This week in our confidence issue series we interview Megan, girl boss behind She said yes, The Little White Book & Skin Sonic.
Who is Megan Hutchison?
I am the editor of She Said Yes, creator of the little white book wedding organiser and diary, and more recently, Skin Sonic, a vibrating facial cleansing tool.
A lot of people also know me as a social influencer, which is really a side-effect of my business, rather than defining who I am. First and foremost I am a wife, sister and friend.
What made you want to be involved in the wedding world, leading you to write your first book?
I felt the process of wedding planning is perceived to be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. I felt I could help brides to actually enjoy their engagement by making it more simple and stress-free.
I want to reduce pressures and expectations on women while helping them plan their dream day, realise that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be wonderful, and that there’s no such thing as “perfect.”
Did having confidence in yourself play a big role in becoming such a successful author and now blogger?
Yes, absolutely. It’s not about having the confidence that it’s all going to go well, but rather the confidence to take risks. Failure is part of the journey.
I have a very “IDGAF” attitude to most things – I don’t care what people think of me, I have the confidence to be my real, authentic self, which is very freeing.
What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?
Confidence means being unapologetically yourself. I am confident in my own skin, without make up, without pretence, whether I’m in my gym gear and jandals, or my favourite dress.
What empowers you as a woman?
Other women lifting each other up. There is room in this world for us all to be successful. Another woman’s success does not undermine your own.
Recently I have been so incredibly touched by the generosity of women helping me to grow my second business, Skin Sonic, and so empowered to be among so many businesswomen who want us ALL to be successful.
What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that?
Not much. Making mistakes is always frustrating, but every failure is a lesson. Trying on an old favourite dress, only to realise it doesn’t fit, can suck, but it’s also the reality of growing up, and putting my health before my vanity.
What is your top tip on encouraging women to feel empowered?
Believe in yourself and give zero f*cks. I haven’t actually read the book “The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck” but it sounds like a great read for women who don’t yet feel empowered to be themselves.
What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?
If you are reading this and hiring designer dresses, you are among the most fortunate 1% of women in the world.
Your life is too short to spend wasting wanting to be something better or someone else – you are so lucky to be you, to have the opportunities you have and the country you live in.
Don’t take social media too seriously and follow only those people who make you feel good about yourself.
What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world?
A well fitting pair of high waisted jeans.
Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?
Yes, I dress for myself much more than I did when I was younger – trying to dress in a way I thought looked “cool” even if it wasn’t my style.
What women inspire you?
Every woman in my life is a strong, confident and inspirational person in some way. My sister is so kind and generous and that is an inspiration.
Every woman I follow online, who is her real, authentic self, is an inspiration.