Meet Meghan Juuti, the Founder of the Lovely Human School! Meg's mission is to help people evolve into their highest, loveliest selves, reconnect with themselves and let go of their self-destructive patterns. We're so excited to have Meghan join us as a Role Model. Click the photos of Meghan to shop her style!
INTRODUCE YOURSELF! TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR FORMAL AND INFORMAL EDUCATION.
My name is Meghan Juuti (soon to be Bonhomme--so, in excitement, I’ve been going by that lately!). I love learning, so my education is extensive. I joke that if I could be a professional student, I would. Here’s the (short) list:
I attended a few schools when I was younger--one in Toronto, two in Sandy Lake First Nation, and one in Elliot Lake. When I graduated high school, I went on a running scholarship for a year of University in Michigan then found myself at Laurentian University to finish up my Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Education in Junior/Intermediate. I pursued my Masters of Education online through Nipissing and two years after completing that, I was accepted for my PhD at the University of Toronto in Higher Education. I completed two years of coursework but have taken a hiatus to explore other passions … I’ll come back to it one day, but for now, education takes place in a variety of venues!
I secured my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Marianne Wells Yoga School and my 200 hour Meditation Teacher Training from Charles Knoles.
I once took an online course from Stanford University that cost $1300 just because it “looked interesting!” Nerd? Definitely!
Teaching at a post-secondary institution for nine years has taught me a great deal about learning, humanity, and the importance of mindfulness. Being present and offering a space of community and belonging is essential in education and in life. We all want to feel safe and significant.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OR SKILL YOU LEARNED INSIDE THE CLASSROOM?
How to write! I’d like to say I’m a good writer because I’ve got the organization and grammar down pat. It’s a useful skill that helps me in so many ways. This is why I love teaching English--to empower others to communicate well and learn how to prepare material that looks and sounds professional.
I have to admit my view on education has changed significantly since I became an educator. I used to believe that schools were the ONLY places to learn. I’ve changed my tune quite a bit since then. While what happens in the four walls is important for knowledge and growth, I know MANY people who love reading and have a natural curiosity that has them seeking alternative avenues of learning. All education should be promoted!
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON OR SKILL YOU LEARNED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM?
So.Many.Lessons. I’d have to say the most important is how essential it is to love and believe in myself. I’ve also got a few mottos: “Smile, and the rest will follow” , “fill your head with dreams not drama” , “stay in the positivity bubble” , “find your people and love ‘em hard.” All of these have come from experiences with friends, family, and myself. I love that we are always growing; it is something that connects us all.
WHO WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TEACHER?
My grade eleven English teacher, Mr. Malmiste, was my most memorable. He taught me the value of hard work, proofreading, and thinking outside the box. It may have been my lowest mark in all of my English courses, but I was so proud because I felt like I had really learned something and used my brain.
TELL US ABOUT THE LOVELY HUMAN SCHOOL. HOW DO YOU DEFINE A ‘LOVELY HUMAN’? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START IT? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH IT?
Ahhhh, I get so beamy talking about this! The Lovely Human School is my biggest passion project to date. Working with thousands of teens, students, and women over the past decade (and beyond even!), I was getting frustrated at the lack of self-love and knowledge about how to care for the self. I saw a problem, knew I had a solution, and the Lovely Human School was born! There were many variations of it in the beginning, but what you see now online--the coaching, the courses, and the collective--are really what matters most to me.
I feel that we are all deserving of feeling lovely, seeing lovely in the world, and doing lovely things. Living with presence + positivity is paramount to reaching our potential. And I truly believe that we are given gifts to make a difference in the world--sometimes all we need is someone (ME!) to help guide the way and help us realize all the loveliness inside and around.
I’d love to eventually provide professional development for educators so that they can easily intertwine the RE Method into their classrooms, consistently encouraging their students to REconnect, REwire, and Revolutionize their lives. It’s not that hard--once you know HOW to hold space for others and begin the work towards loving yourself (ALL OF IT!), then encouraging it in others, or empowering them, becomes second nature.
