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What is it like to live in the Dominican Republic?

By MegTaylor | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

People often ask me “What is it like to live in the Dominican Republic?”

January 1 will mark ONE YEAR since I moved here… and it’s been a hell of a lot harder than I imagined.

Just because you’re called to something doesn’t mean the journey will gracefully unfold. The universe may invite you to a situation where you have to struggle, fight, and endure. Our destined experiences are meant to teach us something, and sometimes learning those lessons isn’t easy.

Being in the Dominican Republic showed me my inherent right to massive self-expression, that I can succeed as a business owner in any environment, taught me to love my body more deeply, demonstrated that self-love is my birthright (and has nothing to do with money or accomplishments), and reminded me how lucky I am to be from the United States. For all of the troubles in our country right now, we still have so, so much to be grateful for.

My favorite part about being here? How Dominicans sing and dance so freely. It doesn’t matter if they’re any good at it. They relentlessly express themselves, and can laugh at themselves and one another with pure love.

There are other things I hate about being here. I hate the negative attention I receive as a white woman, all the mosquitos, and the pollution of the downtown area of Santo Domingo (there’s a reason I run my annual retreat in Samana, and that I only take travelers to one part of the capital city). I hate the gossip and I hate the crime.

This is just life, right? There are pros and cons. The term “double edged sword” exists for a reason. I believe all I can do is follow my intuition, listen to my heart, and accept the imperfection of every experience as perfect.

I am so grateful to have spent my year here, to be leading my 2019 self-love retreat in a place that so clearly represents self-love, and for all of the DR’s challenges and joys that gave me an opportunity for massive learning.

What was the choice that led to your biggest learning this year? Comment below.

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

Permission Granted: Take Care of YOURSELF This Thanksgiving

By MegTaylor | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is something in the air right now! People are feeling SCATTERED and FRAZZLED.

Maybe it’s the longer days. Maybe it’s the pressure of “getting it right” for Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s all the logistical planning for the holidays.

Whatever it is for you, remember: You will be much more primed for joy and gratitude if you are taking exquisite care of yourself.

I am CHOOSING to incorporate nourishing self-care rituals into this holiday weekend. Will you join me? My plan is…

*Pamper myself with extra fancy bath products
*Give myself permission to have a leisurely morning before I head to Thanksgiving festivities
*Integrating exercise and family time with activities like long, after-dinner walks
*Give myself permission to take alone time whenever I feel like I need it
*Take a break from technology for 24 hours

Are you on board with this challenge? If so, post below and let me know how you will take care of yourself over the next few days!

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

P.S. Registration for the all-women’s self-love retreat to the Dominican Republic closes on November 30th! Are you ready to sign up? Reply to this email.

P.S.S. VIRTUAL COWORKING! Are you looking for more connection and accountability during your workdays? Join us! Contact me to take part!

Self-Care During Thanksgiving

Does Success Require HARD Work?

By MegTaylor | November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you think success requires hard work? A friend asked me this last week, and I answered:

“Success requires consistent and dedicated work, but whether it’s hard depends on your mindset.”

I am sick of hard work. Hard work makes me feel exhausted. It makes me dread getting out of bed in the morning — even to work on a business I love! It turns my creativity and inspiration into a chore.

Instead, I focused on how to make my consistent and dedicated work feel amazing for me.

Some of my favorite methods:

1. Breaking up hard work with dance parties
2. Co-working with different people every day of the week
3. Creating partnerships with people I admire to launch cool new workshops and programs
4. Working from places that feel luxurious to me (beautiful hotel lobbies, cafes where I can get my favorite tea, on my personal retreats abroad)
5. Checking in with myself on a quarterly basis to make sure my programs, retreats, and work relationships make my heart sing (if not, I change things up!).

My favorite methods of all involve other entrepreneurs who inspire me. When I consistently connect with those people, I want to work and create new things. The ideas come easily, I enjoy the accountability and support I receive, and I get to celebrate reaching my goals with people I adore. Hard work is nonexistent.

Embrace the Adventure,

Meg

P.S. Happy belated Halloween! I can’t resist putting a picture of my Halloween costume below! My sister-in-law made those crowns and the trident.

Take Care As Seasons Change

By MegTaylor | October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the days grow shorter, our energy naturally declines and we may feel tired or even depressed. How can we stabilize our energy and make sure our quality of life and work do not suffer?

Here are a few of my favorite tips:

1. Set your intention
Try out the following journal prompts to set your intention: How will I take exquisite care of myself this fall? How will I celebrate this time of year? What do I need to do for myself when the short days get me down? Post your answers somewhere you’ll see them every day.

2. Listen to your body
You are adjusting to changes in temperature, sunlight, and more. What does it need to make the transition? More sleep? A massage? Lots of healthy fats and proteins? Give yourself permission to say “Yes!” to what your body asks for, and remember that slowing down during this transition is normal and natural.

3. Stay active!
Give yourself permission to rest, but resist the urge to hibernate. What sort of activity would feel best for you right now? You might swap out your solo summer jogs for a Barre class, for instance. I love to join group classes in the autumn and winter because it gives me the accountability I need to stay active.

