Assignment #1

How I Became a Writer
By Megan Bowen

I have never been one of those people who knew exactly what they wanted since the day they could put a sentence together. When I was 6 I was going to be the very first girl president of the United States. A lawyer, a hair stylist and an interior decorator all made the “what I want to be” list when I was in Jr. High and High School. Somehow, a writer and journalist is what I became.
Writing is something that came naturally to me, so I didn’t always see it as a career path. In elementary school I would fold solid white printing paper in half and create books, complete with misspelled plots and harsh illustrations. But it wasn’t until I was half way through college that I realized there was nothing else I would rather be doing. Luckily for me I started out in the communications field in school, so I didn’t have the hassle of switching majors and adding years onto my “expected graduation date.” My college experiences truly made me the person I am today, and that young freshman who didn’t think attending classes was important got a nice slap in the face by reality—and for that I am truly grateful.
My writing/journalism experience started almost immediately in school. I was on the editorial staff of Utah State University’s newspaper, being editor and a hard core news reporter (or so I thought). I loved researching and putting words together that created something more than just an FYI on what was going on in the world. Newspapers weren’t my future though; I knew that after spending a year in the print journalist atmosphere. I wasn’t overly curious, I wasn’t willing to invade privacy or call someone until they finally decided to pick up their phone. I learned the harder way I wasn’t hard core enough.
After print journalism, I took classes in Radio and other forms of multi-media. Aside from the long list of technical difficulties, I enjoyed broadcasting. I still don’t consider myself a creative person, but putting packages together for television and radio did require a bit of my right brain. Magazine writing also required my right brain, and I almost didn’t make it through that course. I don’t see myself as a “creative writer” (silly I know) but painting a picture in my reader’s minds is not an attainable thing for me, and Magazine Writing reminded me of that every day. Despite my best efforts, I never would have published anything I wrote for that course.
When it came to broadcasting I knew I wanted to be behind the camera. I am an introvert who doesn’t need and/or want to be the center of attention. I once thought about being in front of the camera, until I met everyone else who wanted to be in front of the camera. Quickly realizing my personality was polar opposite of theirs, I turned to side of producing. Be the boss of the on-air talent? I could do that.
Over the summer my “dream job” was offered to me after an internship at the ABC4/CW30 station. Despite being a 22 year old college student with no producing experience, I was hired to be the morning producer for The Daily Dish. My first chance at a 40-hour-a-week job complete with weekends off has proved to be interesting. This small TV show has made its way into my life, and my sleep schedule, and I can honestly say I am enjoying this new passage into adulthood.
I’m still not sure how this life happened for me, but I can hardly complain. I think I have always been a writer; I just didn’t realize my love for writing could support me and give me a future. I am still not a completely organized person with a 5 year plan, but these next 5 years are looking pretty good to me.

Hot In Herre vs. Call Me Maybe

This is what we are discussing in my Mass Comm Law class tonight. (Thank you $5,690)

Unfortunately Call Me Maybe is in this blog waaaay more than I would like.

And can I just say, Nelly's "Hot in Herre" is so much better than "Call Me Maybe"

( I may or may not still sing Nelly's song in my apartment when it gets to a certain degree....)


one more


and then it's the weekend...

and I potentially get to sleep in tomorrow. 7 a.m. here I come!

I am still not use to the sleep/work schedule yet. Luckily for me being here at exactly 6 a.m. isn't a requirement...I just need to be here in enough time to finish my show in the morning...and then stay for 8 hours. (so the later I come in the later I stay) 

today I got here 45 minutes later than usual which means I still have that much longer to go in the day. It's definitely better to get here early when I get my butt out of bed so I can leave by 2! 

Finding stuff to do for 8 hours can kind of be hard to do sometimes too. When I worked in a salon you can just sit there and talk and read a magazine, but working here I feel guilty doing anything other than working (like writing a blog post) but there really isn't anything left for me to do! I could write my shows a few days out but that just leaves me with nothing to do the day before a show (because that show is already written) make sense?

I went to Bart's first football game of the season yesterday...and it was SOOOO HOT. I was sweating and melting and just feeling pissed in general (because Megan's grouchy in the heat). But it was fun to watch the game. They lost...and couldn't really tackle...but it will get better. The Varsity team is playing tonight and I'm going to stay home and clean my house....and take a nap...and possibly get a pedicure... but that is still up in the air. 

It has been a crazy week for both of us...we decided we will be taking a little vacation once football season is over. Bart has been training for his half marathon too which takes up a lot of time. 10 mile run tomorrow! (I will be riding along on a bike) I am sure he is going to kick ass....because that is what Bart does!


C's for a Degree

So despite having a real job...I still have to go to class tomorrow.
Mass Comm Law to be exact.
Yes, yes I do.
But it's only two days a week for two hours each so that's not too bad right?
I'll let you know!
And besides as Bart reminded me "C's get degrees!"


Cheesecake Winner

I really love it when I win rock-paper-scissors so Bart gets to go get the milk we forgot to pick up on our way home and I get to sit on the couch. WINNER

also, the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory is heaven...I was that person in a commercial who closes her eyes and savors every bite...


