How we met:
Megan works as the PR officer for the U.S. Ski Team, she’s a world traveler, most recently India, and she moves mindfully in her journey. It was amazing to talk to her, she share’s her peace and love in a way that you feel strong. She is fierce in her desire to learn and do good.
I was at the coast with my visiting family when I saw Megan and Scotty loading up after surfing. Megan and I exchanged hellos and beautiful days, I told her I loved her hair, she told me she cut it before going to India, and we continued loading up our respective vehicles. But something nagged me. One of the magical and powerful things of doing these interviews is that I have an excuse to keep talking to strangers, to ask them real questions, and to feel like we connect in a way that I wish I could be their next door neighbor. I walked back to her and she agreed to an interview. Even as I type this, I feel like a better person because of meeting her.
Megan is Dynamo, so is Scotty, but he didn’t get in on an questions. They are powerhouses. They are going about making the world a better place than they found it, sharing kindness, hard work, and peace in their wake. That’s what being Dynamo is about. Wherever we are, we move forward. Wherever we are, we share our story, we listen to other stories, and we move forward with more dedication and a lighter heart. Check out the other Dynamo Interviews for some amazing stories and examples. Megan, thank you for sharing with me and with us. Best of luck with your goals and may we cross paths again someday.
What does healthy living mean to you?
It probably means balance in mind and body and taking time to move slowly and reconnect. And that’s why I went to India. We actually both work for the US Ski Team and so after a season it’s crazy and you don’t always take care of your body when you’re on the road. And so just taking that time to reconnect with yourself is important.
What do you do for the US Ski Team?
I’m PR and media for the Alpine Ski Team and he’s (Scotty) a coach for the men’s Speed Team. I’ve been there for the last season, he’s been there for the last four years. It’s crazy and last year was a world championship series at home, so it was even crazier.
I used to coach crossfit and be involved in the fitness world and I used to ski myself. I was really mindful, I ate paleo, and I did all that, the whole deal. And did yoga and everything. And then you get away from it, you get on the road, and you get too consumed by your work and then you stop taking care of yourself.
What type of fitness do you enjoy?
I weight lift, I don’t do crossfit right now. I feel like I still believe it’s for everyone, but you have to be really mindful about your approach to it. When I did it, it was all about form and technique and I think a lot of people get caught up in the time and the reps. I think the easy way for me to get back into it is just by having a consistent weight lifting program, a lot of mobility work, and yoga too.
This is actually my 3rd or 4th time surfing. If you have good balance you’d be fine! You just got to get a feel for the wave. I always get frustrated when I don’t do something well right away. But yah, it’s fun! He kite boards too and he said, “let’s do the test kite,” and I’m like, “fail.” (laughs) He knew to bring the board back out and I wasn’t going to and he said, “try it again.” It’s just one of those things that you have to check the ego.
Did you meet through Ski Team?
Yah. It was a little scandalous. Everyone knows now, but initially it was funny, we kept it a secret for a couple months. But at world cup finals we were like, people are going to find out so we’d better tell. It’s funny because I’m a roamer and so is he. So we’ve been hanging out for 4 months but I’ve seen him maybe for 2. Mexico twice, Iceland, I’ve been to India, everywhere, and we’ve just reconnected.
After the season ends they kind-of let you as coaches especially, just really check out. Which as coaches is good because for 7 months you’re go-go-go. It doesn’t ever really stop, the facilitation in the off season doesn’t really stop for them. For me it quiets down because people aren’t really interested outside of winter. But yah, he just went on his own. And he’s been coaching at Mt. Hood for the last 3 weeks. And I just got back from India and he said come up and we’ll meet in Portland.
How has your example motivated or inspired other people?
Especially when I was doing crossfit, my motto is “move slowly” and “do less better.” I think a lot of people didn’t think that way. When they would see the results from me, they themselves, or even when the instructor is the last one on the ground doing pushups, and I finished last, it didn’t matter to me as long as I was doing it correctly. And that has been a big influence there for a lot of individuals that I’ve been around. And I like to try new things and different things, even if I’m not good at them at first. It’s about checking the ego at the door.
I’m a big storyteller and I have a blog and I’m actually writing a book right now. It’s going to be “#vagablond” because I had really vibrant white hair before. I just feel like everyone I’ve met, everyone has a story, but not everyone knows how to tell it. So I want to tell the story of people I’ve met along my journey through lessons I’ve learned from them.
(Read more on Megan’s blog: vagablondebasecamp.com)
What’s a piece of advice you like to share?
Move slowly. It’s my mantra, I always go back to it. Be mindful and thoughtful about moving through life with intention.
Top 3 goals:
1. Fitness – get back into a consistent routine. I’m inspired by the people I work with everyday. I used to ski race and I love the sport, I’m passionate about Alpine skiing. So to work in that environment I feel totally blessed, it’s elite athletes! The things they do with their bodies are so impressive and if they see me…I heard from numerous people this past winter, from other teams too, say “wait, I don’t know you, who are you?” I’d say I work for the US ski team. They’d say, “yah, why are you here, like why are you in the gym?” They’re not used to seeing staff in the gym. So my big goal is to get back into a consistent routine.
2. Travel to 2 new countries every year.
3. Start my own business
4. Write my book.
What do you want to be remembered for?
That I brought joy into other people’s lives.