A little about me

Good afternoon! Welcome to Solely Surviving!

You can call me Meag , Meagz, Meagzee…I answer to all of them. 🙂  I’m a 30-something living in Texas with my three daughters (Milla, Cici, and J) and my favorite chihuahua, Danger. I grew up in a small town in southern Missouri and, although I was DETERMINED to leave the state upon high school graduation, I attended Missouri Southern State University for my bachelors degree.  However, I did move to the beautiful beaches outside of Destin, Florida for a few wonderful years.

I am constantly challenging myself to keep a healthy balance in our life. I frequently experiment with new recipes, local events, and play dates. I love trying new things and teaching my daughters to love fitness. I find ways to insert exercise and movement into each day. I enjoy running, hiking, walking, and yoga.

Outside of the kitchen and the gym, my major hobbies are reading and traveling. I love the excitement and unfamiliar feeling of a new destination and the ability to explore and discover new cultures, however, with three little ones it’s not as affordable as it once was to be a jetsetter. Most of my down time now is spent finding new and creative ways to save and/or make money to provide my girls with everything they need to become the best they can be.

I hope you enjoy Solely Surviving! If you have any questions or comments, please email me at: virtually.remembered@gmail.com.

Surviving and Thriving

This is my very first post. I’m starting this blog because as a single parent and sole provider, I’ve found very little information that pertains to my niche.  It seems like a lot of content is aimed at the SAHM and two parent households.  Unfortunately, there are those of us that don’t fit in that mold and don’t have many options that come with a two parent or co-parenting situation.  One of the largest shifts in family structure is this: 34% of children today are living with an unmarried parent—up from just 9% in 1960, and 19%in 1980. In most cases, these unmarried parents are single. However, a small share of all children—4%—are living with two cohabiting parents (pewresearch.org 2014). That being said, I think there are a significant number of us that fit into this “sole parent” mold.  And if you don’t, you can still benefit from some of the wisdom I’ve come across.  If I can even help one person in any way, then it was worth it to begin this blogging journey.