In this podcast, Meagan O’Nan shares her story of how she came to terms with her identity. She discusses her journey to self-love and how she used storytelling to help with the healing process. Meagan O’Nan learned the art of listening to the other side and truly being present with the other person.
“I just want to love the way that I love.”- Meagan O’Nan
Meagan O’Nan is a Mississippi-based writer and storyteller. She is the author of Courage: Agreeing to Disagree, which chronicles her journey of ‘coming out’ and finding her place in the world. O’Nan is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights and acceptance, and she uses her platform to open up important dialogue around these issues. She is also a wife and mother, and she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the outdoors.
Do you feel like you’re struggling with your identity? Are you looking for guidance on how to come to terms with who you are?
If so, this podcast is for you. In this episode, Meagan O’Nan will share her insights on how to get Love & Connection.
Mississippi native Meagan O’Nan faced many struggles after coming out of the closet. She felt ostracized by her spiritual community and family and decided to leave Mississippi to find herself. Meagan met her wife 14 years ago in Colorado, and they decided to move back to Mississippi to start a family. O’Nan has dedicated her time to sharing her story to create conversation and connection around the LGBTQ community. Through her vulnerability, she has empowered herself and others to live their truth.
Here are a few guidelines Meagan shares about her journey to self-discovery:
- Be present and try to put your filters away so you can see the other person for who they are.
- Focus on having the best relationships possible and have those hard conversations.
- Share your story from your perspective and feelings to create a connection with others.
Be present and try to put your filters away so you can see the other person for who they are.
Being present and putting your filters away so you can see the other person for who they are can be difficult, especially if the conversation is around a hard concept. But it is important to be respectful and honest. One way to do this is by sharing your story from your perspective and feelings. This creates a connection with the other person and allows for a more open and understanding conversation.
Focus on having the best relationships possible and have those hard conversations.
To have the best relationships possible, you must be willing to have those hard conversations. You do this by being willing to be vulnerable and share your authentic story. But also being empathetic towards others with openness to see things from their perspective creates a bridge to forgiveness, which allows for compromise and finding common ground. Forgiveness helps us to move on from past hurt.
Share your story from your perspective and your feelings to create a connection with others.
To have a productive conversation with someone who may not be ready or willing to discuss a difficult topic, it is important to be intentional about sharing your story from your perspective. This means being open and honest about your feelings and emotions and letting the other person know that you understand where they are coming from. It is also important to be respectful and accepting of the other person’s beliefs, even if you disagree with them. By doing this, you can create a safe and open space for dialogue and understanding.
It can be difficult to know how to approach someone who may be resistant to discussing a difficult topic, such as your authentic identity. In these cases, it is important to be mindful of how you share your story. Try to be as open and honest as possible while respecting the other person’s beliefs. By setting the intention to create a safe and open space for dialogue, you can help to foster understanding and productive conversation. We all desire to be heard and understood. Growth and forgiveness happen when both sides feel heard and understood.
If you’re struggling with your identity, you’re not alone. Meagan O’Nan went through it. She also had tough conversations and now lives the life she always wanted. Be honest about your story. Share it with compassion while listening and being present with the other person.
Remember to be present, focus on having the best relationships possible, and share your story from your perspective.
I’d love to hear how you apply these steps in your next “tough conversation.” Leave me a comment on how it went for you, or drop me any questions you want me or Meagan to answer!
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