Hi, friends! I’m Meagan—a registered nurse turned herbalist, wife to a wonderful husband, homeschooling mama to four amazing boys, disciple of Jesus Christ, and mountain dweller of the Southern Appalachians. I desire to live a life that is simple, natural, and seasonal.
Most days you’ll find me at home—homeschooling my kiddos, working to keep my house clean and make it a cozy, hospitable home, learning more about slow, seasonal living, and teaching others what I’ve learned.
I’m a type-A, Capricorn, ENTF, ennegram 8—so make of that what you will. In my youth, I used to think I had to have things all figured out, well-planned, and perfectly executed. I was very driven and always willing to lead. I had opinions, and I wasn’t aftraid to share them. I liked to be busy, and I was always looking for what was next. This was very fulfilling to me.
However, at some point, I realized that life was moving more quickly than I remembered and that all my “achieving,” while good in some ways, was causing me to miss out on a lot of important things in other ways. I longed for time to slow down so I could enjoy each day. I longed to live what we now call a “slow” lifestyle—one that embraced nature and the seasons.
With that awareness, I’ve learned that the rat-race is not where I want to be and that God has blessed me with the opportunity to spend my days at home cultivating a life I desire—a simple, seasonal, natural one.
With each passing year, I learn more about myself and about the person I want to be. I’m learning to accept who I am, shortcomings and all, and use that to grow into the person I want to be. It’s a journey—whether it’s turning a house into a home, parenting, building a career, growing in grace and knowledge, cultivating lifelong friendships, or developing character—as all things in life are.
With that said, my days are full, and so is my heart. I love having a place where I can share my story, connect with others, and hopefully make a positive impact on this world.
I started Growing Up Herbal in 2008 as a place to share what I was learning about herbs, how I was raising my children naturally, and about the herbal skincare products I made and sold on Etsy. Over the years, this space has grown to incorporate even more about my life and what simple, natural, and seasonal life looks like in our family. At this point, you’ll not only continue to find information on the aforementioned topics, but you’ll also find glimpses into my daily life here in rural Appalachia, how I make a living as an herbalist and blogger, how we’re cultivating a home and life that meets our needs, how we embrace the seasons, places we travel to, and how we homeschool.
Through naturally growing my blog into a full-time business over the last 12 years, I’ve learned a lot about content creation, product photography, influencer mindset, and branding for the web, and I love working with brands that I truly believe in. I enjoy helping to create beautiful, rich, and unique content as well as helping brands grow their own social audience from followers into devoted customers. Got a photography or advertising project you’re looking to kick-off? Learn more about the various ways we can work together here.