You don’t have to Do It All to have a perfect holiday season. You don’t have to go to All The Parties or talk to All The People. You don’t have to scrape through, only to start your New Year off spent and resentful. Nope.
How about a relaxing experience with your loved ones (or even alone) that leaves you MORE energized, fed, supported and healthy? Let’s bring back the true meaning of “celebration” with crystal clarity and practical tools that will last a lifetime.
You: joyful and serene is the finest gift to yourself and the people who love you.
Every year you steel yourself for the onslaught of socializing and obligation. Every year you commit to doing it better, making it easier. Every year you are determined to eat healthy and limit your alcohol. Every year you set a budget. But, every year you get worn down and end up buying into the Story of Stress. You run around commiserating with everyone from your neighbors to the grocery store cashier about how busy you are, trying to get everything done in time, turning down offers of help because no one can really do it as well as you. Or devolving into a straight-up panic attack when you even have to talk to neighbors and cashiers because you don’t have any brain power left to give. You eat, drink and spend more than you planned, and collapse after the new year like a wilted leaf of despair, exhaustion and a few extra pounds. Every year, you vow that next year will be different. But it never is.
Is this you?
- I have overwhelming to-do lists. I can never get it all done.
- We fight more than enjoy ourselves. It’s not even fun anymore.
- There are too many obligations. It’s hard to say “no” and I end up exhausted.
- I spend too much money.
- I eat and/or drink too much and it makes me have low energy and feel defeated, so I just stop paying attention all together.
- My self care and health go out the window.
- I’m an introvert and constantly being around people wears me out and makes me irritable. Then I feel like an asshole because I start snapping at everyone.
- I hate small talk.
- I get depressed this time of year and the pressure to be merry just makes me feel worse.
- It’s all just so much consumerism, I despise buying into the inauthenticity and want to enjoy myself in a simpler way.
- I’m alone or far away from family and I vacillate between being fine with going it solo, and being lonelier than lonely.
Managing expectations and having outsized definitions of what it takes to “be enough” can be so hard for the smart and sensitive set. You love to celebrate and generosity is important to you, but there’s only so much of you to go around and it’s tough to gracefully decline great invitations to prioritize what feeds your body and soul. We are going to clarify your endgame, redefine what success looks like for you, and give you simple tools to set realistic expectations and prioritize the things that really keep you full and fulfilled.
This is what I would much rather see for you.
- A manageable and sustainable task list that lets you be generous with your family and friends, while conserving your energy.
- Reduce expectations and demands. Less stress equals more love.
- Need less, buy less.
- Plan and allow for feasting. Stay nourished. Keep the bingeing at bay. For good.
- Stay mindful around food, while still enjoying yourself.
- Full blown permission, plus easy ways, to make your self-care a non-negotiable priority.
- Integrate best practices to honor your introversion, while enjoying your company.
- Tools to inhabit and elevate conversations so you do less small talk and more connecting.
- Deep support and resources to uplift you during a time of year that is notoriously difficult for millions.
- Reinvent the season from being consumerism-based to creativity-based and make your own traditions. (Have more fun than everyone else!)
- Structure a workable plan to have alone time that is rejuvenating and nourishing.
“I can’t recommend Meg’s group coaching program highly enough. I was a little wary of whether I’d like the group format as much as one-on-one with Meg, but I loved it. I learned almost immediately how much I had in common with the other women in the group, even though we all come from different backgrounds, and I learned so much from their struggles, successes and coaching. I’ve learned so much—I’ve progressed (with ease) toward healthier eating habits, and many of my other already good health habits have been reaffirmed and magnified by Meg’s wisdom and guidance. I’ve also been supported in replacing stress and anxiety with more deep breaths and mental space, and I’ve deepened my perspective about emotional highs and lows. I’ve learned to identify compound stress, and how to stay in my own orbit when faced with relationship conflicts. My attitude about food and ‘eating healthy’ has undergone an extremely positive change, and it has been completely without guilt and shaming myself into doing better.” – Michelle Urbick
There is so much glorification of stress during this time of year and such a profound need to just relax and chill out. We don’t need this just for ourselves, but it’s so out of hand, it’s become our responsibility to do it for each other. What started as a lovely time to celebrate the cycle of life and the harvest with your friends, family, and community, has become a whirlwind of drama. This was originally a time for connection, not isolation! A time for feasting, rather than famine, fallibility and accrued debts!
