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From Corporate to Community: Building a Purpose-Driven Community with Megan Tobler

In this inspiring episode, I welcome Megan Tobler, the founder of Self Start Her, a thriving community for women entrepreneurs. Megan shares her journey of leaving the corporate world and creating a mission-driven business aimed at supporting and uplifting female entrepreneurs. Despite being laid off while pregnant, Megan focused on building a strong foundation for her community first before thinking about monetization. Listen in as she discusses her motivations, challenges, and the incredible support system she has built along the way.

KEY TAKEAWAYS COVERED IN THE PODCAST

  1. Mission Over Money
    Megan started her business with a strong mission to help others, putting community building and support before monetization. This approach not only set a solid foundation but also created a loyal and engaged audience.
  2. Leveraging Skills and Passion
    Utilizing her sales and communication skills, Megan successfully launched the Self Start Her podcast, which became a pivotal platform for sharing the stories and insights of female entrepreneurs. This initiative was driven by her passion for connecting and supporting other women in business.
  3. Navigating Challenges with Grace
    Megan's journey included significant challenges, such as being laid off while pregnant. However, she embraced these obstacles with resilience and grace, focusing on her long-term goals and leveraging the support of her family and community to continue building her dream business.

 

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Transcript

Teresa: You will know that starting a business is not for the faint hearted. And most of us start understandably so with the intention of, I need to make money. I know that was a hundred percent me and we build everything else around that. So money is the first priority. And then we think about the audience and the websites and the messaging and all that sort of good stuff.

But what if that wasn't your first thought? What if you started your business purely with a mission to help others first and then making money was the later thought. That's exactly what today's guest has done. And not only did she do that, but she did it after she was made redundant while pregnant with her first child.

So in today's episode, you will learn all about why she created a community first and how she plans to monetize this in the future.

Hello, and welcome back to another episode of Your Dream Business. Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate it. If you are new to the podcast, welcome. I'm your host, Teresa Heath-Wareing.

And every week I bring you either amazing guests who have inspiring and awesome stories to tell [00:02:00] And then I mix that up with solo episodes where I give you strategy and tips and tactics and more kind of practical stuff. And today I have an interview for you. Now, Megan is someone I met quite some time ago when I was interviewed on her podcast.

And in fact, if I remember rightly, I reached out to her and I found her podcast and said, do you want to guest or would you like me as a guest? And that's how we connected. And we've stayed connected ever since. And I'm so grateful to have her on my podcast now. So Megan Tobler is a trailblazer in the world of woman entrepreneurism.

After 10 years in corporate world with a successful career in sales, She became passionate about redefining her definition of success and creating a life that would allow her to have freedom she craved and the ability to make an impact. As the host of the self start her. So it's like stealth self starter, but with her at the end podcast, Megan has created a platform for women entrepreneurs from all over the [00:03:00] globe and all walks of life to share their stories, paths, challenges, and triumphs.

It is her goal to inspire more women and follow their hearts, launch their own businesses, and to start living life on their terms. So Megan really truly aligns with me and who I am and the work that I do. But what I love about Megan's story and what you're going to hear is she's kind of gone and done it a different way round to the way lots of people start a business.

And the foundation she is building are phenomenal. And this is really coming from a place of passion, a place of wanting to serve. And honestly, you know, when you meet someone and they're just the nicest person. That is Megan. So I know you're not only going to love her, but you're going to be super inspired by what she is creating and building and want to go and follow her and check her out.

As always, we link up to everything in the show notes. So you can go to Teresa Heath wearing. com /357 as in the numbers three, five, seven. That's the [00:04:00] number of today's episode. And basically you can find the show notes there and all the links to everything we talk about. So.

Please welcome the very lovely Megan Tobler. Megan, I am so happy to have you on the podcast. How you doing?

Megan: Teresa, I'm so happy to be here. I'm doing well. How about yourself?

Teresa: I'm great. It's been a while since we spoke. When did I come on your podcast?

Megan: Oh, goodness. I want to say that we actually touched base about a year ago this time last year.

So it was probably March or April ish. Well, I guess we're in May almost, tomorrow.

Teresa: Yeah, I think it was because when I spoke to you, you were pregnant.

