Monthly Archives: February 2016

Client Spotlight – Brooke Bartley

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This is one amazingly beautiful girl, wise beyond her years, and smarter than just about anyone I know.  Brooke is a senior at Vanderbilt, majoring in chemical engineering and has already landed a job in Texas at Fluor as an associate process engineer.  Impressive, eh?  Well, duh!!  But that ain’t nothin’…

Brooke is one of those clients that can and will do ANYTHING I ask her to do.  Her fitness is off the charts and we all would give our left leg to have her bod – but she works for it, strives hard to do things right, and always has perfect form.  All of this good stuff that I’ve seen her do in the gym… well, I’m pretty sure that she carries all of it over into her daily life as well.  IMG_6965Since Brooke started working with me, she has toned up, lost a few lbs (although she didn’t need to lose any!), and has learned a few new “Megan moves” to take with her along the way.  She is always one to take her workouts and do them on her own!  One thing she left out of the spotlight is she has recently taking up cooking!  She has a passion for healthy food and has really taken steps towards trying new things and making her own recipes!  She also has really good taste in workout clothes… 🙂

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It has been amazing to see this girl grow and blossom over the short time that I’ve known her – not only in fitness, but also as a woman.  She is a true inspiration having learned such healthy habits at such a young age that I hope she will take with her into the next stage of her life.  I’ll be sad to see her move after she graduates, but I have no doubt that this gal is going to do amazing things!  Brooke – Zoe and I will miss you after May, but we are so proud of all you’ve done and ARE going to do!!

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Here are a few questions I asked Brooke about her fitness journey…

Why is fitness important to you?

Fitness, for me, is not only about staying physically healthy but also mentally healthy. Working out and staying fit helps me feel positive, powerful, and confident. 

-What have you learned from having a more fitness-oriented lifestyle?
I have learned how important fitness is to my lifestyle. Now that it is a part of my everyday life, my day doesn’t feel complete without some form of movement that gets my blood pumping. I have also learned how much it affects the way I feel and that it can be a great boost to my day no matter what.
-What are the benefits to having a trainer?

Having a great trainer (like you Megan) helps to motivate me to get to workouts on days I don’t really want to go. On other days, it makes me excited to be able to workout and have someone cheering you on the whole time. A trainer helps to push me way harder than I would push my self alone. 

-What’s your favorite exercise? 

I love all forms of exercise. I love changing my workout up through the week so I don’t get bored. I try to pick the workout that fits my body’s need for the day and gets me excited to go. My current favorites are barre, yoga, and working out with Megan (obviously). 

 
-What are some goals you’ve accomplished and what are your goals moving forward? 

So far I am really proud how I have used exercise to keep myself mentally strong. I have also accomplished my goal of staying fit and healthy throughout my college career.

Goals going forward include possibly becoming certified for yoga instructing, continuing to stay fit, and making time after starting work for my workouts.

-How have you balanced school and your workouts?
As a high school elite athlete, I saw the importance of exercising your mind as well as your body. I found though my experiences that only working my mind all day is not nearly as effective as if I took a break to work my body as well. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I know even a little workout brings balance to my day.
-What advice would you give others out there looking to get more involved in fitness?  
Start small. Do what makes you excited about moving. Somewhere I read that celebrity said “if I don’t want to go, I tell myself that I’ll go for 30 minutes, and if after that I still don’t want to be there, I can leave. But that never seems to happen”  I tell myself to do a little at a time. But once you’re there and you start to feel good about yourself, that feeling will motivate you to keep going.
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Bucket-list… My Album

Today my album became live on iTunes for pre-order.  This has been a dream for a long, long time, and it finally became a reality because so many people gave their hearts, their dollars, their time, their support, and their love…

I’m in awe of how this project came together – from the songs, to the artwork to the vocals… I’ll go more into all of this later.  For now, I just wanted to share that you can pre-order the album by clicking the picture below, and if that doesn’t work, then you can click here… Pre-Order Beautiful World!  With the pre-order, you get the song that I co-wrote that Rascal Flatts recorded titled Aftermath.  You will get the rest of the songs on the release date of March 9th.  🙂

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Thank you all for your constant support and love!  It truly means more than you know!  I hope you enjoy the songs.

The Big D

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Smile.  Even if it’s crooked.  -Me 🙂

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There are so many ways that I could go with this title… So. Many.  But, peeps, get your mind out of the gutter, and the sewer because D does not stand for the dirty four letter “d” word OR diarrhea OR divorce.  I’m talking about DEPRESSION.

