My resume

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Heather Larson learned broadcasting in the late 1990s and branched out into journalism from 2003-2004. After learning SEO content writing, she went out on her own as a freelance writer and podcaster from 206-2008, working from home while completing her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from Boston University. Heather returned to corporate broadcasting from 2008-2010, writing news for Westwood One. Aching to get back on the air after graduating college in 2010, Heather moved to Wichita, Kansas to do morning on KDGS-FM, Power 93.9, as one half of the “Hitman & Heather in the Morning” show. Heather took a break from radio four years later to journey into the field of substance abuse treatment for two years before deciding two years later, in 2017, to return to freelancing. (Photo is current as of summer 2017) 

 

Freelance Writer Heather Larson is available for hire! 

With a degree in liberal arts plus background in broadcasting & journalism, Heather Larson is just the freelance contract writer suited to create content about topics such as:

  • Radio & record industry
  • Life Coaching
  • Reiki
  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Alternative healing
  • Pets
  • Consumer interest and reviews of products, services and travel
  • Music and the arts
  • Books, poetry and prose
  • Women’s health
  • Children with special needs
  • Mental health and addiction
  • San Francisco, West Coast, Arizona, Northern California, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Wichita and South Central Kansas news beats
  • Direct Sales
  • Spirituality
  • News, pop culture and current events
  • Trends in all of the above

Types of writing content Heather can create for you: 

  • Blogs
  • Articles
  • Audio
  • Podcasts
  • SEO content
  • Feature-length journalistic articles
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Resumes
  • Sales copy
  • Email blasts
  • Newsletters
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Social media graphics, complete with researched hashtags
  • Content curation
  • Content and social media moderation
  • Letters and mailers

She’s multi-talented! Heather can also offer the following services: 

  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Ghost-writing
  • Graphic creation for social media
  • Private transformational life coaching
  • Corporate coaching
  • Coaching for morning radio show teams of all sizes
  • Social media posts
  • Morning radio show prep
  • Radio station liner copy
  • Commercial copy

Education:

Boston University, Boston, MA – BLS, 2010

Paradise Valley Community College Journalism Certificate, 2004

Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts, 100-hour Life Coaching Certificate, January 2017

List of Freelance Clients:

Inside.com

TasteTablet.com

SWEAT magazine, Scottsdale, AZ

The Westerly Sun newspaper

Halogen TV

Northeast Mesa Lifestyle Magazine

Suite101.com

KontaktMag.com

Veg News magazine

Songwriter Universe

Batanga.com

CNET’s Webshots.com

104.7 KISS-FM.com

WFLZ.com

98-7 The Peak.com

Organic Processing Magazine

Skills:

Radio broadcasting, marketing, communications, freelance writing & journalism, content writing, writing with SEO keywords, basic graphic design, social media, use of CMS, Vox Pro, Cool Edit, WordPress, Squarespace, video conferencing, podcasting, blogging, news writing, live events/appearances, morning show production, life coaching, Google forms, Google Hangouts, Mac, PC, Zoom, Skype, HipChat, Asana, Slack, WireCast Play, GarageBand, Canva, iMovie, Periscope, LinkedIn, Yelp, YouTube, Slack, Mighty Networks, Traknet electronic medical records, Facebook Ads.

Writing Samples:

https://heatherlarson.contently.com

Audio Samples/Airchecks on SoundCloud:

 

Websites/Blogs:

Coaching — http://destinyarchitecture.com

Reiki — https://youdeservereiki.com

Writing — https://youdeservereiki.com

CJD — https://curecjd.wordpress.com

Social Media:

Twitter — https://twitter.com/heatherlarson

LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherlarson/

Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/heatherlarson/

Radio Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/ListenToHeather/

Reiki Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/YouDeserveReiki/

Coaching Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DestinyArchitecture/

Facebook group — https://www.facebook.com/groups/892945584183143/

Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/1/+HeatherLarsonICT

Pinterest — https://www.pinterest.com/destinyarchitecture/boards/

YouTube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCze3XaaSlZ7-826ewWdwhaw

YouTube Live — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuPtdvlOTFQTlggf1tPAjlg/live

SoundCloud — https://soundcloud.com/heatherlarson

Online Courses:

http://destinyarchitecture.com/courses/http://destinyarchitecture.com/courses/

 

A little book-spiration…

I checked out “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published” from my local library.

I didn’t have the intention of reading the whole thing. I’m hardly at a point where I am ready to get a book published. I’ve got at least three fiction novel ideas swimming around my head. I am actively working on three and allowing the cream to rise. I feel like one will want to be written more than the others, so I am giving my work the time and space to emerge.

