We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Chovanec Graphic Designer & Lover of Life and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan Chovanec, how do you define success?
Success takes many different forms. If I were to define my success in terms of money or popularity, then I wouldn’t be able to call myself successful. At 25 years old, my career as a graphic designer may be viewed as successful in the traditional sense. I network with the people I am supposed to, turn in work well before deadlines and always try to improve the quality of my designs. But I don’t define success in those ways… I define my success as finding and pursuing my passions as often as I am able to. My true passion comes from experiencing new places and then sharing those travels with other people. I share these writings on an online blog, but there is hardly any traction on it. It’s a challenge to not want success in the traditional sense for my side passions… but then I remind myself of my own definition of success. The main advice I can give to others who are struggling with measuring their own success is to remember why you started something in the first place. I started my blog to document and share my travels, not to gain fame or glory. It’s easy to compare yourself based on other people’s definition of success but try and remember your roots and the true passions that spark wonder from within.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I would pursue a career as a creative. My love for art as a child turned into a career as a graphic designer. I think there is something so exciting about being able to create something out of nothing. Similarly with traveling, I love the anticipation that anything could happen—that I can create a million memories out of a single trip. I am always on the go and do thorough research before traveling to make sure I can maximize my experiences. Friend and family know that I am always down for any adventure and I commonly get asked restaurant/travel recommendations. That is how the idea of blogging my experiences came to be. I try to document all of the thoughtful hours of research that goes into my travels. I know my blog isn’t the next revolutionary thing, but when I am able to help shape a positive experience for someone through my blog, it makes all the hard work worth it. But at the end of the day, I am just another female millennial seeking out cute cafes, taking photos and then writing about it online… However, what separates me from the rest is that I don’t do it for others. I do it for myself because I truly love it. I don’t do it luxuriously and I don’t do it solely for the ‘gram. (Although, if there is a photo opp, I will definitely snap my fair share of photos.) I will wake up at 3am to catch the sunrise. I will sleep in 20 person hostel rooms. I will travel for days without a shower. I will say yes to the journey that will get me to life’s best experiences.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wow, this is a hard one… Los Angeles is a massive city with so much to do! Places to Stay — I have always been a West Side girl and love the beach so I would recommend staying in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Proper. However, if you want to be more central, I would recommend The Edition in WeHo. Both are a bit pricier but Los Angeles is an expensive city so let’s go all out! First Day — Santa Monica & Venice I would spend the morning exploring Venice. Grab brunch or a pastry from Gjusta and then walk around Abbott Kinney. While on Abbott Kinney, grab a scoop of ice cream from Salt & Straw! If you are able to, rent bikes and bike your way up to Santa Monica beach. Explore Main St, Wilshire or the Promenade along your bike path. Grab dinner at Elephante to watch the sunset. Second Day — Hollywood Wake up early to grab breakfast at Republique before before driving across all of LA to hike the Hollywood sign. The entire hike is only about 3 miles. Afterwards stop at Griffith observatory to see some of the best views of LA. Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame if you never have. It’s overrated but a must for any person visiting LA for the first time. Get happy hour drinks at Mama Shelter! Third Day — West Hollywood Grab a coffee at Alfred Coffee (overpriced and extra but so is all of LA!) before walking up and down Melrose Ave. If you happen to be in WeHo during the Melrose Trading Post, stop in and explore the hundreds of goodies they have to offer. Grab dinner at Gracias Madre and then end your day with drinks at Catch LA. Fourth Day — Malibu After a couple of days of city life, I would head north to Malibu for a more chill day. Grab breakfast at Malibu Cafe on the Malibu Pier. Spend the day at the beach surfing. Stop for lunch at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market. The line can be long but worth it. Malibu also has some awesome wineries. Rosenthal Winery is the most easily accessible and is right on Highway 1. If you want an all-day experience, I would recommend stopping at Malibu Wine Safari, Cielo Winery, or Calamigos Ranch. Fifth Day — East Side I don’t venture out here often but I would try and spend one day exploring a few cool spots. Get breakfast at Head to Silver Lake grab vegan food to-go from By Chloe. Bring it to the park and have yourself a little picnic. Rent a paddleboat and explore the lake for a little bit. Its a little tacky but good fun. (: Afterwards, grab drinks at Bar Calo before heading home. Sixth Day — Beverly Hills & Century City Shopping isn’t for everyone but walking up and down Rodeo Drive is a must! After seeing the Beverly Hills sign and the million dollar cars, drive south to Century City. The Century City mall is beautiful! I wouldn’t normally recommend seeing a mall on your trip but this one is an exception. For dinner, eat at Eataly. They even offer cooking classes! Seventh Day — Downtown For brunch, head to Bottego Louie. A little overrated but a fun experience. If the Dodgers or Lakers are playing in LA, plan your day around going to a game! They are so much fun. Otherwise, I would highly recommend going to the Broad. It’s one of my favorite art museums of all time and it’s free! Grab a cocktail at Perch before heading to your dinner reservation at either Bavel or Bestia depending on what kind of food you like. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
HUGE shoutout to my parents! While this answer is cliche, it is 100% true that my parents deserve a little (if not all!!!) the recognition for who I am today. Growing up, my mom and dad always encouraged and supported my crazy ambitions. They are the reason I am confident I can achieve success and continue pursuing my passions.