An Interview with Meg Jamison
Creator of Soul+Work, Yoga Teacher, and Artist

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Meg Jamison is a yoga teacher, brand designer, and artist. Over the past several years, she has used creativity, embodiment and a whole lot of soul to transition her life into a place of passion. Before, she worked a desk job - now, she creates coloring art, runs a design agency, lives a full, vibrant life, and wants to help everyone find the same sense of inspiration and joy. You can take the journey to find your soul+work by visiting https://www.soul.work, where a free coaching session is waiting for you! You can also check out Meg's upcoming workshops, read inspirational stories, and check out her shop.

 

Photo: Meg Jamison @thesoulwork

1. How do you define soul+work, for those unfamiliar with your message or ethos?

 

Soul+Work is your inner fire, it’s your purpose, your passion, calling, some call it your dharma. It’s that thing that only you can do. It is unchanging, timeless and yet highly personalized. For me, finding my soul+work, who I am deep down and the work that I am meant to do, has been the most profound, life changing journey of all!

 

 

2. Are there any key limiting beliefs you have commonly come across regarding why people feel they “can’t” pursue their own soul+work?

 

Fear is the biggest inhibitor that I see, typically of being “poor”, “unsuccessful”, or “failing”. I have heard many clients say, “Well if I quite my job to purse my dreams, I don’t know if it will work out.” There are a bunch of “what-ifs”, a whole lot of uncertainty... and I totally get it.

 

To those concerns, I say, we have two choices in life. We can continue moving towards bliss, joy, vibrance, and creativity, or we can descend into complacency and deconstruction. For me, most of my life, I lived in the second reality. I turned off my senses, denied my passions that weren't “productive” and said, “no,” to my intuition so many times. I tuned out. I listened to society, to my parents, all of the “shoulds” and it felt horrible. To put it bluntly, everytime I said, “no,” to something that called out to me in my life, it felt like the death of my soul.

 

I truly believe that for each one of us this opportunity exists. We can choose the things that our soul longs to do... or not. We certainly have a choice between these two outcomes, but for myself, I always felt that I didn't really have an option. The threat of slipping back into an uninspired life was greater than the risk it took to pursue that which I loved!

 

 

3. When did you launch Soul+Work and discover your own life purpose? What did it take for you to align with your true calling?

 

I just started saying, “yes,” instead of saying, “no.” It was really that simply. Another waying of saying, “yes,” is saying, “thank you.” Thank you to the Universe for giving us opportunity, for placing unique desires in hearts and minds, for allowing us to believe and move toward destiny. A great teacher of mine, Gurmukh once said, “The Universe can't serve you. God can't serve you if you say, 'No, thank you.' Angels can't come if you say, 'No, thank you.'... Thank you is the key. It's the key to happiness.” Being in a space of gratitude and positivity created the spaciousness and openess to welcome in my calling.

 

Ultimately, I left a job that was very unfulfilling at an architecture firm and I used the storytelling skills that I had developed there to open up my own design and branding studio. It's not the end of my journey either. It's constantly evolving and changing. Soul+Work isn't something that we find or arrive at. It's something that we narrow in on. It's a movement towards bliss, not a destination. This journey is perhaps the most exciting of all.

 

 

4. If someone wants to take their first step in discovering their unique soul+work path, what would you recommend they do first? 

 

I feel that the answers we seek are within. Nobody can tell you what is in your heart to do or how to walk this path. First bit of advice, I would encourage all of us to look more internally for guidance and less to the outside world. Developing a self-practice and doing self-work is likely the beginning. Just start reading and exploring. Secondly, and this does not contradict my first advisement, invest in some coaching. Coaching is an incredibly powerful tool. There have been many individuals along my life adventure who have helped lead me to myself. Often times, this partnership and communion can create the catalyst, the impetus, and help uncover your own internal truth.

 

 

5. How do you feel your life has improved in other, seemingly unrelated areas, since you became aligned with your souls calling? 

 

As I mentioned earlier, for much of my life, I felt really sad, gloomy, and, yes, even depressed. I look back on my earlier years and my memories are tinted grey. Color and vibrance were not a part of my daily experience. I felt controlled, like my only option, was to grow up, find a job that would make money, and to just keep doing that until I died. That did not at all seem like a very worthwhile adventure. It made me unexcited for the future.

 

This lack of engagement in my life, ultimately resulted in some unfortunate circumstances in my college years, which included unhealthy partying, excessive consumption, reckless relationships, the whole nine yards. I just wanted to feel something, anything, it was disastrous. By the divine brilliance of the Universe, I wound up in design school, a place where my creativity was able to thrive (and a career choice that was supported by my cultural editors and family). My intuition and creativity woke up from a long slumber and without that experience, I would no doubt have a totally different life experience.

 

To answer your question, creativity has touched every area of my life. I once heard somewhere, “What's not expressed is depressed.” This describes who I was before and my healing journey. Now, I dance. I sing. I play. I'm less serious about life. I feel fully expressed.

 

6. How did you go about telling your family

and friends about your new career path when

you finally realized your soul calling, and set out

to make that transition?

 

I think I sent an email. Like I said, these answers came

from within. I had the idea to create a design agency.

I built a website, made a logo, curated my offerings,

and sent an email to everyone I loved saying, “Here's

my new business. You can hire me or support me

by sending clients my way. Thank you very much!”

 

 

7. What is coming up next for you and Soul+Work?

 

This is the best part. Soul+Work gets to evolve. There is always space for growth.

 

For me, I continue doing design work for my clients through Works of Connection www.worksofconnection.com. My newest projects include a deck of cards for a really special client and an intentional wall painting for one of my favorite yoga studios in Denver. I'll be posting all about those on my Instagram @thesoulwork. I long to create intentional art and look forward to doing more.

 

For Soul+Work, I have workshops scheduled this summer and fall in Colorado, California, and Oregon, which are on my website. I also have a new coaching offering, which is 4 weeks with me. This creative coaching is a deep dive into your story, your strengths, and the end result is a beautiful vision board, designed by me, that you can hang in your space to use as a North Star for your soul and your work. Super magical! I am offering the first session for free to your readers. Look forward to hearing from those who feel called forward.

Meg Jamison is a yoga teacher, brand designer, and artist. Over the past several years, she has used creativity, embodiment and a whole lot of soul to transition her life into a place of passion. Before, she worked a desk job - now, she creates coloring art, runs a design agency, lives a full, vibrant life, and wants to help everyone find the same sense of inspiration and joy. You can take the journey to find your soul+work by visiting https://www.soul.work, where a free coaching session is waiting for you! You can also check out Meg's upcoming workshops, read inspirational stories, and check out her shop.

Photo Credits: Abby Blair

Ready to transform your life and discover your soul+work in 4 weeks?
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