I Married Myself (And It Was Insanely Awesome)

By MegTaylor | December 20, 2020 | 2 Comments

On November 8, 2020, some of my closest friends gathered for a very special occasion: my marriage to myself.

It was uncomfortable to plan this event. Each step of the way forced me outside my comfort zone. What would people think if I married myself? Was it selfish to have an entire non-birthday celebration dedicated to just me? Could I get myself a ring (I REALLY wanted to)?Would people think I was compensating for not being married? Was it ok to spend this much money on myself? Would people take the ceremony seriously? Would my vows be meaningful to me or would they feel weird? Would I cry in front of everyone? (The answer: Several times).

I also had to ask for help. I needed a ring bearer, a wedding officiant, a photographer, a musician/DJ, and… and… and…

Now, I am OVER THE MOON that I went ahead with the event… read on to see more photos (make sure to read the captions!), check out my vows, hear about highlights from the day and learn about some of the quirky (and perfectly me) things that I did.

My self-wedding invitations were via Paperless Post
Laughter throughout the day was balanced by sweet and tender moments at a marriage to myself.
The dress code for the event was whatever made people feel the most like themselves

When the day came, I took it seriously…

I spent the morning writing my vows, went and got my hair done and spent plenty of time dressing up and doing my makeup. Two of my best friends, Michael Gordon and Peter Will Benjamin, took care of me. Peter made me a delicious lunch so I didn’t forget to eat and Michael was the logistics master (and fixed the cake — making it look EVEN BETTER — after we experienced the Great Cake Disaster of 2020).

My gift to MYSELF that day was this: I chose to LOVE every minute of the experience and release any expectation of how it would go.

That decision was pivotal. It gave me permission to be totally present and laugh at or enjoy things that might have seemed “imperfect” before.

My Vows From That Day:

Megan, you are a beautiful, whimsical, intelligent, wild, and utterly magnificent creature. I am beyond thrilled that I get to spend my life with you. You bring joy to even mundane tasks, love sooooo deeply and can see the good in people and situations.

I remember one of the first moments I fell in love with you and your lust for life. You were eight years old an on a trip into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Looking in the rearview mirror, you noticed how clear and green your eyes were.

I’m happy here, you thought.

This might have been one of the first times you felt your intuition and were able to put what you felt into words.

When dad stopped the car for a break, you wandered into the forest nearby and pretended you were on an expedition. It was thrilling and adventurous. You knew in that moment you wanted to be a photojournalist and live in the mountains.

YOUR intentions are powerful. You went on to become a photojournalist and to spend time with many mountains. You’ve since listened to your intuition and followed it to great success, despite what others thought or said.

My wish for us is to continue our journey of self-love and self-actualization, to go beyond people pleasing and create a life perfectly aligned with our values. Let’s stay wild.

I promise I will continue to love you, CHOOSE to love you in the difficult moments and cultivate my relationship with you so that it becomes richer, deeper, more fun and more kind.

In sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in every moment… we’re in this together.

I’m grateful to have you as my partner on this wild ride called life.

One of my best friends, Peter, walked me down the aisle to get married to myself
Sara Ness led a beautiful ceremony during which she shared some of the things I love about myself. This included… my butt!
I’m so grateful to Peter and the rest of my wedding guests that day.
My vows made me cry several times. I ordered the mirror you see here especially for the event. It’s from NOVICA.
The kiss! My lip marks are still on the mirror and I’m never cleaning it!
My cake in all its glory… and a beautiful bonus unicorn cake provided by Geof Krum!
I ordered a wedding cake from a local bakery. It was surrounded by spun sugar, and Michael added some beautiful floral accents.
Each of my friends fed me wedding cake in whatever way they wanted! I was COVERED in cake by the end!

It wouldn’t be a wedding without a ring, right?

I looked around for a long time to find my ring. I ordered a bunch of rings from Amazon and other online jewelers, but nothing seemed quite right. In the end, it was my mom that found my ring — a diamond and white gold band from T.J. Maxx (50% off, baby!). She decided to give this ring to me as a gift, and shared with me that her mom had given her a ring, too. Every time she looked at it, she thought of her. It made both of us cry.

