Madison MacGregor

Think About It

Teaching myself how to think, not what to think, has been an interesting process thus far.

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Photo by my wonderful friend Zenon Zubyk – you can check out his work here

I am immersed in a different kind of education, where I’m not learning how to “mindlessly” regurgitate information, but instead to process “out-of-the-box” ideas in order to formulate my own way of thinking. To think on purpose. To chose who and how I want to be, and to always make sure that it is in line with my goal of doing work that matters. 

At this age and stage, I’ve realized that what I consume (everything from what I watch to what I read, etc) influences me, but it doesn’t have power over me. I do not aspire to be other people, but I am certainly inspired by other people. I’ve reached a point where I am recognizing the dis-empowering narratives that have played in my head and how they no longer serve me. I am deconstructing them…and re-writing them in a way that is in tune with the truth which is empowering. This is allowing me to move towards my long term vision for the change I want to make in this world.

Letting go of these stories is like flying through the air without landing yet. It’s new, at times it’s scary, but it’s incredibly empowering to be in this learning stage… I know that my destination is worth it.

There is an interesting talk from Jill Bolte Taylor about the Teenage brain, neuroplasticity, and why now, more than ever, at this time in our lives is the time to develop our brains, and ways of thinking, to create a better world, to do work that matters, and to live happily as a result.

Are you choosing how you want to think or are you simply accepting what to think?

Happy Wednesday,

Best,

Madison

(PS My favourite reads and watches right now are from Seth Godin, you can check out his blog here, and one of his many books here.)

Love

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My cousin and I together. Unconditional love we have for each other ❤️

When we feel safe, we feel free. We feel the freedom to be ourselves. This is different than a comfort zone. Safety is a fundamental human right. The right to be ourselves and be loved unconditionally.

Happy Thursday Thoughts,

Madison

Thursday Finds

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2CE74459-DBD7-4CDC-9543-4EE2BC6FA3D1Taking time with loved ones today. The most important thing, I am learning, is to love. To see the good intent in others and chose to give that good back. In the spirit of this holiday season, I wanted to share #OptionBthere . A non-profit initiative addressing the challenges we face: helping build resilience, meaning in adversity,  and finding joy! I highly recommend this resource and will be keeping their message in mind: be there. For friends, family and those in need.

Happy #ThursdayThoughts,

Madison

OptionBthere: https://optionb.org

 

 

 

Thankful Thoughts

Taking time to be grateful today.

Thank you for reading my content and for subscribing to this blog! I believe that I can use this platform to show how wonderful life can be when we take time to look and reflect on the moments that make up our lives. Thanksgiving… this weekend…this day, is a big moment. You are alive!

Reflecting today on what I have been given, one thing jumps out. My mom has worked so hard to provide the lifestyle she wanted to live for her children, her family and her own soul.  My mom’s story is below:

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“One of my dear friends sent me a copy of this picture with the quote below, to inspire me while I was still working at my full time job, hustling my side-gig evenings and weekends to gain back TIME FREEDOM in my life!!! “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

I printed a small version of this, with the quote, that I hung in my office beside my computer. I looked at his face and read that quote EVERY SINGLE DAY. I stayed hungry and motivated by the LIFE I was determined to create for myself, my family and as many awesome people as I could support as possible-who were looking to create change too…to “stop wasting their time living someone else’s life!” No coincidence that THE DAY I randomly see this giant sized picture hanging in a hotel on my way to visit a friend – I happen to be wearing the classic Steve Jobs attire – black turtleneck. An inspiration, even after he is gone!!! I meet so many people who want MORE for themselves but they’re so STUCK in their own FEAR! Letting the ‘noise of others’ opinions drown out their own inner voice.’ It actually breaks my heart – because time IS limited and we need more people who have the courage to follow their heart and intuition. So grateful I followed mine-even when it arrived in a very different package than I thought-it has lead me to the life I dreamed of. I am committed to supporting as many people as I possibly can in this lifetime to help live their version of life by design! Because every minute of the hustle and pushing through the fear to live a life of PROGRESS on your terms is BEYOND worth it!!!” – Kim MacGregor

I am grateful for my mother’s example. Thankful for what she has given me and our entire family.

Happy Thanks-Giving!

