Resetting The Compass

Katherine Heigl Enjoying Time In The Pool On Vacation In Mexico

This time last year I went on the most glorious family vacation to Mexico. It had been at least four years since my last vacation and I was dying to treat myself and my family to a sunny, sandy getaway!

We rented a beautiful private home where we were waited on hand and foot, pampered beyond belief and fed incredible meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was extravagant for sure, and my family and I could not have been more grateful for the experience. Though the food was out of this world, the drinks always flowing and the company wonderful, the most important thing I took away from our week long sun soaked time was a new found love and appreciation for yoga, and an eye opening understanding of the power of intentions.

Yeah I know… sounds a little like new agey, pseudo spiritual, mystical bullshit. It did to me too, for most of my life really. Certainly my adult life that is, though even as a kid I shuddered at such expressions as "I’m more spiritual than religious" or "You just have to tap into the Universe man! Everything happens for a reason". So my new found love and respect for yoga, meditation and intention work is out of character for me.

It all began with a script I was sent to read called "The Secret". I had heard of the book and was told the script was based on the concepts presented in the book. I had never read "The Secret", but had already formed an opinion on it, which was that it was probably full of crap, half truths and not worth my time.

After I had read the script however, my curiosity was piqued. There was something there that intrigued me, that stuck in the back of my mind. A kind of understanding or the whiff of understanding that there was some truth to the idea that we are responsible for our lives. That life doesn’t just happen to us, we are participants in the unfolding of it.

A Moment To Myself Savoring The Sun & The Tunes
A moment to myself savoring the sun and the tunes

I decided to explore this idea a bit further, to see if I could make heads or tails of what it really meant. I spent a good bit of time on my vacation reading, exploring and trying to open myself up to inspiration and guidance. Though I learned a lot, felt a lot and was truly moved and inspired by much of what I read, I’m still, a year later, on the path to discovery. I think tapping into your true potential, your most fervent desires, your purest joy is a life long work in progress and I’m perfectly okay with that. I’m just grateful for the grace that led me to the ideas, concepts, and experiences of others and the impact they have had on my joy, happiness, abundance, gratitude and peace of mind.

I had been in a constant state of panic and fear for years, and even growing up I always had an underlying current of dread that followed me around. An unease that something bad was going to happen. If things were going well in my life, I assumed the other shoe was bound to drop. Certain experiences in my youth and young adulthood only confirmed this belief, and were probably why I started believing it to begin with. I won’t bore you with the details or my sad sap story, but I will say, that when you spend years believing something to your very core, it becomes so ingrained in who you are that you don’t even realize you’re doing it, let alone that you can change it. It becomes your truth and effects your entire world view: how you approach life, how you handle disappointment, stress, happiness and even good fortune.

Like I said I’m still on a quest for knowledge and understanding, but these books were a great place for me to start my self awareness journey. There’s much in them that speaks to me, moves me and makes sense to me. There is also plenty that doesn’t sit as well, or make as much sense. So if you decide to give them a read, do what I did and hold onto only what speaks to you and let go of the rest.

Hanging With My Favorite People
Sure I spent plenty of time thinking, reflecting and meditating on my vacation… but I spent a lot more time laughing, drinking and hanging with my favorite people!

Changing negative core beliefs that you’ve had for most of your life, seeing the world through different eyes, choosing to change and grow, are very personal experiences and are totally subjective. I’ve only decide to share my experience with you because I believe no man is an island, and I have always believed that connection, compassion and generosity begin with allowing others to bare witness to your experiences, because more often than not they can relate and that relating makes us all feel less alone.

Just by chance I happened to read a script and in that script was the germ of an idea, and that germ of an idea sparked a desire to better understand, and that desire to better understand led me to research, and that researching led me to several books, and those books changed my life, or more accurately, changed me and it was about time for me to change.

Guidance and Meditation


The first book I started to read was of course "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. I got about a third in and realized that it was a transcript of the documentary, so I watched that instead.

I found it to be fascinating and enlightening and the ideas exciting, though there are parts of it that I’m still working to wrap my brain around.

The second book I read was "The Map" by Boni Lonnsbury. I devoted my free time to following Boni’s instructions and guidance and found each step to be hugely useful and helpful in my quest for change.

Though I followed each step through as instructed, I’ve only held onto the things that truly worked for me and amended the rest to better suit my instincts and personality.

