About Megan

Do you desire a really fun life that’s full of adventure and other playful shenanigans? Are you looking for ways to own your creative expression and break into writing?

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Hi, I’m Megan!

Wordsmith. Curious adventurer. Instigator of silly antics.

For ten years, I’ve traveled the globe writing and photographing stories for mainstream media outlets like BBC, BuzzFeed, National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, and Yahoo – among others. I am also one of Maria Shriver’s Architects for Change and a mentor with the Pablove Shutterbugs Program where I teach photography skills to children with cancer.

With my job, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 22 countries and live extended periods of time in places like Argentina, Indonesia, and Australia. And I’ve done some pretty crazy things.

In addition to my own adventures, I also teach other people (like you) how to travel more often, get your writing published in mainstream outlets, and overcome life dissatisfaction through play and cultivating optimism. That’s where you come in.

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What to Expect:

On this blog, I’m giving you resources that will help you:

  1. Use your mad crazy writing & photography skills to accomplish your life-long dream of getting published. 
  2. FINALLY take that dream trip of a lifetime and start etching adventures off your bucket list.
  3. Step out of helplessness, escape depression, and start cultivating a HELL YES lifestyle that jolts you out of bed in the morning.

Plus, I’ll also roll out some humorous non-fiction stories that’ll make you laugh AND treat you to a whole lot of nonsense like hula hooping lessons. No really.

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Why I really care about Travel, Having Fun, and Writing.

*** Warning: it’s about to get real right here … If you can handle that, read on.

There are these moments where you are chugging along as the normal you and then all of the sudden you are delivered news that — within a fraction of a second — dramatically alters your course. From that moment onward, you know you can’t go back to who you were before.

In my short existence, I’ve experienced this a handful of times:

On Easter 1991, my mom and I had just returned from an Easter egg hunt and I was sitting on the floor counting my candy when the phone rang. After she answered, I saw all of the color drain from her face as she heard the news: my brother had been hit by a car while crossing the street. We only just made it to the hospital in time to say goodbye to him forever. He was eight years old.

Then on July 2, 2011 I got another of those wretched phone calls. While on a train home from New Jersey, a voice said, “a plane crashed in the Sierra Mountains and we think it was your dad’s.”

Throat constrained, I demanded, “how will I know if it was him or not?” The voice said back, “if you call your mom’s house and the sheriff is there, then you will know.” I hurried home to my apartment in New York, threw together a suitcase, then hopped in a cab to the airport. When I called my mom, her friend answered:

“I want to talk to my mom,” I said.

“You can’t,” she replied.

“Why not?”

There was a long pause, then …. “because she’s at the front door talking to the sheriff.”

On Happiness

I really do believe that even if you’ve been through some crazy stuff, you still have a shot at creating a life that feels true to you and your desires. I think a consistent writing practice, travel, and devouring optimistic reading material saved me from giving my life over to the depths of despair that come with grief.

When I was going through the loss of my dad, I reached a point where it felt the soul-crushing grief would just never end. But then a personal mentor gave me one tip of advice that changed my life for the better, forever:

Have More Fun Than You’ve Ever Had in Your ENTIRE LIFE. Schedule Fun Like It’s Your Job.

So, I did. And over the last five years I’ve honed in on the things that fill up my cup and made them a priority, which has made a huge difference in how I feel about living. This blog is just a way for me to pay it forward in case you, like me, just need one piece of advice.

Let’s face it: life is hard sometimes. Plus, it might not look like whatever it is we imagined it would be. The interesting part about that, though, is there’s also half chance your life could be even better than what you would have planned. So, keep going. Eventually things will make more sense than they do right now and every passing moment is a chance for things to get turned around. Write. Travel. Create ways to have a RIDICULOUS amount of fun. 

Got a question, or wanna collaborate?  Contact me here.

Collaboration

These days, I occasionally write about travel for mainstream media outlets, but am most interested in guest blogging + sharing the joy of travel on Instagram. I more commonly cover self-help, optimistic living, and overcoming adversity for MariaShriver, Elephant Journal, the Huffington Post, and others.

Right now, I am suuuuuper pumped to collaborate with brands and engage in social good stunts, charitable deeds, or random acts of kindness. Send me your ideas and lets’s take baby steps to change the world together.

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