Megan: Yes.

Teresa: And it was a very, it was an awesome conversation in terms of like, what you were doing. And I remember immediately being, Oh, I want to work with her. I want, I want to help her.

I want to like, she needs to come and work with me in some way. Like I just loved you from the minute we had a conversation, which was awesome. So I always start my podcast same way. I do need to change it up. I will at some point, but we're not there yet. Please [00:05:00] explain to my lovely audience who you are and how you got to do the thing that you do today.

Megan: Well, first of all, I have to tell you, Teresa, I think the feeling was absolutely mutual. I was telling you before we hit record today that you said something that really struck home with me a year ago when we connected, and that was to give yourself grace in the season of life. And so for the last year, any single time that I was feeling that I wasn't doing something in the quote unquote right way to really take a step back and just be like, you know what, I'm going to give myself grace right now.

I'm going to do a Teresa. So thank you so much for doing that.

Teresa: My pleasure. I'm so glad it's that. And I'm so glad you do it because you need to give yourself grace because you're doing a lot of things at once. So yeah, I love it.

Megan: And we'll talk all about that. I'm sure about everything that we're doing, but to answer your question, as, as you already mentioned, my name is Megan.

I, as from my accent can probably tell that I'm not based in the UK. I am actually across the pond all the way in sunny California. But I am the founder of self start her and self start her [00:06:00] is a growing community of women who really dare to take a chance on themselves and to change their lives. I've created this platform where I have created resources for aspiring and really new entrepreneurs to be able to really learn how to get started and how to grow and sustain a business.

So we can definitely dive a little bit further into this, but my story is all about just getting started and taking the right steps and in a direction.

Teresa: Love it. So when we spoke, you had either stopped working or you were about to stop working. So tell us what you did prior to starting doing this.

Megan: So I spent almost a decade in corporate sales.

I was thriving. I was making multiple six figures a year. I was, I was doing great. I thought on paper, I had it all. I had the house, I had the car, I was taking great vacations, but I had absolutely no life. And I knew that that [00:07:00] wasn't something that I wanted to do moving forward once I started a family.

And I always had this itch inside of you. I think that you have, some of you have it, some people don't, and that's totally fine. Whatever that is. But I had this like burning itch that there was something that was inside of me that was just craving to, to be unleashed. But I didn't really know what that was.

I thought it was more in the corporate world. So I kept climbing that ladder, trying to get the fancier title and the bigger paycheck and all that stuff, but it wasn't doing it for me. So I started dabbling in little side projects, trying to think of, okay, what, what is it that's going to really fulfill that itch?

And I didn't know really where to start. So I started, I took a step back and I was like, you know what, what is it that you're good at and what is it that you really like to do? And so I realized, okay, I came from the corporate sales background. I love talking to people. I love hearing their stories and I love helping them.

And [00:08:00] also I was good at listening and also good at communicating a message. So I thought, you know what, why don't I start a podcast where I'm interviewing women who are already doing what I want to be doing so that way I can learn from them and at the same time put out that content into the world to be able to make sure that I'm paying it forward.

So that way it's really encompassing everything that I was good at and then also everything that I was craving as far as more making more of an impact. So I started with a podcast. And I did that for a few months, and in January, no, March of last year, I was actually laid off after announcing my pregnancy to my company.

And I had the choice to either.

Teresa: Is that not illegal?

Megan: Technically.

Teresa: It would be in the UK.

Megan: It would technically there, there's workarounds, so they laid off my entire department, so I wasn't singled out. So that's how they get away with it. But I [00:09:00] truly believe I would have been moved into a different department had I not announced my pregnancy to the company.

But I think that things happen for you. Yeah. And not to you. Yeah. And so I truly believe that that was meant to happen in order for me to take the leap and just go for this.

Teresa: Yeah.

Megan: So that's what I did.

Teresa: So I want to go back a bit. The the fact that you started a podcast, well, the fact that you went, okay, there's something else here and I want something else and what else could I do?

