Portrait of a Foot Soaker: Heidi Strand
We love sharing a bit about our beloved foot soakers who grace us with their presence on a regular basis. Each of our guests share a different perspective on what self-care means to them and how they make it a priority in their lives. This month in our Portrait of a Foot Soaker series, we feature Heidi Strand! Heidi has been foot soaking with us for about a year and our therapists love her. Heidi illustrates beautifully how integrating self-care into everyday life is so essential in determining how she shows up in different areas of our life. We recently interviewed Heidi on all things self-care and she shared with us some beautiful nuggets of wisdom on how she creates a dreamy life by indulging in the things that light her up. It’s all about finding ways to feel good. We can all learn something by how Heidi models her self-care routine. Read on to find out more.
What type of work do you do?
I am the Executive Director of Lake House Academy, Therapeutic Boarding School for girls in grades 5-10 located in Flat Rock.
What things do you do to try and maintain a work/life balance?
Because my work is a big part of my life, instead of striving for work/life balance, I work to have an integrated life. Living an integrated life recognizes that the same Heidi who shows up to work is the same Heidi who shows up in her relationships with family, friends, and herself. That being said, self-care is really important for me to be healthy mind, body, and spirit.
Do you have any favorite activities to help relieve stress?
Walking/hiking with Emma (my sassy Aussie-doodle), reading, cooking for the people I love, and traveling with my nieces and nephew all help relieve stress and keep me centered. Regular massages and very frequent soaks at Wake are the icing on my cake!
Who in your circle do you go to when you have a bad day?
A few years ago someone observed, “You have a friend in every port” – almost true! I have moved a lot for the work I love/do and have a broad network of friends who are family. I am fortunate to be able to reach out (in all time zones so someone is always awake!) to those who listen, lift me up, and provide the direct honesty I need when I need it – and sometimes when I don’t want it but need it anyway.
What is your “guilty” pleasure for me-time?
I am a Bravo Real Housewives junkie. I get lost for hours in the drama those ladies create for themselves!
Are there any spots around town that you find yourself drawn to when you need a mental break?
How lucky am I to live in an outdoor paradise? The air in WNC is so fresh I can taste it when I breathe – so a walk or hike always clears my head and puts me in a better frame of mind. I am also very tactile. I often wander into From Afar to be surrounded by beautiful textiles and try on super comfy clothes. I explore at The Book Exchange – searching for a new old book that has already been savored by a reader. And sitting down with a steamy cup of strong coffee from Summit helps me escape and become awake at the same time!
What is your idea of the ultimate self-care ritual? (either something you currently practice or a fantasy)
My perfect day = sleep in until 10 am, long quiet walk with Emma, drink a long cup of dark roast coffee, wander around a museum, meet up with a friend for afternoon tea, find myself somewhere being pampered, and reading a juicy novel just before falling asleep.