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Starting the day off BETTER

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How you start your day sets the tone for how the rest of the day will go.

I know that.

I know you know that too.

But here’s how my day typically starts:

  • 6 a.m. – overambitious alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
  • 6:09 a.m. – alarm goes off again. I think “I don’t really need to be up til 7.” and then reset alarm for 7a.m.
  • 7 a.m. – I get out of bed already feeling like I got a late start. I feel mad at myself for not making coffee and setting out my clothes the night before.
  • 7:45 – For the most part I’m showered, dressed, packed up, caffeinated and ready to drive to the office.
  • 8:15 – Office arrival.

I then IMMEDIATELY open my inbox and begin responding to things. Filing away the more lengthy or difficult responses for “later.” And prioritizing the things that bug me (so I can get them out of the way) rather than the things that I’m actually excited about working on.








Before I can get through it all, I’ll typically have a scheduled call or meeting, and then jump back and forth between those and my inbox until about 4pm, when I realize my brain needs a break, which I translate to “cocktail,” which I later feel guilty about.

I hate this.

Hate it.

But I CHOOSE this, when I could easily choose to do things differently.

But some days I DO choose differently.

Some days – my favorite days – go like this:

  • 6a.m.  – overambitious alarm goes off. I get out of bed!
  • My clothes have been picked out and coffee has been set the night before, so I grab a cup of coffee, EAT BREAKFAST and get myself ready in less than 30 mins.
  • 6:30 – I listen to a 10 minute meditation and then journal / do my mindset practice for another 10 / do a few quick sun salutations.
  • 7 a.m. I write. Either a personal blog, one for my marketing agency, my side project, or a client project that I’m really jazzed about.
  • 8a.m. I work on one thing that will have long-term benefits (like creating an automation to save time, developing templates, or following up on proposals).

And then I check my email at 9a.m.., non-frantically, because I feel so empowered by what I’ve already accomplished for the day…at only 9a.m.!

On these days, I feel more focused, get more done, and am kinder to myself and others.

FACTORS FOR SUCCESS (i.e. things to remember):

  • Getting out of bed is easier when I don’t drink more than a glass of wine the night before.
  • Getting out of bed is easier with a friendlier alarm (like the sound of birds chirping, or your favorite Florence and the Machine song).
  • Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
  • Driving to the office absorbs a very valuable 30 minutes at the beginning of the day. Some days I HAVE to go in because of meetings, but some days I don’t.
  • Writing is very calming for me, so it’s a great way to open up the work day.
  • There’s no reason to start the day by opening your inbox. If there’s an emergency, someone would have called you about it. Very few things that happen before 9a.m. via email are actually “urgent.”


This post is a gentle reminder to myself, but I hope it could help spark some insight on how to start your own day off better!

WHY do you want to write?

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Lots of people want or plan to start a blog at some point.

Maybe you’re an innovative at-home pastry chef who wants to share your creations with the world…

Or perhaps you’ve traveled the world and always hoped to finally sit down and document your adventures…

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And in both of those cases, maybe you would LOVE to monetize said blog in order to fund MORE adventures and passion projects.

Similarly, you might feel a more urgent pull toward the art of blogging because you’ve learned how important it is for Search Engine Optimization, and you know it’s a great way to build up your small business.

Whatever your reason, go ahead and write that down on a post it or sheet of paper.

Seriously, do it.

why do i want to blog _ hey its megan

Now put that someplace you will see every day.

Because goals are great and all, but typical goal-setting isn’t effective for most people.

So this year I’m trying something new and challenging you to do the same:

Focus on the WHY.

Especially when it comes to writing.

Just think back on the past few things you’ve written with real intention. I bet they all tie back to a very strong reason.

And yes, actually sitting down and making time to write takes focus and discipline, but the WHY is what makes the content GOOD. And when you write good shit, people gravitate towards it, you feel good about it, and you’re more willing to continue to produce.

This year, I’ve got quite a few “WHYs” related to writing. Here’s my big one:

To ignite and grow into a community resource that inspires people to live the lives they want by being able to work remotely online, as much or as little as they want.

