My name is Elena Heegaard, I was born and raised in Minnesota, USA and am now living in Vancouver, Canada! I’ve always been fascinated by people, the mind and wellness and my goal is to help people become their peak self in all aspects of life. I was always confused as to why there was so much focus on wealth when people would leave all other aspects of their life behind. To me, success includes all areas, and I want to change our view on wealth to WELLth

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-3-30-19-pmFor me, this journey began when I moved to Ottawa, Canada straight out of High School to pursue a degree in Human Rights and Political Science. I have always been passionate about being the change and using my voice. At the end of my second year, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease which I contracted from a tick while hiking in Quebec. I had put off seeing the doctor because I thought I was just overworking myself. That things would get better once my semester was over, this was the first time I realized I was doing “it”. I was putting my health (emotional & physical) behind my school success. Once I started realizing it, I saw it everywhere. I was so confused, why was this acceptable? Why do we put more focus on people being successful in monetary terms or academically than being successful and healthy humans? That’s when I knew, I would begin my journey to truly tap into self love, because only then could I love the world the way I knew I wanted to. I am still on my journey, learning and growing and becoming my best self. I know that this will not be about the destination, but the journey and it will be a non stop adventure.

I am now 21, and studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience in Vancouver, Canada. I will change the face of Wellness and Wealth through empowerment, education and community. I will help build healthy people and in turn a healthy world. I will empower others to follow their spark and I will leave the world a little bit kinder and more loving than it was when I got here. That is my vision. It is truly an honor to have you all joining with us in creating our worlds. I would like to share one of my favorite quotes with you all..

“Go and love someone exactly as they are then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.”- Wes Angelozzi

Right now, I am trying to learn as much as possible, as often as possible. To truly understand. To explore the world and to explore myself while I create myself and my world. I am trying to love BIG in all I do. To show up authentically and vulnerably in all I do. To read as much as possible and listen more than I speak. To master myself, because I believe that self mastery is the DNA of life mastery. To turn what I have learned into actual practices. I want to continue to do the things that scare me, to push myself to grow in all areas. Thank you for being apart of my and our journey.

For me, Leaves Of Gratitude is a beautiful way for us to share such a powerful and simple gift. GRATITUDE. It changes everything. You can practice it anywhere and anytime. We want to uplift you and be a light in your day. We have started this movement so that gratitude becomes a global movement. Can you imagine, the impact? We can. Thank you for joining us, for learning and loving along side us.  

With profound Love & Gratitude, Elena Heegaard Co-Founder, Leaves Of Gratitude