My favorite part of the podcast:
What does a labor of love look like? There are certainly difficult moments of hopelessness and despair. How do you think about that love? Is it about meaning, the fulfillment, and the enjoyment? Because it's not always fun and games. How do you define love?
It does take manpower. It does take hours. It does take long days and long nights. Last night, I went from drawing at a fashion event for New York Fashion Week, I was buying art supplies right after that, I was in a work environment hammering out emails and on the phone negotiating new deals until I took a car home with all my supplies. I was hammering out my taxes until I fell asleep last night. That's the labor. It's not all glamorous. It takes real manpower to accomplish these things.
The love part comes in afterwards. I get to understand my business from every corner, I know where I'm spending my money and how, I know how to be informed with what to do differently next year, and love drives all that. You can't get on without the labor and success wouldn't feel as good without the labor part. That's what makes you feel like you earned it.
Then there's the love of putting in the time and seeing your work published on the cover of a magazine. The labor it took staying up late to accomplish that and turn it over in 24 hours is the labor but love is the feeling you have when it's on the newsstand and you get to walk into a magazine store and see your own artwork on a magazine.
One thing that somebody could takeaway from who you are, what you stand for, and what you've learned.
The one that I always come back to and believe so firmly in is that it is all up to you. You have to be the driver of your own life. You have to be in the driver's seat. Do not be a passenger. Otherwise, your whole life is going to pass you by. If you're in the driver's seat, you can live to your fullest potential.
Meagan Morrison is a NYC-based, Canadian fashion illustrator, and the creator behind TravelWriteDraw. "Traveling the world and illustrating the journey through a fashion-art lens."
She partners with the world's leading fashion and travel brands including Dior, DVF, Calvin Klein, Montblanc, Conde Nast Traveler, Emirates Airlines, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, E! and W Magazine and received the 2016 Bloglovin' x H&M Award for Best Design Blog. When she isn't on a plane, she is making magic happen in her Williamsburg studio.
“We put our intentions out into the universe by what we say, do, how we act, who we surround ourselves with, and through the law of attraction, we bring it back to us tenfold.”