We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
As a freelance writer and blogger, authenticity has remained the most important quality behind anything I create or write on a regular basis. My running joke is: people can smell BS (fake) from a mile away. The more often you show up as yourself, the more your brand reflects and attracts exactly who you’re aiming to work with and for.

I also believe a genuine care for people has really launched my brand. From my interactions with clients to being detail-oriented and a good listener on projects, my ability to channel the messages my clients need through connection has elevated the ability to deliver exceptional work that makes my clients feel more than heard. It’s maybe not the most necessary skill, but I believe it’s what has gotten me all of the referrals I have to date.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work both freelance and internally for a software company as a content writer and social media manager. I love the duality of analytics and creativity combined to motivate and create demand around a product or service. I am most proud of a project I ran at an old company where I personalized nice gifts for prospective customers. The reports from those prospects were overwhelmingly positive and we saw 150% ROI on all campaigns within the first quarter of my running the program.

None of my career has been easy. From job loss to a pandemic to deciding where I want to be long term has been a constant pivot within my time as a marketer and writer. However, I would say I’ve learned how resilient we as humans are and the more I was true to myself and my own values, the more I found pathways in my careers that aligned with those values and goals of mine. Truly, you get what you put out into the world. It also helped me shed the mentors, jobs, and work environments that didn’t align with who I was, leaving more room for me to feel fulfilled in my daily work.

I want people to know that if they truly know all the hardship I went through to get here at 26, they wouldn’t believe me. But whenever you are knocked down, please remember that the comeback is ALWAYS greater than the setback and you will COME BACK!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a Tulsa native, I would have to give a historical tour of the town. From the Tulsa Race Riots, to the Oil boom and more, there is so much rich history Tulsa has maintained over the years for our city to appreciate and continue important conversations. I’d definitely take them for a bite at one of my favorite local places, NOLA’s, and finish with delicious cocktails at Valkyrie. We’d, of course, have to stop by the nationally recognized Gathering Place, a beautiful park free to the city with unique playgrounds and recreational areas.

And of course, Tulsa’s music and art scene is fabulous. So we’d have to catch a museum and show downtown if time allows.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to three of my favorite writers of all time: Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown, and Elizabeth Gilbert. Truly, I tell people, when I read their work and hear them speak, I am in awe at how vulnerable and authentic they show up to the table. They’re willing to tackle the hard conversations, never shy away from reporting the facts and their learnings, and have a yearning to learn and discover new things and facets of life. So much of my own personal writing is modeled after them, but even in my personal life, they have motivated me to continuously step into the best version of myself each and every day, making me a better person and careerwoman.

Website: megchelsthom.com

Instagram: instagram.com/megchelsthom

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megchelsthom/

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