Up until that time, I had wanted to find the ring MYSELF. Then I realized that self-love can sometimes mean letting others take care of you.

I’ll end by dispelling a few myths about marrying yourself. Marrying yourself DOES NOT mean that:

  1. You’re selfish
  2. You’re single
  3. You’re recovering from heartbreak
  4. You can’t celebrate in the same way you would a wedding to someone else (i.e. cake, invitations, vows, etc…)
  5. People will think you are over-the-top, ridiculous or unreasonable

What marrying yourself DOES mean is:

  1. You’re ready for a new level of self-love
  2. You’ll get to see who among your friends is up for supporting you at an awesome new level
  3. You can prioritize yourself in a wonderful way
  4. You get to have a beautiful ring!

Have you ever thought about marrying yourself? Share the details or your dream self-wedding below!

My lovely guests.
My guests were not just human!
My wedding ring. I wear it every day.
At one point in the ceremony, all the guests put their hands on me and we had some moments of silence. I was able to look everyone in the eyes and simply be grateful.
This included one of my best friends putting her hand on my butt
I felt so beautiful on my self-wedding day.
What’s a wedding day without bubbles?! There were also kazoos featured…

How to Limit Drama Over the Holidays

By MegTaylor | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

During this pandemic, organizing a gathering requires way more conversations and planning.

And — even when people are excellent communicators — I’ve seen best-laid plans end in…

  • Miscommunications
  • Misunderstandings
  • Arguments
  • Disappointments
  • Various types of drama

As I’ve navigated the pandemic social scene, as well as coached my clients through this experience, I’ve realized there is one thing we can do to drastically lower the likelihood of gatherings-gone-wrong:

Turn our implicit assumptions into explicit agreements.

We might, for instance, assume that:

  1. Everyone has the same definition of social distancing
  2. People will feel safe with a certain size of gathering
  3. Your friends or family will all quarantine the same way before your get together
  4. Your guests will send a screen shot of their negative COVID results to your group
  5. People at a party will limit their drinking so they stay properly aware of social distancing throughout the night
  6. And on… and on… and on…

It’s when we don’t name these assumptions and then turn them into agreements that a situation can go awry.

I recently practiced this while out in Boulder, Colorado with a group of friends (nicknamed “the pod”). We created a list of agreements based on the assumptions we were making (think: how we shop at grocery stores, whether or not we dine out, quarantine rules before arrival, etc…).

While the list wasn’t perfect (and is outdated in some ways now that we know more about COVID), it certainly put us on the same page and allowed for a drama-free experience.

If you feel inspired, I invite you to create your own list for your holiday gatherings this year. Let’s stay safe and have lots of fun.

What does it mean to be in our pod?

  • We interact as in normal, non-pandemic times (i.e. hugging, dinner parties, dancing, no mask when we’re together). 
  • When you see folks outside the pod, you:
    • Make sure you and others have on masks if you are six feet apart 
    • Can forego masks if you are outside and more than 8 feet apart
  • When out and about you:
    • Wear an N-95 mask if you are inside and close to others (i.e. if you have to go to the doctor’s office, or are in a building where people are closer to you
    • Are diligent about keeping six feet of distance between you and anyone else (this includes if you’re stopping to ask for directions or other quick interactions)

If people come to visit (i.e. people who are in our pod, but are only staying a short time):

  • They get tested (if they fly, please see directions under flying) 
  • They social distance after their test until they come. 
  • They follow other directions as outlined here

Requirements to be in our pod

  • Get COVID tested and then practice social distancing from everyone except pod members until you arrive 
  • No eating inside restaurants (outside eating only). If you are eating with someone outside the pod, make sure you are 6 feet apart (most tables are not 6 feet wide).
  • Please also:
    • Do not ride in Lyfts or Ubers unless the windows are down and you are wearing an N95
    • Don’t go to the gym
    • If you go grocery shopping, make sure to wear a mask
    • For those who are flying, follow the protocols listed below

Mandatory COVID test:

  • In many places, rapid testing is available that can get you same-day results (**please note that this is sometimes only an option for essential workers or if you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID**). 

