People I Find Fascinating: Molly Mahar

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | Posted under People I Find Fascinating

I first heard about Molly Mahar and her coaching when a bunch of my favorite bloggers started appearing in various Stratejoy blogging seasons. I started following her on Twitter, and then in March, I met Molly at SXSW at a blogger meet-up. Let me tell you now, Molly is exactly the same in person as she is online: sweet, bubbly, and wicked passionate about her calling. I’m thrilled that Molly agreed to answer a few questions for my series, despite the fact that she’s a busy wife, mom and entrepreneur.

In addition, I’ve got yet another awesome giveaway: a year of Joy Juice! Joy Juice is a series of 120 writing prompts to help with “positive growth.” What could be a better prize for a blogger entering the New Year?!


An Interview with Molly Maher

AN) You took a big leap becoming an entrepreneur. What advice do you have for other young women who might be thinking about doing the thing?

MM) Don’t quit your day job! Well… Let me rephrase that — don’t quit it until you feel like you’ve got a substantial side hustle going on. I learned this lesson the hard way! I quit my job and took off traveling with money I had saved (plus the profits from my boyfriend flipping a condo!) and when I got back I was BROKE. I got another full time job while I worked on Stratejoy on the side but only lasted 10 months reporting to someone else… I then spent the next twoish years cobbling together a living with part time sales gigs + Stratejoy. I spent a lot of time being stressed out about money, even though I was living as meagerly as I could.

If I could have done it differently, I would have made sure I had way more money saved up before I quit to make the transition a bit easier. That said, maybe I wouldn’t have hustled as much if I had a hefty nest egg!

In reality — you’ve got to be willing to be comfortable with different choices and priorities for a bit. The majority of people I know who took the leap had to cut back their standard of living to make it happen. For me — it was TOTALLY worth it. I didn’t care that couldn’t buy new clothes and drove my beater car to the ground because I was doing what I wanted to be doing with my time and with my work.

Things have shifted for me, but I’ve been working my booty off for 4 years! Being an entrepreneur is a lot of hard work and a lot of trust in yourself, but if you’ve got the itch — it’s also one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Just be smart about it so you have enough time to get things right before you run out of money!

2013 is right around the corner… what advice do you have for coming up with effective New Year’s resolutions?

I don’t set resolutions, I set an intention or theme word for the year and then figure out how I want to FEEL! Those desired feelings trickle down to actions and goals and things to stop doing.

There’s more in these two posts about my process: Post One and Post Two

What are you dreaming and scheming for the new year?

I made some predictions for 2013 back on my birthday and I still agree with them! The big thing that is happening immediately is that I’m moving to San Luis Obispo with my husband and son in January. We’ve been loving the California weather, but are looking forward to going someplace smaller. The Central Coast is a dream come true — beautiful coast and rolling hills, wineries, a friendly town, a college for young people vibe, very outdoorsy. Now, if we can only find our dream home!

How do you keep your faith in yourself when starting something new in life?

I embrace beginners mind! Of course I’m bound to fail, make mistakes, do things the hard way — I’m a beginner. I try really hard to be gentle with myself and not indulge in comparisons when I’m starting something new. While I don’t think stopping something is a bad thing some of the time — for me and my business, I kept the faith through those first few hard years by repeating, “I’ll never fail if I never quit.” Kind of a stubborn mantra, but it reminded me to just keep doing the work because I believed so strongly in what I was offering the world.

You spend your days coaching women, but what is one area in your life that you’re working on improving?

One of my big goals for 2013 is to clean up the toxic pieces of my home environment. Having a baby shines such a new light on this! So — we’ll be moving to whole unprocessed food, nontoxic cleaning supplies, organic natural soaps, makeup etc. It’s going to be quite the switch for us — we drink Diet Coke, eat lunch meat, buy whatever is least expensive for so many of those kinds of things. I’m going to go slowly over the course of the year by cleaning up one part of our life at a time. I can already tell it’s going to be a challenge, but one that I’m slowly coming around to!

What’s the last great book you read?

Just one? For personal development, I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map. So, so good. It’s my favorite thing she’s written (probably because I’m totally in alignment with her type of dreaming/planning!)

For novels, I have three books I read recently that I loved. I’m a library junkie! The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (actually I read this a while back, but it’s soooo good!), In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes and The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer.

Where do you find the most joy?

In the present moment. Bam.

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The contest is open until Thursday night at midnight. The winner will be announced on this week’s Friday Finds! Good luck!

This is the last PIFF for 2012, but I’ll be back in January with even more awesome interviews with people I find fascinating!

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Comments on this post

  1. Melissa says:

    Awesome! I really want to run a business full-time, but right now it seems like the hardest thing to do. Hearing success stories really helps my motivation and ambition to succeed!

    1. Stephany says:

      Molly is SO inspiring and one of my favorite people. She’s such a gem!

      1. Laura says:

        This is a fabulous post! I have been reading Molly’s writing for a while and I find it so inspiring. Great interview!

        1. Hannah McD says:

          I need more inspiration in my life. Molly and Stratejoy seem awesome; I will have to check them out more in-depth. Yay!

          1. Aliza Chana says:

            I think that Molly is so cool and inspiring! I’m starting my own business right now with my health coaching, and love learning from other people!!

            1. Becky says:

              Molly is wonderful. I got to know her through the Joy Council last year and then I took a small group with her this year and am finishing it up with another Holiday Council session! It was really cool to read her answers to these questions!

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                  I have wanted to try Joy Juice! Molly is such an inspiration… great interview here :)

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