Special Things

Hannah Jane Nancarrow

We are a culture of things. We are driven, propelled, and compelled by our desire for things. We want new things, fancy things, shiny things, valuable things, the latest and greatest things money can buy. We acquire, collect, stock, store, and even hoard things. But there comes a time of reckoning, an occasion when we must account for all of our things. Often this reckoning comes in the form of moving.
Moving is ranked among the top 5 most stressful life events. Alongside death, divorce, major injury or illness, and losing a job, moving is one of life’s most intrinsically distressing experiences.And that is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks.
The home I’m moving out of has been owned and occupied by members from both sides of my family for three long generations. Perpetually inhabited by musicians, my house sings the songs of a cacophony of memories, both…

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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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7 comments on “Special Things
  1. Dear Hannah You are such a good writer . I am a friend if Staci And met your mom there. I was uncertain about moving back to the east coast, being that I lived close to my children, and she said what do I have to lose. If it is a mistake a can always come back. That was part of my decision to move. I also had to pick and choose possessions and what was most important to me were the old photos and cards. So keep your blogs going because you are an exceptional writer. Good luck and happiness in your move and best regards Marilyn Goldman

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Marilyn,
      Thank you SO much for taking the time to read this and to reach out. I appreciate your kind words and I’m hoping you are enjoying being back on the East Coast!

  2. Your dad loved the Trail, please post this video for all to see

  3. janequirk5 says:

    Hannah.you are one of those “Special Things” that comes long well beyond your years.
    A person of many talents and one of my favorites is your writing, real and raw. May you
    fill a large box of special things in your lifetime ! xo, jane

  4. Meri Jo Petrivelli says:

    This is an important message that is so beautifully written that I have to comment. Your writing has touched me before, but today I am compelled to say thank you.

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