Meet Me Monday: Makeda

I don’t know when I first encountered Makeda but I’m so glad our paths have crossed on the internet. Her Instagram feed is a good place to go to when I need color and… I’m gonna say… sugar? But not, like, a delicate darling kind of sweet. More like a raw sugar. I think after you meet her a little bit, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Makeda believes in snail mail and glitter and saying what she means and I think, by now, you know that’s all I ever want.
If you finish this and you’re like, “No! Don’t go! I need more of Makeda’s voice!” Here’s a link to an interview she did late last year where she talks more about Keda’s Poetry Service and other very, very, very dope shit.

So meet Makeda:


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hey darlings! My name is Makeda Loney and I’m a copywriter by trade, poet by internal force. My mind is an eclectic sea of interests from photography to glitter to airplanes, but writing will always be my lighthouse. It keeps me steady, it translates the darkness inside of me, it carries me home. I’m a lover of everything bright and friendly, and I try to omit that same energy. I’m really trying to dive deeper within myself every day, allowing myself to lean into all the passions that I had as a child, because life is far too short to not focus on the things you love.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

Some days it’s necessity. I know I need to get up, go to work, make that cash. Most days it’s desire. At work I know that I’ll laugh with my co workers despite the stress that may come. I know that each day I work hard I’ll get better at my craft. I know that there’s going to be a learning experience whether I like it or not. Life is such a toss up, but I’ve been granted one more day, why the hell not just go out and live it? Let’s be very real, I only think like that right now, now that my clouds have parted and the sunshine feels like it’s coming down again. For a greater part of the winter I didn’t feel that at all. I lived life like I said earlier, out of necessity, but it’s okay if you can’t. Living and breathing count all the same some days.

What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

Resilience. It’s a word that comes up in therapy a lot. It’s a word that I never really understood the definition of until very recently. It’s the definition of every point in my life that has been a high for me. The ability to crash and bounce back is one that I never think of but I appreciate.

Another that I have is galaxy. They’re so vast and all encompassing and distant. They glitter from a distance, they glow. I feel like this is this is how I’ve lived most of my life. Although as much as I love being vibrant and loud and out there, I also enjoy sitting in the background going about my own business. Everyone is their own galaxy in their own way.

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day looks like an adventure brewing up. I wake up (on time), I shower, I do my makeup if I’m feeling it. I feel confident in what I’m wearing, I feel confident about the day ahead of me, I’m feeling excited. If I’m going to work I like to be busy, but with moments to take pause at the same time. If I’m not at work I love my friends and spending time with them. Building a tribe is extremely important to me no matter where I go. My ideal day is filled with laughter, filled with comfort, filled with the feeling of home no matter if I’m in my apartment or not. It ends feeling fulfilled, feeling warm, and wrapped up in a blanket like a god damn burrito. I still chuckle myself to sleep over stupid things that happened earlier. I’m excited for tomorrow.

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Okay, friends. Sadly, that’s all for this interview.

Let me know if you have any questions for Makeda and I’ll make sure to pass them along. And go follow her on Instagram–it’s a delightful addition to whatever you’re currently scrolling through.

XOXO, Lib

 

Meet Me Monday: Meg

I met Meg almost exactly a year ago when I held the last Selfie Challenge on Instagram. I’m so glad that she joined in on that because her posts have become a regular part of my self-care routine. A lot of people stay off of Instagram as a means of self-care but with people like Meg in my feed, it’s the opposite for me.  Whether she’s sharing her poetry, a throwback photo, or showing off her impressive pin collection, what she has to say is almost always exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it. I’m grateful for her and others like her on the internet who make that world a wholly better place.

And Meg will meet you wherever you are. If your primary social media is Instagram, great. Go follow her there. If you like to read blogs primarily? Neat, here’s her link. Only ever get on Facebook? Here you go, you’re welcome. Just get some regular Meg in your life. She doesn’t shy away from the hurt–she uses it in beautiful and creative ways to keep going.


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How do you want to introduce yourself to these readers?

Hi everyone! First of all, I’m super honored that Libby chose me for this (she’s amazing, seriously).
I’m Meg, and I write a blog called Meg Colt, where I talk about my life experiences. It is centered on my mental health and the many branches concerning it: my eating disorder history, self-love, grief, and mental illnesses.
On Instagram I also share my experiences with depression, anxiety, and OCD through poetry.

What gets you out of the bed in the morning?

Literally speaking, my children.
But in a more spiritual sense, the dawn of a new day.
There is just something about the feeling of planting my feet on the ground in the morning and knowing I’m on Earth for another day.

What word/ phrase resonates the most in your life?

Resilience.
I often write about the traumatic parts of my life, and for many years I felt that I had been dealt more than my fair share. But my therapist once mentioned to me that it was pretty amazing that I was still here despite everything I had been through, and I cling to that now.

What does your ideal day look like?

It begins with coffee, silence, and natural light, preferably.
I have three children under the age of five, so my mornings definitely don’t always start that way, but I at least make the coffee a priority for myself.
The more organized I am for the day the better. I love planners and lists. I own an embarrassing number of pens and am obsessed with stickers.
So planning my days is crucial to my routine as well.
Beyond that, my highest hopes are keeping everyone (three kids, three cats, two dogs) and everything under control and having a low anxiety day.
I don’t have a real writing process either, which is something that irritated my high school English teacher and now annoys me as well.
I write randomly, and usually inspiration comes at the most inopportune moment.
But sometimes I have really inspirational days, where I can just churn it all out, and that kind of productivity would be the end to my ideal day.
IMG_1984Meg–thank you so much for bringing yourself to this space. I love getting to know you more and I hope some people reading this have found a connection with you, as well. Thank you for all that you do and for using all the energy that it takes to be who you are so fully and without apology for all of us to see. I know from experience, that isn’t always easy–regardless of how naturally it can sometimes come to us.

If you have any questions for Meg, leave them in the comments and I’ll do what I can to connect you.

XOXO, Lib