How I Went from Lawyer to Blogger | Part 2

Hi friends!  Welcome back!  Thank you for your patience while I got my thoughts together for this post.  I’ve been surprised by how emotional writing about my journey has felt.  I’ve cried many times while writing both posts.  Remembering Dennis and now for this part, my Dad, has brought back so many feelings.

I hope parts of my journey inspire you in your own life, or that it simply helps knit us closer together. Opening up and being vulnerable tends to do that.

If you read Part 1 of my lawyer to blogger journey, you know I graduated law school in 2004 and became a full time lawyer that year.  I worked at a civil defense litigation firm and handled mostly personal injury cases. For the first year at least, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, but I grew to really enjoy my work and gave it 110% effort.

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Plaid Blazer • White Tee • Skinny Jeans • Similar Black Pumps


For several years, I was progressing in my career, trying to pay down my student loans, and eventually got married in 2007.  Being a newly married wife, I was smitten with transforming our tiny townhouse from a bachelor pad to a warm and cozy home.

I also wanted desperately to try to learn how to cook so I could make delicious, homemade meals and was glued to Food Network and particularly Barefoot Contessa.  I think I was searching online for recipes or possibly something about Ina Garten when I stumbled upon La Dolce Vita and her blog post about Ina’s home.

I was instantly obsessed!  I fell down the rabbit trail and started reading all of Paloma’s posts.  Back then, blogs had blog rolls where they would link to other blogs.  That’s how I then discovered Centsational Girl and Elements of Style and Thrifty Decor Chick.

I would look so forward to Saturday mornings with my hot cup of coffee, devouring blogs for hours and getting lost in blogland with other decor blogs.  This was truly a new world for me and I found so much inspiration in their style and also what they were going through personally.

In 2009, I got pregnant with my son James and we began building our family home (where I still live now). I decided to start my own blog to chronicle our home building process and life with a new baby.

Are you clicking those links and seeing how tiny and terrible those early photos were on my blog? I never took those posts down because they are part of my real life journey. I have a fond heart for them and I still remember all the new, happy and excited feelings I had while I was taking those photos and writing those posts. 

I got on to build my website, but it looked terrible, so I did some research and found Kelly, who was Fabulous K back then, to create my first blog design.  Kelly still does amazing work and I would highly recommend her today.

Blog Tip : You can also buy pre-made blog templates for much cheaper- Etsy or Creative Market are good places to start.

Blog Tip : If you are starting a blog today, I would start on WordPress, which is what I switched to in 2018, so you own your blog. 

How I went from lawyer to blogger


After James was born in 2010, for the first time in my life, I felt like the work I was doing as a lawyer meant so little compared to being with my brand new baby. 

Like many working families, I was struggling to get myself and the baby ready before work in the morning, fighting traffic and taking him to day care, and then fighting traffic picking him up after work and driving home, only to be rushing to get him fed and to bed before doing it all again the next day. 

It wasn’t an easy decision, but fortunately I was in a position to where I could choose to stay home with James, so I made the difficult decision to quit my job.  At the time, I wasn’t even thinking about how hard I worked to get to even become a lawyer in the first place, I just wanted to be home with my baby. 

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Looking back, I’m so thankful I was able to make that decision.  I really loved the slow pace of our days. With just one (very chill) baby at home, our days were peaceful and relaxed and not very stressful.  We would play in the morning or run errands or go for walks, he’d take naps, and I’d sometimes sit outside his door waiting for him to wake up.   James has always been a delightful person and a joy to be around and I just soaked up that time together.  

Maybe too much- do you remember the Schlumpakinka post from 2010?!  43 comments on that one so I know it struck a cord!  

Which isn’t to say it’s easy being at home with the baby. It can be mine numbingly boring, if I’m being truly honest with you! Long days without any adult interaction can feel very isolating.  

So I kept blogging.  And I loved that too. 