4. Get Social With Autumn Activities You Love
Research shows social connections fight feelings of loneliness and increase your resilience. Some of my favorite community activities in the fall include autumn-themed dinners, apple picking, visits to the farmer’s market, movie nights, and bonfires. Plan these events ahead of time, so you have things to look forward to.

5. Create an Autumn Meal Plan
Eating seasonally means you get food packed with nutrients.  I love this article about ayurvedic eating tips for fall.

6. Harvest the bounty in your business
Autumn is the time to check in with potential clients before they get busy with holiday activities. The autumn is a time of abundance, as well as the last quarter of the fiscal year, so it is a great time to finalize contracts.

7. Set up your fall wardrobe
The clothes you wear can change how you act in life and business (read more here). Filling my closet with gorgeous fall colors and bringing out my favorite boots always makes me feel ready to make the most of the season.

8. Think Vitamin D
Your body produces vitamin D naturally when you’re in the sun. When the days grow shorter, your levels of Vitamin D can drop and make you feel more tired and depressed. In the autumn, I always take a vitamin D supplement. I also have many friends who swear by UV lamps.

How are you taking care of yourself this fall? Comment and let me know!

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

Is Being “Practical” Keeping You Stuck?

By MegTaylor | September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Let’s talk about magic.

I find magic when I leave behind “should” and choose the opportunities that light me up.

Case and point: My upcoming retreat to India.

When my colleague Cat and I chose the location for our second retreat, this was MAGIC. We wrote out all the places we could possibly go, and chose the spot that filled us with the most wonder and excitement.

Our decision went against many of the standard “retreat-planning rules.” We chose a location far from the United States, created a longer itinerary, etc… because it felt right.

Trusting yourself sometimes means breaking the rules.

Good thing we did! Our decision worked out beautifully! We now have 10 gorgeous people signed up for the trip of a lifetime (two spots are left — is one of them yours?!)!

You know, people talk a lot about RULES.  But often, a rule just represents ONE option.

Many people, like Nelson Mandela, left a legacy by breaking the rules. Still more people found success in business because they went against the norm (check out this article by Forbes!).

It’s important to know the rules, yes. It’s also important to trust yourself enough to break them.

Here’s to less “should,” and more magic!

Embrace the Experience,

Meg

YES YES YES!

By MegTaylor | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you ever want to say “Yes, yes, yes!!!!” to an opportunity… only to talk yourself out of it later?

These moments of clarity — where we know EXACTLY what we want and feel that desire deep in our bones — are downloads from the Universe. They are a spark meant to light your way in the darkness.

When we act on these moments with courage, knowing that second-guessing and fear is a normal part of the process, we can fast-track our success.

I see this with my clients time and time again. A couple recent examples:

*One woman declared her ideal salary (a number she threw out on intuition, having no idea how it could possibly happen). She got to work on interviews and, a few months later, received a surprising job offer for the exact number she named.

*Another woman got an intuitive hit that she needed a mentor with very specific knowledge. She hesitantly shared this with me. Living in a small town, she had no idea how she would meet this person. A week later, the exact person she needed showed up to a local networking group.

Empowering your divine downloads is a muscle you can strengthen.

In the past, it took me years to say “Yes!” to an opportunity I knew was right for me. It just felt so scary! Now, it can be a matter of minutes.

One example:

On a trip to New York in April, I met the man I knew would be my next mentor.

“I feel like I’m supposed to train with you,” I said. “Tell me how and I will make it work.”

Starting in November, I’ll be flying to the Silicon Valley every other month. I made this commitment to train under him before I knew any of the specifics.

I had no idea where or when the training would take place.

I had no idea how much it would cost.

I just had a deep sense that this was the RIGHT decision.

My commitment gave me a serious momentum boost and I’ve just closed out my most profitable 30 days of business ever. Paying for all those flights to California is no problem now!

This email is NOT meant to inspire you to say “Yes!” to any exciting idea. 

It is meant to remind you that you can TRUST in the deep calling you feel or in the idea that comes to mind that somehow feels “right.”

Have courage! Listen to your gut! You are an intuitive being with the answers inside of you.

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

Women of an Uncertain Age

By MegTaylor | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you waiting for the “right” way to get started? Or the “best” next step to appear?

Are you waiting until conditions are perfect? Until you have the “right” equipment, tools, or techniques to take the leap into what you KNOW is next for you?

If you find this is your mindset, you may be kicking the can down the road. And because the road through life is (hopefully) long…. you can keep kicking that can for a VERY long time.

What if the question weren’t about the “right” time, but about…

  • Self-actualization
  • Having fun
  • Sharing your gifts with the world
  • Honoring your process
  • Learning sacred lessons as you go that ensure your long-term success

When we remember that it’s about THOSE things, rather than perfectionism, we make magic happen. We do the work to make ourselves and our mission visible. And then…

The right partners appear.

Opportunities arise.

Sh*t actually happens!

