Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

Beyond the Blueprints with Holly McNeill

Step into the architectural world of Holly McNeil, where at 26, she found herself at the helm of the largest historic preservation project in the state, navigating construction sites with a confidence larger than life. With projects from the cancer hospital in Stanford to the Holy Mosque hospital project in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where they literally moved a mountain to create a breathtaking view of the mosque from the hospital. Beyond the blueprints, Holly's life seemed picture-perfect—a beautiful home, loving husband, adorable children, and a circle of great friends. But behind the scenes, she was building a facade to conceal a profound void.

At 34, the meticulously constructed world came crashing down, exposing the raw truth Holly had been hiding. As an architect, she had followed in her father's footsteps, unknowingly echoing the absence she felt since she was seven. Join us as Holly unravels the layers of her life, exploring the fallout of her parents' divorce and the attempt to fill the void with an alienated stepfather.

The journey from a seven-year-old hearing the heartbreaking words "your father doesn't love us anymore" to seeking love from her stepfather who horribly crossed those boundaries, taking advantage of her vulnerability and desire to be loved.  Holly bares her soul, sharing the struggles of navigating familial alienation and the impact it had on her perception of love.

Listen as Holly transforms her narrative from a shattered world to becoming the mindfulness architect she is today.

Follow her journey on Instagram (@perlovewhollymcneill), Facebook (@PERLOVEwhollymcneill), and YouTube (@PERLOVEwhollymcneill).

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