My name is Megan Gallagher and I am a Tedx Speaker, Author, Mental Health Advocate for Teenagers and Blogger. I speak at Middle Schools and High Schools across the Country-where I lead interactive talks about how to make a living doing what you love, how I overcame chronic anxiety, being your own advocate in life and respecting your body. I am so passionate about sharing this because when I was growing up I always felt very uncomfortable and anxious. I had many panic attacks in my classes and crowded, public places. I truly didn't know what was happening or why I would feel drained after being with friends or at school. In High School, I constantly craved a place where I could feel heard and seen. We would have so many people come by and do assemblies about peer pressure, academic stress and prepping for College. Never about mental health, body image issues or how EVERY teen feels overwhelmed when they are going through that pivotal time in their life. Once I graduated High School, I decided to attend Santa Monica City College for two years then transfer to a University. During my classes, I would always stare out the window and daydream of another life. Towards the end of my first year, I started getting these gut feelings of “School is not for me” or “This is not my purpose”. I tried to ignore them, and think of excuses like, “No, I need the perfect, supportive friend group, then I’ll drop out” or “Going to College is the logical, realistic thing to do”. Then, after months of ignoring my gut feelings, I became very sick. I was in excruciating pain, that kept me bedridden most days for five months. I had MRI’s, catscans, ultrasounds, x-rays, blood work, urine testing, tried 18 different antibiotics, etc. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong. Yet I was in the worst pain imaginable. I was so angry, and once again kept thinking "Why me? Why is this happening now, at 20 years old? What did I do to deserve this?". I truly felt like I was missing out on life and that I would be in chronic pain forever. I became very depressed and didn’t enjoy life anymore. My only two friends stopped talking to me, I was failing Community College, I was gaining weight, I was living in a crappy apartment and felt an indescribable level of hopelessness. I got to such a low point, that I started questioning my life and what I wanted to do. So, I made a list of things that I had always wanted to try when I was healthier- but never did due to self doubt and fear. I really do believe that when you are not on the right path, you can experience anxiety and physical pain. Shortly after making that list, I got a phone session with the medical medium, Anthony Williams. My mom had called into Hay House radio station, and by some divine miracle- she got picked for a free session. He immediately knew what was wrong with me and gave me an intense herbal regimen to follow. Within a few days, I started feeling better and knew my life was forever changed. Even though, medically, there was something wrong. I believe that this "health scare" was the true beginning of my spiritual awakening. After I started feeling better, I went on a four month long journey of doing everything on that list( acting classes, volunteering, meet ups, improv classes and toastmasters). I still didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just did whatever intuitively felt good to me. In August of 2016, I started a self-love coaching business for teen girls. After a few months of that, I felt like something was missing. So then I started speaking at local ymca's and boys & girls clubs. I spoke to teens about loving yourself, mindfulness with social media and following your dreams. Again after doing that for a few months, I felt like something was missing. Around this time, I started going hiking a lot to be with myself and find clarity. While hiking, I would get these waves of "downloads" and tingles all over my body. I just felt like everything was going to be amazing. From September 2017 to Now(April 2019), I've really honed my business to fit all of my abilities. I love speaking, teaching, writing, blogging, making youtube videos and just spreading my light where ever I go. I want to help teens to be educated, empowered and confident. After coming to one of my talks they will know that they have all the answers within them. I believe that teaching teens to listen to their body for answers and to follow their passions will set them up for the best life.