Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of Blogging

Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of BloggingHello lovely people. I have just returned from a bout of crazy busyness. And I’ll admit right now, when times are tough, my blog is one of the first things to go because I’ve forgotten why I got into this in the first place.ย I’ve gotten too busy with editorial calendars and trying to make every post fit into a certain category, that I’ve forgotten to just talk to you.So today, I’m going back to the basics. I’ll tell you my story and what’s going on in my life, in the hopes that maybe you’ll share a little of your life with me too.

Megan and Nana Luau - Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of BloggingTwo weeks ago, I went to Hawaii with my grandmother. She’s been wanting to go her whole life, but my grandfather fought in WWII. He’d seen Pearl Harbor in the weeks after the attack and didn’t want to return. I can’t say I blame him. In his honor, we visited the memorial at the base. It was an incredibly touching place. I’m so glad we went.

Pearl Harbor - Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of BloggingOn a happier note, we explored Oahu, laid on some beautiful beaches, and ate truly incredible seafood. And I went paddle boarding. It was so awesome! I did way better than I expected and had a blast. The best part? I saw a sea turtle! It was 100% a God moment. I love turtles, have ever since I was a kid. And in all the whole ocean, one swam right by me. As I was praying a thank you, it came up for air just feet from my board. I was just in awe.

I came back to guests. My husband’s friend were in from Germany. We toured them all over our town, did a bit of shopping (somebody’s birthday is coming up ๐Ÿ˜‰ stay tuned for the final update on 24 Goals for My 24th Year), and again ate really well.

You may have noticed that each of these updates includes mentions of food. Well. I’ve gained so weight in the last year plus. At first, it was in my normal flux range, but it’s not anymore. And I’m pretty self-conscious about it. It’s difficult for me because I’ve never worried about it that much, but now I feel like I need to. Does anyone else struggle with this?

Used to be, if my weight went up a couple pounds, it would come back down naturally. Not so in the past year. I like to eat what I want, but I don’t want to keep steadily gaining weight, so I need to find a middle ground. Any tips? I’m also adding more exercise to my schedule, and I’m trying to fit it in regularly, which is always hard with my constantly changing schedule.

Back to happier things.

ACFW - Megan and Girls in Red - Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of BloggingLast weekend I went to the annual American Christian Fiction Writer’s conference. For those of you who don’t know, in addition to being a blogger and an editor, I am a novelist. This was my second year, and it was so wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. I’m only four days gone and I miss those wonderful women already. I love writing and don’t want to do anything else, but it can be a lonely profession at times. Fellowship with other amazing authors is food for my soul and it’s something I don’t want to miss.

ACFW - Melissa and Megan - Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of BloggingProfessionally, the conference was also a hit! I learned some incredible things, especially from Donald Maass and Susan May Warren.ย (If you’re an aspiring writer or an advanced one, you should check them out. They’re incredible resources!)ย And of the four agents I met with, all four asked for further material. I was thrilled!

I’m currently finishing up edits for an awesome project I will announce soon and then it’s off to work on implementing what I learned to send out to the agents. I could use lots of prayer on that end. I’m really looking for an agent with who will be both a business partner and mentor. I am ready to work hard and rock the publishing world, I just need the right guide.

So that’s my life in a nutshell right now. And I’ll tell you what, it’s the most fun I’ve had writing a post in the last couple months. I just needed to remember to be a person, and not just a blogger.

What’s going on in your life? Did you or your kids start school this month? Do you have any big projects or conferences coming up at work? Are you struggling with something, like I am with my weight? What do you do to lift yourself up when you get a bit down? What are you most excited about right now?ย 

Meg D. Gonzalez

By | 2017-04-06T11:49:17+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Goals, Health & Beauty, Travel|18 Comments

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I'm a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. I'm crazy for God and want to share his love with awesome girls around the globe.


  1. chelsea jacobs September 2, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    How cool that you got to go to that conference! I hope to make it there one day!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      It is one of my favorite parts of the year. There’s such fellowship at ACFW and I’ve made incredible friendships. I highly recommend attending a conference if you can!

  2. Kelsie September 2, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

    I totally understand what you mean! Sometimes things are just crazy busy and you honestly just need a break! Hawaii sounds amazing- it’s totally on my list for future places to visit sometime!!

    Kelsie from

  3. Crystal // Dreams, etc. September 2, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii and visiting someplace with your grandma that she’s always wanted to do would be so amazing! I also loved the story of the sea turtle… they’re one of my favorite animals too. I’m also looking for an agent who will be my guide in the publishing world right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s so much to love about this post!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 6, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      It was so much fun! I suggest going to other islands too, if you can. We were in a very touristy place, which was wonderful since everything was at our fingertips, but I think it would be fun to go out and see how the locals live too ๐Ÿ™‚ And I wish you all the best on your search for an agent! I know how nerve-wracking and exciting it can be!

  4. Jessica September 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Hawaii would be such an amazing trip and how cool you get to go with your grandma!

  5. Chrissy September 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    How awesome you got to go to Hawaii with your grandma! Looks like you’re August was busy but wonderful! Happy September!

  6. Rachel September 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you’ve been busy! So awesome that you were able to visit Hawaii with your grandma!

  7. Sheila Jo September 1, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

    How wonderful that you got to share a Hawaii vacation with your grandmother! I tried paddle boarding on Kauai years ago and loved it! Haven’t had a chance to do it again yet. Good luck with your next writing project!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      It was so much fun! I definitely want to try again… though I have no idea when. And thank you Sheila Jo!

  8. Sabrina September 1, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Seems like you’ve had an amazing break. Spending time reflecting is always a good thing.
    I’ve gained weight too. After daddy died 2 yrs ago it just keeps going up. But I’m working in better portions and more exercise.
    I also began writing a devotion on grief. It’s been a tough 2 yrs for me. Id love feed back if your interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Megan Gonzalez September 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Hi Sabrina! Thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry about your father. I’ve worked on my portions and exercise for the past few weeks and I can already tell a difference. Congratulations on your writing. Writing can be a wonderful way to work through something that is going on in your life. As a freelance editor, I offer a full range of editorial services. If you’re interested, please contact me at megan [dot] americaneditor [at] gmail [dot] com.

  9. Brittany September 1, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    The Pearl Harbor Memorial was so touching! So amazing you got to go with your grandmother!

    • Megan Gonzalez September 1, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

      It was, I was really impressed. Though I was shocked to learn that Hawaii was not a state when it was bombed. I’m like, “How did I not learn this in 12 years of history classes?!” Were you able to visit the Battleship Missouri? I had so much fun wandering around the inside of the ship and seeing how the sailors lived. It was so interesting! What was your favorite part?

      • Brittany September 1, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

        We also had fun at Waikiki beach. My husband and I went for our honeymoon, and we went to Maui and Kauai! We had an amazing trip!

  10. Wendy Tomlinson September 1, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

    My son goes back to school on Tuesday. It’s a big year for him as he completes his GCSE’s this year.

    • Megan Gonzalez September 1, 2016 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Wendy. It seems like a late start for school, or is that normal in your area? Wow. That’s so exciting! I’m not familiar with the UK schooling system, will he have further schooling after this year or is this his last year? Thank you so much for sharing!

      • Wendy Tomlinson September 2, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply

        Most schools in the UK start back early September. He stays in education or takes an apprenticeship for another two years ay least. It’s compulsory now to 18. At this stage though he’s still really not sure what he wants to do.

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