About Me

Hi! I’m Meg. I am a consummate giver and people person, a jack of all trades, and a master of none. I have no brushes with fame or massively noteworthy moments to highlight here (yet?). I try to find beauty in the mundane, to connect with other people from all over the world, to make life a daily adventure in little ways, and to be surprised by life’s little pleasures. I am most happy with a warm drink, a good book, and a little peace and quiet. 

It took me a long time to realize that if I don’t take care of myself and “put my own oxygen mask on first” I am of little help to anyone else. I had kids. Then I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. And then my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That’s when the wheels started to come off. Suddenly I didn’t recognize myself or my life anymore and I never, ever laughed.

I have learned, though it’s not my nature, to stop and take a deep breath and a good look around before attending to the next item on my to do list.

I have learned to slow down (sometimes – still practicing this one).

I have learned to stretch myself, to do things that fill my soul even if they aren’t necessarily practical, and even if I still need to make dinner at the end of the day, which, for the most part, I really, really don’t want to do.

I have learned to carve out moments of sanctuary, and to be hopeful in the face of challenge. Because I walked through a storm and somehow I came out the other side.

This blog started with the idea of chronicling my first trip to Guatemala. As I began to lay out my thoughts, though, it became something bigger. So many of these stories are interwoven. While the strands are individual and the colors might not exactly match, my stories are like Guatemalan textiles – a mix of disparate colors that somehow becomes a cohesive and beautiful whole. 

We are confronted with so much negativity on a daily basis, it’s critical to highlight the positive stories. So take a deep breath, make a warm drink, and read on!     

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

You can contact me at meg@putyourownoxygenmaskonfirst.com