Posts by heatherdisme

A thirty-year old from the middle of a cornfield currently traveling the world.


I pride myself on being able to adapt and learn new systems and programs. For instance, I never climbed before becoming the Marketing Manager at a rock climbing gym and was able to quickly learn and then teach safety, skills, and technique.


Adobe Photoshop | Adobe Indesign | Adobe Illustrator

Email Marketing

Constant Contact | MailChimp | Salesforce


Youtube | Vimeo | Adobe Premiere | Kizoa | Biteable

Social Media

Bamboo | Sprout Social | Hootesuite | Tweetdeck |Facebook Ads Manager |Facebook


Microsoft Office | Prezi | Microsoft PowerPoint


I recently received my Disc Plus profile! Here is a snippet of an article by Allan Miller that explains a bit more about it.


“The Innermetrix DISC Plus Profile combines the best of two world class profiles. The DISC Index measures your preferred Behavioral style and the Values Index measures your motivational style and drivers. Together they will help you understand HOW you prefer to get things done, and WHY you’re motivated to do them. This level of self- awareness and discovery are the core to achieving peak performance in any role or endeavor, to ensure that you properly align what you do best with how you do it and why.

Research conducted by Innermetrix shows that the most successful people share the common trait of self-awareness. They recognize the situations that will make them successful, and this makes it easy for them to find ways of achieving objectives that fit their behavioral style. They also understand their limitations and where they are not effective and this helps them understand where not to go or how not to be as well. Those who understand their natural behavioral preferences are far more likely to pursue the right opportunities, in the right way, at the right time, and get the results they desire…”

My personal Style Comparison


Read my detailed personal report here: Heather_Fegan

Iowa Association of REALTORS


I started producing more of our videos for social sharing, marketing of education classes, events, etc. I have put together most of the videos on their Youtube page. I’m not an expert, but I know what goes into creating a video including initial concept, scriptwriting, planning, shooting, and editing.

Benchmark Magazine

Benchmark is a quarterly magazine sent to our 7,200 members and affiliates. I manage, layout, edit and design the entire project. The magazine ranges in size from 24-36 pages.

Here are the latest examples from 2018 (Click to view magazine):

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Project Management

Project Jack is a grant program funded by the Realtor Foundation of Iowa. There were 200, $250 grants distributed across the state of Iowa. The program began in 2016 in honor of Jack Lindaman of the Quad Cities area. I managed the application process, as well as coordinating, collecting, and organizing photos and videos. Click the image below for more details, videos, and pictures!

Facebook Cover - Children can make a BIG difference

The DMAAR Safety Campaign is the first of its kind. The Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS created a safety program to bring awareness to the safety of Realtors as well as home buyers and sellers. The safety program emphasizes safety through pre-qualification, identification, and knowledge. I managed the design of the campaign.

Safety Ad Facebook 2016Flyer 1

Flyer 2

Flyer 3

The Iowa Association of REALTORS decided a New Member Series of videos that explained the role of the association for its members was needed. I managed the project by finding local agencies and requesting quotes. Once we decided which group to go with, I managed the editing of the scripts as well as the onsite video shoot and release to each of the 17 local boards. There are 8 videos in total.

Full Video:

Examples of snippets taken from the full video:


IAR Social Media Pages


Branding Guide 2017

I put in place a branding guide after we went through a logo redesign. We wanted to update the look and feel of our association and make everything cohesive.

Creative Brief -#MyIowaHome

Promotions and Results for #MyIowaHome

As part of the day to day operations, I help with event planning and marketing, promoting our education department’s latest classes, work with partners and advertisers, put together our email campaigns, maintain the website and write content, work our social media pages and more.

Remote Year

Beginning 2017, I had not left the country and didn’t even have a passport. Beginning 2018, I had sold my house and lived in 4 different countries. I joined a remote year program in October 2017 in which I worked my regular job remotely while traveling the world.

I spent 4 months abroad and came back to Iowa in February. I know what you are thinking, why would you come back to Iowa in February?! As my first overseas travel, 4 months was a lot. I needed a little bit of a break to reorganize and get realigned. I’m currently preparing for round two in South America starting in June.

Working remotely for the first time, I learned how to manage my time and communicate effectively – out of necessity. I worked with my team using Google Docs, Skype, Asana, and Sprout Social as well as email and Slack. I found out that I loved working remotely – I was healthier and could be more productive than I was in an office. I gained valuable skills and insights on how to maintain and excel in a remote position.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success empowers women by preparing them for job interviews and beyond. The Success Luncheon is a fundraising event, new for the Des Moines chapter in 2016, to help fill the clothing and program needs locally. The first year we had about 250 attendees and the second year we had over 500!

I’m proud to have worked with such an inspiring group of women.





