MEET MEG FRANCIS
MY YOUNGER SELF
When I was growing up, the only thing I was super confident about was that one day, I would be an amazing mom to a little girl. That is all I knew. And that is all I wanted. The rest was all up in the air….for a looooooong time. And then she arrived. Not the way I had planned (because I had no plan) and not at the time I would have preferred and not with a man that I loved.
Because I never had the specifics of my plan, I wandered. I fell into a career that I was very good at and enjoyed, but it didn’t fulfill me. I was in the restaurant business and I was serving people. I was a baker and I got to see people’s faces glow with delight at the sweets that I prepared. And life was just ok.
TIME OF REFLECTION
Once Olivia was born, nothing else mattered. I still worked in the restaurant business, And I married her father. And we had another little dream come true, Sydney. Their dad and I tried to make it work for us, but my dreams were my girls. Fast forward to 2011. I decided to leave the restaurant business, again with no plan. I just knew that I needed time to figure out what I was super passionate about in addition to being a mom. So I took some time learning about myself, taking classes, exploring options, enjoying my girls. I didn't do this alone. I surrounded myself with empowered women and supportive men to help me. I made a plan. With new found freedom and time for reflection, I found my way back to my true self and eventually wound up here.
REMEMBERING MY CALLING
Once I found my true passion, I realized it was more than what I do. It was a remembering of what I was placed here to do. My trainings brought out the best in me and enhanced the skills I knew I had but never fully understood how to access. Those trainings ignited a fire in me and triggered memories that reminded me of what I am here to do: help others to live their most authentic lives. One day while I was searching and dreaming, Olivia (age 9 at the time) was listening, as kids do. I said “I wonder if I could….” I am not sure what followed that, but Olivia had an answer. She said, ”You’re Meg Francis and you can do anything!” Soon after that, Sydney said, “I don’t need to tell you that you’re beautiful if you just believe it for yourself.” The way that my girls and I live together is magical. We raise each other up. Some days I am not sure who the parent is because we are women supporting women through life. And I believe everyone should have a team that functions on love, acceptance, encouragement and presence. I have done my best to encourage my girls to embrace every part of themselves, to celebrate themselves and to ignite that same confidence in others. My hope is for you to be able to do the same.
My new path led me to work as a peer coordinator at Recovery Connection in Marlborough, MA, which then led me to Everyday Miracles in Worcester, MA, where I met the founder of RIA House. Since then I have been working with some of the most inspiring and courageous women I have ever met. RIA House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stand with and support women with experience in the commercial sex trade, and its associated exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution, by providing a range of community-based services. By facilitating empowerment groups at recovery houses and other organizations in Massachusetts ~ I am able to witness miracles on a daily basis! My strength is in helping women navigate their way through life transitions of any kind without losing their grounding.
My mission is clear now: to inspire and motivate women to fully embrace and celebrate their uniqueness and to empower them to live life on purpose with clarity, confidence, and connection.
CERTIFICATIONS & TRAININGS
Family and Consumer Science and Education
Massachusetts Victim Assistance Advanced Academy
Recovery Coach Academy and Facilitator Training
Yoga for 12 Step Recovery Certification
Motivational Speaker Training