How would I describe today’s real life Wonder Woman? I’d say she is energetic, passionate, hard-working and resilient. Annie’s got sparkle! She’s rarely spotted without a smile on her face and always has something positive to say.
Growing up as a middle child of seven children raised by a single mom, Annie learned tenacity and resilience at a tender age. The word “survival” took on many meanings in her younger years, developing within her a richly profound, fiery spunkiness.
At age 7, Annie was told she was dyslexic. She struggled with spelling and reading letters in the correct order to the point that when she was 21 years old, she was asked if she was illiterate. That never stopped the current professional speaker, business owner and author of three books from becoming all she was meant to be.
Personally, I’ve gotten to know her through our mutual involvement in the National Speaker’s Association. She is currently serving as the Minnesota chapter president. When she’s not off delivering one of her motivational speeches or handling NSA chapter business, she likes to spend time with friends, learn new skills, laugh (a lot!), watch rom/com movies and play games with her family.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman…Ms. Annie Meehan!
KR: Tell me about what brings you joy and fulfillment.
AM: My Faith. My Family. My Friends. My work, which never feels like work because I love what I do. I really love the emails, cards and comments I get after I speak. When people write to me and tell me about the positive changes they are making at work and home after they implement something I teach, it truly and completely fills my heart with JOY!
KR: We all have inner superpowers. What are some of yours?
AM: One of my secret powers is to hear what people don’t say, to hear their hearts, their hidden stories. I feel so blessed that I easily make new friends and that they feel safe with me to share their stories and struggles. Sometimes it is a work challenge but often it is a personal challenge that may be affecting their ability to preform at their best and then they give me an opportunity to encourage and advise them.
KR: Can you tell us about an influential woman in your life and how she inspired you?
AM: Oh man, I am so blessed by a few. First was being on the Oprah show at 18, and especially the time after the show she spent a few hours in the green room with me encouraging me and sharing parts of her story. Second is Joyce Meyers because she has been through much but still remains very positive. And last but not least is Mary Copeland because she lives a very selfless life.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
AM: To always love all people unconditionally (my son says for me to fly because I am not the best driver…LOL)
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
AM: You are more capable than you think. Don’t allow others doubt in you define you. Everyone might not like you, but if you like yourself and believe in your calling you can make a positive impact on others lives. You may not have been given a family that can support you BUT you can create a family that you can encourage and support!
KR: I understand you had a milestone birthday this year. Is it something you were excited about? Or were you dreading it?
AM: I turned 50 this year–something I was always a bit afraid of and not sure if I would make it to with my rough beginning. But instead of feeling old, or feeling like I needed a midlife crisis, I feel like I had an awakening to all that is good. I love my life. I have an amazing husband who supports all my visions and dreams. I have 3 healthy adult children. I have a career I love that allows me time and space to travel. I lead a chapter of a wonderful organization NSA-MN. We are empty nesters for the first time in 30 years. I am happy. I am grateful. I am not so worried about how I look or what other people think of me so much anymore. I have learned to like me and embrace my messy parts. That brings me great freedom and joy!
KR: Any last words you’d like to share with our awesome readers?
AM: To all the other wonder women out there in the making I say believe in yourself first, do the good and sometimes the hard tings you have been called to do and you will find others that believe in you along the way. We are all super heroes in the making. The journey never ends…BE EXCEPTIONAL!
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