Bailey and Jennifer are joined by conscious communications consultant, experienced industry and community leader, adjunct professor, and poet Meredith Z. Avakian to talk about another beautiful way to embrace life: doing something for the first time everyday.

During the past 20 years Meredith has been focused on her public relations career.  She has been nationally recognized and awarded for her work, leadership positions, community outreach and dedication to the profession.


Meredith reached success, but although she felt successful she was feeling stranded too. This led to a new path of “firsts” which consisted of doing something new every day. Soon this new journey turned into a lifestyle that has helped her transform her life; she has been able to overcome trauma and fears, and stop living under other’s expectations. With a higher calling, Meredith has created a sense of healing throughout her divorce, unplanned pregnancy, losing her mom and starting a new business.  


Meredith, Jennifer and Bailey dive deep into what is a “first” and the importance of doing something new everyday , the importance of showing up and telling your own story and how to stop living under others expectations.


Furthermore they talk about why you should be mindful in everything you do and how to embody resilience. Dive in! And learn how to do things differently and live life doing what lights you up!



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About Meredith Z. Avakian:

Meredith Z. Avakian is a writer, spoken word poet, keynote speaker, storyteller, author, artist, conscious communications coach and consultant who believes in living a great story.


She is the president and chief messaging officer at Comm Unity by MZA, where she enjoys helping entrepreneurs and small business owners in the holistic health, healing and wellness worlds become more effective communicators and build community with their key audiences.


Key Takeaways:

  • Jump on and embody the experience of doing something for the first time
  • Try and do things in a different way and embrace the journey of “first”
  • Avoid living under expectations and live life on your own terms
  • Follow your intuition
  • Live for what lights you up and sets you on fire
  • Faith can help you stand up for your own story
  • Keep coming to your heart centered practice
  • We all have a higher calling and purpose
  • Show what’s behind the kimono and makes you tick rather than the performative version of yourself
  • Be mindful with all that you do
  • Do what aligns with what you believe in


In the episode we cover:

  • Welcome Meredith Z. Avakian to The Mindrise Podcast!: (00:00)
  • What is a “FIRST”?: (02:25)
  • Built as a high achiever; achieve and then what?: (06:23)
  • About Meredith’s both identities: (10:39)
  • Meredith’s courage to stand up and let out her own story: (13:01)
  • About signs, “firsts” and how doing firsts impacts daughter: (17:27)
  • About what Meredith does when an unexpected first comes up & “first” bucket lists: (27:00)
  • How Meredith embodies resilience: (30:21)
  • Wrap-up: (34:06)


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