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It’s a tall order.

This site is basically like having a whole second business to run.

But instead of worrying about logistics and tasks and creating however many pieces of content each day and checking allllll the boxes, I’m just going to focus on my why.

Let’s see what happens…

Blue Apron v. Plated v. Home Chef v. Hello Fresh

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Lo and I are no strangers to cooking.

But sometimes you get tired of making the same old things, and the process of finding recipes on Pinterest, narrowing them down to a few specific meals, making a grocery list of ingredients, picking them up, forgetting something, going back to the store, then trying to pull up those recipes again to actually make the things… daunting, to say the least.

So we decided to try out one of these new fangled food boxes…4 different ones, actually.

And I’m going to tell you what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

(I’ll even tell you which is our favorite and why, so if you’re into spoilers go ahead and scroll allllll the way down for that part.)

Similar things about all 4 services:

  1. You get all the ingredients you need for 3 meals for 2 people, for what breaks down to about $10/person/meal
  2. They include step by step recipe cards on how to prepare each thing
  3. Each has an online dashboard where you can “skip” weeks that you don’t want to receive deliveries, and in most cases you can customize your meals to a certain extent

But each box had it’s own pro’s and con’s:


This was the first box we ever tried, and cards on the table: it’s been about 2 years since we’ve ordered this, so things might have improved. Overall we didn’t find the recipes to be very flavorful, and the ones that involved meat didn’t seem to have quite enough meat included for us to really feel full. (Note: my friends Aly and John said they got this box recently and that the portions were big enough for leftovers, so it sounds like Blue Apron likely responded to customer feedback and made some improvements since then). What we DID like, was that the instructions were really fun and very step by step. So we learned some cool cooking techniques, most notably, PLANTAINS ARE SO EASY TO COOK AND SO GOOD. I still make them regularly as a side dish.


One week is a hit. One week is a miss. Lots of instances where things were missing or proportioned incorrectly so if you’re not paying attention you can definitely use too much of something and ruin the dish. They also recently launched an online store for cooking related products and gear, which I guess is a convenient upsell for people who are completely new to cooking. Not my fave, though, clearly.


After getting Blue Apron and Plated, I created a binder with clear page protectors to save the recipes we really loved for future use. It ended up becoming the best cookbook ever. But then we got Home Chef, and our first box included a binder, and all of the recipe cards are hole-punched already, which I thought was a really smart and cool added bonus. Overall: the meals were pretty simple – some so simple I couldn’t imagine they would even taste good – but it’s all so well-thought out that even basic things were very flavorful. The only down side was that we felt there were too many unimportant steps included in the recipe breakdown. i.e. things that took 3 separate steps / pots could easily be combined into one step / pot.


I keep going back and forth, but all things considered this one is my favorite. Firstly, they keep the recipes fairly simple and don’t overcomplicate the steps. If she can be cooked together at once, they tell you to do it that way. Still lots of fun, minus theatrics. They also do a good job with portions and overall food freshness, and I know this is a small thing but it really makes the process more convenient: they package the ingredients for each meal together. So you don’t have to manually sort things and then try to figure out how to place them together in your fridge so that you know what’s what.

If you’re interested in trying the food box concept in general, I’d recommend signing up for each on different weeks so you can weigh your own pro’s and cons.

Plus, they all have special discounts for first time signups, so initial boxes are heavily discounted.


3 Things I Forgot About Yoga

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Yesterday I went to my first yoga class in almost 2 years.

That’s a long hiatus considering how often I was going for years…

But I just turned 31, and decided that it’s time to start prioritizing my health again.

So I found a studio near my new house, looked up the class schedule, and found a one hour evening flow class, and booked (and paid for) my spot online to make sure that I didn’t punk out.

I wasn’t sure what to expect.

photo from a few years ago @ Life Yoga Studio in New Orleans – by Suzy rivera

Sure, I’ve taken lots of classes in the past, but I’d never been to this particular studio before, and I had no idea what the instructor would be like, or if I’d walk into a room full of handstanding, pretzel-bodied yogis prepped for a way more advanced class than I was ready for.

