Monday, November 4, 2013

Plan M: Starting A Biz

Hey Everyone!



It's been quite a while, so let's catch up, shall we?


As most of you know, I'm not keen on following rules or having a "traditional" lifestyle.  I've spent most of my post-university life moving around, traveling, and doing just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.


Thanks to everyone who has been a part of my adventures so far!  Now I'm about to open a new chapter in my life, and it's the most exciting one yet!


I call it: Plan M.
(M, for Megan. Creative, huh?)


I'm starting my own business.


Yep, that's right.  I've realized that I don't want to work for anyone else.  I want to be location independent.  And I want to write.  


So... I'm making that happen.


I'm a web copywriter.  Don't know what that is?  Google it.  Then get on board!  I'm going to be doing awesome things, and you won't want to miss it.

To get everyone excited about what I'm doing, I'm creating something special for you.  It's not quite ready yet, but if you sign up below, I'll send out an email when it's available.  Then you can be among the first to actually see what I'm up to and what I can create!

I'm so excited to share this with you!







Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's My Birthday!

Last year, I had the best birthday ever in Martinique.  It was, by far, one of the best nights of my life.

Thanks again, ladies

This year, I am spending my birthday with my sister and niece in Austin.  My birthday in Martinique was incredible, but there's nothing like spending time with your family.

Birthday cupcakes and flowers!

In my last post, I said I would launch a new blog on my birthday.  Unfortunately, things haven't really worked out the way I had planned.  Apparently the whole "social accountability" idea isn't foolproof.  So for now, Blog #2 is on hold for a while until I get some other things figured out.

Again, stay tuned...


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When One Door Closes...

Adios, Martinique... 

It's been a while, but my life in Martinique has come to an end.  It didn't work out as I expected, but hey, that's life.  And when one door closes, another one opens...

My new door has brought me to Austin, Texas.  I have the amazing opportunity to live with my sister and niece for a while.  

In the meantime, I'm working on a new blog project.  I've decided to focus my blogging on living an extraordinary and passionate life.  I'm really excited about it, and it makes me really happy to announce that I'll be launching it on my birthday!  

January 8, 2013


Stay tuned...


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spice Things Up

I've been in Martinique for over two weeks.  And although I've been having a great time, I haven't been motivated to write.  I don't feel like I have anything interesting to say.  And after all, didn't Thumper tell us that if you don't have something interesting to say, don't say anything at all?  (Okay, maybe that's not exactly how it goes...)

The truth is... Martinique is comfortable.  Yes, I am living on a Caribbean island.  Yes, it may seem exotic and exciting to others.  But the truth is, after you've lived somewhere for a certain amount of time, no matter where it is, it isn't new anymore.  You get settled.  You find your routines.  And yes, after a while, going to the beach does get old.

Just another day at the beach...
Anse Figuier

That's not to say that I'm not having fun.  Trust me, I am.

It just means that I need to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone.  I need to make an effort to spice up my life because just simply living here doesn't do it anymore.

View from my front door

So, what's the plan?

  1. Change of scenery.  Easiest way to break up your routine?  Get out of it, literally.  Go somewhere different, even if it's not far away.  I'm heading up north to St. Pierre tomorrow to meet some new assistants, and I'm looking forward to getting out of the south.
  2. Try something new.  Even if you think you wouldn't be good at it, try a new hobby.  You don't have to be amazing.  In fact, you can really suck at it.  But just trying something on for size makes life less monotonous.  And you never know, you could find something that you love.  I started sketching.  And although I'm not good, I'm better than I expected.  Plus, it's just fun to try something new.
  3. Take lessons.  Signing up for a class is a great idea because you learn something new, you have the opportunity to meet other people you wouldn't normally interact with, and it gets you out of the house.  I'm starting salsa lessons on Sunday, and I can't wait.  

