We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Trask and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Megan: So many thoughts! I’ve always wanted to own my own business, from lemonade stands and even rock stands (so weird, right?) as a little kid to many new business dreams from there. But, as an adult, I was always a little too afraid to take the risk. Until TULA. TULA was 100% something I needed in my own life and the more burnt out and totally over my corporate job I became the more comfortable I got with taking the risk…I became more and more confident in the fact that I was meant to create something, most importantly a life I loved, and I just knew there was no way I was the only one that needed something like TULA in my life! There were a few nudges from the universe that helped push me forward as well, a quick crash in the energy industry, a global pandemic, amazing support from my family and friends, including my best friend, who would soon become my co-founder! So, thank you universe!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I spent 20 years in the corporate world working for a variety of oil and gas companies. I know, not the most popular… I loved connecting with people, I loved helping people navigate complicated situations, I loved looking for M&A opportunities and putting large, complicated, plans in motion to successfully close meaningful transactions that positively impacted the companies I worked for. More than anything, I loved the people I worked with. I loved learning from them, teaching, growing teams. BUT, it was a lot of work, a lot of hours, a lot of expectations for constant availability which came at a cost. As my roles increased I was often the only female in a room full of very conservative, traditional, ahem stubborn, men. Speaking up was intimidating at times. The day to day challenges were, well, challenging, but I love a good challenge and I love overcoming them and looking back to see the accomplishments of a team. What I didn’t love, was the amount of time it took away from me being present with my girls.
I started in the industry answering phones and set my sights on some pretty lofty career goals, I achieved all but one over the course of the 20 years. I had moments of feeling like a failure but I feel the opposite now… I did big things, I did hard things, and then I chose to do something different that is ultimately far more fulfilling. That is definitely not a failure.
I feel like that story and roadmap translates into the brand of TULA in that as we are starting out, we are scrappy, we are resourceful, we figure things out, we have big goals and dreams for TULA, and we make things happen. These themes are completely true for both TULA and our amazing clients. A couple of the TULA cornerstones are balance and prioritizing with purpose. If we continue to come back to those themes, I know we will be successful. Not to make this about me, haha, but when I started prioritizing balance and purpose, my life changed in a huge way, for the better obviously.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Eeeek… this is so hard as there are so many amazing places to see in the Denver area these days!
I love food and eating and so my itinerary would definitely be very food (and likely stretchy pants) focused!
My Brother’s Bar… no question, I’ve been going here since I moved here 20 years ago and I get so excited every time!
Fruition… a Denver classic but not stuffy, amazing food and service!
Wildflower… new to the scene but every meal I’ve had is unreal and the vibe is hipster but not trying too hard.
Beckon is by far my favorite dining experience, definitely would want to book early and make sure you have cool friends that are up for an eating adventure.
Snooze, I mean it originated in Denver, may as well check out the OG of hipster/trendy breakfast spots.
I’m not a huge coffee fan but I hear we have some out of this world coffee shops like Little Owl, Aviano, Crema, Weathervane.
Highly recommend a little shopping in both the Tennyson area and Cherry Creek North.
Then an escape from the city to Flying Moon Cabins, seriously cool and very instagram friendly! Add in some hikes during this time and definitely more eating.
Depending on the season: ski day at Winter Park and night at Devil’s Thumb. In the summer, Red Rocks for a show, duh, or hike. Wash Park for people watching and maybe even a little exercise.
Did you even come to Denver if you miss checking out a few breweries? Our Mutual Friend, TRUE, too many to chose.
Dairy Block: Poka Lola and all the snacks from Milk Market.
Games, so many athletic events, McGreggor Square looks to be super cool once it’s fully open!
So yeah, my itinerary would be heavily influenced by meals and planning activities in between those meals…while we plan the next meal.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh gosh, so many people to thank!
Tie for first: My super unexpected but most incredible life partner, Josh, and our two girls, Emerson (8) and FInley (5)! He has been the epitome of a cheerleader and supporter from day one, before day one actually! And still is, especially on the hard days! The girls have also cheered me on so hard, and they always have the most amazing way to simplify the stress and worries into the perfect re-frame of just how much good is happening. I wanted to do something that would make them proud and inspire them to take risks and to do the things that they were passionate about and hearing (in 8 and 5 year old words) that I’ve done this is THE.BEST. Celebrating success with Josh and the girls is the sweetest!
My parents and sisters for not thinking I was a total lunatic for leaving a cush, stable, financially very comfy situation to do this!
Lots of books, from “Untamed” to “Good to Great” and so many podcasts. Specifically though, Guy Roz… haha, seriously though, I’ve listened to “How I Built This” SO.MUCH. leading up to taking the leap and throughout and it seems like I always hear the things I’m meant to hear at the exact right moments. The Sara Blakely episode was especially memorable and I reference it all the time when talking to other people about things they are considering and it definitely inspired me to do something that was based on a real need I had and her grit and determination and bravery, whoa, so inspiring!
All photos by Tamara McTavish, she’s the bee’s knees!