I reminded myself that everyone starts somewhere and tried to quiet the self-judgement going through my head.

Still – I almost didn’t go…

As I approached the front door, I was super confused about how to get inside….was there a class going on right on the other side of the door that I couldn’t see? Should I knock? Try the door? Wait for someone else to arrive and see what they do? No. I read the sign. It says “enter through side gate.” *whew*

I walked through an unexpectedly cute and spacious garden before entering the small studio.

Immediately, I was greeted by the warmest, friendliest handshake and ‘nice to meet you’ from the instructor, Katherine.

With still almost 30 minutes til class time, she showed me around and let me get set up in the shala.



And then something really really magical happened.

In this empty room that I’d never been in before, all alone, I suddenly felt completely relaxed, safe, and at home.

That’s when I remembered what I loved so much about this practice, but somehow forgot…

Yoga people are really fucking nice

As the room filled up and my self-consciousness of being 15 pounds heavier than my last practice kicked in, I was actually relieved that other students offered friendly, genuine ‘hello’s!’ as they entered. Throughout the practice, no one was there to show off or ‘outdo,’ we all just breathed together.

There’s always something new to learn

When class began, the instructor announced that we’d be spending the entire class working up to one, single, challenging pose. SHIT. As the class progressed, I was fairly certain it was going to be Eagle Pose – one that I’ve always found not just difficult, but super uncomfortable once I was able to get into it. Nothing about this pose ever made sense to me. I wanted to UNWIND, not feel like I was being tied into a knot. But guess what I found out: it was uncomfortable because I’d been doing it wrong the whole time. Katherine broke down the pose into such individual components that I was able to see the difference between what I was doing (squeezing my shoulders and hips and everything else into a tight knot in order to hold the pose) and how it’s supposed to be done (relaxing the shoulders and hips and pressing the elbows and knees together with a gentle lift). Towards the end of class, we were all in Eagle Pose, and I felt my back begin to actually stretch out, and it felt so amazing that I almost cried with relief.

Yoga classes are like mini retreats for the soul

I walked into class exhausted from the work day and super stressed out. With every exhale, all of that melted away. And when it was over, I walked out clear-headed, relaxed, and yet energetic. I felt…happy.

In the past, this excitement would have fueled me to immediately sign up for a daily yoga challenge package or build some kind of unrealistic practice schedule.

But one thing I have learned about myself over the past few years is that I constantly set unrealistic goals, and then feel disappointed in myself when I don’t reach them…

So for now, I’m easing back in slowly, one week at a time.


How are you going to make 2017 your BEST YEAR YET?

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Way back in 2010 when the internet was still weird, I posted an overambitious blog post about my New Year’s Resolutions.

Although I didn’t check everything off of the list, I did feel accountable once it was out there.

2010 also happened to be the year I started my company, Conversations, so I’ve always reflected on this post as “the very beginning” of building the life and career that I wanted – one positive step at a time. 

This year, instead of outlining my own resolutions, I talked to some of the people who inspire me the most and found out what they’ve got planned for the upcoming year….


Aileen Bennett, Speaker, Communication Consultant, Author

So far my plans are twofold : To Do Good Work, and to Do Good.

Do Good Work: I’m proud of the work I’ve done this year, and the companies I’ve helped so I want to continue that. I plan to do the best work of my career.

Do Good: I’m setting up a new company that produces paper goods (to start) that gives at least 23% of the profits (sometimes more) to arts & community projects. It’s going to be called Two&21 (the two letters in the alphabet that correspond to B and U (Be you).


Ginevra Kirkland, Writer, Community Whisperer, Entrepreneur

Revolutions, not resolutions!

I’m going to stop using words I don’t mean and be more impeccable with how I address people “Just,” “I’m so bad at this,” “sorry,” and the worst one of all: “I think.”


