Jesus.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That through faith in God anything is possible. That when God is in the center, despite bumps in the road, we can live with passion and joy.
“That when God is in the center, despite bumps in the road, we can live with passion and joy.”
How do you engage with your community? I have been building a new community of like minds who also love to talk about God and truth. I do this through social media, zoom meetings and of course the most important live get togethers. I’ve been thinking about putting together a little prayer circle.
Favorite holiday? Easter! There is such joy and hope for the future. I also love bunnies. They represent angels to me. They are fragile and sensitive yet strong, loving yet playful and they bring joy to their human parents.
A goal you have? To have my book about God and my spiritual encounters help others in their life and be asked to speak at events or even create spiritual events with music and dance.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Now that both my parents are in heaven, I’m not married and my sisters are in different cities, I think I’ll be creating new traditions. I kept some very personal items from both my parents – my mom’s bible and some Christmas decorations and my dad’s Menorah. So, they will both be on display.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I would ask God How can I help people still on earth plane to live a more joyful life seeking your guidance? And I might ask Why didn’t I book a Broadway show despite being qualified?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: All humans have a right to take care of their health the way they see fit. Medical freedom is a human right. God’s natural cures are powerful.
“Medical freedom is a human right.”
What does your morning routine consist of? Thanking God for my blessings and asking him, what would you have me be, do and say. Plus I pray for others and ask for guidance. And I love my morning coffee!
What is on your nightstand? My Bible, catechism and lip balm.
Define Christianity in a sentence: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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Until next time, keept witnessing!