A new endeavor for hopeforheather

I am excited to share some news with you guys!  And, it’s not even medically related to anything.  🙂  So #winning!

I am now a Cedar Fort Publishing & Media Influencer/Reviewer and will be sharing some book reviews here very soon.  In fact, my first book review is below.  Hope you enjoy!



Women of the Restoration

Women of the Restoration is a great, quick read.  It is a short summary of the lives of some of the prominent women during the early years of the church.  Whether you know a lot of church history and are looking for a refresher, or don’t have any knowledge of the women of the early church – I would recommend this book. 

The book is divided into 4 areas (time periods) that the early Saints lived through, and I specifically liked that the author began this work with the brief summary of the Prophet Joseph’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith.  I hadn’t heard of many of the other women included here, so that was a great education for myself.  Also, I just found out that a friend of mine is a distant relative of one of the women in this book!

The author’s writing style is casual, and at times it seems she is asking the reader some very thought provoking questions.  This style of writing actually helped the words come alive to me as I was able to ponder how I might have behaved or responded during these amazing women’s trials they endured.

The book also includes a bibliography which is a great reference for further studying on church history.  Overall, a good book and would recommend it!

Taking stock: The Covid 2020 Fall Edition

I am so glad I remembered by password to my blog!

Also, thank you to Jaana for the inspo for this blog post.  And away we go:

Making: Healthy choices as best as I can.  10K steps a day, baby!
Cooking: nada
Sipping: Syntrax Nectar.  GET THIS.
Reading: The AA Big Book
Looking: at stickers for my Passion Planner
Listening: Tom Misch
Wishing: that people would use their God-given agency for good and not evil
Enjoying: the time that I get to spend (due to the covid) with my 16 year-old cats (Kona and Tigger)
Waiting: to exhale 🙂
Liking: that zoom connects me with so many great people!
Loving: that I have a job (especially b/c of the covid)
Buying: too many things on Amazon
Watching: Days of Our Lives
Hoping: for recovery for our Nation
Needing: more water
Wearing: all the yoga pants – thanks covid
Following: only as much “news” as I can stomach
Noticing: the actions of people
Getting: Fed. UP.
Saving: for a Vegas trip!
Bookmarking: exercise videos
Coveting: some oreos
Opening: my mind
Giggling: with my family
Feeling: again so grateful for my job (esp. b/c of the covid)
Hearing: box fan
Obsessing: over the new season of 90 Day Fiance
Missing: how we were before the covid

Checking in

Hey friends:  I am still here! It’s been a while, and thought I’d catch up quickly this evening.

  • I had “surgery” on my thumb this week.  5 stitches for my trigger finger.  Blergh.  Not fun in the least little bit.
  • I had my mammo last week, because you know, Cowden Syndrome and high-risk breast cancer risk.  It was “normal”!  #winning
  • Since I just got my mammo I can now try to sort out my screening timeline again since Corona jacked *everything up.  Basically, someone is getting to second base with me every 3 months.
  • What are you watching lately?  I am a relatively new fan of BB (Go Ian!) and have been watching since #BB16.  Still into every single version of #90DayFiance, and just finished another Joe Exotic thing.  I liked this one the most as it followed up on some of the Big Cats Joe abused.  I am now a follower and newest sponsor of one of their residents.  Check out the sanctuary here!
  • Trying my hardest to keep my hope and head above water.  How are you doing in the time of Corona?


the fork in the road

I created this blog 9 years ago to document my life living with 2 brain tumors.  Yet, as I sit here this evening I cannot bring myself to write about anything.  I’ve never had a filter here, and I am not purposely holding anything back.  It’s just that I cannot connect anything in my brain to share.  Sadly, things are very active with my Cowden Syndrome and Lhermitte-duclos Disease.  I had a visit with the ENT last week to talk about my tinnitus.  I could write about that at some point, I suppose.

So, what should I do?  Retire the blog?  Move entirely to Twitter since short blog posts are more my style (at least I prefer to read short blog posts).  Is anyone still here?  Would love to hear if anyone’s still here with me.  This whole “Content Creator” trend definitely isn’t how this blog began.  Unsure if I can make the transition.

New! New! New!

Hi friends and family:

I pray you are safe and well. I have been feeling stagnant this week so I decided to create some new merch, with the help of a social media friend! I will find her website and link it here. 🙂

Please click here to check out my new shirt! I am so excited to share it with you. If you’re able to, during the unprecedented time we are living in, please consider buying a shirt. It will help me in many ways. Thank you!

To blog or not to blog?

I go back and forth. Over and over. Do I keep updating here or move (100%) over to Twitter and IG? It’s a hard decision although I’m not sure why? Social Media sure is easier; and, I never bought a domain although I have wanted to do that for many years. There’s not much keeping me here!

I would never delete this blog because of the history and (hopefully growth) from that fateful day 7/18/2011.

If I am spotty here you know where to find me!

Blog Housekeeping

Does anyone know how I can make my Wordless Wednesday photos the same size?

I thought that I could choose MED/LG/JUMBO or some such thing…but now I can’t find that option in the media tab/folder?

Thanks in advance. My OCD is on fire with my photos all different sizes. #Blergh