My name is Heather VanderWeerd. I am a wife and mom to 3 awesome boys. I have been a nurse for 17 years, and have worked part time as an RN since my babies were born. I am a co-owner of a jiu jitsu Academy with 2 locations, where we teach kids and adults jiu jitsu, boxing and fitness. I love the outdoors and want to continue trying new adventures. My boys are my world and I love that this life journey is shared with them.
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Know Your Value, Mama

Knowing your value isn't something we all automatically know. Have you ever heard someone say, “You need to know your value!” Or “You are too valuable!” I have, and I have pondered that thought and struggled...

Women in Jiu Jitsu: Why One Mom Made It Her Passion

Why would any woman want to train Jiu Jitsu? After all, this “wrestling, on the ground, close contact, fighting stuff is for boys and men,” right? Most are scared to death to even try...
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Surprise…Your Kids Are At Home: Tips From A Homeschooling Mom

I never thought we would be in a position where schools are shut down right in the middle of the school year or that kids would be forced to be home all across the...
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The Beauty of Discomfort

Why do we keep our children from having challenges? I have to say that I did not think about this as a problem until the last year and a half. I am a homeschool mom...
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Words of Wisdom From My Dad: What True Success Is

I grew up in a family of seven. Two sisters and two brothers, and I was smack dab in the middle. Truthfully, I lacked absolutely nothing. My mom stayed home, my dad worked his...
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Something New… One Mom’s Mission To Grow

When I was little, I wanted to be involved in everything - a little piece of every pie. In high school, I danced, cheered, played soccer, volleyball, softball, powder puff football, was athletic trainer...