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Conversations with the Inspiring Megan Winkler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Winkler.

Megan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always tell people that I wanted to be a writer and a teacher when I grew up. In my mind, that meant that I would be writing and teaching history (I have a Master’s in military and American history). Turns out, I got what I wanted, but not in the way I expected!

After getting divorced in my mid-20s — right after I started my Master’s Degree — I started writing my first book, Transmissions from Dating Land. It was in response to my years of giving advice to other people and as a way to humorously document some of my dating adventures as a newly single lady (and a single mom!). A few years later, I got my first “big girl” job at a publishing company in Plano and since then, I’ve learned so much from the writers in DFW.

Fast forward to today, and I’m a Visibility Expert, meditation teacher, I’ve published books and helped others do the same, and I get to work with women entrepreneurs to bring them more leads to grow their business. I still blog from time to time, but as the years have passed, I’m doing more and more hands-on coaching with brilliant entrepreneurs. It’s really my dream job.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Haha! No, it hasn’t been smooth at all! But that’s life, right?

My biggest advice for young women who want to be a writer or blogger is to just start writing. Even if it’s crap and no one else sees it, write! Do it every day, for at least 10 minutes a day (set a timer!) and start that habit. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others in your industry/interest area. Most people are really friendly and love to help.

In my experience, life doesn’t go as planned. I have a stack of rejection letters in a box somewhere from my first novel that prove it! It’s a fun little piece of fiction, but at the time, the market was flooded with my particular genre. So, I self-published it!

I’ve had blogs that have completely 100% flopped — mainly because I was bored with them!

I’ve had horrible clients as a writer AND as a coach, but that’s due in large part to the fact that I didn’t set boundaries. Honor yourself and remember your time is valuable.

I’ve had two marriages end in divorce, been a single mom, tried (and failed) at several business ventures, but through it all, the key — in my opinion — is to remember life’s a long game. Breathe, scream, dance, whatever you need to do to get through NOW and remember tomorrow is another day.

What should we know about your work? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a Visibility Expert, I use what I’ve learned from my years as a copywriter and marketer combined with my mindfulness training to nurture entrepreneurs and help them step out of the shadow and into the spotlight.

I think what sets me apart is that I never make anyone feel bad for being “not enough.” We get beat down all the time and the last thing anyone needs is a coach or consultant making them feel like they have to do more or be more. Doing better and living better can be done in monumental leaps or in tiny baby steps. It’s all about loving yourself, giving yourself permission to go slow (or fail!), and knowing that you can always start over tomorrow.

People also appreciate that I love science and the woo-woo stuff equally! I’ll give you metrics for your marketing AND suggest you literally meditate on it.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
Oh my goodness! Every writer should read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic. She’s such an amazing inspiration. She talks about making art for the sake of the art, not to impress other people, not to pay the bills necessarily. Art — and writing definitely qualifies — is a necessity in life.

Jennifer Pastiloff is another source of inspiration. She’s a yoga teacher and writer, so we vibe on a lot of the same things. What I love about her is she’s no-BS when it comes to life and motherhood. She keeps it real no matter what.

There are also tons of DFW women who have given me inspiration — women who gave me a chance before my portfolio was more than just a couple of links on a blog, women who are building their own medical practice or opening a barre studio, women who make signs and show up to rallies to fight for others. I could go on!

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Barre Social (image of meditation class)

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