Founder: Heidi Love

Heidi Love—Emerging from the trauma of childhood rape, attempted murder, and a mother’s madness, I embarked on a lifelong dream: to sail 12,000 miles from Maine to French Polynesia on a small boat. Raging storms at sea uncovered repressed memories and threatened my life. Courageous female mentors, including a therapist who climbed to 24,000′ on Mt. Everest, and a sailboat captain who completed two world circumnavigations with all-female crew, offered personal insight and inspiration for my journey.

My latest book, Laughing at the Sky—Wild Adventure, Bold Dreams & One Woman’s Daring Journey to Search for her Stolen Childhood, will be released on May 1, preorders are available April15. Here’s a quick peak:

Powerful, Tender, & SmartMeredith Hall, New York Times bestselling author

Overwhelmed by traumatic PTSD flashbacks, a daring woman embarks on a five-year sailing odyssey to heal from her hidden past. Her quest is to reach the Bay of Virgins in French Polynesia and overcome a childhood scarred by violence and her mother’s madness. Sailing her fragile boat beyond remote archipelagos and acquiring native wisdom, she searches for the final missing piece of her story. What she doesn’t yet realize is that in order to recover, she must first break apart.

Laughing at the Sky is Heidi Love’s extraordinary true story of sailing halfway around the world to look for an elusive waterfall she’s not sure exists. At its heart is her wild adventure of healing the emotional wounds of childhood trauma—to realize bold dreams. For fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s Adrift, Love’s memoir powerfully captures the terror and triumph of a woman who risks it all on a life-threatening journey that will ultimately save her.

For more information on Laughing at the Sky click here.

I have also written a customizable self-help workbook Knowing Acts—Engage in Healing, and a memoir Laughing at the Sky in the hopes of supporting and inspiring women on journeys of healing and self-discovery. Please support this journey by visiting often and sharing your thoughts. Thanks so much!

To learn more about Knowing Acts please click here

You can order Knowing Acts at IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookshop, or your favorite bookstore.

To read about other Courage Seekers please click here.


  1. Heidi: I can’t wait to read more about your expressive life!
    Your writing is brave and alluring.

  2. Heidi – There is no doubt that Laughing at the Sky will be an intriguing read! You’ve been living a life of exploration, and have inspired me to embark upon my own journey. Many thanks.

    • admin_laughingatthesky April 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Smiling big time Laurie Leigh. You were one of my original Muses. “And there’s that one particular harbor…”

  3. Heidi
    All my love and support to you my friend. You have been a valuable source of information and support as well as an inspiration, to me on our Pacific ocean quest.

  4. Heidi, very excited for you! Completion of another journey in finishing your book. Kudos, great good luck, may it heal you beyond measure. Love Susan

  5. Looking forward to reading more of your journey. Congrats on the inspiring blog!

    • admin_laughingatthesky April 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks so much Linda. I hope you will continue stop by the blog and add your own breaths of inspiration.

  6. Congratulations Heidi, on confronting your demons, living in the light and sharing it all!

    Looking forward to following your journey as we know “life is not a dress rehearsal so live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.

    Love ya


    • admin_laughingatthesky April 24, 2017 at 12:25 am

      Love you too Deb!! Grateful you have been part of the journey and look forward to more adventures with you. And, how about being one the the Gutsy Goddesses. Everyone wants to hear about Ayahuaska. Pleeeeaaaasssseee.

  7. So glad to see how far you’ve made it – keep going and growing, girl!

  8. Good luck with this project. Congratulations on meeting this challenge and finding your way!


    I CANNOT wait to read your Book!!!

    In the meantime, I will keep abreast of your head, hands and heart on this site! Sweetness!

    Peace and Love, Anne

    • admin_laughingatthesky July 12, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Thanks so much Anne. You’ve been there from the start—my first editor!

      • What’s the latest news? Did the agent help you find a publisher? How are you? Sending New Year love!