If you are flying to Denver:

  • Note from Meg: people on planes and in airports were not following precautions well when I traveled. Because of this, please get COVID tested a minimum of 24 hours after you arrive
  • Wear an N95 Mask and a face shield when you fly 

If you are driving to Boulder:

  • Take precautions (mask, gloves, hand sanitizer) whenever you stop for gas or to get food

Has this blog been helpful for you? Or have you had an interesting experience turning implicit assumptions into explicit agreements? Leave me a comment below!

5 Insanely Catchy Dances Africa has Given to the World

By MegTaylor | December 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Africa is home to many rich and varied music and dance traditions. Artists around the world continue to innovate and expand upon these traditional styles. Modern-day dances in Africa have inspired the creativity of millions around the world. Check out some of the most influential dance styles inspiring creativity and joy.

Jerusalema (South Africa and Angola Dance)

Popularized with a dance challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jersalema inspired millions. It started as a South African song, combined with dance steps from Angola, and reached everyone from politicians to priests.

After the Jerusalem topped South African charts in December, it wasn’t until February 2020 that the dance wave started. A group of friends in Angola created a video of themselves performing a line dance to the music. They called it the “Jerusalema Dance Challenge,” and it quickly went viral. The choreography has been performed by groups as varied as Portuguese healthcare workers, Dominican nuns, and Ghanaian army personnel. The dance challenge was also endorsed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa as a way to uplift people in his country during the pandemic. 

Odi Dance (Kenya)

Odi became widely known when the artists Timeless Noel, Hype Ochi and Jabiddi performed it in this video. The name “Odi” is slang for ordinary. According to Timeless Noel, the choreography was inspired by his desire to create simple moves that even ordinary people could dance to. While Odi originally first went viral in 2018, it recently had a second wave of popularity thanks to a video of Kenyans dancing in hospital gowns and hazmat suits at a COVID19 quarantine facility. It is now one of the most popular dances in Africa.

Pilolo Dance (Ghana)

Ghanaian dancer and choreographer Amofa Michael — popularly known as Zigi — created the pilolo dance steps. The name “pilolo” was inspired by a game similar to hide and seek that is popular among Ghanaian kids. Pilolo made its mainstage debut in the United States in 2018 when Janet Jackson executed the moves at the end of her performance of “Made for Now” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. In an interview shortly after, Zigi said that watching the American pop star do his moves brought him to tears.

Shaku Shaku (Nigeria)

Shaku Shaku is a contemporary Nigerian street dance. Many credit the Nigerian rap superstar Olamide for turning it into an international sensation. In 2017, Olamide featured Shaku Shaku dancers in the music video for his hit song “Wo”and his annual Olamide Live in Concert (OLIC 4) event. The internet now has many tutorials about the dance. You can find other music videos by artists such as Afro B and Wizkid that feature Shaku Shaku.

Kizomba (Angola)

Kizomba, which means “party” in the language of Kimbundu, is a type of Angolan music and partner dance that dates back to the 1980s. Today the dance is not just popular in Angola, but also across the globe. Kizomba is now featured at many latin dance festivals and events worldwide. There is such an interest in Kizomba, that some believe it could benefit Angola’s economy via tourism. This is similar to how tango encourages tourism in Argentina. Watch a quick video about kizomba in Angola here or a video of international instructors Lucien and Isabelle here.

Works cited:

Learn more about dances in Africa at the links below:

https://in.reuters.com/article/angola-kizomba-idINKCN20L11O
https://news.yahoo.com/angolas-kizomba-dance-mesmerises-world-030121809.html
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/24/jerusalema-dance-craze-brings-hope-from-africa-to-the-world-amid-covid
http://nairobiwire.com/2018/01/odi-dance-creator-timeless-noel-talks-upcoming-malaria-dance-big-2018-plans.html
https://afrosages.com/incredible-zigi-pilolo-and-kupe-dance-creator/
http://nairobiwire.com/2017/12/everything-need-know-odi-dance-creators-timeless-noel-jabidii-hype-ochi.html

https://djbooth.net/features/2020-10-28-olamide-interview-voice-of-the-streets-audiomack

https://www.kenyans.co.ke/news/53865-kenyans-odi-dancing-covid-19-quarantine-inspire-hope-video

