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Conversations with the Inspiring Megan Black

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Black.

Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Tucson and it’s been a wonderful gift to grow up in this desert city. It holds on to so much history, yet constantly evolves. It is a great place to call home. I’ve worked at three local non-profit agencies over the past fifteen years, and that work has given me a feeling of deep connection and commitment to my community. My positions have given me a wide range of experience including event planning, product sales, program management, and most recently, workforce development. I’m privileged to work at a community kitchen where I manage the culinary job training program. I’ve always had a strong interest in the culinary arts, but my professional path didn’t align with food until I started working at the kitchen three years ago. Prior to that, I spent all of my free time eating, cooking, and traveling as much as possible to learn more about food. Now, I get to work alongside individuals who are passionate about learning how to cook professionally, and it is incredibly energizing. I love my job and know how lucky I am to do something like this for a living.

In the last year, I’ve realized that I also want to focus on my passion for travel in a new way. This is how my blog Rove and Relish was born. Rove and Relish will be a resource for people who build their travel itineraries around their meals and other food experiences. The site will also include travel tips and stories from my journey on the road. I appreciate bloggers who offer honest travel advice based on real experiences, and I’m really excited to offer my take on eating my way around the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
I spent a lot of my time as a young professional getting caught up in what I “should” do. I made decisions about my career, relationships, and even how I spent my vacation time based on what I thought I was the right path. I remember thinking that I had to work all of the time to be successful. These unrealistic expectations were all self-imposed, and I burned out hard. I had to make a change, so I decided to recharge by leaving my job and traveling solo for four months. I went to pastry school in France, ate my way around Europe, and capped off the whole experience with a few weeks in Morocco. During that time, I was able to refocus on my goals and priorities while connecting with like-minded people. It was a reminder that I only wanted to live my life on my own terms. In a roundabout way, that travel journey led me to my current position which is really fulfilling, and still leaves room for me to explore other passions.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Rove and Relish story. Tell us more about it.
I’m excited to launch a brand that aligns with what inspires me more than anything else: exploring new places through food. I believe that experiencing another city through their food culture is one of the best ways to learn about a new destination. I hope that Rove and Relish will motivate others to seek out new adventures and to lean into the unknown.

The blogging landscape can feel saturated and I think one of the keys to standing out is to be as authentic and honest as possible. I am, if nothing else, a realist. I don’t travel for a living and know that most people don’t either. I look forward to sharing trustworthy travel recommendations that people can use on their limited, and very valuable, vacation days. I have definitely learned a lot from reading about other traveler’s experiences, and I hope that my journey will impact my readers in the same way.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
I’ve learned that I can’t let anyone aspect of my life define who I am; if I did, my ability to pivot into new opportunities would be really limited. Your goals will change, and that is OK. Never stop learning, evolving, and challenging yourself. Above all, travel as often as you can.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.roveandrelish.com (Coming Fall 2019)
  • Email: roveandrelish@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @meganlfblack

Image Credit:
Belle Vie Photography

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