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C O N N E C T S
What more can we ask for in life than connection with humans who fan our flames?

Humans who hold us up when it’s hard to stand.

People who ask us to rise up when they know we can do better.

As I roll into the weekend we come together to celebrate my brother, I am struck once again by the love & support my community offers me.

From these photogenic babes who check in on me every single day to the network of riders & staff at @spinsociety who leave notes & presents & books & pasta sauce for me at the studio to the people who love me from afar & send me healing vibes, I am blessed.

I am woke to the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to surround themselves with a loving group of people & that talk of being blessed can sound trite but I have spent much time in my life feeling lonely as well. I noticed that when I took the time to evaluate my own values & channeled my energy into relationships with people who shared those values that my support system grew organically.

That old adage about you being the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with is hella true y’all & life is best lived surrounded by a community of people who lift you up so choose that community wisely, keeping in mind your greatest values.




#community #support #friendship #blessed

I L O V E Y O U
What will you do today, never mind tomorrow, what will you do TODAY, to remind yourself that you are worthy of the love & respect that are your truest birthrights?

Need ideas?

Eat some good food, nourish your soul through your taste buds.

Schedule a hang with someone who fans your flames.

Schedule a hang with yourself & fan your own flames.

Bath. Candles. Book.

Book your fave fitness class. 🙋🏻

Make a list of all the things you love about yourself & skip the surface stuff.

Have a nap.

Make an appointment with someone who will make you feel good - RMT, Reiki, therapist, TCM, domanatrix. (Just making sure you’re still reading)

Do you, boo, you are loved, you are love, no matter what you believe.




#valentinesday #selflove #selfcare #love #single

S O R R O W & J O Y
I took my sorrow to the forest today & exchanged it for a few moments of joy.




#sorrow #joy #forest #sunshine

J U S T L I K E T H A T
We had 3 months to say goodbye & it wasn’t enough.

I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.

These words were woven through all our conversations as we journeyed towards his death.

Endless gratitude for the time we had to say goodbye, I understand how precious it was, I just want one more day.

My brother David, the bravest soul.

I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.

T W O O F T H E G R E A T E S T
Mom, Marleen & brother, David.

Niagara Falls 1972 (ish)

Watching my mom care for my brother as he slowly leaves this world has been one of the greatest honours of my life.

Heartbreaking, indeed. Heart-bursting, absolutely.

“My heart is a ladle of sweet water brimming over.” The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Now we rest & we wait & we witness.

D O N T F O R G E T
You are whole, you are human, you are nothing short of a MF miracle.

Ok? Ok cool.

Fill your soul with these words. Make them your own. Manifest your world based on these truths.

Whole. Human. Miraculous. ✨



#whole #human #miracle #love #loved #reminder

H E A V Y L I F T I N G
When they help you move on a Saturday morning after sharing one too many glasses of wine on a Friday night.

Big ups to you, @marlon.a.thompson & a huge shout out to our girl @kanisay for keeping us in line.

These two, always there for the heavy lifting. Literally & emotionally. You know what I mean. Friendship ftw. ✨



#friendship #ftw #babesupportingbabes #babes #vancouver

T H E M V I B E S
You are responsible for the energy you bring. - Jill Bolte Taylor

Whoa. I remember the first time I heard that (via @oprah on OWN, thank you very much) & how struck I was by that idea. I am responsible for the energy I bring to every single interaction. Whoa.

There’s so much chatter about good vibes & bad energy so let me be clear, when I say energy I mean presence. What we bring to the moment just by being there.

As a teen, my parents likened me to a hurricane. I’d blow in, stir things up physically & energetically & then twirl out the door. Thinking back to my teenage nickname, I realized that feeling, of creating a path of destruction, would be a good place to start my energy shift so I decided to land my storm & bring a more calm energy to my interactions. Sometimes it worked, many times it didn’t.

I began by taking three deep breaths before walking into a room to slow my sense of urgency. Again, trial & error, lots of errors, but this simple awareness guided me to be more aware of myself & my behaviour.