I would do little projects around the house while James was napping and take phots on the weekends.  At night, when James went to bed, I would sit on my couch and write blog posts.  Since I started blogging in 2009, I’ve consistently published 3-5 blog posts a week for a total of nearly 2,220 blog posts!

Blog Tip : Consistency is key. 

And you know what?  Thank God for blog comments!  Back then, there was no Instagram or Stories for us to interact with each other.  It was purely readers visiting blogs and leaving comments and me visiting blogs and leaving comments.  That’s how we chatted with each other.

And I was so grateful for the communication since it was really all I had during the day!  The friendships and connection and creative outlet gave me additional purpose and something to do during this time.  


BUT, coming from a background where we struggled so much financially and having that internal struggle about working, I felt very uncomfortable relying on one person’s income to support the whole family.  Both of my parents have always worked and working and earning are just in my DNA. I always wanted to be able to be self-sufficient and independent, even if it was just something that was important to me.  

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Blazer • Camisole • Pants

For many years, there was no income in blogging.  I did it purely for the love, enjoyment and companionship and as a special way to document what was happening in our lives.  I can’t tell you the number of times I refer back to my own blog for something.  In fact, even in writing this post, I was going back to old posts to see what happened, when.

Blog Tip : Having a blog is an awesome scrapbook for life!

Around the time my son turned one year old, I started taking on legal work at home, and within a few months started working again part time with a babysitter at home with James a few hours each day. 

Eventually I landed a contract job at a great firm in town that I absolutely loved.  James was around 2 years old and went to a wonderful Montessori day care close to my work, so I could pick him up on my way home. 

The job paid well, the hours were full-time, but it was the kind of job you leave at the office at the end of the day, and loved working there! When my contract ended, I had hoped there would be another assignment for me because I really enjoyed that job and it seemed like a perfect fit for family life.

And I kept blogging, 3-5 posts a week, with this job too.  Looking back, I’m not sure how I did it!  Weekends and after work were times I’d dedicate to it.  But also, back then, there wasn’t Instagram and Stories and collaborations and SEO and all of the things that keep me so busy with blogging now.

Blog Tip : With blogging or anything you’re interested in pursuing, if you’re truly passionate about it, you’ll find a way to dig in and start doing it.  You will research and learn and ask questions, but the most important thing is to just START!  


In fact, we never truly know how much time God will give us in this life.  A bomb dropped on our world when, at my last week of work at my job, my dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer.   

I drove to my parents house about 30 minutes away and it was immediately apparent that they both really needed me during this difficult time. My dad was in extreme pain and not doing well and my mom was ill-equipped to handle the overwhelming situation. I felt relieved that I could step in and help fill the void and be there for them.

In retrospect, it’s really amazing how God works.   

Because I didn’t have a job to go to every day, I was able to go to every single doctor visit, chemo treatment, pick up medications from pharmacies, decipher medical records and what doctors were saying, deal with the insurance companies, and most importantly, spend time with my dad during the last years of his life. 

It was nearing the end of the year and holidays were approaching, and I decided to give up the job search for a while and dedicate my time to my family.

That was a very stressful time in my life and having my blog to turn to and you guys to talk to really helped take my mind off of things – even if I didn’t mention it very much.  

Throughout my Dad’s illness, I continued with my blog.  After a long, hard fought battle with cancer, my Dad passed away too soon in 2015. 


By that time, I had been blogging and naturally growing my readership for the last 5 years. 

I was consistent in posting, worked to make my posts better and more thoughtful, bought a professional camera and taught myself how to use it, jumped on Pinterest which helped me grow my traffic, updated my blog layout to stay current, added a Facebook page and Instagram profile, and on and on. 

But, can I tell you a secret?  I never set out to become a full-time blogger for a living.  In fact, I didn’t want to. 

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I loved blogging and it meant so much to me from helping me feel less isolated as a new mom to creating a welcome ‘distraction’ while my Dad was ill.  And I just enjoyed doing it!

