Update

Welcome to my new website! I’m building something more current, more clean and more my own. I’m switching from wordpress to my own site using SquareSpace. Construction is slow as I am learning to build this website as I go but I hope with a little perseverance everything will be in its place in no time, and I’ll soon be smoothly up and running with a functional website and lots of current content. 

I am still plugging away at bringing over all my past blog posts from the old blog site (https://heatherfegan.wordpress.com/). I had no idea how many posts I wrote in two years! Often two a week for many months until I slowed down in the spring of 2015 and then stopped altogether in the summer of 2015. Probably around the time I went into early labour 11 weeks before Rosie was due (held on 9 more weeks before she made her debut!). And from there life raced on. Be sure to scroll down for all the posts from the early days. I still can't believe I started posting content four years ago! 

I’ll continue to bring the posts over until everything is here. I don’t want any of my work to go to waste. Lots of the blog posts are timeless and relevant and I can share those fun “from the archives” posts on social media! I'm sad past comments and discussions will be lost but looking forward to the future and where this website takes me. Of course, my portfolio section of the site is up-to-date with all my freelance work, if you want to check out my articles and book reviews (with more coming very soon!). At the same time, I’ll be adding new, regular posts and updates as I rev this website back to life.

Thanks for dropping by and come back soon! 

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A tale of time, part 2

I came across this meme the other day and it really spoke to me. Because it is SO true.

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What did I do with all of my time pre-kids? No, seriously. I should have been accomplishing a lot of really grand and really great things. I was working a lot more I suppose. Volunteering. Fundraising. Television-watching. Drinking. Well, I still do the television and drinking things (less TV, more drinking).  

But this saying also goes to pre-two-kids me. Based on my last, oh-so-long-ago post, I thought I was so busy with one kid and an older dog and baking cupcakes and party planning and writing. ‘Oh, I have NO time’ was my complaint. But when I look at life now, and the speed it’s been hurtling the last two years, and compare it to back then, I had SO much time.

Or so I think now. Perspective is a funny thing. I thought I had no time at all and yet I’ve added so much more to my plate. While what I want to say is “ok, now I really have no time…”  Guess what. No more “no time” excuses. It’s become clear to me that I will make time for what I want to make time for. Things will shift, space will expand and shrink to naturally make room for what we need or want (or don’t need or want) to accomplish. In a couple years I bet I will take stock of what I’m doing, look back and think, “Why did I think I was so busy? I had TONS of time back then!” And so it goes.

My commitment now is to make productive use of what time I do have. And to make an effort to make time for all I want to achieve, and I have few things up my sleeves. The fact it’s been two years since my last post is terrifying, but to be fair, I have been very busy! I’ll give myself credit for that.  But I do feel like I’m coming out of the other side of a very busy season of my life. A hands-on, don’t-have-time-to-sit-down-and-can’t-get-away kind of busy. Now it’s time to refocus and accomplish some goals. Hope you’ll join me for the ride!

Life update! Since my last post we... 

  • -had another baby!
  • -staged our home & put it on the market
  • -moved out for three months
  • -sold our house and bought a new one
  • -moved to the new house 
  • -embarked on a complete kitchen reno and installed a second bathroom
  • -traveled to California, Italy, Toronto (twice!), Florida, NYC (twice!), North Conway, Ottawa, Quebec City
  • -endured 3 (!) week-long hospital admissions (not counting the c-section for baby #2)
  • -the epic summer of 2017
  • -got a new puppy

In case you missed it

I’ve updated my portfolio page with recently published work. There are book reviews, feature stories and interviews. I’ll have more updates in the coming weeks as more of my content is published in various publications. Exciting times, people!

I was particularly pleased to find my article on baby proofing with style on the front page of the Homes section of my city’s newspaper, The Halifax Chronicle Herald. The story continues inside and there’s even a picture of Bear.

I’m still trying to get the hang of a common occurrence — or so I hear — freelancers encounter: securing work, and then being way too busy working to continue pitching and lining up more work. Now that deadlines are passing one by one, the workload is lightening so now I’ll have to build it up again. But it means more time for blogging! I’m going to stop moaning about finding time to blog and just get on with it. It also means I’ll have a bit more time to focus on some home projects and fill you in with what the hell happened to the last week of my November sweeps project! Oops… more on that later! In the meantime, if you are interested, here’s bit of what I’ve been up to.

Book Reviews:

Into the Wasteland by Lesley Choyce

Bodies and Sole by Hilary MacLeod

Phoebe’s Way by Pamela Ditchoff

Punishment by Linden MacIntyre
 

Feature Stories and Interviews

The Halifax Chronicle Herald: Baby proof with style
We had a hard time finding gates to fit the wonky stairs in our home, and I didn’t want big, chunky, plastic rails. Having a baby doesn’t mean your home has to be suddenly bumper padded and bare. Be smart, be safe but don’t forget you can still be stylish too!

Atlantic Books Today feature story: Socially Acceptable
Bethany Myers is a local YA author and her social media feeds are so much fun

Atlantic Books Today Q&A with singer-songwriter Dan MacCormack: Lyrics and Literature
Dan’s creative project is so impressive. He’s made an album inspired and influenced by the works of David Adams Richards. Be sure to check out his album!