How I Outcompeted my PR Company

By MegTaylor | November 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

A few months ago, I hired a PR company for three reasons:

1) To help me promote my book Dance Adventures
2) To see if I could outperform them when it came to PR
3) To practice investing in myself at a higher level (this company’s services cost about $3,000/month)

Now in the final phases of our contract, I feel grateful for what I’ve learned and also excited that I DID outperform them.

What I valued about this experience

Working with the PR company allowed me to cast a wider net with my publicity efforts, as I spent my time reaching out to publications that they did not contact. It was also a great accountability structure. I checked in with one of the women assigned to my book once a week about what we both had accomplished and outstanding articles I needed to write. The PR company’s efforts also landed me some opportunities I’m not sure I would have secured otherwise. This included my interview with an NBC affiliate, the chance to have a journalist at 60 minutes read my book, and features in publications that I had never heard of (but who have many readers). I wrote for Confetti Travel Café, Business Done Write, Thought Leaders LLC, and several other publications.

What I learned (and what you can apply to your own PR efforts)

  1. 1. It starts with a good press release: No surprise there. While I have experience writing press releases from my time in journalism school, working as a writer/editor in NYC, and working in business development/fundraising, I thought the PR company brought some cool new ideas (you can see the full press release here — note that this is the template, rather than the custom versions they sent to each media outlets). The PR company included quotes from my advance readers and descriptions of a few stories from the anthology they thought would get the most attention from major media outlets. Finally, they customized each press release with a few titles of stories I could write for a given publication, based on its unique interests.

2. Know your dream placements: I spent 20 – 30 hours creating my “PR Wish List.” This included more than 150 news outlets — from podcasts to newspapers to magazines — where I thought the book could be featured. I made sure these publications would have an interest in the subject matter, based on previous stories they published. I also created a list of all of the universities/organizations/companies that I and the other authors featured in the anthology were connected to. I knew these could also be great allies for book promotion. My point person at the PR company said it was the “most exquisitely organized” media outreach list she’d ever seen. I felt proud of this, since I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to support the PR company’s efforts.

3. It’s great to get others involved: Using my PR Wish List, I scoured Linkedin to find my connections to various publications. Sometimes, I knew someone who worked there (thanks, j-school!). Other times, I had to ask a friend for an introduction. Sometimes asking for these introductions was easy. Other times it felt vulnerable and challenging. In the end, I secured many intros and a few cool opportunities. When you ask, people can always say “no,” but you might be surprised at how often they say “yes.”

I also got the authors and Dance Adventures’ early readers involved. I sent them the press release, examples of emails to send out to their alumni magazines or other networks, and volunteered to support them in writing letters to any media outlet they wanted to contact. We also did some very fun author interviews, which you can check out here.

And, last but not least, there was my mom! She wanted to try to secure publicity for Dance Adventures on NPR, Ellen and in a few other places. One Sunday morning, we sat down together and typed those out. We thought about what would inspire and delight the editors/hosts, and came up with the subject line: “Proud Mama Reaching Out.” We were delighted when, not long after, NPR reached out for an interview.

4. I looked at current events: When it comes to pitching ideas, many editors are looking for things that are timely. In other words, they want you to have a good idea and for it to fit in with current events or trends. I went with pitches (such as my story on equitable editing, which will be out in early 2021) that would further conversations already happening in the United States.

5. Don’t be afraid to follow up: If I didn’t see a clip that was promised, or didn’t hear back about a pitch, I reached out. If I still didn’t hear back, I would contact the editor again a week later. I decided on the mindset that my follow up emails (as long as they were spaced reasonably far apart) were supportive to extremely busy editors. This kept me going, even when it felt like there was radio silence.