        • admin_laughingatthesky December 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

          Great to hear from you Anne! I’ve had three agents read my first 20 pages and ask to read the full manuscript when it is ready. Perhaps I can send it out in the spring/summer. It’s hard to stop editing. I’m hoping to make it powerful and insightful. Wish me luck!! I hope your writing is unfolding just as you want it to. We both had a powerful teacher—yes?

  10. Lynn Macfarlane May 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I’m always drawn to stories about inspirational women, adventure, and self discovery. I can’t wait to read your book!

    • admin_laughingatthesky July 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

      Thanks Lynn. You and your Mom have had major adventures too. And, heartfelt thanks for meeting me along the way.

  11. LOVE stories about inspirational women & adventure. Can’t wait to read your book.

  12. Heidi – You are a survivor and an inspiration!
    I am excited to read your book and learn more about you and your journey.

  13. Allen Anderson May 7, 2017 at 2:26 am

    You have led and are leading a remarkable life, Heidi. Can’t wait to read the book and learn more about your internal and external voyages of discovery.

    • admin_laughingatthesky July 12, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Thanks Allen. It’s been great to share pieces of this adventure with you. And, it’s always been amazing when you’ve pulled out your guitar and sang us into the sunset!

  14. Denise D'Amboise May 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    What an inspiration you are for choosing to live your life as a survivor and to share your story and personal journey in an effort to help others. I am SO looking forward to reading the book! You rock!

    • admin_laughingatthesky October 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Denise, thanks so much for your guidance and networking through this whole process. I hope to have your story here one of these days too.

  15. Rick and Penni Bennett June 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    We enjoyed chatting and getting to know you a bit at breakfast this morning. Best of luck with your blog and book.

  16. Thank you, Heidi, for having the courage to share your story. I am eagerly awaiting your book!

    • admin_laughingatthesky July 12, 2017 at 12:14 am

      So happy to have you as a subscriber! Please share your own “Words of Wisdom,” “Brave Books,” and “Gutsy Goddesses.”

  17. So looking forward to your book Heidi! You are a courageous soul.

  18. This is so awesome! Rory just informed me of your FB page and book! I have a book coming out soon: Remember His Name, conquering sorrow, accepting joy! Women’s voices speaking truth from a depth so sacred! Congrats on sharing your journey!

  19. admin_laughingatthesky August 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    So great to have you visit, Judith! I’m excited to learn that you have a book coming our, and especially that it highlights “women’s voices speaking truth.” Might you consider filling out my questionnaire as a gutsy goddess? I’m very interested in putting out inspiring stories of courageous acts. If this works for you here’s the link: Either way—thanks for joining the tribe. And, maybe you’d like to add a haiku on courage or transcending fear??

  20. That’s amazing Heidi! You are an inspiration all by yourself. Thanks for hosting the Gutsy Goddesses page, and congrats on your book!I look forward to reading. 🙂

    • admin_laughingatthesky October 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Linda. You too are an inspiration and I’m so glad you decided to become one of our Gutsy Goddesses. Best of luck with your book launch!

  21. I am very glad to reconnect after over forty years and to learn of your blog and the book you are writing! You are amazing, Heidi!

    • admin_laughingatthesky October 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

      So great to reconnect! You too are inspirational moving from your life as a lawyer to an accomplished artist. I can’t wait to see in in person. I hope you will continue to visit this site and join the conversations as you have much insight to share.

  22. Heidi, when I met you a few years back, I never would have guessed you had such a troubled youth! You are truely one of the warmest and friendliest people I have ever met and your enthousiasm and courage are inspiring. Best of luck with the book!