And you then decided to start a podcast. Because anybody who is listening to this and who has had a podcast or thought about doing a podcast, it is a ton of work. Having a podcast is not a like, I don't want to use not easy because it's not that it's not easy. It just, there's lots of moving parts and there's lots of skills that maybe we haven't used before because naturally, you know, Interviewing takes skill and it takes a certain, you know, type of person to be able to do it, getting it out there, [00:10:00] marketing it, getting guests, like there's a lot of moving parts.

What made you think, I'm going to do a podcast? And you worked full time, like you had no reason to do something like that. There was no like, I've got to make money from it or whatever. It was just almost a hobby, I guess, at the beginning, was it?

Megan: Absolutely. I, it was a curiosity factor. I really wanted to understand how to build my own business.

I knew that I wasn't at a place yet to completely make the full transition out of corporate into a life of entrepreneurship. If I didn't really knew, know what, I wanted to do. So I think that's where the podcast started, but I also didn't think about it even being hard. That didn't even cross my mind to be honest with you, Teresa.

It was one of those things where I just made the decision and sometimes getting to the decision and make taking the action is the hardest part. So once I just made that choice, I just said, you know, I'm going to go for it. So I actually used my sales skills [00:11:00] and I created a prospect list of every single female entrepreneur that I knew personally.

And I started using my sales tactics and I wrote personal emails to each one of these women not only emphasizing what I was doing, but how I could really highlight them and how it could really impact their business because it, it, it wasn't about me. It was about them. And so, and then also the bigger mission.

So I made sure to really emphasize like, how, why this is important and why I believed in what I was doing. So I got a resounding yes all across the board, but I was really intentional by who I reached out to first, because when you get started, it truly is the hardest part. So I really wanted to make sure that I started with positivity and that I knew that I would reach out to someone that would give me that yes in order to keep going.

So I got someone that I knew would tell a wonderful story, but also someone that would, I don't know how to say [00:12:00] this, but like boost my confidence level and the fact where I could get that yes to keep moving forward. So I started recording in June of 2021, I believe, or is it 2022? All my dates are getting mixed up at this point.

But 2022. Yes. Cause we're in 2024. Thank you. And so I started in then then, but I, I just kept recording and recording, but I didn't publish anything. I really wanted to make sure that I had a library of resources built up to make sure that I could keep going. And then I found Kathy Heller's podcasting course and I'd already started everything, but I needed a little bit of a jump or kickstart in the derriere to get me to actually publish it.

So I will tell you, I didn't even finish Kathy's course, but what it allowed me to do is to get back into the game, get the confidence to post it and also to surround myself with a community of women who were [00:13:00] also going through the similar process and we all just really linked arms together and we just did it.

And so Kathy is a huge reason why I put it out there. And I will tell you, I was a little gutsy. There's something called the pod fade, and I believe it's around seven or eight episodes where if someone starts a podcast, they typically fizzle out. And so I learned about this through Kathy and I decided that at that point I had seven or eight episodes already recorded and I didn't want to be the pod fade.

So I reached out to Kathy, I did a personal video and I said, Kathy, I, I just invested in your course. I'm one of your students. I have this many podcast episodes recorded. Will you be my number eight? I didn't get a yes, but I got a really nice response back. But that allowed me to put myself out there and to just announce what I was doing.

Because once you announce it, it's real. So here we are.

Teresa: There's so much of this that I resonate with so [00:14:00] much. Like the putting yourself out there, the, the, So much of this I have done, whether it was an intentional or not intentional and or something I learned afterwards, but the fact of I am really good when I've told the world I'm doing something and then I do it like sometimes if it's like I am going to do that, I am going to, but I'm not telling anybody.

It takes ages to happen. Things like the sending the personal messages out to people. I a hundred percent did that when I got my first few guests. It was very much like, I want you and I will make every effort to make sure I get you. And I think, I mean, it still blows my mind that you were working and you did this as like, you know, a side thing.

And I do think, I just want to say, I think there is something about American people that have a very different approach to work to UK people. So one of the things that I have noticed a lot is [00:15:00] I went and did a talk in Nashville a couple of years back now for seven figure business owners. And so many of those seven figure business owners had still had jobs or were just waiting until it had hit another point or a certain point before they left their job.

