I’m Megan, the author of TheThrivingSelf. I started this website in the hopes of bettering myself and encouraging others to do the same!

Let me share a little about myself:

I grew up in rural Illinois. And I do mean RURAL. My graduating high school class had fewer than 40 students in it.

My grandmother introduced me to church, and therefore to Jesus, as a kid, and I’m not kidding when I say it changed my life. If I hadn’t experienced that life-changing salvation, not only would I be lost, but I’d probably be living a much different (and much less fulfilling) life. Instead, I try to do everything I can to follow Jesus and His principles, and I hope you’ll see that it truly is the best way.

I’ve been blessed to have parents who love each other and love me. As a kid, this allowed me to do kid stuff, like play way too much softball, truly enjoy school and learning, and have goals and dreams, instead of worrying about my home life or dragging along the baggage of a difficult childhood, and I was able to excel in school and extracurricular activities largely because of this freedom to explore life.

I fell hard in love at the ripe old age of 13 with a 2-years-older-than-me boy who was absolutely dreamy. He married me and whisked me away when I was only 18! He was then active duty in the Marine Corps and we moved 2,000 miles across the country to his duty station. I absolutely loved it.

I received my Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and in Honors Liberal Arts from Arizona Western College. I had a truly great experience at this junior college. I was voted president of the Philosophy Club, made all kinds of great friends, worked as a group leader of Socratic Tutorials for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and the SI (Supplemental Instruction) programs for English and Economics classes, and even had the awesome privilege of being chosen as the student speaker at my commencement ceremony!

My Bachelors of Science in Psychology degree was awarded to me by Grand Canyon University. I finished this degree while working full time as a pharmacy technician.

Now, I work as a mental health and substance abuse counselor and I absolutely love what I do.

Because I feel called to help others with their life and I see the impact my early family environment had on me, I chose to go into counseling, but I can only counsel a relatively small amount of people. This blog is my way of reaching the masses. I hope you’ll find my thoughts helpful!

When I’m not working or blogging, you’ll find me cooking, traveling, reading, browsing YouTube, playing the piano, attempting to learn some new skill (scrapbooking = not for me) or hanging out with friends and family.

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