Megan Noelle is a Traveler, Blogger, Hatha Yoga Teacher, Yoga Student, Meditator, Free Spirit living the life of my dreams. "I am a citizen of the world with a home base in California. At the young age of 10, I set a goal to visit 25 countries by the time I was 25. The book "The Secret" left a profound impact on my life because I learned how powerful the mind is, and the importance of envisioning the life I wanted. After accomplishing a goal 15 years in the making, I felt invincible and capable of making any of my dreams a reality. At 28, I am heading to my 30th country. My never-ending bucket list continues to be the main driver of my life.
At the beginning of 2015, I went to India for my yoga teacher certification and realized that traveling open ended was a must. We are only given one life, and I cannot let the fear of the unknown keep me from doing what I am meant to do. My path is meant to be lived around the world touching the lives of others. I did not pick this life, it picked me. It's my duty to be an inspiration to others by being true to myself and proving success can come in many forms. I quit my Corporate America job in November and am now traveling indefinitely. It wasn't easy letting go of a stable job, but I let go of the fear of running out of money because I know I will always be successful in whatever I do. I am capable of anything I put my mind to."
What do you do best?
I am true to who I am. If I say I am going to do something, I do it. I go after what I want in full force, and everything has always worked out better than I could imagine. I give back to the world every chance I get. From opportunities I seek out to opportunities that have presented themselves, I continue to put out into the universe my wants and needs to make this world more peaceful. I want to be a resource for others to find unique international opportunities that are available. I spread my light and positivity wherever I go by wearing a smile on my face daily. I prefer to be on the giving end of a compliment. I want everyone around me to feel good about who they are. I do not judge anyone. Being a yoga teacher is my vehicle to empower others to appreciate the now. I love inspiring others to live the life of their dreams because I am living the life of my dreams, and want to share my mentality with the world.
What makes you the best?
I live life on purpose. I have learned that I am my own source of happiness. I am not afraid to stand alone to accomplish what I want. I know that I am enough. I live every day as if it is the best day of my life. I do not like the concept of thinking of myself as the best because life isn’t a competition, and it is not my goal to be better than anyone else. The only person I compete with is the person I was yesterday. I hope to improve each and every day. I am a student of life and know how powerful the mind is. What I think, I can become. I see the good in every person and know that we are all one. Everyone experiences struggles and has a life to live. Each day has the potential to change our lives and I find that exciting. Being alive is a gift and I am grateful every day.
Knowing who I am. I am okay with standing alone and taking the path less traveled. I live outside my comfort zone and learn more about myself each and every day. Being true to myself and the dreams that I have, I have been successful at leading a life that honors me. I do not let fear rule my life. Everything I have ever wanted and worked for has come true and played out better than I could ever imagine.
What are your aspirations?
I aspire to “be the change I want to see in the world” - Ghandi. I want to spread love and mindfulness to every person I meet. I have lead one yoga retreat so far, and the overwhelming joy that came from this weekend has made me thirsty for more. I want to teach yoga around the world and lead wellness retreats for a better humanity. I want to promote self-love and going after your dreams. My hope is that my website can be a resource for others to find inspiration, travel resources & advice, and attend one of my yoga retreats.
Most Challenging Moment?
Watching my father fight the battle with Parkinson’s disease the last 15 years. My dad is one of my best friends and is the one who passed on my love of travel. I embody many of his characteristics and am thankful to have such an incredible role model who sees the good in everyone. Seeing Parkinson’s take over his life has been the most challenging experience of my life. It is not easy to watch someone you love suffer, but my dad is not one to complain about anything and fights the battle every day. Some days are better than others. I am humbled by how a person can show strength in the toughest situations. I am reminded each and every day to live my life to the fullest. My dad has taught me to find the good in every situation. As terrible a disease as Parkinson’s is, I have found that it has been a blessing in disguise because it is a constant reminder to live life to the fullest. Our situation is not what defines us. We define our situation. A positive mindset is always the answer to the toughest situations.
The three quotes I always remind myself of and try to align with my life are the following:“
Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” – Steve Jobs
“If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
To travel is to live. Traveling is my favorite part of life and in the 29 countries I have explored so far, my top three places are: Salento, Colombia; Antigua, Guatemala; and Wengen, Switzerland. These places have made me feel most alive. I must also add San Francisco, California which will always be my home. I feel blessed to have grown up in such an amazing place with so much diversity and beauty.
I recently spent 9.5 weeks in Colombia. I only planned on going for a month but was captivated by this amazing country. It is a beautiful country filled with the kindest people. Salento was my favorite place, and I recommend everyone visiting Valle de Cocora once in their lives for the incredible wax palms.
Guatemala is another hidden gem and I would recommend visiting Antigua and Lake Atitlan.
Wengen, Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Hiking the Swiss Alps made me feel as if I were in a painting. It didn’t seem real!
Coconut oil - I use it for everything!
Young Living Essential oils, especially lavender and cedarwood for sleep. I am a huge fan of natural remedies and believe essential oils can cure anything.
Traveling the world and immersing myself in new cultures, developing my website and creating a brand to inspire others to live life to the fullest, challenging myself on a daily basis and living outside my comfort zone, living in the now, doing yoga and finding places to teach around the world, learning more about acro-yoga, leading & attending wellness retreats, and staying connected to my loved ones.