What the heck is a HeSo?

You might be wondering what the heck HeSo means. It´s my nickname for heart and soul. For too long I ignored my HeSo. But not anymore.

When I started this blog I was on a mission to find a job that made me happy and satisfied. I had just quit a job that was financially rewarding but was so unrelated to any of my interests that I felt like I had to turn myself off when I went to work. The hardest part of finding a new job was realizing that I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I decided to find out what exactly would make me happy.

On this blog you’ll find interviews with people who inspired me with their HeSo endeavors. You’ll find reviews of books that nurture creativity and support career hunts that are soul satisfying. You’ll hear about my experience starting an LLC and then eventually deciding that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. You’ll read about my creative aspirations and goals. And since travel has always been something that inspires me, I’ve included just a taste of some of my journeys.

While writing this blog, I realized that I didn’t need to find the perfect job to make me happy. Focusing on my interests and making myself a priority made me happy – dissatisfaction in the workplace was just a symptom of greater dissatisfaction with my life. I call this a project because I look at my personal satisfaction as a lofty and noble aim that will take time and effort. My hope is that you too will be inspired to challenge yourself and ask, “What really makes me happy?”

So, if you want a little HeSo subscribe! Come on it’s free.


  1. This is what l believe life is about! I am so glad I got to see this wonderful work you are creating! You have inspired me today and stirred something deep inside of this soul that is in search of living a HeSo driven life!
    Many blessings to you!


    1. It looks like you’re already there! Thanks for sharing your amazing journey. I spent about an hour looking at the gap tours website after reading your blog. I definitely have my eye on one of the Machu Picchu tours!


  2. Greetings from Australia Tracy,
    I have come to the realisation that happiness means conquering our fears and having the courage to take a step of faith. This often leaves leaving behind security, which sometimes on closer inspection shackles us regarding our aspirations in life. I strongly believe in building a platform and taking steps to be able to live ones dream from one’s heart and soul.


  3. Love this! I, too, have experienced this, thinking that work/life would hand me the perfect balance of all my interests on a platter. How selfish I was! Now I recognize it’s up to me to create my life for myself every day. 🙂 I’m excited to start reading about your adventures!


  4. Hi Tracy – thanks for the likes and the follow. I started following your blog back when you were doing your post about dinner parties and enjoyed them. Though I’m a bit behind in pretty much all my blogging (I mentioned it in my last blog post) I’m looking forward to catching up on all yours.

    BTW – congratulations. Though I haven’t caught up yet, I saw that you recently got married.


  5. Inspirational, Tracy. I find myself at a crossroads too, so finding your blog could not have come at a better time. I look forward to reading more.


  6. This sounds so me. I have not had any really great career jobs. Just jobs. I have been with one company for almost twenty years. I left for several reasons. The greatest being I was tired of being pushed around. It was manufacture and I promised myself never again.
    Then I went to work as a cook in a couple of resteraunts, small time. They were ok. I sort of enjoyed the work I did.
    Then I went into retail. Wal Mart of all places. I left because they became les than human towards their workers. I am unemployed, need income and do not know what or where to go. I have handmade stuff on a website, not going anywhere. So I will have to find something to pay the bills. Don’t really care what, just someting that takes into account that I am a humanbeing.
    I liked what I read about your idea of HeSo. I will look forward to reading more. Thank You. M Lane


  7. The confusion is inevitable, when a ‘material’ question is raised for the simple reason that whatever else may be the lofty purpose of life, one simple one is to see the planet and meet people. Travel is at the core of a being, not just a human being.

    Your blog is a free-wheeling delight. And you rock!


  8. Hi Tracy! I’m trying to figure out (still) what job would make me really happy. One thing I know now, that I’ve learnt from starting on my blog, that that I shall probably need to one day start my own company, so that the creation is mine, and be happy that way. Otherwise I need to be in a job in which I can flourish with my creativity and not feel suffocated…
    Your blog seems fantastic and I’m looking forward to more 🙂


  9. What an interesting blog! I came through Dave Pagan’s blog and so glad I did. I really like your concept of “heart and soul” and your blog being a project. Looking forward to reading more 🙂


  10. This is a great blog! I really like what you’re doing here. I believe, with my heart and soul, that I’m on a similar path: following my muse. I’ve always done it. Now, it’s a matter of making it totally work for me. You can see from my blog, I hope, that I am a determined spirit. Look around and you’ll see I have certain things I’m pursuing. The blog is set up where it can speak to any subject while coming back to a core set of subjects. And that’s kind of how I run my own life, when I think about it. Hope to stay in touch. I may need some consulting. I was genuinely moved to just write this to you and reach out. Take care.


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