This week, we are shining the spotlight on Meghan Yuri Young! Meet Toronto-based creator, writer, and wellness advocate. Meghan is determined to make a positive impact through her digital presence by emphasizing mindfulness and sharing how to make yourself and your mental health a priority. Thus far, Meghan has several notable achievements in her career. Last year Meghan launched a book club with Indigo called The Lit Squad. Meghan also founded The SAD Collective, a platform that discusses mental health comprised of a community of people who firmly believe in the power of vulnerabiltiy. We think Meghan is pretty amazing so we sat down with her to chat about some of her favourite things so that you can get to know her better. Here’s what she had to say…
How did you get started as a creator?
M: I’ve been in the media industry for just under a decade before I branched out on my own. With my writing background, a natural affinity towards quality imagery and a solid network to support me, I had a relatively painless segue into my entrepreneurial pursuits. It helped that I’ve always been an idea person and hard worker that wasn’t afraid of taking risks. But the biggest thing that helped me was my desire to collaborate. Without that, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today.
What’s your favourite part of being a creator?
M: I love the freedom that comes with being a creator. Now, when you need to get paid, that freedom still needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But what I’ve always been drawn to is the opportunity to explore and not be locked down to one thing. I’m forever changing and growing, with my interests and focus refining with the years. So I love that I have a career that allows me to dive into things that I’m truly passionate about and when the time comes, to move on to discover new opportunities that truly challenge me.
What’s your greatest achievement to date?
M: I’m so happy I can say I have many achievements I’m super proud of, but if I had to narrow them down, it would be my three biggest projects that gave me the confidence to pursue this career. First, the book club I created in partnership with Chapters Indigo, The Lit Squad. Second would be a culture-focused project with Nike called Founders that reawakened my love of art. Yet, more importantly, it put me in a behind-the-scenes role that let me propel other talented individuals forward. Third, but certainly not least, it is my passion platform, The Sad Collective, which is an online and offline mental health community!
What’s the biggest item on your bucket list?
M: To write a book.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
M: I wouldn’t live anywhere else but Toronto because in all of my travels, I’ve never come across a city like ours. But if I were to live somewhere temporarily, it would probably be somewhere in Europe because I’m so inspired by the history you find there as well as the general way of life. But I’m terrible with languages.
If the 10 year old version of yourself met you, what would they think?
M: I think my 10-year-old self would be happy to know that I continued to follow my gut even into adulthood and that, minus the unavoidable hiccups that come with change, I’ve been able to live a life I want and not what someone else wants for me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
M: That nothing is ever perfect so might as well do what you want now and work to make it better every day you do it.
Who’s your role model?
M: My grandmother, even though she annoys me endlessly.
Favourite restaurant in the city?
M: I don’t eat out too often, but when I do, I do love Asian. So that might be my favorite Korean spot called Makkal Chon or The Owl. I love Ethiopian with my girlfriends, so it used to be Nazareth but now we go to Lalibela. Or a good pasta at Gusto 101.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
M: J.K. Rowling.
And there you have it! We hope that you got to know Meghan a little better!
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