Four Fierce Females Who Came To Win

Hey, queens (and kings!). It's been on my heart lately to share some of my thoughts and new knowledge about intentional goal setting with all of you. I've been doing so much of it lately that it feels like I have a million buckets in front of me and I want to dip my toes in all of them. So much possibility awaits you when you're in your early 20s. It's a pretty dang good feeling. But I won't be the one sharing with you today. I am so excited for you to hear the stories of four incredible women who were kind enough to let me interview them for this post. Each one of their interviews has GOLD NUGGETS of information that will set YOU on the path to CRUSHING. YOUR. GOALS. I hope you love every word that they have to share with you and I know that their stories will resonate in your soul and fan the flame that is already inside you, waiting to blaze the trail to your success.

xoxo Meg

FIERCE FEMALE #1

Who she is and what she does: 

Darcie Fisher is a mom first and foremost. She also has two part-time jobs- one of which is in public relations and 95% of this job she can do from home in her pajamas (#Goals) and the other is selling Touchstone By Swarovski Crystal. Darcie has been a huge support to me in my fundraising efforts for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and she has always encouraged my affinity for backyard chickens.

The goal:

To be crowned Miss Taunton.

Darcie competed for the title of Miss Taunton three times before capturing the title on her third try. The first year she competed for the crown, she was a senior in high school and she had a goal of placing at least first runner up to the winner. She specifically did not want to win Most Talented Non-Finalist so of course, that year she took home the Most Talented Non-Finalist Award. Isn't that just how life happens sometimes?

The next year, Darcie began her freshman year of college at a school that she did not want to attend. She was unhappy commuting to classes, was getting over a bad breakup, and was just generally riding the struggle bus leading up to the Miss Taunton Pageant.

"I was just floundering...I wasn't happy. I didn't put a lot of effort into running [for the title]. That year, I didn't even place at all nor was I Most Talented Non-Finalist. It was a kick in the butt."

The following year, Darcie worked really hard to get to where she wanted to be: studying at Emerson College and wearing the Miss Taunton crown. It was on this third try that she won the crown and then shortly thereafter transferred to Emerson.

How she did it:

"[During that second year,]I was miserable with life in general. So I looked around and I said, 'You need to get your crap together, because if not, this will be your life.' And it wasn't the life that I wanted."

What she learned:

"You have to be willing to take a risk."

Darcie's risk taking paid off in her career ambitions later on in her life and now she encourages her daughters to do the same in pursuit of their own goals.

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FIERCE FEMALE #2

Who she is and what she does: 

Lilly Johnson is a 19-year-old student at Cairn University studying Psychology. Right now, school is pretty much her whole life. But let me tell you, she has one of the sweetest hearts I have ever met.

The goal:

To lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.

Lilly shared with me that when she was growing up, she had been, as she put it "a pretty thin kid." But when her grandfather passed away in 2009, she began to feel the affects of anxiety and depression taking hold of her life. During this season of her life, she put on a significant amount of weight. A few years later and after recieving counseling, Lilly decided that she was going to lose the weight. After making a few attempts at dieting and seeing no real progress, she took a leap and decided to get weight loss surgery.

"I had my surgery on July 23rd [2018] and I set a goal for myself that I want to lose 125 pounds."

Three months post operation, Lilly is currently 51 pounds into her goal and is totally crushing it.

"I go to the gym 5 times a week and my eating habits are different. I eat a high protein low fat diet."

Amazing, right?!

How she did it:

"It was really my support system, my family and my mom. My mom is my best friend."

"You really have to learn to just love yourself and accept yourself."

What she learned:

"It was hard to realize that the number on the scale says something, but your body is telling you a different thing. Having that understanding is really significant for people to think 'I got this, I can keep going.'"

"You might have a long way to go, but you're going to get there."

 

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FIERCE FEMALE #3

Who she is and what she does: 

Jillian Zucco is an oncology nurse, a singer, a dancer, a change maker, and Forever Miss Massachusetts 2017. She does cross fit in her spare time and she had to postpone our interview for 5 extra minutes so that she could eat an ice cream sandwich.

The goals (because she literally has so many. It's awesome): 

To become Miss Massachusetts, to be a beast at cross fit, and to kill it in grad school.

Jillian competed for the title of Miss Massachusetts 5 times before capturing the crown on that 5th try.

"It was a dream of mine to compete for Miss America, the scholarship opportunities are amazing, and I've been volunteering since I was very young."

For Jill, winning Miss Massachusetts gave her the opportunity to promote her platform, Choose A Cause Make A Difference and encourage volunteerism.

"I didn't want people to choose my cause and start volunteering for what I set up. I wanted people to find something that would allow them to use their own passions to forward a mission that they care about."

How she did it:

The first two times Jill competed for Miss Mass, she placed in the top 10. On both the third and fourth tries, she place first runner up. The tides changed for her when she decided after her fourth try that she was just going to commit to being honestly true to herself.

"When you're just being yourself, there's no need to be nervous. You become fearful when you're trying to think of what to do next when really, the answer is in your heart because its you."

What she learned:

"Trust the process. Trust God's timing. Everything happens for a reason. "

In terms of grad school,

"I'm looking into getting either a PhD in Nursing or a Doctorate of Nursing Practice."

And finally, in terms of cross fit,

"Everything in weight lifting is trust the process. I can back squat 250lbs. But anyone can have a bad day and not be able to meet that goal. That doesn't mean that you're not that strong anymore, it's just one of those days. You just have to be patient."

 

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FIERCE FEMALE #4

Who she is and what she does: 

Jennifer Potter is a hardworking mom, a Mobile App Acct. Manager and Business Analyst for Turino Group, and she is a founder and organizer of SouthCoast Mamas & Babies. She also a boss at Buti Yoga and if you haven't taken a class under her instruction yet, I 10/10 recommend you get on that ASAP.

The goal: 

To get her degree.

Upon graduating from high school, Jen was awarded a full math scholarship that would have paid for her college education. But Jen's heart was set on art school so she followed her own path, leaving the promise of a math degree behind her.

"I don't regret going to art school. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made. But I realized it wasn't something I wanted to do and I didn't have the financial backing to afford it. So I learned the hard way that if I was going to go back to school, I would have to pay for it."

After taking some time off and making the decision to return back to school.

"I was working full-time, in a relationship that wan't supportive of me going back to school, I wasn't in a good position mentally. So, I had to drop out."

It wasn't until 8 years after she graduated high school that Jen returned to school in pursuit of her degree.

"I wanted to be a professional. I loved being a bartender but I wanted to challenge myself and do more for myself in setting that goal to get my degree."

How she did it:

"I  got to a point in my life where I determined that in order to create my own success, I can't listen to what other people think success is. I need to figure out what it means to me."

What she learned:

"If I want to grow it has to be on my own terms and if I want to do something, I'm gonna do it. I tell my children to do the same thing. There is nothing you can't do."

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