I soon realized that bringing a calmer, more present tone to my interactions garnered a warmer, more welcoming reception & it felt really good!

I started spending more time with people who were receptive to that Megan & less with people who wanted me spinning out of control. Life changer.

What areas in your life could use an energy shift? If this idea is totally new to you an easy way to assess is to look for feedback; verbal feedback (“Hurricane Megan is back!” or “I feel so calm around you"), physical feedback (someone putting physical space between you or someone stepping closer or even touching you) or energetic (lack of spark in conversation or fireworks exploding everywhere).

Remember, we are all inherently whole, loving beings who are capable of massive change so ask yourself what you can do to bring a brighter & lighter presence to all your interactions & see what happens.

PS - post inspired by a friend who I once dated who revealed yesterday that an emoji he commonly used back then was a way to express fear / discomfort about something I was saying / doing. Trial. Error. 🙋🏻

H O M E
Vancouver, I love you.

Forever grateful to live in a city where diversity is celebrated & in a country where common sense & human rights tend to prevail in government & society.

Where being a woman comes with a host of issues but those issues are of the first world kind. We’re equal, we’re valued & our bodies are worth just as much as a man’s.

(Minus the high price for female specific razors, hair care, soap, deodorant, etc. + the extra tax on feminine hygiene products)🤷🏻‍♀️

Did you know that over my lifetime I will pay around 24% more for the exact same items than men will, just because it looks / reads / smells more feminine? And earn about 24% less than a male counterpart?

Anyway, Vancouver is beautiful, non?



#vancouver #timesup #babesupportingbabes #feminist #femaleempowerment #lifecoach #metoo #girlboss #heretocreate #motivation #passion #growth #happy #change #transformation#friendship #smallbiz #hustle #fitspo #getstrong #relationships #peace #motivation #fitnessblogger #lifestyleblogger #604 #vancity #love #babe

R E M E M B E R
It’s easy to veer off track. It’s easy to lose yourself. It takes work to come back home to yourself. The good news tho? You can.



#feminist #femaleempowerment #women #timesup #metoo #powerful



S/O @theleaguewomen for the reminder & inspo. ✨

F O R E S T S I E R R A
My fellow Capricorn.

You came in with a bang 3 years ago & it is just my luck that I met your mama 17 years before.

Thank you for showing me a new side to one of my dearest friends & for bringing so much light & love into this world.

You are loved, you are love.



#forestsierra #capricorn #happybirthday

R I D E W M E (And her)

SCTY, let’s do this.

TUE 640
FRI 715
SUN SUB 820 - @bethhartwell
🚨 ALERT 🚨
Expect those post Women’s March rising vibes on Sunday.

Catch this ball of energy drinking tea & serving that work every TUE & THUR at 615 SCTYDT. @alicekdavidson

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#babesupportingbabes #feminist #femaleempowerment #lifecoach #metoo #girlboss #heretocreate #motivation #passion #growth #happy #change #transformation#friendship #smallbiz #hustle #spinsociety #SCTYDT #SCTYNV #fitspo #getstrong #relationships #peace #motivation #fitnessblogger #lifestyleblogger #604 #vancity #love #babe

Y E A R S
38, the year I let it all go & life turned upside down. The year I rediscovered my authentic voice & used it for good. The year the Universe served me a 2 x 4 to the heart when I didn’t get the more subtle messages she’s been serving me for years. The year the fragility of life became crystal clear. The year I was reminded that it’s vulnerability that informs our power. The year I discovered that I am loved & in fact, I AM LOVE.

THE YEAR, that women decided to remind everyone (including ourselves) just how powerful we are.

39, the year I accept myself, body, heart & soul, exactly as I am; whole, human & connected. The year compassion, joy, authenticity & acceptance will inform all my decisions. The year I will lose my brother. The year I will put my strength aside for a little while & ask for support. The year I will listen more, to you & your heart.

THE YEAR women rise, up, up, up.

