Title: With New Eyes: The Power of Perspective
Author: Heidi Siefkas
Genre: Memoir / Inspiration
Heidi Siefkas lost her health, her career, and her marriage after she was struck by a one thousand-pound tree branch. While she made great strides in her physical and emotional recovery in the months that followed—an arduous process that she chronicled in When All Balls Drop—Heidi wasn’t content to merely survive her setbacks. The time was right to build a new life. One she could live on her own terms.
But what would a redesigned life look like? In her quest for answers, Heidi returned to her childhood home in Wisconsin, dove into the South Florida dating scene, revisited old flames in New England, sold her first home, jumped out of a plane, and traveled alone to South America. Every leg of her journey provided a healthy dose of perspective.
With New Eyes is full of mishaps and bold decisions, all seasoned with sassy humor. Through her signature down-to-earth vignettes, Heidi inspires you to conquer your fears, head for adventure, and be the captain of your own ship.
What inspired your latest work?
With New Eyes was inspired by real-life events and the details of architecting a new life, Life 2.0. I wrote With New Eyes for anyone who is at a crossroads in his/her life. Just like software, people occasionally need life updates, whether to improve features, fix bugs, correct course, or even a complete life overhaul. With New Eyes inspires readers to conquer their fears, head for adventure, and embark on your own Life 2.0.
What living person do you most admire?
I admire Madonna. She paved the way for so many female artists. Madonna is not afraid to make bold decisions, nor be herself. Madonna is a role model of courage and creating your own life path.
What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession is my charm bracelet. My mother gave it to me. A few of the charms were hers, but many have been gifts I have purchased for milestones in my life. My charm bracelet is like my totem pole. It tells the story of my life throw charms of cheese from my home state, a tree from the accident in New York that sparked my life change, and a boomerang from my recent trip to Australia. The bracelet is getting rather heavy; so, I have created a necklace that serves a similar purpose to continue with more milestones and travels.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
I believe happiness is perspective. Just like perspective, happiness changes. With that said, my basis of happiness is a combination of good health, strong relationships with my clan (friends/family/peers), and freedom.
Why do you write?
I wanted to inspire others. In a former life, I was a classroom teacher. I felt that the classroom and the high school audience wasn’t a good fit long-term. However, through writing and speaking, I have found a way to teach, inspire, and entertain readers without walls.
Where would you most like to live?
I currently live part-time in Kauai and part-time in South Florida. Both are tropical with many pluses. However, I’m still with much wanderlust. I’ll have to get back to you.
What is your motto?
I believe that every occasion in life can either be categorized as a good time or a good story. There is a lot of truth behind this. The moments full of mishaps and unexpected occurrences maybe weren’t the most fun, but they certainly are the stories that are shares with your friends or with your family around the holiday table. Good stories come from some of the most uncomfortable, if not almost disastrous events.
Who’s your favorite writer?
I typically say the author of the last good book I read, which would be Steinbeck and his Travels with Charley. With that said, the writing that continues to resonate with me most is Robert Frost’s poetry. His poem Road Not Taken sums up my author and adventurer life.
Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently writing her third book, Cubicle to Cuba, which features a humorous collection of stories about her travels to Cuba, Peru, New Zealand, Italy, and other far-flung places.
Heidi invites you to share photos on social media that show where you are enjoying With New Eyes (#withneweyes). You can connect with Heidi at http://www.heidisiefkas.com, Facebook, and Twitter.