Wherever you go, there you are – Meghan bids farewell
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
My time with Curative has come to a close.
Five years, countless moments, boundless joy, immense gratitude.
I dovetailed into Curative’s fledgling energy all those years ago, when I was looking for fulfillment, community and a way to make a difference.
With each piece of Curative work, I got lucky. I found fulfillment. Community. A clear channel for my intentions.
Each word, pixel, post-it. I focused on the people we served.
The communities we enabled.
The team that is my family.
Curative and I grew. Matured. Expanded. I couldn’t be more proud.
It’s still hard to say goodbye. But it’s easy to be excited for what’s to come for us all.
As I release Curative into our respective next chapters, I want to honour our time together and share some of the things I learned because Curative exists.
Being joyful, loving and grateful expands our capacities to take on whatever life brings.
Tea makes everything better.
Diverse perspectives make for rich, sincere, resonant work.
People are the experts in their own lives. Co-create. Listen. Stay open.
Don’t be afraid to take the unconventional route to create change.
Laugh, dance, sing karaoke, eat ice cream. Changing the world is daunting enough.
Take issues seriously. But walk the path with a light-filled heart.
Your vibe attracts your tribe.
Your voice matters.
Inner transformation without outer engagement is useless. Outer change without inner work is unsustainable. Balance is key.
Be brave. That’s when the magic happens.
Also, some priceless lessons through our work: I learned how to support people affected by sexual harm; how to help young women know they’re a force; that our rainbow community can belong; that young people are supported no matter their journey; communities can work together to be healthier and tackle harm; and, that leadership in Aotearoa requires wholeness, to take on the unique challenges of our time.
To the wider Curative/innovate change whānau, our clients and the community stakeholders whose projects I was lucky enough to be a part of: thank you. It was a privilege and a blast.
To my Curative family: thank you for the juicy conversations, laughter, desk dance parties, shared lunches, bitmojis, memes, hugs, cups of tea and the space that allowed for my growth. I have been cared for, challenged, appreciated and above all, loved. I look forward to cheering you all on, as you move into the next phase of your journey. It’s going to be big. I just know it.
The greatest thing: through these past five years with Curative, I have been shaped into becoming more of who I already am. I’m moving into the space of transformative social change – being an ally of social change agents’ inner work, so our outer work is sustainable. The foundation: my art and yoga/mindfulness practices since I was 17. I’ll start with simple upliftment through what I create and share, then go from there. If you’d like to stay in touch, please do email me.