An Interview with Author Megan Virona

Megan Virona

What is your mission in life?

My mission is not only to free myself from a settled life but to free others as well. I don’t want anyone to think that they have to live a life they aren’t completely in love with. I want to show others that they can do anything that they set their mind to.

Describe yourself in five words

If I could describe myself in five words, I would say that I am: 

1. Optimistic

2. Passionate 

3. Driven / motivated

4. Motivating or inspirational

5. Lastly, I would say that I’m very persistent because I do not give up when it comes to my goals and dreams! I don’t take no for an answer. I will always strive to reach my goal no matter what.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear?  

The first thing I would like to mention is that I always treat myself as a friend would treat me. If you think about it, a friend would never talk negatively about you, a friend would never put you down. Friends are there to support you and motivate you! So if I ever have a doubtful mindset I would act as a friend by comforting myself as another person would – and this really does help in many ways because not only are you fighting for yourself and giving yourself a positive outlook, but you’re also providing a good company and this encourages independent behavior. So I will continue to argue back-and-forth until I feel confident. 

Sometimes that doesn’t work. not because I don’t believe in myself, but because life often isn’t fair. I have a pretty good relationship with myself to the point where I mostly never have to doubt myself and my potential, but there’s always going to be something that may make me feel like I am not going to achieve what I want. In this situation, my approach will now be to research testimonies because I know others have done exactly what I want to do. and it’s very reassuring to see people who have started where I am at and are now living the dream that I have. 

Also when I’m feeling doubtful I just let it in. I remember that it is okay to feel these negative emotions instead of rejecting them and bottling them up. I give myself time to feel them and then I’ll eventually move forward. And every time I do move forward, I get stronger. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as motivated as I am -so I know that these methods that I use personally do work! I 100% recommend other people using these methods too.

What scares you the most?

What scares me the most is living a settled life. I never want to settle. I know what I want in life and I am so determined to get it, but there’s always going to be the fear that I put my hands up and say “This is too hard! I’m tired of working and not seeing results!”  I’m afraid I will go about my life working a 9 to 5 never knowing what it’s like to travel to live to explore. That’s why I am so eager to work whether it be on my book, courses, or my worksheets. I work overtime every day to ensure I won’t be living this settled life.

What makes you happiest?

Life! Rainy days, making love, surrounding myself with motivated people, taking risks, tropical plants, abstract art, museums, greenery, travel, writing, teaching, taking notes, passion, growth, the sun, the beach, rain forests, jungles, food, exotic animals, nature, freedom

Why do you write?

I write because as a kid I never felt like I was able to write. I’ve never felt like I had a voice. I never felt like what I was saying was important. After years and years of silence, I got tired and eventually started speaking. I started off by speaking to myself with writing and just video memos but later I came to a realization that what I had to say was significant. I realized that my words have the ability to literally change lives by inspiring people.  I think it’s beautiful that I can make markings on the piece of paper and when others are staring at the paper, they can gain an incredible amount of motivation and even change their own lives just by looking at the paper. I write to inspire others and organize my own thoughts. I want others to be motivated. I feel writing has been one of the most effective ways to get my voice out there, my teachings out there. And as a reader I can confidently say that this has been one of the most effective methods for me to learn and grow.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

I’m incredibly proud of my progression as a person I’ve talked about how I was before versus how I am now. for those of you who don’t know me I’ll give you a quick rundown of my story: I was brought up in an incredibly toxic environment to where I felt like my voice never really mattered. I would stay quiet all of the time because if I would have spoken I would be given the reason as to why I was wrong, why my voice didn’t matter, why I should just stay quiet. So, taking that with me from basically birth to the end of my high school years made it incredibly challenging for me in my early adulthood. I use this example a lot because it’s funny to me how much progress I’ve made but for example my boyfriend and I would go out to eat and I remember clenching his arm every single time we would have to order and my heart would race and I would just be standing behind him the whole time I whisper in his ear “can you ask for the number two” or whatever I wanted on the menu at the time. And this would go on for years and years and years and years. I am not exaggerating. That’s just a small example of how before I could barely speak up I would never book my own doctor’s appointments. I would never leave my room for the fear of having to talk to someone and saying the wrong thing. One day I decided I did not want to be this person anymore. So I changed. Fast forwarding to now I would like to announce that I have my own successful podcast show, I’ve been on my own solo vacations, I have my own home, I have my own book, I’m looking into mentoring other people, and hopefully getting into Public speaking in front of really big crowds! How ironic right? So I can confidently say that the biggest accomplishment I’ve ever made is becoming a person that I’m not ashamed of. Being an inspiration to my younger self. Being the type of person who knows what they want and not being afraid to speak up and immediately grasp it. I want to also mention that it doesn’t always happen overnight. change is a work in progress. But the fact that I knew what I wanted and didn’t want, and every day showed up as the person I wanted to be is one of my biggest accomplishments.