The year I rise, up, up, up. ✨



#birthday #babesupportingbabes #feminist #femaleempowerment #lifecoach #metoo #girlboss #heretocreate #motivation #passion #growth #happy #change #transformation#friendship #smallbiz #hustle #spinsociety #SCTYDT #SCTYNV #fitspo #getstrong #relationships #peace #motivation #fitnessblogger #lifestyleblogger #604 #vancity #love #babe

R I D E W M E
Let’s shimmy into this week, Society.

TUES 715 - B’s bday blowout bike 18
TUES 640 - usual slay
THUR 715 - checking on @erwinforu
FRI 715 - M’s bday bonanza

Let’s do this. Book your bike.

R E M I N D E R
There are still 357 more days to reach your 2018 goals, go easy on yourself if you haven’t been running towards them at full tilt just yet.

My gals @emmilylee & @radicalselflove both touched on this today, it’s okay to get cozy on MF January 7th y’all! It’s okay to be a little slow out the gates in 2018! Hell, slow compared to what? To who? You’re the only one in the game so listen, just do you.

Do I believe in change? Absolutely. Do I believe in setting new goals? 💯. Do I believe in setting intentions for how we want to feel & live? Of course and here’s the thing, we have to do all of this when it feels right. Confession alert - I haven’t done any of that for the new year, yet, because I’m not quite ready or sure of what I want to manifest. (Except for a tropical 40th birthday in January 2019)

Change takes time. Results take time. Motivation can be hard to find when it’s pouring rain in Vancouver & a new season of Black Mirror is out.

If you’ve set a goal or an intention for 2018 & haven’t taken action yet & are feeling bad about it why not take one step towards it now. Say you set a goal to get to the gym one extra day a week this year, take out your schedule right now & decide what day that will be this week. Maybe you set an intention to read more in 2018 but don’t know where to start, Google ‘best (insert genre) books of 2017’ & order one that looks good right now.

Maybe you’ve got big goals in mind, you’re making shifts in your career (like me), you’re ending a marriage, you want to quit partying, all of these major shifts start with a small step but even before that, they start to take shape when you - body, mind & soul - are ready so don’t force it, don’t rush it. Just keep your intention in mind, remind yourself where you want to go & the universe will show you how to get there, when it’s time.

Until then, yes, I DO want to keep watching @netflix, thank you for asking.

C O M P A S S I O N
Compassion was the value I chose to focus on last January when I was setting intentions for 2017. I wanted to embody & embrace compassion for myself & for others in a greater way & guess what? I did.

I didn’t know how I was going to become more compassionate but I knew that if I set the intention, reflected on my goals & practiced compassion in times that I normally haven’t, the universe would get me there.

In April my best friend’s brother died & my compassion was required. As he grieved my friend withdrew from places in our friendship where he’d normally lean in & it was hard but rather than selfishly pushing him to be there I filled the space with compassion & allowed our relationship the space it needed to evolve & he the space to change with this devastating experience. My use of compassion expanded to replacing my needs with understanding.

Then my brother David was hospitalized in the ICU & I experienced compassion from the other end. Friends, co-workers, hospital staff & acquaintances alike caught my worry, fear & sadness in their compassionate hands & held that space for me & my family. My understanding of compassion widened.

Then I suffered a heartbreak that left me feeling empty & alone & compassion for myself was needed. I needed time to recover from the loss & where I would normally push through, ignoring my heart, soul & body’s need for rest & care, I surrendered & applied compassion to the empty space, to the crying, to the time off work, to the self imposed isolation. Compassion soothed my spiritual wounds & my worried mind. My ability to find compassion for my weaknesses grew exponentially.

Then David was moved to hospice after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer & continues to rest his body there as it slowly shuts down. Now compassion flows from all directions. The compassion with which David is treated by everyone, the compassion my dad shows my mom with a quick rub of the back. The way my mom looks at my brother as he sleeps. The way people ask me how I am today & nod when I say ok. Compassion is palpable in my world now.

Continued in comments.

R I D E W M E
Let's take it into the new year, Society. Time to put 2017 to bed.

