The Joy Manifesto
We believe joy is a choice. It’s not a fleeting feeling, but a way of being; a state. Joy is maximizing your hours, not pretending there are more. It’s prioritizing human connection and acknowledging the limitless potential when we’re in sync. Joy shows up when you name your strengths and share them with others. It’s realized when you activate what you already have, knowing that’s enough. Joy breeds satisfaction and creates security, no matter the circumstance. It lives outside of chaotic schedules, requiring margin, as we require air to breathe. Joy grants permission to change direction or stay the course, guided by an awareness of what we value most. It’s trusting that we will find whatever we are looking for—we will experience what we choose. And while joy is defined individually, it’s within reach for everyone. Today, we choose joy.
Megan Pollard is a seasoned entrepreneur, business consultant, and speaker. In addition to leading We Choose Joy, she’s also the co-founder of Etc. Coordinators, an exclusive 6-week wedding coordination boutique in the DC-metro area.
In 2015, Megan unexpectedly lost her husband while he was training for the Marine Corps Marathon. In the aftermath, she learned to navigate life when you lose the titles that have shaped who you are. Megan made the distinct choice to guide her daughters through this new reality, living in a place of joy, not fear. As she publicly shared updates on her family’s life and healing, she accompanied each message with the simple hashtag #wechoosejoy.
Since planting those seeds, Megan has been dedicated to uncovering the fundamentals needed to realize a place of personal and professional fulfillment. Today, she couples her personal experience with her business acumen to foster more joyful workplaces, meaningful interactions, and intentional days.
Megan is a proud mom to Maryn and Grey and wife to Jon. When she’s not idea mapping and problem solving on her trusty whiteboard, she can be found hitting the open road with her favorite people, collecting postcards at stops along the way.