Turning 26

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It is true all the rumors you have heard…it is my birthday today the 17th of January. I am excited and that is true as well, but there is a little bit of bittersweet excitement. Not only am I beginning my second quarter century but I am also ending one of the best years of my life. I know things are going to continually get better, but so much of me has loved being 25 in many many ways.

This time last year I was traveling across country to Salt Lake City to Alt Summit to attend my first blogging conferences. My life was about to change in ways I would have never dreamed. I had no idea what was in store for me writing that, and when I read back through I hear such a younger version of myself. It is strange, but amazing to see where I have come. That week of my birthday last year changed me from head to toe it felt. I grew. I dreamed bigger. I took hold. I made big changes.

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As my 26th year is beginning I have felt this huge weight of adulthood come over me. Never before have I felt such an understanding of myself and what I am intended do. I feel such purpose with life. I thought this would be a search and discovery for the rest of my life. I know it will be a continually journey, but I feel incredibly blessed to be turning 26 and know what I meant to do and to feel completely fulfilled by it.

Traveling, failing a lot, succeeding a lot, blogging, investing in friends, and owning a business shape have deeply shaped me this year and brought to light so many things about myself I never knew. It makes me stronger, more understanding, more honest, and better at what I am meant to do in this life. I have always valued challenges and this year I see a lot of them ahead of me. I know this will be the year I truly reap what I have been working for. How do you know that, you ask? I am not sure but I can feel it. I get these senses about things.

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So I am going to end with my goals. I accomplished so many last year and I think birthday should begin with a list of things that must happen. It freak me out to share these goals for so many reasons, but I have promised to be more open here and share things like this. I feel if they are down in words they are more likely to happen.

1. Buy a home

2. Redesign and launch the new face of Hitch. The place it is meant to be.

3. Take care of myself the best I can on every level.

4. Travel, travel, travel. See all I can.

5. Love better. Love deeper.

6. Learn to be more present.

7. Let go more. Stop worrying.

8. Create with more freedom. Stop placing boxes on what I produce.

9. Inspire. Inspire. Inspire. This is what inspires me.

10. Teach an actual class somehow someway. This has always been my passion.


Tonight I am not totally sure what is happening. Things are a complete surprise to me. I left the house as I was told I had to in order for plans to be made. I am excited! I love surprises and I have not had a good birthday party since college so I am looking forward to celebrating with those I love so much.

Follow my instagram for all the fun tonight if you want to pop champagne with me 😉

Cheers to another beautiful, creative, and wild year of life!


Thanks to: 

Photography: Cory Weber
Styling: Jonathan Grant


Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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