Hey there! I’m glad you found me here at my new blog, “Sips of Sunshine.” I’m thrilled that I can continue sharing some sunshine with you at my new digs. It is amazing for me to think that this blog all started with a simple conversation with God.
Back in early 2011, I said, “Hey God, it’s me, Heather. Well, you already know that, since I knock on your door quite often…so let’s get down to the important stuff. God, I really love to write. I love words. I love how words can stir something within or even be life-changing. I feel a strong desire to write. Use me as an instrument. I want to write for You.”
Shortly after that, I was contacted by my friend, Dorian Speed, who was starting up a local family-friendly website and asked if I wanted to contribute a short story here and there. “Oh, is THIS what you want me to do, Lord? Okay. I’m on it!”
Then, my husband and I worked together to come up with a catchy little title for my column on her site. I told him I envisioned the title to be fun, inviting, warm and positive. My hope was that I could add just a little ray of sunshine to someone’s day through my words. So, we bounced ideas back and forth and “Sips of Sunshine” came to be.
My column appeared on Dorian’s cool website up until she moved out of the area at the end of 2011. My desire to write continued, however, and I wondered where I should go from there. “Hey God, I’m still here and eager to write,” I prayed one day, hoping He would drop some other writing opportunity in my lap. (If only my countless other prayers could be answered so quickly…)
So, God was indeed listening. My mom e-mailed me that next day about a “Choose Life” poetry contest sponsored by The Manhattan Declaration http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/. So, I wrote my poem, “A Baby Book,” and I’m excited to announce that it was chosen as the winner in the Free Style poetry category!
Thank you again to all who supported me and voted for me during the contest. If you’d like to read my poem, please see the comments section below. Re-energized by the wonderful response and feedback about my poem, I felt moved to get going on my own blog.
So, here I am. I have added my 2011 articles and they all appear in the month of February ~ 2012, if you missed them the first go around. I will be adding some fresh new stories and poems soon. And, while I don’t ALWAYS feel “sunshiney,” I do love Gretchen Rubin’s advice of, “Act the way you WANT to feel.” I promise you that I’ll give it my best effort at making us all want to be the best version of ourselves. My hope is that my words might be a beam of sunshine or provide a glow of inspiration to my readers.
Looking forward to sippin’ some sunshine with you here on my blog! You can follow along by e-mail or by RSS feed - just sign-up in the right-hand column. My plan is to create a "Sips of Sunshine" facebook page real soon as well. I hope you "like" it! (And, a thank you goes out to the very best brother a girl could ask for ~ you’re my very FIRST “follower” ~ Love ya!)