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Women In Wellness: Meg Daly of the Live More, Drink Less Community On The Five Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Help Support People’s Journey Towards Better Wellbeing

An Interview With Candice Georgiadis

Don’t be in a hurry. Rushing to make decisions in any aspect of your business from which logo to pick or defining your target market will simply cost you more time, money, and energy in the long run. If you’re already partnering with someone, don’t be afraid to cut ties either.

As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Meg Daly.

Meg Daly is an ICF certified coach, former teacher, and founder of the “Live More, Drink Less” community and creator of both “The 30-Day Reset” & “Tranquility Talk” podcast. She supports sensitive and empathic “gray area drinkers” inspired to reduce or release alcohol so they can begin sleeping deeper, feeling lighter, and living better. She is the author of the soon to be published Wake Up & Glow — a 30 Day Workbook to Start Living More and Drinking Less.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?

I grew up hearing the phrase “don’t be so sensitive” often. I tended to feel things deeply, worry a great deal, and take on other people’s trauma as my own. I viewed my sensitivity as something I needed to overcome and get rid of.

When I turned 18 and headed off to the University of WI Madison, anxiety took over my life. OCD, low grade panic attacks, and going over and over in my head all the things I had done wrong consumed me.

It was at that point I discovered alcohol. I had never drank in high school but that first taste of cheap champagne on pledge night was a preview of that sweet escape I would step into for years to come. I was never an alcoholic but what is now called a “gray area drinker.” Alcohol became my anxiety reliever yet the ironic part was it was simply gasoline being poured on my overwhelm.

Flash forward to April of 2020 when I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired every day due to my habit of alcohol. A therapist had shared that my anxiety was actually heightened three days after drinking and I thought “Well then I am on a perpetual anxiety high since I drink every night!”

Everything changed when a friend called on a Sunday morning telling me she was pulled at a soul level to take a break from alcohol for 90 days. When she asked if I would join her, I literally bolted up in bed saying “YES!” I got up in my nightgown feeling a bit hungover from the previous night and walked to the calendar to mark off the days. I was terrified of doing this thinking I wouldn’t even make it through that evening.

Fortunately I had the idea to create daily audios and homework to keep us on track. Each morning I would immediately go into my small walk in closet, sit down, and record what was on my mind. Those audios and homework are now the core part of The 30-Day Reset program.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?

The most interesting story since I shifted my relationship with alcohol two years ago was the first night I went outside for a walk with my dog instead of my regular “date” with David Muir on the nightly news and “Mr. P” (pinot noir.) It was as if I had been in a time capsule thinking everyone drank starting at 5:30 each night. I looked around with awe at all the people out strolling, talking, riding bikes, talking in the park. It seems silly to me now but it literally was a new world for me. I continue to be amazed each day how much more time I have to do all the things I would claim to want to do during happy hour when inspiration would hit. The thing was, the next morning I never had enough energy to even start any of the projects or ideas I had explored the previous evening. I have lived more in the past two years than I have in 20.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I tried to do too much at once grasping on to anyone who would help me rather than research and take my time. I quickly put together a website with someone who was stretched to the limit personally and professionally which made the process frustrating.

The biggest lesson was “listen to your body.” Even the thought of trying to communicate with them made me physically nauseous because I knew it would take days, sometimes weeks for them to get back to me. My body was telling me to end the working relationship even if it meant there would be a delay in the project. Instead, I pushed on and it became worse. If I had listened to my intuition via my body reactions, I would have moved through that challenging phase much more quickly.

Let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

If you would have told me 2 years ago I would be serving “gray area drinkers” who also happened to be empaths and HSP’s (highly sensitive people) I would have laughed. I was drinking every night and couldn’t imagine giving it up.

These days, I wake up every morning excited to connect with the people in my community and hear how GOOD they are feeling and how leaning towards beauty, calm, and self-care and away from alcohol has created this sense of contentment they had been seeking for so long.

I like to say that sometimes people who think too much, drink too much. This sums up the HSP empath who is so overwhelmed with the world. They just want the anxiety to go away and often find that escape through alcohol. It makes my heart sing to know that my story and the program I created are helping people find freedom and create a life where they aren’t trying to escape their feelings. A life where they discover unimaginable joy through the simple pleasures.

Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.

Go to bed earlier.

Set an intention for how you want to feel each morning.

I GET to rather than I HAVE to

Flash forward trick

Day Review: Because I didn’t drink today…

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

I would start a movement of self-love because once we are able to fall in love with ourselves, all of ourselves the good and not so great parts, anything is possible. It’s the starting point of a ripple effect to self-care, nutrition, movement,.. feeling deserving of wellness begins with self-love.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

Don’t be in a hurry. Rushing to make decisions in any aspect of your business from which logo to pick or defining your target market will simply cost you more time, money, and energy in the long run. If you’re already partnering with someone, don’t be afraid to cut ties either.

Listen to your intuition. Pay attention to the little things when interviewing anyone whether it be a virtual assistant or someone who’s going to build your website. You’re so excited to get things going that it’s tempting to ignore the warning signs of a situation where it might not be a good fit.

Be original. I had often been so inspired by other people’s branding or approaches or methods of delivering their service that I would try to mimic them and forget my own strategy and where I excelled best.

Be your own guru. Definitely take the advice of coaches, strategist, and mentors AND at the end of the day make your own decisions… and surround yourself with people whose energy inspires you to activate the genius within yourself.

Embody the “next year you.” Is the person you’re becoming going to be sitting on the couch watching Netflix all night, sleeping in, flying by the seat of your pants, or acting in a careless manner regarding your schedule? Don’t fall under the illusion that in order to be creative and in flow that you also can’t do the “unsexy” aspects of your work like time blocking, planning, and putting systems in place.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Mental health is dearest to me with veganism being a tie breaker in many ways!

Without mental health, life can be literally a living hell.

What is the best way our readers can follow you online?

IG: https://www.instagram.com/livemoredrinkless/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2710231689214768

https://megkdaly.com/

Thank you for these fantastic insights!

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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.