Heather Lopez

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Born in Alabama (Roll Tide!), Heather moved to the Pensacola area at the young age of 7 and has called this area home ever since. After narrowly surviving distance learning while telecommuting, she is now concentrating fully on her career as a community coordinator for a local court-based program. Heather received a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of West Florida and has over 15 years experience working in child welfare, the school system, and as a crime victim advocate. Married for 14 years, she and her husband are the proud and busy parents of two beautiful girls, whose interests in volleyball and sailing keep the family calendar packed. Heather fancies herself to be an organizer of chaos, leader of household misfits, and below-average gardener. When she isn’t avoiding the elliptical, cheering on a tournament or regatta, or searching for a new recipe, she enjoys traveling, sailing, camping, and finding new ways to make a positive impact on her community. Recognizing she is a constant work in progress, Heather loves connecting with others, self-reflection, and strengthening her village, all while trying to breathe in the simple pleasures of life.
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What I Want My Daughters To Know

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There is a lifetime of lessons to be learned, many of which I am still learning. As your mom, I want to teach you the lessons that life offers and instill in you the...

Today Was a Hard Day

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Desperate to delay beginning the day, I hit snooze twice to silence my usual 5am alarm. For no particular reason, I just want to procrastinate, keep my head against the pillow, and not worry...

Motherhood Is a Love/Hate Relationship

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Motherhood has taught me it is possible to love and hate something at the same time. I know what you're thinking. How can I use the word motherhood and hate in the same sentence?...

Spotlight: National Women Physicians Day

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Meet Dr. Kacey Gibson: A New Orleans born, Mississippi native, and first-generation Cuban, she is the American dream. At three years old, with a Fisher-Price doctor bag in her hand, her path to medicine was...
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What Matters Most

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Something about turning 40 forced me to re-evaluate my life. Suddenly, and without warning, I felt a seismic shift in how I perceive the most important things in my life. I was ready to...

Hosting Houseguests: 5 Rules to Keep the Holidays Happy

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It's not a secret that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Hosting houseguests for the holidays can be very stressful. Spending time with family comes at a premium these days so...

When Today Has To Be Enough

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There are single moments in time that have the potential to either define us or destroy us. December 6, 2019, was another hectic morning in our home; getting ready for work and school, preparing...

Surviving the Ho-Ho-Holidays

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Ahhh, the holidays! Hands down, my favorite time of year! If 2020, the year of unpredictability, leaves you a little anxious about the holiday season, here are a few things to remember. BE THE HOSTESS...

Running On Empty

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I see you. The one struggling with Mom Fatigue. Burnout. Your tank on empty. Motherhood can be characterized in many ways. Exhausting is one of them. Want to know why you are tired? Because you...

Living Your Best Life

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I am a constant work in progress. Even at forty-two, I am still figuring out who I am.  Becoming the best version of myself isn't easy, but over the years I have discovered a...