I recently added an “About” page to the website. Here it is!
Hi, I’m Megan! I’m a wife, mother, and serial learner. In 2016, Hungry for Authenticity started as an outlet to write openly about my eating disorder journey. I wrote the occasional blog post, but mainly I set out to write a book about eating disorders. I had high hopes and dreams that it would be a best-seller! I dreamed it would open for me a career of writing and travel speaking at women’s conferences. Turns out God had other plans.
In 2018, I was introduced to Pastor Stephen Armstrong’s Verse by Verse Ministry International. He preaches verse-by-verse through God’s Word. It struck a hunger in me to learn more and change my life to reflect what I was learning. I found the more I consumed, the more I wanted to learn and grow. I’ve been a Christ-follower since second grade. But I never felt an intense desire to pursue Christ with my whole life until recently.
Thus, began my self-directed study of the Bible, theology, and apologetics. I earned a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies and a Certificate in Christian Apologetics along the way. I found I love tackling tough topics from a strictly biblical point of view. As I matured in my Christian faith, my writing content evolved with it. I scrapped the original draft of my eating disorder book, which was full of self-help, motivational nonsense. Then, I tackled it from a biblical perspective. When one does this, it generally does not become a best seller.
And so here I am, quietly plugging away at my sanctification. My writing is simply me working out my salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12-13). I work out my salvation by going to the source of my salvation – God’s Word – where my heart and mind are renewed. I study and pray my way through one tough topic at a time, then I write about it. It’s a way in which I act obediently to God’s call. I have no clue why and what He plans to do with my writing, but my job is to be obedient, and He will sort out the rest.
Besides writing, I have many interests and a hectic personal life. However, I’m a pretty private person online, partly because I don’t enjoy my personal life being on social media. But also because I’m pretty sensitive, and the internet can be a harsh place. When people don’t share much online sometimes it can come across as impersonal or not relatable or authentic. It’s a tricky balance in this virtual world. I want you to feel like you know me, which helps you understand my books and blog posts more, but I also want to have some privacy and things reserved for my personal life.
I want to share more with you, though, so hopefully this little snipbit will help you get to know me more.
- I struggled with anorexia, binge-eating, bulimia, and exercise addiction for about a decade. My eating disorder book shares my story and helps other women overcome eating disorders. It has been a long road, but I now have a much healthier relationship with food, exercise, and my body.
- I’ve gotten pretty into CrossFit over the last couple of years. CrossFit has reframed how I view exercise and fitness. It is considered functional fitness in that it develops cardio and strength to help you increase your quality of life. I used to be obsessed about the thin and fit body type. Now, I’m more focused on keeping my body healthy and strong so I can have a high quality of life as I get older. I also especially love how quick and efficient the workouts are!
- In addition to CrossFit, I really enjoy baking, which sounds like an oxymoron. I really enjoy learning and practicing new baking skills. Plus, baking is a science and requires perfection, two things I really enjoy! I don’t tend to eat lots of desserts. But the ones I do eat, I like to be homemade. It makes me appreciate and enjoy the dessert more. As you likely guessed, I really enjoy the Great British Baking Show!
- I recently started a year-long fellowship through Wild Health (partners with CrossFit). This fellowship melds my nursing medical background (I have a Bachelors in Nursing and a Registered Nurse license) with my passion for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Once I complete the program, I’ll be a Precision Care Health Coach. This new type of genomics-based personalized medicine is exciting to me, and I think it will become much more popular.
- My eating disorder and infertility books (that I originally self-published) are currently being published through a small Christian publishing house. Yay! I hope to have those available for purchase by the end of 2022!
- My husband and I grew our family through embryo adoption. My infertility book talks more about this. I was pregnant and gave birth to our adopted baby girl. I’m a big advocate of embryo adoption and hope more infertile couples explore it as a way to grow their family.
- I knew I would like being a mom, but I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE it! We adopted another embryo (our daughter’s bio sibling) so we are praying that we have a successful embaby transfer and can grow our family again this year!
- I am a military wife, so home is wherever my husband, daughter, and two Boston Terriers are stationed. Currently, we live in California. But… it looks like we’re moving again this year – not sure when or where yet, though!