My ultimate goal would be for all teens and women to know how to take care of themselves and love themselves with such ferocity and passion that they go after their dreams and feel that their personal evolution made a difference in the world.
CAN YOU GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A TRANSFORMATION YOU HAVE WITNESSED THROUGH YOUR PROGRAM?
This is the best part! I’ve seen such growth and magic in the courses I’ve run and the individuals I’ve worked with that I am so grateful to have the opportunity to witness personal development. The most prevalent theme is not knowing how to manage overwhelm and stress of daily life; my programs help teens and women see that we do have choice and empowers them to tune into what they need on an individual level. Clients enter insecure, disconnected, ashamed, guilty, and lost. The mindfulness practices of yoga, meditation, writing, and being in conversation with others sets in motion a revolution of becoming the loveliest human of life: confident, connected, proud, and empowered.
For the teens that I’ve worked with, their personal growth extends to growth of the family. When teens recognize their voice, respect their own boundaries, and wire themselves to be more optimistic, the family dynamic changes for the better. These are happy days for me: when teens are happy and families are happy!
WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT EMPOWERMENT AND SELF LOVE? HOW HAS IT TRANSFORMED YOUR OWN LIFE?
As an educator, I have interacted with thousands of students over the years, and each of their stories motivates me to continue this journey of sharing my difficulties in accepting and loving myself: to share how yoga, writing, a sense of community, and meditation have helped me stop trying to be like everyone else and realize my innate loveliness.
Self love has improved my relationships, enabled me to develop healthy boundaries, and empowered me to follow my dreams--even though they aren’t the norm.
I appreciate my quirks and now embrace the fact that I’m obsessed with unicorns, pineapples, and flamingos. :)
WHAT IS ONE LESSON YOU YOU’VE LEARNED THAT YOU’D LIKE YOUNG GIRLS GROWING UP TODAY TO KNOW?
You will spiral. Just because we put in the work doesn’t mean all our days will be sunshine and rainbows. But the good news is that when we love ourselves (and really accept who we are), it’s easier to deal with the spirals. When we know how to take care of ourselves, we can kick ourselves out of the spirals so we don’t stay in the darkness as long. As we get better at recognizing our individual needs and connecting with what supports our self, we’ll spend less time in the dark spirals.
The world needs more light--the more time we can spend in it, the better. So, know that you will spiral, you will emerge, and you’ve always got someone to support you along the way.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
I’m the type of person who always has at least three books on the go. I absolutely love self-help/wellbeing books (they just make me feel so empowered!) and business books (to light that fire!), so I am currently reading Judgment Detox by Gabby Bernstein, Start With Why by Simon Sinek, and journaling with Elena Brower’s Practice.You.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY?
Today I learned that taking two steps backward is okay, as long as we’re consistently taking one step forward and remaining focused on, and optimistic about, the progress. It’s neat how we can come up against the same challenge many times and continually tackle it in different ways. Just when you think you’ve learned a big, life lesson (woohoo triumph!), it will pop up in another variation, someplace else. It can be easy to get discouraged or start spiralling. The best thing to do, though, is meet whatever it is head on, say, “ah, there you are little guy,” and kindly work through it again. This is life. There will be spirals. And there will be sun. Always chase the sun.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
Some other tidbits that others might find interesting….
I have a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga business. Some days, my shepard-husky-mixed dog comes on the board when I teach! @sup.yoga.inc.
On March 26th I’m launching my first online course for women: 8 Weeks to Love(ly) that’s all about designing a life that’s full of presence, positivity and potential. In it, I use yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices, like journaling and reflecting, to help women reconnect to themselves, rewire healthy boundaries and habits, and begin revolutionizing their lives through DreamPlanning. The vision is that women from all over the world will come together with my guidance to help each other learn to love and take care of themselves, supporting one another each step of the journey. There’s still space! Feel free to check it out!
Connect with Meghan at her website and on her Instagram Accounts: Lovely Human School, Meghan's Personal Account, SUP Yoga Inc.