The point is to avoid boredom.  When you find yourself bored with your life, everything seems depressing.  And nobody wants to be depressed (especially in the Caribbean).  So by taking a few simple steps to push myself out of my daily routine, it forces me to keep things interesting.  

And then in the meantime, I just try to keep myself busy... and slightly intoxicated.  


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yoga Lessons

I would consider myself a yoga enthusiast.

I like the idea of it.  I enjoy doing it.  Even reading about it makes me happy.  And I have wanted for a long time to make it a more significant part of my everyday life.

I even looked into becoming a yoga instructor.  Except that I've never even taken a class.  Yes, that's right.  I'm more of a stay-at-home with Rodney Yee kinda gal.



So I researched local yoga studios to see what they had to offer.  I leave soon, so I was looking for a cheap drop-in rate.  That's where I discovered that Yoga for Health was having a Free Yoga Day.  What can be better than free yoga??  So for weeks, I have had this day etched in my brain.

I planned on going to two classes, the 7:30am Sunrise Flow class, and then the Beginners and Beyond class in the evening.

First of all, let's be real.  I always knew I wouldn't make it to the 7:30 class.  Come on.

But then I found I was also experiencing a lot of anxiety over going to this evening class.  I wanted to back out.  I didn't want to go.  Classes make me uncomfortable.  I wouldn't belong.  I would stand out like a sore thumb.  And the instructor would of course tell me my form was all wrong.

I just didn't want to go.  

But I went.  And I actually (of course) enjoyed myself.

It wasn't the most amazing experience of my life.  I didn't feel at ease in the classroom and found myself easily distracted by all the other people in the room.  But even in one hour of doing yoga with complete strangers, I felt a sense of community.  And it was this feeling that stayed with me, not my initial fear.

It was because I was experiencing so much anxiety about going to this class that I forced myself to go. I knew it was an irrational fear.  I was worried... what... that I would look stupid?

So think about this...

How many times in life do people miss out on great opportunities because of fear?  How often do you let your insecurities hold you back from experiencing something great?

When I'm faced with something I don't want to do, I always try to ask myself, "What's the worst that can happen?"

And if I can survive, even if that absolute worst case scenario becomes true, then I just say DO IT.

After all, as my new favorite saying goes..





Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Excited-yet-scared

Less than three weeks until I leave (again) for Martinique.  THREE WEEKS.

This is exciting and scary at the same time.  It's funny how even though I've been to Martinique before, even though I know people and I know what to expect, it's still a new experience.  So I still get that excited-yet-scared feeling.

I think a lot of people think that traveling is just a piece of cake for me.  But it's not.  I think even people who travel the world for a living probably still get nervous sometimes and still experience that excited-yet-scared feeling.  I don't know if you grow out of it just because you travel regularly.  It's just that those people allow the excited part to override the scared part.


"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."
-John Wayne



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy.

Wow, the month of July flew by.  Just less than 6 weeks until I leave again for Martinique!

Last View of Martinique: May 22

A lot of people have been questioning me about why I'm going back and what I'm going to do there.  Valid questions.  But it seems that I never have the answer that anyone wants.  No matter what I say, I'll never please everyone, and I'm tired of justifying my decisions.

I'm doing this because I want to.  End of story.

People tell me all the time how lucky I am, how jealous they are that I'm doing all these things.  Well guess what.  It's not luck, it's a choice.  Opportunities don't just fall into my lap, I make them happen.  And you could too.


                       "The things you DO are your priorities, not the things you say you WANT to do."  -JD Roth


But I don't do anything alone.  I get connected with other people who have traveled.  I ask questions.  I read multiple blogs and books to give me ideas and keep myself motivated.  And of course, I have my family and friends as a support system.

I want to live my life in a way that can inspire others to do what makes them happy, to create their own rules, to go against the norm, and to live a life they want to live.

I'm 25 years old, and I love my life.  I love where I've been and I love where I'm going.  I am extremely happy.  Are you?



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