While there were other lessons, I will pause here for now. I am excited to share more about this process with my clients, as they work to get the word out about their own projects. I am also delighted that my diligence, organization and vision created so much opportunity. It is a testament to the inner work I’ve done (which has taught me to keep going even when I feel daunted) and to my skills as a writer and editor.

I would love to hear your takeaways from this post! Please comment below.

Some of the publicity we secured for Dance Adventures:

Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad (Press Release)

By MegTaylor | November 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

DANCE IS A VIBRANT FORCE FOR CULTURAL IMMERSION DURING TRAVEL 

New Book by Dance Travel Expert Spotlights How Dance Connects Travelers to Community, History,  and Cultures Abroad 

Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad by Founder of Dance Travel Company Releases  December 2020 

How can people with no shared language communicate? How can someone who has just arrived in a foreign country quickly make friends or meaningfully engage with local culture? To former professional dancer Megan Taylor Morrison, now a life coach and dance travel expert, the answer couldn’t be  clearer: 

Dance. 

In her new book Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad, Morrison demonstrates that dance can forge connections between people from different backgrounds, as well as lead to cross cultural experiences that promote greater understanding of another culture or engender tremendous  personal growth for the traveler. 

For many of us during the age of COVID-19, life-giving experiences are in short supply. The things we  love – attending incredible dance performances, going to dance classes, or hugging people within our  dance communities – feel far away. Dance Adventures brings the wonder of adventure and movement  to readers, wherever they may be. 

This anthology includes 19 true stories written by a diverse group of renowned performers, dedicated dance teachers, dance scholars, and other avid dance travelers who: 

● Explore their craft in locations tied to their family history and discover how dance helps them connect with their heritage; 

● Build bonds and community with locals through a shared love of movement; ● Challenge their assumptions, embrace the unknown and find surprising new truths by saying  “yes” to spontaneous opportunities; or 

● Reflect on who they are and discover how dance can make them a better version of themselves. 

The contributors hail from all corners of the world, and the stories take place in 17 different countries  including India, China, Senegal, Philippines, Angola, Brazil, Morocco, Cuba, China and Mozambique.  Contributors include:

Courtney Celeste Spears, a dancer with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In  Dance Adventures, she writes about her experience returning to her second home in The Bahamas and  serving as an ambassador between her family, her heritage, and her dance company. For Spears, dance  brought the two worlds she cherished together. 

Indian-American folk dancer Dr. Ted Samuel, who embarks on a year abroad in South India where his  parents are from. As a member of the Indian diaspora, he initially faces the challenges of feeling like an  outsider in India, but ultimately finds an important vehicle for connection in Karagattam: a traditional  south Indian folk dance. 

Zsuzsi Kapas, a Hungarian dancer whose family immigrated to the United States in 2000 to leave behind  a life of ethnic oppression. In Dance Adventures she shares a story from her three-year journey around  the world, during which she studied the healing effects of dance and movement improvisation. She  writes about her time in Indonesia, where her intensive work with the creator of a dance style known as  Joged Amerta Movement led to lessons that helped heal her childhood trauma. 

Makeda Kumasi, who teaches West African dance classes at UC Riverside, visits Senegal for the first  time. There, she fulfills her long-time dream to set foot on the land of her African ancestors and gains  the firsthand knowledge she feels she needs to teach West African dance at the university level. The  story highlights her final day in the country, when she visits Gorée Island and confronts the realities of  the Atlantic slave trade. 

Topics Megan can also address include: 

  • ● 5 Travel Hacks Only Dancers Know 
  • ● Cool Dances Around The World You’ve Never Heard Of 
  • ● Why Dance Travel is the Next Frontier of Tourism 
  • ● How Dance Changes Us: Life Lessons learned While Dancing Around the World 

Each of the stories in Dance Adventures highlights a way that dance travel leads to meaningful  experiences, thereby shaping a person’s identity, facilitating their personal growth, or uniting them with  people from different backgrounds.  

About the Author 

Megan Taylor Morrison is an avid dance adventurer and certified life and business coach. She has  studied local dance forms in 16 countries on six continents, as well as designed and co-led dance  retreats to Argentina, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. In partnership with Melaina Spitzer, Meg  debuted the talk “Dance Travel: The Next Era of Dance Education,” at the National Dance Education  Organization (NDEO) Conference in 2018.

