With Megan Larsen
As a clean beauty pioneer, Megan Larsen has set the global standard for natural skincare with her unique knowledge of aromatherapy, biochemistry and Ayurveda. Having founded super successful brand, Sodashi—with the goal of delivering skincare results by using only the purest botanical extracts blended with care—it's fair to say that Megan is a beauty guru through and through.
As part of our 'Get Gutsy With' series, we were lucky enough to hear how Megan celebrates getting older and the challenges she's faced along the way...
What do you celebrate about getting older?
Feeling confident and truly happy with my sense of self!I like who I am and what I’ve achieved and how I live my life! And, I continue to celebrate looking after my skin naturally, taking care of my gut health and taking time for me.
What is something you would tell your 20-year-old self?
There’s this thing called emotional wellbeing and self belief and once you have this in spades, you will blossom and go on to fulfil your goals and dreams! There’ll be a few bumps in the road—some of them large potholes—but you have the resilience and you’ll meet some great teachers along the way.
What is something that you do that makes you feel gutsy and empowered?
Zip-lining or any activity that challenges me and pushes me past—what used to be a debilitating fear of heights—that makes me feel gutsy. Every time I read a review or a personal message about how Sodashi has changed someone’s life because it’s profoundly changed their skin, it feels so empowering to have formulated skincare that has that impact.
How has your emotional wellbeing evolved as you've gotten older?
Great question. I didn’t have much of this when I was young—my teens were emotionally turbulent for me.
My emotional wellbeing started to build in my mid 20s and even more after I learnt TM (meditation), and felt so many deep stresses release. Emotional wellbeing is like a plant, the more you nurture, nourish and fertilise it, the more it grows, as does the awareness of your actions toward yourself and others.
Are there any challenges—physical/emotional/spiritual—that have surprised you?
The biggest physical challenge I’ve ever experienced was climbing the Sydney harbour bridge when I still experienced an overwhelming fear of heights. I recall feel extremely anxious and then the wind came followed by rain. However, the exhilaration I felt when I got back to ground was 100% worth it. It was the start of conquering my fear of heights!