We had the good fortune of connecting with Meagan Ward and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Meagan, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Anytime I feel like giving up, I have to remember why I started in the first place. You know when its time to stop pursuing something when your reason behind doing hard things doesn’t hold much value to you anymore. To keep going especially when you get knocked down requires an extreme amount of discipline but for me the only option is to keep going. There is no time line, only the destination. Along the way, you must accept that there will be failures, but those failures are lessons and you must continue to be bold and act towards your biggest dreams. When you are faced with the option of giving up or to keep going, you are faced with the thoughts of what you think about yourself. I’ve learned time and time again that simply choosing to try creates the courage needed to continue to keep going. Even if you don’t arrive to your destination, you will be one “move” closer by not giving up. If you want to find fulfillment, you will need to adapt the skills in order to become that version of yourself. It’s already possible and to some degree you already believe because you have this idea implanted in your head that you are capable. So, Who do you want to become and what price are you going to pay to become great? When you decide that, you look at the things that are only going to keep you going instead of allowing there to be an option of giving up. Because most of the time, we still have more in us to keep going.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is that I’m multi-passionate. At the end of the day I do a lot of things and have many jobs that have fed into creating MeagaMoves. MeagaMoves is my lifestyle business brand that seems successful but in reality is just getting started. Essentially the brand encompasses all of me and all the jobs I’ve ever had with one goal in mind. People are my passion and helping others make changes in their life is my main goal. I grew up only wanting to be a professional dancer. I struggled out in LA like many do but what I learned was that I was battling internally with the thoughts of myself and what my body was not for many years. It hindered me as a dancer yet led me down a career path in other areas. I started focusing on my fitness and discovering other ways to move. Sharing that story led me into becoming a group fitness instructor and then personal trainer. I still struggled with my own body image but found confidence in how strong I was in the gym. I surprised myself and the gym was where I picked myself up after every no after almost every audition or every tear that was shed because I let myself be disappointed in my appearance. This is what relates to people and what relates to clients. I took many approaches to get to where I am today with my body, but the biggest lesson I learned and relearn is that your mind is your biggest muscle. I got real with myself and allowed myself to believe that I could demand greatness out of myself and that the fear of failure was not a real fear. You have to exercise that and make sure those words you speak to yourself only serve you. You have to believe in yourself and know that one day it will all be rewarded. The goal doesn’t have to change but the path may look completely different than you wanted. What has helped me is allowing the path to be messy and to never give up on my goal, my brand, my story….but to always move forward, make moves, #meagamoves

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Saying I was still living in LA, I would want to take my best friend to Santa Barbara. Sometimes the best things to do is to have a little escape from a hectic work schedule to do absolutely nothing and enjoy a slower, peaceful place. My favorite mornings include sleeping in and then lounging around with coffee in hand, but one of those mornings would have to start with a brunch gathering since breakfast foods are my favorite. My best friends already know I’m active and even though on vacation working out and movement throughout the day is apart of the agenda. I’d be the person to find a new gym for the week but also enjoy all the beautiful hiking trails and kayak tours Santa Barbara has to offer. To me the best times are spent with those you can get lost in conversation with and not necessarily have a specific itinerary, but of course being in Santa Barbara it would be ideal to research some top wineries and enjoy some fine wines! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My story has jumped from one stage to another. As a dancer and personal trainer, I have found there to be many mentors along my journey. I’ve recently done my first bodybuilding show and the process for me was very rewarding. For the first time, I was celebrating what my body is and what it could become. I created a more intimate relationship with what it takes in becoming great instead of being stuck with where I’ve been. The love and support I received from pushing myself to the stage was beyond overwhelming and by sharing my story it has inspired others to want to take action in their dreams. When I hear weight loss success stories from clients or people I don’t even know on social media, it makes me overwhelming emotional because I know the liberating feeling of finding happiness in your body. So with that, if I have others feeling inspired by me and making life changing results at the same time, I have no choice but to show up because it is not just about me anymore. For example, leading up to the final weeks of stepping on stage when every cardio session extended in time and food kept getting lowered, I thought of what I ask from my clients and their names and it only motivated me to do what I ask from them. Sometimes we feel so far away from our goals that it seems impossible. I tell them that they can do hard things and that the hard things aren’t achieved through massive actions yet mini moves daily. Those mini moves then add up to #meagamoves So in pursing something that was once so unimaginable, I was reminded of how difficult it can be to overcome the parts of you that are holding you back. So it becomes full circle, my clients are inspiring to me as I am to them.

Website: meagamoves.com
Instagram: @MeagaMoves

Image Credits
James Allen (bodybuilding show pic) white Leo pic (motored)

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