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with Megan Wren

4 Steps to Modernize the YOLO Mindset

YOLO. You only live once! We've all said it! The saying implies: "Do whatever you want! Life is short! Go for it!" While YOLO can be extremely fun and satisfying in the moment, like the time you decided to stick your head out the sunroof going 95 miles per hour on the freeway... YOLO. That felt great. You were living in the moment sucking up all the adrenaline! However, as we get older and time goes on we realize that we want to live a little more conservative, take fewer risks, and stay safe sometimes to the point where we never get out of the comfort zone paralyzed by the potential risks.

However, a well thought out, well calculated, feel the fear and do it anyway "just go for it" approach can be a huge asset in your life.

I really wanted to somehow say that I can be quite conservative sometimes but the truth is, I've always been a rule pusher having a YOLO mindset starting all the parties wherever I went, especially in my late teens/early 20's. I also got myself into trouble...

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A trip up the 395

mindset & motivation Oct 09, 2023

(photo: Bighorn Park, Mt Whitney Trail in Lone Pine, California 10,300 ft)

“….the life came back into my eyes after takin’ a trip up the 395 oh, oh! Everything I’ve regretted, everything I’ve been fretting goes away like the clouds when the sun comes pouring in, mmhmm…”

Last week I had an absolutely incredible solo trip hiking in the Eastern Sierras. I had been wanting to take a trip to the mountains but was waiting until the summer was over and the crowds were gone and my first show was done.

Originally, I was planning to backcountry camp and hike to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite, but the rain and snow forecast forced me to make other plans, and those plans couldn’t have been more serendipitous leading me to 3 beautiful hikes along the 395.

Back in 2020 I wanted to prove to myself that I could be alright on my own and that I was brave enough and strong enough to do hard things alone. So in February of 2020 I entered the lottery...

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A compassionate breakthrough

I had another break through a few days ago, they seem to be coming more frequently these days I’ve been trying so sososo hard to relax and calm my nervous system down, to minimize my anxiety, and to create a more balanced work/life schedule.

As many of the people in my close circle know, I’ve been struggling with anxiety more than ever the past month or so waking up in a panic every day. After reflection, I think this is the state that I have been in for a long time but just wasn’t aware of it until recently. 

I was waking up, heartbeat fast breathing heavy, anticipating a fire I would have to put out, a call to jump on, or an unpleasant email that I need to respond to. I’ve been so used to literally jumping out of bed and immediately working. This is how I’ve been operating since at least 2015.

I knew this wasn’t healthy, so I sought out help. For the past four months, I have been working with an energy coach who has been helping me become...

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What I learned from a metronome

mindset & motivation Sep 07, 2023

A few weeks ago I recorded one of my own songs for the first time. I have sat in many sessions co-creating, but this was the first time I intentionally sat down and recorded one of mine!

It was a great challenge and a great learning experience. I’ve never sang with headphones giving me direct feedback of my voice, and I also was challenged to play to a metronome, which I hardly ever did. The process was a little longer than anticipated, and I knew that if I had practiced the skill of playing with the metronome a little more, the experience would have went a little smoother.

But hey! It's all a process as we learn to find the keys that fit and turn, right!? We all have to start somewhere and fail in order to learn and grow and become great. 

Motivated by the experience, I went to the piano and immediately started practicing with the metronome. Getting in the zone, I start to feel the tempo in my body. 

Click, click, click, clap!

Click, click, click,...

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How the heck do I create a positive mindset?

mindset & motivation Aug 30, 2023

A few weeks ago a client asked me if I could write a blog about cultivating a positive mindset.

I had to think about this for a little bit. Do I know how to do that? Cultivate a positive mindset to get through rough patches or just life in general? This forced me to think about the quality of my thoughts and what my self talk really is. The immediate answer was "no Megan, you don’t know how to do that, you’re a piece of sh*t!"

This then led me to slow myself down to contemplate the quality of my thoughts on a daily basis. What are they? No matter if I think I’m a positive person, do my thoughts align? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But if they are out of alignment, I do know how to fix it and how you can too! (keep reading :)

I am very hard on myself. I blame myself consciously and unconsciously for things not going right. And if you're like most people, you probably do too. It’s hard to surrender to the fact that things will workout because as many...