If you haven’t heard much from me lately, it’s the D’s fault.  If you haven’t seen much of me lately – it’s also the D’s fault.  I haven’t been blogging – it’s because of the D. If I’ve committed to something and haven’t followed through – blame the D.  You probably wouldn’t have dreamed that I would suffer from this…I may be the last person in the world that you think would be DEPRESSED.  I mean, my job is to motivate people, write music, share my life, teach people, have endless energy…  how could I be depressed?  

I was on the fence about writing this – about going more in depth about this, but I have a small platform of people that sometimes read what I write, and maybe it will touch one person.  Maybe one person will relate to what I’m saying, and if that happens – then its worth it.

So what does my depression look like?  I haven’t have many feelings lately, decisions are hard to make, I’m in a bit of a daze, and I’d rather be curled up in bed with Zoe, Netflix and a chocolate cake than do pretty much anything.  I haven’t wanted to see anyone, much less work out.  I have not had the motivation to work at all, but that’s really not a choice.  I want to just check out, buy a ticket to the beach and sit there with a floppy hat, a Diet Coke and not think about anything but the waves, what type of fish I’ll have for lunch and contemplate doing some yoga. Instead of running away, I put my face on every day, rally for my clients, and for myself. I’ve started back on anti-depressants and have gone to see my counselor.  Yes, I have done all of that. And, I’m not crazy (well, maybe a little of the good kind).  I’m also not ungrateful or not thankful for every single thing that has happened lately…no, that’s not it.  I’m actually very HAPPY… I look at my life and feel blessed.  So, how can I be depressed you ask?  I kind of wish I knew the answer…  I kind of wish I could just snap out of it.

In the midst of feeling like this – I’ve gotten to create an album of songs that I’ve wanted to put together for years… all because a bunch of awesome people gave some of their money and their faith to me in order to make it happen.  WOW. Like, WOW.  In the midst of feeling like this – I have had client after client come into my house looking to me for energy and motivation, proving to be better each and every time I see them, and after they each leave – THEY fill me up, THEY motivate me with their want, drive and energy. WOW.

But even in all of that good stuff – it has been a struggle to go to the studio, to muster the energy to sing or write a workout for someone or even to make small decisions. Every single thing seemed so overwhelming, and as a person that likes to give their all to what they are doing – I felt like I could only give about 40%. Once I started doing whatever task was before me – I always felt better in the moment, but I was just overwhelmed going into anything.  Herein lies the cycle…  you don’t want to do anything, so you don’t, then you feel worse and then you REALLY want don’t want to do anything and you don’t want to be around anyone and STILL don’t want to do anything and it just keeps going around and around.  Not good.

Depression runs in my family.  Two people in my immediate family members have committed suicide… don’t worry – that’s not me, I have a VERY mild case, but it is hereditary, and it is a REAL thing.  There are all types of depression and varying degrees of seriousness, but it can make you physically ill.  It can change your life, who you think you are and what you think about yourself, and it can effect your relationships.  WebMD says the following about just how common depression is:

How Common Is Depression?

It is estimated that, by the year 2020, major depression will be second only to ischemic heart disease in terms of the leading causes of disability in the world. But people with depression sometimes fail to realize (or accept) that there is a physical cause to their depressed moods. As a result, they may search endlessly for external causes.

To me, it’s simply a chemical imbalance in your brain that can be triggered by certain things, circumstances, seasons, or it might just run in your family. AND IT’S NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. There are so many things to do that can help – whether you’re depressed or not! I’ve recently figured some of these things out, and I’m feeling better every single day.

  1. Exercise
  2. Reach out to friends
  3. Do the things you don’t want to do
  4. Seek guidance from a counselor or medical professional
  5. Don’t be ashamed
  6. Be open to medication
  7. Accept help

I’m feeling better every day.  Talking about it helps, being consistent, setting goals and getting out of the house…  Believe me, if you suffer from this – you CAN overcome.  You CAN.

I’m proud to talk about this because there is such a stigma about depression, treatment and medication and just the disease in general.  This stigma simply needs to be broken and talked about.  I feel courageous, I am accepting of this about me, and I am OKAY because this is a part of who I am – the good, the bad and the ugly…it makes me, ME.  I am more than depression.  I’m a work in progress. There’s so much more to me than this one thing – and if you suffer from this – try to hold on to that.  I am okay. This will make me stronger.  This isn’t all that I am, but it is a part of what makes me WHO I am.