I didn’t want the thing I cherished so much to become tainted with demands from outside sources or for me to lose my voice because blogging became a ‘job’ as opposed to a ‘hobby.’  I was so worried that the blogging I loved to do as my stress reliever and outlet would become a stressor in itself.

Not to mention, I still identified myself as a lawyer.  Remember how hard I had worked to get there?  It was difficult to let that title go.  It might have made me feel more important or valued.  Silly, right?

But God.

When my dad got sick, my contract job ended, and I felt like I was banging my head against the wall looking for a new legal job, I took it as a sign that I need to stop.  

Isn’t it so true that when we get still and quiet, we can hear what we need?  He will lead us in the direction where we need to go.


By 2015, the landscape of blogging was starting to change.   Retailers and brands were starting to realize that the relationships that bloggers had with their loyal audience was worth something. 

Blog Tip : Brands are willing to collaborate with ‘small bloggers’ or ‘micro influencers’  so don’t think you have to be “huge” to start partnering with brands.  In fact, you might have too many offers and need to be cautious in your negotiations and what offers you accept.

RewardStyle and ShopStyle entered the scene and started offering affiliate income when people clicked on a blogger’s links and made a purchase.  For years before that, we were sharing those links anyways, we just weren’t earning any commission for it.

Ad networks took over the roll of individual advertising on the blog so bloggers could earn ad revenue based on how many people were visiting their blog.  Before that, I might earn $100 a month with an Etsy ad.

I think the thing that made the ‘transition’ easier for me was that I just kept doing what I had always done.  And the companies I worked with allowed me to be true to myself and honest with y’all.

Blog Tip : The best brands to work with are the ones that honor you and your readers and let you do your thing.  They trust your voice! 


If you want to start blogging in 2019, I’m here to tell you that blogs are not dead! In fact, blogs are thriving more now than ever.  There is a spot for you at the table if you want to dive in and get started.

Many people who have an ‘influencer’ Instagram account are encouraged to start a blog because most brands want the benefit of having their content shared in a blog post that people can refer back to over time.  

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Blog Tip : You can OWN your blog, but you don’t own your content that’s shared on Instagram or Facebook or any other social media platform.  Those entities could shut down or change policies at any time without notice to you. 

Many of you dream of working for yourself and being able to run your own schedule. 

I don’t work traditional full-time hours because I have young kids at home, but I can also tell you that blogging can be so much more work than I ever realized.  Particularly, if you have a ‘lifestyle blog’, it can be extremely difficult to turn it off at the end of the day.

I typically work 9 am-3 pm, but up until this week, I had an assistant working with me 30 hours a week for the last two years.  Can you even imagine that there’s enough work for one blog to keep two people busy 60 hours a week?  I know!

Unfortunately for me, Shannon recently got a better opportunity, so she’s no longer working with me.  I adore her more than words and we sure had a lot of FUN together while she was here!

What does a blog assistant do

As any entrepreneur will tell you, you tend to work harder for yourself, then for anyone else.

But don’t let that intimidate you!  For many, many years, I worked a full-time job and blogged on the side.  If you truly want to get started, I say GO FOR IT!

You offer something no one else does, and that is your own unique individuality.  You bring YOU to the table.

I do think it’s important to realize that I worked really hard for a l o n g time (years and years) before I made any money on my blog.  I did it completely for free and I just feel really grateful that what I did for years for nothing, earns an income now.

I mention that only to say that with any new endeavor, you can’t necessarily expect to make money from it right away.  But if you’re truly passionate about it, you’ll enjoy it nonetheless.

How I Went from Lawyer to Blogger

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It’s not lost on me that I get to do what I love everyday because of y’all.  When you subscribe, show up here to check in or see what’s new, shop via my links, pin my posts, or tell a friend about my blog, it helps support me.

I cannot thank you enough for that.  Many of you have been here this whole time!  I was so much younger then- ha! 😉   I wish I could give you a giant hug through the computer- I hope you feel my genuine affection for you!