Story Boards

Under the Stars

As I lay on a bench right next to the beach looking up at the stars, all I can think about is how gorgeous the starry night sky is and how amazing the water sounds as it rolls into the beach. It is peaceful and something I will definitely miss as we head to a larger city. The final days are upon us as we wrap up our final adventures in Split and prepare for Prague this weekend. I truly wish that I could share with you this magical night under the stars, but it is something you are just going to have to experience yourself. In the meantime, here is a small sampling of pictures from the month.

I still have to figure out a more long-term solution for all of the photos. If you have recommendations, do share!

wandering wonderers

I was going through my site and making more changes when I noticed that I used “Not all who wonder are lost” as the tagline of the page. I immediately went to change it, but then thought better of it, for the moment at least.

I know it is grammatically incorrect as that is not the correct quote from J.R.R. Tolkein. That isn’t what he meant by it. In my life, I’ve gone through many, many ups and downs and constantly second guessing my many, many interests. I’ve always been imaginative, creative, and constantly wondering.

I don’t think it is by accident that I made this mistake. Just because you wonder and dream about things that may at this moment seem impossible, it doesn’t mean you are lost. It means that you are exploring and curious and that is awesome.

For reference here is‘s definition:

Wonderverb (used without object)

1. to think or speculate curiously: to wonder about the origin of the solar system. be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe; marvel (often followed by at): He wondered at her composure in such a crisis.
Honestly, if you look at the definition of “wander” I like the previous word (wonder) even more.

Keep wondering wanderers!



Croatia has been awesome. In 3 weeks, it has only rained twice. You don’t think you could get sick of sunny and 75 degree weather. But, for me, it was nice to have the change of pace. There is so much to see and do! The water (all the water) is so clear. The beaches are mostly rocks and the graffiti adds a nice touch to the mostly concrete buildings. Mountains provide an incredible backdrop to the city. Split and Croatia have an amazingly rich history and I love learning about it!

Things are starting to feel like the #newnormal Next step will be to get to know more about my fellow travelers!

Some things change

I was expecting to be able to change everything that I didn’t like about my habits once I started Remote Year. They didn’t.

I didn’t automatically lose 10 pounds when I arrived. Things weren’t all figured out for me. I didn’t feel less lonely even though I was surrounded by people. I’m not less awkward and I don’t like small talk more.

I have been abroad for 1 week and in that time I showered with cold water for 3 days because I couldn’t figure out the water heater. I ate apples, almonds, carrots, and frozen pizza because I didn’t magically know how to cook. I actually wore a pair of socks twice (eww) because I had to do laundry and I wasn’t sure how to hang everything up to dry since there isn’t a dryer. After a full week, I realized how to use the shower head as a shower. I figure things out day by day.

It is a struggle. I cry every time my parents send me a picture of Pollick or I hear a song about love.

So far, my location has changed and not much else.

Let’s get the party started

I landed in Dublin at 10am local time, 6 hours ahead of my previous local time. I thought I was going to be able to explore and have a drink at the pub, but as it turns out, I don’t function well on 2.5 hours of sleep. I ended up sleeping, watching some dating show that had three guys pick out outfits for a girl they had never met before with crazy time restraints and a limited budget, and ordering pizza and a brownie via room service. Alas, my 22 hour layover in Dublin was a dud. I fully intend to go back though – what I saw of Ireland was gorgeous, green, and lush.

I arrived in Split, Croatia, on Tuesday and got to my apartment around 1 local time. Now 7 hours ahead of what my body was telling me was the right time. This is where the fun begins…

I couldn’t figure out how to get my SIM card tray out – I tried a pen, a screwdriver for eyeglasses, anything I could find in the apartment. Nothing worked. It got to be about 4pm and I hadn’t eaten yet, so I decided to download the google map and give it a shot. Google took me on a 15 minute walk around a park, up hill, through apartment buildings, and down something of an alley to a grocery store that turns out was just up the hill from me… literally less than 5 minutes. On the return trip from the grocery store, I thought I was taking a shortcut but got turned around and ended up wandering around for about 30 minutes to figure out that I was less than a block from my apartment. Thank you Google Maps for the assist. When I made it back, I was flustered, tired, and hungry.

I had terrible headaches the first 2 days – lack of caffeine and not enough water, not enough sleep blah blah blah. So I finally made it to the workspace Wednesday evening. I did some work and realized that the converter I had didn’t have a grounded plug… I borrowed one from somebody in the group and charged the ol’ laptop up while I got some work done. Another awesome individual from the group helped me with the SIM card situation with an earring. YAY!

I made the trek back to my apartment huffing and puffing as I realized just how little cardio I have been doing lately. Seriously, it was like climbing a stairmaster level 200.

Last but not least, my roommate isn’t here yet. She is supposed to arrive on Friday. I hope she doesn’t mind I set up an impromptu hangout Tuesday night on our patio area!