I’m Heather Martin, And This Is My Dharma
I am a writer, businesswoman and author of several books, which explore the search for healing in the midst of human trauma. I also produce blogs, press releases, website copy and other written content for businesses that want to improve the quality and consistency of their messaging.
Personal or Professional Goals:
Ultimately I’m seeking peace and balance, fulfillment of my purpose, deeper understanding of myself, and the courage to do what I am called to do without hesitation (or proceeding even in the face of it).
As a writer, this means I need to write. It’s my human imperative to write, to put my work out there, and to constantly improve by writing often. My books have been tests of my courage to put myself, and the lessons I’ve learned in healing, out into the world. Trusting that all the work I’ve done to recover my own self will be insightful, valuable and beneficial to others who may feel lost in their journey.
My first novel, “Reclaiming Konia: A Tale of Love, Loss and the Armenian Genocide,” was a call to action by my ancestor Melkon Jenanyan, a great grandfather I never had the chance to meet. Melkon was a Christian minister at the time of the Armenian Genocide, who fled to the U.S. with his family in the second wave of massacres in 1909. Writing his story was a way to absolve himself of guilt for what he did not courageously say during his lifetime, and by helping him to make amends with his open wounds – telling his story that yes, a genocide did happen and it was injust – was my own rite of passage to becoming a writer. I agonized for 8 long years, at one point believing I would never complete the work and hating myself for it. And eventually, after clearing my own wounds through healing practice and diligence, I found the tools I needed to complete the book and now, it is available on Amazon for anyone who wants to read. And I have a permanent connection to Melkon and my Armenian ancestors that is deep and loving and meaningful.
My most recent book is “Fuchsia Parade: One Woman’s Quest for Sex, Love and Redemption” and is a much more raw, personal story based on my own traumatic journey to heal from repressed childhood sex abuse. Fuchsia Parade is a recent winner of the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Book Award in the sexuality category. That was hugely satifying. Not in the ego ways I used to search for to validate my existence, but in a deeply spiritual way, validating my courage to put the book out there, and for all the hard work and persistence that went into finalizing it.
I hope that my stories about my books encourage others to put there stories on paper, to have the courage to share them, and to know even setbacks cannot stop things if you know in your heart it is your purpose.
What’s Your Offering to the World?
What I offer is an unapologetic exploration of what it means to heal oneself. I explore all the wisdom I’ve learned through my books, and in turn, share them with the world so they can find their own path to peace, healing, and fulfillment.
Who/What Inspires You?
I’m inspired by people who carve their own path, driven by a deep sense of purpose. I’m also inspired by all the courageous people who share their stories, in varying formats, in a way that expands the world. I’ve been tremendously grateful for a show on Netflix where women explored their childhood abuse, and to the many who have come forward with and before the #MeToo movement, and reminded me that there is more space than ever to discuss sexual abuse and harassment.
My mission is to make people think critically and question their beliefs, to know they are not alone, and that the healing process can be violent, messy and confusing, but ultimately worth it. I want people to get deeply into self-exploration, to find the wisdom within and be guided to live their own lives by it.
And, for people to see me and say “she never gives up,” and to hopefully inspire others to persevere.
A few of my favorites:
“Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient.” – Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” – Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
“Look around less, imagine more.” – Esther Hicks
“Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.” – Napoleon Hill
I work full time and work on my books in my “free time.” I am a living testament that yes, you can pursue your dreams under all types of circumstances, if you are committed to the importance of them, you will find a way. Yes it takes commitment and energy, and yes at times it can be stressful. But you don’t necessarily have to quit your “day job” while you put in the effort to pursue your dreams. Writing is a tedious, discipline-oriented activity that demands consistency. But the rewards are immense.
My writing goals are to finish my next two books by the end of 2020, for a total of 4 I will have authored. Right now I am halfway through writing the first draft of “Gratitude Happens,” a novel about a young woman who seeks love through tarot cards, healing crystals and psychics. My next book is something I began in 2016 that has about 18,000 words so far, and is a coming of age story of two young orphan girls who go on an incredible journey of self-exploration and healing ancestral trauma.
Ultimately, I’m ramping up to travel more, expand my experiences, continue to improve my fitness level and health, and enjoy quality time with my beau and our beautiful little pomchi, Sammy.
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