Megan te Boekhorst is the coach and maker behind the lifestyle brand in a sequoia as well as founder of the Vibrant Lives Foundation. As a goal coach, Megan supports her clients in crafting a vision of their balanced, bliss-filled life and guides them on how to turn that vision into a reality. The Karuna product line she created further works to support living a mindful, intentional life. Today she speaks to us about her personal drive and why she decided not to go down the beaten path.
Tell us how your career story has been unique! With in a sequoia, you paved your own path in regards to becoming a goal coach as well as starting your own small business. What inspired you on this journey?
I learned early on that self-motivation is the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. From a young age, I’ve been driven to carve my own path and invest in what I really love to do. I just had to get past the fear I felt that my talents and my creativity weren’t worth any value. Once I worked on that inner confidence, I dove in with both feet and didn’t look back. No one else was going to hold my hand, it all had to come from within and I have to motivate myself every day. The life of a #girlboss is not always glamorous, so we have to push ourselves.
How have you incorporated your strongest interests, values and/or natural strengths into your career? Do your interests align with your career?
Why Karuna–as in, why the name, and why focus on body care? Are both meaningful and value-based for you personally?
As a self-starter, were you afraid of failure? If so, how were you able to overcome that fear?
I’m still afraid of failure! I don’t know an entrepreneur who isn’t to be honest. Rather than overcoming the fear, we have to learn to not let it control us. Fear can be a good thing. Fear can keep you alive. In my case, the fear of failure is actually something that keeps driving me forward. I do not want to fail, so I won’t let myself. In moments of laziness when I just don’t want to mix product or I don’t want to write that blog post, I think of what would happen if I stopped doing any of it. What would happen to Vibrant Lives? What would happen to my clients? How disappointed would I be in me? What I see when I think those things scare me and I don’t want to see that happen, so off the couch I get!
What piece of advice would you give to students trying to find their own path?
To book a goal-coaching session with Megan or to check out her soothing line of Karuna products, visit her website at inasequoia.com. Interested in creating and promoting dialogue about mental health? Check out the Vibrant Lives Foundation and find out how to get involved!
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