A Thank-You Letter to My Blog

Dear Blog:

You came into my life four years ago today. I want to thank you.

Thank you for giving me a sense of purpose. When I first arrived in Joburg, I didn’t have a job or even a plan. But I always had you. Eventually you became my job and my plan.

Thank you for introducing me to photography. Creating you made me realize that I tell stories much better with words and pictures than I do with words alone. I’m a photographer because of you.

Walking ghost

Thank you for helping me to survive the most difficult times of my life. When I felt like I had nowhere to turn, I turned to you. I clicked “New Post” and started typing.

Thank you for keeping me in South Africa. When life got really bad, I thought about leaving. But I knew that you couldn’t live anywhere else, and I knew that I couldn’t live without you. So I stayed.

Thank you for introducing me to my city. You made me fall in love with Joburg. Now it’s home.

Thank you for introducing me — directly or indirectly — to many of the people I care about most in the world.

Thank you for introducing me to myself. I had no idea who I was before you came along. You gave me a mirror and forced me to look. Now I know what I’m looking at and I love what I see.

2Summers selfiePhoto courtesy of Gareth Pon.

Thanks, Blog. Happy birthday.

Love,
Heather

A few announcements:

1) SandtonPlaces has officially launched and is on sale in bookstores. Come to the first public launch at Exclusive Books in Sandton next Wednesday.

Heather book small

Look, it’s me with a giant book.

2) “Hazy Blue Hour”, my limited-edition Jozi print, is still for sale. Five prints have sold so far and five are left. If you’re interested, message me through the blog or on Twitter.

Hazy Blue Hour resized

3) I have a milestone birthday approaching. To celebrate, I’ve helped organise a gig with my favorite band, BCUC, at Curiocity Backpackers in Maboneng on July 5th. You’re all invited.

bcuc number change

Thanks to Anna-Belle at She Said She Said for this beautiful graphic.

Life is good. Thanks to all of you for reading 2Summers over the past four years and following along on my crazy journey. Looking forward to the next four.

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38 Comments

  • Reply Derek Smith June 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations – As you know life is a strange strange journey leading to the most unexpected outcomes….and when we look back we realize that it was meant to be.

    • Reply 2summers June 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Yes. And life just keeps getting stranger and more awesome.

  • Reply buddhableu2000 June 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Heather, I feel it is I whom should be thanking you for keeping me abreast of what’s happening in my old home town. I’m not big on writing but do read and enjoy every one of your postings, So, a formal thank you from me to you. Alex. Chiang mai, Thailand.

    • Reply 2summers June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Alex. I really appreciate the comment and glad you’re still enjoying my blog.

  • Reply Gary June 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Heather. You’re awesome. Your story is the coolest and I’m so excited that you created a life for yourself that you truly love. Nothing better than that.

    • Reply 2summers June 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Gary. You’re awesome too. Hope things are going well.

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough June 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Horray to you and 2 Summers. You both rock. Your blog has had huge success. Happy birthday, my friend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  • Reply Lungile Zakwe June 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Thank YOU for sharing your story and experiences with us in a beautifully artistic way xx

  • Reply Lungile Zakwe June 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Thank YOU for sharing your story and experiences with us in a beautifully artistic way xx

  • Reply Becky June 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Although we miss you a great deal, it is with excitement that we share your celebration of life in Joburg. It doesn’t seem to matter the distance it might take to get where you are supposed to be–just that you get there.
    Becky

  • Reply Becky June 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Although we miss you a great deal, it is with excitement that we share your celebration of life in Joburg. It doesn’t seem to matter the distance it might take to get where you are supposed to be–just that you get there.
    Becky

  • Reply all-TIM-ate June 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Congrats and thank you for your openness and willingness to share. You have inspired me and many others I’m sure. Mazeltov.

  • Reply all-TIM-ate June 26, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Congrats and thank you for your openness and willingness to share. You have inspired me and many others I’m sure. Mazeltov.

  • Reply Sheryl R June 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    As always you entice us to want more. I am glad you stayed. Well done and you deserve the awesomeness!

  • Reply Sheryl R June 26, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    As always you entice us to want more. I am glad you stayed. Well done and you deserve the awesomeness!

  • Reply Tenney June 27, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary. Who woulda thought………..?

  • Reply eremophila June 27, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Congratulations Heather! It’s been quite a ride following you and all your (usually) wonderful exploits, and that of Smokey also. Sadly, it’s now time for me to say goodbye, I wish you well in all your endeavours and trust you’ll continue to amaze everyone ♥

    • Reply 2summers June 27, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Thanks Enivea! But what do you mean by saying goodbye? Where are you going? I hope all is ok… It occurs to me that you’re one of my oldest readers and one of the blogs I’ve read the longest.

  • Reply eremophila June 27, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Congratulations Heather! It’s been quite a ride following you and all your (usually) wonderful exploits, and that of Smokey also. Sadly, it’s now time for me to say goodbye, I wish you well in all your endeavours and trust you’ll continue to amaze everyone ♥

    • Reply 2summers June 27, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Thanks Enivea! But what do you mean by saying goodbye? Where are you going? I hope all is ok… It occurs to me that you’re one of my oldest readers and one of the blogs I’ve read the longest.

  • Reply Sunshinebright June 27, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Very happy for you, Heather. Your life’s gamble paid off!

    • Reply 2summers July 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      It certainly did. I’m fortunate.

  • Reply Sunshinebright June 27, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Very happy for you, Heather. Your life’s gamble paid off!

    • Reply 2summers July 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      It certainly did. I’m fortunate.

  • Reply Gail Wilson June 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    So glad you decided to stay, love your blogs and you have often shown me something I did not know about my own city. To many more. xx

  • Reply Gail Wilson June 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

    So glad you decided to stay, love your blogs and you have often shown me something I did not know about my own city. To many more. xx

  • Reply Firefly - Jonker June 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats on four years of blogging. I have my 6th coming up next week. Can’t believe its been so long.

  • Reply Firefly - Jonker June 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Congrats on four years of blogging. I have my 6th coming up next week. Can’t believe its been so long.

  • Reply Catherine Caviar July 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Thank you Heather, for sharing with all of us, friends, people you have never met but whose hearts you have touched, you have been an inspiration, a lesson in how to love life, plus, let us not forget, an endless source of cool ideas of things to do, places to visit in SA.Thank you!

    • Reply 2summers July 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Catherine 🙂

  • Reply Catherine Caviar July 1, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Thank you Heather, for sharing with all of us, friends, people you have never met but whose hearts you have touched, you have been an inspiration, a lesson in how to love life, plus, let us not forget, an endless source of cool ideas of things to do, places to visit in SA.Thank you!

    • Reply 2summers July 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Catherine 🙂

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