We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Slattery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
There’s an underlying theme in the American work ethic that we need to work ourselves to the bone, or have to deserve rest or time off. While I think hard work is important and a quality I value, another part of me disagrees with the work-ourselves-to-exhaustion mentality. As a healer, I physically can’t work myself to exhaustion because I wouldn’t be able to do my job well. Energy healing requires that I take exquisite care of myself, so that I can then take care of others in a meaningful and supportive way. I think everyone has to find that balance for themselves in work and in life, especially if you are a caregiver, healer, or helper in your community. The more you give outwardly, the more you need to give yourself inwardly to continue the cycle! I think the traditional American work advice doesn’t leave room for taking care of ourselves and having rest be a requirement rather than a “reward.”
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What really sets Tender Heart Healing apart from other healing practices is that I specialize in helping sensitive souls and empaths on their journey to feel more confident, in control, and free. It took awhile for me to realize where I could best serve my clients. When I first began my practice, I saw a huge spectrum of people, and realized as the years went on that so many of them were highly sensitive and needed a certain type of healing to serve them best. In this process, I also realized I was also a highly sensitive person who needed to learn many of the things that were coming through for my clients! In healing ourselves, we are better able to heal others, which is exactly what I have done over the years with my healing practice. I strive to be connected with my own ups and downs so that I can learn from them and be able to teach other empaths how to manage their own fluctuations in life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s always so fun to show friends around Denver! First I’d take them out for a patio beer with great views at Joy Ride Brewing in Edgewater. The next day, we’d go on a nice local hike at Matthew/Winters park near Red Rocks, then head to RiNo for a mural walk and tacos at Los Chingones. For dinner, I’d have to show them one of Denver’s MANY food markets, maybe Central Market or Milk market! And finally, amazing cocktails at Williams and Graham for a nightcap and cozy ambiance.
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?
I’ve had some amazing mentors in my journey as healer and creating a business, but I have to give a shoutout to my family for their unwavering support for me and Reiki healing! It can be hard to start a business with an alternative healing modality. When I first started doing Reiki sessions, many people didn’t know what it was and were doubtful it would actually help, but none of those people were my family! They were onboard right away, they come to me for healing sessions, and also send me wonderful referrals from their various social circles. So, thank you, family, for your unending love, support, and encouragement in this alternative journey!