This city is full of inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking people. That’s why I love YYC, the community and support are unreal and that passion is contagious. One of the boss babes I know, Marin McCue, has been doing her share in helping people change their perspective and life. I know Marin from her killer spin classes at YYC Cycle, the Candlelight Yoga series she used to put on, and her goal setting, art painting self-reflection workshops. She’s got you covered for growth in mind, body, and soul.
Marin has taken her own story and put it on paper for the world to read. Be the Change is about her struggles and obstacles she has overcome throughout her life; letting the lessons learned guide her life moving forward. Her thoughts and story are inspiring and have pushed me to set my own goals, push my own boundaries and overcome my life obstacles. I had the chance to sit down with Marin to talk about where the book started, what inspired it and how she stays motivated.
Marin is a busy lady – a spin motivator at YYC Cycle, a yoga teacher at LIV, SAIT, and free spirit dance. She also runs a coaching business called dope(a)me which allows her to work with people one-on-one and in groups to facilitate positive change in their lives. A few fun facts: Marin is the middle child of seven; she loves to write, dance, paint, make jewelry, and play with nephews and nieces. Let’s just say she takes her me-time seriously.
What inspired you to write Be the Change? Tell me about the journey of the story
I struggled a lot growing up, until very recently actually. I tried going to lots of different types of therapy and couldn’t find anything that felt like the right fit. So I read. And read. And read. Books became my therapy. There are several books and authors I consider to be the reason why I am a healthy and happy person today. I started teaching spin and yoga, and began my coaching business so that I could continue learning and growing my mental health strength while supporting others to do the same. The more I opened up about my struggles, the more I saw others gain the courage to open up and share their struggles. I felt a collective strength and desire for development, and writing this book became the most natural next step for me.
MY GOAL IS TO SUPPORT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE, AND THIS BOOK IS JUST ONE MORE AVENUE TO DO SO.
When we reframe our story to see strength, courage, and lessons learned, suddenly there are no longer dark corners of our life we keep hidden. I am proud of every part of my story, and I hope to lead by example in developing a pathway and roadmap out of darkness and into our unique light and purpose in this world.
How did you choose the name?
Many reasons. I have Be the Change tattooed on my right forearm. It is my reminder that I am the catalyst to change in my own life. I cannot attach or depend on other people to make me happy; happiness is an inside job. It’s also the start of one of my favorite quotes, Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world.” And I am the quote queen! I love a well time and powerful quote.
What do you hope to achieve with the book?
This book is many things. It is simply a fun and easy read for anyone who likes a good story. It is also a roadmap for those who need support in retraining their mind out of negative self-talk patterns. I want this book to be a piece of art. A beautiful and engaging journey page after page. While writing this book I was motivated by the thought of a person in the depths of their struggle walking into a bookstore and being drawn to my cover. Just as I picked up books to find solace, I hope my book becomes a catalyst for positive change in the lives of others.
What is the most rewarding part of finishing your book?
The feeling of accomplishment!! It’s not even fully finished, and I have celebrated and enjoyed every milestone along the way. Once the final edits and beautiful diagrams are completed, I am anticipating a wave of pure joy to wash over me. I am already planning my second book. So this is truly just the beginning.
What has been the most challenging part?
I was surprised by the emotional reaction I had while recanting parts of my story. I thought I was healed and ready, but there was definitely hurt remaining in my body. It was challenging to breathe through that and continue writing, but it got easier. I also struggled a bit with sharing things about my family while worrying about hurting people’s feelings or sharing too much. My family is so supportive. After a couple of key conversations, my worries were calmed.
What advice would you give to entrepreneurs?
Build a routine into your day to hold yourself accountable to your work and passion! Discipline takes practice. A business needs momentum to grow. This takes time and patience. Surround yourself with other like-minded and inspiring people and get your body moving and sweating daily. The way you treat yourself when no one is around is the most critical part of your success. You have to love yourself up! You have to build consistency in your product and business, and trust that the seeds you are planting will grow and blossom in time.
YOUR HUSTLE WILL SPEAK FOR ITSELF.
So let go of comparison or thinking that it “should” look a certain way. It takes a couple years to build and then the momentum takes on a life of its own. If you are doing your life’s work, it will feel fueling and fun. Don’t give up on your dreams!
What advice would you give to people who want to build a healthy mind, body and soul?
You are not alone! The journey of self-exploration and self-development does not have to be serious and difficult. Find ways to make it fun. Believe in yourself and your ability to grow. Push yourself to learn and experience new things and take the time to reflect on what you are learning. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a coach or enroll a friend in being your accountability partner. The journey is so much better when you share it with people you love and respect.
How do you stay motivated?
I am driven every day by my mission in life: I lead by example with passion, vulnerability, and creativity, to inspire others to create positive change and sustain the impact they desire.
I continue to remind myself that my work is not actually about me, it is about the message of support, collaboration, and knowing how your mind and body works. This takes the pressure off of me. I am not here to be perfect or to appear that I have a perfect life. I inspire others and myself by embracing my imperfections and being real with who I am. I desire connection and growth, and feel I had a successful day if I learned, laughed, loved, and sweat.
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