My name is Heather and I am a practicing Buddhist. Although I am currently living in the Bay Area of California, my roots lie near the Miami Valley in the southern part of Ohio. Officially, I am an urban public school teacher. Recently, I came face to face with my misery and unhappiness as said teacher. Finding myself immersed in a stressful, unsafe, and unsupportive work environment I decided it was time to make a change. I realized that if I wanted to be happy, I would have to take ownership and create the happiness I wanted. My plan is to use this outlet as a journal to open up, share my innermost thoughts and daily doings as I embark on a spiritual journey of sorts towards creating a happier and more fulfilling life. An X marks the spot. This is my beginning of finding the courage to change.