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Who is she?  

Me writing about me….seriously??   How do you write about yourself when you are still trying to figure yourself out?  Lol. So far this is what I know…

I am a spit fire. I can be goofy at times. I can be serious when need to. I am a lover of Jesus. Totally loyal and trustworthy. Persistent to a fault. I am wife to an amazing man and teammate in life, Brian, and a mother of two tenacious children, Dillon and Stella.  (Oh, and I love our dog, Polly, too!)

I absolutely love mornings; it’s my favorite time of day! I love my quiet time, a time of reflection,  the peace and quiet of the start of a new day. I hear from my Maker a lot during this time.

I love taking care of my family. I love my home and I try to make it welcoming. We love entertaining and do it frequently-like a lot. (Did I mention people are always in my home?)

I have tenacity for life and enjoy spending time with women that inspire me to be a better person.  I am completely comfortable in my own skin and I learned a long time ago that “being ME” is important because everyone else in the world is taken!

I am a better giver than receiver.  I love to give and give and need to work on that other end —receiving, I think it’s called.

I tend to mess up the pronunciation of my words —yup —it’s actually pretty comical. My friends and family have now started calling them “Danielleisms”.

I love to celebrate birthdays and believe that everyone should be absolutely spoiled on that day!  I mean —c’mon —you were born on that very day!  If you know me you have either had a personal serenade, balloons delivered to your house or as we do it in the DeSmit household: full out décor in the house.DeSFmily

I love to shop but dislike the mall! Lol. Yup —true story!  My sweet spot is boutique shopping, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls.

I am a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I went to Hope College (loved it), played on the women’s basketball team, and graduated with a Business Administration degree.  I guess you could say I have a passion for sales (over 15 years’ worth!).  I have had experience selling everything from windshields to pharmaceutical drugs to jewelry and have been a personal recruiter for medical device companies.

At the end of the day, all this stuff is fine and good and yummy and amazing, but truly who I am and what I am about is: a woman, a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, and a friend who is in love with  Jesus.  Knowing that I am Free to Be radiant, chosen, changed, worthy, and His. I am Free-Crowned Free.


Heidi with Title

Who is she?  

Focused. Always smiling and grateful for each day. A heart full of joy, always ready for an adventure. A leader to the core who loves to be pretty in pink. 

As Chief Crown Officer and Co-Founder of Crowned Free, Heidi loves to spread her sparkle. For over 14 years, Heidi has been inspiring hundreds of woman to own and operate their own businesses as a director for one of the nation’s largest direct sales jewelry companies. Her entrepreneurial spirit and heart for supporting other woman have won her multiple awards in both sales and leadership. Heidi’s exuberance for fashion is overshadowed only by her desire for empowering other woman and helping them find their sparkle. Heidi has a passion for helping woman look and feel beautiful from the inside out.

This is me…

My darling hubby: Mark is a rock star. He is incredibly witty and just plain funny. If you stop by our house unannounced you might find the music blaring with Mark leading an 80’s air band session in the kitchen with the kids. His tagline is #beawesome2day. He lives it and inspires others to do the same. I admire his creativity and problem solving abilities. When things get sticky, he’s at his best! He has mad computer skills. When I’m ready to toss my computer through the window he comes in and saves the day. We love to dream big dreams together. If it’s crazy and over the top, he’s in! He’s an entrepreneur just like me and is co-founder of a learning and training company. 

My awesome kiddos: My two boys Crew and Mcguire and daughter Preslie are the loves of my life, and I am incredibly thankful to have the gift of being their mom! I love their kind hearts, their giving spirits, and how they’re using their God-given gifts. They’re Crowned Free super fans and I love them for it. And a fun little fact: Preslie is the author of the “Free” font in our logo. VanderFamily

Heidi: Some of my favorite things: Shopping, shopping, and more shopping! I love to hunt for deals and could spend an entire day treasure hunting if time allowed. I love all things fancy and frilly. I’m head over heels for anything with lace or tulle on it! My favorite color is pink. If you were to walk into my office you would say, “Oh my! It’s PINK!” Yep. It’s pink. When we were building our home, the contractors thought it was a nursery. I love fresh-cut flowers—daisies are my favorite. My favorite time of day is mornings. I love to start my day in my cozy pink chair with my journal, iPod, and Bible. It’s been during these times that I have learned that I am Free to Be joyful, fancy, inspired, and radiant. I am free—Crowned Free.

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