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Yo-Yo Dieting, Business with Family and How to Stop Seeking Validation with The MerryMaker Sisters

With a successful podcast, a cookbook and a healthy recipe app, it’s no wonder why these sisters were highly suggested by our ladies. But it’s not just what these two “do” but “how” they do it.

The MerryMaker Sisters couldn’t be more of an appropriate name for them. After watching one video or listening to an episode of their podcast #GETMERRY, you instantly get drawn in by their energy, wit, and truly merry demeanor.

They are all about helping women find their version of happy, and we are all about that! We are also about that tequila and chips life which happen to be their guilty pleasure… we call it Saturday.

Ladies, meet The MerryMaker Sisters!

TLC: First of all, your “About” video is absolutely EVERYTHING! I love the journey you both tell about starting your passion. What would you say, gave you both the courage to quit your jobs and do this full time? (PS: That story was hilarious!)

TMMS: We simply asked ourselves what was the bigger risk? Staying in safe secure government jobs and getting to age 50 something and looking back with regret, or taking a chance on our dreams.

Once we started The Merrymaker Sisters we knew that we’d found our thing, because it brought us so much happiness. There was no way we could turn our backs on it. We did a few basic calculations on how much money we had to make to pay our mortgage and bills and thought we could achieve it if we hustled a little harder! So… we quit our government jobs and got to work! Best decision we ever made that’s for sure!

TLC: Take us back to 2014 when you both resigned from your jobs, what were you thinking & feeling at the time?

TMMS: It was pure excitement. The good kind of nerves. Looking back we definitely think we were kinda crazy. We had no plan, we had an NYC trip planned and we were barely making any money from the business. We simply had a knowing that we were going the right way. We knew if something didn’t work we’d just try something else.

TLC: Your energies are infectious, we love how much fun you sisters have with each other. We talk a lot about relationships on TLC, family being a big one. What’s the best thing about working with your sister?

TMMS: It’s the actual best! We feel so lucky to have each other. Business can be an emotional rollercoaster but having each other is the best support. We go through everything together. When one sister is down the other lifts her up. We also have SO MUCH FUN! Belly laughs and happy dances every day.

TLC: What’s the hardest thing about working with your sister, and how do you balance your personal and business relationships?

TMMS: The hardest thing would be separating the sister and the biz partner relationship. Sometimes we can sister snap at each other about work, so we remind each other how work colleagues wouldn’t do that (haha). Also, we sometimes forget to hang out like sisters would… so it’s not all work talk!

TLC: You used to say before, “health” meant losing weight, eating less and more exercise, but what does health mean to you now?

TMMS: Health is how you feel. Feeling energized for life. Feeling love for your mind, body, and soul.

TLC: What tips would you give to our ladies for overcoming yo-yo dieting?

TMMS:

1. Don’t be intimidated by the ‘no list’ concentrate on what you can eat and filling your plate with good stuff.
2. Try new food, recipes, websites, cookbooks, cooking styles and make the whole process fun and enjoyable.
3. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to being healthy. Find what works for you and what makes you feel good.

TLC: As young entrepreneurs how do you find the time for yourselves? And what tips can you give to other entrepreneurs?

TMMS: We got caught up in the hustle mode. We’d work our butts off and forget to enjoy the process. Now it’s a different story. We view success as how much fun and fulfillment we get from our days. Because it’s the days that make up the years, that make up the life. What’s the point of it all if you don’t get that sense of joy and fulfillment?

TLC: One of your podcast episodes, you both discuss internal validation instead of seeking external validation. We are all about that life! What practice or advice would you give women to start feeling more confident?

TMMS: This is all about connecting to your heart and your truth. Instead of looking externally for direction and validation it’s about turning inwards. Listen to your instincts and your feelings. Do this by journaling, practicing something like yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.

TLC: It is probably like asking a mom who her favorite child is, but what are some of your favorite recipes you’ve shared on the blog?

TMMS: Haha! OHHHHH the favorite has got to be this salted caramel slice. OMGosh it’s delicious! Plus oh so easy to whip up!

But also these melting moments are like heaven in your mouth magic!

TLC: Define what real food means to you!

TMMS: We cut out the processed crap and instead fill our plates with really, really ridiculously yummy food like veggies, fruit, good quality meat, fish, poultry and dairy (sometimes), nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and good fats (because fat is where it’s at… fat is your friend!).

TLC: What are your guilty pleasures?

TMMS: Ohhhhhh corn chips and margaritas! And watching Riverdale.

About the author

Kristy Petersen

Kristy Petersen

Kristy is a Master of Manifesting! Once something goes on her vision board, she works tirelessly to make it happen. Hence the reason she is TLC’s Content & Relations Manager. As a mother of four from Brisbane Australia, she never gave up on her dream to work with The Ladies Coach and help women from all over the world make their own dreams happen. 

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