I experienced a great example of the “Just do it!” attitude a few weeks ago when I did an interview about authentic relating with my friends Karen and Philippa. These ladies run a podcast called “Women of Uncertain Age” and I love the attitude they bring to this passion project. We did the podcast session at Philippa’s kitchen table. We recorded the session with her iPhone. We drank a little wine and laughed a lot.

Was it perfect? No way. But it was a hell of a lot of fun… and we had a great conversation that made a difference for people (through their “Just Do It!” attitude, they’ve created a dedicated following!). In fact, someone who heard the podcast attended my last Authentic Relating Games night because she was inspired by what she learned.

Let your LOVE be bigger than your FEAR.

Let your desire to SERVE others and HAVE FUN be BIGGER than the reasons why you can’t.

You can do it.

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

P.S. Let me know what you think of the podcast!

 

***Update*** 

Woops! This blog post had the wrong title!

…and right after I wrote about choosing “Just do it!” over perfectionism.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Let this be a magical, cosmic reminder that DOING THE THING — even if you get the title wrong 😉 — is better than not taking action.

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan

Here’s What It’s Like to Travel With Me…

By MegTaylor | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Over the past two weeks, I’ve interviewed past travelers on PACK Retreats.

Today, I spoke with Matt Maxwell (who inspired the title of this email!).

Last week, I talked with Neil Takemoto.

I run these retreats with my colleague Catherine Wood, and we are sharing these interviews to show how FRICKIN’ AWESOME our travelers are.

Our vision is that PACK Retreats give people a powerful experience during the trip… but also once they get home. We are building a global community of inspired, heart-driven creators. By highlighting the incredible people who have joined us this far, we know we will inspire other movers-and-shakers to join us in the future.

Are you awesome? Do you love people? Do you love living a happy life?

Join us in India (co-ed) or in the Dominican Republic (ladies only!) in 2019.

Embrace the Adventure,

Meg

People Pleasing Doesn’t Serve Anyone

By MegTaylor | May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers,

I shared this on my Facebook page and I felt inspired to share it here, too:

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People pleasing doesn’t do anyone any favors.

What it does do:

*Gives people a false sense of your boundaries
*Gives people a false sense of your needs
*Creates unrealistic expectations about what you can do
*Creates a false and unsustainable relationship dynamic that can go on for years
*Generates burnout, resentment, and/or self-care breakdowns for the people pleaser
*Generates resentment/upset if the other person feels like they’ve been “lied to” about who you are and what you need

I am a recovering people pleaser, so I KNOW how challenging it can feel to own your truth.

But I also know that owning your truth in the moment can save you a lot of time and clean up later.

Practicing authenticity in setting your boundaries will also:
*Improve your self-care
*Build your confidence
*Support you in cultivating self-love
*Establish a precedent of honesty in your relationships
*Create healthy expectations
*Help you identify when you need more support

It’s from THAT place that you can powerfully, intentionally and sustainably create your life.

Take 100% ownership for (lovingly) sharing your truth. It will not always be easy, but there is a lightness to living openly that is invaluable.

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I want to know: How do you work through people pleasing? 

You’re Selfish

By MegTaylor | May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Readers,

Many of my clients would rather run themselves ragged than be called selfish.

To avoid seeming selfish or uncommitted, they give of themselves until they are exhausted.

They work long hours. They stop going to the gym. They don’t exercise their “No” with friends or family.

Then they wonder why they feel burnt out, tired, and can’t create the relationship with others (or themselves) they want.

This is because, ultimately, their choices are based in AVOIDANCE.

They are focused on what they DON’T want to be.

In this black-and-white world, they’re either selfish (bad) or unselfish (good).

When they stop and examine the fear of being selfish, they start to see a grey area. They start to see that being selfish can be the BEST thing you can do for others.

What does it even mean to be selfish?

It means we put ourselves first.

It means we take care of our own needs.

It means we put on our proverbial oxygen mask before we assist others.

Because, honestly, who are we going to help if we’re passed out in the emergency exit?

To give others our highest and best, we must first exquisitely support ourselves.

I recently saw an interview between Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant that described this beautifully.

“How you treat yourself is how you treat God because you are the representative of God in your life,” Vanzant said.

“So it’s not selfish to put yourself first?” Oprah asked.

“No, It’s self-ful… to be as good as possible to you. You want to come with your cup full.”

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Remember: What we avoid controls us. Facing, and changing our relationship to, what we fear is access to freedom.

Imagine the impeccable energy you could bring to others if you were fully sourced, fully supported, fully cared for.

What could you create in your family, your relationships, and your career if you truly put your needs first?

Imagine how THAT version of yourself would show up to a challenge. Imagine how THAT version of yourself would treat others.

I invite you to step into the grey area — to embrace mindful selfishness.

I invite you to give yourself permission to have the self-care or support you’ve been craving.

A life of powerful intention and possibility is within your reach. Are you self-ful enough to claim it?

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Did this blog post resonate with you?

I want to know: What is your biggest takeaway?

Embrace the Adventure,

Megan