My name is Heather and my biggest dream is to end suicide.
I want to do this by inspiring people to realize that their lives are valuable, that they matter, and that they can make their dreams a reality in spite of their struggles.
I was born on April 30, 1999, to my wonderful parents in our home in Florida. I am the middle child of 7 kids and I was homeschooled for all of my school years.
I’ve dealt with anxiety (undiagnosed) since I was 14 and it’s affected me both positively and negatively.
Because of anxiety and being really introverted (and, not wanting to have to work for someone else), I realized when I was about 16 that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to sell or do but I knew that’s what I was going to do with my life.
When I was 17, I started thinking really hard about what I wanted to do as an entrepreneur. My first dreams were to build up a huge company, become a millionaire, and then become a philanthropist.
Around the time I turned 18, I realized that I didn’t care at all about the money. I wanted to help people. I wanted to inspire people and that’s when the seeds of the idea for Daring to Inspire were sown. My goal is to help 100 million people with mental illnesses around the world realize that life is worth living and they can leave a legacy behind them, in spite of their struggles.
May 2017 was one of the craziest Months of my life. In less than a month, I turned 18, graduated high school, dumped my first boyfriend, started a blog, started making my dreams a reality and my life hasn’t been the same since.
At 18 I started daringtoinspire.com
An organization that strives to inspire people to know that their lives are valuable and that they can do incredible things with them.
Daring to Inspire started as Heather’s Ambitions (if you’ve been here since then, that’s amazing and I love you.) A place where I could write out my thoughts, share recipes, and explore what kind of impact I wanted to leave on the world. The posts were all over the place and didn’t really make sense altogether. I actually published 95 posts on there in a span of 9 months. And I still can’t really believe that.
At the beginning of 2018, I started thinking really critically and deeply about what I wanted to do with my site. From the day I started it, I knew I wanted to buy a domain and hosting and completely own the site for myself. I also wanted to find ways to monetize it so that I could fund growing the site and moving out of my parent’s house. I have a lot of goals for Daring to Inspire and I can’t wait to meet them! I can’t wait to share all of my dreams with Y’all!
Mental illnesses, personality disorders, and suicide have been very near and dear to my heart for a very long time. I’ve gone through a lot of crap alone and I never want anyone to have to do that. I want this organization to be a place where people can come to get encouraged and be motivated to make their dreams a reality in spite of their struggles. I’ve struggled with really intense anxiety for years and it’s changed me a lot. But, I know that I can fight it and still make my dreams a reality even though I still struggle every day.
For me, the word ‘inspire’ means so many other ideas. It means being positive and optimistic. It means leaving a legacy. It means helping others. It means dreaming big and making those dreams a reality. It means having hope that your life can be better. It means loving unconditionally.
It’s a word that I want to live out. I want to leave a legacy of people who are determined to do whatever it takes to make their dreams a reality.
You may not be able to change the world, but you could change the world for one person.
This is a sentence that I live by. I am only one person. I only have one life. I may only be able to touch one life at a time. But to me, that’s enough. If I can inspire only one person to realize how precious the gift of life is and how much they can do with that gift, I will be satisfied. I don’t care about money or fame. I want to help people believe in themselves and inspire others to believe in themselves.
My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life.
This comes before family, friends, work, hobbies, everything. I’ve learned over the years that when I start my day worshiping God I have a better day. It really changes my mood for the entire day and it’s absolutely amazing. I’ve seen God in all the little details in my life over the years and it’s amazing. Things I never thought could be possible have happened and I only have Him to thank.
I realized recently that I probably wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for my realationship with God. He’s given me so much hope and a reason for living. My life isn’t mine. My life belongs to Him and I trust that He’s going to do incredible things with it.
I live on positivity, coffee, and rock music.
Just walk into my ‘office’ at any point of the day and you’ll typically find all three of these things. I don’t know how I’m always so happy. Most likely because of God. But, I’m always laughing and smiling and trying to encourage others.
Coffee cups are practically attached to my hand at all times. I have at least one cup of coffee every day if not two or three. I got addicted to coffee when I was 16 and I haven’t looked back since. I grew up in a coffee loving family and I’ve loved it from a very tender age.
Rock music is my writing music. I put on some My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy or The All American Rejects, and boom, I’m in the zone. I’ve never really been someone who was into pop music. I grew up on 70’s/80’s rock thanks to my dad. I love Styx, Journey, and Boston so much. Those bands defined my childhood.
I don’t know how old I was when I first decided that my life motto is: ‘Screw negativity and what people think of me, I’m going to be 100% me and if someone can’t handle that, that’s their problem.’ But, I know I was pretty young. I’ve always been the weirdo, the outcast, the unpopular one, and I’m okay with that.
I’ve had some really good friends over the years, but there never was a lot of them. And, the older I’ve gotten, the more different I’ve felt. Most of my friends are going off to college and getting into relationships and here I am, dreaming about starting an organization to help people believe in themselves and make their dreams a reality. And, at 18-years-old, I started making that dream a reality. Because, if you don’t work on your dreams they never become anything more than that.
I realized that negativity wasn’t going to get me anywhere in life so I turned to gratitude. It’s hard to find the positive in bad situations sometimes, but you learn lessons from every situation no matter if it was good or bad and those are the positive part of it.
Soli Deo Gloria
This is Latin for ‘To God Alone be the Glory’
I’ve signed my blog posts and emails with this for a long time. It reminds me that ultimately, all of this isn’t about me. It’s about God. I don’t want any of the glory for anything I do. It all belongs to God. He’s the One who gave me life. He gave me an incredible family. He’s helped me through every trial over the years. He is my rock and my fortress. He’s my best friend. Just a couple of hours spent praising Him, reading His word, and talking to Him does wonders for my mood.
Soli Deo Gloria,