My name is Marin McCue and I have learned to live life to the fullest. Every experience I have had up to this point has been an important part of my journey. The failures, the set-backs, the wrong turns, the mental health struggles, and the eventual overcoming and rebuilding of my foundation are all integral parts of my story. 

I now live by my core values: Fun, Inspire, Create, Learn, and Sweat. I engage daily in my Goal Setter Mindset as a way to create balance and get the nourishment I need to achieve my goals and enjoy the process: Connect, Learn, Let Go, Grow and Reflect. I focus my attention on how I show up and the connections I make rather than simply needing results. I do this by grounding myself each morning and shifting my attention to the energy I want to exude as my essence: Wisdom, Compassion, Power, Leader and Magic. And I am consciously aware of the shadow sides of my psyche; the subconscious characters that make up the community within my mind and body. This awareness allows me to love these compulsions and triggered states so that I can release them and tune back into my intentional and deliberate way of consciously being my best self. 

I have found that I receive the most inspiration for life when I stop thinking about myself and focus on what I can do to inspire others. I have done a lot of work to get myself into a state of freedom and purpose, and now my goal is to share and offer support to whoever has a desire to find and nourish their passions too. 

My mission in life is to lead by example with passion, vulnerability and creativity, to inspire myself and others to create positive change and sustain the impact we desire.  So that's why I am here, and that's what I intend to share with you ;).

 

Why "dope(a)me":

The name 'dope(a)me' came about over breakfast with my good friend and fellow spin motivator Andrew Obrecht (www.yyc-cycle.com). I was excited about starting my own business and Andrew was offering support and advice. I went through the outline of what I was creating, and a big part of my vision has to do with empowering people to see how they can create the change they need or want in their life through daily intentional practice and support, including seeking out activities that produce our natural happy chemicals - like dopamine.  

My personal affinity for dopamine was enough for Andrew to jot down some notes and come up with the beautiful and bad-ass name dope(a)me. It resembles an equation, it symbolizes the value in knowing how to produce happy chemicals, and it implies that each one of us has our own unique journey to find our way to total contentment and clarity in our purpose.

 

My Philosophy:

 

I am deeply influenced by the work of many big thinkers, philosophers, authors, facilitators and entrepreneurs who have come before me and who are currently making waves in the world. While I have created a unique system that aligns with my experience and wisdom, I continue to adapt and evolve as a coach as I learn and grow by doing.

My coaching philosophy is rooted in connection, empowerment, physical movement and co-created support. I have many tools and ideas to share and teach, but I also know that each client has their own knowing and wisdom that needs to be uncovered and trusted.

My goal is to always work myself out of the job. I want my clients to walk away with the skills needed to be a life-long goal setter, a coach in their own life, and a resilient and powerful individual who stands tall in alignment with their own core values, essence and purpose.  

Reach out for a consultation and I will happily share more about how the dope(a)me discipline can work for you. 

My background:

I would like to say I have always felt this strong, this comfortable, and this resilient to the turbulent ride life can be, but that's not true. Looking back, I see strength, I see resilience, I see growth and learning, I see passion and a deep-rooted desire to be someone that makes a difference, but that's not how I felt while going through it. Life is fucking hard. We live moving forward, but we learn and grow by reflecting back. My past has many chapters, as does yours. My story picks up pace once I graduated from High School in 2004 and played division 1 basketball at San Diego State on a full ride scholarship. It was at this point in my life that I realized that having outward goals is not enough to create the happiness I was striving for. I had everything I had worked for, yet I hit the lowest point in my life. 

I came back to Canada and graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 as a Philosophy Major. While studying philosophy I developed a love for intentional introspection and playing with "formulas" that show how to create happiness, how to live a full life, how to change your mindset, and any other internal struggle (or curiosity) that sparked passionate interest. I began working at lululemon athletica a month after graduating and instantly loved the support system and the free access to any studio or gym anywhere in the world. This was the catalyst for my love of yoga which I now teach in Calgary. As a manager I became fascinated by the philosophy and psychology of leadership and how closely connected it is to what I learned as a leader on my sports teams. I began to study, practice, and implement these tools I was learning. 

I was intrigued and drawn to the process of goal setting and goal coaching others, and soon became the go-to person for goal coaching. During my 6 years at lululemon, I conducted over 100 goal setting sessions, either 1 on 1 or in small groups. I began branching out and leading goal coaching for small businesses, sports teams, and clubs and loved my ability to get creative and build something unique that catered to each individual or group's needs and curiosities. What started as an intriguing opportunity at work had become my passion. I finally asked myself, "If I could do anything all day and somehow make a living off of it, what would it be?" The question I had probably asked myself 100 times that I couldn't answer for sure, finally had my 'fuck yes'. My answer: inspire people to reach their goals and live the life they want to lead. 

That huge first step of finally knowing what I wanted to do with my life and having the tools and know-how to make it happen was such an exciting and motivating feeling. But it is only the first of many big leaps and learning's along this intentional and self-motivated path. It was February 2015 when I took the leap to start dope(a)me as a business and set out to create something new and adventurous as an entrepreneur. It has been a whirlwind and everyday I am grateful and excited about the life that I am leading.

 

You can find me motivating at yyc cycle, teaching yoga at LIV Yoga (www.livyogayyc.com) and Friendship Fitness (www.friendshipfitness.ca), and hosting workshops around yyc.  

Any questions about me or what I offer, reach out to marinmccue@gmail.com or venture through the website to learn more.