No Guts No Glory

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Does anyone remember hearing this from time to time as we grew up? It may be a generational thing, but there wasn’t a week that went by where I didn’t hear it from a coach, teacher, or friend. So while I started to contemplate how I could make a difference in the world, how I could start a business that meant something special to me, and how I could “Find something I love, so it didn’t feel like work”, this phrase kept popping into my head.

I’ve always been cautious by nature. Which is funny because I was involved in a very risky sport. But, this sport taught me something more than just back flips, it taught me how to pace myself and work on progressions before going go gold.

Which is exactly how I started to approach the idea of starting a subscription business. Sure, it wasn’t a new concept, but I needed to work on progressions before I felt comfortable enough to launch into a business. I’ll share my progressions with you, starting with my first; it was called reading.

Back in June of 2015, I was reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg outside on the patio overlooking the ocean. So many things she said resonated with me such as:

“Done is better than perfect.”

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”

There are so many more amazing quotes from that book, but let those three sink in a little bit.

When it comes to business, men are naturally born with arrogance, confidence, and a risky gene.  Women tend to need the feeling of assurance, and can be afraid of risk. Which makes me laugh because men have the tendency to figure it out if a risk doesn’t turn into a reward. But Women KNOW how to turn risk into a reward. Look at childbirth, we risk our bodies, our minds, our figure, our wine intake, and then we have one challenging contraction after another…but then the reward comes and it made everything you went through worth it.

Reading this book, along with a long list of others helped get me through the assurance phase. The phase that was holding me back from putting pen to paper. I’m still nervous, but that nervous feeling keeps fueling my fire because I’m channeling it into confidence.

No Guts No Glory

More progressions are coming soon…

Cheers to Realness

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Sometimes to find out what you truly love you have to take a step back. When you feel so consumed with what you think you should want, you forget what you really want.

It’s been quite sometime since I last blogged, and I can’t lie it was nice to have a break. I blogged for five years. This blog has been with me when I got engaged, married, had a baby, experienced a cancer scare, moved jobs, etc. I have blogged about what I thought I wanted to blog about, what I thought I should blog about, but never what I want to blog about.

Which brings me to an announcement.

My name is Meghan. I am starting a business, I am living as a minimalist, I am a working mom, and I love to eat those amazing sugar cookies from Smiths that are terrible for you.

I am entering the world of blogging again, but this time it is 100% authentic, not trying to hard Meghan.

My hope is that my readers (hi, missed you) will stick with me as I share my journey of starting a business, living minimal, and raising the cutest little boy around.

Cheers to realness!

Aloha New School

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I wish this title meant I was freshly back from the Hawaiian Islands, but it’s not. This post is about engagement and getting what you need out of your child’s education. I understand Logan is only 2 1/2, but what I refuse to accept is the feeling that he is being held back in the learning department. Every time I dropped Logan off I would look around and I wasn’t engaged, I wasn’t inspired, and I knew Logan was thinking the same way.

So we recently decided to switch schools. He wasn’t learning at the rate I knew he could be, and I had the same trouble growing up, I learned differently. I was a hands on, show me once and I got it kind of girl. So when I would teach Logan the same way and he’d pick it up. I knew the school he was at wasn’t the right fit for him so as hard as it was we moved him to a new school, and I wish I would have done it sooner. In just two months he now says his ABC’s, speaks in Spanish (not just counting but speaks), knows his colors, numbers, sings 6 songs, can repeat animal noises when you ask him about an animal and more. I can’t believe the strides he has made in just two months.

A lot of people have told me that it’s all about your gut. And I think I’m figuring out this parenting thing called a gut. I didn’t understand it until I switched schools, but it’s all making sense now. I knew I wanted a more pro-active school, one that involved parents and parents engaged as well.

So back to these cute photos (see above). Logi’s school had a Luau. It was the first event where we’d see if there was parent participation, and boy were we surprised. It was packed! Everyone was playing with their kids, teaching them things, and I was shocked. I’m getting better at listening to my gut with this parenting thing.

Has anyone experienced this before? Tell me all about it!!

Thirteen Years

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Thirteen years of friendship and two babies later. I don’t know about you, but a true friend wasn’t something I fully grasped until around year 8 or 9 with my best friend. We haven’t lived in the same state in over ten years. She has lived in Hawaii, California, Utah while I stayed put in Nevada, But you guys we have stayed friends and here is why.

1. We talk about everything. YOU can not hold anything back and if you do a true friend will be super pissed with you. For example, when Logan was going through his cancer scare Kenna was five months pregnant. I didn’t want to stress her out so I held it in until one day she texted me out of the blue “What is wrong, something is wrong, I can sense it.” When I told her – with – pregnant rage.

2. Share your life while caring about their life. Just because you don’t see each other every day doesn’t mean you can not be involved in their life. We send each other cards, gifts for big life parties and make it a point just to be one call away.

3. Make time for them. Just like any relationship you have to foster it in person. So make time once a year to see them, and if that isn’t possible then open up Skype (hello 2015) and get moving.

I know this one has my back at all times, and if something ever happens to me, she will be the only one to tell Logan how freaking cool I was.

Best friends are hard to find. Don’t let them go.

Update on Minimalism

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I wish I would have done this sooner. If you remember a couple posts back I talked about a 30 day minimalist challenge that I was venturing on. After the second day I too it a step further and moved into my every day life. I’ve paired down my clothing, kitchen, living room, Logan’s room, the laundry room, and the bathroom. I couldn’t believe how much “stuff” I had just sitting there that someone else could make use of.

