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Grit and Dirt - Inspirational Stories of Grit and the Dirt on How to Change Your Life


Oct 15, 2017

Megan Melgaard may have gills. At least that's what most people would think when they start to understand how much time she spends in the water.

If you can find a job that involves the water, Megan has probably done it. She started as a collegiate swimmer who went all the way the Olympic trials at the University of Florida. From there she helped launch a successful swimsuit company (Splish) which she later sold to her business partners to head to Hollywood to star in a major motion picture alongside Keven Costner and then becoming a Hollywood stuntwoman. She then moved to Atlanta, where she became one of the most well-known swim coaches in the Southeast and launched her business Fix My Swim and became a race director. Her work with races eventually led her to be hired as the Atlanta Event Director for Swim Across America and now she serves as the National Director of Events for SAA, traveling all over the US and the world to help people raise money for cancer research and clinic trials through swim experiences.

As glamorous as life in a swimsuit might sound, Megan shares the good, the bad, and the lonely of life on the road. Her background with an injury that derailed her dreams of the Olympic team and an eating disorder that led her to deal with some deep issues of insecurity in her life.

She shares how important community is and how her community helped her break out of the destructive patterns that led to her eating disorder. She talkes about the struggle of maintaining a community when you spend the majority of your time on the road and gives us some honest insight into the loneliness those with adventurous and entrepreneurial spirits often feel.