Meet Meaghan Murphy, Executive Editor of Good Housekeeping. She loves fitness, family, fun and she finds a way to make it all happen. She's the definition of #StrongWomenEmpowerWomen and we're thrilled to feature her.
What does #StrongWomenEmpowerWomen mean to you?
I’m a fan of the saying: Real queens fix each other’s crowns! Strong women have an obligation to lift each other up and support one another. When you like yourself and you are confident in your own abilities and successes, that’s infinitely easier to do.
You are a mother, wife, executive editor, fitness lover. It's incredible how do you juggle it all?
The struggle to juggle is real! And I don’t do it all! That’s the key: Deciding what’s most important to you and then saying a big fat NO to everything else. I prioritize fitness because that’s how I keep the cray at bay. I’ve learned that dawn patrol 5AM workouts are best for me. Generally nothing comes up at that hour to derail my gym time and the friendships you form with fellow crazies who get up that early are priceless. Family is everything to me and I make sure that my kids always know that they come first. I can’t be there for the day-to-day routine moments like pick up and drop off from school or playdates, but I’m there for what I call “memory-makers.” I will throw a St. Patrick’s Day pre-school party or pop into 2nd grade to teach a lesson on magazine making. The kids remember those days.
What's the toughest thing you've overcome in your life?
I’ve faced some serious loss — my best friend died tragically when we were just 16 and two years ago my father lost a sudden 5-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Seeing just how precious and fleeting life is gives you a quick dose of perspective.
You have 30 minutes to exercise. You do what?
Having time to exercise is never an accident for me. I plan a workout into my day, so I’m guaranteed 60 minutes of exercise at least 5 days per week. I mix up those sweat sessions: Extreme Boxing and Fire Beats (barre with rhythm) at POE; SLT (pilates on crack); hot yoga at HOME; Orange Theory Fitness; and Flywheel.
Are there other women who inspire you with their strength?
I’m inspired by Paige More (@paige_previvor) She chose to have a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she had the BRCA 1 gene mutation at the age of 24 and is now leading a whole support movement online.
What's your favorite motivational quote?
This changes daily. Today it’s: “The best things in life make you sweaty.”