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Meg Strachan on Daily Rituals, New Perspectives and Making an Impact

Jewelry entrepreneur, marketing guru, and founder of Dorsey, Meg is thought provoking, authentic, and very real. Like us, she’s navigating today’s landscape one day at a time. We caught up with this major LA lady on mental wellness, being a full-time working mom, new daily rituals, and recognizing the little moments that are actually the big ones.
 

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness used to mean getting up early, having a cup of tea, and making it to a workout class less than five minutes late (I have a two-year-old, you get it), then eating some eggs and kale. Frankly, so predictable and sooo LA. Now, instead, it means going to bed without turning on the news again, talking to friends on the good old phone rather than Zoom, cooking, turning off the outside world for large portions of the day so my mind can rest, eating good foods, and absorbing as much positivity as humanly possible while truly understanding the impact this has made on real human lives and the world. If I get in a workout, great. If not, that's OK too. Plus, I'm trying to hydrate more. Today the word wellness feels like an emotional and mental state rather than physical more than ever before.

What was the ah-ha moment that led to launching Dorsey?

I told someone about my idea and they said it wouldn't work. That was it. I made up my mind to do it. I've always done what people told me not to do.

How are you adjusting to life in quarantine: movement, managing the business, me-time, and momming, everyday?

Well, to be honest, using the word "managing" gives the idea that I've somehow got it all under control, which is not the case. Overall we’re taking it day by day, each is a little different. I try to squeeze in a workout but sometimes, honestly, I'm too tired and drink wine instead. About 5 weeks into quarantine, my husband and I learned there was no way in hell we could both work and parent at the same time. It was a disaster. So, we started splitting the day. He's on dad-duty the second half of the day and I take her the first. We both work through her nap time and hop back online after she goes to sleep. While it's not sustainable, we're making it work.

As for "me-time," I don't even know what that means anymore. I suppose I shower alone. So, yes, "me time" happens in the shower! As for momming, it's a full-time job right now and I'm doing my best to integrate her where I can. And by "integrate," I mean she watches Elmo next to me while I write emails. Then we go for a walk through our neighborhood to look at flowers while I do conference calls. We're making it work. Can't wait for a break.

What change would you like to leave this experience with?

I'll never see the world the same again. What a gift in perspective. Can't wait to hug the people I love.

How do you hope the world will change for the better?

Everywhere I look, I see the helpers. The wonderful people that help us in life in every way. I didn't have that perspective before.

What is your “new normal” daily routine and rituals?

I have a latte within 5 minutes of opening my eyes. And I take a bath every night. I've always been told that kids do well with routine...turns out parents do, too. I shower midday for the most part, before lunch. It makes no sense at all but it works with my new schedule. In the evenings I do Tracy Anderson online. At night I read. Well, at least that's what I'm trying to do.

How do you start each day?

I take a 30-minute walk with my little girl through our neighborhood. Do you know that I've lived here for two years and have never met any of my neighbors? Now we know everyone.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

A lot of CBD (Plus gummies from @FleurMarche)

What are your top tips for living?

Veggies and protein. With a side of rice. Almost always.

And, move daily.

What are some happy take-aways you’ve experienced as a mom during self-isolation?

This is the most time I've spent with my little girl since maternity leave. She's in those critical months where they change every single day. And for the first time, I haven't missed the little moments that are actually the big ones.

How are you keeping it cute while indoors?

A whole lot of sweats and big jewelry.

What have you learned in life?

Just keep going. Whatever you are trying to do. Just keep going. You will want to stop. Don't. Everyone struggles with self-esteem. You're in good company.

What are five things you can’t live without?

Dorsey necklaces, Pinterest, Norah Ephron, my iPhone, and green tea.

What are you reading and listening to these days?

Norah Ephron and every episode of How I Built This with Guy Raz.

Any advice you can leave us with?

Go big and stay home.

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