Meet Megan Sherer
Megan’s powerful impact on me:
Megan is one of those people that being around her just makes you feel better. She has the kind of energy that people are drawn too – likely because she is so kind and compassionate. There are some people you can feel are just born to teach and Megan is one of those people. I’ve experienced her teaching firsthand during a workout on the beach and a number of strangers came up to ask her questions and compliment her teaching style. She has a patience and grace about her that is admirable and magnetic and I feel lucky to call her a friend.
Describe a bit about your background: where you grew up, what motivated you as kid, did that influence where you are now? Any experiences (work or otherwise) that influenced where you are now?
I grew up in a suburb of Seattle, called Mercer Island. I was very active both indoors and outdoors growing up, so I developed a passion for fitness early on. I found so much joy participating in dance, gymnastics, tennis, snowboarding, wakeboarding and more, and I realized at a young age how empowering it is to strengthen and move your body in different ways. Since I grew up with a dad who loved to cook healthy meals, I also began to learn about nutrition at a young age. The flip side of that is that I saw my mom go through some very serious health issues, and I began to see the connection between what we feed our bodies with and how healthy we are overall. I knew as a teenager that I wanted to help people with their nutrition and fitness in some way, I just had to figure out how. My dad was self-employed and worked from home my entire life, so I was always told to go after my dreams and do what makes me happy. He taught me that you can fail at doing what you don’t love, so you might as well take the risk and do what you love.
Who and what inspires you?
I am inspired by people who are living lives fully on purpose and passionately. When I see someone who is deeply rooted in their truth, living authentically, and showing up for their life’s purpose, it inspires me to do the same. I am fortunate to have many people like this in my life, and I am grateful for each and every one of them! We are all here with different talents and gifts and missions, but with one unique purpose…to be a force of love and light for each other. I am inspired by anyone who says yes to that purpose every day.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Holistic Nutritionist and Body Empowerment coach. I help people to transform their relationship with food, exercise and body image, and to learn to nourish and move their bodies in ways that will create their best health ever. I do this because I believe that our entire quality of life improves when we take charge of our health in this empowering way, and when that happens we are better able to show up for ourselves and others. When we feel vibrant and confident in our body, we are more effective in every area of our life. Being in great health allows you to be the lightworker you have been called to be!
What does power mean to you? What makes you feel powerful?
Power to me means authenticity and integrity. When we are firmly rooted in our truth and we refuse to compromise our core values, anything is possible. I believe that true power is graceful, strong, bold, and compassionate all at once. True power lies in your ability to connect to yourself and others in a way that is authentic and fosters love and success for everyone involved.
What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
I have two. The first one is in regards to your health and your body…know that there is no “one size fits all.” We all have incredibly unique bodies with unique needs, so there is no single diet and exercise program that will work for everyone. So get on board with what your body is asking you for, and stop comparing yourself to those around you, because it’s a losing battle. Choose to love your beautifully unique body just as it is, and it will love you right back.
Secondly, when you feel like what you are going through is just too much…take a deep breath, and repeat to yourself, “All is well. All is as it should be.” Truly, everything that is happening is by design, and it’s all temporary anyways. If you can learn to find peace in those trying moments, you’ve won.
Did you struggle in standing in your power? If so, how did you overcome it?
Absolutely. I was very much a people pleaser growing up, and I conformed to the beliefs and desires of those around me to keep the peace. Since I was so focused on making others happy, I didn’t take the time to honor (or even discover for that matter) my own values, beliefs and dreams. So when I finally realized it was time to set some boundaries and stand in my power, I really struggled with giving up my desire to put everyone else before myself. But I knew that I wouldn’t be able to truly show up for my purpose and make the difference that I want to make if I didn’t decide to stand up for my beliefs. So it has taken several years of practice in setting clear boundaries and making an effort to have my voice be heard, and I am certainly still practicing. But when I keep my commitment to my purpose in mind, it becomes a little bit easier each day. I constantly remind myself and my clients that we all matter, and we are all enough exactly as we are. We are born worthy of every dream we could possibly have, and nothing can ever change that fact.
We all have days where we are feeling anything but powerful, how do you work through that?
When I am not feeling powerful, I like to do one of two things. Option one is I allow myself to retreat inward, and simply give myself permission to be in a funk. Sometimes that means vegging out and watching Netflix and maybe sleeping in later than usual. Sometimes it means going to a restorative yoga class, meditating longer, journaling, and anything else that my body and soul need to feel nurtured. Option two is shaking off the funk and getting back in my power by reminding myself of who I am. I will do affirmations aloud to myself in the mirror (“I AM worthy. I AM powerful. I AM limitless. Etc…”), and then go out and do something to change up my energy. Sometimes that means going for a power walk, sometimes it means taking action in my business or reaching out to help a client or a friend. Anything that connects me back to my truth in a tangible way.
Either way, I try to remind myself that this journey we are on is never linear. We are going to have ups and downs, good days and downright crappy days. There is nothing wrong with us on the days that don’t feel so great, and the more we can remind ourselves of this the easier those days will be. Be compassionate with yourself and know that you are doing the best you can.
Which line in the manifesto most rings true for you? Why?
The line that rings truest for me is “The more you embrace who you are the more powerful you become.”
This line speaks to me because it encompasses the main reason that I do what I do. When we embrace the truth of who we are (beyond our physical bodies), what we can create in this world becomes infinite. And at the same time, part of our truth is that we are human in this moment in time. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, and having a body is a part of that experience. So the more we can learn to honor and respect our body through proper nutrition and movement, the better our experience in this lifetime will be. It is my goal to help as many people as possible learn how to do so.
Or, if you could write your own manifesto, include it here…
Your body is not meant to be controlled, it is meant to be participated with.
While your body continues to change, who you are is infinite.
Any other thoughts/comments you want to say on the topic of personal power…
I believe that our personal power increases the more we empower and uplift others. So I just want to say thank you to Laura for initiating this beautiful project that empowers women to support one another. We are all truly in this together, and it’s so beautiful to see this kind of collaboration happening. Thank you!
Learn more about Megan here: www.empowered-bodies.com
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