Woman in Progress: Stacey O'Gorman
Our Woman in Progress today is Stacey O'Gorman. Co-founder of Meringue Girls, food stylist, recipe writer, author and now yoga teacher, she's kindly taken time out from from her adventures to tell us her story in her own words and, of course, answer our questions.
After building Meringue Girls for the last 5 years, I hit a point where I had become utterly consumed by stress. I had been focusing so hard on “success”, hitting targets & reaching goals that I had neglected and lost all the love, passion and flow in my life. Ultimately, I had lost the balance between the masculine and feminine energies within me and it was majorly impacting my physical and mental health.
I had a moment of clarity - a moment I can only really describe as an epiphany. I decided there and then that there was nothing more important than my health, happiness and above all, rediscovering and awakening my feminine flow. I knew that I was to achieve this by traveling the world indefinitely with my stunning husband, creating space for creativity and new possibilities.
I have now been traveling since July this year through Europe, Nepal and am now based in India for three months - next stop Sri Lanka. I am still a director and shareholder of Meringue Girls and it continues to grow, succeed and flourish everyday with the continuous full power of my beautiful business partners and team of sassy bakers on the ground running the day to day operations.
What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?
That I am able bodied. I can stand on my own two feet (literally and metaphorically), I can see, hear, touch, taste, imagine and dream. I am grateful for this every day.
What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
I want to say buttery, salted popcorn but that’s not entirely true. I can live without it - I just don’t want to.
What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?
The patriarchal/masculine view of the society we live in today and have lived in for the last six thousand years. We need to find a balance between the masculine and the feminine and bring more compassion, fluidity, valnerability, love, playfulness and authenticity into the world.
What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
Be grateful for everything you have and take time to reflect on your achievements. Above all, be playful and don’t ever take life too seriously!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?
Keeping your staff happy and motivated is crucial. They are doing all of the hard work for you and they need to be rewarded and acknowledged for their awesomeness!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?
No one else is responsible for your actions - only you. You can blame your husband, your friends, your parents or your work colleagues for the rest of your life but that will not serve you in any way. You need to take responsibily for your own actions, your own happiness and your own life.
What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?
Your circumstances don’t make you happy. You could have the most opulent home, dream job, perfect husband and still be miserable. My advice would be, start with you. Find peace and contentment within yourself and then the circumstances around you will take shape naturally.
I have just completed a 200 Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh and plan to further my spiritual/yoga teachings as we travel. I plan to take all of the cookery courses available to me and literally just eat, pray and love my way around the globe.
My hubby and I have a glittering plan in motion, however I am a firm believer in not ‘talking the talk’ until you’ve ‘walked the walk’ so you’ll have to stay tuned.
Currently there is no timeline or destination in sight. We are just living our lives day by day, moment by moment and are confident it will all unfold exactly as it should.
All photo's are Stacey's.