Social Justice

Love in a Bag, Peace in a Bracelet, Hope in a Bag

Overnight success.

Don’t you think it’s funny when you see that written about someone.
When really, they’ve been hustling for a long time, honing their craft, their ability to speak, their attitude to serve, all while in the shadows.
Most of the skills we have are trained in the secret places, before anyone knows our name.

Since I was young I’ve been a campaigner and an initiator.
Passionate about something new and getting big ideas off the ground.
When I started developing products I didn’t do it because I wanted to create an empire. I did it because it almost felt like I didn’t have a choice.
It was innately part of who I was.
Paid or not, this is who I am and what I do and I just flow with it.

My guess is that you write and coach people, you develop online programmes because you know you have to or you’ll die a little inside.
Your core message is heart centred and it has to leak out of you somewhere and come to life.

I met with a friend of mine like that this week. He travels internationally but is an artist based in the Philippines. Both him and his wife have an incredible ability to dream of the future and literally paint it into life.
And they can’t help but live and breathe it.

He told me just yesterday that he wants to create art that breaks chains in his country.
He want’s to paint things that speak to the future.
He sells his art to transform his community because art is not enough. He wants freedom too.

I love seeing vision come to life. Your message to the world in a physical tangible touchable thing.
Love in a journal. Peace in a bracelet, Hope in a bag, Freedom in a painting.

If you want your message to come to life in the form of a product, I know how to make that happen.

x Meg

Creative Divinity

I am surrounded by the creative word this week. 
People who live and breath in their expressed elements of divinity. 
Confident in their calling and their expression of love to the world. 
People who know how to live in flow and don’t stop at anything. 
Those who are surrounded by the quiet assurance that they are born for more. 

I see others wander aimlessly. 
Looking for the missing pieces, searching for the big puzzle pieces that will match them up and make them whole. 
They are hunting for the elusive completion which won’t be theirs or ours until we reach eternity. 

I notice them and so I talk about 'no more fake' with the friends I'm meeting this week. I crave authenticity. 
In myself first and in others as well.  
I’m talking with good friends about the need for transparency in all we do and finding a sense of space and wholeness in ourselves. 

And I’m aware that this all sounds a bit ethereal. 
Like a weird and wonderful collection of mysterious words. 
But really, since when have I liked orderly words. 
I love the ones that spill out of my heart and life and fall across the page. 

Because the word has a creative force that I really think we underestimate.
The more I let the words fly onto the pages the more I understand who I am and I set out goals that I’m heading towards. 

I say I want more authenticity, and so in the speaking and writing of that I help to give it space to become. 

I say I want to build a business that is for a bigger purpose and in saying that it begins to stir again. 

And I can’t forget that three years ago I was in the Philippines and I saw children on the streets. 

I was at a feeding programme where I saw a young prostitute hand her 6 month old baby, to her 8 year old, so she could service a customer at the back of mc donalds for $3, so she could buy food to feed the other 5 children who call her mum.

That’s not ok. 

That’s less that not ok. That mind blowingly most definitely awful. 

That she would have to pay for dinner with her DIGNITY.

And so I write. 

Not to fix it, but to CONNECT with the truth of it again. 

Because I KNOW that there is a better way. 

There is a way as entrepreneurs we can make choices that provide enterprise.

WE can make choices that open up employment for people and offer the the opportunity to gain skills that will lift them out of poverty and desperation, and we can still have what our hearts desire as well. Really we can. 

We can call our people to listen to the cry of those have no voice. 

We can robin hood the heck out of life by making sure our friends know that these beautiful insanely blessed lives we live are the 1%. 

We are the lucky few.

With our homes and cars and airplane rides. 

With our bags and shoes and laptops that give us advantage. 

So it’s true, I’m all for the bags and shoes and laptops.. but only if...

Our bags open to receive money and then carry it to the poor. Our shoes are ready to walk into our purpose. Our laptops connect us to reality as well as all that is virtual. 

As entrepreneurs we hold the power to speak and write and dream of things, then bring them to life. 

So COME ON. Lets create life giving, soul freeing, beautiful things.

Let’s connect with our people, our tribes who need us, and make sure they know that in working with us, they are breaking the chains of oppression. 

