I am someone who likes to play on the beach, ride my bike, and have wholehearted connections with family and friends, but am probably, more than anything, pretty serious about the Big Things in the World. Even the playful things I do always bring me this incredible perspective – being at the edge of the seemingly endless ocean, being at the top of rolling hills with amazing views in the distance, being in heartfelt conversations about life and the world. It always sounds trite to say it, but I am someone who has always wanted to make the world a better place — in our natural environment, in our human communities, and in the way I raise my family. The news will tell you the world is getting worse. Climate change is altering our planet and violence seems to be everywhere. If you look carefully, however, you will also find people making peace, building community, healing our world, reaching out to each other, and giving voice to the people and places in our world that have not had a voice. (I’ve always loved Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! because he is dedicated, protective, courageous and persistent in trying to be a voice for those that cannot be heard.) There are so many great peacemakers, community builders, and healers in our history, and so many more unknown people who just try to make big and small contributions everyday. Within all those efforts is where I find hope for our world and a sense of who I am and who I strive to be.

Photo taken at Mumble Street kiosk, Sellwood Farmers Market, September 17th, 2014

We asked Heather to answer the question 'Who are you?' in 250 words (or less).