“The biggest driving factor for me is a clear intention I place behind each piece of content.” With Ming Zhao & Shannon Taruc

The biggest driving factor for me is a clear intention I place behind each piece of content. When I make content intending to have fun and provide educational value, I get great feedback. However, if I post something just to keep up with the “algorithm”, the post falls flat. Infuse every piece with fun-loving energy! […]

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The biggest driving factor for me is a clear intention I place behind each piece of content. When I make content intending to have fun and provide educational value, I get great feedback. However, if I post something just to keep up with the “algorithm”, the post falls flat. Infuse every piece with fun-loving energy! Energy is everything.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body, and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Taruc.

Shannon Taruc is redefining what it means to be spiritual for the Millennials and Gen Zers. She is a Spiritual Coach, Host of the Café Confidence Podcast and thought leader in the wellness space. Shannon modernizes spiritual wisdom through conscious content and encourages others to embrace their authentic self with total confidence. Her top mental health routines include spiritual practices like meditation, daily visualization, and journaling. Her clients have manifested new relationships, received job promotions, and launched their dream businesses. Shannon’s personal story of overcoming people pleasing syndrome and breaking out of her cookie-cutter life is what makes her so passionate about helping others do the same. After years of being stuck in a rut, she gained the confidence to leave her cushiony sales job to pursue her dream and launch her spiritual coaching business. It is her mission to help others find inner happiness and manifest a life they are absolutely in love with.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Thank you so much for having me! Honestly, if someone would’ve told me that I would be a spiritual coach and social media influencer growing up I would tell him or her they were crazy! For the longest time, I thought I was going to be the CMO for a major corporation. Growing up, I chased achievement after achievement. I was the class president in high school, I received a full-tuition merit scholarship to college, and people knew me as a girl that worked hard and partied harder. However, when I would accomplish these goals, I realized I was chasing a life that would make my parents proud and not a life that would keep me fulfilled. My parents emigrated from the Philippines and moved to the suburbs of Maryland. Growing up as a first generational child, I thought the only way to make my parents proud was to go to school and get a great job. So I took that route and I started to build my career in software sales. However, regardless of what I accomplished, my soul still felt dead. I tried to escape my life on the weekends by partying and ended up in relationships that were toxic for me. I felt like I was stuck in a rut and the only way out was through spiritual development. I started turning to books, attending personal development conferences, and working with coaches and mentors to make a change in my life. My life started to transform once I changed my mindset and implemented a daily spiritual practice. I moved from the East Coast to San Diego, CA and started to share my spiritual awakening on social media. I began getting messages from readers, professing how my content inspired them to seek change in their own lives. I knew deep down in my heart I had to answer my soul’s calling to be a spiritual coach! Today, I have manifested my dream business and soul mate. I help my clients regain confidence after heartbreak, jumpstart their businesses, and discover what their soul’s purpose is. I also host new moon and full moon events in the San Diego area. I am extremely passionate about helping others create daily spiritual practices and manifest their dream life.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I have tremendous gratitude for Gabby Bernstein. She was the first author that helped me see spirituality in a modern way. I was going through a tough break-up, and my friend recommended her book, May Cause Miracles. After reading that book, I was able to see my heartbreak as an opportunity for my soul to grow stronger and I recognized that every challenge in life offers a spiritual lesson.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or takeaway did you learn from that?

This is a little embarrassing…but people used to know me as ShanGoHam. It was a nickname I got from partying in high school and carried throughout college. I decided to make that my Instagram name so everyone that followed me started calling me ShanGoHam. Now imagine trying to rebrand yourself as a spiritual coach when you have already branded yourself as ShanGoHam. Haha, honestly, I laugh about it today and some of my good friends still joke around with that nickname. The biggest takeaway I learned from that is we are always branding ourselves. You don’t need to be an “influencer” to have a personal brand. Everyone has one! We create that personal brand every time someone interacts with us, whether it be at a party, at work, or on social media. Also, I learned not to be afraid to pivot and shed an old identity. Humans are meant to evolve. Don’t let old versions of yourself hold you back from becoming a better you!

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

The advice I would give to someone starting is to measure your success based on how much impact you are making and not by how many followers you have. Do not try to base your success on how many followers because that will always make you feel like you are behind. Instead, focus on serving your audience with valuable content. When you get messages like, “Thank you for sharing; that really helped me”, count that as a huge win! Focus on serving your community and the followers will come.

