Heather Aardema is a mom, a mountain biker, and a fan of sunlight, laughter and the smell of trees. She's into homemade and not-perfect. She's also the founder of the School of Living Lighter.

Heather Aardema is an optimistic build-er-upper, momma of two boys, mountain biker, and fan of homemade and not-perfect. She's the founder of the School of Living Lighter.


Heather spent years creating TV ads designed to convince people that they needed to purchase her client’s latest innovation to be happy. Feeling the years slipping by, and eager for more meaning, she discovered minimalism, a powerful pathway toward intentionality. This radically changed the course of her life trajectory.

Close to 10 years ago, Heather left the corporate world to pursue her dream of helping people tackle their clutter, un-complicate their lives, and lose excess mental, emotional and physical weight for good. Today, as a board-certified coach and expert in behavior change, she guides her clients toward breakthroughs by helping them clear the clutter—in their minds, bodies, and homes—so that they too, can live lives they love.

My mission is to help you design and create a lighter life.


When I was 17 a coach told me that I needed to lose weight if I wanted to be competitive. It STUNG, but he was right. I had put on weight over the winter and it was going to impact my performance. The weight came off, but after the next season, it came back on with a vengeance. 

Years later I had a light bulb moment and realized that I had been overcomplicating things.

So I began to simplify...

I addressed my physical, mental and emotional clutter  and today I’m so much happier with my much LIGHTER home, body, mind and life.









I started journaling and the more I wrote, the more it became clear that I wanted a simpler, lighter life. The following essays, drawn from my blog, give an up-close view of my personal journey.

A Minimalist In The Making

I wasn't born a minimalist like my husband, dad or sister. 

A Journey From FOMO to JOMO

I no longer need to use distractions to cover up a lack of fulfillment.

What are you Hungry for?

I was born with a voracious appetite for all things. 

Addition by Subtraction

Recently our life changed as we knew it and we needed to let go of almost everything due to toxic mold. 

Be a Maker of You

There is always new opportunity right around the corner. Here's how to go be a maker of YOU! 

Three Strategies For Kicking Your Sugar Habit

How to get out from under the pull that sugar has.

Trimming the Dead Branches

Trim the branches that are weighing you down—and let the beautiful light come through.

A Widened Perspective

The jolt we need when words hurt. 

Breaking Free from FOMO + Food

The concept of JOMO has liberated me from the hold certain foods had on me. 

I write one to two new essays each month. If you would like to receive the essays via e-mail, sign-up below. 


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