About Us

Hi, Beautiful! I'm so glad you're here!

I'm calling you beautiful because you are beautiful!

As the song says, "Everybody's beautiful in their own way!" And at Beauty Tastes Great we're going to have fun making the most of our own kind of beautiful.

We're going to learn about the best ways to stay strong and healthy and get the most out of this stage of life. It's going to be fun!

About Heather Beauty Tastes Great

A Little About Me

I always wanted to be a mum, and fortunately I was blessed with four beautiful kids. I can hardly believe my first daughter, Quinn, will soon to be 30, or that my second daughter, Oak, is 26. The girls are married to great guys, Conal and Blake, and we all live in the same city. Hooray! I also have twins, a boy, Lake, and a girl, Cove, who will soon be 21, and are in university. Cove's boyfriend, Ben, is part of the family, too. 😉

My husband, Neil, is my best friend. We met when I was 19 and he was 20 and we married five years later. We’ve always laughed easily, made up quickly and had a lot of respect for each other, so it’s been a happy, deeply satisfying partnership.

Growing up, I wanted to be a novelist. I'm pretty sure it was because I imagined novelists living Bohemian lives. I did try to write fiction, and managed to convince a couple of magazine editors to pay me for my short stories. But I never could manage to pull off a novel.

As a young adult, I studied advertising and public relations. Then, I worked for a while as a communications officer at a community college.

In 1988, I left that job to move with Neil to Ottawa, because he was offered a position at the National Research Council. I was pregnant with Quinn then, and I was delighted to  leave the office and become a stay-at-home mum. Of course, being a mum wasn't what I imagined it would be (much more work!) but I loved it. I enjoyed being with my baby and all the other new mums, and I got to explore my fantasy of being a fiction writer.

The England Years

When Neil decided he wanted to do his Ph.D., we looked at coastal engineering programs around the world and he chose one at The University of Liverpool.

I imagined living in England would be a great adventure, and it was - eventually. In the beginning, I was homesick and lonely, and we were broke. I wasn't making enough as a fiction writer to continue with it, but I wasn't willing to give up being a stay-at-home mum either. So, I decided to self-publish a 20-page cook book, (more of a pamphlet) called The Busy Mum's Cook Book.

It was modelled on Vicki Lansky’s Feed Me I’m Yours, which I relied upon when I was learning to look after Quinn. As there was no such thing as the internet back then, I sold my little book for two pounds a copy through want ads in the back of newspapers and magazines. (That sounds so quaint now.) It brought in a surprisingly steady flow of cash, and got me featured in the Liverpool Echo. 🙂

Of course, running my ad in the backs of parenting magazines meant I was always reading those magazines. One day, I decided I ought to try writing for them, too.

A Career as a Features Writer

In October 1991, when I was very pregnant with our second daughter, Oak, I got my first feature published in Parents. It was about helping children develop self-esteem. (Very passé now, but then it was ground breaking.)

I worked hard to sell more features, and soon I was getting calls from editors all over the UK, working steadily and earning a living wage as a freelance. The next thing I knew I was being interviewed about my features on television and radio in the UK and occasionally in Germany. What an exciting time!

More Children Changed Everything

Our intention had been to stay in England for two years, but Neil went from student to lecturer, and I was so engrossed in my career and the girls that we didn’t really notice the years flying by.

The next thing we knew it was 1997, and I was expecting twins. June 2nd, Lake and Cove arrived. Suddenly, our house seemed very small. We began talking about moving; not just to a bigger house but back home to Canada. We loved our lives in the UK, but our parents were getting older and they needed us. So, in the summer of ’98, we packed up and returned to Ottawa.

By then, the twins were toddlers and into everything. Neil and I used to laugh and say, “God gave us these two, because we were getting smug -- we thought we knew what we were doing!" 😀 

Back Home in Canada

For years, my life back in Canada was about nothing but family. Sandwiched, as they say, between children and aging parents, I had neither the time nor the energy to do much else.

However, by 2007 the children were relatively independent, and I was ready for something new. I didn't know what until a friend gave me a gift certificate for a pedicure. I'd never been to an esthetician. Fortunately, the woman I saw was lovely. She was an expert in her field, and keen to answer all my questions.

I left with pretty feet, and a new idea: I would enroll in beauty school (much to the surprise of my friends), and train as a Master Esthetician. A little over a year later, in May 2008, I opened Woodway Holistic Esthetics, a purpose-built salon that is part of our home.

The Woodway

Opening "The Woodway," as we call it, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It allowed me to continue to have a flexible schedule, which I love, and gave me a stimulating, creative career that introduced me to an endless stream of interesting people. Many of them became my friends.

The so-called "third age" is a funny time of life, because it’s so wide open and unimagined. By that, I mean that I never really imagined life beyond middle-age. Did you?

Naturally, in the decade since I opened The Woodway, a lot has changed, not just in esthetics but also in my personal life.  Most significantly, my parents and Neil’s parents have passed on, our children have become adults and Neil and I have grown from youngish to oldish.

I can’t believe how quickly the years passed. Yesterday, it seems, we were young and dreaming of what we wanted to do, and now we look back on all that we have done.

The so-called "third age" is a funny time of life, because it’s so wide open and unimagined. By that, I mean that I never really imagined life beyond middle-age. Did you?

Time for New Beginnings

If you're like me you're wondering, "What next?" Without kids and/or elderly parents to fill our days, and our careers winding down, we’ve got to find ways not just to fill our time, but to thrive and look forward to things, as we did when we were young.

Some of my friends have become involved in volunteering, others are exploring arts and crafts or building homes or getting puppies. I am starting Beauty Tastes Great.

I'm doing it because I want to learn all I can about increasing my healthspan as well as my lifespan. Doing it via a blog makes it more exciting and interesting.

I'm not naturally a technical person, so the idea of setting up a blog was daunting. Then, there’s the challenge of filling it and braving possible negative feedback. So far, to be honest, it's all been a bit scary.

But I've persisted, because I'm also having a lot of fun. I learn something new everyday, and I really enjoy connecting with people and sharing information. I find the internet so enriching! We can link up with one another around the globe, create new communities and help one another. No gatekeepers! It's so exciting to have such a powerful communications tool available to us all.

On That Note, I've Got to Thank Some People

A blog is a bit like a book, in that one person isn't responsible for what we see. So, I'd like to thank:

All the clever people who created WordPress and continue to drive the Open Source Initiative. Without them, we wouldn't have nearly as many great blogs as we have today.

Neil Teasdale of Rank First Solutions, who has been endlessly resourceful and patient in helping me to build this site.

My husband, Neil, who helps me with everything from recipe development and clean-up to buying camera equipment, untangling technical difficulties and shoring up my resolve to persevere when a blog problem threatens to overwhelm me.

My kids, who have always encouraged me to be me. Kids, I appreciate that you love me as a person, as well as your mum.

All my friends and clients, who enrich my world everyday with their different perspectives, wisdom and laughter.

And you! For being here, reading this, and being a part of Beauty Tastes Great! Together, I think we're going to make something really cool in this corner of the internet, and I look forward to your stories, insights, and senses of humour.

All the best!

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Disclaimer:

Heather is not a healthcare practitioner of any kind. She is a researcher and writer, and she likes to share what she’s learned in hopes of helping others.

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