Self Love Goes Deeper Than Yourself

It’s the start of new blogging goodness here at Stratejoy!

We’re bringing back real time stories from real life women.

This time I’m tapping the incredible ladies of my Elevate Mastermind group to share their dreams, fears, successes and failures with the Tribe. Not all of them will be writing (since it’s totally not a requirement of Elevate!), but as I found out at our retreat — over half of them identify as writers! And after getting to known their sassy selves and incredible stories over 4 days in Ojai, I knew we’d all benefit from hearing the ups and downs of their year of ELEVATING!

We’re going on a introduction binge this week — getting you familiar with with the ladies you’ll be hearing from this year.

After that, I’ll be writing early in the week and we’ll be featuring an Elevate Writer each Thursday.

Please join me in lovingly welcoming each of these brave souls!

They are going to be cracking their hearts wide open for us, to remind our entire Tribe that we are never alone.

XOXO

Molly-Sig211


meg 200x200WITH LOVE FROM

Meg , Sports Fan, Dog Lover,  2014 Elevate Sister

Meg is a huge Boston sports fan, who happens to live out her passion by working at ESPN. She’s also a writer, ridiculous dancer, Pinterest-obsessed cook, and dog lover. She feels alive when she’s at a game, at the beach, in her kitchen and in New York City or Los Angeles. She’s never met a cup of tea she didn’t like. She is in love with the focus and friendships Elevate has brought into her life.

 

 

Megan

 

I have what some call “the coolest job in the world” – I work at ESPN as an associate producer on SportsCenter. It’s a huge part of my life and it’s very fulfilling to have something you’re so passionate about, also be your life’s work. When I’m not at work or dealing with all the freaking snow we’ve gotten this winter, I love to cook, dance, binge watch House of Cards and Friday Night Lights, go out to dinner, hike and get coffee.

 

I chose Elevate during one particularly emotional afternoon at a local Starbucks. At the time I was feeling lonely and sad, for no particular reason. It was the culmination of a months-long, inexplainable funk. It was in that moment I realized I was craving DEPTH. Of friendships, of self knowledge, of self exploration. The idea of going to California in January also sounded fantastic. And so I applied and started on this really awesome journey towards meeting these incredible women.

 

And then I meet these incredible women, and my world was blown wide open.

 

They’re beautiful. They’re successful. They’re vulnerable and honest and fearful and brave. They drink wine with you by campfire. They make you laugh deep, soul shaking laughs and cry meaningful, healing tears. They sleep in outdoor yurts with you and dish about their terrible ex-boyfriends. These are the kinds of women I’ve been looking to build friendships with for all of my adult life. They’re my people, my tribe, whatever you want to call it. I just know I’m blessed to know them and can’t wait to see how they kick some serious tail the rest of 2014.

 

I came back from the retreat inspired but also terrified. That I made this huge investment and all these plans and I would arrive in January 2015 the same as I am now. Wanting to please everyone, avoiding conflict, beating myself up over little things, being too emotionally invested in my job performance, and sleeping until 1pm everyday (it’s not as great as it sounds).

 

But there’s already been progress.

 

I told myself before the process, that progress, even of the teeny-tiny variety, is enough. It doesn’t all have to be celebrated, but acknowledging that I made a choice to make my life better, makes Elevate worth it.

 

Going forward, the challenge I’m facing with my goals is the line between hard work and being kind to myself. Of course, sleeping late, staying in with TV and wine, having a cupcake, and celebrating with  champagne are glorious. But there’s something to be said for going in to work early, going HAM at the gym, waking up to write the important email, and having tough conversations that is equally satisfying and necessary.

 

Self love goes deeper than treating yourself, or, as the sage Donna Meagle says, “treat yo’self.” Self love is working towards something that’s meaningful. Self love is making and taking the time to cook something healthy and delicious. Self love is acknowledging our mistakes, learning from them, and moving forward. Self love is celebrating accomplishments that are TRULY special to you, however you define “special.”

 

So, for the next few months, I’ll try and be as honest as I can about what I’m working on. Right now, it’s online dating, researching sprint triathlons, finalizing and paying for a trip to Italy, dreaming about ideas for a new blog, and being the most authentic Meg there is. I’m excited to have you all along for my ride, and the ride of my Elevate sisters.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies, Cool Runnings:

Peace be da journey.

 

meg 200x200WITH LOVE FROM

Meg , Sports Fan, Dog Lover, 2014 Elevate Sister

Meg is a huge Boston sports fan, who happens to live out her passion by working at ESPN. She’s also a writer, ridiculous dancer, Pinterest-obsessed cook, and dog lover. She feels alive when she’s at a game, at the beach, in her kitchen and in New York City or Los Angeles. She’s never met a cup of tea she didn’t like. She is in love with the focus and friendships Elevate has brought into her life.

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