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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

25 Goals for My 25th Year

I loved setting high goals for myself last year. Having those goals out there for everyone to see continually pushed me out of my comfort zone. At times, I felt a little vulnerable, but I grew so much and had a fantastic time doing it. I loved having a whole year because this allows me to make some bigger goals and strive to set habits instead of one-offs. So this year I'm back with new categories and new heights to stretch myself for another stellar year! 1. Become a regular at a local cafe or lunch spot in Marburg, Germany. 2. Be serenaded on the canals in Venice, Italy. 3. Visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 4. Munch on a pretzel [...]

By | 2017-04-06T11:47:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Books, Goals, My Journey, Travel|30 Comments

24 Goals: Final Update

I can't believe it! Another year is coming to a close. I'm going to be 25 on Sunday. While those of you who have already passed this point are going to laugh at me, I've still got to say it. Something seems different about 25. It seems older. I will officially be in my mid-twenties. I'm supposed to have my whole life figured out by now, right? (Ha!) And I can now rent a car. My hubby's happy cause our insurance costs should go down, lol. Looking back, it's been a great year. And I can say that with confidence, because I have this awesome record of all the things I've accomplished. I completed all but 5--3 of which have [...]

By | 2016-09-07T20:55:47+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Books, Crafts & DIY, Goals|13 Comments

Back to the Basics: Rediscovering My Love of Blogging

Hello 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. 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. Two weeks ago, I went to Hawaii with my grandmother. She's been wanting to go her whole [...]

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

24 Goals: Third Quarter Update

Nine months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. I thought I was doing really good until I counted them up a few seconds ago... Technically I have 10 out of 24 goals left. With only three months left, that makes me wince! Then I looked a little closer and I'm not quite as scared. Three have simply been postponed until the next birthday year and four are close to completion. All the others have been checked off. Having this list has been fantastic! (A) It reminds me of what I want and (B) when I have a day questioning if I'm getting anything done at all, I just have to look at my list and see what all I've [...]

By | 2016-06-09T09:03:51+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Books, Goals|11 Comments

How to Diagram a Unique Afghan Pattern

I absolutely love to crochet! I've been crocheting since I was seven and now it's so second nature to me, I can do it without looking. Or even thinking about it. I find it so calming and relaxing. And I love that even while I'm "wasting time" watching TV, I'm making something beautiful. Most of the time, my afghans are gifts for friends and family, and I make a lot of afghans for Covered in Love, a sister organization to Safe Families for Children. If you'd like to learn, check out this great video on how make a chain and a single crochet stitch, and when you're ready, you can try this link on how do the other basic crochet [...]

By | 2016-04-23T18:21:12+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Crafts & DIY, Goals|7 Comments

Halfway There! 24 Goals Update

Six months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. By the end of September I was panicking. "What have I done?" I thought. "I haven't completed a single thing!" So I got to work. I'm very pleased to say, I've made good progress. A little more than I was even expecting. And, of course, in some places, not as much as I was hoping. All in all, I'd say I'm right on track. I also want to say welcome back! Thanks for hanging tight through my short break. I've had a lot of good, crazy things happing these past couple months and I can't wait to share them with you in the coming weeks. 1.    Gain 200 blog [...]

By | 2016-03-09T10:05:44+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Goals|15 Comments

Find New Focus in the New Year

Hello everyone! Thanks for sticking with me through the holiday break! It has been an insane couple of months and I am so excited to kick off this new year! I've got some incredible news that I've been dying to share with you. I got an agent! My YA novel, Sketchy Tacos, is now being represented by Cyle Young from Hartline Literary Agency. We've been working on my proposals and sample chapters like mad these last couple weeks, and they will soon send out to publishing houses! It's still a long road until there is a physical book in my hand, but this is an amazingly different first step. With this and other impending changes (stay tuned, and no, it's [...]

By | 2016-01-06T18:31:08+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Encouragement, Goals|14 Comments