What is hardest: getting published, writing or marketing?

For me and I would say marketing. I’m never the type of person to force anything on others. Even if I’m completely confident in my work, I’m still a little bit shy to get it out there. I don’t ever want to be annoyingly pushing my products out there. I’m more of the type of person to sit back and let people come to me. I know I have value within my books, but I would like to be genuine every step of the way. I would love for my readers to feel more like friends. I’m still learning that it’s okay to accept, because I provide a lot of value.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?

I have an incredible amount of support. As a matter of fact, I don’t surround myself with anything but support! It’s not only important, but crucial for everybody to have a supportive foundation if they want to grow. Being around anything less will set you up for failure. If you’re reading this: Please surround yourself with only supportive people!

What else do you do, other than write?

Besides writing, I create abstract art, I travel, and I’m also a photographer. I’m blessed to have passions that go hand in hand. I like to travel and work on my art while I’m in these beautiful destinations and take pictures to capture memories of the moments to remember.

How do you write: lap-top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?

Personally, I think pen and paper is always going to be my go to. Something about looking at a full page of written ideas makes me feel so fulfilled. As for finalizing my rough drafts I use my laptop usually laying in bed.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

Eight hours! And when I wake up, before I check my phone or even get out of bed, I have to have at least one big glass of water. 

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? 

All of my friends, followers, anyone who has believed in me and been there from the start. 

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?

When I have people telling me that I have changed their life, and I’m an inspiration to them. That’s when I will consider myself as a successful writer!


Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?

My new book is only for the inspired. If you really want something in life and you’re willing to work for it, but you just don’t know where to begin or how to approach reaching this goal, this book is for you. I wrote this book to help people organize what they want and realize that it is possible with a plan, organizing. In this book I also encourage you to surround yourself with positivity along with a mindset that forces you to not settle. This is a workbook, so you’re going to have to work! And I think that’s the beauty in this book because you can’t just sit there and have temporary motivation. You’re going to be encouraged to do certain activities. You’re going to be encouraged to get up to write, highlight, take notes, and to research. That’s why I say that this book is only for the inspired.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?

I love warm showers, making love, massages, watching a funny movie or TV show, exfoliating with scrubs, eating a great meal, and sleep of course!

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

If you take away anything from this book, I want you to know that you can do this, and you will do this! 

You have to stay focused and you have to really want to achieve this goal. I think it’s important to romanticize every step of the journey to where you have that warm feeling when you think about your goals, or every time you pull out that book.

I hope that you will feel encouraged to use a journal and understand that your story is worth taking notes on. You can have a lot of fun growing if you make it that way. I want you to feel like your thoughts are being projected onto paper, so that you don’t have to overwhelm your mind. Also – a little time planning, visualizing, and projecting can go a very long way. And I think you will start to understand that later on as I did. As long as you put all of your passion into this, you’re all set up for success!

Thank you Jasveena for letting me be hosted on your website! I love what you’re doing and can’t wait to see how far you come in the future! 

Thank you so much, Megan!! 🙂 I am so happy to host you over here and I wish you many more successes in the future!

Do you have links that you’d like to share for others to read?

Amazon link

Podcast 

I host a podcast show called Self Development With Virona if you wanna check it out!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/self-development-with-virona/id1492630885

Self-development with Virona on Instagram

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