About Grace-Based Writing

Hey, so I’m Heather!

I’m an internationally best-selling & award-winning author, and blogger with over a decade of experience. I’m also a freelance writer, graphic designer, & an author coach/mentor.

I have wanted to be an author my entire life… and here I am living the dream. So why is it I keep taking a step back to re-evaluate my life goals?

Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging. You can connect with me around the web with the links below, then scroll down to find out why I created Grace-Based Writing.


The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.

Origin Unknown

So… I’m Heather and I no longer believe the quote above is true.

My Story

I’ve worked hard for a lot of things in my life.

Do you want to know what I’ve learned?

Being a workaholic doesn’t make you feel great. It does the exact opposite.

When I first started working from home, I set an income goal. I wanted to make a specific amount to help support my family.

I hustled hard to make that goal become reality.

And I did. In fact, I blew my income goals out of the water. I was making more as a work-at-home-mom than I ever did doing the 9-5 grind.

But I wasn’t happy.

Meeting that goal, didn’t feel great. It felt exhausting.

So, I took a step back to reevaluate my goals.

Yet, within just a few years, I was right back where I started. I was working hard and making money, but I was beyond stressed.

I also started noticing a familiar trend with my online network.

Hustle hard, then burn out.

Go all-in, then give up.

Strive for success, then stress out.


Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.

Jana Kingsford

Those are just four of the books on my to-be-read list. I’ve purchased all of them and more. I crave balance.

However, that craving hasn’t led me to actually read those books. I don’t have time.

Have you ever found yourself there?

If so, Grace-Based Writing was created for you.


We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.

Ariana Huffington, businesswoman and author

Meet Valerie Riese

Grace-Based Writing wouldn’t be possible without Valerie Riese.

It was because of Valerie that I coined the “Grace-Based” brand.

When Valerie and I met, she was stressed to the max because she took a non-grace-based course that overwhelmed her with all the “rules” of blogging. All the “must-do” tasks to run a successful blog. Valerie was ready to quit.

And she did.

She decided she didn’t have what it took to be a successful blogger by herself. It took too much. Too much time. Too much money. Too much… everything.

So over the past four years, Valerie and I have worked together writing books and running an online blog ministry for Christian women. We support one another, balance our strengths and weaknesses, and cheer each other on.

Together, we have discovered what it means to truly have a grace-based writing style. And we want the same for you.

Jesus said His yoke was easy and His burden light. Life has stressors, but serving the Prince of Peace shouldn’t be one of them.

On the Grace-Based Blog