"The Map" encourages it’s readers to do some guided meditation work that I found kinda amazing. I started looking into other guided meditations and found some incredible apps for my phone. I now have easy access to tons of wonderful meditations that I can do anytime, anywhere, even if I only have 5 minutes.

I used to hate, I mean HATE, meditating. I could never embrace the stillness, I could never quiet my mind, I could never get the whole follow your breath thing, but these days there are so many different teachers and disciplines at the tip of your fingers, it’s easy to find ones that work for you.

Here are my favorites:


As for yoga, well, I had of course tried it before and had even set goals for myself to make it a regular part of my exercise routine, but had never followed through. I kept thinking it needed to be more intense, exhausting, painful and sweatier in order see the hard body results I thought I had to have. It all changed for me when my girlfriend Cheyenne, who is a certified yoga instructor among many other things, and who joined us on our vacation, motivated the group to do a morning practice with her.

I begrudgingly agreed out of a sense of peer pressure, but once the session was over I couldn’t believe how good I felt. How grounded, strong, and at peace I suddenly was. It might have been the view we got to enjoy while in downward facing dog, or my quest to center myself, but that simple 30 minute practice changed my perspective and turned me into a die hard yoga believer!

It's not Hard To Be Inspired By This View
It’s not hard to be inspired by this view
Bringing My Yoga Practice Home With A Little, Or Rather A Lot, Of Help From Yoga With Adriene
Bringing my yoga practice home with a little help from Yoga with Adriene

When I got home from Mexico I started searching online for videos I could do from home. I stumbled upon Yoga With Adrienne and her spirit, expertise, charm, and thoughtfulness has been an absolute God send! You can find her videos on her YouTube channel and many of them are quick enough to squeeze into a busy day. She has videos for all levels of experience so you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you. I also love that I can do them in the privacy of my own home and at whatever time works for me.

The beauty of yoga for me is that it not only strengthens and tones my body, it quiets my mind, brings me a sense of peace and ease, and even 20 minutes of practice helps me to be more mindful, present, and grateful throughout my day. It also really aids in my meditation practice helping to put my mind and body in the right space to embrace stillness and inspiration.

I’ve spent years and years doing workouts that are more punishing than fun. Workouts that were meant to beat my body into submission and had me focusing only on what I hated or wanted to change about myself instead of appreciating and respecting what I have. Yoga is all about celebrating, honoring and respecting your body. For me taking the time to get on the mat is my way of nurturing and showing gratitude for my strengths and weaknesses and has served me far better than 60 minutes of beating the shit out myself both physically and emotionally in the gym!

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  • Anastasiia

    Thanks a lot for such incredible apps! They’re awesome and very useful!

    March 31, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • Char

    Thanks for the inspiration, I’ve recently been a bit low about myself, I work a lot and find it hard to make time for myself. I’m definitely gonna try reading the books and using the apps. Hopefully this will help me feel happy again xx

    March 31, 2016 at 8:31 pm Reply
  • Gen

    Hi Katie! I love your blog, thanks for sharing. I have been doing power yoga for quite a while, but I came across Yoga with Adriene on your Insta. I love her vibe and I’m halfway through her 30 Days of Yoga challenge – thanks to you! What’s your favourite yoga pose? I completely agree how it facilitates a strong mind-body-spirit connection and it’s so powerful! Best of luck to you with your practice! Namaste.

    March 31, 2016 at 8:41 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad I inspired you to give it a shot! I think the warrior poses make me feel the strongest and I’m most proud of how far I’ve come in holding them properly, but my favorite pose has to be downward dog!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply
  • Elaine

    I too have just begun a journey of meditation and manifesting. I’m finding it makes my prayers deeper. I think religion and meditation go hand-in- hand.

    March 31, 2016 at 10:05 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I totally agree!! It’s absolutely changed my perspective on prayer!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Laura W

    Hi Katherine (I still don’t feel like I can call you Katie- ha ha), Just read through your posts so far. I love them. I’m obsessed with crafting, and cooking and making gifts…and even though I don’t have the house & family part down yet, I definitely find inspiration from your twitter & pinterest & now blog (not a stalker). Who knows…maybe I’ll even try yoga! Eeek! The layout of this blog is super cool, by the way.

