Bodega Lady

I didn’t inquire about the help wanted ad at my neighborhood corner store until the third time I’d seen it. The ad was hanging suspiciously close to a “Have you seen this man?” sign with a grainy surveillance photo, and these factors seemed to be connected.

But desperate times called for desperate measures. The year was 2018, and my once-thriving freelance writing career had just hit the skids yet again, and I was tired of trying. I’d reached the Point of No Return and just wanted a neighborhood job that would tide me over while I thought of what to do next.

I talked my way into the job, but I still had a few hurdles to get over first. I was afraid of being trapped in the cooler, of setting off the alarm, and breaking the register while I manned a convenience store by myself—to name just a few hesitations—but soon enough I felt comfortable enough behind the counter to enjoy myself.

I’m grateful that I have had these career detours, and little did I realize how much they would change my life. Working as a dog walker, behind the counter at the bodega and most recently as a grocery store checker and dairy worker—has taught me more about life and about myself, and it certainly has enhanced my writing. Now I’m back to writing professionally full-time and am starting to bring these tales to life—whether in written form, podcasts, vlogs, or on stage. It feels like I’m home again.

Bodega Lady is a memoir-like story of reinvention and my many misadventures and detours along the way. It’s also about my search for community in Portland, Oregon’s ever-changing landscape, and finding it in sometimes unexpected places: a neighborhood tavern, my Honduran next-door neighbors who showed me what community truly means, or strangers who have shown me kindness along the way.

Megan McMorris, a.k.a. Bodega Lady, at an open mic night
In 2019, a neighborhood friend’s suggestion about a new open mic ended up becoming a new arm of my career: storytelling. In addition to being a member of the magical community of Psanctum Open Mic (@psanctumopenmic on Instagram), I’ve regularly participated in storytelling and comedy for the past five years and am actively seeking radio opportunities.

I didn’t inquire about the help wanted ad at my neighborhood corner store until the third time I’d seen it. The ad was hanging suspiciously close to a “Have you seen this man?” sign with a grainy surveillance photo, and these factors seemed to be connected.

But desperate times called for desperate measures. The year was 2018, and my once-thriving freelance writing career had just hit the skids yet again, and I was tired of trying. I’d reached the Point of No Return and just wanted a neighborhood job that would tide me over while I thought of what to do next.

I talked my way into the job, but I still had a few hurdles to get over first. I was afraid of being trapped in the cooler, of setting off the alarm, and breaking the register while I manned a convenience store by myself—to name just a few hesitations—but soon enough I felt comfortable enough behind the counter to enjoy myself.

I’m grateful that I have had these career detours, and little did I realize how much they would change my life. Working as a dog walker, behind the counter at the bodega and most recently as a grocery store checker and dairy worker—has taught me more about life and about myself, and it certainly has enhanced my writing. Now I’m back to writing professionally full-time and am starting to bring these tales to life—whether in written form, podcasts, vlogs, or on stage. It feels like I’m home again.

Bodega Lady is a memoir-like story of reinvention and my many misadventures and detours along the way. It’s also about my search for community in Portland, Oregon’s ever-changing landscape, and finding it in sometimes unexpected places: a neighborhood tavern, my Honduran next-door neighbors who showed me what community truly means, or strangers who have shown me kindness along the way.

Megan McMorris, a.k.a. Bodega Lady, at an open mic night
In 2019, a neighborhood friend’s suggestion about a new open mic ended up becoming a new arm of my career: storytelling. In addition to being a member of the magical community of Psanctum Open Mic (@psanctumopenmic on Instagram), I’ve regularly participated in storytelling and comedy for the past five years and am actively seeking radio opportunities.

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