I don’t where to start, which is odd for me because I’m a little self-centered and talk just for fun. What’s hindering me is the idea that I am coming into this blog as an “expert” but in reality this just a journey. Though I have a lifetime of experience, passion, and more resources than ever I am still afraid to fail. We’ll start with that.
For the past 3 years I have started and failed blogs. In 2009 I ran a fairly successful study abroad blog and in 2011 ran an unsuccessful study abroad tumblr. In 2014 I jumped back into blogging as a personal blogger, but felt insecure about every instinct. After an assault flip-turned my whole world I went back to blogging to put forward a lifestyle and create a story of my life I wanted. After 4, maybe 5, attempts at personal blogs later I have paid hundreds of dollars on sites, spent $1000s on supplies and materials, and countless hours pouring myself into different shells to find my identity. I am a child of the internet and it seemed clear that I could find myself there too.
In the period of 2014 to present I have been forwarded self-help/ personal development material by many friends in MLMs and started to regain myself. I started to see “Megan” and less of the concept the Megan I wanted to be. In 2016 I started a dream career as a flight attendant. In 2017 I was brutally dumped by a long term boyfriend and childhood friend. In 2017 I moved cross country from the original green city of Seattle to the grey cement of urban Chicago. They say there is nothing like struggle to give insight into yourself and your truest desires.
Chicago was life changing for me in the fact that all the things I HATED about Chicago were telling signs on what was truly important for me. I hate the landscape, I hated that Whole Foods here was a greenwash dream instead of sustainable haven. I hated that recycling was beyond difficult. I hated that no one seemed to care and preferred doing nothing. I hated the dirt, the smells, and the garbage that has blown direct into my face. To be in Chicago and to adapt meant that I had to lose myself to this historic city. There I was wrong.
The last month of 2017 I was determined to find myself. I had received a raise, felt comfortable an confident in my new relationship, and was tired of survival mode. I know I am privileged to live the life I do and want to use my privilege to create change and that is how Modern Hippie Living started.
After reading Southern Living and wishing for a eco-friendly version, I decided to do it myself. Though many versions of this blog exist, many are no longer functioning. The great thing about the internet is that there is always room for more. Now we are to present day, where I write blogs using “notes” on my 6 year old laptop, submit pictures from my phone, and brainstorm daily the best presentation for this dream.
Today Modern Hippie Living is a blog of my personal journey to change my world around me. It’s my firm belief that to be a successful “greenie” you don’t have to flip turn your whole life; today’s innovations provide options from urban to rural environments; it just takes a little digging and a lot of courage. The goal for now is to really provide my story as how I, in a tiny urban studio, created a better, happier, sustainable lifestyle for myself; and to provide examples and sources of how we can all make these changes.
I want to thank you all so much for your support, the amount of likes and follow this humble start has already received. I look forward to learning from the successful bloggers out there and from my fellow Modern Hippies.