We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Garza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
I have a funny relationship with habits. I am torn between intuitive action that flows and consistent structure and a container. When I started my first company in 2017, I was also working full time and taking on freelance work. I was truly overworked and getting burnt out easily, so one habit I developed to help keep me sane and on task was to give myself nourishing breaks between tasks. I would have a solo dance party, go for a walk, listen to a podcast, or just stare at the wall. When I felt my creativity fleeting and my energy level dropping, doing something completely different from work was always energizing. Now that I am running my own business, have quit my full time job, and left the first company I started at the end of 2019, I am fully in my own flow, on my own time. This freedom has help me do things my way rather than just buckle down and hustle. I both hustle and flow. The most soul-nourishing habit that I’ve formed in the past year has been to follow the planetary and elemental energy of the day. Each day has a planetary and elemental correspondence that has been followed for thousands of years. For example, Monday is Moon Day, Tuesday is Mars Day, Wednesday is Mercury Day, and so on. Rather than push myself to get shit done on Mondays, I instead follow the energy of the moon, the yin and feminine flow. I get creative, reflect on the previous week, focus on my inner world, and practice the art of yin which is to be magnetic and receptive rather than action oriented and masculine. Following the planetary and elemental energy of each day has become much more than a habit. It’s a lifestyle that I’m not only applying to my life, but I also help my clients embody this flow in their lives and business. My entire world changed when I started doing this and I deeply believe in being the bridge between our inner and outer worlds.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never thought of myself as creative. I saw people around me becoming artists, singers, dancers, and designers and I always thought I was outside of that. I was a studious nerd who loved to read and write but never realized that my writing was my art. My pen was my paintbrush and for a long time my journal was my canvas. When I was in college, I caught the travel bug and spent the entire decade of my 20s working to travel. This work was varied, but what I realized I loved the most was when I got the opportunity to write something. Whether it was an important email or copy for a marketing campaign, that’s when I really allowed myself to shine and not get caught up in imposter syndrome. I remember one day a boss said “you’re so good at writing! Have you ever considered doing more with that?” My dad had always said the same thing to me, but I never gave it a second thought. But once I heard it from that person, I couldn’t stop thinking about the thought of being a writer. Once I started allowing myself to think of myself as creative, a whole new world opened up. My writing became more of a calling and I was so drawn to write on complex concepts to share with others. I was blossoming and overcoming fear and liming beliefs left and right. When I started traveling, that’s when things really got rolling. I’ve had journals and diaries since I was 8. But those words were always private, sacred to me and for my eyes only. But traveling gave me life, and I shared my adventures with friends and family at home via email. Eventually, my travel bug led me to live in Spain for almost 2 years and it was there that I started my first blog. I wrote on things of the soul, ponderings of the heart, and inner travel. While I was drawn to share depth, I stayed far away from the typical travel blog that tells you where to go, how much it’ll cost, and what to eat. I was more interested in the inner workings of the human experience. This gave me tons of confidence as feedback started rolling in and people were truly taken aback by what I was writing. About a year into living in Spain I got my first paid writing gig. I couldn’t believe that people would pay me so well to write. I realized then and there that I was meant to do this and that living abroad afforded me both the inspiration and freedom to dream like this. When I returned to the states I got a full-time job writing for a company that focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine and other very spiritual healing methods and I fell in love with sharing in that way. Now, more than 5 years later, I’ve just published my first book! Soul Magic: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Mystics is available everywhere books are sold, which is still wild to think about. This book is a culmination of everything I learned from starting my first company, leading The Cosmic Collective, and embarking on my own spiritual awakening. Spirituality and creativity are not separate for me, and it was in this collaboration of my head and heart that I began to see the potential that had always lived within me. What I learned along the way was to take risks. I’ve always been a thrill seeker, riding the tallest roller coasters, watching scary movies, sky diving, and solo travel. But what I didn’t realize was that I needed to take inner risks as well. To trust the call of the soul and take inspired action. Making my previously unknown dreams my career wasn’t easy, but it was full of soul-led inspiration. I didn’t have a choice in the matter and once I released control of what I thought I “should” be doing, I was able to finally see what I was meant to be doing.
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.
I haven’t lived in Denver very long, about 3 years, but one thing that surprised me about this city was the rich art culture. I love the RiNo district and the murals in that area are stunning. CRUSH Walls is definitely something not to be missed, and while wandering through the alleys, a stop at Honey Elixir Bar is a must. Thoughtful and unique cocktails with adaptogens like cacao, turmeric, butterfly pea power, and more is a great way to get lifted. A relaxing hang out at Cheeseman park on a sunny afternoon is a must, followed by dinner at Angelo’s on 6th for fresh oysters and brick oven pizza … martinis optional. I love thrift shopping on South Broadway, and that always makes you hungry so a stop at Izakaya Den for some sushi is a great way to recharge. For some healthy outdoor activity, Golden Gate State Park has stunning views of the Rockies and is a short drive out of the city. That’ll of course have to be followed by some tasty food and a cold beer, so back to Denver for a food truck a brewery tour is probably the most “Denver” thing you can do.
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?
It’s so true that it takes a village. No one is “self-made” or does anything absolutely alone. There have been many inspiring people and events in my life that have helped me become the woman I am today, but one of the most impactful was the membership community I created within my first company: The Cosmic Collective. I thought I was creating something for other people to heal through. But what ended up happening was my own inner alchemy through the love, support, and connection experienced in that community. It’s long gone now, but what we experienced together was absolutely life changing. I needed that community as much as the members, and I didn’t even intend for it to be my own safe place to heal and grow. It was like spiritual bootcamp where I both served and receive, led and followed, cried and laughed. Without that community and the accountability created by running it, I wouldn’t be who I am today or on this path.
Samantha Neil Ashton August