Heather O'Brien

San Francisco, California, United States

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  • Secret Agent. Aphrodite's Girl Friday. I work as a Singin...
  • Livin', lovin' and Emerson College
  • From Portland, OR
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About Me


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I'm Aphrodite's Girl Friday.

Je suis la Terroriste Zen.
I believe this present moment is all we really have, so we'd better make the most of it! I'm a seeker and adventurer and explorer. I'm building a new company that will help people understand themselves and others better. I'm a freestyler, a singing telegram, MC and party performer. I'm crafty, meaning that I'm unusually good at taking advantage of the advantageous situations I often find myself in (like traveling for 6 months or always managing to be on the guest list); also, I like making things, whether it's a new outfit, a new song on the spot, a gift for a friend, or some crazy art piece to take to our company picnic in the desert (Burning Man).
I'm very active. Back in the day I ran a couple of marathons, but I would much rather hike these days. I love anything outdoorsy and especially stuff I haven't tried yet.


A note about what it means to be "Shameless": Contrary to what the initial impression of shamelessness might be, for me it's not about being sexy or a vixen (though I don't deny that part of me), nor about acting unethically or being immoral. It's more about leading a life free of shame. Shame is lame! Shame holds us back from being our most vibrant, amazing selves. Be unabashed about being wonderful! You don't help people by playing small. I believe in acting with principles--I don't do things I ought to be ashamed of. I'm living the life I want and I believe in myself and my actions. I have a good dose of humility, too. I'm not perfect and I'm always trying to learn more so I can be better. Life is too short to be feeling bad about ourselves! I know I'm doing the best I can with what I know. When I know better, I do better. Shamelessly.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I made videos you see around the CouchSurfing site. You can also check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/couchsurfing

I host, surf, organize and go to activities... ya know, the real CouchSurfing stuff.


An "experience" is something that can be filed away in a notebook, or captured on film and pasted into an album. 'Experiencing' is the feeling of wonder itself, the thrill of communion, the gentle touch of our connectedness to all that surrounds us. I've experienced some of the best adventures ever with CouchSurfing. I've wandered and wondered in California, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Vermont, Mexico, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Guatemala, The Caribbean, Asia...
Next I'm off to... meet you?


Freestylin', smilin', beguilin', whilin' away my time and ryhmin' shinin' like a diamond... BURNING MAN!! stretching time out till it's longer, play!, dressing up/getting down, theatre, improv, film, art, music, travel, hosting travelers, rock climbing, running, yoga, dancing, NPR, newness, clothing, shoes, making amazing outfits and costumes, laughing, crying... living the big life

Music, Movies, and Books

love, love, love: Freestylin' with Breakbeat DJs (freestyle is improv--I like to make up songs in the moment). Love to dance so music in that vein--breaks, bootie mash-up, and the poetry and heart of music, like Ani Difranco and Liz Phair and Mazzy Starr... oh jeez.. this is a tough category, cause my heart is full of appreciation for so many masters of art. Also Hitchcock, PT Anderson, Coen Bros. movies, any book by
David Sedaris, Tom Robbins, John Irving, the classics and so many others...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

For the summer solstice with no setting of the sun, I drove with CS founder, Casey Fenton, up the Dalton Highway in Alaska, a crazy, tumultuous dirt and gravel road following the pipeline for 500 miles, through mountains, tundra, forest fires, and all kinds crazy terrain all to the end of the line. We took a "secure" tour with an Oil Company guard to the Arctic Ocean, stripped down and plunged ourselves into the freezing water. Woah.

Oh, and there was also this one time that I crashed an elephant convention in the Serengeti.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm an improvisation teacher, I can teach you some mad skills to apply not only to performance, but also to life. I have done a lot of work in spiritual healing and have some techniques I employ that I'm happy to share. I know how to sew like a mo'fo' and can give some tips. I have a million costumes and can help you turn your stuff up a notch.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    76 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge
  • Montreal
    Montreal Collective
  • Base camp
    BaseCamp Collective

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