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Women Who Wow Us: Morgan Ovens

By Kenzie Kramer on 02/11/2016 | Remarkable! People

Singer/songwriter is just one facet of Morgan Ovens. Along with being a musician, Morgan focuses her performances on connecting with teens about self-worth, peer pressure and believing that their dreams are achievable. We talked to Morgan about her mission of sharing a positive message along with her music and the power of self-acceptance. 

How long have you known that you’ve wanted to be a musician?

Well, my mom tells me that I was singing before I could talk - I’ve always wanted to be a musician! I’ve never had a plan b. I grew up in a musical family where my mom sang and played the piano, my dad played the guitar and the two of them met on the road while touring the United States. Music is all I have ever known and I couldn’t imagine loving anything more or doing anything else for the rest of my life.

You write your own songs, correct? Where do you find inspiration for your music?

Yes, I write my own songs, writing is like therapy for me. The first song I wrote was when I was in high school and my dog died, it was an emotional experience I could only explain through music. I write about personal experiences and my outlook on the challenges I face, it’s how I work through them and let them go, good or bad. 

Along with being a musician, you also focus on spreading positive messages to kids. What made you want to include this in your performances?

My message is the reason I do music. Though my focus used to be on having a number one single and being as famous as Taylor Swift, honestly those dreams got old. However, the moment I was brave enough to tell my story without any filters or exaggerations my message presented itself and I’m so passionate about sharing it through my stories and through my songs. I couldn’t imagine performing for any other reason than to share my story and help inspire others. 

What messages do you talk to kids about during your performances?

My biggest message comes from personal experience and something I still struggle with… the belief that my worth has NOTHING to do with how I look on the outside.  There are so many pressures and expectations we put on ourselves because of what we see in the media; from our personal phone screens via Instagram and other social sites to the big screens. These unrealistic expectations are not achievable while trying to also live a truly healthy lifestyle. I’ve always had big dreams, big plans, huge goals and none of them happened the way I planned or when I wanted them to, but that’s life! Because of that I’ve had more opportunities than I thought I would. 

I started a social experiment online uploading my biggest secrets for the world to see, I quickly learned of the empowerment and freedom that came from speaking truthfully about where I was and what I was dealing with, no filters needed. This was especially hard for me because I’m such a private person, it takes a lot for me to open up to even some of my closest friends. I learned firsthand the incredible power of sharing and the support I felt around me was overwhelming in the best way. I thank those around me who care so much, I’m in a better place now than I ever thought possible. I share these things with kids because I know they face the same pressures and struggles, and I have learned that sharing my message and experience with them has oftentimes been a real encouragement. 

If you could tell your thirteen-year-old self anything, what would you say?  

Things won’t happen as planned but that has nothing to do with your talents or abilities. It’s just life. Never stop dreaming, never stop trying. Your value is based on so much more than how you look, and more than anything, love yourself and chase the dreams that make you happy! That is what matters most. 

Girls on the Run helps girls recognize their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams. What advice do you have for young girls who have big dreams like you do? 

Dreams are a beautiful thing! I think one of the biggest gifts we receive from dreaming big is freedom; the freedom to change, evolve and to be open to whatever may come our way.  Truth is, nothing will happen exactly as you planned, at least it didn’t for me, and that’s not a bad thing because "unmet plans" can lead to bigger possibilities than you could ever imagine. Dreams are just the beginning of endless possibilities, don’t stop chasing them no matter what anyone says. I am still chasing mine, and won’t ever stop. 

You can learn more about Morgan, her message and her music at her website here

 

Kenzie Kramer

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Kenzie is the Communications Coordinator for Girls on the Run International, where she manages the Remarkable! blog and newsletter. She's excited to be sharing content that connects readers to the GOTR vision and inspires them to bring the joyfulness of the core values into their lives. In her free time, she enjoys baking, biking and running with her dog. 

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