I asked the lovely Megan Monique to participate in this next Free Spirit Spotlight. I virtually met Megan last year on Twitter (@meganmonique) and I had the privilege to meet her in person this summer when she stopped by my Kansas home as part of her Magical Eyes Tour. She's bold, she's cool, she's funny and she's kind. (Her photos say it all, don't you think?) I know you will find her outlook on life to be quite honest, refreshing and super inspirational.
How did you come to a place where you embrace yourself as a creative being?
Truly, I have been creative my whole life. However, for most of my life I never called myself an artist. I was always comparing myself to other people. The real shift came when I started to embrace my own creative instincts. I noticed people would come to me for feedback on certain things. It was then I began to notice my niche and then really finding ways to utilize it in my business and to others who needed the creative boost. I believe what calls to me most now is doing what FEELS good. If it feels good to my mind, body and soul - then I dive right in.
What's your favorite art medium for self-expression?
I have a few. Lately I have enjoyed working with pastels (I love getting messy with art). There is something about having my hands covered in color that makes my life feel complete. Hehe. Also, anytime there is a glue stick involved - I am a happy camper.
What is a free spirit to you?
To me, a free spirit is someone who listens to their Inner Goddess (mine is named Fiona)! Our Inner Gods and Goddesses guide us through our path. They are our intuition, passions and light. When we can tap into that free spirit, that Inner Goddess - we can follow what we are most called to do in life - which essentially leads to peace and happiness.
Where do you get your inspiration?
What a great question! I hadn't thought about this. Color provides me with most of my inspiration. I love shiny things, especially glitter. Another great fuel for my inspiration is fashion. I love seeing people dress how they feel inside. It's like wearing your soul on your skin. Beautiful. Honestly - inspiration pops up for me in many different forms throughout my day. But my greatest creations come from looking inward.
How do you manage to find time and make space for your creative projects?
Unlike a lot of your readers, I don't have kids. (cheers to the moms!) So it isn't as challenging for me to make time for creative play and since I work from home - it's even easier. However, I do find myself seeping into a funk from time to time and when I do that I make sure to schedule time for creative play. Whether that is with friends or by myself - I take an hour or so to explore my imagination and see what comes out. Even though most of my creative projects are shared digitally, I still love venturing into the unknown of my imagination.
What would you say to those who want to live a creative life and find their artist within, but don't know where to begin?
I would suggest that you begin with your childhood. Look at the things you loved to do when you were a kid and how they made you come alive. Even if it seems ridiculous to do it as an adult - that is where you need to look - there in lies clues to your passions. Although the activity may look a bit different as an adult there is something in the way it made you FEEL that will lead you to your passion in this time and space. Another important thing to remember is there is no box for creativity. It doesn't look any one way. When we stop comparing our work to that of others, we are able to see that we are all creative geniuses.
Click HERE to see a recent video interview I did that talks about creativity.
Thank you, Megan, you free spirit, you. (To learn more about Megan, visit her blog.)
Also, Megan is giving away two spots to her upcoming e-course called Rooted. Simply leave a comment here by Friday 10 a.m. C.S.T. for your chance to win!
Your Personal Reflection: How do you express the free spirit in YOU?