They say don’t meet your heroes. But I did + it was great! I started a conversation with my favorite blogger, Maxie McCoy, who is all about finding your inspiration + following your passion. Over the last year or so, her words, and stories have inspired me so much. She was kind enough to allow me to interview her. Here’s a little of what she had to say about herself + what every woman should know.
What got you started in blogging?
I’ve always been a writer. I majored in Journalism. Had a long-running column in college called “The Real McCoy” LOL. I ghostwrote a book. Was taking writing classes. Then, as I was building out the global communities for Levo, I was talking to thousands + thousands of women from the rooftops of Milan to the conference rooms of LA. I was having so many conversations that went over + beyond the career themes, I was there to present. So, I started writing about it. And with the support + guidance of one of my dearest friends + peer mentors (Carly Heitlinger), the blog really took on a beautiful life of its own. Within two years I was able to take the leap + turn it into a full-time business writing + speaking. You just never know where something will lead if you stay consistent, exercise your strengths, and have amazing support around you.
Where do you find your inspiration?
When it comes to writing, most of my posts are inspired by conversations with my gal pals. Seriously. I’m someone who processes events in my life + gets really introspective by talking with the women that get me. I’ll say something where I literally have to hold up my phone + say “Ah I totally have to write that down so I can write about it.” Most of my writing is about life universals. I realized pretty quickly that if both me + my girls are thinking it, sharing my own story will likely set off some serious me too moments for my audience.
Inspiration is something that I’m obsessed with. And what most people don’t realize is that #inspo doesn’t strike you. It’s actually the product of a creative idea. Inspiration is the bridge that gets you from a creative idea + into action. So if you want more inspiration you have to cultivate an environment to thrive. Slow down. Breathe. Get with nature. Turn off our freaking phone. Get out of routine. Stare at the ceiling. Go for a walk. Take care of yourself. Create rituals. Spend time with people who energize you. Your inspiration will soar.
What do you do when you’re stuck?
TYPE IN ALL CAPS. Or at least that’s what I did yesterday in a chat with my business coach when I got stuck on something pretty major. Caps just makes everything feel better, doesn’t it?
I’m pretty hard on myself when I’m stuck. I get really frustrated. I feel total tightness in my chest + in the top of my wrists. It’s visceral. Typically, getting stuck always ends the same way: I chat, text or call one of the goddesses. They tell me to breathe + to walk away from it + let it come. I then go do something else. I journal. I think about something else completely. And typically it’ll either come to me or I’ll find a way to table the problem in order to keep moving forward.
How can women get in better touch with their creative spirit + find inspiration?
Quit being so damn busy. Create S P A C E. Major space. Having a lot to do is the antithesis of creativity. And as a reformed busy junkie, I know that it’s really all a bunch of BS. Busy keeps us from working on the real things. The meaningful things. The US things. Because the other side of busy can be scary…you have space, finally, for the real stuff to bubble up. You have space to work on the things you’re most worried about being rejected for. But if you keep yourself busy you will never get into the arena you so desperately want to be in. The same arena you’re scared of because it means you could actually get your butt beat + fail. Trust me, you’ll never regret going for it.
You only get really in touch with your creative spirit when you’re willing to access your soul. You can’t do that when you’re meaninglessly busy.
What is one thing every woman should do for herself?
Get into solitude. Monthly.
What is one thing you want every woman to know or think about themselves?
Every single one of you has a mark to make. You have a big call to go + do. Those little whispers of things you dream of. Futures you see. They’re not illogical + they’re not crazy. They’re doable. But only when you get out of your head + into action. It’ll be scary every time. But you’ll be so proud you did it. And then you’ll become the one who turns the lights on for other people.
And the world?
The world needs you. Not another version of someone successful. Aim to be the highest possible expression of yourself. Always. You’ll be amazed at the opportunities, people, and magic that begins to attract to your path when you drop the masks, facades, and shoulds + just do you girl.
This won’t be the last you hear from Maxie + me. Everything she said was dripping with so much inspiration + encouragement that I decided to break it up into three different posts – coming out soon! If you do anything for yourself today, subscribe to Maxie’s newsletter. You will not regret it.