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

Hi Megan, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Besides being really diligent with putting literally everything in my calendar (meetings, to-do lists, reminders, workouts, dates, everything!!), the biggest habits that have helped me succeed are health-related. Having a mindfulness practice of yoga, breath-work and meditation has helped keep me mentally balanced and centered. And staying committed to eating well and moving my body often has given me the energy I’ve needed to pursue my goals and projects. For me it really is just about setting up my life so that I feel my absolute best each day, ready to take on the world!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As the Executive Director of Be More, a youth empowerment nonprofit dedicated to creating conversations & curriculum about how social media impacts self-esteem and mental health in teenagers, I spearhead many initiatives in the education and digital wellness spaces. By creating a community of support, encouragement, and empowerment through our in-school curriculum and digital campaigns, Be More teaches kids how to build each other up and prevent negative conversations and behaviors that often lead to poor self-esteem, eating disorders, anxiety, and many other mental health issues. My passion ultimately lies in empowering people with the tools to advocate for their own health and strengthen the quality of their lives. I graduated from Pepperdine University, and have certifications in Holistic & Sports Nutrition, Exercise Science, Yoga, AcroYoga, meditation, breath-work, eating psychology and emotional transformation training. My private practice is focused on sustainable habit building. I love teaching people how to integrate healthy habits into their daily routine in easy and seamless ways that foster an environment for long-term change and lifestyle practices that support their goals. You won’t find quick-fixes or 30-day overhauls with me… it’s all about gradual impactful change that truly lasts. Little by little I will help you discover how to optimize your health and longevity, and to develop a better relationship with your body. On the nonprofit she of things, I was inspired to start Be More in my early 20’s as a result of my own struggles with an eating disorder as a teenager, and the realization that kids have it a lot harder these days with 24/7 access to filtered and photo-shopped images on social media at their fingertips. At Be More, we envision a world where every girl knows that she is so much more than her body or her appearance. My goal is to change the landscape of social media to make it a more empowering and uplifting place for kids to spend their time, and to celebrate the brands who are doing the same.

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.
When I am in LA, I’m a Westside girl through and through (mostly because it’s always a good 10 degrees cooler). I love going for sunset bike rides along the Venice & Santa Monica boardwalks, doing AcroYoga down by the pier, and jumping in the ocean in the summer months. I also lived in Malibu for a few years and loved exploring the hikes in the canyons there. A few of my favorites are Temescal Canyon, Los Liones, and Escondido Falls. Oh, and don’t forget a good workout at the Santa Monica Stairs! As for places to eat, I have to begin with Erewhon. Yes, it’s a grocery store, but it’s also so much more. I love their hot food bar (you’ve gotta get the buffalo cauliflower), their matcha lattes, and amazing smoothies. I would also recommend Superba, Gjusta, The Butcher’s Daughter, Cafe Gratitude, Moon Juice, and Rose Cafe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to all of the former versions of myself, and all the young girls and women who remind me of her. My desire to help other women navigate through the same issues that I’ve struggled with has been my guiding light on my journey. To know that every challenge I went through had more meaning because I used my story to help someone else along is what has given me strength when I needed it most. There are so many little girls and young women out there who inspire me to be the absolute best version of myself each day, and I am immensely grateful for all of them.

Website: www.empowered-bodies.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/megansherer
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-sherer-a7913246/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bemoremvmt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/megansherercoaching
Other: www.bemorecampaign.org www.instagram.com/bemoremvmt

Image Credits
Molly Green; Hiro Landazuri

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