Without my own book even close to ready to be shopped around, this book had to come home with me from my local library. I read through some of it and came away with two things:

  • According to the authors, I have one solid habit of a good writer. I read. I visit the library at least every other week (gotta get those 14-day loans). I also download books on my library’s e-reads system. I make good use of the library too, always getting put on the best-seller hold list. Hopefully, I’ll get to read “Nest” before Christmas… I scour what’s hot on iBooks as well as the New York Times‘ Best Seller list. I have a very good writer’s reading habit according to “The Book Doctors,” which is comforting, maybe since my coworkers love to tease me for my overzealous library habits.
  • I’m not worried about my social media game. A lot of writer’s books preach the importance of social media, creating a platform, strategy, promotion, SEO, how to tweet — the works. I’ve been on Twitter forever, though it’s not the same platform it used to be. I’ve been an early adapter of all social media. Perhaps it’s  my years of radio broadcasting and journalism.

But there is something I need to do. I need to blog about writing more. Like most writers, I like to write in the shadows. I write privately, all alone. I hate to share what I am up to with my writing, although I do let a friend read what I’ve got once in a while.

That may be a habit I should let go of in order to promote my work. So I’ll have to work on that.

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Such the book fiend I am, my friend brought me this flyer so I took a photo of it to put it in my phone as a reminder… I’m trying to cut back on buying books! I swear! I keep giving them to friends and trading them in. But we all know…there will always be more books!

If you love books and writing too, follow me on Twitter, @heatherlarson

 

Another post for TasteTablet.com from my unique point of view

Here’s my latest piece for TasteTablet.com, “Why It’s Important To Master Being Alone In Your 20s.”

I love being able to share from my own life experience with their young, female audience. As an alcoholic in recovery who works part-time as a peer mentor at a recovery center, I feel I have a lot to share about taking relationships from dysfunctional to…tolerable. Always being realistic! I like share what I wish I had known in my early 20s with someone else. Thanks to TasteTablet.com for giving me the opportunity to do that!

There's a difference between being "alone" and "isolated."

There’s a difference between being “alone” and “isolated.”

I’d gladly welcome any chance to write about relationships, health, the healing arts, and recovery from addiction. Check out more of my writing work on Contently.

This week — music news only for Inside.com!

I feel like a kid at Christmas unwrapping that Red Rider BB Gun. I’m writing music news — and only music news — all this week for Inside.com (and the Inside app for Android, iOs, and Blackberry). Follow the news feed here.

A couple of the stories I curated today -- Miley getting tracks readied with the Flaming Lips and good old CB getting in trouble again. Also, Iggy Azalea responds to Spears song leak; George R.R. Martin is a Deadhead; Joni Mitchell lands court-appointed conservator; and Vegas pool party brawl for Ludacris (whom I have met and he's really short btw)

A couple of the stories I curated today — Miley getting tracks readied with the Flaming Lips and good old CB getting in trouble again. Also, Iggy Azalea responds to Spears song leak; George R.R. Martin is a Deadhead; Joni Mitchell lands court-appointed conservator; and Vegas pool party brawl for Ludacris (whom I have met and he’s really short btw). 

I have found myself in a music journalism position over and over again in life. If I hadn’t found one, I created one. I remember being on the air for mornings at KZZP — well before the Internet got all fancy and we had Facebook, social media, even video. I didn’t even know what a CMS was back then. I probably only had five things online to log into and one was Hotmail… So things weren’t very far advanced. But I decided I would somehow create a “celebrity guestbook” feature on our website since we had so many famous people coming through our studios. I was met with resistance so it never came to be. I remember my morning show host bitching at me, “You’re wasting your time with this web stuff! It’s not going anywhere!” Now it’s 2015 and we can add that to the list of “I told you so’s” I’ve given him over the years. He also thought “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” would be a flop and wouldn’t let me play my interview with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett on the air! Ha!

Times have changed and I am happy to change with the times. It’s 2015 and I have 16 years of radio under my belt, a liberal arts degree from Boston University, a journalism certificate from Paradise Valley Community College, actual print/web/online journalism experience, and just basic life experience. (Yes, I have been blessed with much life experience most wish they never have to have). I think I’m just so happy to keep my journalism skills going right now. I’m also happy to be back in love with writing again.

Thanks for checking out my blog and progress this year. I have a freelance writing career as well as a creative writing practice that involves three novels in progress as well as much poetry… There is a lot more to come!

What “The Artist’s Way” is doing for me

I’m on week eight of The Artist’s Way now. So I thought I’d share what this program is doing for me as an artist, writer, etc. It’s the “etc” that I didn’t know was there. There are many issues TAW brings up that you never quite knew were there. I knew some of the issues obviously, that I was a blocked creative and that this needed to be fixed. I also knew this was likely due to a few life experiences that stood out in my mind. But I had no idea how far this would take me and I love it!

I’m great at morning pages and awful at artist dates. I choose to do my pages on 750words.com.