And they were running businesses alongside a full time job. I'm working with someone at the moment who's in one of my group programs Who has two jobs and is creating an online business like you guys work, you are not afraid of putting your, you know, your head down and going, I'm gonna try and make this happen.

But, but what's interesting in this story is, correct me if I'm wrong, but there was never a, a money goal immediately in mind. There was never like, I'm doing this because in three weeks time I want to earn this, doing this. Or did you always have a long thing in mind, or it sounds like it was like a self-discovery thing first before it was anything else.

Megan: It was absolutely a self discovery thing. So you're completely correct. I had no intentions to monetize it [00:16:00] right away. I started, I put the first episode out in October 2022. And we're going to go back on that. Yep. And I Then in January of the next year in 2023, I actually hired a business coach and I made it my goal at the beginning of that year that I wanted to be out of corporate by the end of that first quarter.

Teresa: I remember this conversation..

Megan: Which is wonderful.

And I had this huge loft ygoal. And then I found out I was pregnant. So I kind of backpedaled a little bit and I said, you know what? I am not ready to leave corporate quite yet. I want to be able to collect my maternity leave and all the benefits and, and all this stuff. So then I kind of just focused a little bit more on, on the content creation and really just bettering myself as well.

And then jokes on me because whatever you put out into the universe typically happens, then I face the layoff. Yeah. And I. I did think about how I wanted to, to monetize it because I [00:17:00] thought about going back to corporate or continuing building my business. And I will be honest with you that the corporate poll tried to pull me back.

I had 40 interviews in two weeks after my layoff. And I had each one of them were 30 to 30 minutes to an hour conversation. So I was, Probably busier than I'd ever been in my entire life in those two weeks. And in all of those conversations, I kept leaving those calls like deflated, not like knowing deep down that I did not want to go back.

And so I just decided after those two weeks, I had a conversation with my husband and I said, you know what? I can't go back. We have to figure out a way to make this work. And he completely supported me. And so at that point I went all in on self start her, but I'll be honest with you, Teresa, to this day, I still haven't monetized self start her.

I have been really focused on laying the foundations and making sure that I am building something that I truly believe is valuable for the [00:18:00] female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs that are out there. And I really want to make sure that I'm also putting my best foot forward to be able to make sure that when I do have an offer to sell, that is the best thing that they're going to get their hands on, that they know, like, and trust me already that it's a no brainer.

Teresa: And that, that just like talks to my heart because one thing that I. I've been doing a lot of like reviewing of my business. I'm about to go through a rebrand at the point where recording this, but by the time this comes out, I would have totally had the rebrand. But at this point, one of the, I'm doing a lot of things like who is my customer, who am I trying to attract?

And I want to attract people who have a passion for the thing they do. The online space can attract a lot of people who just want to make money with an online business because they heard how amazing it is that if you create a course and you can sell it over and over and over and now who wouldn't want it like hooray sign me up tomorrow but it attracts people who go how do I just do a business in that space? Right it doesn't matter what the [00:19:00] business is I just want a business in that space. Whereas the people who I love working with are the people who have a passion for something and they've probably done it Already for a while.

Maybe they're offering it one to one. Maybe they're offering it like as a done for you service. But they have history in the thing that they're doing, and then they want to transfer it to an online business. And you are exactly that person because the effort it takes to show up and do a podcast and to be pouring into people, because we are like every day that.

The amount of time I've been on podcast interviews all day. And you're my last interview of the day and I'll finish at like seven. And, and you've got to love doing this stuff because like, believe me, you know, ordinarily I would happily have my feet up and be watching TV by now, but like, so I do, I adore it.

And the same with you. And I think to want to genuinely help to put that first. And actually to put that first above earning money, which is [00:20:00] a natural thing that we want to do. It means so much and says so much about you that actually, at the point you decide that you've put together something that you think is worth selling and putting out there, who would not want to buy it?

Megan: Well, you're really kind for saying that, but I will have to say that I recognize that not everyone is able to do what I'm doing as far because I do have my husband's income. If I didn't have that right now and didn't obviously have my son that's that's currently here, I would probably either be trying to sell some sort of offer because I had to or going back into the corporate world so I can continue this passion and eventually have that offer to, to introduce to the world.