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Struggle with body image? Learn to love yourself inside and out by getting to know your body.

Hey there! This blog is about cultivating self love and acceptance on the inside and out. The first part is about learning how to trust your intuition, and how to sense your inner truth through your body. The second part is about the practice I use to cultivate a better sense of love for my body and create a more positive body image. We an start to love our bodies by getting to know our bodies. In fact, 73% of American's don't know how they body works. 

I did some research on body positivity statistics and found incredible results. There was a survey I found where 97% of women had some sort of body image issue and another study that showed the majority of girls and teenagers are concerned about losing weight or dissatisfied with their bodies and 45% of teenagers want some kind of cosmetic surgery.

 That is just so sickening and sad to me, but sadly I am one of those statistics. I’ve always been a bigger person. As a kid I was always a foot taller than my...

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Manifesting Change: Letting Go to Bring In

mindset & motivation Jun 08, 2023

For those of you who have been following my newsletter and blog for awhile know that these past few months have been pivotal in my human revolution. I’ve dug deep into my limiting beliefs and my psyche alone and with guides to help me along my path. I’ve really cleared my mind and still continue to do so, but the other thing I have done especially more recently, is clear my body and my physical space.

Years ago I read the book Clear Your Clutter with Fung Shui by Karen Kingston. This book teaches you how to “free yourself from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual clutter forever”. My neighbor came home a few weeks ago from a long trip and started cleaning the clutter and moving around furniture and talked about how her space felt so much better and she seemed happier which reminded me of this book.

So guess what I did? I organized my closets, moved around and or got new furniture, cleaned my scratched walls, and donated clothes.

I made space for new...

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Self Love and Acceptance

"I am free

More comfortable being me

Able to do whatever I please

My mess, or my cleanliness

The silence or the sound

I am feeling good

All around"

- pg 44 BLOOM

I wrote this poem back in late 2019. I remember writing it sitting on my couch in my new apartment with the lights low, sipping a glass of wine. I was all alone for the very first time, and even though my life was incredibly hectic, for a brief moment I felt so peaceful. It was liberating sitting there by myself literally able to do what I want. That moment was one of the first times I ever sensed freedom, the first time in a long time no one was telling me what to do or how to be. No pressure from work or partners. A moment of peace I’ll always remember.

Peace and presence is important. 

I hate that I keep talking about it, but I’m still working through the past few years. I’ve turned a corner, but the lessons still keep coming. When I moved to California back in 2015 I immediately started...

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How to Cultivate a Mindshift to Enhance Your Quality of Life and Reach Your Goals

mindset & motivation May 25, 2023

I woke up the other day with a fresh perspective in a state of peace and awe. I was so clear, neutral. I wasn’t overly happy, or unmotivated for my day. It was a feeling of calmness, appreciation, and alignment with the rhythm of the universe. To me, this was an incredible break through. It was an acknowledgment or payoff from all the work I've done behind the scenes the past few months. In this moment, I could feel that my struggles were behind me, even if just for a moment.

I'll show you how I got to this point of radical clarity and how you can apply the same strategy to reach your goals and get there too. 

When I took that breath of fresh air, I could feel that my current challenges were about to be behind me. Not because they had disappeared, but because I internally felt the shift of choosing to adapt and change my way of thinking.

Reflecting on this mind shift, I realized I had been resisting the flow of life in many...

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Stand in your truth, stand in your power

mindset & motivation May 18, 2023

I’ve had a huge revelation over the past week. I stepped into my power. 

Here’s why, here’s how.

Well, I had a very, very unexpected breakup last week. Everything was great, and in a matter of seconds it wasn’t …”poof!” Gone. Done. A relationship I put a good amount of time and energy into vanished into thin air like a puff of smoke. Retrospectively, I saw the signs and don't worry, I’m fine.

The relationship ended because I chose myself. In the midst of conflict, I chose to stand in my values, and fight for my dignity because I deserve and owe that to myself. I have gone through way too many challenges and groomed myself into someone I know, like, and trust, to bend my integrity to fit the mold or story of another person.

I could have easily chosen to roll over and accept a false narrative to keep the peace in that partnership, because I was having a great time. In fact, the old me probably would have...

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