Living Fabulously Fierce SPOTLIGHT: The Fabulously HAPPY…

MEGAN MOLONEY MURPHY

 

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Life Purpose Coach

Meet Megan: “After 10 years of building a chain of retail jewelry stores on Cape Cod, I decided it was time for a life change (or it was decided for me by circumstance and I sold the business-lock, stock and barrel). There were wonderful aspects of my business such as financial success, creativity and a great sense of accomplishment. However, along for the journey came anger, fear, competitiveness and a bad partnership. Through the realization that it was ok to end that dream and pursue another one that focused solely on the wonderful aspects and not the negative influences that lead to an overall feeling of unhappiness, I found my calling-Life Purpose Coaching. I am truly grateful for all that I have experienced, good and bad, and for every difficult decision I have made along the way, good and bad.

I AM truly grateful for it all! Out of darkness comes light, and that is the universal truth that many fail to see. It is now my journey to help others find true gratitude which leads to endless happiness….A state of living fabulously fierce!”

What does living fabulously fierce mean to you? To, me, LFF means experiencing life to the fullest! Being grateful for all you have and all you are and embracing how fabulous you and your life can be.

If you had to describe your brand in three words, what would those three words be? Why?
• Authentic
• Accepting
• Grateful
Why? Well, why not? Nothing else matters, does it? And, if I rolled those three words into one it would be love.

How are you intentional about your personal brand? I strive to walk my talk daily, in every moment or situation…key word here is strive. Sometimes I make mistakes and I accept that. I learn from those mistakes-that’s where greatness happens, true ‘aha’ moments.

How do you live your personal brand? When I feel judgment coming on for others or for myself (that inner critic voice) I say to myself “Cancel, send love”. When I feel jealousy and competitiveness, I think about how grateful I am for everything I have and everything I am. My self-acceptance also grows from this.

Finally, to be authentic is to truly be myself, without fear of others liking me or not, judging my beliefs or not. My true authentic self acts as a beacon for other like-minded people to find me-and that is the law of attraction at its best!

If there is anything you could do to either reinforce or enhance your brand, what would that be? Enhance my message and make connections. I’d like to create more videos where people could experience my coaching philosophies on my website to feel a connection with me.

Greatest Accomplishment? Being a perfectly ‘Imperfect Mom’ to my three daughters!

Biggest Challenge that you’ve overcome? Realizing that being perfectly imperfect is right where I’m supposed to be and embracing that whole-heartedly

What is your Fabulously Fierce Brand Statement: I AM Megan and I AM fabulously happy!

Hobbies: Walking on the beach, being creative, playing and walking my dogs

Interesting Fact: I was voted friendliest and Most School Spirit in High School

How do you recommend other women stay true to themselves and live their authentic personal brand? I believe that the realization and my mantra, “Relax, you are right where you’re supposed to be” sums it up! The key to staying true to themselves and being authentic, is just that-BELIEVE that you are and you will be!

What advice do you have for young girls, our up and coming fabulously fierce, around being their best selves or anything you’d like to share with them in particular?
1) Practice gratitude daily to gain happiness
2) Never, ever, let a bad decision upset you, learn the lesson from it and move on…you will grow. Trust in that
3) Be your best! Never compare yourself to others, life is not a competition, and competition breeds anger, sadness and frustration, and who needs that?
4) Love yourself and others…find God in your heart, that’s where He’s been hiding out all along!

Living Fabulously Fierce Factor #47-Being Engaged

-5For those who follow me on Facebook, you saw my post this week that the more I live, the more I realize that God actually knows what He’s doing.  What was really behind this statement for me was that while I’m still waiting to achieve some of my personal and professional goals, and I wish I were closer to “getting there” than not, I’m committed to living  my life, embracing every single opportunity that brings me joy and allows me to be joy for others, understanding that while I know what I want and where I want to go and everything I want to experience, while it hasn’t all come to fruition yet, I am not going to sit back and let life pass me by.  Yup, that was the longest sentence in the history of blogs…..but I hope it was clear. Essentially, I’m going to be wholeheartedly engaged in every moment, because the sequence of the moments is my story unfolding, bit by bit, page turn by page turn, and I don’t want to rush any of it, missing any budding opportunities or necessary “chrysalizing”!

