A New Beginning for Me and a “Thanks” to All of You~ from Heather

HI friends,
It’s been a very long time since I last wrote you. Before I end this site and get my new one going fully, I just wanted to thank you one last time for the encouragement you gave me and let you know that in despite of all the set backs in the last couple of those years I will be writing and sharing again. It won’t be here at the 40YearWanderer site/blog however. It is time that I move on in many ways, and starting a new site is part of that healing and progression.

When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I thought it would relieve my stress after years of symptoms and not knowing what was wrong. It did that. However, to be honest, even though many claim it is not progressive, I found out that is not true for everyone. Sure, it isn’t a disease that will take a person’s life, but it steals a lot of what makes up our lives. And for me, that progression of the symptoms getting worse and worse seemed to culminate in the last three years making the diagnosis harder then I thought to accept.

I have spent the last year asking God “what next”? I listened. I now know that I did in fact touch many lives with my blog posts, my stories, and all that I shared. It’s just that I was focusing a bit too hard, and sometimes let the pain get the best of me. I veered off course. So, now I am just taking one day at at time.

I have plans to get a Certificate of Apologetics soon. It is small, but it is a start… a start to not let the rest of my life just “exist”, a start to not let the disease define me and steal my joy and my days, a start to living the rest of my life with goals. Since I began to feel that writing the book, that so many of you participated in through the Q&A surveys I sent out, was not the right thing to do for various reasons, I stopped writing it. I also stopped writing the book about my testimony. I appreciate all of you helping me then, so I don’t want to totally let it all go undone. So after much thought, I have decided that I want to try to get some of it written on my new site, and if a book comes out of it some day, then to God be the Glory and path- and if not, I will be just fine with that too. I simply want to share the truth in God’s Word about the every day life things.

As I said, I want to start afresh, and since I am feeling better after some treatments and therapy – and anticipating getting even better – I want to get back to my freelance work as a writer and marketing specialist too. I knew when I stopped a year ago that I wouldn’t give it up forever, but I knew I needed time to figure out how to deal with the symptom filled days. I knew I needed to overcome, with God leading the way, what was trying to hold me back. It is also very hard to live on one income, and I feel good contributing when I can, so I do hope to get back to work a few hours here and there again soon.

Also, I wanted to have some fun with my new site – yes, it is a free site host, but I really need “easy”  right now in life. :)  You will find my new blog there. I’d love it if you go there and sign up to follow it. It will be a big change, but one to which I look forward. It will be very focused… not on blogging, or writing, or functioning as a ministry…  it will be focused on living a life seeking God’s will, and sharing it. That simple. To live to love and share God with the world. I see clearly now that sharing what I have learned and lived has always been what drew others to me, and it is the gift God gave me. I shouldn’t stop sharing that gift.

Thank you again for your support!
You can find me now at:

HeatherMertens.wix.com/home

I am transferring some of my old posts, like our testimony stories over to it, and will get my new posts going soon.

See you there!
Heather

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14 thoughts on “A New Beginning for Me and a “Thanks” to All of You~ from Heather

  1. lynnmosher says:

    I don’t see any place to sign up, Heather. So glad you’re starting something new.  From His feet, Lynn lynnmosher.com “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40 Amp

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  2. imconfident says:

    It is sometimes good to take a break, gather your thoughts and make some changes in your life. I made the decision a few months ago to stop living in full speed and spend more time with God, listening and learning. It has helped me focus on what is important in life and life has become more peaceful for me. I hope God will guide you and help you see things more clearly. Sending blessings your way!

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  3. Susan Irene Fox says:

    Heather, so good to see your words again. I will certainly sign up to follow your new blog. I’ve missed you, but glad you took the time you needed in God’s presence to simply be with Him. We all need that from time to time.

    Love you. <3

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    • Heather Leigh says:

      I have missed you, Susan! I really stopped my regular blog reading too… I really stopped nearly everything, but now feel like I can healthily get back to reading and engaging. Looking forward to it! Love your big “heart to love others”! <3

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    • Heather Leigh says:

      Thanks, Anthony. I can give you some pointers on Wix. In a nutshell, it is very limited yet very versatile. There are things I want to do that I would have to pay for and it is costly compared to other options. And the blog portion has no networking capabilities like WordPress does. That hurts. Also you are limited to only sending 3 blog posts per month unless you pay. Bummer. :( But I am just sending my blog link visitors to a new WordPress blog to get the advantage. Working on that now. I think it will be just fine. And all free!

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