    • admin_laughingatthesky November 7, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Thanks so much. I believe many if not most of the people we meet have stories and challenges that they may or may not share. I remember a short video clip of this man and his two kids on a train. The kids were a bit wild and the man wasn’t paying attention. Another train rider criticized him he apologized sincerely and then a minute later mentioned that their mother had died the day before. It was powerful for me anyway. I’ve been mostly silent since 11 but it’s now time to come out with the story as I hope it can inspire or at least make some women feel less alone. And you Hermien are a wise sister traveler! So glad you journeyed into my life! I hope you will return.

  23. Hello fellow author. It’s so nice to get to know you better through your blog, although it saddens me that you have gone through such hell. I can imagine sailing around the world, can cleanse the past and help heal. I will be happy to follow your blog, and if you ever have the time, would be delighted to see you visit mine as well. Waving to you from Bavaria, Germany.

    • admin_laughingatthesky November 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Hello hello traveling sister. I am so glad you found my blog and I yours. I was writing about transcendence this morning, rising above that which so many struggle through or have achieved. Anyway, I sense a kindred spirit. Please let me know if you’re driving through Provence. Waving back with a smile from Lourmarin.

  24. Heidi, from the little intro of your life, I can tell straight away that you an inspiration. I will definitely be looking out for your memoir. Lots of love.

  25. Heidi, from the little intro of your life, I can tell straight away that you an inspiration. Lots of love.

    • admin_laughingatthesky January 19, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you for helping to spread my smile from ear to ear. Welcome to our community. I feel as if I’ve found a new friend!

  26. Dear Heidi,
    It was a real pleasure to meet you and to share a moment today! A genuine encounter. Feels like a gift!
    I look forward to read your book. In the meantime I will follow your blog and share with friends. I know for sure that many will be inspired by it! Just like me! Amitiés Nathalie

    • Hi Nathalie, It was my pleasure too—a serendipitous meeting. Thank you for continuing the connection by writing on this blog, and welcome to our community. If you might want to explore volunteer opportunities in Lesvos, Greece they are through the group Lighthouse Relief which you can find on Google. Housesitting opportunities are through TrustedHousitters. If you are traveling through Maine we would love to host you; perhaps you can help me with my French. Best of luck and please stay in touch.

  27. Dear Heidi
    How great to re-meet you. In our school days I remember you as a very timid, very smart girl. Now I know understand and commiserate in your silence. What an amazing, challenging journey of mind, body & spirit – to travel to your youthful, fantasy place of freedom.

    I will stay inspired by your basic premise; we are wild women and ordinary goddesses- a tribe of transcendence. We can find our best selves when we support one another to find the goddess power within.

    Best wishes of getting your book published. Power to the tribe! ~


    • Hi Kerry, Thanks so much for re-connecting. It was wild for me to go back to the reunion after all those years of running away. I enjoyed re-meeting you; thanks for your warm welcome. From what I can see on your website, I love the massage work you are doing. One of the Gutsy Goddesses on this site, Madeleline Black has spoken to me about the huge support she has had, recovering from childhood rape, through massage and bodywork. She said it worked in connection with her therapy to help her recover blocked memories and ease her recovery. So true what you write” ‘we find our best selves when we support one another to find the goddess power within.” Please stay in touch and let me know if you’re traveling to Maine.

  28. Paul Francis Descoteau February 28, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    So where in the world is Heidi ? Best Paul

  29. Hello Heidi, a few words come to mind: cathartic, inspiring, vulnerability, courageous, intelligent and honest. So good to hear your voice, heart and mind. Wishing you everything good…

    • Heartfelt thanks Gary. Great to hear from you. So glad that you found my blog. How are you? I often glance at the zen-inspired photo you took and feel such strong positive energy. May all your good wishes and zen energy come right back to you and your family. Please stay in touch.

  30. Hi Heidi,
    No wonder why you are so brave and fearless…. I am so glad to know you and can’t wait for the book! I am proud of you being strong and inspirational!

    • Hi Mija,
      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. We’re both courageous survivors of different sorts. I’m grateful to know you and honored to call you friend. I hope you the site will bring you inspiration.

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