Through lectures, roundtables, and articles, Meg continues to share best practices for cultural  immersion through the arts. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University  and a bachelor’s in international affairs and French from the University of Puget Sound.  

Advance Praise for Dance Adventures 

“Armchair travel has never had it so good! Dropping into these cultural adventures is like landing feet  first on the most dynamic dance floors around the globe. Each carefully curated story gives a dancer’s eye-view of the people, places, and practices that enrich our planet.” 

—Mark Metz, publisher of Conscious Dancer Magazine and founder of The Dance First Association 

“This book is indispensable in light of the current social momentum with regard to Black lives and the  dismantling of violent systems. Many of the stories portray the experiences of individuals in whom  multiple languages, customs, and spaces coexist, and for whom dance is the unifying factor.” —Moncell Durden, Assistant Professor of Practice, USC Kaufman School of Dance 

“Dance Adventures contains beautiful moments of transformation and connection through dance—a  wonderful extension of Meg’s own mission. The anthology’s writers create a strong case for using dance  to understand the world.” 

—Mickela Mallozzi, Emmy® Award-winning TV host of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi 

“I was captivated by Megan Taylor Morrison’s Dance Adventures! This vibrant and emotionally  explorative collection of tales captures the power of dance in a way that transcends the stage.” —Aisha Mitchell, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater member (2008–2013), Broadway soloist in  Oklahoma (2019), and featured performer in The Lion King (2013–2018) 

Title: Dance Adventures: True Stories About Dancing Abroad 

Author: Megan Taylor Morrison 

Hardcover: $49.99 

Paperback: $35.95 

Language: English 

ISBN-Hardcover: 978-1-7354842-4-2 

ISBN-Paperback: 978-1-7354842-5-9

Dance Adventures Cover

25 Cool Things About Me

By MegTaylor | May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments
  1. I went to college on an opera scholarship.
  2. I used to speak French fluently. Now I speak Spench.
  3. I was a vegan for 2 years.
  4. I worked on an organic farm in France for one summer.
  5. I’m currently obsessed with teaching people how to create passive income products.
  6. When I’m sick, I sometimes eat a whole jar of pickles.
  7. I have a cute butt.
  8. I make really good pasta puttanesca.
  9. I learned how to make Thai food last week for a charity event.
  10. My sense of wonder is alive and well.
  11. I prioritize generosity in my business.
  12. I have an idea parking lot where I keep all my good ideas so I can focus.
  13. I’m in the middle of finishing my first TWO books — Life Beyond Should and a Dance Travel Anthology.
  14. I trust my intuition and am willing to do crazy things because it tells me so (move to the DR; tell someone he is supposed to be my mentor; etc…).
  15. I can write well and quickly.
  16. My editing skills were once complimented by a world famous author.
  17. I am an AUNT and learning the things I love about childrenI would drop everything and fly anywhere if a friend really needed me.
  18. My favorite color is purple.
  19. I am willing to take immediate action based on my inspiration.
  20. By the end of 2019, my business will have at least 10 income streams.
  21. One of my superpowers is creating partnerships that launch me forward.
  22. In the last few weeks, I’ve asked for — and received — more head than at any other time in my life.
  23. I like stomping through puddles.
  24. I love everything dance-related, and don’t mind looking like an idiot to learn a new dance or dance move.

Why I E-mailed the Dalai Llama

By MegTaylor | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

This week, I emailed the Dalai Llama.

Why? In my entrepreneurship mastermind, my clients and I are talking about “going big”. On our last call, one client shared a story from his weekend at a personal development seminar. The facilitator asked people to raise their hand if they were just three degrees of separation away from Oprah. Next, people raised their hand if they were three degrees of separation away from a state senator. On the facilitator went, listing major influencers — and people were raising their hands for each one! We sometimes stick with the people we know, rather than making bold moves to get our ideas/products/book in front of influencers.

