About Joyful Challenge

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Contact me: joyfulchallenge{at}gmail{dot}com 

Joyfulchallenge is written by Heather Blair, where I share my journey through child loss, faith, and challenging myself to find daily joys.  I'm also a monthly contributor at Still Standing Magazine.

It was an honor as well to be among the contributing authors for the newly released book,
 "360 Degrees of Grief" and the sister book, "Still Standing - Because they Lived."

"Joy is the smile we have inside, no matter what is happening around us."

How Joyful Challenge began....

In 2008, my world as I knew it changed forever, with the sudden loss of our 14 year old son, Austin.  Therapy, and often survival, came in the form of writing, beginning at a memorial blog remembering him.  Along the way, I realized the pouring out of our story was also helping others.  With a gentle nudging, I chose to take another path, challenging myself to find the JOY in every day, despite the sadness I still felt.  I love and miss Austin daily but I'm living my life to honor him - and celebrating every moment it brings.  

Child loss and grief were never topics I expected to share but the writing has been therapeutic for me.  Writing is all I've ever known though, it's who I am.  Childhood memories, faith, family, being a mom, raising kids, and loving my husband are all topics I enjoy sharing, as well as finding the joy in every day.

“It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.”  ~ A. B. Simpson

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