Sep 25, 2016

The J-Curve: Falling before Rising

Go ahead and google images for the "J-Curve".  Used in learning to leadership, employment to grief, the model is based on the reality that in all things: a period of failure comes before success, or you fall before you rise.

And, it's ironically true.  A rare mom absolutely adores the nine-month route through pregnancy before giving birth.  A rare entrepreneur enjoys market research in the pursuit of giving the world an innovative product.  A rare person jumps for joy at the end of the first week of an exercise program in dreams of reaching an ideal fitness level.  Remember that "end goal" part...

Today the J-Curve is hitting me twice: starting a business, and cancer.

On the occupational side, anyone who has ever started a business can relate to the grind of hours, weeks, months, and even years required to create a viable "plan".  What is my brand?  What is my niche audience?  What are my exact products?  How should I market?  What are my expenses and revenue sources?  As a teacher, I want to shout "Let's get on to TEACHING!"  But I task it out, one bite at a time, and keep pointing forward.

And on the physical side, this summer a routine eye check up became "You need to see a surgeon within six months."  Which led to a meeting with the best eye surgeon in NM, who was retiring and referred me to top surgeon #2.  Which led to more waiting for an appointment and when it arrived, he said "You need surgery as soon as possible."  Which led to surgery last week, and now we wait for pathology results.  This is not my first bout with cancer; I followed the same experience with thyroid (malignant) at 19.

  • If it is not cancer: the worst is over, woop-woop!  
  • If it is cancer: DEEPER J-CURVE!  Things will get worse before they get better.  

It's the faith that things will curve, that things could get better, that drives us to change.  Or in this case, seek treatment.

In the short-term fall of the J-Curve, I rely on my Dramatic Wellness strategies to bring light: enjoying peaceful nature walks, moving and growing with my students when teaching, making time at home cozy with my family, learning new things from positive books and podcasts...  Everyone is different or maybe we are similar: I would love to know what makes you Dramatically Well!

My girl reading me a story post surgery = feeling lighter and brighter!
Having had cancer at 19, I struggle with the long-term.  Since then, life literally and gratefully comes ninety days at a time from the pharmacy.  I have unconsciously been living a 90-day plan: What can I do within three months?  Who can I help within three months?

My today goal is to shine more light on that upward part of the J-Curve which most often extends beyond 90 days.  Please email me if you have this part nailed down in your life! :D  As a start, my new vision board this week reads:

Together.  Beyond 90 days. J-Curve.

XO - Megan

Sep 17, 2016

Q and A for Partner-Free Dance at OASIS!

What if you could meet your instructors, make friends, and ask questions before committing to a new class?  

This was the WONDERFUL event OASIS Albuquerque hosted this week to introduce their Fall 2016 class line up!  Over 200 guests came by to meet a sample of presenters in various topics, including their NEW Health and Wellness course programming featuring SIX new LaBlast "Partner-Free Intro to Dance" classes:

A sample of questions from attendees:
  • What do I wear?  Low tread sneakers and your normal comfy attire!
  • What music do you play?  From traditional to popular, ALL artists and genres, AND if you bring in a song, we can show you how to dance to it!
  • Where are classes held?  In the main lecture room of OASIS, located just West of Carlisle off Menaul.
  • What if I have two left feet?  If you walked in this room, not to worry, you have one left and one right foot. 
  • What if I have never danced before?  PERFECT!  Classes are designed for absolute beginners.  We start with no music, clapping basic rhythms, and moving in place, then build up.
  • What if I danced for years?  PERFECT!  Classes include demonstrated variety to get the fitness and knowledge you seek.
AND the deep-felt question that keeps people away:

What if I fail?  

And so commenced the 15-second one-on-one tutorials in any style they desired.  
There is nothing like overcoming doubt then DOING, and YES, they ALL succeeded! 

What if YOU succeed?

Have more questions?  Email me today at
so you can come dance with us at OASIS this fall! XO - Megan

Sep 12, 2016

Psychological Wellness: Enhancing Fitness Programs... and Michael Jackson?

This past weekend it was my honor to present on the topic of "Psychological Wellness" at the Albuquerque Strength and Conditioning Clinic, held annually for fitness professionals and interested public at the JCC of Greater Albuquerque.

