Happy to introduce you to this week’s rule breaker Megan Gogoll, she is as unique as unique can be and I have loved her authenticity and free spirit attitude as she has taken this interview series to the next level, by making it her own and complete and utterly showing us her amazing inner diamond!
Megan is a poetic at heart who is ready to soar and take us in the journey with her. There is an amazing energy about Megan and her words are truly inspiring.
Authentic with a Capital A with a little rebellious edge that I love, Megan is a writer, a life coach and a wildheart poet at Show Me Your Diamond, her beautiful and soulful blog. Drugs and alcohol had taken the forefront of Megan’s life as a teenager and young adult, I have been there too and know exactly what she is talking about, it is like a escape from your reality that eventually takes over and runs the show. Luckily the universe had better plans for this gorgeous gal and sent her a blessing in disguise as a wake up call, allowing her to shake her world, turn it upside down and find a path and life that she now loves.
A lovely read for you all and a special surprise from Megan at the end of this post. Read up, you will love it.
Megan Gogoll – Show Me Your Diamond
It’s been a wild ride.
When I first set out on this journey of self discovery I wasn’t really sure what I would find or even what I was looking for. Turns out I was just looking for me.
I had a bit of a rough childhood, one that I wanted to escape. I think that’s what had me turn to alcohol and drugs at a young age. I was smoking weed at 14, drinking not much longer after that and it just became a part of my life.
Then I left home, went to uni, hit my twenties, it didn’t really matter. Drinking every weekend was what you did. I was a massive party girl. I had ecstasy, coke, speed, you name it, I’ve tried it. And it was a blast. I was in my element. Life was good.
And the next thing I knew, I was 30. And life was no longer a blast.
It was hard. It was heavy. My days of partying had caught up with me. I was lost. Completely.
I had no idea who I was.
I started having major panic attacks and anxiety steamrolled its way into my life. And has hard and as scary as that was, I’m SO glad it happened. It was my wake up call, my catalyst. I now lovingly refer to my first ever panic attack as my “Big slap in the face HELLO Panic attack”.
I had nowhere to hide anymore. The drinking just made my anxiety so much worse.
It wasn’t covering up the wholes in my heart, in my life.. it was deepening them. And the Anxiety exposed them.
So it was time to make a decision. I could either continue to try and live in denial and stay on the track of self-abuse, self-pity, never really living a life that fulfilled me..
OR I could choose to step up, deal with whatever it was I needed to deal with and live a life that filled me up. A life that brought me joy. A life I could be proud of.
I chose the latter.
And it saved my life.
It wasn’t easy. The first three months of living clean were really hard. I realised alcohol is not only accepted in social situations, its kind of expected.
The thing that kept me going was knowing this.. No one had made me do this. No one had said to me its time to get off the booze. I made that decision for myself. I wanted this. I wanted to wake up in the morning with clarity and verve. I wanted to see what I could make of myself, what kind of life I could create, if I cleaned myself up and put in the effort. And I’m so glad I did.
Life is so very different now.
I run a successful coaching business helping people with their own anxiety and journey to self.
I jump out of my bed in the morning freaking excited for what lies ahead.
I know myself fully and chase down my big dreams with gusto.
Don’t get me wrong, not every day is perfect. I still have ups and downs – like everyone – that’s life.
I just deal with my downs in a lot more healthier ways now. Because I realised I was worth that.
And I think that is the biggest transition I had to make..
From such shame and no self-worth to getting to know myself again, have belief in myself and show up for myself. To love and accept myself, fully and wholeheartedly.
Ultimately the decision to do that was the hardest, yes. But it was certainly the most life-changing.
I would say to anyone who is feeling lost, hopeless, or struggling in life right now, know this..
You are not alone. You have never been alone. You will never ever be alone.
And reach out and get help. I worked with a Holistic Healer and Life Coach and it absolutely helped me to make the changes I wanted to make, stick.
But even more important than that I would say be there for yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be gentle. No doubt, you have been through enough. I’d say its time to get to know yourself again and focus on building that relationship with self back up to total self love.
Cos in the end it comes down to you having the courage to choose yourself.
Trust me, you’re worth it.
Megan has joined forces with Leah Davis from Paper Planes Connect in an amazing collaboration of inspiring poetry, they want to inspire and empower women, bloggers and online entrepreneurs alike over the month of August to express themselves authentically and to connect genuinely with their readers (or maybe for now your poetry is for your eyes only and that’s ok too!) through deep revelations of the heart and soul.
They are on a mission to kick start a creative uprising centred on full heart expression.
How gorgeous is their manifesto?
You can joint the rebellion by participating in the questions and poem entries (of course!), and be in the running for prizes. Tag your poetic and creatively inclined friends, or those seeking a little inspiration in their day. It’s time to unleash your inner poet!
Here are the details for this gorgeous movement, join in the fun!
Read more on the blog here..
Megan Gogoll is a writer, life coach and wildheart poet. Her mission is to work with courageous souls who are ready to navigate their true north and reveal their bright shining inner diamond to the world. If you’re ready to live life with passion, purpose and an open heart, connect with Megan at the links bellow.
Website – www.showmeyourdiamond.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/showmeyourdiamond
Instagram – www.instagram.com/meegsgogoll
Twitter – www.twitter.com/MeganGogoll
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/megangogoll
Inspiring Journeys is an empowering interviews series with women who have overcome life’s adversities and turned their lives around, finding themselves along the way.
I have started this interview series because I believe that we all have the power to turn our lives around and find a new route, a route that is guided by our heart.
The universe has funny ways of shaking things up and making us wake up to what is really important in life and what we are here to do, embracing our challenges and growing from our experiences is a wonderful gift.
I have invited some beautiful and inspiring women to be a part of these series and I am so happy to share their journey, wisdom and heartfelt messages with you.
My wish for you is that you find hope, inspiration and courage to follow your heart and use your struggles as your own opportunity for growth and transformation.