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Conversations with Meg Schmidt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meg Schmidt.

Hi Meg, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
After graduating high school in 2011, I was a bit confused about what to do. I had so many choices and decided to follow the wind with my ideas. I attended the University of North Dakota for Art and after one semester decided to change schools and attended a community college nearby for Welding where I graduated in 2013. I worked for a while and moved a few times with the idea of starting my own furniture business, which did not come to fruition. I always follow my spontaneous urges to experience something new. I traveled often and always found a reason to move and try out someplace new. Eventually, I went back to school at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN, and graduated with an AAS in Videography and a general AA. It was during my video education that I created my company called Megs Daily in the hopes of becoming a content creator to share my own experiences and inspire others. For my final video project, I traveled to Sweden and Finland to film a documentary about meeting my family there after finding them online. It was the most inspirational trip I have ever experienced and I realized I had found my people.

When I came back to the states I worked and moved around some more, but eventually decided to go back to University to complete a bachelor’s degree. I am majoring in Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Inspired by my heritage, I wanted to learn everything I could about the culture and the languages of Scandinavia in the hopes of being able to live and work there. I will graduate in December, and I have no doubt the future holds something amazing.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road is never smooth. There are always potholes and barriers along the way. My biggest struggle was learning to accept myself as I am and knowing that my journey is my own. I am allowed to call the shots and ignore other people’s expectations and intentions for my life. I always felt there was something wrong with me because I did not follow the standard plans of going to University, graduating, meeting someone there and marrying and having two kids within a short time. There is nothing wrong with those who felt drawn to that life pattern, it just wasn’t for me. I beat to my own drum and I am so thankful to have a mother who has nurtured my individuality. My journey has been long and taken many random routes to who I am today, but every road was worth the effort and I wouldn’t change a thing.

I had done and tried many things throughout my life and have learned so much about myself and my abilities. I love to learn new things and have variety and change consistently throughout my life. I have found that failure is sometimes more rewarding than success. I have learned more from my failed ideas and adventures than my successes.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I suppose I am not known by many. Most outwardly I am known on Instagram and YouTube as one who enjoys sharing my life and experiences in the hopes of at least inspiring one person to live their desired life. Traveling is always near and dear to my heart so there will certainly be new experiences in the future. When my studies and daily life aren’t front and center, I create art in several forms on the side and write novels as well. My most recent craft was learning how to weave on a table loom.

I enjoy making all sorts of handicrafts and my mother and I enjoy sharing our creations at craft shows. I have a strong appreciation for handicrafts and will always want to share my creations and others that I come across. I love to learn and share, so I suppose I specialize in being a jack of all trades, why pick one when you could do many? I am proud of this, I always want to be open to new experiences and learning new crafts.

Any big plans?
It is my hope to grow my YouTube channel and show more of my anthropology experience by introducing different cultures and showing how they are not “strange” or “wrong” they are just different, and that’s ok. I believe the biggest battle cultures face today is ethnocentrism, which encompasses so many issues, and must be challenged. All cultures and individuals are beautiful and embracing and understanding differences is at the core of so many issues in today’s society, so I hope to help inspire acceptance, or at the least, an educated opinion.

I am working on finishing my most recent book and having it published. I am also looking to overhaul my website, megsdaily.com, and create something I can use to share writings and blogs and connect with people in a different media form. I will use my company Megs Daily in the future as well, so keep an eye out for that. Of course, I shall continue creating and learning new art forms and share my experiences and creations.

My biggest plan is to have a change of scenery and move to Scandinavia. Follow my accounts and come with me!

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