This has been a long one, I hope it was worth your time!  Have a great day friends!



  1. Trindin
    September 12, 2019 / 4:46 am

    Awesome story!

  2. Julie C.
    September 12, 2019 / 6:39 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us!!!! I have really enjoyed learning more about how you got where you are today. I found you right before you got pregnant w/ Jordan, so it was fun looking back on your house posts & those baby James pics…OMG, cuteness overload!!!!!!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:21 am

      I showed him those pictures this morning and he got a kick out of it!

  3. Beth
    September 12, 2019 / 6:41 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I love reading about other people’s job evolutions – it’s great to see that you can pursue a goal, but still make a change in the future.

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:21 am

      Isn’t it wild the journey our life can take?

  4. Carmen
    September 12, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring blog post. I’m an accountant turned stay at home now to a beautiful 15 month old baby girl and have been debating starting a blog myself. I really want some sort of creative outlet that’s not solely baby related and this blog post has encouraged me to go ahead and take the plunge. Thanks again for sharing so much of your journey. I deeply appreciate it.

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:20 am

      It’s really been one of the best things in my life and I encourage you to go for it!

  5. Cassandra
    September 12, 2019 / 7:44 am

    I loved reading your story in these posts! I found you in 2009 and started reading because I was also pregnant with my first child, a daughter, and so enjoyed following you. I lost my Mom in June to pancreatic cancer and the grief is so real many days. Your blog and IG always make me smile and I need that more these days. Praying that you continue to be successful and your family is happy and healthy!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:22 am

      Oh girl, I’m so sorry to hear that. The pain of losing a parent is heartbreaking. I’m thankful that you find some happiness here. Thank you for letting me know!

  6. Tiffany R.
    September 12, 2019 / 7:44 am

    Thanks for sharing, Megan! I’ve been following you since the beginning when I was around 22 years old and I don’t remember how I came across your blog originally, but I love reading your posts and seeing all the fun stuff you share. I recently became a mom for the first time and I remember before having my baby, looking back on your old posts for advice. I truly enjoy how genuine you are and that really comes through in all of your blog posts and on your social media. Thanks for always inspiring me!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:23 am

      Oh wow, what a long time! I love those early baby days. I hope you and your sweet baby are doing fantastic!

  7. Alicia
    September 12, 2019 / 7:56 am

    I really enjoyed reading your journey! I love your blog and have bought wayyy too many things . ?

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:24 am

      Guilty! It’s kinda funny how sharing these things with y’all is what I’ve been doing with my friends since we were old enough to shop!

  8. Dana Longwell
    September 12, 2019 / 8:08 am

    Loved this Megan. Thanks so much for sharing! I feel like you’re one of my good friends thought we’ve never met. Ha!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:20 am

      I know it sounds weird, but that’s how I feel too!

  9. Melissa
    September 12, 2019 / 8:12 am

    You are such an inspiration! What a beautiful journey you have been and will continue! Keep up the good work!

  10. Kerrie
    September 12, 2019 / 8:14 am

    I so love you sharing your journey and being able to read how it all happened. You worked hard for it all. I find that is a quality I love in the people I choose to follow and read about, faith, tenacity, passion and they seem truly themselves. . I love that you share your life- to a point. I am sure there is a lot of life that we know nothing about- as it should be. You are inspiring.
    Thank you!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Kerrie, I appreciate that grace more than I can even express. I have more to share when the time is right. Thank you for supporting me in that way.

    • September 12, 2019 / 10:58 am

      Thanks Megan for sharing with us. You truly a blessed person with a beautiful heart. Sometimes the best therapy is speaking your heart. I’m sure I speak for many when I say that it’s obvious how much of yourself you give to the blog and I thank you for that. Thanks for being honest and staying true to you.