Michael Schexnayder, Entrepreneur and founder of The Money Gun

  • Learn Spanish
  • Learn Dutch
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Focus more on my business
  • Start another business
  • Work a lot less


Lexlee Overton, Intuitive Energy Healer

I took a few minutes and thought about the things which when I do them cost me dearly by being huge drains of energy. And I am simply making a commitment (as much as possible) to no longer do things that zap my energy and take a considerable amount of time to recharge.

Here’s few items on my “No Longer Doing It”  list:

  1. Using email/phone, ipad/computer after arriving home
  2. Working weekends
  3. Late night flights
  4. Listening to or participating in conversations which are negative, judgemental or critical about others


Ernie Svenson, Author & Founder of Small Firm Bootcamp

I plan to list 10 things that I want to accomplish in 2017, and then describe the actions that lead to those goals.

I will sign up for Michael Hyatt’s BYE course and do all the exercises.

That’s how I hit my marks in 2016.


Megan Bologna, Fitness Guru and Personal Trainer

For me, 2017 will be all about personal growth.

Between having my daughter 2 years ago and running my business every day 24/7, I haven’t focused on myself or taken care of myself like I should. Being a fitness professional, I have maintained exercise and healthy eating, but I’m talking about mental and spiritual growth in 2017. I have already started by finding a women’s center that focuses on growth, healing and positive surroundings and I will be attending my first class on Friday!


Lynn Casper, Founder of Homoground

By visualizing lots of $$$

I currently work a fulltime gig with a set salary and realize that it is currently impossible for me to accomplish my financial goals (paying off credit card & dental debt) while still having money leftover for saving & spending. By visualizing all the ways I can use my skills and current projects to bring in more cash flow, I’ve gained confidence in my abilities to make this happen. Now I have 2 new clients and have set up new systems for my current projects so that I can be more organized and productive. I was never a morning person, but now before bed I visualize how my morning will be and what my life will be like once I accomplish the goals I set for myself to provide motivation to rise and SHINE!

Got big plans of your own for 2017?

Add them to the comments below!

Choose a pace, and stick with it…

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I had a work/life realization last week that came about in a super unexpected way…

It was Saturday, and the weather was nice.

I was spending the whole day with a good friend I don’t see enough of, and we stopped at my favorite wine bar for early afternoon drinks.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one with this idea…

Typically, the wine bar is pretty empty early afternoon, but on this day it was packed – and only one person working in the entire shop.

Everyone “needed” her full attention.

When the crowd cleared, she circled back to where we were sitting, and I said something along the lines of:

“That was really frantic…your head must be spinning…”

Her reply stuck with me:

“You know, I just decided on a comfortable pace and stuck with it. I can only do what I can do, within the time that I have.”

She didn’t ignore anyone, and she didn’t let the vibe of the space get frantic.

Instead, she focused on helping one person at a time, giving them the same attention she would if there weren’t a store full of people.

She calmly moved from one personal exchange to the next, until everyone had been helped.

Then she began picking up dishes, clearing the desk and organizing bottles.

She focused on taking care of people. THEN, she put “things” in their place.

Of course that makes sense. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how often I do this backwards.

Social Media, SEO and business change every single day. No one person can even completely stay on top of everything, because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

But magically, everything always gets done.

I know this. I just don’t always REMEMBER this.

So this week, I’m trying something different…

Instead of stressing out and frantically trying to “get it all done” as soon as possible, I’m going to choose my pace, and keep it.

This week,  I won’t check my email before 10a.m., because I’ve decided that from 8-10 I will dedicate myself to all of the writing I’ve been meaning to do but never seem to get around to.

This week, I will find time to walk around the park on a beautiful day, just because.

This week, I’m going to focus on meaningful interactions and experiences with the people I love.

Everything else can wait it’s turn.  


You never know what awesome shit is on the other side of the hard stuff. This is why I kept going:

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Six years ago I decided I was going to “do” Social Media.

I didn’t really know what that meant outside of the fact that all of a sudden, businesses wanted to pay people to post things to Facebook and Twitter for them – and it seemed surreal that this could be an actual “job.”

And I wasn’t especially qualified for this “job,” nor did I have any idea how to go about freelancing.