So I recognize that I am in a very fortunate situation, but it's, it really is my passion.

Teresa: But there are easier options. Like, I don't want you to take away from what you're doing because you are, you still have a baby. And, you know, they are still a [00:21:00] baby, you know, you could have gone back to corporate, you could have like not done this, you know, you could have just taken the time off.

Like you said, you were in a fortunate position where you can live on the salary that your husband brings in. So you could have said. I'm just going to be off and spend time with my baby and do nothing else. So I don't want you to like, you know, at any point, try and sideline how awesome it is, what you've done, because it really is fricking awesome.

So you should be high fiving yourself all day long today. Okay. After this call.

Megan: Thank you. I think becoming a mom definitely allows you to obtain a new skill set because you really have to prioritize when you do certain tasks during the day. And because your time is very limited, but I will say leading up to his birth, I bulk recorded a ton of episodes.

So I actually have episodes that are going to get me through August, no actually into September of this year because I spent so much time before his birth recording and capturing [00:22:00] people's stories because I really wanted to make sure that I didn't have to take time off but that I was also allowing myself to be present for when he was born because I knew it wasn't going to be easy.

It was going to be a transition. But now we're finally the point he's almost eight months old and he's playing by himself a little bit more. So I'm allowed, I'm able to get a little bit of time on the computer if I have to, which I try to be more present with him. But if I can sneak in a little bit of time. My mom comes once a week to be able to help me so I can record what we're like, what we're doing today.

And so because of that, I am now starting a blog for a self start her and I'm also starting a YouTube channel. So the blog. Yeah, it's been great. My husband create or converted our entire garage into a YouTube studio. So we are ready to go there. And I just recorded my first introductory video this past weekend.

And for the blog, what I'm doing is I'm actually reaching out to past guests that I've had on the show and asking them if they want to be guest contributors for the [00:23:00] blog. So it's allowing me to not have to make all this content, but But I'm still highlighting all of these female entrepreneurs that are already doing it and bringing in these experts to be able to share their knowledge with the self start her community.

So it's been a really great and evolving really community and resource that we've built over here.

Teresa: So cool. So, so cool. So tell me about, like, has the podcast done what you wanted? Does it have the download you're hoping for? Was it like, where is the podcast at now? What are your thoughts in terms of. Yeah.

Does it, did it achieve or is it achieving what you wanted? What's your thoughts going forward?

Megan: So as far as from a personal standpoint, I am really proud of myself for sticking with it and for, I I'm still every single conversation I have, I'm still Still as equally as excited to talk to each guest and learn about their story as I was on day one.

So I feel like that fire is still within me and that's something that's really special to me. [00:24:00] I really haven't been focused as much on the downloads, even though the number is important. I am focused on putting value out there and just making sure that I'm capturing people's stories in the best way possible.

I'm not the most popular podcast that's out there. I'm not going to be the Amy Porterfield. Because I don't have those downloads.

Teresa: No. And there is a ton of podcasts out there. And to be honest, no one is Amy Portfield borough in Portfield. Like she is getting the amount of downloads that she is getting.

Very few people are getting anywhere near those downloads.

Megan: Right. She's a superpower and she's someone that I, I admire and I aspire to, to have a lot of, or to create, I should say a lot of what she's been able to create because she's just a powerhouse. But, so I would say that if I was, if I was going to look at the downloads, I would, I would have been hoping that they'd be a little bit further along, but I'm not letting that stop me from continuously putting out the content.

Teresa: And I love that. Again. Like there's so many good messages in here because the podcast fade is a real thing. Like [00:25:00] I have seen so many people go, I'm starting a podcast. Woo. Seven episodes, eight episodes, nine episodes in disappears, then comes back and goes, Oh, I took a little break. And there's three more episodes and then they disappear again.

And then, you know, one of the things that I am the most proudest about in my business is that I think. Actually, you're going to be at this point, if this is still right, you're going to be episode 357. Right. Like, and I have never missed a week, not one, like in all the time that I have had my business. I have not missed one single week.

