How Brilliant Dawn was Born - www.brilliantdawn.com

The kids are grown.

Your career is dead.

Your body is betraying you.

Now what?

Brilliant Dawn was born when I found myself at a loss for what my life looked like now.  Both my children are grown and have moved away from home.  I was laid off in 2015 from my accounting job in the oil and gas industry.  My business ventures since my layoff have been massive failures.  Also, beginning in 2015, my body started betraying me and no doctors can tell me why.  I was left broken…literally.

My children are grown and living on their own.  They don’t need me the same way now.

Finding a career after getting laid off has been challenging.

Amidst all of this, my body has been slowly betraying me.  I gained 50 pounds inside of 18 months, WHILE working out 5-7 days a week and eating clean at least 80% of the time.

Needless to say, the depression I had managed on my own for 25 years was no longer manageable.  I needed help.

Consequently, I found myself needing to recreate my life.  The way in which I am a mother to my kids is different.  My work life is different.  Even the way in which I maintain my health is different.

Many women find themselves in the same boat as me, so I know I am not alone.  Over the years, I have encouraged and inspired countless others.  It is something in which I find fulfillment.  I wanted to continue doing that while creating work for myself and a therapeutic and creative outlet.

As a result, Brilliant Dawn was born!  From art therapy to acting tips to sharing my experiences, this blog should have a little something for just about anyone.


  • Reply
    Theresa Jenkins
    April 4, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Wow! I feel the same way. I’m trying to recreate my self. I feel like I’m missing somthing. I don’t want to get lost in my husbands shadow. So I’m working hard to let my light shine.

    • Reply
      Heather Johnston
      April 5, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      The one thing I have to keep reminding myself is my every action now can be to make me happy, no one else. If I am happy, those I love will also be happy. Self-care is something for which no person should feel badly for doing. It must be done for oneself, not for our kids, not for our spouses. Losing sight of that means losing sight of ourselves. It is devastating to wake one day and not know who you are because everything else is stripped away. You have a long road ahead of you because you have so much healing left to do but every second is worth it. I believe you are in the process of leaving a profound mark on the world. For that reason, I am very grateful you reached out to me on Instagram. I am hopeful about our working together. 🙂

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