    March 31, 2016 at 10:44 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      A crafty, cooking girl after my own heart! I’m so glad you like the blog and am so grateful for your support!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm Reply
  • Hilal

    I can’t believe I’m actually reading your blog! It feels so personal and just beautiful to be able to write on your blog and attempt to speak with you. You’re such a beautiful person, it’s been just a pleasure growing up and looking up to you!!! You are never afraid to speak your mind, never afraid to try! I love you so much, thank you for letting us into your life a little bit more Katherine, you write everything so beautifully ❤️. I’ve felt the same way about yoga and meditation until I had this horrible nightmare and I found myself meditating in my own dream. Its amazing how we are constantly learning about ourselves. You’re the best Katherine ❤️☕️☕️

    With so much love and respect,

    March 31, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you so much for your kind words and your support over the years! It means the world to me! I’m totally having dreams where I’m doing intention work in the dream…crazy, kinda scary but sorta amazing too!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm Reply
  • Tina Rhodes

    Yours is quickly becoming my favorite blog! Love!

    March 31, 2016 at 11:56 pm Reply
  • Suganya kumar

    Until lately I have been thinking about the downside that life is taking me.I never really think I can do all those that I love doing.I assumed it’s not possible. When I see everyone had such a phase in life I get this ray of hope.Better days are waiting to unfold .You are truly inspiring mam. And in love with the way you put your words.

    April 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      The best thing about the internet in my mind is the opportunity to connect with others who know, or have known how we feel! You are 100% not alone, we’ve all been there at one time or another! I’m so glad my post meant something to you and I thank you for taking the time to comment! Keep hoping, dreaming, and doing!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Alex

    I, too, have recently started loving yoga. The stress of life, decision making, work, etc. can make one crazy. My anxiety has flared so much the last year and I’m slowly learning to turn off the worry to leave it on the mat. I give a lot of credit to my yoga guru! She is amazing. Truly chnages lives!! Thank you for referencing the books and apps. I am looking forward to checking them out. 🙂 Keep us posted on your yoga practice!

    April 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Stacy

    Hi Katherine! Thanks for sharing your blog and love for all things food, Utah, family, Mexico and gardening. Love your post on the perfect Bolognese – that is also my favorite meal and I have tried to perfect it many times. I will give yours a try including all of the spice – love me some spicy food. We were just in Mexico this past weekend for some R&R and warm weather – we love it down there!

    I live in Park City which makes it even more fun to follow you. We have a lot in common. 🙂 I am looking forward to it finally feeling like spring this weekend and getting the greenhouse ready for planting and our chicken coop built (to get the chickens out of the spare bedroom ;-)) ! Have a fabulous weekend.

    April 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I love that you’re right here in Utah! Let me know what you think of my Bolognese! Good luck with the chicken coop, I’m sure it’ll be nice to have your guest room back!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:13 pm Reply
  • Audrey

    Hi Katherine

    This is a great post. Very thought provoking. I am going to read the rest of your postings. Thanks for sharing

    April 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    I just found your blog. I really like it! I, too, have chickens. The fresh eggs are amazing. I have only read a couple of posts and can’t wait to read the rest. I hope you continue to share recipes and tips on daily life on how to live simply. I agree that we get too wrapped up in a busy life to fully enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

    April 2, 2016 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for checking it out and I will for sure keep the posts coming!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    I am in love with you new blog. I especially liked your “The Giving Spirit”. I too fall prey to the pintrap, but I loved the crate ideas. Can’t wait to read the rest of your post. Thanks for sharing.

    April 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm Reply
  • Silvana Acebedo

    I love the way you share your heavenly days. Kisses from Argentina.

    April 2, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • Rose

    I just started fallowing your blog and I’m hooked. I loving your craft, gifting idea and so much more I’m so looking forward to your next post.

    April 3, 2016 at 1:16 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled you like it!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Love this! You are so inspiring! I can’t wait to make homemade Christmas gifts this year!

    April 4, 2016 at 2:46 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Awesome! Let me know what you end up making!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm Reply
  • Melissa Cruz

    I’ve been thinking about Yoga for some time now. I always felt like I just didn’t have time. Now that I have children (2,1) and I stay home with them, I feel like I need it more than anything. I love my children and the sacrifices I made for them. I just, feel like I lost myself completely. I miss my own company. I feel like this would be a great way to not forget to take care of myself but to find some inner peace and gather my thoughts. I still have goals and dreams I am trying to achieve and I have to remember that I can still do it. Sorry for the rant…I really appreciate you opening up. 🙂