Credit Card Incentive

I only have one thing to say:


stupid commercials. 


Early morning runs...with a bike.

Good morning world!

I was able to sleep in until 6:45 this morning...it was pretty great.

My husband is a stud, and let me tell you why.

He is training to run a half marathon in September so he is running 4 times a week. Since he has had two-a-days this week for football he has been getting up really early to run. On Saturdays he does his long distance running...and this week was no exception.

Bart is somewhere in this picture...doing coaching things...
The plan was to run 8 miles. It was the longest he has ever ran before so he was a little nervous. Since he had to get up at 5 to have time to run and then head to a football scrimmage, he wanted me to come with him because it was going to be dark pretty much the whole time. We all know yours truly doesn't run as fast as Bart and I sure don't run 8 miles either so....I used a bike! That's right....I rode along side my studly husband as he ran 8 miles. I actually had to pedal my bike too..not just coast!

We went to Jordan River Parkway and it was a really nice morning. Running in the dark is kinda cool. I have never seen Bart run before (seeing as how we start out together and about 15 seconds in he's ahead of me) so it was cool being there the whole time. I'm telling you..he's a freakin machine! He ran the whole 8 miles in exactly the time he wanted to and he made it look easy. It was so fun to ride along by him and chat, it was a good bonding experience.

Black dots on his forehead=bugs...gross.
The Jordan River Parkway is full of tiny bugs and we ate a few along the way when they flew into our mouths..it was pretty nasty. When Bart was done with his run though he had bugs stuck on his sweaty forehead. GROSS! He also had at least one in his eyeball and some on his neck too. It was like a cool battle scar....except instead of a scar it was bugs...and instead of being cool it was just nasty.....

I am really proud of him, he has come a long way....and anyone who knew him 4 years ago --or even a year ago although he was steadily getting more active for the past years-- would say the same thing. I fell in love with a chubby husband, and loved him just how he was, but it's never a bad thing to gain good habits and I love my skinny husband just as much.



Note To Self:

Apparently this getting up 3 hours earlier thing gets easier....so hang in there

just because you're tired aka grouchy doesn't mean you can take it out on others aka stupid drivers

it's okay you're not making it to the gym every day. this is called real life...you'll survive and get in the groove of things soon enough

maybe you should start cooking since you have all this free time in the afternoon/evenings

Bart is pretty great.....make sure he knows that

this is the hottest summer ever...you should have a better tan

try to stay away from the Mt. Dew.. but don't beat yourself up about it if you slip every once in a while

remember that Fridays actually mean something to you now...so enjoy them!


And by Fun Run they mean...not so fun.

I'd say it's been a pretty successful summer...I have a few more races to get in before the end of the Summer. I wish I could say it was getting easier, but these races are all challenging. But that's the point right? Either way it's been a blast. Stay tuned for more.


may or may not or may

So 40 minute showers may or may not be the greatest thing....and I'm leaning more into the may.

I came home from my last day at the salon (and at the end of a 15-16 hour per day work week) and my shower and I enjoyed each others company. Obviously you have to switch it up in the shower when it's lasting that long so I started off with really really hot water thinking I would just wait until it turned cold, except my water heater is like the Olympian of all water heaters so I had to turn down the temp on my own. A little bit to the left every few minutes until it was freezing water (which I love just as much as hot water showers).

My skin may be hating me later for putting it through the ringer but I was lovin it.

I have all day off tomorrow and Bart has two-a-days for practice which means it's just me, my bed, my couch, my pool, my bed again, and then maybe, just maybe I'll go out in public. Shopping perhaps?

Anyway, if you haven't already you should really go to this FB Page and "Like" it and support me :)


No sleeping on the job

2 days down everyone. I'm breaking out, which could be caused by the nerves, or the lack of sleep, or the recent Mt. Dew I have been drinking...but all is well. I got my computer and email set up at work today so I can actually start working on stuff.

 I officially only have 2 friends because they are the only ones that Liked the Daily Dish page on FB (Caitlin, I knew I could always count on you). I'm excited for the stuff coming up, I think it's going to be great!

It's crazy how fast 8 hours goes by when you start so early in the morning. My body doesn't hurt and I'm not emotionally damaged from people who give you WAY too much information about themselves (unlike my other job...). It's going to be nice to switch it up.

I desperately need a new wardrobe though.. have I mentioned that already? Because that fact is even more obvious when I am standing in my closet at 4 a.m. Soon enough Megan, soon enough.

Well I'm really only writing on here so I don't fall asleep before I have to go to my other job (2 days left) because taking naps in the middle of the day and then drinking a mt. dew at 6 p.m. isn't the best way to make sure you can fall asleep by 9p.m. so today I am going to tough it out so I can actually sleep tonight.

Bart and I see each other for about 10 minutes now, and it's probably going to stay that way for a while so we probably won't have any cool adventures to blog about anytime soon, but since I now have weekends off I'm sure that lack of adventure won't last long.


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