We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking a risk in my personal life that had a major positive impact, and essentially allowed me to “find myself,” has given me the confidence to take risks when it comes to business. When I was in my 3rd year of college, I thought I had it all planned out. I was going to move to LA. I had connections through my professors. I was ready to apply for jobs and start a career. This was when a friend of mine came along who had planned to take a year off and backpack through South America. She eventually convinced me to pack as many units into a few semesters as I could, graduate a year early, and take off on the adventure of a lifetime. It was a huge risk for me. This meant abandoning my plans, my connections, and my savings. This meant packing my entire life into one backpack to live in hostels, and share a room with 10 strangers from around the world. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was the right choice. Now, over 10 years later, I can confidently say it was the best choice I’ve ever made. Traveling through South America allowed me to become fully free; no commitments, no job, no school. I could do whatever I wanted, go wherever I wanted. This freedom enabled me to discover who I truly was, and what I was passionate about. Eventually, I ran out of money, and had to come home. But I made connections that opened the door to other opportunities. I ended up teaching English in Korea for a year, and then heading to Australia and Indonesia for another year and half. I still see these years abroad as the years that defined me. The years that lit a fire under me and molded this idea that I wanted more out of life than the 9-5 grind.

Spirit Body Bliss started as a side hustle. When I decided to quit my day job and pursue Spirit Body Bliss full time, the evaluation of risk felt similar to when I decided to travel. I wasn’t making enough money at that time to fully support myself. But I deeply desired a life where I could make my own hours, while spending time exploring and going on adventures. It was a definite risk, but I knew I was resourceful, and could find a way to make it work. As I reflected on what a huge impact that last risk I took had on my life, I knew I had to go for it. Life is about living. I wanted to live. My now fiancé and I decided we wanted to move from Venice Beach to Colorado.So I quit my job, got a small business loan, and we moved to Fort Collins, Co. The beginning was tough. I had to teach a lot of yoga to help support myself as I grew my business. I put in a lot of hours. I also went on a lot of adventures. I rock climbed, backpacked, snowboarded, fly fished, kayaked, camped, etc., all while growing the business. And though it was a lot of energy, it was worth it to me. I was able to keep this dream I had developed while traveling alive. I was able to live passionately. So to me, when evaluating risk, the real question is, how bad do you want it? Do you have the energy to put the time & the effort into turning that risk into a reward? Is taking this risk something that is going to completely change your life? For the better? Are you resourceful enough to use your other skills to help support you? If yes, then I would say you have to go for it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Business/Retail/Creative

Spirit Body Bliss is an online crystal, gemstone and handmade jewelry shop. You can find anything from gemstone jewelry handmade by me, to bigger crystal specimens for home decor, to gifts with meaning. Everything in my shop has intention. Some of the stones I carry have incredible ancient history that dates back to the Egyptians. Every piece has a meaning, and a story behind it. Working with or gifting these crystals is a way to add intention and mindfulness into your everyday life. Living mindfully is something that has greatly benefited my life, personally. It’s a practice, most certainly. I’m not always perfectly aware or mindful, but when I can tap into that, life is brighter. I’m able to savor the important moments. I’m able to find gratitude for even the greatest challenges. I can rise above the instant emotions, and see the lessons in the challenge. I am more present in my relationships. I’m grateful for everything I have. If I can share even just a little bit of this with the world, through crystals/intentional jewelry, then I’m happy.

I’m incredibly proud of how far Spirit Body Bliss has come. I started making jewelry as a hobby. It turned into a side hustle to pay off some credit card debt and buy Christmas gifts. Seven years later, after a lot of energy, sweat, and tears, it’s a full blown crystal and mineral shop.The jewelry is just a small portion of what is offered. This business is a reminder to me that passion & dedication pay off. It’s a reminder to take the risk, to fumble through the obstacles, to lean in, and to grow. I love that my business encourages others to find their own personal growth. The stories and lessons that my customers share with me are the reward. I feel like I have a community of like-minded people out there, all trying their best to roll with the punches of life, and evolve as humans.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My passion is for the outdoors, so I’d recommend a drive up the Poudre Canyon. You can hike, fish, camp, forage, river raft, etc. If you go far enough, up to Cameron’s Pass, you can make your way into some excellent backcountry. There you can stay in yurts, try some cross country skiing or snowboarding, or just enjoy a nice cabin stay. The great thing about Denver is that you have easy access to the mountains. I’d recommend checking out Rocky Mountain National Park, or heading up the 70 to the ski hills.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Before I started Spirit Body Bliss, I was lucky enough to work for a couple different women who were extremely successful in the crystal and mineral world. I got a sneak peek into this niche market. I learned how to source, what was authentic, etc. I wouldn’t be here without the knowledge they shared with me. I also had a super supportive family and partner. I have to say, taking risks would have been a lot scarier if I didn’t have their support and encouragement along the way.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SpiritBodyBliss

Instagram: @spiritbodybliss

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritBodyBliss

Other: Tiktok @spiritbodybliss

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