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

Hi Michelle, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
The book that I’d like to share today is How YOUth Triumph in Sports: Tools That Create a Triumphant Life. I love this book because it is a life skills book written for young adults and/or student athletes. As a former student athlete, there were times were I was so caught up in the moment(s) that I didn’t realize and/or understand the lessons being presented to me at that time. Sports allowed me so much learning, growth and opportunities and it’s valuable to give back to the youth now and connect with them on something they can relate to. The life skills the book talks about are being coachable, being accountable, mental toughness, character counts, goal setting, self-love and self-worth, just to name a few. These skills that are being applied while being a student athlete are the same skills that transfer over into the entire journey of our lives. As a young adult I wasn’t aware of this and felt that is what makes this book so powerful. Although it’s not just the book, because along with this book there is a workbook with exercises to complete after each chapter. The best part of the workbook is that the exercises are life related because although it may not seem like it as a young adult, we will spend more time in life than we do in sports. The impact this book had on me is that I was able to reflect and connect more with myself and others in my Circle of Support. One of the exercises in the workbook was to create my Circle of Support and tell each person there were part of it. The response from each person was heartfelt and it reminded me that people care and want to help me. This was one of the exercises that impacted me as there were many others that did the same. I recently implemented both the book and workbook in a high school summer school class and the students started to open up with dialogue on topics they may not be talked about, for sure not in school. As an educator I believe it’s valuable that we implement books like How YOUth Triumph in Sports: Tools That Create a Triumphant Life into our schools, sports teams and homes. Personal development is valuable in supporting our youth in their life journey. The most powerful thing is the knowledge they will gain can be carried with them throughout their life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the founder of Vida Es Oro. Vida Es Oro is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young adults to acknowledge and embrace their self-worth and radiate it throughout all areas of their lives by applying personal development techniques and connecting them with their communities in building a bridge to strengthen the community as a whole. Vida Es Oro was created on the foundation of self-love. I began to notice my lack of self-love for myself and decided to pursue better for me. Through my process and I asked myself what if I had been taught this concept as a teen/young adult. I noticed many of the self help/personal development books are written for adults and thought to myself we need to start this earlier. With that being said, that is why I wrote the personal development book and workbook for young adults, How YOUth Triumph in Sports: Tools That Create a Triumphant Life. I wanted to give back to my teenage self. I learned to following the truth within, step by step. There have been times where I felt I wasn’t doing enough, which have created some emotional exhausting days for myself and I learned I am enough. I learned to focus on my micro wins every day and not get caught up on what wasn’t happening. Life is a celebration and to celebrate myself along the way. Vida Es Oro is not a brand it is a mindset.

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.
My favorite spots are the beach and parks. I would suggest driving down to Ventura County and hitting up the beaches in Oxnard and going downtown for some ice cream at La Gloria and delicious nachos and/or burrito at Super Taco. I would also suggest O’Melveny Park in Granada to walk some trails, bring a blanket and have a picnic in the grass while bird watching.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my partner, my family, friends and everyone who has supported me and Vida Es Oro and The Mind Right Game Tight Program. The Mind Right Game Tight program is the implementation of How YOUth Triumph in Sports: Tools That Create a Triumphant Life book and workbook. All those who believe in the vision of empowering our young adults through personal development right now and allowing our youth to shine their light.

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