By Kate Frachon

Molly Mahar, Founder of Stratejoy, Answers “What’s In Your Bag?”


Tell us who you are and what you do. I’m Molly Mahar. I’m an entrepreneur, mama, teacher, feminist and adventurer who tells the truth kindly and believes in the power of community. I’m obsessed with real talk about taboo topics (sex? money? power? bring it on!) and designing personal experiments. Currently, I’m hooked on finding […]

Tell us who you are and what you do.

I’m Molly Mahar. I’m an entrepreneur, mama, teacher, feminist and adventurer who tells the truth kindly and believes in the power of community. I’m obsessed with real talk about taboo topics (sex? money? power? bring it on!) and designing personal experiments. Currently, I’m hooked on finding the perfect Westfalia camper van for my family and the On Being podcast.

Work-wise, I support women as they reclaim themselves and their deepest desires. I’m the founder of Stratejoy — an online community for practicing joy in this messy world and Reclamation —  a sovereignty school for women.

What are some must-haves that you carry in your bag?

I carry a giant camel leather tote perfect for toting snacks for my tiny humans, my Hydroflask, current reading book(s) and a sketchpad for biz ideas. And I can’t leave home without Burt’s Bee Chapstick (original + rose tinted), my moleskine journal, a handful of black Pilot G-2 pens, my iPhone for taking photos (yay Instagram!), Warby Parker Sunglasses and the keys to my minivan. No one ever accused me of being a light packer!

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

Leading the opening ceremony at Stratejoy Summer Camp! It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to own a summer camp — I was so thrilled to check that box!

Do you have a favorite outfit or accessory that you wear when you want to feel confident or successful?

Hot Coral lip stain, loads of denim and my lucky turquoise horseshoe ring. That’s pretty much what I wear every day, if I’m not in yoga pants and flip flops!

What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Your future looks nothing like you imagined, but follow your joy (and your discontent) and you’ll end up being an adult version of your 17-year-old-self, in the best way possible. If I was being bossy, I would tell myself to not worry about “how you were going to make money” and actually study the things that light you up. The rest will work itself out.

What’s one of your favorite techniques for getting things done?

Lock my office door, crank up the tunes (Spotify playlists for ever and ever) in my headset, make a list of 3 things on a index card, and just get them done. Oh and coffee! Lots and lots of coffee.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Run your own race, but use your jealousy (what do they have that you want) to teach you about your cravings. I was also lucky enough to be told that becoming a mama would fuel your creativity, compassion and productivity like nothing else in the world and luckily, I found it totally true.