Today we’d like to introduce you to Meg Kee.
Meg, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 2014, I started the social media account @mountaingirls with the intentions of getting more women into the world of outdoor sports and nature. The account quickly grew, at the time, there were no other social platforms like it. As the year 2015 was coming to an end, I was contacted by the recreations department at Powder Mountain in Utah with the possibility of hosting a weekend gathering. The meetup was quickly booked and blew my expectations away. Over 20 women attended. We had live music, explored the mountains together and made lifelong connections. I came home with a buzz. Since 2015, I have hosted over ten gatherings for men and women to get into sports like rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding/skiing… coupled with a relaxing moment on the trail, outdoor yoga, and campfires. These gatherings have been so fruitful to my experience as a social media account became the main reason I continue to grow the account. This year alone, we have had over 100 guests come to our meetups and the numbers keep growing. What I have learned is that you can take social media and turn it into something productive. What keeps me going is not necessarily where we go, the sports we play… it is the connections that are made through a shared love of nature. The ability to find a crew that can relate to you through experience, sharing life stories and learning together.
Has it been a smooth road?
There is never a guarantee in anything you set out to accomplish. There will always be bumps along the road, there are tests of will. It all boils down to how badly you want and believe in what you are trying to pursue. There have been times people (even close friends) have bagged on me for the social media aspect, saying social media is negative – but it is what you make of it. Keeping a vision of what you are trying to accomplish, keeping a positive perspective when there is downtime and things aren’t happening the way you envisioned is important. It takes time and patience, hard work and determination to accomplish something big. It is important to give yourself credit, even when you feel undeserving. Know that you are worth it and set your sails when the tide is high. Take chances, get out of your comfort zone. Moments, when life gets uncomfortable, it’s when the biggest change happens. Be a student, learn from what you are doing and apply changes where you see fit. Things always turn out different and better than expected!
We’d love to hear more about Mountain Girls.
During the time I began the Mountain Girls collective, there were no other brands like it. Getting women into the world of nature and outdoor sports in a male-dominated world seemed like a task. But let’s be honest here… women rule the world. We make a lot of the decisions at home, what to buy, where to vacation, what school the kids go to and more. What makes me proud of the experiences I am able to provide through Mountain Girls is an opportunity to change the way we approach our relationships, friendships, and family life. After a weekend gathering women go home with a new perspective… when your boyfriend goes off with friends to watch the game, you now have a circle of friends to call to go explore, go biking and get involved in healthy activities. When the family is making decisions for vacation time, mom now chooses to go to the mountain and go snowboarding or camping… instead of hanging at the fancy hotel poolside. These experiences enrich our lives. These are things we go back to our circle of friends and say “hey!! I did something this weekend, I want to show you – you will love it too!”
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
The past is full of hard-working women who paved the way for our freedoms today. Right now, the tables have turned. Women have the opportunity to change the world. That starts at home, in perspective. Our mindset has to change first. We have full reign over our lives and have proven over time how powerful we are – especially when we join forces with other women. Having a mentor and uplifting circles of friends helps to keep the motivation high and positivity flowing. We bring a fresh mindset to the table and through each barrier broken, we prove ourselves worthy. There isn’t one task a woman is not suitable for, we can fill the boots… we can do anything we want.
- Website: www.mountaingirlsgathering.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mountaingirls/
Utah cliff and mtn bikes – Ben Horton, beach – Jeff Vanags, Climbing – Megan Kee