FRI 820
SUN 1040 - Best of 2017 on NYE
TUE 640
FRI 715

Quick Q - do y'all know @vanessanewly? Cos I do & I'm here to tell you that she's one of the funniest people I know & a beast on the bike. Get at her & ...

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G R A T I T U D E
Since I became a full blown adult Christmas has been the most difficult & loneliest time of year for me.

I often obsess at Christmas about being single & having to face my parents alone for 4 days. Some context for those of you who don't know me that well - I face my parents "alone" all the time, we travel together, I see them every week, we talk on the phone every day. They are literally 2 of my favourite people to hang out with but in my mind, Christmas turns them into monsters who are desperate for me to get married.

I wonder why no one has texted me in 2 hours even after being with friends all morning.

I wonder why I wasn't invited to Christmas parties & what I'd done "wrong" the last time I'd seen the hosts, I start to think about how I can make new friends & beat myself up for not doing that more before the 23rd of December. I literally question everything I do as a friend & if people actually like me or just feel sorry for me.

In short, Christmas throws my confidence for a loop & makes me sound like a crazy person when I put it in writing. But this year? This year (as of today) I am switching it up & practicing gratitude to remind myself that I am rich with love & light. Here's the cool thing about being human - once we become aware of the fact that we are in control of our thoughts & the outcomes those thoughts create, we can choose new thoughts & outcomes any time we MF want! Cool, right?

So from today until the end of this treacherous holiday season I will practice gratitude & share with you in my Story who / what / where I am grateful for & why.

Gratitude forces us to focus on what we have rather than what we do not & allows us to see how full our lives already are. Gratitude also allows us to identify, in a mindful & gracious way, what we are lacking & creates space for us to create that which we desire.

Being grateful for what we have allows those feelings / connections / relationships to grow & expand & we soon have more of what we are grateful for.

Tell me, who / what / when / where are you grateful for & why? Share with me, because your joy is my joy.

R I D E W M E
Checking for ya @spinsociety, let's get it this week.

TUES 640PM
WED 530PM w. @cwils_92 & Songs of 2017
THUR 715AM for @bethhartwell
FRI 715AM
+
BIKE 17 THUR 530PM w. @bridgettelclare

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P E R M I S S I O N
What are you beating yourself up about this week? I'll go first in case you're feeling shy.

Eating a lot of sugar.

Not trying hard enough to make new friends.

Not working in coffee shops so I can meet the man of my dreams.

Not working out enough.

I could go on but I won't, you get the picture.

When I realized how hard I was being on myself I asked myself what I would say to a friend who was behaving in the same way & I found a never-ending well of compassion for myself. Why was I being so hard on myself when I would never dream of criticizing someone I love (or a perfect stranger for that matter) for those things?

Sometimes we need permission from someone else to treat ourselves kindly, to give ourselves a break & that's ok but it's also important to give ourselves permission to treat ourselves kindly, to be gentle with our own hearts.

Yes, it's important to take care of ourselves, to eat less sugar, to squat more, to forge new connections with people who light us up but when we don't, it's ok. We will when we are ready.

I bet that most of you, like me, have an arsenal of self-care tools at your disposal & a wealth of healthy habits that are ingrained in your day to day life to fall back on when things get turned upside down. When we stop being so hard on ourselves we can tune into the deep knowing that making healthy choices usually comes easy for us, that when we've fallen off our squat plan in the past we've always found our way back & that quality connections have been forged before & will be again.

So, allow me to give you permission, right now, to be exactly where you are. The holidays are upon us, do what comes with ease & light & rest easy with the knowledge that you'll be back to your salad eating, bench pressing, master of dating / forging new friendships in no time.

H O V 💎
"I will not lose. Ever."

R I D E W M E

SCTY... Catch me on the bike this week before your chances go from 4 to 2.

TUES 640
THUR 640 - last week in this spot
FRI 715 - BAD ASS FEMALE ARTISTS
SAT 710 - last week in this spot

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