I have an arsenal of tools ready for you as well as the kind of steadfast boundary-setting-mojo to successfully navigate the holidays year after year, no matter what kind of unique situation you find yourself in. I have seen firsthand the power in choosing support, asking for help, and sharing experiences and ideas with like-minded people in a compassionate space, where you get to be your whole, messy self without judgement. I am a firm believer in the efficacy of pragmatic tools, permission, radical love and elegant solutions. I know for a fact that we can all be doing this a whole lot better. And we might as well start right now.
I created this group after years of just trying to survive the holidays myself without falling into utter depression and despair. My holidays have ranged from traditional with my family, other people’s families, orphan potlucks, just me and my son, to being totally alone. I grew up with a single mom, and I am a single mom and have moved around a lot. I always wanted to get it right, but never seemed to nail it. I ended up feeling spent and disappointed. Once I finally got the hang of taking excellent care of myself, honoring my introversion and developed methods around how to spend my intense (but limited) energy wisely, everything changed. I became so much more relaxed, eased up on my expectations and perfectionism, and started having… fun. Yeah. FUN. I love helping people find peace. I love living in a world where the people around me are taking great, deep breaths and making thoughtful decisions.
What you get:
- 8 weekly, 60 minute calls which will be recorded in case you can’t make it or want to listen again later. **
- Private, supportive Facebook Group for accountability, accessibility and deeper discussion.
- A new tool each week that builds on the last so you can move through the holiday season with more ease and less effort.
- Daily mantras, quotes and sweet shit like that, delivered straight to your inbox.
**Each call will be a combination of teaching and specific Q + A coaching.
Preview of Content:
Week 1: Creating and committing to a holiday vision of joy and ease
Wednesday November 11 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 2: The difference between generosity vs martyrdom
Wednesday November 18 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 3: Making allowance for feasting + additions for nutrition
Wednesday November 25 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 4: Self care + Setting boundaries
Wednesday December 2 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 5: Savvy tips and tricks for introverts
Wednesday December 9 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 6: Gratitude, prayer, spirituality. How it fits and why it works.
Wednesday December 16 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 7: More on exercise as a tool for stress relief, saving time and having bolder + better ideas.
Wednesday December 23 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Week 8: Celebration. Gifts/successes/ideas for next year/goals for new year
Wednesday December 30 at 3:30pm pst/6:30pm est
Sweetheart, I mean it when I say it would be an absolute honor to be a key player in turning your holiday stress into a glorious, joyful celebration. Seeing you develop deep connection, new friends, and the nourishment of yourself and your loved ones is wildly rewarding. I hope you consider joining us.
8 Weeks of Group Love and Support: $375
(Working with me privately for this long would cost $2000. This is a fantastic opportunity and kind of a no-brainer, right?)
Group fee PLUS 1 hour private session: $500
(normally a single session is $250 – add on now and pay only $125)
This group will fill up fast. If any of this resonates with you, please sign up today to hold your space. It will transform your holidays, your outlook, and your life. Questions? Send me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and ask away.
“Since I started working with Meg, my relationship with my husband has improved, I’ve lost weight—8-10lbs without worrying about it. I’ve been eating better—more protein, more greens, making better decisions to feel better. I’ve felt better about myself, like I don’t need to be more (relaxing perfectionism). I’ve accepted things (or at least seen in a positive light) about myself that I previously thought were negative (introversion, impatience/efficiency) etc. I’ve put more effort into my appearance and feel the difference that makes. I’ve started exercising LESS, listening to my body, to what it needs. I’ve stopped drinking (very new), started meditating (very new), made progress towards becoming licensed in my field of work. I have lower stress levels, started playing my violin again, reduced clutter in my house, and allow my husband to cook without guilt. In addition, I have more relaxed family gatherings, and less pressure to make perfect parties and buy all the presents. Meg has this ability to work weird little miracles. You don’t realize what is happening until you step back one day and realize this transformation.” – Maria Johnson Ng
“Meg’s groups are better than therapy because she doesn’t pathologize your quirks. She doesn’t even pathologize your pathologies, which is refreshing. What she does is encourage and facilitate the creative application of beauty and choicefulness, until there is no room left for the harmful shit that gets in your way.” – Rachael Rice