end of summer & a new season

Party Boats, Labor Day 2016

Labor Day was last weekend which marks the end of summer. Fall is almost here – even though it is currently 87*F in my apartment as I’m typing this.

A lot has happened over the last several months but, not a lot has changed. I was scrolling back through this blog and found my post about balance. I wrote that nearly a year ago and I have failed miserably at finding a balance. I’ve said it several times – and maybe this time it will stick – this blog is a huge part of that balance because it is MINE and about ME. I need to re-focus my energy back to this blog. I miss writing for writing’s sake.

I redesigned this blog earlier today. A fresh look for a new season and renewed interest in this blog. Cheers!

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Woman to Watch 2016

In case you missed my announcement on Facebook, Twitter, and InstagramI was the first Woman to Watch of 2016!

I was interviewed by Leah Shaw of the Democrat & Chronicle. We chatted a lot about how I’ve reached this point in my career and how passionate I am about the local art scene here in ROC – I’m glad I was able to share my experience and also some fun facts about me:

Future goals: My long-term goals include pursuing a doctorate and eventually starting a family (maybe not in that order). I also grew up in the Adirondacks and it’s always been a goal to climb all 46 high peaks. Having just turned 30, I’m now committed to becoming a ’46er’ by the time I’m 35. Plenty of time.

SUPER PUMPED to share more about my 46er plans this year! Stay tuned. It’s funny re-reading this goals quote thinking back on my 30th birthday post. Ha! So, I do have some goals.

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My 30th Birthday

My 30th Birthday

My 30th Birthday

Surprise, surprise – I’m super behind on posts! I can’t believe it’s February! HOW?!

I just wanted to document my 30th birthday – even in this small way. I’m 30. I turned 30 a couple of months ago. I honestly don’t feel any different – am I supposed to?

For my 30th birthday I spent the day in the woods with my godmother – it was a perfectly relaxing day. Over the last couple of months since then all I’ve been able to really think about is WHAT I’m going to do this year. There are so many things I haven’t done yet that I always assumed I would by now (marriage, kids, house, etc.) so now I’m trying to re-focus on what I really want and what I can accomplish this year. What are my goals? I’ll have to get back to you on that!

happy new year!

ROC 2016

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year! 2015 was – intense. Looking forward to a much more relaxed 2016. This weekend I plan on updating my website (LONG OVERDUE) and working on a few posts I’ve had on the back burner for most of 2015 – ha!

I’m ringing in 2016 in my pjs with my kitties. My relaxing 2016 is off to a great start!

Photo is from my Instagram – ornament is by artist Gail Erwin. I purchased it at Genesee Center’s Wintercraft.

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A few weeks ago I traveled up to the ADKs to visit family. It was a much needed and overdue visit.

I feel like I’m FINALLY settling into my LIFE. That’s weird to write, but I’m not really sure how else to explain it. I’ve always been working towards some sort of goal: graduate with my BFA, graduate with my MFA, find a full-time job I really want to commit to… so many goals. I’m turning 30 next month (O M G !) and I can proudly say I’ve reached all of my goals up to this point in my life. AWESOME!

Time for new goals.

Now that I finally feel like I’ve got my life in order, now I can enjoy it! I have mixed feelings about turning 30 next month. On one hand, like I said, I’ve accomplished a lot up to this point, but then again I haven’t accomplished what 16yr old Megan thought I would have accomplished by now. I’m not married (not even close!), I don’t have any kids, I don’t own my own house… see where I’m going with this? A couple of weeks ago I started a new full-time job. MY full-time job. I love the organization I’m working with and I love what I’m doing there. FINALLY. This is what I needed.

Settling into MY LIFE now I’m looking forward to picking back up photography, letterpress, maybe take a ceramics class or two… I’m excited to create again! I’ve never craved having a camera in my hand like I do right now. I miss taking pictures. All of the above photos are from my Instagram account – photos I took while home (yes, it snowed!!) – photos taken with my iPhone. I NEED to use my film cameras again. I’m especially excited to shoot with my Hasselblad – it’s been way too long.

