Fierce Heart™ Visionary. Consultant. Speaker.
Lover of Beauty & All Things Creative
I arrived on earth with a sixth sense and desire for connection. Sensitive, observant, curious, full of questions & wonder with the world. Intensely present, artistic, and smart. A tiny mystic who internalized everything. Including messages of my difference.
Until I owned my own vision, and dreams.
~ Why Fierce Heart™
We’re the sum of our stories.
My earliest memory is sitting in the stairwell of my Grandma’s home. It’s dark where I sit. I can see the kitchen across the dark hallway below me thru the railings. The window at the foot of the stairs a blurred blaze of light. I am alone.
I was 42 when my father shared my mother sent me away at 18 mos. old. That my sister’s birth was difficult, and my mother felt I was ‘too much.’ That he came for me after 8 weeks (a lifetime to a tiny girl) because he didn’t know when she would.
And it was then I saw all the ways the message ‘too much’ echoed through my growing-up, and how it bled into my life. It didn’t matter I understood why and how it happened. I’d already accepted the story, and decided I had to do things myself, because help wasn’t something to ask for.
I played small my entire life. 70% of full Me. I tried to change myself to what others wanted so not be seen as different, weird, intense.
At 17, I’d left home. At 19, I grabbed the dream of marriage to the man I loved. And this is the story I didn’t tell for years. Because tho I hold a no shame, no judgement zone for others, I felt shamed by this story of my own. And didn’t want to be labeled. Because for 8 years I accepted the rejection he beat into me with his fists. Until I realized my life wouldn’t change unless I changed myself for myself, not anyone else. And took the first steps to make it happen.
Years later, I learned the power in the sum of our stories for making a difference in the world. That our experience & stories may shape who we are, and it’s what we do with them that matters.
In University for the fifth time to get my bachelor’s degree, I heard two young women say date rape was an accepted risk. My heart began to pound. My ears buzzed as blood rushed my head. I knew violence to the body. Knew how flinch when blindsided. Knew how they’d breathe free when it didn’t happen. Perhaps even hide it inside themselves, too. A passion like fire ignited inside me. My goal, a Women’s Center on that huge university campus. A place women could gather, tell their stories, find allies & support, and be safe.
I used my Voice as a fierce advocate to connect with students, faculty, administration. I discovered I knew how to listen so people felt heard, and how to speak to where we connect. The Women’s Center opened 18 mos. later, something everyone had said was impossible.
(read my full story here)
Then, years after, when life was good, even looked like one of ease from the outside looking in, I got knocked off my feet. One bright sunny afternoon, strolling the hills in downtown Asheville, NC where I lived, I felt empty. I knew something was terribly missing inside me. I’d lost my Voice to even say what it was.
Rattled, I turned with intention to what inspired me in the past. I took a graduate documentary class at the University. Went to galleries and places I once found stimulating. Had lunch with friends. The dullness persisted. And by angels or luck (a story with magic of its own), I did something I’d never considered….I joined a prompted writing circle.
Writing was my journey back to my Voice and myself. I wrote, took courses, read books, worked with other writers, attended conferences, workshops, and retreats, studied the industry, and became an expert.
For over thirty years, I’ve worked with heart-centered people to own their vision, and experience immediate breakthroughs translating their intentions into powerful outcomes. Guiding them to inspired action.
I know about Fierce Heart.
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Where We Connect
I’m a visionary, dream keeper, shift agent, consultant, novelist, poet, essayist. Always an artist, my passion these days focuses on the language of life in stories.
We are the sum of our stories. What I know for sure is they’re the heart of our Superpower.
So, reading and writing’s like living a good life for me. We settle into the world, get to know folks, ride through their ups and downs, share their angst and triumphs… and feel touched in ways so something shifts inside us.
It’s how I travel the world. As a lifelong learner, immersed in the culture and rhythm of place. It’s how I approach my work, whether as corporate advertising account manager, micro-brewery owner building a business, activist establishing the ‘impossible’, or helping folks meet their dreams. Creating and connection at the core.
I’m multi-passionate, and see the world that way. A quick thinker, and slow reader & writer. I’m a mother, wife, good friend, grandmother, educator, advocate, connector, mystic and dreamer. I claim recovering perfectionist, optimistic realist, and deep connections with the heart, nature, and the Universe. Perfect days and beauty in any form make me happy. Highly intuitive, I confess awe, wonder, and curiosity are in my DNA.
Ask me about myself I’ll tell you I prefer tea to coffee, walking to running, sunrises to sunsets, quiet to lively, exploring to shopping, light filled rooms to cozy caves. A huge dose of solitude sustains me, as does driving through uninhabited landscapes,. You’ll think me extrovert when we meet, tho.
My love for the Appalachians lives in my forthcoming novel Flight. My soul-connection with the high desert of Northern NM lives in my second novel, in progress.
Morning Glory © Heloise Jones
Read My Works
The Writer’s Block Myth – A Guide to Get Past Stuck & Experience Lasting Creative Freedom‘
#1 Bestselling Book described as the best book about what being a writer is.
“Kenya 2018 – The Mara” The Wayfarer, Vol.8 Issue.1 – Homebound Publications
Inspired by my stay of several days in the middle of a Maasai Nature Preserve.
“The Altar of Birds” The Wayfarer, Vol.3 Issue.2 – Homebound Publications
2014 Pushcart Prize nominee poem
“Know Yourself Better than You Know Anyone Else” a contributing essay in Patti Digh’s What I Wish for You: Simple Wisdom for a Happy Life
“A Writer’s Life” guest blog on Marginalia with Nancy Peacock
“The Honey Hour,” short story, The Ekphrastic Review, May 1, 2018
If you like to listen, you’ll enjoy my fun & informative audio guide, taken from the #1 bestselling book: The Writer’s Block Myth, and narrated by me: The Creative Life for People Living in the Real World
Awards & Recognitions
- Summer Literary Seminars Prose & Poetry Contest 2018 – Finalist
- Pushcart Prize nomination 2014: The Wayfarer, Vol.3, Issue 2 – Homebound Publications
- Ruminate Magazine Poetry Contest 2014 – Semi-Finalist
- Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize 2012 – finalist
- Panhellenic Outstanding Women’s Award (NC State University)
Author Stuff. Life on Earth. Things I Love.
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