Hi! I’m New Here!

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Hiking at Tom’s Thumb in Arizona

Hello! My name is Heather, and I am excited to welcome you to my brand new blog. I decided to kick-off 2019 by launching this project as an online platform for me to share the lessons that life is teaching me on a daily basis.

This has been a long time coming. I’ve been saying “I should really start a blog,” for probably about as long as I’ve known what a blog was. But like many things in life, it got put on the back burner time and time again, for reasons too endless to count. The most overriding reason however, has been blatantly obvious. One word that we can all relate to: WORRY.

I’ve worried about judgement from others. I know there will be people who question why I think what I have to say holds weight or value. I imagine what these people will say behind my back, and what snide remarks may even be made to may face.

I’ve worried about failure. My intent in launching this blog is certainly not to become the next viral internet sensation – and even if it was, I know those things are simply impossible to plan. But then again … That persistent nagging voice keeps asking: ‘What if no one reads it at all?’

I’ve worried about disappointing myself. I’ve always loved to write, and I like to think I’m halfway decent at it. But, I definitely do not like everything I’ve ever written. AT ALL. What if in the pursuit of writing for the purpose of a blog, I realize I’m simply no good at the one thing I’m really passionate about?!

I worry. And I worry. And I worry.

And like I’m sure every single one of you has experienced – that worry has paralyzed me.

Until now.

Near the end of 2018, I completed the What’s Your Grief Holiday Photo Challenge on Instagram. In this challenge, I shared daily reflections on my journey with grief surrounding the loss of my mom. I did this through images and text captions.

Each day gave me the opportunity to communicate very openly about my experiences with pain and healing, to share what’s helped me, and to connect with others experiencing the trauma of loss.

When the photo challenge ended, I realized I wanted to keep going. But I wanted to keep going on my own terms, outside of the sole topic of grief and without the restrictions of daily one-word prompts.

I knew in my gut that this urge to move forward was the reoccurring push from within that I’d ignored countless times in the past. I knew it was time to finally start a blog.

The truth is, I’ve got a heck of a lot of thoughts about a heck of a lot of things. And I want to share them.

I plan to write about healing, relationships, faith, wellness, and life. These are the themes that run in and out of my mind every minute of the day, and the areas in which I have stories, insight, and questions to ask. These are the places in my ‘every day’ where life is revealing to me so many valuable lessons that I am eager to share.

By no means do I think I am an expert in any of these areas. Far from it, in fact. But I am learning and growing every day, and my hope is that as I challenge myself, I might be able to challenge you too. In this spirit, we can go on this journey together, whatever our destinations may be.

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5 thoughts on “Hi! I’m New Here!

  1. Doug McEachern says:

    well written Heather … proud of you as part of St. John’s United Church in Moncton in my time as Minister 1990 -1995 Proud of you as a fellow Allisonian … appreciate your family and look forward to you as a wordsmith as you share your reflections via a blog…..

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    • Heather Jane says:

      Thank you so very much!! Always so happy to have a fellow Allisonian & a member of my favourite church community follow along on my journey.

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