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You’re Younger Than You Think

Starting over from nothing is painful. It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve experienced in my life which is saying something considering I’ve gone through stage four cancer and two babies in the NICU. 

Starting over was worse. 

I spent a good 18 months isolated and withdrawn, licking my wounds and feeling pretty sorry for myself if I’m honest. I processed a lot. I sought help when I needed it. Spent time in the hospital with severe PTSD. It’s been rough. 

And yet, God is so good. He sent some beautiful more mature women my way to speak life into me right when I needed it. Women in their sixties and seventies who listened to my woes and smiled knowingly. 

“You’re so young Meggan. Younger than you think.” 

I didn’t feel all that young. I turned forty last year, wasn’t I supposed to be so much further ahead by the world’s standards? This wasn’t the time to have to start over. 

But they, in their experiential wisdom, were able to share that they too had started over; more than once. One of them even lost everything in her fifties and had to declare bankruptcy. She’s now happily retired and doing quite well. 

I’m forty, yes. But I’m also only forty.

I still have time to make even more mistakes and I have plenty of time to rebuild. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last two years and some of it was much uglier than I expected. Childhood wounds kept me in a pattern I desperately needed to escape and for the first time in my life, I might actually be moving on from perpetually looking for a mother figure to take care of me. Life as an adoptee can be challenging and when people hurt us, the wound is practically irreparable. Practically, but not completely. 

If you’re in a place where you feel like you’re running out of time, I pray my words are a lifeline to you. You’re younger than you think. Many people have had to start over and they survived. You, (and me), will too.

P.S. If you’re not in my private community yet, feel free to jump in!

Meggan Larson

Meggan Larson

Award Winning & Amazon Best Selling Author, Course Creator, Adoptee, founder of Fly With Me Academy & co-founder of Starfish Stories Publishing Company.

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  1. Dear Meggan, Let me be one of the first to say-What a Brilliant writer, mom, friend, sister you are! Such encouragement here, for any age, such honesty, wisdom and empowering leadership as you remind us that it’s NEVER too late to start over, carry on, create a new chapter in our lives. Hugs and Thanks, from another who also is ready for an adventure, despite our years, tears, and body mileage!

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I published my first book in 2020 and went on to publish several more books within a year. I write fiction and non fiction and love to help others write and publish books as well.

I was adopted as a baby, have gone through stage four metastatic cancer, and nearly lost my life during my last pregnancy due to placenta percreta. I believe that we go through difficult circumstances so that we can reach back into the fire with buckets of water to help others.

My life ambitions include expanding my non profit organization to provide financial relief to families going through an unexpected medical crisis, building safe haven homes for women and their children escaping domestic violence situations, and learning how to homestead in order to become more self sufficient.



I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, switched to an alternate school and was valedictorian the following year.


I met my husband on a sort of blind date when I was 15 and have been in love with him ever since (married for nearly 15 years now!).


I’ve always homeschooled my three amazing kids because I genuinely love getting to hang out with them every day.