Her Story with Maegon Renee: The Self-Care Expert for The Female Entrepreneur
This week’s Her Story Spotlight is with therapist and educator, Maegon Renee, a self-care expert for female entrepreneurs.
She’s so good at what she does because she’s been there herself and understands the costs of not taking care of ourselves.
In her interview below, we get into what exactly is self-care, tips for how to make sure it happens and the back story behind her own self-care challenges that laid the foundation where her business is today.
They say that our message is sometimes in the mess, or the thing we struggle with the most.
Has anyone else started a business or created a cause because of a challenge you experienced that you want to help others avoid or get thru? Let us know in the comments below!
In the meantime, enjoy Maegon’s interview!
Meet Maegon - Fun Facts:
1) I'm originally from the Midwest-Kansas.
2) I absolutely love all kinds of animals, even snakes! But I have a miniature dachshund and a pet turtle.
3) I have a strong sweet tooth, especially for chocolate.
4) I have an older sister who is 15 years older than me and we are the best of friends.
5) My favorite food is macaroni and cheese and it has been since I was a little girl.
Tell us about Maegon Rennee, the business!
I am a self-care expert for female entrepreneurs. The purpose is to give fabulous women the tools they need to integrate their business and personal life more effectively. By doing this they will be better able to care for families, be more successful in their businesses, and most importantly feel better about themselves!
How did it get it’s start?
I am a licensed therapist and have known what I wanted to be since I was 17. I realized how much I was struggling to integrate my work and personal life and it was taking a toll on my health and my business. I figured if I'm struggling with this there's got to be other women out there having the same issue.
How do you define "self-care"?
Any positive activity that will help improve a person's physical, emotional, or spiritual state.
What are some of the most common challenges you see your female entrepreneur clients struggle with when it comes to self-care?
Confidence/self-worth/self-esteem! They compare themselves to what they see on social media or what society thinks they need to be doing in their lives and it keeps them stuck. They aren't able to live authentically because they're afraid of what other people will think about them.
What is something you've struggled with yourself when it comes to self-care?
I struggled with saying "no" to requests, questions, events, and obligations. That's because I hadn't realized the value of my energy and time.
How can we develop better self-care routines?
Work on your self-esteem. Maybe that means you go to a therapist or a support group or just talk to some girlfriends you trust.
Start small. Ask yourself "what makes me happy?" This is something as women we often times forget to ask ourselves because our lives have become someone else's.
Put a schedule together (put yourself on your own calendar) that you can see everyday. Self-care needs to be just like other obligations you have except this one is fun! Be patient with yourself and expect times of backsliding. You will have days or weeks where maybe you didn't focus on self-care the way you needed to. That's OK just start again the next day or week.
Earlier this year you shared an article about how to say and gain respect. Why is it so dang hard for us to say no sometimes? And what are the benefits of using "no" more?
It's difficult because we're afraid that we'll lose friendships, people won't be able to depend on us anymore, we won't get invited to places anymore, and just overall how people will perceive us.
But saying no is so vital. I can't stress it enough. It doesn't have to just be no, it can be variations of that such as "not at this time." "Let me think about it and get back to you.”
The benefits are that you realize how valuable you are, that your time is precious and that there may be things that you've been saying "yes" to this whole time that took the place of something else you could have been doing that was more meaningful.
It's so easy to look at people's social media "highlight reel" these days and think we're the only one that "failing miserably" or going through a tough time. Would you be willing to share a business challenge you have you had to overcome to get where you are now? How were you able to overcome that or what are you doing now to overcome that’s working?
Sure! I'm just like every other woman out there. Mindlessly scrolling through social media and then before I know it I've started to compare myself to what the next woman is doing. I use A LOT of positive self-talk and constantly remind myself that no one is better than me necessarily. We are all creatives and that I have some really amazing ideas that I want to share. I have to remind myself to be confident in my training, life experiences, and passion for what I do.
What would you say has been the main key so far to helping you get to where you are now in your business?
Aligning myself with like-minded women and realizing that at the end of the day we are all in this together.
What advice would you have for someone looking to launch their own business in 2019?
Do your research (constantly), find other people in your niche and align yourself with them, really listen to what your audience is needing and not so much about what you want to teach, and to keep going!!
What are some tools that help make life easier/better for business or for personal development?
So many and I'm still learning them everyday!
SEO- Keywords Everywhere and TrueBuddy for YouTube
Personal development would be podcasts
What is a book(s) and/or podcast you would recommend for others looking to start or grow their a business or just for general positive mindset motivation?
Right now I'm ready Body Love by Kelly LeVeque and I have 3 business books in my kindle account that I'm ready to read once I'm done with this one!
I absolutely love podcasts! The ones I love are Rachel Hollis' RISE and Jenna Kutcher's The Goal Digger Podcast.
I also spend a lot of time on YouTube. That's where I've learned things about technology.
What are you looking forward to with your business in 2019?
I'm so excited for 2019 because I'm taking all of the things I learned last year and implementing them for this year.
The product I'm most excited about is a Women in Business Workbook! It's a comprehensive, all in one guide for female entrepreneurs who are either looking to start their businesses or looking for tools that will help them be more successful. It's a one stop shop and will help take the guesswork out of this whole entrepreneur thing.
It's due to come out in early 2019 and right now I have a VIP sign up where people can get the workbook at the discounted price before the general public. The link is: https://bit.ly/2A8MOBZ
How can people find out more about you and your work?
All they need to know is at https://www.maegonrenee.com
Leave a comment below with your biggest takeaway from Maegon’s story!