All I knew is that I was now living in the big city of New Orleans, which meant that anything was possible, and that Aileen Bennett told me that I was something special (and I desperately wanted to prove her right).

I started out with one very simple goal: to make enough money managing social media accounts to be able to support myself (which, at the time, really didn’t require much).

I was living alone in a $500/month one room apartment, took advantage of free meals at networking events and from sweet friends who seemed concerned that my fridge consisted of a jar of olives, a jar of tiny pickles (they are SO GOOD), and a block of cheese.

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.16.56 AMThe first time a potential client asked about my rates, which I hadn’t thought through, $500 seemed like a great number to shoot for per client per month. After all, just one client meant my rent was paid.

Within a few months, I had FOUR CLIENTS, and was pulling in $2,000 per month – and I thought I was BALLIN.

And how did I keep these four clients?

By putting every skill I had at their disposal. Unlimited.

I managed social media, of course, but I also wrote blog posts, ran analytics, created original videos, took pictures anytime they asked me to (at least once/week), literally anything. And I was always available. Meaning I didn’t really have time to take on any additional clients or projects. Or breathe.

And that’s when the realization (panic) hit:

I hadn’t started my own business and I wasn’t on the road to financial freedom. 

I was trapped in a 24/7 job that maxed out at 24k/year. I wasn’t my own boss. I had FOUR BOSSES. 

I considered calling it quits and taking a full time job.

I considered moving back home.

I considered both of those options to be failure…and failure was not an option. I had something to prove.


I WOULD do this.

And if I still wanted to quit after I had figured out how to be successful doing this thing, then it would be okay.

Looking back, this was probably the bravest decision I’d ever made and I feel really fucking proud of 24-year-old me.hey its megan

I started scaling back on deliverables and/or going separate ways with existing clients, I raised my rates, and I hired an assistant to help out with the workload to keep me from getting overwhelmed about having to always be “plugged in.”

I took advice. I accepted help. I learned from people who had done this before.

I took risks. Mostly those didn’t go so well, but sometimes they did. I said yes to almost everything. And I can’t say that I was wrong to do that back then, because I wouldn’t have known who and what was a “good fit” if I hadn’t found out who and what was a “bad fit.”

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 11.15.15 AMI found a community of people with similar goals, and immersed myself in that community.

Six long-ass, amazing, exhausting, beautiful, exciting, terrifying years later:

I’m still learning. Every single day.

And because of that – my Social Media Company – Conversations – is a success.
(At least by my own standards; which is all that really matters, or so I’m coming to realize.)

IMG_7355I hired 2 full-time employees (besides myself), and have 3 contractors that we work with regularly. We have an office of our own in downtown New Orleans, and we are working with really fucking awesome businesses and very good people.

I’m still learning how to scale.

I still make lots of mistakes.

And every now and then I have a month where I wonder how on earth I’ll make payroll.

But if I take a step back and really look at this journey so far, I can’t image doing anything else.

When I started out, I had no idea how big this world would be, and had no way to visualize all the different faces of opportunity that I’ve come across. I’m just so very grateful that it all unfolded this way.

In a couple of weeks I turn 30.

And if you remember how I turned 25 about three times, you may be thinking that I’m freaking out.

Actually: I’m feeling like this is just the beginning…


Today I took a “work-cation.” Here’s what happened:

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In my world there are two types of to-do lists:

1. The mandatory actions list

This consists of action items I need to accomplish in order to keep my business and life running (and my clients happy)! So things like paying bills, creating and sending reports, writing blogs and social posts for clients, etc.

2. The Someday list 

Also frequently labeled as “the long list,” and including things like writing personal blog posts, creating new workshops and courses, refining my business website, and lots of “exciting and brilliant ideas” that I never actually get to – because List #1 is always #1.

I decided that today would be different.

Today I didn’t answer phone calls, texts, or check my inbox.



Because if you’re always RESPONDING, then you’re never CREATING.

And every single interaction – answering the phone, reading and responding to emails, “troubleshooting” – all of those things take up a certain amount of energy and focus. And since there’s only so much time (and ability to produce quality work within that span of time) in one day, I decided to dedicate everything in me to the Someday List.