I’m doing final interviews for my forthcoming book, Life Beyond Should, and needed someone to weigh in on the chapter about dharma. Why not the Dalai Llama?

The Dalai Llama hasn’t gotten back to me yet, but I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep working my contacts to see if I can get him on the phone. In the meantime, however, I did secure an interview with a buddhist who lived in a cave for 13 years — three of those years in total isolation.

Pretty cool, right?

This is your reminder to go big. Ask for what you want and watch what you create!

A few other notes for you:

2020 Retreats: In 2020, we’ll have retreats to countries that start with a “D,” “G,” “I,” and “P.” Can you guess which ones? If you haven’t seen the video from our Dominican Republic or India retreats, definitely check them out! We will announce our 2020 retreats next week!

Authentic Leadership Group Program: Want to elevate your leadership? Add authenticity. Read more about my year-long program here.

Have you tried virtual coworking yet? If not, reply to this email and I’ll set you up with one free month!

New episode on The Thriving Creator Podcast: I speak with Emma Mankey Hidem, Founder & CEO of Sunnyside Virtual Reality, about making the transition from day job to entrepreneurship. We cover the topics of procrastination, being honest about your weak points, assessing your weak spots, legal contracts, and more. Listen here.

Embrace the adventure,

Meg

My Interview with Kelly Lewis, Founder of Women’s Travel Fest

By MegTaylor | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

I had a great conversation with Kelly Lewis, founder of the travel company Damesly and the annual Women’s Travel Fest.

Kelly Lewis

We talked about:
*Finding your purpose
*Getting connected to the big reason WHY you do what you do
*Pivoting from a 9-5 to the world of entrepreneurship

*Why you should hire a business coach
*Going ALL IN to create leaps forward in your biz Listen here.Kelly Lewis is also a member of my Virtual Coworking Community. If you haven’t tried our virtual coworking, reply to this email! I’ll set you up for a free, 1-month trial! People say these sessions skyrocket their momentum and help them knock big to’do’s off their lists.

 

I know this interview with give you ideas and inspire you! Let me know if you check it out.

Also, stay tuned for the following:
1. May 15 – I’ll announce our 2020 PACK Retreats (we’ll have 4 incredible trips for you!)
2. May 15 – My private mastermind for entrepreneurs kicks off (Want to sign up? Let’s chat!)
2. June 15 – My Authentic Leadership Group Program kicks off (Interested? Email me!)

Embrace the Adventure,

Meg

What are the Best Books For Entrepreneurs?

By MegTaylor | March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I meet successful people, I ask them what they’re reading. These recommended books on business and personal development led to massive momentum toward my goals, and I’m delighted to share them with you. 

Books for Business

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

Why read it? You want a simple accounting system for your business that makes sure you have sustainable growth, get paid for the hard work you do, and have fun.

Quote: “A financially healthy company is a result of a series of small daily financial wins, not one big moment. Profitability isn’t an event; it’s a habit.”

The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you

Why read it? You’re launching new products or programs and you need to know how to interview your ideal clients

Quote: “Trying to learn from customer conversations is like excavating a delicate archaeological site. The truth is down there somewhere, but it’s fragile. While each blow with your shovel gets you closer to the truth, you’re liable to smash it into a million little pieces if you use too blunt an instrument.”

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It (1st Edition) (2.7.1995)

Why read it? You want a business model that’s replicable and can help you make good money without working around the clock

Quote: “If your business depends on you, you don’t own a business—you have a job. And it’s the worst job in the world because you’re working for a lunatic!”

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Why read it? You’re tired of investing time and resources into ideas or products that don’t have the success you predicted.

Quote: “We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want.”

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable

Why read it? You’re ready to challenge yourself to have a brand that people notice. 

Quote: “If you’re remarkable, it’s likely that some people won’t like you. That’s part of the definition of remarkable. Nobody gets unanimous praise–ever. The best the timid can hope for is to be unnoticed. Criticism comes to those who stand out.”

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media and Self-Awareness

I recommend listening to this book, rather than reading it. You’ll soak in all of Gary V’s positive, high energy as he riffs about all sorts of topics relevant to running a successful business.

