Meet Meg

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 22:00

Ten years ago, Meg had just finished training for her first and last Chicago Marathon. She was looking for something different than the strenuous running regimen that led up to and helped her accomplish her marathon finish. “I needed a break from running! It was a fun experience. Lots of training, but too hard on my body,” she explained. So Meg signed on for early morning boot camp workouts at Klode Park with Marcela. Some friends were doing it and it seemed like the perfect change up to her routine. What she found in that group of morning diehards worked, and ten years later Meg is still making those crack-of-dawn workouts the no-excuses first step of her busy day. Meg’s custom residential architecture business, HB Designs, has been growing steadily since it “accidentally” started eighteen years ago after the birth of her son, Nick. Never thinking she’d own her own business, Meg did some drawings for a friend, then for her own family’s addition. Soon, word spread and her business quickly evolved. Today, Meg takes on projects ranging from small kitchen renovations to huge, million-dollar home additions. As her kids grew, so did HB Designs. The tight-knit Whitefish Bay community where Meg’s kids attended school made it easy to attract clients. “I would be in line at school and moms would ask me to come over!” Through word of mouth and reputation alone, Meg now takes on 20-30 projects each year, mostly in Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Mequon. Currently, she’s building a house in Cedar Grove. With so many opportunities presented to her, Meg is careful to choose projects where she has a connection with with client. Not surprisingly, some of her friends at CrossFit 100 have become clients. After getting to know each other so well over the years, members know her style and what to expect. But Meg is not on the clock at the gym. She shared that people are so good about avoiding project talk during workouts. They know it’s her time and are very respectful of that. As Meg’s business flourishes, she’s navigating other life changes. Meg and her husband, Andy, just sent Nick off to UW-Madison for his freshman year. Their daughter, Grace, will start her junior year at Whitefish Bay High School and Meg is starting to see how she and Andy will have to fill their time differently without all the daily tasks of parenting and weekends filled with sports. Andy, an ER physician, who Meg lovingly calls a “wonderful human,” has been able to take on so much of the family’s needs at home, like cooking and laundry, between his 10-12 work shifts each month. On the weekends, Meg and Andy have enjoyed watching their kids play sports as well as bike riding, together. Meg said she’ll truly miss weekends spent watching the kids play lacrosse and soccer, but also sees an opportunity to find the work/life balance she knows she needs. She’s excited about finding new ways to be active with Andy and having time to herself. But Meg isn’t changing the morning routine that has carried her through her busy days for so many years. She goes to CrossFit three days/week, yoga on Wednesdays, and Peloton or runs on the other days. It’s been a sustainable balance of lifting, moving and recovery to keep her going. Following knee surgery two years ago, Meg couldn’t lift heavy. She started CrossFit Lite at 5am, and now mixes Lite and CrossFit. She finds it’s the perfect variety of the heavy barbell work and lighter workouts that keep her moving. Her commitment to that hour each morning is directly tied to her work ethic and need to sweat. Meg expressed that she just needs to start the day with physical activity and a good sweat. “Hit it, quit it, say I did it!” is Meg’s mantra. Although Meg is a little more cautious since her surgery, she is still competitive with herself. She’s more thoughtful about doing things her body allows and strives for longevity over trying to sprint a 200m if it’s not the day for it. Fortunately, Meg credits the supportive community at 100 for making good choices in workouts. She loves that the group and coaches, while supportive, are not competitive to the point of being intimidating. “I feel lucky to be surrounded by really good people here.”