I have weekends off now! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a “normal” schedule and I will be taking full advantage of it. PHOTOGRAPHY is coming back to this blog! I’m SO EXCITED.

Off to order some 120 film

Fall is My Fave

Warmly Fall

Seriously, Fall is my FAVE season. Hands down. I love everything about it – changing colors of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cool weather – just an overall cozy feeling all day everyday.

Last week I was able to wear my fave LLBean clogs and my feet haven’t been so happy in months.

Lots of good vibes today – it’s going to be a GREAT season this year. I can tell.

fall prep

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I’m in full prep mode for the Fall Semester! I’m excited to be teaching two classes this fall: Digital Art I & Graphic Design II. This will be my fourth Digital Art I class and my first time teaching Graphic Design II.

Fall is my favorite semester – it’s my favorite season! I have a good feeling about this year.

I’m Back!

Summer 2015

Yikes! Pretty sure this is the longest hiatus I’ve had from my blog – it’s not even a hiatus I needed, just something that happened. What can I say? Life just got in the way.

I NEED THIS BLOG.

I’ve really missed posting here. I’ve missed all the connections I’ve made here. Time to re-focus!

This summer is flying. I’ll be returning to campus next month. I’m excited to spend these next few weeks focused on ME again.

’tis the season

Untitled (2014) by Megan Charland

It’s currently snowing here in ROC and I’m just now getting a chance to go through my photos from my NYC trip back in September. ‘Tis the season for blogging! With the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow (= 3 days off for me!) and next week the last week of classes at the college, I’m super excited to be able to have the time to focus on this blog again. I have a bunch of posts to wrap up in my queue and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Right now I’m finishing up my “Fall in NYC” post – I’ll have that up by Friday the latest. I’m laying low this holiday season, already looking forward to next year when I can travel to visit my family. As for tomorrow, I’ll be eating a turkey wrap and catching up on The Walking Dead.


I took the photo above from the High Line while in NYC – check back on Friday for more photos.

back on campus

Art Adjuncts

MyOffice - Fall2011 - Week 1

WOW! A LOT has happened over this past month. The end of July was my last day at the art gallery I had been working at since last fall. My decision to resign from my position was twofold: I NEEDED to re-focus on my own art practice and I wanted to start focusing on teaching. This decision was HUGE for me. Since 2008, when I graduated with my BFA all I ever wanted to do was work in a contemporary art gallery. I NEVER planned on teaching. While I was in grad school I took classes and worked in GA positions that would help me reach my goal of working in a gallery post-graduation. I never even thought to apply for the GA positions teaching undergrad classes – it wasn’t for me. Fast-forward to 2013. After earning my MFA, I was offered my “dream job”. It’s only now, looking back on this past year, I realize I was on auto-pilot. I had a goal – a goal I had had for five years! I made that goal – and it was a great feeling. Surprising to me, my excitement of meeting my goal started to wane, and I quickly realized why. A large part of my job was administrative, not creative. I wasn’t happy. Even though I was where I wanted to be I wasn’t doing what I wanted to be doing.

TEACHING saved me. Last spring I was hired to teach a web design course at a local college. My class met twice a week and it was an exciting and challenging experience. Before the summer recess I was offered a position in the art department teaching digital art this fall semester. I enthusiastically accepted it and spent my summer writing lesson plans and prepping presentations.

This past week was the first week of the fall semester. I’m teaching two sections of Digital Art I and I’m thrilled to be back on campus. This is where I belong. Above is a sneak peek of my office. I’m sure as the semester progresses it will become more chaotic looking – organized chaos of course. Ha!

I’m feeling inspired again! I’m creating again! I’m being challenged everyday. I’m having intelligent conversations everyday.

The biggest thing I can say I have learned this past year is that it is great to have goals. It is great to meet them. It is also great to surpass them.