    April 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Melissa, thank you so much for your comment. I totally get it! You’ve for sure got your hands full and I can imagine finding time for yourself is pretty hard! That being said, I truly believe setting even 20 minutes aside for yourself each day is a must. The thing I love about yoga with Adriene is that you can find videos that fit perfectly into your allotted time. Even when I’ve only managed to do a quick 10 minute session I still feel proud of myself for showing up on the mat. I’m calmer and more centered after and it helps me stay positive, grateful and most importantly patient when it comes to my kids! Though I love yoga and how much it grounds me there are so many things you can do to show a little self love! Ten minutes to sip a cup of tea and leaf through a magazine can do wonders. Taking nap time to rest yourself, read a good book or indulge in your favorite TV show instead of racing around doing chores always helps me feel a little less frazzled and a little more chill with my kids. I know it’s hard to do but taking care of you has to be just as much a priority as taking care of your family!

      April 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Rene Lynn

    Did you read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo? I felt the same way when I read that book, took what made sense to me and just sort of ignored the rest. But it has made me look differently at the “things” I’ve accumulated and has helped me let go so to speak, of stuff that just doesn’t make me happy.

    April 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I read about half of it and got overly excited to start cleaning out. I should have finished the book though, because I cleaned out my family’s things before I read the bit about NOT doing that… oh well, they forgave me! I’m still pretty thrilled with the results!

      May 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Kelsey Queen

    A friend introduced me to Yoga with Adrienne about 8 months ago. I was looking for a form of exercise I could do from home that didn’t require expensive equipment. I had no idea that it would change me completely from the inside-out. Not only is my body stronger, but the negative self-talk we all experience once in while (and, for some, far too often) has turned into self-love and positivity. I can now look in the mirror and feel good about myself and accept where I am today and enjoy the process. I’m so glad to hear that you love it too! If everyone in the world took 20 minutes to do a little Yoga with Adrienne, I think we’d be in a much better place 🙂

    April 6, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I totally agree! She had the same effect on me!

      May 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • T. L. Cooper

    Katherine, you might also enjoy the website, Do Yoga with Me. I use it often for my yoga practice. They offer a variety of instructors, intensities, styles, and lengths.
    Enjoy the journey you’ve chosen to live life on your terms! It’s a process not a destination! I’m still in the process! It isn’t always easy, but I love my life!

    April 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      Thank you for the suggestion, I will look into it right away!

      May 16, 2016 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Silvia

    Love this! It’s like you wrote my own thoughts. Thank you for the inspiration.

    April 15, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Christine

    Ahhhh, I am so into the Secret and manifestations right now! I first read it in 2008 and it worked for me. I recently *made* my husband watch it and we are both working on attracting what we want, not what we fear/don’t want. It feels so good to think positive and the habit is starting to stick 🙂

    April 26, 2016 at 3:20 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      That’s fantastic! I agree 100%! xoxo, KT

      May 6, 2016 at 11:12 pm Reply
  • Daniela Lopez Panduro

    Hi Katherine,

    Lovely blog you are creating here..big congratulations
    I always admire brave souls who share a little bit of themselves with others, perhaps because I have always lived a more internal private experience. Not sure how I came across your creation but like most of my findings, I put it down to just going with the flow of energy I’m in some way projecting at that moment.
    Your area sounds like a beautiful place to be in and bring up your family. I live in a small rural village down in the north of Spain. I moved from the uk a while back and throughout this time with it’s ups and downs, I believe I’m getting to know myself.. the real me. That’s the thing about isolated places, the outside noise is reduced and it makes it easier to hear yourself..And by reading your blog I feel you are doing a similar task perhaps?
    I’m hoping to get into yoga or pilates body is craving an activity like this.. Thankyou for posting the yoga link for us.
    There are many things I could suggest for you or perhaps lend a hand along your path to self discovery. ‘Reiki’ has really helped me alot Katherine.. If you haven’t heard of it, I humbly recommend you check it out. And if you like The secret and want to dive deeper, look into ‘Bashar’ or Seth.. If you do decide to look into it my advice is asess the information as it is and whether it makes sense to you or not..don’t get hung up on where it comes from.
    I truely wish you well on your journey, I will keep up with your blog. Keep up your good work!

    Love and light


    May 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply
  • Victoria Lovato

    Hey Katherine! I was so lucky to stumble upon your site! Your Resetting The Compass really brought the inspiration back out of me to enjoy life and have a postive attitude and work through the struggles, but also set some time aside for yourself. I have been feeling stressed and low lately with everything on my plate. Your site has really made me postive with new ideas of how to handle stress, which I don’t do well, thank you so much for sharing your words and life with everyone!