That we will choose only to deliver products to them that elevate humanity. 
That respect the value of life. 

I don’t want to buy brand names to fit some Instagram trend if it causes destruction in someone else world. 

Am I the perfect, fair trade, sustainable, ethical everything I want to be?. Not yet. 

But like the inevitable turning of the tide, our world is demanding that we pay attention. 

Can you hear the waves crashing?

x Meg

P.S - I am all for beautiful things, journals jewellery, homeware, fabric, bags.
I LOVE creating those things.

And it’s so much more beautiful when you know the items you’ve dreamt up are building the world, not tearing it down. 

Come talk with me about all of this and how to create a product for your community that is all the things. 
Money making, life giving, a connection point and a celebration piece. 

I’m not about 21 strategy points but I am about action. 
Figuring out what’s really on your heart and getting yourself moving to make it happen.

If you're a digital entrepreneur, a coach or a consultant and you know it's time you had a physical product for your brand, come dream and plan with me. 

We get to carve a reputation for ourselves as the entrepreneur generation who decided they could have it ALL.

The beautiful life here and now and the deep truth that we are changing the world by how we do business. 

Message me to find out more. 

A Coat I Once Loved

I’ve been thinking a lot about courage and kindness today. 
It’s very cinderella I know but it’s kind of fitting. (If you’ve seen the most recent movie you’ll know what I mean).  

I think we’re supposed to have the kind of lives that go from ash and soot to glory and gowns. 
We know it in our hearts and regardless of what the ugly sisters say, we’re born for higher things. 

I’ve been thinking about these higher things and what that is for me. 
The words that always rattle around in me and have since I was nine, always searching for another way to blurt themselves out, sounds a bit like courage and kindness. 

But if courage and kindness are my call to the world, my guiding star, my message, I wonder if my kids will see it in me?
I tell them every morning before they leave for school to ‘be kind to others’ and I’m not sure how far that sinks in. 

I want them to understand that on a global scale one day too. 
That’s why we took them to the Phillipines with us. Why they saw the children living under the bridge and why we always find money for people begging on the streets. 

I want them to know it’s not ok to walk by. It’s not ok to let your heart get hard towards need and be aware of how we in all our privilege can contribute to the problem or how we can help change the story.

Speaking of changing the story,  I went shopping today. 
I needed something more ‘me’ for a photoshoot tomorrow. 
Two shops I walked into had nice enough jackets, the third had the one I loved. 

In fact I thought, 'one day, I will walk into here and just pick my whole seasons wardrobe off the mannequins. Yes, that outfit...all of it please. I’ll take it!”

Until I realised my mistake. 

This was a store with an incredibly low accountability score on the latest Tearfund brand review. 
That means, they have minimal knowledge of their sourcing and the labour conditions of the workers in the factories they use. 
And given the stats on how much labour in the world is actually underpaid, in shocking conditions, forced and unsustainable, chances are their factories and production are substandard. 

It was just a coat, but it was so much more. 

I could perpetuate the cycle or I could walk away and go get the ok, but not my favourite ever, jacket from the store further down who I know have a much higher rating and therefore much higher awareness around fair and ethical sourcing. 

So really, it’s not a different story at all is it. 
It’s the same one. 

It’s not ok to ignore the injustice. 

Our choice to buy something beautiful can actually be the ugliest thing about our day. 
In a world full of beautiful things that make us feel more ‘me’. More empowered and like we’re living our ‘best lives’.
We get to choose if we’re happy to have that filtered instagram friendly life at the expense of others. 

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t buy the coat and in some ways, I'm still slightly sad about it ☹️ The love was real.

P.S - I consult with digital entrepreneurs to help them work out what sort of product would be best for their community and then together we work with great suppliers to make it happen. 

My strength is in helping you identify what your tribe needs most and how you can make it happen. 

I’m doing a one off offer for consults this coming week. 
I'm only making two spots available. (It's school holidays here ya'll. Time is precious this week)

Each call is 45 minutes and I’ll help you identify:
1 - Is this the best time for you to add a physical product?
2 - What is the most complementary product for you and your tribe?
3 - What are the technical things you need to know to get started with pre-production, manufacturing, shipping and distribution?

Want to grab a spot?
Hit up www.megcowan.com and scroll to the big red button.