About Me


Madeleine Hagan: The writer behind the Salt Compass blogHi. *waves* My name is Madeleine.

I have a slight addiction to new notebooks and chocolate, and I have this weird habit of reading upside down. Mornings are really not okay with me unless lots of coffee is involved, and I am rarely without a paperback and/or fluffy socks. I have three younger sisters who love to laugh and give hugs, and we share a mutual love for dragons and our golden retriever.
As much as I consider myself a local coffee shop tourist, I like collecting stamps in my passport as well, and I babble about characters I love as if they were real people. I also really really love strawberries and bubbles and singing about Jesus.
I’m currently living in North Carolina after graduating with a degree in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Portsmouth in England. I originally started a blog hoping to write down some stories and adventures from my travels, and now it has continued to include any other miscellaneous writings and wonderings that happen to cross my mind.

I need coffee in an IV

The Salt Compass

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13)
From beaches, to caramel chocolate bars, pretzels, fries, and lattes, I find that all of the above is just better with a little bit of salt. To be the salt of the earth is to go through life bringing out the colors, flavors, and smells that my Father created me to find. I never want to lose sight of what truly makes this life salty, and as I follow in His footsteps, I want to leave footprints as salty as He did.

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that He gave life to someone who loves the gift.” – Shauna Neiquist

So this blog is a little of everything I suppose. Travel, thoughts, writing, wondering & wandering, walking barefoot by the sea. Coffee shops, favorite places and spaces, books & music. Reflections, ideas, experiments & observations. This and that.

The Salt Compass Madeleine Hagan