      Thank you for sharing about Dennis and your Dad. I’m so glad God worked it all out for you so that you had those lasting memories. That has more value than any job could. Kudos for the hard work you did to become a lawyer. Even though you aren’t one now, you still inspire others. As a single mom I worked 50-70 hours a week and went to school full time with two kids and got my degree. I started my MBA and hope to finish some day soon. At times I didn’t know how I could do it all but God came through and I graduated with Honors.

      Keep being you. We love you for it!

      • September 12, 2019 / 11:10 am

        YOU are amazing Jennifer! What an awesome example to other women going through the same thing and to your kids. No one can possibly understand the difficulty in being a single parent – but the rewards are there too as I’m sure you know. I’m sending you so much love and the biggest congrats hug through my computer today! And I love your name that suits you – TENACIOUS!!

  11. September 12, 2019 / 8:35 am

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! I’ve been writing online for years, but finally got a serious blog now on WordPress and it’s been amazing to work my own hours and not spend hours a day commuting or having to listen to office gossip.

    Your journey is so incredible.. thank you for sharing!

    Dee ~ Vanilla Papers

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:26 am

      I’m so happy for you! It’s very different working from home as opposed to going into an office. I find it can be great and also very lonely. That’s one of the reasons I enjoyed working with Shannon so much and I still enjoy shooting with my photographer, Tisha. They are real life friends that I love getting to spend time with since I’m alone so much of my day!

  12. MelanieL
    September 12, 2019 / 8:42 am

    Your life/career journey is so inspiring and I’m very thankful for your blog! Your genuine voice is comforting and reliable. Here’s to many more years together! 🙂

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much Melanie! I appreciate that!

  13. Donna S
    September 12, 2019 / 9:19 am

    I always enjoy your content! You are such a nice person, glad success came your way through your hard work. Kudos to you on your accomplishments!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:26 am

      Thank you so much for that Donna!

  14. Kathleen
    September 12, 2019 / 9:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your story with us! I have been following you for many years, as well as some of the other bloggers you mentioned early in your post and every day I look forward to checking in on all the blogs I love to see what they have posted! I always love reading your content. You have a fun and real way of saying things and I love your fashion sense and all your try on posts!
    Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re really good at it!

    • September 12, 2019 / 11:06 am

      And you know what? I’ve gotten to meet Sarah and Paloma and Kate in real life! I have so much respect for them to this day! Some of my closest friends I’ve met through blogging!

  15. September 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

    I’ve been following your blog for a while, but this is one of my favorite posts! Thank you for sharing your journey, you are so inspiring! I’ve been blogging on the side for years, but haven’t been able to grow my readership substantially, but I love having my blog as a journal for documenting major and minor life events.

    • September 12, 2019 / 11:07 am

      Me too, that’s one of the best benefits about it. I do appreciate you being interested in my story- thank you for being here!

  16. Karen
    September 12, 2019 / 10:10 am

    i really enjoy your blog! I love what you did with the townhouse way back when. I’m 52. My sons have grown up and moved away. We have decided to follow them and will be selling our house next year and I hope to move into something smaller, like a townhouse in Colorado. I love your fashion and decor! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    • September 12, 2019 / 11:08 am

      That will be fantastic! I love Colorado! It’s wild to think I’m 44 with a 3 year old! Many more years with my kiddos still at home! 🙂

  17. Doreen
    September 12, 2019 / 10:33 am

    Great story! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Kristen Smith
    September 12, 2019 / 10:48 am

    Thank you for sharing. I remember you writing a little bit about losing your dad but never realized how much the blog helped you support the family during that tough time. Blessings to you! I still enjoy reading!

    • September 12, 2019 / 11:05 am

      When I look back, that was one of the most difficult times of my life. I never felt comfortable sharing about it because my parents are private people. But man, the blog REALLY helped me through it.

  19. Jen Lindblad
    September 12, 2019 / 10:54 am

    Thanks for opening your heart and life to us Megan. I’ve followed you a long time, I don’t even know how long. Love you and your authenticity. You are motivating and encouraging. Keep being you! Love and hugs!