Yes, I’ve dealt with some of those unsavory life experiences and early childhood scars that became on barriers to my creativity. Fun stuff!

I’m allowing myself to play again. Play guitar, play in general… I’m unemployed, so you’d think this wouldn’t be a problem. But like a typical blocked artist and recovering addict, I quickly moved to fill up my schedule. I have a part-time job at a recovery center, I have my own freelance writing business now, and I am still running You Deserve Reiki.

I have found my creative energies seeping into YDR. I have redecorated my therapy room:

Much creative energy has gone into redecorating the Reiki room at White Dove, including the energy it took to manifest that lovely Mayan tapestry on the wall!

Much creative energy has gone into redecorating the Reiki room at White Dove, including the energy it took to manifest that lovely Mayan tapestry on the wall!

I have new ideas for the blog. They are not posted yet. I’m deciding to take the blog into a new direction and write more posts about self-care, which is the idea behind me getting into Reiki in the first place three years ago. Self-care is the idea behind the name, “You Deserve Reiki.” I also believe self-care is essential to our survival as human beings! So more posts about it are about to happen. I can give people Reiki, but I think I will give clients more if they receive some self-care ideas as well.

Like I mentioned, I am giving myself more time to play guitar. I am even seeking out some lessons.

My guitar is a pink Dean rescued from a pawn shop on Bell Road in Phoenix for $169. I love her.

My guitar is a pink Dean rescued from a pawn shop on Bell Road in Phoenix for $169. I love her.

I also found this fun app I am just getting into called Yousician.

Thought I'd try a new medium for learning.

Thought I’d try a new medium for learning.

I haven’t gotten too far into it yet. I think when I do, it will require some in-app purchases. That may be OK. The point is to have fun and enjoy playing the guitar without my pesky perfectionist tendencies popping in. Also, the point is to get back into playing like I did in college when I was 18 — right before quitting the guitar altogether for a full-time radio job. I had to drop out of guitar class because of the hours I worked, so I put it down completely. Total black and white/all or nothing thinking! I got carried away in career, life and addiction. Now it’s 18 years later. I AM GOING TO PLAY GUITAR NOW.

Another screenshot of Yousician, which is kinda like Guitar Hero.

Another screenshot of Yousician, which is kinda like Guitar Hero.

There are other silly things too. I’m putting a lot of creative energy into a new wardrobe because I have a new life that requires a dress code for my job at the recovery center. I’ve also lost 30 pounds since September by eating an auto-immune-friendly, anti-inflammatory, mostly-Paleo diet. I’ve had a lot of fun hitting thrift stores to create a new look. It’s risk-free since I’m being thrifty about it. I’ve found some really awesome clothes for a fraction of what I’d pay for brand-new. It takes the anxiety out of rebuilding a wardrobe since I don’t have to worry about the money aspect of it. This is all a part of self-care too — especially the diet which is presided over by a doctor.

I put a lot of energy into organizing my writing space at home. Sometimes, the closest thing to an artist date for me has been coloring a mandala (adult coloring is a trendy new thing now) or watching Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. Giving myself time and space to play has been one of my biggest challenges!

One of the most important things is the writing. That’s the reason I am doing this. I am tackling issues about the creative writing (or lack thereof) in my life. Now I’m actively working on one of my three novels. I just started a short story. I’m always writing poems. In an effort to get more serious and focus about where this is all going, I also purchased a stack of books from Writer’s Digest.

Do you see where this is going?

Do you see where this is going?

I fiercely defend my writing time. I’ve turned inward a lot because of this. I’m hyper focused on myself in a selfish way. But recovery is a selfish act. Yes, this is creative recovery as described in TAW. But I see this also as a larger part of my recovery from addiction as well. There was a point where I lost myself. More likely, I lost myself again and again over the years. Now my job is to get myself back more and more (I thought I had already but more was revealed). My job is to give myself back my hopes, dreams, my ability to play, and those original yearnings I had towards fulfilling my purpose.

Now writing for Inside.com!

I began writing news updates for Inside.com on Easter Sunday! I had forgotten how exciting and addicting news could be. I’m happy to be a part of this new platform for reporting the news. Inside is kind of a like a “Twitter for news.” You can consume your news on Inside.com or on the Inside app.

Check out Inside.com for constant news updates in an easily digestible form. Bite size updates lead to their original source updates. Put together by those of us truly qualified to bring you properly curated news -- never click bait or other b.s.! I love it!

Check out Inside.com for constant news updates in an easily digestible form. Bite size updates lead to their original source updates. Put together by those of us truly qualified to bring you properly curated news — never click bait or other b.s.! I love it!

I think Inside has a good thing going here and I hope you will check it out. I’m excited for where my writing journey is taking me already in 2015. This is just the beginning and it’s only the first week of April!