This is our eighth Client Spotlight, where we share interesting facts and stories about our entrepreneurial clients. Be sure to check out our previous spotlight and learn about author and ADHD coach for adults Jacqueline Sinfield and how her clients think she is psychic thanks to her deep expertise!
Our client Megan Roop came to us for help with the legal side of launching her Quiet Adventures women’s retreat company, specifically designing contracts and other legal essentials in congruence with her brand. Learn more about Megan below–here’s a preview: Do you know who wrote “Let My People Go Surfing?“
What color, sound, or smell helps you be calm and productive?
I’m a very sensory person so I’m always lighting candles, playing with essential oils, and making sure I have fresh flowers in my work space. I also have a lot of tokens from nature all around me, like pinecones and stones. Being surrounded by symbols that connect me to nature and beauty keep me feeling calm throughout the day. Clutter also really impacts my productivity and when you live in only 600 square feet, things can pile up and get out of place quickly. I have a practice of tidying up every night before I go to bed so that when I wake up my space is clear and organized for the new day.
If you could have coffee with any business person (dead or alive), whom would you pick?
It would be a dream to meet Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia. I admire the way he’s brought doing good, making the world a better place, and having adventures into the heart of his business. There’s a real commitment to his causes and trueness to himself that’s really inspiring to me.
What is your favorite business book, and why?
Continuing with the above answer, “Let My People Go Surfing” by Yvon Chouinard. I first read it back in 2006 when I was still working in the corporate world. It completely changed how I looked at the environment, business, lifestyle, and success. Ten years later, its messages are still with me. As Quiet Adventures grows, this book continues to guide me to think deeply about how I treat everything from my team members, to creating an amazing experience for women from start to finish, to simple things, such as the locations we visit (i.e. not going to overly impacted areas). It’s a book that will anchor you in making decisions based on the long-term health of your company, its employees, the environment, and the community you’re working in.
What do you think businesses will look like in 100 years?
Living in Silicon Valley and seeing everything that’s currently happening here, I have a feeling we’ll get around via advanced flying drones and “work from anywhere” by attending meetings remotely via holograms. 🙂 But aside from the Jetsons style of living, I also think there will be more women in leadership, changing the dynamic of how business is done. Values-led business practices will be at the heart with greener choices, more social conscience, a desire to help others, and a greater sense of community.
Outside the U.S., what country or culture inspires you the most?
Since I was a teenager, I’ve had an affinity for the Spanish-speaking culture. I studied the Spanish language, culture and literature throughout my twenties. I’ve always been inspired by their great emphasis on relationships with family and close friends, the vibrancy of their art, and the way they live their life with gusto. In my travels, I’ve found the Spanish-speaking countries to be some of the happiest and liveliest in the world.
About Megan Roop:
Megan Roop is passionate about helping women quiet the noise of everyday life, and come back to who they truly are through the power of nature. She is the founder of Quiet Adventures, which brings women together to connect, hone their adventure skills in the great outdoors, and learn personal practices to keep them grounded and connected every day of the year. When she’s not leading others into the wild, she can be found hitting the trail alone or with her husband. Contact Megan at Quiet Adventures to join her on a backpacking or camping adventure in the backcountry of Northern California.