Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Meagan Schultz. You can read my previous posts about Meagan here and here. She has so many great projects in the works and had lots of great things to share with me. One of Meagan’s projects is hosting her retreats. When I asked her about them, this is what she had to say:
I love bringing people together, and especially women. I love creating connections
between people and helping other people realize that they can do great things. These
things don’t have to be big or grand, great things can be small too. I suppose it’s my
way of leaving the world a better place. I believe people WANT to do good in this world, but don’t often know where to start. I hope my retreats can be a stepping stone. I also think the more we know each other, the more we understand each other. I have this theory that you can trace every single problem in the world back to a lack of connection somewhere, somehow, or with someone. I honestly believe that.
I’m a big fan of support systems and connections, and I think they are so vitally important to creative work. Here are some thoughts from Brian Eno on what he calls “scenius.” Here’s a post from Austin Kleon on the topic.
I’ve discovered the hard way that a creatively connected group of like minded individuals doesn’t just happen. You have to look for it or create it, and it’s not easy. But, it is important. Who wouldn’t love a creative group of people to bounce ideas off of? I would, and I bet you would too. Sometimes (most of the time… always…) we need someone in our creative corner to encourage us and remind us how awesome we are.
My advice to you is to get yourself out there and make some connections. Attend a workshop or a retreat or conference. Join a book club or a writing group. And just know that there are others out there just like you who are looking to be a part of a scenius.
Many thanks to Meagan Schultz for a great interview. I look forward to sharing more from her in my book. In the meantime, please check out her website www.meaganschultz.com.