Quote: “I put zero weight into anyone’s opinion about me because I know exactly who I am. Can you say the same?”

Books for Personal Development

Rich as F*ck: More Money Thank You Know What to do With

Why read it? You are ready for your next level of wealth, and you need to challenge limiting beliefs or fears that are blocking you. I believe this is the best book about money mindset that has been written in the last 30 years.

Awaken the Giant Within

Why read it? It’s time to stop making excuses and start creating the life you want.

Quote: “Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.”

Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised™

Why read it? You’re serious about shifting your money mindset. This may be my favorite money mindset book of all time.

Quote: “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.”

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

Why read it? You struggle with imposter syndrome.

Quote: “You can have all the confidence in the world and still be reluctant to self-promote out of a steadfast belief that a person’s work should speak for itself. It doesn’t.”

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

Why read it? You feel like you are heavily influenced by others emotions, behaviors, and needs.

Quote: “Furthermore, worrying about people and problems doesn’t help. It doesn’t solve problems, it doesn’t help other people, and it doesn’t help us. It is wasted energy.”

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Why read it? You want to shift from one career to another. 

Quote: “You can learn to enjoy calculated risk and uncertainty in exchange for adventure, flexibility, freedom, and opportunity.”

Getting Real: Ten Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life

Why read it? You’re interested in open, honest, authentic communication

Quote: “To really experience true contact with another person, you must enter a realm of uncertainty together.”

8 Ways to End The Loneliness of Working From Home

By MegTaylor | March 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

8 Ways to End The Loneliness of Working From Home

1. Start and end your day with people: Working from home doesn’t have to be lonely. There are plenty of options for a social fix before and after work. In the morning, attend a bootcamp class with your friends, join a jogging club, or have coffee with a fellow entrepreneur. In the evening, have dinner with your housemates/friends/family, host a weekly games night, go for a long walk with someone you love, or find an activity you enjoy, such as social dancing. It’s best to make these meetings routine so you can socialize without extra work. No entrepreneur needs the responsibility of more planning.

2. Set a boundary around your work hours: It’s hard to be social if you’re in front of your computer from dawn ‘till dusk (so many entrepreneurs do this!). Create a schedule that gives you room for life outside of work. Even if you get 10% less done each day, you will significantly improve your quality of life.

3. Pick up a social-heavy hobby: This can make your weekends a social extravaganza. Join a hiking group, take a pottery class, sign up for improv workshops, or participate in a Meetup group for wine-lovers. Whatever it is, make sure it gives plenty of time for conversation and
connection with fellow participants.

4. Plan Social Getaways Once Per Quarter: Whether it’s a weekend visiting a good friend or a trip away with awesome people (check out the retreats I host at www.packretreats.com), plan these well ahead of time. I suggest my clients schedule their quarterly getaways at the beginning of the year. This will give you something to look forward to, as well as help you avoid burnout, support your self-care and keep your creativity flowing.

5. Find an online community: A quick Google search of “online community for [your focus area here]” will return good prospects. I also highly recommend my virtual coworking community at
www.megantaylormorrison.com In The Thriving Creator, you co-work alongside other awesome entrepreneurs from around the world.

6. Co-work in person: Coordinate coworking at a local cafe with other entrepreneurs in your network. Make sure to keep meeting times consistent so people can plan for them.

7. Work with accountability partners: Find someone you can check in with a few times a week about your progress. You can do this in person or over Skype (seeing this other person, rather than just hearing them, will help fight loneliness). If you want best practices and training on how to maximize the potential of your accountability partnerships, check out my accountability training.

8. Collaborate: If you’re always working solo, consider a collaboration with someone you admire. Host a workshop with that person, edit each other’s work, or create a podcast that supports
both your businesses.

About the Author: Megan Taylor Morrison is a creative entrepreneur and business coach based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She loves travel, social dancing, and watching her clients build flourishing companies. Cowork alongside Megan each week in her virtual coworking community or learn more about Megan’s work here.

8 Ways to End The Loneliness of Working From Home