My stress level has significantly dropped, my house is always cleaner, it’s easier to get dressed in the morning. You guys, this is the way to go. Stick around for more posts on how I did it but for now…go clean out your junk with a glass of wine and be prepared for instant relief.

Call me crazy!

Just keep swimming
Dear Meghan,

You are unstoppable, and I am so proud of you. With no chances, no handouts, no help, you have managed to grow into this amazing woman. You have not stopped learning or reaching for great over good.

I remember when you hit the publish button on your blog. You had zero writing skills. You didn’t know where to put a comma (you probably still don’t) and you were not even sure what you were doing. But you did it, you became a blogger. Then you bought your first domain. You became an instant Pinterest celebrity for your lazy workouts.

Then instead of being okay with where you were, you decided you wanted to be better. You wanted to share your passion for marketing, branding, and millennial leadership. You had the gumption, passion, and you were not afraid to fail.

Look at us now!

Love,

Your Future Self

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I have a passion for marketing, branding, and proving millennials are amazing leaders.

I started a blog that is centered around this (see line one).

I will not be leaving VioletSage in the dust.

If you want to read. I’d love to have you!

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The Minimal Life

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To the point: I am ready to take things down a notch in some places and ramp them up in others.

A little more: I love life, but I am starting to feel overwhelmed. I don’t believe it has to be this way. On Sunday I listened to all of the Ted X YouTube videos on minimalism and living life with less. I grew up homeless most years, so less is in my blood.

After pinning a couple of key pieces, the picture above really resonated with me. So I will begin on Saturday and continue through the 30 days. I’ve also been decluttering, not organizing, just getting rid of the excess. My husband thinks I may have jumped off my rocker, but when I uncluttered just my jewelry, I found I had peace…yes..peace with jewelry lol.

So please hop on for the journey.
If you’re a minimalist, I’d love to hear your experience.
Here is to a less cluttered life.

I Rented the Runway

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Pretty excited about the bold move I made for a work event. See that yellow dress up there? That is the first time I have ever worn yellow, and I’m wondering what took me so long!!!

The three women beside me are all surgeon’s. I am not kidding. Surgeons. We were celebrating Dr. P’s graduation from her Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. The venue was swanky and so I headed to Rent the Runway to find some cute threads. I had over 10 pinned to my love board. Most of them were safe (which is my middle name) except for this yellow nha khanh dress. Without drinking wine and after MUCH deliberation with myself, I clicked checkout and it was a done deal, I was going to wear a yellow dress.

When it arrived I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was in person. The fit was perfect, the length was a little short for my liking but the tulle made it ok. I felt like a modern-day Belle.

Have you experience Rent The Runway?

What do you think…can I pull of more yellow in my wardrobe?

5 Year Anniversary – Wood

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I like to think I am somewhat traditional so when it came to finding Wes something great for our five-year anniversary, I was stumped. The traditional gift is wood (wood, come on people). I searched and searched for something perfect. There were ideas for wedding bands, cakes, fire pits, and amazing prints but nothing that grabbed me. Then I had an ah ha moment, watches, Wes loves watches there has to be a wood watch right?!

I found Jord!

The watch is high quality and completely worth the price. Wes loved it and it gives a chic look to any outfit he has on. Yet another year of me rocking the anniversary gift. I’ll never beat year 3 but I’m consistent!

24 Hours in San Francisco

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What a whirlwind of a trip! San Francisco you expensive mecca of amazingly fashionable people and amazing cardio workouts – You have my heart now.

I recently had a work trip to San Francisco. It was a Monday-Wednesday seminar that didn’t leave anytime for sightseeing, so I flew in on Sunday at 9am. The day I arrived was the same day as Bay Breakers, the annual Zappos race that shuts down the streets…right where I was staying. So after the ninety minute stand still I put my bags down (my view was from the 27th floor) and headed out to see the city.

First off… it was freezing, so my amazing cute and chic outfits were replaced with my Under Armour hoody. Praise Jesus it gave me enough warmth to only use uber a couple of times.

So here is how the day went down:

10:00 – Hailed the mighty Uber to take me to the Ferry Building. The building had amazing smells because it was full of amazing food. I ate four macaroons and moved on.

10:30 – Grabbed a hot chocolate from Starbucks and started walking through the Financial District to Little Italy. Yelp had deemed a small restaurant the “must eat” for Italian cuisine.

11:40 – After a couple of diversions into some super chic and cute stores, I made my way to The Italian Homemade Company. <– This place was no joke, the best tortilleni I have ever had.

12:30 – Continued my walking up and down hills to Chinatown. The stores were full of fresh fruits, pastries, and veggies. The little souvenir stores were to die for. I picked up a couple of chopstick sets and a replica of a piece that was on Agents of Shield for Wes.

2:00 – I decided to hit Lombard Street with my Uber driver. This place was packed!

3:00 – Went to the Fine Arts building. It was beautiful and I wanted to stay forever.

5:00 – Headed up to Coit Tower. That was the most amazing view but the walk was killer.

6:30 – Grabbed some wine from floor 38 in the hotel that I was in. It had panoramic views of the city.

8:00 – Went to a local hotspot for dinner, I for the life of me can not remember the name.

10:00 – I went to bed. Because I’m old.

I’m heading to San Fran again in September. Anything you’d recommend I check out?