And I am so freaking proud of that. Like, you know, and it always needs reviewing. It always needs updating. It always needs changing. Like I've tweaked how I've done. I'm doing some of the podcast promotion this year. I'm trying to increase my downloads again. I'm like, I'm refocusing on it again this year, but like that consistency for me.

And not only that, when I did the summit, I did a summit back in March and like the people I had on that summit were the best of the best people. Like, and the reason I had most of those [00:26:00] people were because they'd been on the podcast, like, because I had. had a connection with them, or I'd met them, or like, we had something in our worlds together, or like I said, they'd been a guest on the podcast.

And like, so the, the doors that that has opened up to me has been phenomenal. So the fact that you have gone, and like I said, the things that people focus on is the money that you're bringing in and the vanity metrics of, look how famous I am because I have a podcast and all these downloads, like, and the fact that you've gone, do you know what they're second.

Like my, my core need and my why is supporting people, getting stories out there, having this resource for women business owners to come and learn from and be motivated from and be inspired from is honestly in itself an inspiration. Like.

Megan: Thank you.

Teresa: Honestly, it is amazing. So, but at some point we need to monetize it.

Megan: 100%. Yes.

Teresa: Are your thoughts, do you have thoughts of what that's going to look like? Have you. Like, can [00:27:00] I, can I make you say things out loud that then you're going to have to do?

Megan: Absolutely. So there's a couple of different ways that I'm thinking about this. One, I'm definitely interested in creating a course.

That's something that's coming soon. You mentioned this at the very beginning, something that I would be able to just have like an evergreen offer for people to, to purchase that would really help them kickstart their journey. But then my husband and I have a lot of these conversations at the dinner table.

That's really where we open up a bottle of wine and sit down and connect once our son's asleep. And he goes, you know what? You have a marketing platform here. Yeah. You're marketing other people's businesses for them. So eventually, self start her might become a marketing platform for female business owners to be able to highlight because I'm already their biggest cheerleader now.

So potentially offering them, obviously free spots, but then if they want, additional places to be able to be featured, to be able to have a monetization, [00:28:00] aspect, there, so I don't know what that's going to look like, but that's kind of like the different avenues that I'm thinking at this point.

Teresa: And you know, the, the thing, again, like there's so much good stuff about what you're doing here, but. I, at the point of recording this, I'm putting together a webinar for a couple of weeks time about growing an online business. And I'm talking about like the key things that you need. And one of the key things that you need is an audience.

And this is the thing that most people lack enough of. So they have a small audience. They're not building it as strong and as fast as they could be or should be. But the fact that you are focusing on the audience, is amazing that you are trying to build this following this like world around your brand before you then say, and by the way, here's something you can buy from me.

Again, like I said, the credibility that that's giving you of I'm not just here [00:29:00] for you to sell to me. And that's like, we've all been on the receiving end of. We've been in someone's audience. We hear nothing from them until the point they're trying to sell. And then suddenly the bombard us with emails and it's like, you're using me.

And I don't like that. Like, or, Like, some people will affiliate everything, like, they will be affiliate for anyone, everything constantly trying to sell to their audience. And again, it's like it shows me or the way I feel about it is I want my audience. I respect them. And therefore I'll only put people and things in front of them that I truly love and believe and like and bought into.

And I won't do it that often because I don't want to piss them off. I don't want them to be like, you know, Oh, great. Just another thing you're trying to sell. And that's, it is like, you know, even with lots of free things and, you know, here's a download or here's like a webinar I'm doing in a couple of weeks or here's, you know, it still feels like there's still this promotion aspect, but if no one ever bought from me, they would still get so [00:30:00] much stuff.

And that I think has got to be one of the strongest marketing strategies. you loving on them, you helping them. And, and if they buy from you, awesome. If they don't, that they still go out to the world and go, you know, Megan, she is amazing. Go follow her stuff. She's awesome.

Megan: And I think it's all about having an abundance mindset.

I think if you're in operating from a state of lack, then you're going to be constantly putting out all those affiliate links. And then people are going to stop following you because they're like, Ooh, I don't, I don't trust her anymore. And I think that when I eventually do put out something, I want someone to be able to believe that I'm only putting it out there because I truly believe that it's going to help transform their life and their business.

