Maintaining motivation and mindset with Dee McMeeking

By Paul Santiago

From Dee’s website:

Dee McMeeking is a solopreneur wedding stylist, planner, floral designer, tutor, coach and mentor and has been making up her own jobs since 2012 when she left her full time role as a teacher.

5 Random Questions For Dee
WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN YOUR BUSINESS?

Coloured pens and multiple notebooks. I’m a bit of a stationery junkie and I have to write things down in colour to map out my thinking and my ideas. And of course my iPhone.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TOO MANY OF?

Shoes! I have too many of them, some I’ve never even worn but I do love them.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU MOST TO DO WHAT YOU DO?

My Mum and my Nanny have been amazing role models for me. They taught me to never give up and that anything is possible with hard work – and they’ve proven right! In the world of weddings I’ve been lucky enough to meet the three people who have totally shaped my vision – Preston Bailey, David Tutera & Kylie Carlson.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN THE WORLD WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Teach children confidence and independent thinking skills from a very early age. Help them to develop and hold on to that natural curiosity and the freedom to try new things that sadly gets knocked out of them by the education system. And make long haul flights faster and cheaper!

IF YOU COULD RELIVE ANY 10 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Wow! Watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean with my feet in a private pool sipping a cocktail thinking how beautiful the world is and how peaceful life can be. That was a real living the dream moment!

DEE IN HER OWN WORDS:

I love my life because I shape my life every day to ensure that I do more of what makes my heart sing and less of the things that I find dull. Life is for living and as that old cliché says – Life is a journey and not a destination. So true. And I’d add to that by saying that life is too short, so go live your life today. And that is how I now live my life, but it hasn’t always been that way!

Teaching and learning have always been important to me. A curiosity for the world around me and how people think led me to study geography and sociology at university where I got into the whole research vibe and ended up with a PhD in Urban Geography thinking that I would like to be a lecturer.

Then I changed my mind and decided to be a primary school teacher instead, as I wanted to help little people believe in themselves and get a great start to life and living. So that took another year of learning and then I was a full-time teacher for 7 years with 9-11 year olds. But what I discovered was that the way that I think didn’t match with the way that the “system” wanted me to work. So I left and started a new route into a whole new and scary world for me – being self-employed and making up my own job.

The business that I started then was in the wedding industry which is my main offline business. I’m creative and love to work with excited couples to style and create the visuals for their wedding day. So I work as a wedding stylist, floral designer and wedding planner. Now that experience has been like a rollercoaster as when I started my business I had no money and no clue of what I was doing, but now 7 years later I’m profitable and developing multiple income streams doing more things that I love.

My journey has been an interesting one. It’s had challenges, highs, lows, tears, trauma, mistakes, mishaps, and minor miracles! It’s challenged me but also changed my life for the better. And that is why I am so passionate about sharing my journey with other people to show them that it can be done. I knew nothing about business 7 years ago. I’ve made every mistake in the book. I’ve been broke. I’ve been depressed. Those were the lows, but my goodness the highs have been amazing too. The feeling when you realise that you love every minute of every day and you are in control and shaping how you choose to spend your days. When you get to build the cool stuff you’ve always wanted to do into your daily life, when you control when and how you choose to work, when work just feels like fun and no hassle. Now that is living, and that for me is my Dream. The Wedding Business Dojo is just one way that I can pass on some of my excitement, enthusiasm and belief in a better future for those who are ready to really take control of their lives and futures and grow a business that lets them do this and earn the money they want to earn at the same time.

Links:
www.theweddingbusinessdojo.com/blog
www.theweddingbusinessdojo.com/apb [this is the newest online coaching course launching in July / August love a plug on this one]

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/theweddingbusinessdojo/
https://www.instagram.com/deemcmeeking/
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