My passion for writing began at a young age as I wrote stories about my hamster, as well as many letters to my parents. Once I began high school my mother encouraged me to take a journalism class to see if that passion would grow into something more. With the help of a wonderful mentor, that journey continued through high school and into college as my newspaper writing opportunities expanded.
In November 2011, I was offered a position that I had dreamt about, which I did not hesitate to accept. As the editor of the Pine Island Eagle in Southwest Florida, my passion for my craft grew leaps and bounds and only furthered my excitement for writing. After making numerous improvements to the weekly newspaper – and turning it into a true weekly filled with information about the community – I decided it was time to move on in April 2013.
In May 2013, my wonderful boyfriend Jason and I moved to Tennessee where my opportunities as a journalist exploded as a freelance reporter.
I went from reporting for one publication to many in Southwest Florida (Community Lifestyles and the Cape Coral Daily Breeze); the East Valley of Arizona (SanTan Sun News, Gilbert Sun News, Nearby News Mesa, Nearby News Scottsdale and Nearby News Chandler) and Jonesborough, Tenn (Herald & Tribune). I am also the SanTan Sun News Neighbor, Spirituality and Business section editor.
On April 25, 2015, Jason and I decided it was time to head back to Southwest Florida to be closer to family, friends and be in a striving economy once again. The decision was incredibly hard because of the pure beauty of Northeast Tennessee that we grew to love.
The move became meant to be on June 8, 2015. My editor of the Cape Coral Daily Breeze offered me an editor’s position, which of course I was eager to take on Sanibel for the Sanibel-Captiva Islander.
To see an assortment of published articles click: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/published-articles/
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the privilege of contributing my work to so many different publications. The best part is I work from the comfort of my own home, which allows me to make my own hours . . . It also affords me the ability to enjoy the beautiful scenery of NE Tennessee while running a few times a week.
Yes, running has also developed into a new passion, especially when Jason and I adopted our sweet puppy in April 2014. Lucy joined me as we ran the Kingsport Greenbelt, a beautiful path dedicated to walkers, runners and bicyclists.
Now that we are back in Southwest Florida we no longer have the luxury of running the Greenbelt, but rather around the neighborhood we now call home. Lucy and I are often times joined by my sister, mom and dad on occasion as we run together in the early morning hours to beat the extreme heat.
Read about Lucy’s adventures here: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/lucys-adventures/
Another dream came true at the end of August 2013. I was officially voted in as a board of director for Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. My passion for this nonprofit organization has grown . This wonderful organization helps our wounded warriors in a beautiful therapeutic way – a day out on the water fishing. It also takes care of the warrior’s caregivers by providing them with a day at the spa, a day full of pampering. I will never forget the first retreat I covered, it changed my life forever. It is an incredible feeling to help these wounded warriors that have given so much of themselves to keep us safe.
To see some of my blogs concerning this organization, click: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/wounded-warrior-anglers-of-america-inc/
In addition to writing, Jason has shown me a new passion, one which I enjoy thoroughly.
Jason and I dated in high school, part of our junior and senior year, before we went our separate ways for more than 10 years. In September 2009, we reunited, thanks to Facebook, and have been together ever since.
When we first arrived in NE Tennessee, we would go for hikes on a weekly basis, which most of the time ended with an incredible view of a waterfall. Unfortunately, our busy lives as a journalist and cook left us with little time to hit the trails.
To view some of the waterfalls we have seen in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky click here: https://meghan80.wordpress.com/waterfalls/
Since journalism and photographs go hand-in-hand, photography has also developed into a passion. That passion has only grown since we arrived in Kingsport. Everything I see I want to capture to share with others.
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