So many of us offer up more focus and energy to what’s not and what we wish would hurry up and be, that we miss the experience of the moment…the cumulative moments that create our story of life.  Ok, still not getting what I’m driving at?  Here’s what I mean….

Wishing you could just skip senior year and that graduation would just hurry up and get here….you’re not enjoying the season of ultimate flexibility in your life and doing what you want to do.

Wishing your prince charming would hurry and get here?…..you’re not seizing the opportunity to really get to know more of you and who you are, increasing your own self-awareness…and…honestly…the freedom of singlehood that many wish they could have for just a moment.

Wishing you would just be promoted to the next level in your organization?…you’re not taking the time to continue to leave your distinct mark in the position at the level at which you are currently.

In a world of next goal, next step, next accomplishment and social media that allows us to see everything everyone is doing and then evaluate what we’re doing or not doing in, we really have to be consciously intentional around allowing ourselves to blossom in our buds, develop in our cocoons, and appreciate the seasons that we will experience throughout the entire process.  Most importantly, we just have to engage in it all…being present…living, loving, embracing, and being inspired and motivated by it all. 

There really sin’t an LFF process around this that I have to share with you.  I actually just have an ask this week-homework, I guess:  Wherever you are, whatever your circumstance, no matter how far from your “target” you are, engage…commit to the rest and the resilience required in the cocoon that serves as the prerequisite to not only getting your wings, but getting the wings that you need to soar!  Engage!

Soundtrack of the Week: In the spirit of engaging in what currently is, letting it all flow as you do your part, it only seems natural to leverage The Beattles’ Let It Be.

Living Fabulously Fierce Factor #46- Being Authentic

“We all have to tell our truth. That is our highest calling, to be authentic.”
~Senator, Corey Booker

I honestly can’t believe that with all of the factors that have been presenting and our “conversations” about branding, I have yet to set a factor on being authentic! I think it’s simply because I see this characteristic as one of the primary foundations of living fabulously fierce that I’ve taken for granted its influence and significance on everything else.

So, authenticity….what is it?  You know…being our highest calling and what not. Well, my trusty Google search led to the following find:

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*LFF Interpretation:

  • Exactly what is claimed-showing up as you truly claim you are. 
  • *Being fully trustworthy as according with fact-building and maintaining credibility.

Participating in the Multicultural Women’s National Conference this week, we spent a great deal of time talking about personal branding as I led a session on executive presence and moderated a panel on communications and nurturing connections. Of course during these conversations I spent a great deal of time stressing the importance of staying true to who we are, being authentic, while exhibiting agility and the ability to flex without losing ourselves. For some of us, this comes very naturally. We’ve figured out this balancing act and get through it quite seamlessly. For others of us, it really is a skill we’re developing and honing, mostly because we don’t yet see that we can actually do both without presenting a contradiction. In time, it will be more seamless for us as well. How does this happen? Of course with time, but what else? Well….

  • Staying true to who you are is really all about knowing who you are, what you stand for, what you have to offer this world. When it comes to the professional side of things, no matter what our focus area (s) may be, this is directly tied to our unique proposition value and how that stands out and above the rest. So, this requires a great deal of self-awareness that guides our mode of operating.
  • Exhibiting agility and the ability to flex without losing yourself is where the balancing act comes into play. On some level, this is really all about “when in Rome….”, we all know how it goes. But what it is more about is the skill of flexing your style to operate in a way that draws in the audiences you’re targeting and influencing, not to change who you are, but to leverage the platform you’ve been given to share your authenticity.

Ok, so what does this look like? Here’s what is the most simplest example that we often talk about: being an employee with more of a creative flair in style and dress who operates in a more conservative environment, professionally on the day to day. Being authentic means that I have to
completely change who I am between 9 and 5 and then be more of myself after any times outside of those hours. NOT!!!! What this means is that you just have to flex your style to leverage the platform of a conservative environment to show your authentic brilliance, while not losing yourself to what may feel like uncomfortable conservatism in the process of flexing. Again, a balancing act indeed!

Authenticy: Truth…Agility…Flexing. How will you take on this challenge?

In the spirit of sharing just a bit of what I got to experience at this week’s conference.  Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s picture below really captures what I’ve just shared: Balancing Truth with Agility and the ability to flex…. A Fighter Pilot (FlyGirl) now leveraging the motivational speaker platform with corporate audiences.  It doesn’t get much better than that in the game of authenticity.-4