30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 1

I've recently discovered and started following Lindsay at My Happily Ever After and she's recently finished The 30 Day Blog Challenge! I rather like the idea of a challenge, especially when it comes to blogging. And hopefully, it'll get me into a better routine of blogging daily, even if it's just a tiny tidbit of gibberish. 

So here we go...The 30 Day Blog Challenge!

Day 1- Introduction, recent picture, 15 interesting facts
Day 2- Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3- Your first love
Day 4- Your parents
Day 5- Your siblings
Day 6- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7- Favorite movies
Day 8- A place you've traveled to
Day 9- A picture of your friends
Day 10- Something you're afraid of
Day 11- Favorite TV shows
Day 12- What you believe
Day 13- Goals
Day 14- A picture you love
Day 15- Bible verse
Day 16- Dream house
Day 17- Something you're looking forward to
Day 18- Something you regret
Day 19- Something you miss
Day 20- Nicknames
Day 21- Picture of yourself
Day 22- Favorite city
Day 23- Favorite vacation
Day 24- Something you've learned
Day 25- Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26- Picture of your family
Day 27- Pets
Day 28- Something that stresses you out
Day 29- 3 Wishes
Day 30- A picture

Today will be Day 1, so we'll start with an introduction, a recent picture, and 15 interesting facts. 

I'm Meagan. I'm a twenty-something Chicago suburbanite (soon to be D.C. metro resident) and undecided student extraordinaire (more on that later). I love my better half, trying new foods, exploring new cultures, photography, giggly babies, worshiping the Lord through music, butterflies, organizing, researching random stuff on the web, anything related to interior design, and traveling (which just so happens to be convenient, since I'm in a long-distance relationship...but not for long). Exactly 50 days from today I will become a wife to my best friend and could not be happier! 

This is my recent picture...very recent. I took this this morning and the reason I look like crap is because I FEEL like crap. I'm getting over the flu to comfort is key...hence the sweats.

Now for my 15 interesting facts! 

1. My mom wanted to name me M-A-E-G-A-N (may-gin), but my dad thought I'd sound like a hick. So they named me M-E-A-G-A-N (crossing their fingers that no one would call me mee-gin), but everyone still calls me May-Gin anyway because that's the way I tell them to pronounce it when they ask.

2. In 2007, my dad and I took a month long trip to the Czech Republic with a group from our church. We spent the first week training to teach English, the second week actually teaching English, and the third week living with and experiencing the locals. Best trip of my life. Eventually, I will go back and I'll take Josh with me so we can experience Europe together.

3. I've been taking care of kids as long as I can remember. After high school I decided to avoid majoring in anything related to children because I thought I was burnt out from my 24/7 childcare lifestyle. But the more I avoided kids, the more I was drawn to them. And now, after interior design, music education, travel and tourism, event management, hospitality management, and dental hygiene I've finally given into the fact that I love children. Always have, always will. And I'm proud of it. 

4. Even though I know it's wise for us to wait a few years, I have baby fever like crazy. We're nowhere near prepared enough to start our family at this time, but I can't surpress that overwhelming feeling of wanting to be a mommy. We're young and just starting to establish ourselves, but when the time comes for us to start our family we'll be more than ecstatic. 

5. I'm obsessed with inspirational and relevant quotes. Every time I see one I like I copy and paste it into a Word document that's completely dedicated just for that purpose. I love quotes so much so that I subscribed to Real Simple's Daily Thought emails that have a quote and related content. Love!

6. Just like 99% of teenage girls, I wrote my fair share of love songs in high school. Maybe one day I'll post a few just to prove my teenage angst and hopeless romantic sides. 

7. Along with my obsession with quotes in my Inbox on a daily basis, I've also got a hunger for recipes. I've only ever made one recipe of the hundreds I receive in my email, but my excuse is that I have no one to cook for. So as soon Josh and I are married and have our own place (as well as our own dishes and groceries) I'll be cooking more and trying out these yummy emails. 

8. I love, love, LOVE country music and am never allowed to control the radio because of it. I always get made fun of, but in my world, country music is so heartfelt and makes life more enjoyable. 

9. Like most people do in their lifetime, I'm currently struggling with my spirituality. Explanation would probably require an entire post, but to sum things up...I'm split between believing in the Christian God and just a higher power setting things in place. I'm split between believing that the Bible is pure truth and that it's just another religious compilation. Now, I'm not stating my beliefs plain and simple here. I'm just opening up about this battle. I know what I've been taught, but knowing what I believe is an entirely different story.

10. My dad's job relocated us every few years when I was younger. We lived in 3 different houses in Indiana before I was 6, then moved to Minnesota until I was 10 when we moved to Illinois. Thankfully we've been in the same place for almost 10 years now, but my parents always made sure to take us on a trip every now and then. Now, whenever I'm in one place for too long I get the itch to travel or even pick up and move, and it's such a blessing that Joshua feels the same way. That means we'll be taking trips often and experiencing more of the world together!

11. Not to brag or anything...well actually, I'm gonna brag a bit here...but I've always gotten the nice guys. Every one of my 5 (large number, right?) boyfriends has been a gentleman. And I am very, VERY proud of that fact. Only 1 turned out to be the man of my dreams (thank God), but each and every one of them will be perfect for another woman and if dating required recommendation letters, I'd write each of them a great one. 

12. I don't watch a whole lot of TV, but when I do it's typically on Netflix or Hulu. And the only shows I keep up with nowadays are Teen Mom, Glee, Parenthood, Raising Hope, Say Yes To The Dress, and any other random shows that Josh recommends to me (like Party Down and Arrested Development). 

13. When I moved back into my parents' house in August I started looking for a job. Any job except childcare (reference to #3). So I searched high and low, applying to about 40 retail, food service, hospitality jobs without snagging a single interview. So I finally caved in and applied for 1 (ONE) child care job and got it. Now I love my job and the girls that work there, but will be moving in less than 3 months. It makes me sad to think that I'm leaving them after I've made some good friends, but life is a book and this was just one chapter that I'll have fond memories of. Love you ladies!!!

14. I shop on Amazon and Etsy WAAAAAAAAAAAY too much. A majority of the things I've purchased recently have been wedding-related, so those are justified. But on days when I hear about something I'd love I promptly search it up on Amazon and fight with myself on whether to purchase it that moment or to add it to one of my many categorized wish lists and beg Joshua.

15. Pointless tattoos and gross piercings annoy the crap out of me. Snake bites, tongue piercings, gauges, etc.? EW. Tattooing a butterfly on your hip just for the heck of it? DOUBLE EW. 

Care to join me in The 30 Day Blog Challenge? Let me know if you do! I'd love to follow. =)


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