We work hard here at S&G to live by our motto: Create. Give. Inspire. We don’t just start embodying this motto when we sit down with our coffee in the office and stop once we lock up at night. It’s not a 9-5, part-time ideology. We strive to live out these three words all day, every day.
As coworkers, we really look up to our leading ladies as examples to follow. See how Megan spends her day creating, giving and inspiring.
I really wish I was a morning person. I so admire all those people who wake up early and accomplish so much before they ever even get to the office. But, I have just come to accept that I will never be that person. I have always needed my sleep and getting up in the morning is a straight up struggle every day. I am a snooze five times before I get up kinda girl. It definitely takes me some time in the mornings to really wake up and feel productive, but once I get going I am full steam ahead.
Once again, morning people for the win in this category. I should get myself up early enough to cook a healthy and big breakfast since they say it’s the most important meal of the day. But instead, I am usually walking out the door with a bar or toast in hand and rushing to the office.
I am as simple as simple gets. I don’t wear a ton of makeup. You can usually find me in Lulu workout pants and a S&G tee at the office. We are super casual around here and that’s the way I like it. I paid my dues when I was in pharmaceutical sales of wearing suits and heels every day. I work best when I am comfortable so work out clothes are definitely my go to style. When I am not at work or having to dress up for an event, a simple dress or jeans and a simple shirt are my go-to. I can shower and be dressed with hair and makeup done in about 30 minutes or less. I tell my husband all the time that he has no idea how low maintenance I am, so he should appreciate it more.
My commute to work is super short – maybe 10 minutes. I am a big fan of the Rick & Bubba show in the mornings. I love the mix of humor and Jesus that they provide. It’s a great way to start my day!
Mornings are usually spent catching up on emails, in meetings, going over the calendar and making sure my team has what they need to attack their to do lists. Then I get busy tackling mine in the afternoon. We all use the Ink & Volt planner and it helps us keep up with our weekly and monthly tending lists. It’s super important to me for my team to be on top of our tending lists and we do that by writing it down and crossing things off when we accomplish them.
I used to work from home, but I am so thankful for the office environment that we have now. It’s so refreshing to be surrounded by Jesus-loving women who work hard and use their creativity to bring the gospel to the world. My team inspires me to work harder, dream bigger and push the envelope with creativity.
Chick-fil-A all day, every day. I would eat it every day if I could. But I do try to be health conscious so I will mix in a salad every now and then. I definitely eat out most days which my husband is not a huge fan of. If only I were a morning person, then I would eat a huge breakfast AND pack myself a great lunch. Lunch is my sacred time of the day to step away from the stress of the office or my to do list and just check out or make phone calls that I need to make. It helps me recharge and refuel to come back for a productive afternoon.
Taking time to step away for lunch helps me refocus. I have learned that for me, I come back so much more energized when I make myself step away. Afternoons are my time to really tackle my to do list so I try to step back into my office and get after it. Crossing things off the list always feels good!
My husband is a coach so he usually doesn’t get home till 7:30 ish. This leaves me time to get a workout in or go on a walk when I get home and then start dinner. But you can usually find me on the couch for a good 30 minutes when I get home just trying to unwind and unplug from the day. I am usually going 90 to nothing all day so this time of peace and quiet, not being needed and just rest is essential for me so that I can pour into my husband when he gets home. For the longest time, I let work drain me and I would have nothing left to give Blake when he got home. But I was super convicted about this because my family should always get my best, not the leftovers. So I am learning to take care of myself so that I can take care of those around me.
I am usually the one making/picking up dinner every night for us. I used to cook a lot but lately we have been doing frozen meals or picking something up. I want to get back to cooking more, I am usually just so tired by the time I get home. The last thing I want to do is stand on my feet for an hour making dinner. But this is one of my goals for 2017 – to be better about cooking. It is important to me that we eat as a family and it’s a tradition I want to carry over when the babies come. I love the idea of turning everything off and having time to just pour into each other.
Blake and I watch a lot of tv. I am really into Madam Secretary these days as well as Shark Tank, The Voice, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. It’s really nice to just turn my brain off and not think about work for a bit. We are really big about going to bed together at the same time, which is often early because Blake wakes up so early. So we will watch a few shows together and then get ready for bed.
Blake and I are both either 110% or 0%. Everyone asks us what our hobbies are and they really are being at home together, doing absolutely nothing. We both pour out all day every day, so it’s nice to spend our weekends with each other resting. It’s our time to catch up on much needed sleep so we can go into the next week fully prepared. Sundays are definitely my favorite because we are super selfish with them. We get up, go to church, go to lunch together and often spend the rest of the day resting and just hanging out. We have gone to First Baptist Opelika since we moved back to Auburn. It’s a perfect fit for us because it’s not too traditional and not too contemporary. We come from polar opposite places and churches (as far as size and contemporary vs traditional goes) so it’s a good middle ground for us. We love that they preach straight from the Word and it’s not super topical too.
I try to spend some time Sunday night preparing for the week ahead. It helps to go into Monday with a clear plan and vision for the week. I also love reading so this helps keep me inspired and the ideas flowing. I think it’s so important to let yourself be poured into and books are a great way to do that.