The Good Stuff

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

Life can be rough. We sit in traffic, get ingrown hairs, stuffy noses, wrinkles and parking tickets. We step in dog poop, chewed gum and muddy puddles. We track it into the car and through the house. We breakdown, stress out and mess up. {Sh}it happens. But I’m tired of focusing on the sad stuff, the bad stuff and the downright crappy stuff. I want to pay tribute to the stuff that makes us smile, the stuff that makes us grateful, the stuff that makes us LAUGH. Here’s to the good stuff…

Here’s to nitrous at the dentist, ‘that’s what she said’ punchlines and arriving on time. To Facebook birthday wishes, A/C on a hot day and freshly shaved…legs. To brand new love, lifelong love, following the rules and breaking the rules shortly thereafter. To horoscopes, cold beer and authentic Mexican food. To inspirational quotes, rediscovered gift cards and…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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13 comments on “The Good Stuff
  1. Hannah, what a sweet dtr you are, wish my Lauren was more like that, she is only 19, guess I should give her time, hope i dont have to get cancer to get this kind of writing talent to shine thru her.

  2. Louise Ganus says:

    Walter just finished the marathon radiation treatment where we met you and your family. We are enjoying the little things of life even more such as sitting in our sun room and watching a tiny wren build a nest inside a birdhouse attached to our house. It doesn’t take great big things to bring joy. Keep laughing when you can as it sure has helped us to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep writing Hannah.

  3. monica way says:

    AND….heres to YOU!

  4. Susan R. Wise says:

    Amazing listing of “The Good Stuff” – you bet, Life is Good, one simply needs each and every day, to “wake up and smell the roses!” Thank you so much for a lot of smiles, a few chuckles and also, a few “touching” tears, after reading your full posting!! Love, prayers, Hugs to you, your dear Dad, Loren, dear long-time friend and your Mom, Susie, Graham & Britta. Susan & Julian Wise

  5. Linda Sladwick says:

    You have such a gift with words. I just know your Dad is very proud of you. I printed this out and it’s going on the fridge. Love to you and the family.

  6. Debbie says:

    awesome! Thank you for helping me remember what’s important!

  7. Renny Abicca says:

    Thanks for reminding us of soooo many good things. Your dad is right, you can write! Wishing your family all the best.

  8. Hannah, you are such a good writer. I enjoy reading your blog. Please continue writing, you have a especial talent. Your mom and dad are surely very proud of you!

  9. Jackie Owens says:

    Hannah hit it on the nail head. Good stuff is always last to make the news, its about time it made the front page. Atta way to go Hannah.

    • June Vejar says:

      Love you Hannah! You don’t know me, but I do your Mom and sister’s hair. Hi, I’m June.
      My dad died when I was 20. He was a Doctor of Osteopathy and considered at that time a major health nut. Lived a very clean life, but died at 60 of hepatitis B liver failure. He tromped around the jungles of South and Central America, looking for the perfect spot to build a self sufficient organic health resort. I grew up on organic produce from my Dad’s huge garden, with ton’s of compost and worms!

      The thing about my Dad, he never talked about his possible mortality. I never got to share those special times, for both of us, thinking this may be short lived. It was 2 years from his diagnosis, that we lost him.

      You have the gift of knowledge, of the precious nature of time, of your family as you know it. I also can see that you are all taking full advantage of it. Good for you!

  10. Dawn says:

    Prayers, love and hugs to the entire family . . .that you will beat this thing one day or even one hour at a time. I would add to all your good things a two week first date in the Sierras where we woke up to stars close enough to touch, thousands of wonderful people from all over the world who in this case, love your dad and in my case go away (hopefully) with not only a beautiful vacation in Yosemite, but with a good feeling of the people they met along the way. We are all brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, blood and non blood relatives and the “differences” in our lives could write a preface to a book, while the “likes” would make the rest of the book. This is what your dad is helping do. More of the glue that binds us together while he is smelling the roses and reminding us to do the same.


  11. Joan Hansen says:

    Thank you to your Dad and all your family for allowing us to be part of his fight for good health. It is really good stuff to see his progress and see that he is having some fun. All of
    San Diego is praying for your Dad.

    • Thank you, Hannah- for sharing, you’re a gifted writer- like your dad. Thanks for reminding us of the simple and beautiful things we so often take for granted!! Hugs to your family-

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