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Shelagh Meagher

Blogger and author of Gumption: A Practical Woman’s Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life, a 6-step program to help women learn to dare.

Shelagh is the author of Gumption: The Practical Woman's Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life, a straightforward, 6-step program to help women get out of their comfort zones and into their adventures, and creator of the online courses The Gumption Guides. Shelagh has spent much of her own life balancing family, work, and pets with her need to do things such as learning to fly small planes, riding horseback across the Mongolian steppes, living in the UK, Italy, America, and back in Canada (with kids and pets), and drastically changing her career several times.

More about the book, courses, and Shelagh can be found at http://gumptionguides.com/ or you can find her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheGumptionGuides. If you’re totally excited and just want to buy the book, it’s available at Amazon.com, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

I'm Not That Kind Of Girl

Is it possible for a corporate cynic to respect crystals and woo-woo? Not in a 'I could make money off these products' kind of way. Duh, yes, where there's money there's corporate respect. But in a 't...
02/20/2017 06:49 EST
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Is It OK To Be Needy?

" I don't want to be that needy person", my friend said to me when I offered her some help on a big project she's undertaken. I instantly agreed with her- - oh yeah, I get it, I feel the same way, etc...
11/28/2016 08:30 EST
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How Can We Move Past Self-Pity?

So if you're a woman and you feel women's rights are going down the toilet (having barely peeked over the rim), how might you empower yourself and someone near you? If you worry about the marginalized, the impoverished, the displaced, the war-ravaged, what can you do within your own sphere of influence to improve that?
11/22/2016 05:57 EST
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What's Holding You Back In Life?

The gap between what we dream of doing and what we manage to do is often so big we can barely see the thing we want on the other side. How do people who live more adventuresome lives make their dreams happen? Answer: They use some very simple, very effective tools.
04/05/2016 03:37 EDT
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3 Little Words Can Change Your Life

Over the past couple of years I've written quite a lot about the virtue of tenacity. My writings are a tiny blip in the mountain of other words telling us about all the miraculous stuff that's happened in the world because someone stuck with it, through thick and thin, to the point of victory.
03/11/2016 05:16 EST
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3 Little Words Can Change Your Life

Over the past couple of years I've written quite a lot about the virtue of tenacity. My writings are a tiny blip in the mountain of other words telling us about all the miraculous stuff that's happened in the world because someone stuck with it, through thick and thin, to the point of victory.
03/11/2016 05:16 EST
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Why I'm A Conscientious Objector To Valentine's Day

I'm all for feeling and expressing love, but the idea that we need an official day to remind us to do so is a bit sad. Really, Valentine's Day -- regardless of the saint behind it -- is a commercial construct whose purpose is to wrestle money from our guilty wallets, as we try to make up for the other 364 days we feel we failed to express our feelings sufficiently.
02/14/2016 02:57 EST
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Music Happens When Men Learn To Take Baby Steps

Instead of trying to do something massively challenging, you try getting yourself where you want to go one little step at a time. A friend of mine has been unwittingly proving how well this works. He wanted a chance to play his bass guitar, so he set up a space in his house for the necessary amps, mics and a drum kit. And here's what happened.
01/25/2016 11:28 EST
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How to Snap out of Being Risk Averse

Acquired Risk Aversion Syndrome seems to be everywhere these days. That's what I'm calling the tendency of people to get less adventuresome as they go through life. I don't mean to create panic but ARAS is alarmingly prevalent and I keep running into more people who are suffering from it.
07/13/2015 05:45 EDT
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How I Got My Money Back From the Boogeyman

I was at a workshop the other day about personal finances. Instead of the usual blah blah blah about investment opportunities and admonishments to save more for retirement, this one took a very different tack. The moderator wanted us to consider our emotional relationship with money. The first question she asked was who's in control?
06/06/2015 08:44 EDT
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How Do You Write a CV for Love?

As a writer and a marketer, I'm cursed with a need to fiddle endlessly with my online dating profile. I want to test headlines and rearrange photos and alter my positioning statement in order to best package and sell the product. Should I say I'm smart? That can be intimidating. Warm and caring? Insufficiently unique.
04/01/2015 01:07 EDT
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How to Make the Day Seem Longer

The number one thing holding women back from making their dream happen wasn't money, or fear, or not knowing where to start. It was time, by a wide margin. Weighed down by prioritizing family, spouses, parents, work, and just about everything else except themselves, these women couldn't wedge a little personal adventure time in edgewise.
02/26/2015 10:21 EST