    • September 12, 2019 / 11:08 am

      I really appreciate that Jen, thank you!

  20. Mireille
    September 12, 2019 / 11:26 am

    Thank you for sharing! It was a great read and offered us some great insights about your journey. Being a stay at home mom, my blog is now going on 6 months and does offer me that connection with others. One day I hope to monetize it but right now it is a hobby that I enjoy!

    • September 12, 2019 / 12:01 pm

      That’s exactly how I felt! I know you get it!

  21. CassidyLeAnn
    September 12, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    I’d love to hear the story of how you met and fell in love with your husband, and how you decided to have Jordan after James being an only child for so long. How do you keep your marriage balanced in with everything else?

    • September 12, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      We met in law school and that’s a whole other story! Jordan and James are 6 years apart – the same age difference between my and my younger brother. 🙂

  22. Loren M Frissell
    September 12, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    Love this! Thank you for sharing. I always think about blogging, but never stay with it. I have been thinking about restarting and this might be the kick in the butt I need. Thanks again for posting and always being consistent. I love readying you blog and have been following along for years now!

    • September 12, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      I hope you start and stick with it! Thank you for following along for so long!

  23. LD
    September 12, 2019 / 12:51 pm

    Good for you!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you keep this day job. I found you when you did your foyer, and painted your doors, I believe, and have followed since. I think this may be the first comment though. I’m an older fan, my babies are 25 and 28. And I also had the luxury of being a stay at home mom but never did go back to work. Life had other plans.

    • September 12, 2019 / 2:37 pm

      Wow, that was ages ago! I still love those painted doors though! You must be so proud of your kiddos!

  24. Laura T
    September 12, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Hi Megan. I loved your story and so appreciate getting to know a little about your background! I love your blog and have been following you since before you got pregnant with Jordan. I am 64 and have a 21 year old son. It’s a bit challenging as an older mom, but I also think it keeps us young!

    • September 12, 2019 / 2:35 pm

      I do agree with that! Gotta keep up with those babes!

  25. Patti
    September 12, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    This is such a great post! I appreciate you being able to make money at your blog and still be very much your real self. I’ve been disappointed at some blogs I’ve enjoyed for a long time that eventually turn their pages into commercials for selling anything and everything. It feels like losing a friend almost when that happens. You manage both sides of blogging as a business and a creative outlet, and people can trust what you say. Congratulations to you on your well earned success!

  26. Vivian
    September 12, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    Love love your post!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
    As a busy mom of 4 (and they go to 4 different schools ??‍♀️) I follow your blog on everything especially on fashion. You do all the hard work and I just click and buy ?. So I appreciate all of your hard work! You’re helping so many of us out there!
    Much love from New Orleans ! ??

  27. Julie
    September 12, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    I was just wondering if you ever get recognized in public because of your blog and is it strange to feel like everyone knows you? You make you blog so friendly that I think in my head that we are friends. Not sure if I would have the courage to bother you in public though:)

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Hi Julie! Great question and the answer is sometimes! And I always like it! Funny story though- I went to Nordstrom for an order pickup the other day planning to stay in my car and take advantage of the service where they’ll bring your order to you. But, it was too crowded to drive up to that floor so I had to run in- and I wasn’t ready at all – no makeup, hair not done – and didn’t put on a bra! So, when the cutest mom and daughter came and said hi, I LOVED talking to them- but I was so embarrassed at how I looked! I even blurted out, “I’m not even wearing a bra!” which was even more embarrassing! 🙂

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  28. Deb
    September 12, 2019 / 6:40 pm

    Thank you being so transparent and sharing your story with us. It seems as if God took you by the hand and led you on this journey. You didn’t pick it, it picked you. You are blessed with a successful business and two adorable children.

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      I feel like that Deb. And I was talking to my cousin tonight and she was saying that Grandma Nola has been blessing her from heaven and I think, yes- she’s my angel in heaven.