Thankful for you!

Madison

 

Be Yourself

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When I was in kindergarten, there were two things I loved most:

  1. Dinosaurs
  2. Matilda (the 1996 fantasy/comedy) 

I liked to dress like Matilda, who wore a ribbon in her hair, a dress and socks with buckled up shoes. At the end of a class I was approached by a fellow classmate who said to me, “You think you are so cool! With that ribbon in your hair, and that dress on!” Her tiny finger pointed at me and laughed. I was so embarrassed. The next day I showed up with jeans and a t-shirt.

What would’ve happened if I had decided to wear that dress and ribbon anyway. Regardless of what anyone thought?

Happy #FridayThoughts,

Madison

 

 

 

Thursday Thoughts

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Photo taken by Tim Leyes 

I am working on a project with my twin sisters Ava and Elle. It’s been a massive undertaking and a true partnership of creativity.

Today as I was thinking about my Thursday Thought, I couldn’t help but think of them, and us, and what we are creating. Feeling incredibly blessed that I can call my sisters, my best-friends (and now my business partners).

Who do YOU feel grateful to have in your life? Let them know how you feel.

Happy #ThursdayThoughts, 

Madison x

What I learned from my mom

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My mom was an actress and model. At the age of 17, she was told many rejections. Below, is from her post from instagram.

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Photo from my mom’s first photoshoot.

#tbt to when I was 17 and did my first “photo” shoot in Toronto with a friend who was interested in photography ? I didn’t wear a stitch of makeup ? and totally pieced this outfit together with clothes from both my mom’s closest and my own.

This pic launched a 20 year modelling career (up until that point I had only done acting), which gave me money to pay my way through university. Crazy to think that today I am Momma to three daughters who are all in and around this age! ???#timeslowdown

During my modelling years countless people had things to say about what I looked like and how I should change to “conform” to the market. “My eyebrows were too dark, my eyebrows were too thick, my hair was too long…and on and on and on.” I remember an inner TUG to stay true to who I was, even if it was “different” than every other person, even if I was “criticized” for it. Even when I heard words that stung! ?IT worked! I worked! A LOT actually! It taught me a valuable lesson early on, about honouring myself, and not allowing the “noise” from others to drown out my inner voice. I Learned that I would never be right for everyone (or every job) but I was right for “some” and that was all I needed.

In this world of glamour, conformity and beauty and everything in our faces on social media every single day – remember YOU are uniquely AMAZING. Stay true to yourself. Don’t compare – there is NO OTHER person just like you THANK GOODNESS – your differences are actually what make you so interesting❤️ I’ve never done things like everyone else, and as a result, I’ve taken judgement and criticism at times, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. It’s made me stronger in my convictions?? and solidified my reasons for doing things ? (NOT to please others). Through lots of rejection, ups and downs and second-guessing, I’ve built strong resilience muscles and lead a life well-lived! ??❤️ ”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Be true to you!

Happy #thursdaythoughts,

Madison x

P.S more inspiration from my mom is available here

Keep Your Head Up!

Centered. Open. Aware. Connected. And able to Hold whatever is there…

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Madison aged 14 in this picture

That is the meditation I listen to one or more times a week. It helps me stay present and more importantly, deal with anxiety. When I started high school, as a young fourteen year old, bright eyed and excited to start my education, I noticed that often students looked down. Either on our phones or avoiding interaction.

Now, as an “adult” (weird…) I see that we avoid interaction or look at our phones just as much as we did in high school. As the meditation says, to stay open and aware is a gift. To actually notice if someone got a new hair-do, or that they are a kind person is incredible.

Connecting with another person puts you in a vulnerable place. Making conversation can be painful, but it is far less painful than the regret of not speaking up. Who knows what you will learn or discover? When I am talking to someone, I am now trying to be mindful of what I can give or contribute to the conversation.  Then it becomes about what we can give. 

As an 18 year old, I am learning this. That giving is important. That if we are anxious, thinking about what we can give can make us realize what we have. That we have worth, value and so much more to offer another person than we may think- the most simplest (and scariest) to offer a friend, family member or co-worker is love and connection: an open mind, to be centered open aware connected and able to hold whatever is there.

Happy #ThursdayThoughts,

Madison