    May 16, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I’m thrilled my post helped! Thank you for sharing! XOXO, KT

      May 16, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • Emily

    This blog has brought me to tears!
    I hadn’t seen any other of your movies before, and I decided to watch Knocked up for the first time ever and I instantly felt a connection with you. I thought, “who really is this actress?!? I need to research her!” So I did, and came across this life saving blog you have created! “Resetting the compass” is an exact replica of my life, Everything you have written I feel like I’m reading about myself.
    Exactly what I need to hear right now, and it’s funny to think, just one decision to watch a random movie (and a hilarious one might I add) could lead me to this wonderful page that has helped me in so many ways, thankyou Kathrine xx I continue you follow this blog that has so many beautiful aspects xx

    May 16, 2016 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Magali

    Hello from somewhere in France (french-swiss boarder) !
    I’ve heard about your blog on your account on Instagram, what a nice idea, creating this blog and talking about your lifestyle 🙂

    I did Yoga (Hatha yoga and Power yoga) during several months this year, and now I can go to summer class in Geneva, hopefully ! I really prefer being with people and a teacher, the energy is diferent. Anyway thanks for the tip (Yoga with Adrienne)
    What a change for the bodyMa and the mind… Changes and perspectives ans way of think appear for me, it’s powerful, I guess it is for everyone doing yoga.

    Your blog and thoughts are inspiring 🙂

    June 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Amanda

    Thank you for sharing! I honestly thought I was the only one that has that feeling like something bad is going to happen. Everything is great and I just wait for the bad to come. I think when we experience really hard trials in our lives, hear about horrible things happening to others, and watch or read the news it makes it worse. We see others going through tragic times and then we say to ourselves “okay something bad happened to them, now it is going to happen to me.” Prayer and meditation save me from these dark moments. Thanks for letting me see I am not alone in these feelings. I just found your blog tonight and read all of your posts. It’s definitely a new favorite! I have a little girl that is about to turn 5. We are also in Utah. I would love to take her to the fairy gardens here. Where is it located? Congratulations on expecting! I have a little boy that is 2. Definitely different from raising a girl, but well worth it!

    June 24, 2016 at 7:24 am Reply
  • Wendy

    Hi, I found out about your blog by reading the article on about your pregnancy. Btw, CONGRATULATIONS! I have never done written to anyone on their blog before but I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your blog. I have spent all afternoon reading it. I have been toying with the idea of meditation to help me with chronic pain and right here on your blog, were meditation apps to use! I am on my way to d/l them now to start trying. Also, my doctor has suggested I try yoga to help my AI diseases and boom, you also were talking about yoga and I am going to look into Yoga with Adriene on youtube. I feel that I was led to your blog!! Thank you for taking the time to share yourself with us. I am looking forward to more of your blogging!

    June 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply
  • Suzan

    I love what you say in the last paragraph. Wonderfully put! Thank you for that, I will let it guide me.

    Greetings from Hamburg, Germany

    July 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • eya

    Hi Katherine,

    I recently came across your blog and I’m already loving it. I tried going to the gym couple of times too. But after 2-3 visits, I find myself quitting. It’s just exhausting after a day at work. Instead of getting relaxed, I’m more exhausted after and my body hurts all over. I will give this a try though and hope it works for me.

    I just have to say that you are doing an amazing job inspiring a lot of people thru this beautiful and personal blog.

    August 23, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Maris

    The best yoga that is for anyone any physical shape can do easily and truly cause you to align with the universe and draw the energy and increase your intuition by 100 fold is CHAKRA YOGA BY GURUTEJ KAUR

    IT TAKES YOU THROUGH EACH CHAKRA AND OPENS THAT ENERGY CENTER TO BEGIN TO WORK AND EXPLAINS TO YOU SORRY CAPS it explains to you how you feel when that particular one is out of balance. Your intuition will soar after doing it every day for 8 months my life changed so dramatically I wrote a book of a painful secret that I was unaware of which initially started with dreams and veil be veil the truth was revealed. It was a horrible truth but one I am grateful to have found out. I will email you a free copy if you have a regular email you want to send me. People who have read it say they were on the edge of their seat and never read anything like it. If it was ever a movie I’d want you to play me! It is in the hands of someone now in LA. Let me know and I will send it no strings attached 🙂 It is written in pen name to protect privacy.

    August 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply
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