Everyone needs a little encouragement on their adventures. I want to lift you up and give you the courage to face any fear or obstacle.

The Importance of Dreaming Big

Originally published as a guest post on Talk Less, Say More. “I want to be a doctor, a ballerina, and a house-builder.” At my kindergarten graduation, this was my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As kids, we know how to dream big, don’t we? But it seems like somewhere along the way between high school and college and needing a job that will pay the rent, we seem to forget those big dream. Instead of setting our eyes on the horizon, we set our eyes on the weekend to the time when we can binge-watch our current Netflix obsession. Don’t get me wrong, we need time to relax and unwind. But [...]

Sketchy Tacos Launch Day Celebration!

I can't believe launch day for Sketchy Tacos is finally here! I'm beyond excited!!! It's been a long and incredible journey, and I have so many people to thank for this day--which is a dream come true. Almost 4 years ago, I won the Hutton Honors College's Creative Activity Grant, which provided this poor little college girl with the funds I needed to travel Mexico to research this book. In the summer of 2013, I wrote the first draft of Sketchy Tacos. My aunt Sara Grant was writing a draft of her own at the time and we traded manuscripts every two weeks to get fresh eyes and feed back. For the next two years, I edited and rewrote Sketchy [...]

By | 2017-02-06T17:44:50+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey, Travel|7 Comments

Adventures and Victories Week 11

Another crazy week under my belt in this new year. Tell me, is the weather as crazy where you are as it is here? We’ve been rocketing back and forth between 30 and 60 degrees since Christmas. My poor head is begging for a stable climate! Oh well. On to this week’s adventures and victories. Minor Victory: I created a new bullet journal design for my daily page. It's simpler and so much faster to create. I love making fancy pages when I have time, but too often I don't. I'm loving this new super simple page since it works the exactly the same as my fancier page. If you're interested in bullet journals--which I love because I can track my ENTIRE [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 8

Happy new year everyone! Can you believe it's 2017? I don't know about you, but I'm pretty stoked for this year. I've got some big plans, the first of which is launching my YA travel novel, Sketchy Tacos, on February 7--almost one month away! I could not be more excited... I may have even made my entire family sweat shirts with the book cover. Just sayin'. Well, enough about future adventures and victories! On to this week: Victory: I finished my first draft of the International Adventures Book 2 outline. Currently titled Saucy Schnitzel... maybe? Seriously I would love name suggestions. (Adjective preferably ending in a Y) + (some kind of traditionally German food)??? No idea. Adventure: I'm trying Medium for the [...]

By | 2017-01-06T09:31:28+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|3 Comments

Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

So the 12-days in Europe backpacking extravaganza (check out my posts on Munich, Venice, Sienna, and Rome Part 1 or Part 2) is the thing daydreams are made of. What you may not know is that this was our vacation in the midst of a 10-week assignment in Europe for my husband's job. Being the writer/blogger/editor that I am, I stepped outside my Indiana comfort zone and tagged along for the entire trip. Now, I understand that 10 weeks in Europe sounds gloriously adventurous--and it is in many ways. But it's a whole other animal when you're there to work. There was one stretch of four days where I never left the hotel. Not kidding. Not even to eat. I had peanut [...]

Adventures and Victories Week 7

How was everyone's Christmas? We had a lovely time with family! We ate lots of good food, played games, chatted, and generally had loads of fun! This year we've added another minister to the family, so most our traditions got a bit shook up. What's your favorite transition? Victory: I managed to stay stress-free during the holidays. Between crazy schedules and unforeseen sickness, it was at times a bit mad, but I kept my calm all the way through. Adventure: I got an amazing new game called Viticulture! I'd played it once with friends 8+ months back, so I had to relearn it from scratch. It is one of the most games I've played in a long time and it's [...]

By | 2016-12-30T11:59:48+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures|0 Comments

Adventures and Victories: Week 3

I'd originally wanted to title this segment Everyday Adventures. My husband argued that wasn't the best title when my adventures consisted of visiting castles and wandering the streets of Europe, but now I'm back home and I see the appeal of the title once more. It's not as easy to identify adventures in my day-to-day life back in Indiana, but that's why it's even more important that I do so. Identifying the adventures both big and small in my life keeps my mind in a positive outlook. And it makes all the difference! Big Adventure: I'm beginning work on Book 2 in the International Adventures series! I've got a pretty good grasp on the main plot points. So now I'm [...]

By | 2016-12-02T08:18:57+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, My Journey|0 Comments

Who I Am: Adventurer (And What’s in It for You)

If you've been around the last couple weeks, you'll know that I've been working through some of Chris Guillebeau's awesome resources on his The Art of Non-Conformity website. Why, you might ask? Because I'm trying to create some of my own awesome resources for you. By nature, I am a Maven--a collector and distributor of information. (Just ask my friend, Melissa. I think I recommend a book or article to her about every other day.) So what does that mean for this site? I was ashamed to realize/admit, I've been doing a horrible job of giving you great information. Apart from offering blog posts I hope you'll like and find enriching, I've been keeping a lot of my knowledge to [...]

By | 2016-11-04T11:05:18+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Encouragement, Goals, Travel|13 Comments

Who I Am: Writer

My site and my attitude have been undergoing some changes. Thanks to some lessons by Tim Grahl and Chris Guillebeau, I got a new perspective and new lease on life. That's right, on life. Not just on my blog. I've taken a serious look at who I am and what my goals are. And you know what? They haven't matching my actions. I'm changing that starting today by revealing something very dear to my heart that I've barely touched upon in this blog. Confession: I am 25, and I've been a novelist for 11 years. This is when people start to look at me funny at writer's conferences. I am too young to have so much experience tucked under my belt, [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:46:46+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey|9 Comments

World Domination and other Life Goals

Here yea, here yea! All hail Empress Meg! Oh, no wait. That was just a nice little dream I had. I'm awake now. You may or may not remember, that as a part of my 25 goals for this year, I'm bent on edu-ma-cating myself. Right now, I'm taking a class called Instant Bestseller by Tim Grahl, who's a pretty awesome, super smart dude. In addition to watching videos that make me go out and do stuff like start an amazing newsletter *cough, cough, Please sign up! cough, cough*, I sometimes have reading assignments. Which is how I came to discover Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity community, and A Brief Guide to World Domination. If you like tongue-in-cheek, motivational guides, [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:46:56+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey, Travel|20 Comments