ID: a quirky Q&A with Northampton's Heidi Robinson

Last modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Heidi Robinson says that for the past 30 years, Northampton has been the one place that has always felt like home. She says she’s grateful to live in such a beautiful place with so many great resources and opportunities. Robinson has moved away, and returned, several times, and settled back here for good, she says, in 2000. She has three college degrees, but loves more than anything helping people reach their home- and office-organizing goals. She is also an in-home coach, specializing in working with people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other executive functioning challenges. Experience with family members with ADHD has contributed to her knowledge and desire to help others in similar situations.

Full name: Heidi Lisa Robinson

Date and place of birth: January 1961, Worcester

Address: Northampton

Who lives under the same roof as you? My husband, Steve, and our daughter Rachel

Children: Ben, 26, Jessica, 25, Rachel, 9

Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1982; master’s degree in education, John Carroll University, 1989; bachelor’s degree in nursing, UMass, 1992

Pets: None, much to the chagrin of my daughter

Hobbies: Reading, gardening, spending time with friends, lounging (preferably near the ocean with a book)

Book you’d recommend to a friend: I am a voracious reader, but most recently, Katrina Kenison’s “Magical Journey”

Favorite movie/TV show/singer: Movie — “Meet Joe Black”; TV — “Gilmore Girls”; musician — Van Morrison

Five things you can’t live without: My iPhone 5, warming throws, books, listening to the ocean regularly, flowers

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A dress I saw in the window at The Artisan Gallery in Northampton

What’s at the top of your bucket list? As much travel as possible for as long as possible

Life-changing experience: Isn’t it all life-changing, every day?

Strangest job you ever held: Making tuna salad with my hands at Blimpies, on college break. I only lasted a couple of weeks

A little-known fact about you: I can be shy

Dumbest thing you ever did: Got married to the wrong person at a time in my life when I was very vulnerable

One trend you’d like to see return: People writing thank-you notes and having the courtesy to RSVP when receiving an invitation

What really sets you off? People lacking integrity

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? I have been a big Oprah Winfrey fan for a very long time

Best advice you ever got: “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” — Maya Angelou

Favorite place to get a bite: Paul and Elizabeth’s in Northampton, because I am vegan and they make consistently good food

Favorite team: I am really not into sports, but I probably have to say the Red Sox, just because

What does your ideal weekend look like? Family time, alone time, time with friends, time to relax, time spent in nature

One thing you would change about yourself: I would have more patience

What gives you the creeps? Duct tape — I cannot stand to touch it

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Introverted and nerdy

Whom do you most admire? My daughter Jessica, for always being positive, no matter what is happening in her life, for being a genuine, kind-hearted woman with amazing hands (she is a massage therapist) and for her ability to keep on going despite any obstacles thrown in her way, usually with a huge smile on her face

Parting shot: All I can say is systems, systems, systems (I am a professional organizer after all)

— Compiled by Brenda Nelson

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