  29. Maria B
    September 12, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing your transition. Im right there with you about letting go. I’m an engineer and decided to dedicate myself to motherhood and real estate, and it has been my limbo for the 3 years I’ve been a mom for. Debating at all times if going back to the workforce where I’m so appreciated and respected, or enjoying the freedom and being able to stay with my baby and be there for her before she goes to school.
    Anyhow, I wanted to add that you are an amazing blogger, and reading you is always a treat!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      I can so relate to that. It might not be comforting, but I feel like there’s no one “right” answer- just ways we’re being led and how life unfolds. And even though I was home with Jordan before she started preschool, it was different than when I was home with James because I wasn’t ‘working from home’ then. I still feel like I missed more of Jordan’s home time and that’s why I always took “off” on Fridays to just be the two of us. And now, I’m struggling with sending her to preschool. I wish we could turn off mommy brain sometimes! Too much worrying over whether we’re doing the right thing. And then I go back to the loop . . . there’s not one right way! 😉 Welcome to my brain!

      • Patti
        September 12, 2019 / 10:45 pm

        I wanted to encourage Maria that although there is almost NO formal recognition for being a great mom the way there is for us in the workplace…let me be the one to tell you for today congrats and just how important your work with your baby is! I’m still at home with four teenagers, even though I didn’t think I would be and I can’t believe how much they have needed and still need me. Just throwing this out there because we sometimes need to hear it that even just being Mom is an honest to goodness full-time J.O.B. 🙂 .

        • September 15, 2019 / 8:02 pm

          Thank you so much for that honest perspective Patti!

  30. Anonymous
    September 12, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    We love you Megan!!! You’re one of the most genuine bloggers out there.

    Much love,
    One of your longtime followers!

    • September 12, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      I appreciate that so much! And THANK YOU for being here for so long! I can’t tell you how much that means to me!

  31. Yelena
    September 12, 2019 / 9:39 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your career and life journey. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Even though I’ve never met you, you strike me as an authentic and humble person. You feel like a friend, crazy as that sounds. Thank you for keeping it real. I lost my Dad last August to stage IV stomach cancer and sympathize how tough it is to lose a parent. Having my faith helped to endure the hard times.

    Would love to hear about how you met your hubby, if you feel comfortable sharing. I don’t always comment but wanted to reach out, in appreciation, to say thanks for all your efforts. I enjoy your posts!

  32. Amy Ruiz
    September 12, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    You were one of the very first blogs I fell in love with and checked in daily on. I remember you were pregnant with James. I was in college then (26 now), but looked up to you and felt I knew you from how genuine you are. I couldn’t wait to read your blogs everyday! Still one of my favorites! I just had a baby of my own and you encourage me to continue being myself and to follow my dreams.

    • September 15, 2019 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you so very much for that Amy, I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I love that you’ve been here so long!

  33. September 13, 2019 / 9:02 am

    It is such a blessing to be able to do something you love, and be able to be present for your children. I was blessed to be able to stay home with our girls. I know some are not that fortunate, and others do a great job of working outside the home and parenting as well. You’ve been on both sides.
    Gosh…I remember the “old” blog days. Baby James with that head of dark hair. Seems like Jordan was just born yesterday. They are both precious Megan. You are a great mom!

  34. Jane H.
    September 13, 2019 / 10:25 am

    These posts have been very insightful and I’m sure will be a great assistance to someone just starting out with a blog and/or a new family. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  35. Megan
    September 17, 2019 / 10:14 am

    I’m a couple days late to the post, but I loved hearing your story. The funny thing is, I’m actually thinking of going to law school myself (I have a BA already, but law is a new arena to me) and you’ve made it sound much more approachable (though still hard work!). I’m still on the fence about it, just because I have two small kids (very similar ages to yours), but I worry if I wait much longer (I’m 36), going back to school is going to be too hard.

