Women Inspiring Women: Meghan Hardy

This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.

Profile: Meghan Hardy

Tell us about yourself.

I am currently living my best/most tired life on maternity leave as a new mom to my six-month-old son Jack. Being a mom is seriously the hardest job I have ever had, it is also the most rewarding…but seriously it is HARD! Being someone who likes a challenge and loves to be creative, a few months into my maternity leave, I decided to launch my side hustle – Happy Joy Paper Co. My mission is to design and create greeting cards that spread happiness and bring joy to others. Being pregnant and having my first baby during a pandemic has been tough. Like everyone else, I miss people, and days can feel a bit lonely and isolating. Looking for creative and fun ways to stay in touch with family and friends, I started toying around with the idea of creating “Just Cause’ greeting cards. I wanted to surprise my loved ones with something thoughtful that would make them feel happy – and just like that – Happy Joy Paper Co. was born. You can check Happy Joy out at happyjoypaper.com.

Before maternity leave, I led a team of communications professionals at one of Canada’s big six banks. Our mandate was to engage, inspire and educate our colleagues, encouraging them to bring their best selves to work. I look forward to returning in September. I have the best team and I love my job!

What do you consider as your biggest achievement?

Leading a team of professionals has been incredibly rewarding for me. Anytime that someone on my team shares how I have positively impacted their career or life, I feel an incredible sense of pride. It is what drives me.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

There is such a big world ahead of you and anything is possible. Be confident, work hard, follow what makes you feel good and be good to others.

How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?

STRATEGY! I start off the beginning of each fiscal by collaborating with my team to create a strategy for the year of what we want to achieve. It is detailed, ownership is given, and it feels damn good when you revisit it each quarter and check off everything that’s been accomplished. I also believe that an engaged team is a productive team. Having fun, giving back, celebrating one another’s accomplishments at work and outside of work is so important.

What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?

Set small goals and tackle them one by one. It won’t seem too big and audacious when you break it down. Also, don’t forget to have fun at work. We spend most of our waking hours at work, it better bring us joy!

What are your top health hacks?

Make it a priority. For me, it is so easy for these three things to fall to the bottom of the to-do list when they should be at the top. I like to make rules for myself and try my best to stick to them.

How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?

Budgeting is so important. I like to spend, so ensuring I have a budget and know what money I have to play with each month is important.

What’s your favorite fun activity?

Sitting outside with my husband, family or friends, and enjoying a bottle of wine over great conversation. One of the things I miss most since COVID.

Who are your female role models and why?

My mom. She is smart, driven, generous and has always been an inspiration to me. She is someone I can always go to for career or work advice and she never steers me wrong. After retiring from a very successful career, she turned her passion into a career and started a floral farm in her backyard. It is such hard work physically and mentally, but she is killing it!

Krista Look (Director of Original Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment), Cathie James (Executive Producer) and Allison Grace (Executive Producer.) I started my career in television. These three women were an inspiration. So smart, talented and such incredible leaders. Working alongside them was a privilege and it built my confidence and helped to define my leadership style.

This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!

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