What is the Biggest Lesson You've Learned Along the Way?

With Morgan Tyler

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hello lovely people. I’m just a normal, 28 year old human trying to figure out life – my friends and family call me Morgan. 
 
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I’m deathly terrified of cave crickets and centipedes. In that order.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To get out of my head and into my heart.
 
What would you say to 16 year old you? 
Keep baking. It will become therapy someday.
Speak up child, your opinion is validated.
Tell your mind to pipe down, your heart is patiently waiting for a turn.
Eat every bit of mom’s cooking while you can, cooking for yourself isn’t nearly as fun and doesn’t taste as good.
Love whomever you want to love, without hesitation.
Ask questions. Say no. Curiosity and firmness do not equal rudeness or stubbornness.
Embrace sex. It’s a pleasure, not a duty.
Thank your guardian angels more, you do a lot of stupid shit.
I know you think you have you’re life planned out, but you don’t and that’s ok. Sometimes plans are overrated anyways.
For goodness sake wear a hat out of 5am morning swim practices and your throat won’t feel as sore.
Stop judging others, you know nothing of their stories.
You think you’re going to work in a hospital, but you actually start doing yoga on this weird app that you aren’t even a part of yet and it becomes your full time job.
Keep smiling that big, old smile. You spread so much happiness without knowing it.
Tell your siblings you love them more. Someday you will live all over the world apart from each other.
Flat out sprint from anyone who causes you to feel less than or guilty for being exactly who you are. I promise there’s better out there.
You’re going to make mistakes. Lots of them. Forgive yourself.
Don’t be too stoked about turning 21, tbh, the early-mid twenties suck.
Keep believing the best in people. But not too much.
Dear Morgan.
Buckle down.
I’m so proud of who you are becoming, but you haven’t seen shit yet.
xo.
Future Morgan.
 
Have you ever had anyone doubt you?
Absolutely. I’m pretty certain when I dove headfirst into IG and thought I could make a career out of it, my family and friends thought I was batshit crazy, haha.
How did that make you feel?
Honestly, I used to put a lot of weight into people’s opinions. If you would have asked me 10 years ago I’d probably even tell you it caused me to doubt myself. But now, it fuels the fire even further to trust my gut and continue doing what I know is best for me, even if others disagree. 
 
What message do you think every woman should hear?
YOU ARE WORTHY. You are capable. You are invaluable. 
 
What is it like to be a businesswoman?
It’s funny to hear that word linked to myself, haha. I’ve never considered myself to be very business savvy. Running my own business has come with its own sets up aches and pains and getting taken advantage of. But, it’s also brought me much freedom and happiness in my life that no amount of bumps in the road could take away from me. 
 
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Louisville is just home. I’ve been here 20 years, and I have to say, compared to other parts of the country people are just very hospitable and kind here. We are also one of the top places in the U.S. for food according to the Travel channel – and I concur. YUM.
 
What do you love most about yourself?
Probably my greatest strength, which also happens to be a weakness, is that I always believe the best in people. Time and time again. I am really grateful to have that quality within me. 
 
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Honestly, right now. Coming out on social media and publicizing my relationship with my girlfriend to all of my friends and family has not been all butterflies and rainbows. Especially growing up near the southern Bible Belt, where religion is prominent and there’s lots of conservative people who don’t look kindly upon same sex relationships. 
 
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
That you literally have this ONE LIFE. Stop letting others decide how you live it. 
 
What motivates you most?
My health. Every day I wake up I know that it’s a gift, and I never want to take that for granted.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
That’s always a work in progress. Recently I found the Screen Time tab in my settings and it lets you decide how long you want to spend on certain apps. When my time is up, it notifies me and locks me out for the rest of the day, haha!
 
What is your favorite meal?
Any Asian noodle dish. Pho, ramen, Pad Thai, Singapore noodles, Japchae…you name it.
 
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Continually offer myself grace. I think a lot of being stuck in the past is caused my the guilt and shame we carry around for past decisions and choices. We are our own worst critics….I think self forgiveness is underrated. 
 
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I’ve never had a mentor per se, but I do have someone I look up to greatly, and she once told me to never doubt my purpose in life. That she could see it, even if I couldn’t. I think it was something I needed to hear at the time and it reignited a belief in myself. 
 
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
That I’m highly allergic to cats and dogs. Yet I have two cats and two dogs. Animals are my heart.
 
Why did you start your company?
It really wasn’t my idea…my audience on IG started requesting guides and tutorials, and I was like well, why not actually do this and create an ebook of what has worked for me? It started out as creating one, little guide, and turned into my entire life. 
 
Were you scared to start your business?
Oh absolutely. Not for the ‘running your own business’ part. But because it’s terrifying to put yourself out there. To create a product, charge people for it and hope to god they like it. You know? It’s a huge risk and lesson in vulnerability. I would never release a product just to make money. I put my heart and soul into my teaching and want it to be a representation of me as a person. 
 
What is the best thing about being a founder of a company?
The freedom it brings. Not having to report to anyone besides yourself, or show up at a building besides your home. On the flip side that’s also the hardest part when you go through seasons of feeling uninspired. 
 
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
1,000,000% own my own coffee shop. I still plan on making that happen. I was a barista for almost 6 years before this whole IG world.
 
What is something on your bucket list?
Dog sledding in Finland.
 
Who is your biggest role model?
Women who are standing up for their worth. I admire the hell out of all of you.
 
Where do you find inspiration?
Lately I’ve been trying to pull yoga-related inspiration from myself. In the most non-narcissistic way possible. I think so many of us look for inspiration elsewhere these days, especially with social media being so prominent, that we forget how much magic is within us already. Sometimes I’ll scroll through my old videos or photos to reignite a fire if I’m feeling stuck. Of course I love looking to others for inspiration and it absolutely digs me out of a rut at times, but lately I’ve found it more draining and causes me to play the comparison game. I think we can all relate to that on a certain level. 
 
What are your biggest passions?
In no certain order….Animals. Tea. My girlfriend. Being upside down. Rock climbing. Jeep rides. The ocean. The forest. Music. Reading. Flowing mindlessly on my mat. Hiking.

More About Morgan

Morgan Tyler is a late-twenties, Kentucky-living girl who grew up swimming competitively for 10 years. After eventually retiring, she found yoga. She has been growing my practice since April 2014, and taught myself at home for almost a year before stepping into a yoga studio. Morgan’s passions outside of flowing on her mat are spending hours with her nose in a book, baking any dessert imaginable, lifting weights, sipping some proper English Breakfast tea, and snuggling with her fur babies.

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