Teresa: Yeah. Yeah. A hundred percent. A hundred percent. So how are you managing then doing these things and being a mom? Cause that is hard.

Megan: It is, but I, I'm making it work. Like I mentioned earlier, my mom's coming on Tuesdays, so I [00:31:00] have a designated day for, for podcast interviews. I do have a podcast editor, and that's something that I made sure to outsource right away because I knew that if I was responsible for editing these, nothing would get put out there.

So I, I do invest in that, but other everything else that you see is me, I'm other than editing, but I actually just read in my website and that was all me and it wasn't, it wasn't easy. It was actually really hard, but it's something that you, Learn and you and acquire all of these different skills as the business owner.

And I think it's, it's really rewarding at the end of the day to be able to take a step back and say, you know what, I did that. So I'm managing, we'll just put it that way as a, as a mom and a business owner, I'm, I'm squeezing it in when I can. His naps are getting a little bit longer during the day. So anytime he goes down, I'm at my computer.

After he goes to sleep, I'll most days get on the computer, but some days I just want to put, kick my feet up and just veg on the couch. So I think it's all [00:32:00] about balance and recognizing what you need. And going back to what we're talking about the beginning, giving yourself that grace and knowing that everything's in a season.

And right now I might have less time than I did a year ago, but that's okay. And I'm going to enjoy every single second that I have with my son and as I'm building this business.

Teresa: Honestly, like, I want most people to succeed, everyone to succeed. But you, Megan, I just like, there is something about you that one, I feel real pride for you, like, which is weird.

I don't know where the hell that's come from. I've had nothing to do with anything. But even just watching you, I'm like, man, you should be so proud of yourself. I think the way you have gone about things, the way you're creating things feels really selfless. It feels really like invested in others and that how you're showing up is such an amazing way.

And, and honestly, I want you to be wildly successful. And I don't see that you won't like, I don't see how you can't [00:33:00] because the way you're doing things, the way what you're offering and the connections you're making. And I think this is the other thing, you know, having the podcast, having these opportunities, bringing people together, supporting people, you are making such great connections and such great foundations, things that most people don't put enough time and effort into.

And, you know, the fact that you're doing all this before you're doing anything else is just flippin awesome.

Megan: I have to say, I put a lot of value into these connections and you and I met because of the podcast originally and because of our meeting, I mean, you and I clicked instantly. I felt like, and, you actually sent people my way for the podcast.

I've been connected to so many wonderful women. Suzanne, Becci, I'm about to interview Wendy in a few weeks. And they're just such incredible, wonderful women that I'm now connected to because of you. So it's one of those things that you never know who you're going to [00:34:00] meet through each conversation. And you're someone that I just adore.

And I am so happy to be in your circle because you inspire me. You are someone that I would love to emulate my business after and to, to really be like. Be like you.

Teresa: Oh, Megan, thank you. Honestly, I'm like, I'm so touched. I'm so touched. I'll just keep this on record, like all the time. Like, you know, let's just, I'll just keep playing this back to myself on the days that are tough because the days come that are tough.

Like, you know, honestly, Megan, you are the nicest person, the nicest person. So. I'm super conscious of your time because your time is very precious, more precious than most because you do have a little human that you have to care for. Where do people come and find you? Where can they hang out with you? And what can we do to help you?

Megan: Oh, you're too kind. Well, feel free to go to selfstarther. com and that's S E L F S T A R T H E R. So adding a little feminine fun flair to it. I'm on Instagram at selfstart. her. LinkedIn, [00:35:00] my name, Megan Tobler, and we just have a YouTube channel. So that's the self start her YouTube channel. By the time this airs, hopefully there's some videos out there for you.

And then obviously the podcast. So the self start her podcast, and honestly, just say hi. That's, that's really how you can support me. I love being able to meet every single person. And I think that also the biggest thing, if you're listening to this and you're, you have this itch, like we were talking about earlier to, to create something of your own, listen to it because it's there for a reason.

So you would make my life so full if you just listen to that itch, scratch it and just move forward.

Teresa: I love it. Megan, thank you so much. It's been a pleasure to finally have you on my podcast.

Megan: Oh, it's a pleasure to be here, Teresa. Thank you so much.