    • September 17, 2019 / 11:10 am

      Yep, it’s very hard work and a lot of dedication! I had good friends who were older students when I was in law school. My friend Jan went to law school as a second career and she loves what she’s doing now!

  36. Tiffany
    September 28, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    I’m behind in my blog reading but i never skip yours! Love that you’ve shared so much over the years and have stayed true to yourself. The fact that you’ve kept your voice and are always honest with your readers keeps me coming back.

    • September 29, 2019 / 8:46 am

      You have no idea how much that means to my Tiffany! Thank you so much!

  37. Dee
    September 30, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    Hi Megan, I’m a fairly new follower of a few months and enjoy your stories and blogging. Just wanted you to know that reading about your personal life and how you grew up, struggles, triumphs, education, career, family and your thoughts and emotions going through it all just amplified my interest. I’m a lifer of you Megan….your style, modeling your finds of outfits, your tips on the daily grind and your family added in makes your platform very real. Plus your personality is just remarkable and I am hooked! Keep doing you and know that as a woman I celebrate with all other women in making our dreams come true. That includes being a force here in insta world. Adore your stories and blogs and sweet family! Thanks!

  38. September 30, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! I have followed you since the beginning. Keep your head up, mama!!

  39. September 30, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    I’ve read your blog for years and so admire you! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  40. Sharah
    September 30, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    Megan, I loved this series. Being a lawyer myself, I really identified with your story and always wanted more details about your decision to leave the profession. I have two small kiddos and have gone from full-time to maternity leaves to part-time to trying to quit. I am very blessed in that my firm values me – when I tried to quit, they offered me reduced hours and a smaller workload. So far it’s working out well! I am always stepping back and constantly re-evaluating what’s best for my family. I have been a reader of your blog since 2011 when I used to have no kids and could also sip on coffee and read blogs on weekend mornings 😉 I have dreams of starting a blog myself one day as a hobby. Maybe one day there will be time! As an aside, I was shocked to read the news about your divorce. I wish you and your kiddos the best during this hard time. Put the kids first and everyone will be ok 🙂 (I am speaking from experience as a divorce lawyer!) Thanks for all the inspiration through the years Megan!

  41. Kasi Adams
    October 16, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    Megan! I have been around since the schlumpadinkaville post! I had completely forgotten about it until you linked to it above. Back in 2010, I was home with a 1st grader, a preschooler and a baby so I remember how much that post resonated with me at the time. I am really enjoying reading your series about your road from lawyer to blogger. And so much of your story is similar to mine down to the bartending without direction! I went back to school after having my three to get my teaching certification and taught for almost 4 years before leaving my career that I had worked so hard for to become a stay at home mom AGAIN. It is crazy how much those three need me now at 16, 12 and 10 years old. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that your writing has mattered to me and I am so glad you have this community to help you get through some tougher times. Take care of yourself!

  42. Christine
    October 7, 2020 / 6:31 pm


    I know this is an old post, but it was just what I was hoping to find. I’m a sahm of a 2.5 year old, but I really want to start something for myself (I have that same feeling of wanting to keep a foot in the working world, even if I am home with my daughter). Do you think that there was one thing you did that really caught the eye of sponsors and readers? One really relevant thing that you can look back on and say, “this is the reason I grew my audience.” Or would you simply say it was a slow build and the consistency was what did it?

    • Megan
      October 8, 2020 / 5:22 pm

      Since it was so long ago, it was definitely a slow build with consistency. Also, partnering with other bloggers and sharing each other helped a lot too. That’s still true today. I definitely know how you feel.

  43. Susan Jeffries
    February 12, 2022 / 5:16 am

    What a beautiful and inspiring story! I love that you followed your heart and listened to God’s plan for your life. I am so sorry about your dad. My dad also recently went to heaven after a battle with cancer. The loss of your dad is life altering. I am also still healing and trying to listen to God to see what His plans are for me now. I really enjoy your blog so thank you (:

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