Just for this one day.

Just to see how much I could actually get done…

Here’s an overview of how this shit went down:

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I get asked to do these A LOT. 90% of the time, the requests I get are unpaid, and the pitch from event planners is that “it will be great exposure to potential new clients.” So guess what. We’ve got enough clients. In fact, we’re at capacity and in the process of creating our growth plan to include hiring a new team member (yay!).

What that means is: my time is more valuable now than ever. Not for going after new business, but for dedicating myself to creating strategies and content for our existing lineup of badass clients. Because they rock. And because we want to keep them.

And the time that I DO have outside of that, can’t be spent on Pro-Bono work. I’m constantly telling my clients that time is money and that they need to place more value on their time and expertise. Now it’s time to practice what I preach.

So today I developed my new presentation + workshop rate card, and a corresponding survey link on my website (to streamline the request process).


2. Social Media Summer Course Development

Last year, I created a program called “Next Level Social Media,” which was a 6-week online course full of innovative (duplicatable) strategies, templates and cheat sheets to help busy social media managers grow their audiences, create better content, and operate more efficiently.

But there were lots of problems.

I couldn’t get the forum or webinar system to work properly, I gave away too many free tickets – stretching my time thin for the individual component that I promised attendees, and there was a noticeable dropoff of people staying engaged – which I was too busy to track and troubleshoot at the time.

Looking back at this #Fail, I was able to identify specific problems, made some adjustments (like investing in GoToMeeting to host upcoming webinars, eliminating the forum component and using the live events as a Q and A space to incentivize attendance, and modifying some of the course elements so that I’m over delivering this time (instead of overpromising).

I’m also giving myself plenty of lead time to refine and update all of the information and resource components, by scheduling the course to kick off on June 1st.

Ta dah!

Introducing the new and improved: Next Level Social Media [Summer 2016] Online Course

But wait…what about those people who paid full price the first go round?

I thought of that too!

So today I also sent out the very first announcement to last year’s attendees, with a promo code to try it again (for free this time). Because that’s only fair.

AND – I prepped a new email announcement + scheduled it to go out to my primary email list next week. SHAZAM.


3. Blog: 2016 Social Media Management Tools

This is a blog post that I’ve been meaning to write since January.

That’s right. January. And it’s going to be APRIL in a couple of days.


Additionally: we’ve been way behind on posting new Social Media Blogs to the company website because we’ve been so busy helping our clients with theirs. And our SEO over the past few months has certainly taken a hit as a result.

So today I went ahead and cranked out my blog post for Conversations Media disclosing basically everything in our internal toolbox (with detailed explanations for SEO, and affiliate links bc, duh).


4. Posting a new blog for

This sort of just happened organically since I was logging my work-cation progress today anyway – but it’s very cool that I was able to push out a “bonus” accomplishment as a result!



HOLYSHIT I feel really good about what I accomplished today. Like really, really good.

Today’s work-cation allowed me to recover from regular task burnout, improve my business SEO, set the ground work and initial promotions for my upcoming online Summer course, and finally streamline and simplify my public speaking process, which I know will make me feel more confident in charging what I know that I’m worth for these types of events.


And now I’m going to have myself an ice cold dirty martini, up. Because it’s a fancy martini glass kind of day…

If you’re still reading this, that’s probably a very strong indication that YOU, my friend, are in need of a serious Work-cation of your own.

It might seem impossible. It might seem like now isn’t the right time.

But guess what: It’s never going to be a GOOD time. That’s the point.

The world won’t collapse if you take a day off to catch up on all those pet projects, dream projects, and miscellaneous things on your Someday List.

And chances are – doing so will re-energize you and lift your spirits so that the next workday doesn’t seem so daunting, even with an extra day’s tasks piled up.

Don’t open your calendar to find an ideal date.

Just take a moment to jot down your Someday List.

Keep it on your desk.

And one morning, when the moment is right, and hopefully soon, you’ll make the decision that TODAY is finally SOMEDAY.


