Welcome to our newest blog series – Let’s Get Personal! This series is all about vulnerability & getting to know a different side of our healthcare team. Are you ready to get to know Dr. Meaghan McCollum? Let’s jump in!
1. What is your favourite part of what you do for a living?
Watching humans transform their health and wellbeing. It brings me so much joy to see people get empowered about their health and their lives.
2. Do you feel like you have found your purpose in life, and how did you get there?
Yes – mostly! It took quite a bit of life challenges and growing to understand more of my purpose in this life. As I awaken in this life it becomes clearer and clearer. There is still more to be unveiled which is also super exciting. The number one tool that has helped me get clear is having a regular and committed mediation practice.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is realizing how important it is to fail in life. To fail and get back up. I am most proud of my ability to get back up. And we all have that ability. So it’s not exactly an accomplishment, but it’s what I am most proud of.
4. Where is your favourite place in the world?
5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Hmmm… this is a tough one. I don’t love getting ‘advice’, I prefer to be supported and guided gently :), so I can’t think of a piece of advice that sticks out.
6. What lights you up?
So many things. Creating new things. Inspiring others to improve their lives. Inspiring others to know their deepest purpose.
7. What is your favourite quote?
Love everybody and tell the truth. Ram Dass as a teaching from his guru – Neem Karoli Baba.
8. What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Paths to God – Ram Dass. This book was such a pivotal book in my path and was how I got into Ram Dass teachings. Was also my first deeper dive into Indian spiritual traditions which I tend to gravitate toward.
9. What is one thing that you do every single day that people might be surprised by?
A Daily Dance practice #dailydancepractice. One of my teachers has recommended it to me and it’s super.
10. What is your #1 non-negotiable when it comes to your self-care?
11. If you could speak with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
12. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
I drink tea! I love caffeine. But if I’m smart I take a break, go outside, visit with someone.
13. What is one book, podcast, or other resource in the health & wellness space that you would recommend?
One? That’s hard, but if I had to pick I’d probably suggest Tara Brach – a buddhist trained psychologist. She has books and podcasts/meditations that are accessible and effective for personal work regardless of your background or beliefs.
I love collaborating with people on their healthcare journey! To me that’s truly what it is – collaboration. I believe that given the right tools and cues most people are the best judge of what is happening with their body and their health. Many just need a little guidance, education and encouragement.