Hi! Welcome to Finding Harmony

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Perfection paralysis is real. I am HeatherAnne. Welcome to my YouTube channel and the introductory video that I have been working on for several weeks. I've tried to film several times. I couldn't find the perfect backdrop. I didn't have my makeup done. I didn't have my hair done. We don't need all that.

Hi, I'm HeatherAnne. Welcome to Finding Harmony where I'm going to bring you along on my journey as I try to find harmony. So let's start off with a really quick introduction about me and I'm going to start with, why do I talk about harmony instead of balance? Everybody's all about balance. To me, balance is either like a scale, so things have to be 50/50 to balance - real life is not like that - or like the clowns at the circus and they're balancing all of the spinning plates on top of those little poles. Real-life is probably more like that kind of balance, but that's not the kind of balance I want in my life.

I am a piano teacher and so the concept of harmony - where multiple different notes can be played at the same time and make beautiful music together - makes more sense to me. One note is not necessarily more important than the others. They're all working together. So that's why I liked the concept of finding harmony or not finding balance.

A little bit about what I would be doing here. I was the primary family member responsible for cleaning both my grandmother’s gigantic house when she passed away and my parents' house when my mom passed away last year. There was so much stuff just packed in boxes - things that hadn't even seen the light of day in ages - that could have been making their space more peaceful and be giving someone else joy if it wasn't just locked in a box, not being used.

So I did not learn after my grandmother passed away 10 years ago, but after my mother passed away a year and a half ago, I decided that I'm not going to do the same to my kids. I don't want them to have to go through my house and find boxes and bags of craft materials, craft supplies, clothing that's never been worn, or kitchen wear that's never been used, packed up and stuffed in every nook and cranny. Things that are just going to have to be gotten rid of in whatever way possible. And I don't want to live in a house like that.

I grew up in a family that very much instilled that sense of scarcity mindset. I needed to save this Rubbermaid lid “just in case”. She would give me her spare lids that didn't even fit any of my things “just in case”. We keep things “just in case”. I don't need to keep a spare Rubbermaid lid just in case! I am very fortunate to be in a position where if I need a new Rubbermaid, I can just go buy a new one.

And in the meantime, I want to get my house to where it is peaceful. I want it where I do not have the silent to-do list yelling at me: that thing needs to be picked up off the floor, the dishes need to be done, the big room in the basement… well, you can't even walk through it. And so that's where I am. I'm here trying to find some harmony.

I am good at organization, but my house is not organized. The living spaces, the spaces that you see? They're organized, but I have some horror rooms. So I hope you choose to come along with me on this journey. , both in decluttering my house and talking about how to reduce waste in our homes. I am currently on a mission to get rid of a lot of the plastic waste in our house. I'm using a shampoo bar. I'm using toothpaste tablets. Those are some of the things we're going to talk about. How to declutter books. How to declutter clothes. How to declutter sentimental items.

Also how to do YouTube! My introductory video was a one-take video because I am still learning Premiere Pro so I can edit the videos. And that's a learning curve, so I'm not going to hide any of that YouTube stuff either.

Like I said at the beginning, should I put on my makeup? Should I fix my hair? That's just not who I am most days. What you see is what I look like most days. And since I’m going to be filming on the weekends I will probably be in a graphic t-shirt. I did put on lipstick. I usually put on lipstick. I teach piano online and it just makes my lips more defined on video, but I'm not going to get dressed up and fix my hair. I'm a mom. You're a mom, probably, if you're reading this. You know how it is.

So welcome to my website. Again, my name is HeatherAnne. I hope you add your email to be notified of new blog posts and videos. You can also hit the subscribe and like buttons on Youtube. Come with me on this journey to finding harmony. And I have no idea how I'm going to end this yet. So if you've got some ideas for how to wrap up my blog posts and end my videos, let me know! Because literally, I'm making this up as I go along. Bye!