Hannah Jane Nancarrow

One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is a 14-year-old-girl (let’s call her “L”). “L” makes me feel special. She tells me I’m pretty. She tells me she wishes she were “classically pretty”.  She tells me she wishes her teeth were whiter. She tells me she wishes her hair was longer. She tells me she wishes she was thinner.

When I was her age, I wished a lot too. When I was her age, I wished I was somebody else.

I wished I was somebody pretty. Somebody with thinner thighs, bigger boobs and longer hair. Somebody with clearer skin, whiter teeth and, preferably, blue eyes. I wished I was somebody with style. Somebody who wore size zero jeans and who could share clothes with friends. Somebody who won “best dressed” and never wore the same thing twice. I wished I was somebody who all the guys liked. Somebody who won homecoming queen and who was asked to the prom…

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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 (thenancarrowproject.com) 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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3 comments on “Wishing
  1. Nancy Waller says:

    OH Honey, So very TRUE, Always WISHING‼️ I am 66 years old AND NOW I find Myself WISHING to LIVE for another 20 Years‼️‼️ I just want to see and watch My SEVEN Grandchildren grow up‼️ On another WISH……..YOUR WISH to HUG Your DAD more/again/always/forever/more, well Hannah that will never ever end/stop‼️ REMEMBER Your DAD got all the “WISH HUGS” from YOU to have with Him forever, Called ❤️LOVE❤️‼️ Thanks for another well written POST😊☺️ Sent from my iPhone


  2. Hannah Your posts are wonderful and I so enjoy reading about your dad and your journey since he has passed. Needless to say, he would be extremely proud of you. Keep them coming. I am going to show this one to my granddaughters. Regards Marilyn 

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