Hi, I’m Megan, and I’m so glad you’re here! My mission is to connect as many partners of commercial fishermen around the world through a supportive community and relatable and entertaining blog posts to make you feel less alone! I represent the girlfriends, fiancés, and wives of commercial fishermen, and together we are known as the Partners of Commercial Fishermen! #POCFpride!
My husband, Chris, fishes for spiny lobster out of the Channel Islands in California and sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Needless to say, I was so lost when we started dating. Season after season, feelings about this new POCF lifestyle bubbled up – some good, most bad – and without anyone to relate to, I turned to my blog and wrote 9 Things to Know When Dating a Commercial Fisherman. I was so surprised by the response that I thought, Thank God there are others out there who understand the joys and challenges of what POCFs go through! (See testimonials of others who can relate here!) Since then, our community has connected through blog posts and Instagram comments, plus our private FB group just for partners of commercial fishermen that I hope you’ll join, too!
Professionally, I’m a freelance writer. I started writing in 2012 when I realized my favorite part of fashion designing (I’m an ex-designer) was writing captions for my online store. Wanting a change, I moved from Charleston, SC, to Carpinteria, CA, and pitched to a local publication that gave me a chance. I now write 3 columns, features in newspapers and magazines (both local and national), and write under the pen name Elizabeth Rose for a confessional-type relationship column, I Heart. (Chris is known as “Jason” in I Heart stories. And yes, I bare it all!) You can read the columns at the top of this page under “Writing,” then scroll to the I Heart Column category. For a quick preview of some of the essays you’ll see, you can check out Last Dance with Mary Jane, the first time Chris and I met, along with The Good Fight about the biggest argument Chris and I ever had. It’s legit.
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, and raised in Charleston, I lived around the world as a military brat until the age of 18, which means defining a hometown is not so easy. Fast forward to 2015, I was editor of the Sentinel in Santa Barbara, CA, when I met Chris. (The same paper that publishes I Heart!) A year after long-distance dating, we lived on a 34-foot sailboat for three years, traveling from Bellingham, Washington, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during two of them. After that, we came back to Chris’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California, where he took over his father’s spiny lobster fishing business. The season runs from October to March. For the first two seasons, we lived in a 1970s Airstream in Carpinteria, California, and now in Ojai, just over the mountains from the coast. We got hitched in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 21, 2021. (You can check out our wedding here and here!) 💙
Our dream is to live bi-coastal in California and the Carolinas, and it’s finally coming true! We bought a *major* fixer-upper in Wilmington, North Carolina, and we are stoked! She’s a 1912 late-Victorian Bungalow that needs lots of love, and we’re gonna give it. Our slightly built-out Sprinter Van “Guitaré” (pronounced “guitar-aye”) will get us from coast to coast between fishing season and the off-season. By the way, I have no idea what we’re getting into. We’ve never renovated a home before, and when I say she is a *major* fixer, I mean you can literally see the outside through a few walls. But like sailing, an adventure awaits, which means juicier posts for you. Whoo-hoo!
Here is a link to FAQs, and for more information on my freelance work, click here. Of course, I’d love to connect with you on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Thank you so much for following along. I invite you to stay around, get comfortable, and become part of our loving crew!
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