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Megan Flynn Peterson of Freckled Italian // Behind The Blog Scene

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I'm a sucker for a good food blog. My love probably stems from the fact I have little talent in the kitchen and my food photography leaves much to be desired but I have a huge amount of respect and love for my fellow bloggers that conquer the foodie world with ease.  One of those beautiful souls is Megan Flynn Peterson, a blogger living in Charlotte, North Carolina and the writer behind Freckled Italian (my new fav food read).

I was lucky enough to meet and chat with Megan while at Alt Summit recently and just had to find out more about how she took on full-time blogging in 2013  and how she balances food, friendship, family, and marriage on her blog. Join me in saying hello and just a hint of warning, looking at her blog my instil strong hunger pangs...

Describe your blog in 3 words
Food, love, stories.
What is your blogging manifesto? 
Sharing the ins and outs of life and connecting with people all over the world on a personal level.
Top 3 blogging essentials? 
My planner, my camera, and a good cup of coffee!
My biggest blogging moment/milestone was....
Definitely making the leap from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a career. I quit my day job in August of 2013 and sometimes it still doesn't feel real; that this is my job and I get to do it every day for a living.
Best piece of advice I've been given? 
Don't worry so much about where you're going to end up. Trust the journey and just work hard every day.
I'm dreaming about traveling to.. 
Ireland, Norway, and Argentina
Best piece of advice to a newbie blogger? 
Be yourself. Write about the things you love and take the time to be genuine and authentic. It can be a challenge, but it is so worth it.
If I wasn't blogging I'd be...
Working in publishing or back in school, studying to be a librarian.
Behind the scenes of my blog looks like...
Organized chaos. Working at home is so fun sometimes but I have the worst time staying organized. I can usually see the big picture, but I tend to get a little lost in the details from time to time.
This year I'm most excited about...
Taking a step back and adopting a "less is more," or "quality over quantity" approach to blogging (and my life in general). 

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Photos by Sarah Gatrell of Photo + Love for Freckled Italian.

#blogtribe // Blogging On Bali Time

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The jet lag is still fresh but I couldn't help but pop in this morning and take a moment to share and reflect on what has been an incredible, gratitude-filled four days with a handful of women close to my heart. It's fitting this post falls on #blogtribe Tuesday because I spent a lot of time thinking about friendship, blogging and powerful notion of tribes while I was gone and I'm now even more convinced about the transformational power that comes when surrounding yourself with passionate, like-minded souls who are there to support, uplift and encourage you when you need it most - the added bonus is when these beautiful souls also happen to make you laugh until you cry.

As a blogger, travel is a powerful tool - something I've been so incredible lucky to experience this year and I'm buzzing with the inspiration and creativity that comes when you place yourself out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a new culture.  I'm taking back with me the concept of slow blogging and the intention to be still - to blog from the heart and ensure this space continues to be filled with words, advice, events and stories that inspire and enrich.  Please also consider yourself warned, this isn't the last time you'll hear about Bali and it's certainly not the last time you'll see photos - I'm pretty sure there were about 4 million taken while we were there but I leave you today with a few snaps from Instagram that capture the beauty of these past few days...

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