Hello my friends! Welcome to my blog, Storms and Silver Linings. If you’re new here, be sure to click over to the “About Page” to get an idea of what this virtual space is all about. If you’re curious about the face and voice behind the posts I share, keep on reading!
My name is Heather Jane Brown (née Varner), and for as long as I can possibly remember, the written word has been akin to oxygen for me. As imperative as every breath, writing is critical to my survival.
It’s how I work through pain, and it’s how I celebrate big and small joys. It’s how I navigate suffering, and it’s how I make my way through life with intention. It’s both a creative outlet and a tool for logistics and planning ahead. It’s how I express myself when I’m hurting, and how I communicate best. For years, and years, I deliberated and debated putting this passion to use through the medium of a blog. I held back, for reasons far too innumerable to mention, though most rooted in the fear of what others would think. But in spite of those anxieties, I knew that blogging would be a gift to myself, regardless of what others might think.
Alas, in January of 2019 (years after the popularity and monetization potential of blogging had dwindled, of course), I launched this very blog. And in the time that’s passed since, I’ve used my little corner of the internet to connect with others as we navigate the complexities of everyday life.
In launching this blog, my intent was to be the voice I’ve needed to hear in my darkest times. I thought I could offer hope and healing to those who are hurting. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was that the hope and healing I’d offer would come back in my own direction tenfold, with an exponential impact through connection with others. I am so grateful for this, and as I continue to seek out the brightness in the brokenness and share it with you, I hope that I spread the message of the persistence of goodness. Because if life has taught me anything, it’s that the silver linings always prevail, and every storm does run out of rain.
- I married my “University Sweetheart” (ugh, how cheesy, I know!) in May 2019. I will never shy away from sharing how grateful I am to have found the relationship I did. However, I’m also pretty transparent about the fact that being partners in life is hard work.
- I am a “Motherless Daughter.” My mama died in a motorcycle accident in May 2014. I was 23 years old and it was just her and I living at home at the time. My world shattered in a way that I’ve spent endless hours fruitlessly trying to describe in the years since. My grief surrounding this loss is an intrinsic part of who I am, and while it’s the area of my life where I’m most vulnerable, I also believe it’s where I find my greatest strengths.
- I am an East Coaster born and raised, now living in a small beach town just east of Toronto, Ontario. While I absolutely love our new hometown, I am forever proud of my Maritime roots. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I consider myself incredibly lucky to have two places that feel like home.
- I am a ‘Child of Divorce’ with a bit of a twist, because my parents did not separate when I was young enough that I’d have to bounce back and forth between the two houses. They separated when I was 21, however my age definitely did not make the loss of my nuclear family any easier. In fact it brought with it it’s own set of circumstances that made it uniquely painful, as I experienced the loss of what I had always known.
- I’m obsessed with Instagram. It’s undeniably my favourite form of Social Media. I love documenting my life and consider it a form of a ‘Virtual Scrapbook.’ I love long-form captions and connecting with my friends and followers through the lens of my iPhone. However, most of what I post is not actually ‘In the Moment,’ and it’s mostly photos or videos captured earlier that day or week that I’ve chosen to share after I’ve had time to be present in the moment as much as possible.