Sit. Write. Publish. NOW.

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This post is inspired by 2 things:

1. This quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

2. Rewatching Little Women and remember how much I wanted to be like Jo March when I was younger.

Here’s the thing: this blog hasn’t been updated in over half a year.

Sure, I’ve been busy growing a business or two, taking on extra projects, getting married, traveling, you know…all of the regular things one does over the course of a year.

But mainly I’ve had some bizzaro stage fright of producing something that wasn’t really great after so much time of radio silence (which just kept growing and growing).

I’ve STARTED lots of posts with the best of intentions, but never actually finished them.

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m checking off my to do list, for better or worse.

“Blog about ___ on” was on my master list about 7 times with various topics listed.

This throws me into a panic every time I see it because I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE FOR MYSELF. If I have extra time, it’s got to go to the backlog of client work, or blogging for SEO purposes for my social media agency website. 

Today is different.

I’ve spent the good part of today reflecting on the past year’s work, and which projects and people I’ve really enjoyed working with, been able to show high return for, and have paid us (on time, and without question).

These are the types of clients I want more of. The win/win/win. 

I want to figure out the common thread so that we can filter in only these types of clients in the future, and I want to really take shit to the next level with these amazing businesses and people who deserve tremendous success, and have trusted and allowed Conversations to help them grow.

And there’s one very standout thing that ALL of our favorite clients could be doing better (aside for the ones we are doing this for), which is BLOGGING. Regularly.


I’ve ignored the same advice that I give ALL THE TIME to the people that I coach, which is simply:

If you don’t know where to start, just sit down. Open whatever you feel most comfortable typing in. And WRITE.

Start at the beginning or in the middle or even at the end.

Ramble if you need to.

Get it all out. (Or just get a few things out).

It might not be brilliant.

It probably WON’T be very good.

But writing isn’t about strokes of lucky brilliant shit that comes out of the woodwork.

It’s an art form that should be practiced and exercises and rinsed and repeated.

So this blog is my way of getting back on the wagon, but it’s also a challenge.

Your mission, should you choose to accept:


Sit. Write. Publish.

Don’t second guess, or spend hours looking for the right accompanying photo.

Trying doesn’t count.


Do Something Scary

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Megan Hargroder NOEW 2015

Speaking @ NOEW 2015

Cards on the table: public speaking TERRIFIES me. Which might sound weird because I do lots of it.

Not like “oh I’m so important that I get paid to give inspirational speeches like every week” but like – now that I’ve been doing Social Media professionally for 5 or 6 years, I get asked to do workshops and talks here and there.

And every time a new invitation to speak at an event finds it’s way into my inbox, I immediately begin thinking of ways to get out of it….

But here’s the thing: even though it’s scary, I’ve gotten some of my best clients from speaking events. So I understand that it’s important to my business.

And I won’t lie: there’s definitely a high after pulling off a solid presentation for a huge room of people.

Overcoming Fear = Empowerment


But there’s also a  low (and maybe this is just me) that takes over the next few days. It’s exhausting and feels like you’re coming down with something…which means you’ve got to take some down time to recharge.

Which is why I think that whole saying “Do one thing a day that scares you” is a little dramatic… 1 scary thing EVERY day? How would you get anything else done? Depending on the scale of the fear, I think once a week is a pretty solid goal.

So here are some “scary” things on my to-do list right now

  • go ahead and book those other 2 speaking events in my inbox
  • taxes
  • white water rafting
  • transfer conversations to an S-Corp and put the team on Payroll
  • let a client know that paying invoices 3 months late is no longer acceptable
  • finally stop editing and re-editing and submit those guest posts
  • launch the social tribune (or whatever we decide to call it) 

And once you actually write out the “fear,” it seems pretty silly and first world.

Of course you will get it done. Of course you will make it happen. Of course you will stop getting in your own way…because these scary things that you feel are holding you back are probably the very things that will propel you forward if you can just take a deep breath and jump.

So what’s on your “fear” list? What are you letting hold you back right NOW?