6 Empowering Mantras and Lessons For 2021: Featuring Megan Flanagan of Strong Runner Chicks

March 5, 2021


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Megan Flanagan of Strong Runner Chicks joins host Tawnee Gibson for a special collaboration episode featuring some of their top empowering mantras and tips for a more successful 2021 and beyond.

Megan is a former collegiate runner turned competitive trail, ultra, and OCR runner. She works in the healthcare industry alongside being a certified running coach, strength coach, and the founder of Strong Runner Chicks (SRC), which is a women’s community dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting women in distance running, as well as host of the SRC podcast. She is an amazingly positive and inspirational soul who, on this episode, shares her story and why she started SRC along with a few of her personal mantras. Click here to follow Megan on Instagram.


  • Tawnee and Megan share their personal experience with their eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as their journey towards healing.

Tawnee’s Mantras 

1. Control and perfection are illusions

  • Healing the inner child. Years of undoing conditioning (e.g., eating disorder=control; triathlon=seeking perfection).
  • Allowing the mind to evolve, getting unstuck and out of a fixed perception of self.
  • “In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.” -Michael Singer
  • Getting more comfortable with the “as-is” state; stop wishing for another now.
  • “Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain.” – Tara Brach
  • Getting more comfortable with the past — the good, bad, ugly, traumatic. Allowing the past to be an experience for growth and not fixate on the imperfections.
  • We don’t need to let go of those who we have lost; the goal is to feel and not resist grief, to dig deeper and understand life because of it.
  • Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (please support the podcast by using this link!).

2. Be my authentic self and do not fear the judgment or criticisms of others

  • Learning to accept criticism with an open mind instead of fear and worry. Instead of an auto reaction — contemplate and respond mindfully; ask if this is something I need to hear.
  • Explore the why to what you’re doing.
  • Don’t be afraid to be who you are.
  • Be humble, inquisitive, and curious about others.
  • Tawnee is conditioned to be a people pleaser, but it is exhausting and ineffective. Trying to please everyone betrays who she is.

3. Trust my intuition

  • Trusting intuition also means recognizing and detaching from irrational fears, worries, and anxieties—toxic thoughts that try to play mind games with us.
  • We are often too busy, too distracted, too upset to listen to the part of us deep down that knows.
  • Coming from an eating disorder past, it’s not always easy to trust yourself but it’s a beautiful thing when it finally works.

Megan’s Mantras

1. “Create the things you wish existed.”

  • Manifestation (making those visions and dreams into a reality!); creating Strong Runner Chicks (podcast and community); looking for opportunities to bring new ideas into the world and our running space.

2. ”Personal growth is not a matter of learning new information but of unlearning old limits.”

  • Forgoing limiting beliefs (e.g., noticing words like should and can’t, seeing excuses come up, etc.) and opening up opportunities to what is possible.
  • We create our reality. If there is something you want to see happen in your life (acknowledging that there are a lot of factors that predetermine this), you have the power to change your circumstances.

3. Showing up fully/authentically and letting the chips fall

  • Going all in and not holding back – on big dreams, etc.
  • Trusting that things will play out and that showing up each day is the most important piece to continuing to create connections and make an impact in the long run.
  • Taking ownership in creating safe and inclusive spaces.


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