#72 | Travel Write Draw: Top Fashion Illustration & Manifesting Your Dreams with Meagan Morrison
About This Episode
“Whatever limits you believe exist – actually don’t.”
Meagan Morrison has been in Conde Nast Traveler and Vanity Fair, illustrated for fashion weeks in New York and Moscow, and has worked with brands like Andaz, Calvin Klein, Dior, DVF, Emirates, E!, Harper’s Bazaar, IMG, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, The Met, and The Ritz-Carlton. On top of all of this, she has traveled all over the world on sponsored trips, gained over 150K Instagram followers, and built a brand around her widely acclaimed website Travel Write Draw. Join us for a mind-blowing conversation about manifesting your dreams, dealing with sudden success, overcoming your fear of falling, and connecting to your tribe.
“Femininity is being comfortable in your own skin and tapping into the softness in yourself, which isn’t exclusive to women.”
Meagan started out as a 23-year-old with a business degree and an unfulfilling job. She decided that she needed to make a change, and moved to NYC to get a secondary degree in fashion illustration–a decision that has changed the course of her life. Since then, Meagan has built her website, Travel Write Draw, as a manifestation of everything she wanted out of a career. She rose to fame illustrating NYC’s Spring Fashion Week and becoming a recommended user on Instagram, launching her to “influencer” status. As her following grew, so did her success.
“Success is feeling empowered, inspired, excited about your life–I operate in that space on a daily basis.”
Meagan grew up as a bit of an outsider, and it is that willingness to be different that has made her stand out from other illustrators, travel writers, influencers, and creatives. In this episode, she shares with us her motivations for rebranding her website, building an active community and inspiring others with her success, and her creative process behind her dealings with high profile clients like Ritz-Carlton and Vanity Fair.
“If you can operate from a space of gratitude, then life will look a hell of a lot more exciting and optimistic.”
Tools & Resources Mentioned
- Snapseed – Snapseed is a photo-editing application produced by Nik Software, now owned by Google, for iOS and Android that enables users to enhance photos and apply digital filters.
- Afterlight – Afterlight is an image editing app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. Similar with most image-editing apps, Afterlight allows the user to take a photo or load one from the previously taken photos.
- Facetune – Facetune is a photo editing application used to edit, enhance, and retouch photos on a user’s iPhone, iPad or Android device. The app is often used for portrait and selfie editing.
- Headspace – Headspace is a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training. Its content can be accessed online, or via their mobile apps. In April 2016, Headspace claimed to have over 6 million people using the app.
People/Blogs to Follow
- Gwyneth Paltrow / Goop – Launched in the fall of 2008 out of Gwyneth Paltrow’s kitchen as a homespun weekly newsletter, GP wanted a place to organize her unbiased travel recommendations, health-centric recipes, and shopping discoveries for friends and she also wanted to get her own questions—about health, fitness, and the psyche—answered.
- Solange Knowles – Solange Piaget Knowles, known by most as Solange, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Knowles was heavily influenced by Motown girl groups and says that her first passion is songwriting. She is frequently compared by the media to her sister, Beyoncé, but Solange insists they have different aspirations and are musically different.
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want—husband, country home, successful career—but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and set out to explore three different aspects of her nature, against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now, this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.
- Places to Go, People to See by Kate Spade – This book focuses on the how, where and why of travel through the lens of the always-inspired Kate Spade New York girl. this new volume features vibrant photography, old-world glamour, a dash of charm and inspirational quotes, tips and words of wisdom that every Kate Spade New York girl should know.
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