She believed she could, so she did… sums up GDNZ’s latest Featured Goal Digger, the one and only Makaia Carr. I have followed Makaia’s Motivate Me FB page for years and am still continually blown away with her positivity, rawness, determination and passion when it comes to her professional and personal life. Mak doesn’t do anything by halves, absolutely smashes everything she puts her heart and soul into (two words… pro boxer), she embraces positivity while keeping her integrity by telling it how it is and is an absolute beauty both inside and out. Makaia has had an indescribable positive influence on my GDNZ journey (and even pre-GDNZ). I can guarantee I’m not the only one that would answer: Who is a strong empowering female leader that you look up to? with Makaia Carr. Here she is…
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My name is Makaia Lee Carr, I grew up disliking my first name as nobody, especially teachers could pronounce it properly. But later in life I grew to love it as it’s so unique and beautiful. It is a Maori name that has been passed down through my whanau. I’m a 36 year old Mama of two and married to my high school sweet heart Jason. Our son Gabriel is 17 who has just finished High School (I can’t believe it!) and our daughter Jana-Lee is 10 (going on 18!) and such a mini version of me! We all live in Auckland together. I own a business and thriving community called Motivate Me, which I founded nearly 4 years ago and an activewear clothing line called M Fit. I’m busy, active and love life! I strive every day to find balance and do a little bit of everything that makes me feel happy and alive….oh and I have poor time management skills, which is why these interview notes are months late – hehe!
I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…
Fought in, and won my first ever boxing match! It was one hell of a journey too and if you think you are fit try boxing and training for a fight! It was the most intense fitness challenge I’ve ever experienced and one that I absolutely loved, so much I’m dying to get back into the ring and do it all again! Oh and I motivate thousands of people daily to live a healthy, active, balanced lifestyle!
I was held back from achieving my goals when…
I let fear, self doubt or potential negative outcomes consume my thinking, it slows me down and holds me back from soldiering on with my goals. Having self belief to set off on a new journey is vital and definitely something that helped me launch Motivate Me but maintaining that self belief along the way is also important but oh so challenging sometimes.
I’m a risk taker because…
I go after what I want and I do what feels right for me and everyone I care about. If I can visualise it, I can do it!
My Kick-Ass Goals for 2016 are…
- Buy a piece of land near a beach (possibly even with a house on it – dreams are free)
- Start writing my book, thanks for the push and encouragement Sarah Laurie, Emma Mildon and Sam Hannah!!
- Have one more boxing match!
Three inspiring lessons I have learnt so far on my Motivate Me NZ journey…
- All women really do have the same struggles
- Surrounding yourself with positive like minded people really does help you to achieve your goals
- That everyone has a special power and something great to offer this world, we just have to find it within ourselves and not be afraid to use it
The biggest struggle I find running Motivate Me NZ…
Is finding the time to connect and engage with all of our members. As the years have gone on and numbers have grown I’ve struggled to be able to create relationships with them all like I used too. It was much easier when there were only a few hundred members but now we have had over 2,000 amazing women go through, and it gets a bit difficult to build that relationship with each and every member. I feel bad that I can’t give as much one on one time like I used to. However I’m lucky I have 12 Regional Managers and many long serving members on board that all help me achieve a level of this.
Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…
- Start and work in my very own company
- Box in a match and win (yes I’m competitive)
- Enjoy public speaking
Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…
- Design and build our own family home
- Complete my book
- Round the world trip with my husband
When self-doubt and CBF creeps in you stalk … because …
My Motivate Me members forum because my MMNZ sisters are out there doing their thing on the daily. They are posting and sharing their efforts to try and motivate each other and hold themselves accountable, their struggles are my struggles and I love to see our ladies beat them daily! Sometimes I think they really don’t know how much they all motivate me.
When I just need to laugh I …
Go see my husband – he knows how to make me and the kids laugh all the time!
While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions!
In 2016 I will…
Do More … Public speaking
See More … Family
Be More … Relaxed
How do you invest in your body?
By eating nutrient rich foods, drinking lots of water, sleeping and resting well and training regularly. I love a variety of exercise and change my schedule up quite often. I see a PT at The Exercise Room once a week, usually play some form of sport, attend my friends boot camp (B-Fit Mama’s), yoga, hike, walk or swim in the weekends and then usually try out some new gym or fitness concept in Auckland somewhere – at the moment its F45 in Newmarket and Ludus Magnus in Highbrook.
How do you invest in your mind?
I talk to people that are different to me or think differently to me. I love to have my conversations challenged and be taught from others to see things from other perspectives. I also love brainstorming ideas by myself (business, products, services, events, initiatives and more) – I have loads of journals that I love to write in, I let my mind go crazy and let myself flow knowing that anything is possible.
How do you invest in your soul?
I talk to my husband, kids, mum, dad, sisters or good friends about life. I love to reminisce, chat about good memories, each others goals and achievements, funny times, make exciting plans together and really give the time to connect to that person and my deepest feelings during those conversations. I always feel uplifted, fulfilled and loved after these. Oh and music – I love listening to old music that I grew up too, the music my Mum and Dad used to love – UB40, Bob Marley, Kenny Rogers, The Eagles, Prince and Fleetwood Mac would be some of my favourites.
The best piece of advice I would give my 16 year old self…
You are enough just as you are. You are not broken, you have nothing to be ashamed of and you are actually pretty amazing – so just love who you are and believe in yourself.
My top 3 tips for living a kick-ass fulfilling life…
- Make sure you always have someone on hand that can make you laugh – I’m lucky that person for me is my husband
- Swim in oceans, rivers and lakes whenever you can – it can bring you back to life during those times when you are feeling down
- Be grateful for all that you have – a quote I love – “Be Happy With What You Have, While Working For What you Want”
My vision for what I do with MMNZ is…
My vision is to see more women on their journey with their heads held high, their shoulders back, a smile on their face, a sparkle in their eye and LOVE in their heart!
My typical day from AM to PM…
I am very grateful to have so much flexibility in my day that most days never really look the same but if I had to choose an average day for me it would look something like this…
- 7am Wake up and spend 30 mins on my phone doing my banking, Xero reconciliations and a couple of social media posts
- 7.30am Get out of bed and make breakfast for me and my daughter (hubby and son have left for work by now)
- 8am Make school lunch, put washing on and check my diary and schedule for the day
- 8.30am Take my girl to school
- 9.00am Exercise either with PT, at Bootcamp or hit a gym
- 10.30am Home to shower and hit my office
- 11.ooam Clear emails, messages etc check and update social media, schedule any promo posts, pack any couriers
- Midday – 1pm Lunch is often over a scheduled meeting or catch up with friend
- 1pm – 2.30pm Usually filled with more meetings, appointments or running errands – all while I reply, post and message on my social channels
- 3pm Home to meet my daughter after school
- 3-4.30pm Back in the office to spend time on Motivate Me and M Fit strategies and plans
- 4.30 – 5.30pm Get washing in, start making plans for dinner
- 5.30 – 8pm Family time, eating dinner, catching up, walks, TV or mucking around outside
- 8.30pm Jana Lee goes to bed
- 9pm Everyone is usually in bed by this time – I am naughty though and will work in bed on my laptop or phone while hubby watches a bit of TV or we will watch Netflix together before going to sleep around 10.30pm
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