Living In Your Truth

Sunday, March 24, 2013

What does it mean to live in your truth? How do you find your truth in order to live it? So many people ask me how I came to find what I love and my only answer is my unwavering quest for the truth.

I don't know why I love fashion illustration as much as I do, I just know that it is the most fulfilling, genuine expression of myself. I know that even if nobody saw it as having any value, if no one cared to look, I would still need to paint these miraculous little glimpses into the world of fashion. Because to me, what I do, is like breathing. I couldn't live without doing it. Or at the very least, I wouldn't be contributing the best of me to the world around me (and frankly that's just as terrifying).

We can spend so much time getting caught up in the woulda/shoulda/coulda. But at the end of the day, if you are living in your truth, if you are following your heart, then you probably are exactly where you need to be right now.

If I have any regret in my life, it is the time I spent wasting second guessing myself. I've known all along what it was that I wanted to do but I worried too much about what others around me were doing too. Ultimately, fortune favors the bold, and I don't just mean monetarily. You have to be willing to take the risk, make the leap of faith, for a chance at the reward. I'm not sure I've even seen the reward of my risk yet but what I do know is that I'm grateful everyday that I'm living honestly with myself - who I want to be, who I'm meant to be.

You're probably wondering what any of this has to do with anything, maybe even specifically the look I painted for this post. Trust me, there is a connection ;) Oscar de la Renta, who happens to be one of my all time favorite designers, really took a risk this past season when he partnered with the dishonored John Galliano for his FW13 collection.

Oscar has a label with a tremendous amount of credibility. Taking Galliano under his wing, after he was very publicly ousted from Dior, could have been very damaging to his brand (fashion can be unforgiving after all). But instead of fearing the risk, he embraced an undeniable talent, and delivered one of the most evolved and breathtaking collections of his career. Living in his truth resulted in a beautifully transcendent expression of design and self.

I'm certainly not advocating taking lofty risks with your life, but more like walking away from what you know for the chance of something greater. Living an unfulfilled life to me seems like a much scarier fate.

Anyway my loves, I would be so interested to hear your thoughts on the topic of living in your truth. What does it mean to you? Wishing you an amazing week ahead.

Much love
Meag xx


  1. I'm, pretty much, with you on this. Most of my twenties have ben second guessing myself and I've been so concerned with if my artwork ...and if I was doing what I should be.

    So many people day that college is so expensive ....and that this is why they have a hard time of attending but I then say to them that it is totally worth it because college has helped me FINALLY figure out what it is that I am good at. What I can see myself doing with my life.

    Of course, I graduated a few years ago and the whole finding a job thing is hard and really played with my confidence on if my work was good.

    This year, though, I've totally changed my way of thinking because I realized what I LOVE to do. I realized what it is I know I should do as a career, so I don't know if any of this makes sense but I guess I am living in my truth now?

    (: My, I'm feeling very contemplative tonight.

    I love your illustrations. As long as you keep painting, I'll be a fan! :)


    1. I feel like my experience has been eerily similar to yours Cindy. Doing my second degree in illustration really helped me to discover what it was I wanted to be. But attempting to find a job in that field proved to be exceedingly more difficult than anticipated.

      Now that I've made it over the bridge and I'm working in my field, I know that I'm meant to be right where I am. I'm so happy to hear that you've found your place and are starting to really believe in your talents. I certainly believe in you. Keep on creating Cindy!


  2. For me is follow the dream every day of my life. Sometimes it's hard, but i'm still on my way and keep my head up )))

    Love your blog for all inspiration that you bring, Meagan!!!

    Hello from Saint Petersburg!

    1. Fima, thank you so much for visiting!! I'm so happy to hear that you keep working towards your dream everyday. When you do what you love, you ultimately love your life. Sending so much positivity your way.


  3. When I was young I did not know about this. I did the most obvious where I was good. But now I am older and I found out that my heart beats for something else. It is difficult to change now and I often struggle but in my freetime I do what I love. I hope there will be a chance for a change in the future.
    Megan, this illustration is great.

    1. Claudia, thanks so much for sharing. The important thing is that now you know what it is you love and you are working to make that apart of your life in the best way you can. Kelly Cutrone says that when you live in your truth, doors will open for you. I believe that and you should too. Keep pursuing what you love and let the universe handle the rest.


  4. I love Kelly Cutrone! She talks so much sense : )


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