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Meg Haynes
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I remember the day.

I, dressed in all white, appeared with opening doors to you, down the aisle dressed in a grey tuxedo. We were young. You, twenty-three, and I, twenty-two, had a lot of life yet unlived. We had no idea what it meant to adult, and we hadn’t…


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During my last semester of college, I took a part-time job at Starbucks to help curb the pressure of finding a big-girl position upon graduation. I worked there through the summer until I found a role in the career I wanted.

Nearly four years after I moved on, I remember…


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As I drove into Salt Lake City in the middle of a cross-country road trip, I received a text from one of my dear friends. Her little nephew, at only ten months old, had passed from a brain tumor. …


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Last year I taught high school English. I am twenty-six, but I look like I am eighteen. With my obvious young age, I quickly became the teacher who some students adored (others hated) because they felt I could relate to them. …


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All election week my stomach was in knots.

I feared what would happen if Joe Biden won. Would Trump’s loyalists storm the streets as they did in my once-home of Charlottesville? I also feared what would happen if Donald Trump won. …


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Freelancing can be a lonely life. Especially at the beginning, when relationships haven’t quite solidified and rejections flow in while acceptances trickle, it can be challenging to hold onto the dream. We have a vision, and we know where we’re heading. We even knew it was going to be difficult…


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It was the Sunday before I was supposed to leave for a long road trip with my husband. We were sitting in the living room, discussing our to-do items so we could head out the next morning. I looked down at my buzzing phone to see my friend calling. …


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I found him on Instagram. After seeing his scrunchy face and those of his littermates, I hit that follow button quicker than a dog chases a squirrel, ready to fill my feed with furry faces.

Three weeks later, he was the last puppy, swimming in a pool, still in need…


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Coffee in one hand and a book in the other, snuggled with a cozy blanket and feet tucked underneath me on the couch, I felt nothing but peace. …


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I look back on my childhood friendships with such tenderness and love. After school every day, our mothers kicked us out of our houses, and we were only allowed back home once the dinner bell rang.

We built forts in everyone’s backyards. We played foursquare to death. We ziplined and…

Meg Haynes

With personal growth at the heart of it all, I write about health+travel, life+love, and the trials+errors of freelancing. Let’s connect! meghayneswriting.com

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