Hello all! I am adding a new segment into my blog entitled “Empowered Women Empower Women,” where I interview a female who I consider to be a total boss, out there empowering everyone in the community. Each interviewee differs from the next and has their own unique story in order to inspire all types of readers. I decided to start this new segment by interviewing a fellow entrepreneur I met through the Houston fitness community. Let me introduce Megan Eddings, Founder + CEO of Accel Lifestyle.
Megan and her husband, Kyle, founded Fitness in the Loop – an organization that keeps fitness junkies up to date with workouts and events going on around town. She wanted to make a difference in the community while sweating in clothes that wouldn’t stink – so she manifested exactly that.
Accel Lifestyle is a clothing line made from Supima®, the world’s finest cotton, and is enhanced with a good dose of powerful anti-stink science that Megan actually developed from scratch. Low on harmful toxins, high on technology, Accel’s silver embedded proprietary Prema fabric naturally inhibits bacteria, without compromising performance or comfort. They are revolutionizing a cleaner planet and creating clothes ethically and sweatshop-free right here in the USA.
More than just fitness apparel, Accel Lifestyle is a movement for positive change. As for me, I constantly learn so much from this inspiring boss babe entrepreneur – check out Megan’s story, solid advice, and thoughts on empowerment below!
Describe an average day in the life of YOU:
As an entrepreneur, there is no such thing as a typical day. Each day is filled with incredible things that happen, challenges for the company (sometimes pretty big ones), and I am usually slaying from my pajamas on the couch (when I am not going to a meeting or getting gussied-up for social media and events).
What is a project you are working on or recently completed that you are super proud of?
Houston has been so amazingly supportive of me and Accel Lifestyle. I love giving back to the city that has been inspiring and kind to me since I moved here 15 years ago, from Rhode Island. The City of Houston recently named May 24, 2019 as “Megan Eddings Day”. We have raised money for wheelchairs for children, money for the Houston Council of the Blind, food for the homeless, etc. and I am immensely appreciative of everyone who has helped with our philanthropic work.
Can you describe any struggles along the way and how you overcame them?
I still cannot believe that Amanda Cotler, Accel’s Director of Operations, and I did this… We had 2 factories in LA for Accel, but one of them was extremely challenging to work with, constantly lying and being very difficult. I made the decision to part ways with them and we knew it would not be easy. We rented a Uhaul in downtown LA (I drove it), blasted some hip-hop and showed up at the factory (unannounced). We walked in and let them know we were parting ways and that we were there to pick up all of our fabric, patterns, trim etc. The owner “flew off the handle” verbally, but Amanda and I kept our cool and left with all of our items. If we can do that, we can do anything!
What does empowerment mean to you?
When I think of the word “empowerment,” I immediately think of the word confidence. It is important to not only be confident, but to inspire others to be as well. It definitely is not always easy to feel empowered, so I often say words of affirmation so I can feel confident and spread this feeling to others around me.
Who is someone who has empowered or inspired you to get to where you are now?
100% my husband, Kyle Eddings. I was working on Accel Lifestyle for about 8 months, while also doing my medical sales job. It was his idea that I quit my current job to pursue Accel Lifestyle. We both had no idea how long it would take to create Accel, but he believed in me so much that he knew it was time to really pursue my dreams with Accel Lifestyle. I will be forever grateful for his support and love throughout this entire entrepreneurial journey.
How do you continuously find empowerment and inspiration?
I surround myself with very positive, kind, loving and motivating people. I have had to limit my interactions with people who do not embody these characteristics.
Why do you feel it is so important for people to feel empowered?
Empowered people rarely feel “stuck”. They know that there is always something new to try, a community that will support you and the belief that we only have one life…so live it to the fullest.
What are some of your goals for the next few months or years?
Regarding Accel Lifestyle, we will be launching ethical and sustainable sweatshirts for guys and gals soon. We have worldwide goals for Accel Lifestyle and we are excited to share some big announcements in the coming months.
A personal goal is to continue to try to stay present in whatever I am doing. I tend to rush through things, in order to get to the next “thing”. There is beauty and meaning in everything we do, I am constantly reminding myself to stay present in everything.
To Megan: Thank you so much for inspiring us! You are one of the sweetest and most genuine humans I have ever met – your light-heartedness and good energy are both infectious, and I cannot wait to see Accel grow. Inventing something out of nothing else but an idea is truly admirable. PS: I can vouch for Accel – I taught multiple SoulCycle classes wearing my crop…no stink!