My name is Heather M. Ross and this is my site, including information about my consulting and speaking work, and a blog. I’ve worked in higher education since 2005 and am considered a leader in my particular area of open educational practices. I’m an experienced keynote speaker and provider of workshops with practical information and activities.

Heather M. Ross

I also have a reputation as someone who gets things done and have coached graduate students around areas such as goal setting, time management, and self-care. I’ve also suffered through several bouts of depression. You can read on the blog about my experience with this as well as the tools and methods I’ve used to get and stay healthy. I write and speak about these things with the hope that it inspires you to find your path to be a better you. I hope you find useful tips, ideas, and inspirations, but I’m a firm believe that there is no “right way” that fits everyone.

I am not a certified coach, fitness trainer, or dietician. I am a writer, educator, partner, and mother who is also prone to “badassery”, a term author and researcher Brené Brown used in her book Rising Strong.

I know, badassery is a strange term, but I couldn’t come up with another one that captures what I mean. When I see people stand fully in their trust, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, “Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again” – my gut reaction is, “What a badass.”

I have more than a dozen years working with individuals and organizations designing learning experiences on a variety of topics and for delivery in both in-person, on-paper, and online delivery. Throughout this I’ve developed a clear understanding that learning is personal, habits are important, and motivation is vital. You just have to figure out what motivates you, what matters to you, and then how to move forward toward your goals.

If you find what you read on this site to be useful, let me know in the comments and share the site or links to particular items with your friends and strangers alike. If you really like what you find here, contact me to hire me to speak to or consult with your organization.

If you hate what you find here, take a deep breath, think about why you hate it, and then feel free to leave me a very civil, grammatically correct comment stating your reasons.

Note, while I mention products, authors, etc. on this site, I receive no remuneration from the companies or individuals.


  1. Beverly says:

    Thanks for sharing Heather! I love your concept of badassery! You’re not alone! Depression has inflicted our daughter and her pain can be so dam debilitating for our whole family! Your insight is helpful. Thank you! ❤️

    • Heather says:


      Well, it’s Brene Brown’s concept of badassery, but thanks. :)

      I’m doing my best to help others by sharing my story and what I’m learning through this journey. It’s good to hear that you’re finding it helpful.

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