The Entrepreneur’s Journey: The Risk It Took To Blossom

The Entrepreneur’s Journey is not a straight path. Anais Nin wrote, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

The Risk It Took To Blossom, photo by Baylan Megino

The Risk It Took To Blossom, photo by Baylan Megino

My life had a fairly straightforward beginning, and the American Dream was the lifestyle I was encouraged to build. By my early 30’s, I had the loving husband with a steady job, a family, a comfortable home, the cars, the great job. I even had community involvement under my belt.

But something was not right.

My normally happy, calm outlook had become spiked with occasional fits of temper, which confused me.

I sought help in understanding what was happening, and started seeing a counselor. Those sessions helped me to see myself and my situation with clearer vision and understanding.

LIfe had become an endless round of work – home – work – home – community – work … of fulfilling roles, obligations and  duties.

At one point in my life, I had sought refuge and solace in attending Mass every morning before attending classes. The calm, the routine structure, the expansive space, and the connection to God fed me deeply.

But at this point, my spiritual and life had become almost non-existent, because I was so busy taking care of everyone and everything else that I thought was important.

Wrong. It wasn’t working for me.

It was time for a major change, and managing relationship change was something that I was absolutely, positively not equipped for. After all, my mother married the man who took her on her first date! Though they remained faithfully married until his death 60 years later, I did not learn a healthy way to handle conflict in relationships.

The counseling sessions helped open the door for me to step back and start at Ground Zero — to look inside to find my thoughts and need for expression. Through painting and sculpture I discovered a hidden world within that showed me my feelings and the inner terrain of my being.

Through sharing I learned that I had something of value to express in the silence. Through writing I started to hear my own voice and to value the power of the word.

And through dance I had always been able to access my inner knowing.

I had opened the door to start exploring my life, to understand what I was all about and what I had built. Once that door was open, how I saw the world and how I navigated each moment would never be the same.

The tightly bound bud was starting to unfurl her petals.


Hello world from Baylan Megino and Masterpieces

It’s time to step on the next leg of this journey!

First, I’m Baylan Megino. I was born in the United States, and am a Filipina American.  My mother was born here, so I am considered 3rd generation on her side. My father was born in the Philippines, so I am 2nd generation on his side. I like to say that I am a bridge between cultures.

You can see my work background on LinkedIn. I’ve worked in lots of areas: student housing, architure/engineering, international investment management and venture capital, construction, network marketing, project fundraising/development, marketing, and alternative healing.

While building a million-dollar residential remodeling company, I became involved in the entrepreneurial community. At the same time, I studied alternative healing and found a spirit connection and ability — and the meaning of my name.

I explored my life path and journey, and created my coaching and consulting business, White Light Associates. This spun off the marketing and promotion arm, WLA Global.

At the same time, I was working with my Filipino community. First with FANHS, the Filipino American National Historical Society (actually it’s much more fun than it sounds!), I met other Filipinos who were born and/or raised here. I continue to hear stories of how each meets the cultural bridge.

Then I became involved with community advocacy through NaFFAA, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, with Northern California Region 8.

Yet my work continued to feel the tug of a deeper calling, and I helped co-found the Center for Babaylan Studies.

Along the way, I have met and continue to meet wonderful and fascinating people whose stories I am compelled to capture.

Over time, I have explored how to show up in the world using the internet as a main base.

This site will focus on what is most important to me: helping people shine their light. There are many people who have stories to tell that will encourage and inspire. These are people I will call Masterpieces. My interviews with them, and thoughts on life will be contained in these pages. I hope you experience even a moment of light. And I thank you for visiting!

Peace and light to you,