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216. Behind the Highlight Reel: Living In The Greys with Mary Lawless Lee #FabulousFriends
Episode 21618th November 2022 • Be Well By Kelly • Kelly Leveque
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My guest today is Mary Lawless Lee. She is a mother, writer, entrepreneur, and digital media personality dedicated to living creatively, chasing curiosity, and exploring the world through the lens of fashion, family, travel, and design. Happily Grey, her now-iconic fashion and lifestyle blog, serves as a loving space for readers to connect with Mary's life experiences, and their own, journeying together through life's highs, lows, and in betweens.

But she’s not just an influencer OG. Adding a retail space and – now, a book – to her resume, she’s a perfect example of someone who seems to juggle everything at once with ease. Her new book, and this conversation, tell a different story. 

Her radical honesty and grounded mindset root her in reality, and helped her escape struggles with an eating disorder, perfectionism, people pleasing, and a toxic marriage. Thank you, Mary, for spending some time with our community today. 

We also cover…

00:01:40 — Turning a Passion Into a Lifestyle

  • Growing up in east Texas and going to nursing school
  • Working for 7 transformative years in the cardiovascular ICU
  • Journaling as a meditation practice
  • Paying $50 for her first blogging website
  • Early days of HappilyGrey.com
  • Building a community and lifestyle brand
  • Expanding into skincare – nemah.com
  • Side hustle status for 3.5 years
  • Day-to-day of life as a blogger
  • Building a team from scratch and forging her own path
  • The importance of brand culture and collaboration
  • Making a good (and bad) brand deal

00:18:14 — Nēmah Skincare & Happily Grey

  • Marrying her clinical background with digital marketing and motherhood 
  • Developing products that are authentic to you
  • Investing in safe, clean formulas 
  • Happily Grey by Mary Lawless Lee
  • Life is not all black and white
  • Finding freedom in the in-between

00:24:49 — Mary’s Personal Growth & Evolution

  • Struggling with perfectionism and people pleasing
  • Unpacking Mary’s experience with an eating disorder 
  • Recovery is a never-ending journey
  • Accountability, honesty, and giving up control 
  • Having gratitude for your physical self
  • Working amid the perceptions and expectations of social media 
  • Gathering tools and building a support system
  • Vulnerability seeds connection 
  • Happily Grey by Mary Lawless Lee 
  • Career and life advice for following your passions
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