With research from more than 25 sources ranging 200 years, participants in my 45-minute presentation received knowledge and techniques in five Dimensions of Wellness.  We also did the Wave, learned Salsa Dance in 15 seconds, and considered "What if Michael Jackson was our training client?" (attend my next live events and read on for those perks!)

Dimensions of Wellness models range from 6-8 parts of your life that accumulate into each unique person.  BUT use the model in reverse: is WHAT you do in your life, such as your fitness program of choice, supporting your wellness?

1. Emotional Dimension: Does your fitness program feel great, and at all times?
2. Mental Dimension: Does your fitness program educate you?  What are the thoughts your program creates in you about own abilities, success, and growth?
3. Social Dimension: Does your fitness program allow time and opportunities to meaningfully connect with others, such as your trainer and fellow clients?
4. Spiritual Dimension: Does your fitness program enhance your greater purpose?

Then I revealed how to create YES responses in these and more wellness dimensions in ALL fitness programs.

As a person seeking wellness, you can find activities or programs that compliment your needs:

  • Emotional: Do you want to feel challenged, energized, or relaxed?
  • Mental: Do you want to learn about yourself or a skill, or follow guidance?
  • Social: Do you want to workout alone, with a group, or be part of a team?
  • Spiritual: What physical abilities do you need to achieve your life purpose?
  • And much more!

So, what if you could enhance Michael Jackson's wellness?

Looking at all the wellness dimensions, from personal performances and candid interviews, perhaps he had huge strength in his life purpose (Spiritual), conveyed that purpose in his Emotional, Mental, and Physical performances, yet key negative Social, Occupational, and Environmental aspects revealed themselves in his music evolution, and those stressors ultimately compromised his overall wellness.

What if he had different social support?  Decreased occupational and environmental stress?  More quality recovery time?

Could a fitness program have supported these solutions? Absolutely.

This post is in honor of the fitness professionals and clients who strive for Dramatic Wellness.

Join me live September 16 at the FREE Taste of OASIS open house to receive the answers to your wellness questions and learn about my preferred fitness program, LaBlast.

With love and gratitude,

Aug 26, 2016

Albuquerque Strength and Conditioning Clinic

Hello SW colleagues and friends!

Please join us Sept. 10 for the annual "Albuquerque Strength and Conditioning Clinic" featuring top a local fitness and wellness professionals.

UNM Students: Mention "Megan Merchant" when registering and the late fee will be waived, only $30 for a FULL DAY convention: priceless education and networking!

For full information and to register:
Contact Kenny Croxdale at 505-363-3032 or

All proceeds are donated to the Greater Albuquerque Jewish Community Center.

Megan Merchant

Jul 4, 2016

Miami 2016 LaBlast Convention Highlights

Master trainers ready for a day of "Turn It Up" training and our first convention demos.

LaBlast Master Trainers receiving our official LaBlast jackets after our demos.
Thank you, Louis and LaBlast!!!

LaBlast LINE DANCE format revealed by Louis beside the beach: beautiful night!

After line dancing, CAKE CAKE CAKE!!!

One of the amazing LaBlast Pros, MaryBeth Rainey Castell (Ohio)

LaBlast Pro and beautiful soul Stephanie de Ortiz (CA)

Texas LaBlast Instructor and excellent Salsa partner, Alberto Ojeda

Hanging with East Coast LaBlast Pros Mandy Kuhn, Annie Hill, and Megan Cooperman

Louis' LaBlast SPLASH demo; poolside with LaBlast Pro Nic Perkins (CA)

Master Trainers at Louis' Birthday Bash and Awards Night

SE LaBlast Pro and "Comedian of the Year" William Mastriani

INTERNATIONAL!  Austrian LaBlast Pro Pierre Gider

"All About LaBlast" Serenade for Louis, created by Ohio LaBlast Pro Rebecca Chacko and support from Dana Corbet Tobias and myself: SO FUN!!
Shout out to LaBlast Pro Josh on the right: we love you and all you do!

Well-earned rest by our hard-working boss.
Nothing but love!  And maybe a little team mischief... ;D

Inspire your life and try LaBlast at home TODAY 
with the new online classes led by Louis Van Amstel

OR Join me LIVE, meet new friends, and let's create events for your area!