Design A Life That Works For You With Lucy McKenna | Meet the GirlCrewer #89

“A few months after running one of my first Life Design workshops, I meet someone who attended it. They told me about what they had discovered about themselves during that workshop, all the little changes they had made since attending it, and the positive impact it was having in their life. That feedback from someone who’s life you have positively impacted is better than anything.” – Lucy McKenna, founder of Full Aeon. Lucy works with groups and individual to help them unlock their potential.

Design A Life That Works For You With Lucy McKenna | Meet the GirlCrewer #90

If you are interested in attending Lucy McKenna’s Life Design Workshop, you can buy tickets here.

Designing the life you want sounds fantastic. But how do you go about doing that? Lucy McKenna of Full Aeon can help you to create a future that is filled with purpose. By combining design thinking methodology and coaching, Lucy can make your life happier and more fulfilled. Her own story is one of happiness and resilience.

“At the beginning of 2015 I had a very comfortable, well paid, corporate job, that for the most part I enjoyed doing. However, for some time, something in me had been whispering “it’s time; it’s time for something new…” The whisper had turned into a loud voice that I could no longer ignore and in February 2015 I left, and, to my surprise as much as anyone else’s; without a solid plan.”

Without a plan, Lucy McKenna had no choice but to find her feet. And she did. Her adventure started in rural Galway. Where she began to look at sustainable living and social businesses “that are as focused on doing well by our world and the people in it”. Lucy took these causes to heart and made them her life.

This may sound idyllic but it came with a side Lucy hadn’t prepared for. “[It] was quite isolated and probably experienced a true sense of solitude for the first time in a long time. This wasn’t an easy experience, but I enjoyed it. It gave me real sense of the benefits and challenges of living a simpler life.”

Deciding to move on, Lucy packed her bags, bought a campervan and traveled the country.  “[I] did something that most people consider “the dream”…and admittedly, it was pretty dream like. I got to see the most amazing corners of this country, I read lots, I bathed in the ocean, and I talked with many wonderful people. Some days, I would simply not talk with anyone at all.”

It was during this journey that Lucy read about Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a young environmental activist. “One thing he says is “the biggest challenge we face is shifting human consciousness, not saving the planet. The planet doesn’t need saving we do”. I knew that I wanted to be part of making the world a better place, and I wanted my work to be contributing to this.”

Up until that point Lucy had considered retraining to work with companies focusing on environmental issues. However, after reading those words “something clicked in my head”. Lucy realised that to make change, we need to start with people. “If each individual feels empowered to live a life of purpose and fulfilment, it will naturally lead to them having a positive impact in the societies and world we live in.”

Once she hit upon this realisation, things began to fall into place. “I connected and collaborated with people who had similar ideas. I designed and piloted a Life Design courses and…in the second half of 2016 I launched Full Aeon. [It] has one overarching goal – to create happier people, teams and societies.”

While the journey has been a winding one, Lucy wouldn’t change it. “Did I take all the right steps to setting up a business? Absolutely not. Would I do things differently if I was to do it again? Probably. Do I have any regrets? Not one. Every day I am learning new things, I am seeing opportunities everywhere. Most importantly, I am happier, and at the end of the day, that’s what is important for me.”

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Quickfire Questions with Lucy McKenna

1) What is the best thing about your role?

I get to make people happier, I get so see the spark in them – and it’s a beautiful thing.

2) What did you find most challenging about it?

It can be scary and lonely. I changed from a workplace surrounded and supported by colleagues, to being just me. I have been very lucky to have found a number of kindred spirits whom I now collaborate with. For me mutual collaboration like this is going to be increasingly important in the future, as the number of independent workers increase, so I am glad I am perfecting my skills in this now.

3) What is your proudest work related achievement to date?

It’s really simple. A few months after running one of my first Life Design workshops, I meet someone who attended it. They told me about what they had discovered about themselves during that workshop, all the little changes they had made since attending it, and the positive impact it was having in their life. That feedback from someone who’s life you have positively impacted is better than anything.

4) What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?

It is wonderful to spend your time helping others find purpose and fulfilment. However, it requires practicing what you preach, being empathetic and having no judgement. If you want to get involved in this industry, you must be committed to doing that.

5) What would be your motto in life, and in work?

Ha, I have so many motto’s! Can I quote the full Baz Lurmann “Where’s sunscreen” song? Maybe just one line “ The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself”. The way I see it is; We’re not getting out of here alive. So follow your intuition, be yourself , and try to find joy in every little moment. And never forget, the truths of today, could be proven otherwise in the future. So don’t be so righteous about something that you are unwilling to be proven wrong when new information comes to light.

6) What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?

The honesty, the openness and the willingness to help each other.

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If you are interested in attending Lucy McKenna’s Life Design Workshop, you can buy tickets here.

Full disclosure: GirlCrew will receive a kickback on tickets sold if you mention that you heard about it from us. But if you think that takes from the authenticity of why we think this would be wonderful, feel free to not mention us. Do this for you. x

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Aine Mulloy

Co-founder at GirlCrew
Co-Founder of GirlCrew. Loves brands, media, books, and music. Can generally be found reading in quiet spaces, or in over-crowded music joints.

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