Can you share with our readers some of the strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

The biggest driving factor for me is a clear intention I place behind each piece of content. When I make content intending to have fun and provide educational value, I get great feedback. However, if I post something just to keep up with the “algorithm”, the post falls flat. Infuse every piece with fun-loving energy! Energy is everything.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self-care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

I am a big fan of drinking celery juice first thing in the morning. I had a rash on my arm for a couple of months that would not go away. I saw the Medical Medium talk about how celery juice can help clear up rashes and decided to give it a try. After two weeks of drinking celery juice every morning my rash cleared up and my friends even noticed my skin was glowing. I still drink it to this day!

Another routine I do to help my body thrive is at least 30 minutes of movement in the day. I am an energetic person and if I do not expend all my energy during the day, then I will have a hard time falling asleep. I alternate between doing high-intensity interval training workouts and morning walks!

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Morning meditation is a powerful tool to help your mind and heart thrive. I take 15–20 minutes in the morning to close my mind and meditate. This is the one time I am free from distractions. When I meditate in the morning, I feel more calm and clear throughout the day. It was not always easy for me to sit still for 15–20 minutes. So if you are just starting, give yourself time to build your meditation practice and start with meditating for five minutes every morning. It’s like doing push-ups. At first, you can only do 5, then you work your way up to 10, 20, and so on.

I also have a gratitude practice every night. This is a great way to energize your heart. I keep a journal next to my bed, and I write down three things I am grateful for before I go to sleep. These small habits anchor my energy in a place of gratitude and happiness. Before implementing my gratitude practice, I would go to bed worried about the 100 things on my to-do list for the next day. Now instead of going to bed stressed out I can go to sleep with a grateful heart.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

  1. Journal 10 things you love about yourself. Get creative and think about all the qualities you love about yourself. These can be qualities like caring, trustworthy, and loyal. “Beauty isn’t just about how you look on the outside, it is how you feel on the inside too. After I went through a break-up I did this exercise because I felt like I was not good enough. When I started to focus on all the qualities I had like smart, funny, loyal, and trustworthy I immediately felt better about myself because I knew the best things I had to offer had nothing to do with my looks.
  2. Set an alarm on your phone to go off every day and label it with a positive affirmation. For example, I love setting alarms on repeating numbers 11:11 or 2:22 and I label the alarm with a positive affirmation like, “Wonderful surprises are coming my way!” This alarm comes in handy because it can interrupt your thought pattern at that time. When I was at a job I disliked, I would get in negative thought patterns. Luckily when my positive affirmation alarms would go off then I would be brought back to truth and flip my negative thoughts to something positive!
  3. Go on a judgment detox. For one day, challenge yourself to not complain or judge anything. To help you with this challenge use the response, “That’s interesting.” We get used to saying I like this or I don’t like this, which invites judgment and criticism. Using the phrase, “That’s interesting” invites you to be more open-minded. Using this technique helped me look at situations from a different perspective.

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

I always recommend people to go to Tony Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within. It is a 4-day seminar that completely changed my life. Let’s just say I was brave enough to walk on burning hot coal! I do not recommend trying that at home. Oprah has been a guest and has done the same. Unleash The Power Within was so impactful to me because I was able to let go of fears that were stopped me from launching my spiritual coaching business and finding love. Two months after that conference I met my soul mate and now run my spiritual coaching business full-time.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

One time, I “washed away my fears” jumping in the freezing cold Pacific Ocean! I live in San Diego, CA and we are known for our nice weather, but we do not have the best reputation for warm oceans. One afternoon, my boyfriend and I were walking on the beach and I wasn’t having the best day. He dared me to jump in the ocean. I had no towel on me and was not prepared, but I was ready to wash my fears away so I accepted the challenge and dove right in! It was liberating. Cold showers and cold plunges have been scientifically proven to help boost your immune system. I can say without a doubt I came out of the ocean feeling like a new woman! I will never forget that day.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

I would love to start a national meditation day. Meditation is my favorite wellness tool and I would love for people to practice meditation as much as they brush their teeth.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

There are so many great leaders out there that inspire me daily, but if I had to pick just one I would love to have a private breakfast with Ellen Degeneres. She is such a bright light and I hope to bring as much joy to people like she does one day!

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

I would love to connect with them on my TikTok or Instagram @shannontaruc.

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