Hey I’m Heather ~ idea generator and location-independent (serial) entrepreneur.

I help amazing people build remarkable livelihoods.

I know how to do it because I’ve done it myself – several times over.

Believe me, I’ve had my share of days in the past spent face down on the bed wondering “What hell am I doing?” but I never let it stop me.

Because there’s always a way.

And I’ve figured that out the hard way – risking everything again and again while I learned the tools and resilience I needed to build a self-determined life. If you wanna hear some crazy-ass stories, come sit by my fire for a while. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

headshot of Heather Thorkelson

A little backgrounder, perhaps?

After living in Central America as a teenager, I moved to Japan when I was 19 purposely without plan nor place to live and essentially reinvented myself after a very tough and isolated upbringing.

After Japan, I backpacked all over South East Asia before returning to Uni to finish my degree, splitting my non-school time between working in a mailbox supplies store and a market research facility in Vancouver to pay the rent. I was dirt poor, driving this death-trap below, living in a converted garage, going to the loo in the barn next door. (You can’t make this stuff up).


photo of older model car


At 23 I moved to a northern desert town in Mexico (can anyone say fullofdruglords?) and managed a private school staff of 15. Fast forward a couple of years and I rather randomly got to tour Australia with one of Canada’s rock royalty as a north Indian classical tabla player.

Then in 2009 I swooped into South Africa to bring social media savvy to an HIV non-profit, and in 2010 launched a duo of online jewelry & handbag shops. In 2011 I started this business, the Republic of Freedom and I haven’t looked back.

I’ve traveled to every continent on earth, spent the better part of my 20’s slowly dying in the corporate world, dropped out of the rat race to become a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute, and eventually rolled all my hard-won wisdom into this small business consultancy.

I’ve been most recently based for 2.5 years in Lima, Peru – two blocks from the beach – but 2016 and beyond will find me splitting my time between Canada and Sweden, with the occasional month or two in Antarctica. (Yup, you read that right! That’s me driving below)

Me driving a zodiac


All this travel and entrepreneurial adventuring? It makes me mega-qualified to assist you in the ways of intelligent non-conformity + professional liberation. The proof is in the pudding.

But you know what’s more important?

I don’t do this work simply because I have the background and training. And I don’t do it because it’s easy (it’s not). I do it because I LOVE helping people carve their own path and build their very own Republic of Freedom.

And that’s what you’ll always get from me.

120%. All in.

I’ve created an eclectic, independent life for myself, and it’s an honour to help my clients start charting lives + businesses they look forward to diving in to every day.

Ready for a path that sets you free, catapults your strengths, and outsources the rest? Jump on my mailing list, prowl around my blog, or dig in with a 1-on-1 coaching program.

Your life and work should be a great adventure.

Let’s re-write the rules and make it so.