Featured Goal Digger | Megan @shesaidyes

 

If you’re the girl that has dreamed of walking down the aisle at the wedding of the year her whole life, then this week’s Featured Goal Digger is just for you! The gorgeous Megan from She Said Yes is here to inspire and educate us on our journey of love, from when we say ‘Yes’ right up until we say ‘I do’. We’re honoured to have Megan on our list of Featured Goal Digger’s as she has and continues to turn her dreams into reality, recently publishing her own book, the ‘little white book’. Keep reading to be injected with inspiration and motivation for smashing your goals as well as for tying the knot.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m a 26 year old blogger, intellectual property lawyer and newlywed.  I’m originally from England and studied law at Canterbury before moving to Auckland four years ago to pursue my career.  Little did I know that my ‘career’ would take a sidestep from law towards wedding planning, but after getting engaged I got a little carried away…

What inspired you to create She Said Yes…

I can’t help but be cliche, but I really love helping people, and I thought there was a real lack of honest, relatable wedding advice for a modern, New Zealand audience.  First I was sharing my own experience of being engaged, so She Said Yes was my own wedding diary, then I began writing how-to wedding planning guides, and that’s when She Said Yes attracted a larger following.

I am the bomb diggity because I have recently…

Single-handedly self published a book!

I’ve actually surprised myself with how well it turned out.  I’m not usually one to brag, truly, but I’m proud of myself for chasing my dream and being a total goal-digger!

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What is your vision behind ‘little white book’…

To make wedding planning easier!  My ‘tagline’ is ‘A beautiful wedding begins with a beautiful planner’ – because I truly believe planning the “perfect wedding” happens when you get organised.

With the ‘little white book’ wedding planning is just a simple part of everyday life, because it’s your everyday diary.

Every married person I’ve spoken to says “I wish this was around when I was engaged” and that is the best compliment – I know I’ve created something which will really help brides to be organise their weddings.

I was held back from achieving my goals when…

I engaged a publisher, began planning, and began to get despondent when he wasn’t keeping up with my emails and expectations.  So, I started again, hired a graphic designer to ensure the most beautiful and user-friendly page designs, wrote checklists and templates until the early hours, and self-published instead!

I’m a risk taker because…

I could pursue my legal career for financial gain, but I’d rather change the world (even if only in a small way!)

Currently Digging for…

Getting the ‘little white book’ on every engagement-gift MUST list –  I can’t wait to see it in every bride to be’s newly manicured and diamond-clad hands!

The best part about setting goals around my passion and living life my way is…

I have an incredible feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction when I feel like I’ve made a small difference in someone’s life at what should be the happiest time of their life.

Though I’ve always loved being a lawyer, often you’re helping people at a time when things aren’t going that well – you’re picking up the pieces instead of making sure all the pieces fit together.

Setting and reaching goals for She Said Yes is easy, because I’ve got so many awesome women cheering me on!

IMG_5614Top 3 bucket list goals ticked off…

  1. Bachelorette Party in Vegas
  2. Marrying my Dream Man
  3. Creating the Little White Book

 

Top 3 bucket list goals to tick off…

  1. I’ve been offered a book deal, so now I have to write that!
  2. I don’t like being ‘numbers-focussed’ but I would like to sell 10,000 books!
  3. I’m not leaving my legal career in the dust either, one day I want to work for the Commerce Commission.

#WORD…

Good question!  This one appeals to me as an intellectual property lawyer, and as a blogger and creative!

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

— Herman Melville

When I just need to laugh I…

Spend time with my husband, he’s hilarious!  If I need to cry with laughter, I’ll invite my best girlfriends over and add wine too, I have the best friends in the world (unfortunately they’re also all over the world so it’s not always that easy!)

 While you’re here, lets set some magic and mindful intentions! I will…

Do More… TRAVEL with my husband, my friends, and to see more of my friends

See More… BOSS BABES BRINGING I get so inspired by other female entrepreneurs, in the wedding industry and beyond.  I’m going to see more of these women, learn from them and collaborate with them.

Be More… PRESENT Be mindful, be kind to myself and appreciate what I have.  I recently realised I have everything I want, except the time to enjoy it.  It’s the time with my friends and family that is the most important, I’m going to be more present with them.

I invest in my mind, body and soul by…

  • I read everything: fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers and blogs, of course!
  • I do nice things for my body like take it for long walks and feed it delicious cones of Giapo ice-cream!
  • I give myself a night off every once in a while, have lots of wine and watch reality TV.  Sometimes that’s just what my soul needs!

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My typical day from AM to PM looks something like…

I wake up at 7:45 and bike to the city, shower and change at work and have cereal or avocado on toast at my desk.  Cycling is my only exercise right now, aside from walking my dogs – I’m taking it easy at the moment.

I work a standard day as a lawyer, punctuated by coffee with colleagues and lunch with a friend or client around Britomart.

Weeknights are my nights out (with friends or at events), and weekends are my time to relax, blog and catch up on ‘She Said Yes’ work (though I also work on it all week too!)

Because my husband’s an international pilot, there’s a lot of nights with him away, so when he’s here we try to spend more time together, and I also go along on a few of his international trips too.

 My top 3 tips for living a kick-arse fulfilling life…

  1. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you.
  2. Believe in yourself and take risks
  3. Help other people.  What goes around comes around!

See more from Megan, She Said Yes and Little White Book

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