Going backward to move forward

I have two level 85 healers, my priest Eularia and my druid Zylphia. Eularia I leveled to 80 largely by healing dungeons, but then did not heal at all from 80-85 because of all the horror stories about how hard Cataclysm dungeons were. Zylphia has healed to 85.

I want to get them both to the point of at least being able to LFR, if not do the occasional guild run. Given that on Wednesday our guild 10 man had 3 druid healers, I figure I will start with the priest.

Right now she’s wearing mostly PVP gear, which means her iLevel is actually high enough for the Dragon Soul heroics. But, I haven’t healed much on her in awhile, and I am feeling very unsure. So I have come up with a plan, and a project.

I’m going to craft her a Spiritmend set. It’s pretty low iLevel, low enough to force me back to normals. But that’s ok. I want to gear up through the dungeon finder in something like a “normal” progression. It’s something I haven’t really done this entire expansion, and it seems like a good, controlled way to get myself back into the groove of Disc healing. If I get to a point where I really feel comfortable moving to heroics but my gear isn’t quite there yet, then I will add in a PVP piece or two to bump up my iLevel. But I want to feel like a competent, confident healer before I do that.

I really enjoy healing, and I miss it. I am hopeful that this plan will get me back into it.