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Hello there!

About Me

I’m Meredith (my friends call me Mere), and I live in the heart of San Francisco in the Mission neighborhood with my husband and our daughter, Bea. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Alabama, and I spent a year and change studying in Chile before I made my way to beautiful San Fran five years ago.

By day, I’m a fundraiser for an incredible non-profit organization based in San Francisco. I work with amazing people who are some of the smartest, funniest, heartfelt folks I’ve ever known, and I am lucky that I somehow stumbled into a job at this amazing place.

this is me a few years ago at a work event

this is me a few years ago at a work event

Viet and I met in 2006 before I moved to Chile. I was visiting my friend Kara in San Francisco over Thanksgiving (Friendsgiving, as we now lovingly call it). She had just moved to San Fran from Alabama a few months earlier. She invited her downstairs neighbors to join us for dinner, and Viet was one of those neighbors.

What got us from that night to now is a long, amazing story, so I’ll save it for when you and I meet in person. I can tell you over a glass of wine.

But the short of it is that eventually I moved from Chile to San Francisco to be with Viet and after a few years we got engaged. <–That was like the 10th blog post I ever wrote! I had just started my blog a few weeks before we got engaged.

We planned a large, super fun DIY wedding in San Francisco. We got hitched on June 2, 2012, and I blogged about it all along the way. You can read more about our wedding here.

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It was a great, great day.

It was a great, great day.

On September 12, 2014, we welcomed our daughter, Beatrice into the world. She is magnificent.

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On June 18th, 2016, our son August arrived. We’re in love:

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About the site

Not Merely Living is a place where I write about my every day life and my inspiration. Writing NML keeps me inspired and challenged to try new things and to live a fuller, more adventurous life.

I started this site in early 2010 for my At The Crossroads (ATC) I Think I Can Campaign. ATC is an amazing non-profit organization in San Francisco whose mission is “to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives.” Their annual I Think I Can Campaign challenges friends and supporters to tackle a personal challenge in their life while raising money for their life-changing work. My campaign challenge was to start this blog to document my life and inspirations.

Over the past three years, I’ve learned so much about blogging and all sorts of other creative hobbies that help me blog. I’ve learned how to photograph in manual, to write basic html and CSS, and how to use software like Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. I am not a professional blogger, so if you read back through the years you’ll see that I have been stumbling along, slowly learning how to better document my life and adventures. I make very little (almost no) money off of this blog.

I write NML because I’m striving to make more out of my life in a way that feels meaningful and spontaneous. NML keeps me accountable to my dreams and helps me to stay inspired. I believe strongly that you don’t need to live perfectly, just purposefully. So that’s what I’m working on, and that’s what this blog helps me to do.

Please Excuse Me: The blog just moved over to WordPress recently not so recently, and in the process several of my images didn’t transfer over. I’m still slowly moving them over manually, but my apologies if you stumble upon an old image or link that isn’t working!

Let’s be friends:

Please reach out and connect with me if you would like. You can find me elsewhere on:

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I’m always interested in making new friends.

Still have some questions about NML or me? Check out my FAQ or email me!

Thank you for stopping by and spending a moment with me.

Mere