We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Sky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Living my life as consistent as I can with my personal values makes me happy. In addition to that, helping others live their truest and most authentic version of their own life brings me great joy. This can be really challenging in a culture where we are constantly feeling the pressure of what we should do, who we need to be to be respected, and what number we need in our bank account to be considered a successful and responsible adult. Have you ever noticed the people who seem to be the happiest and who also have the healthiest relationships are the most authentic?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Unfortunately I couldn’t choose creative and professional in the same category. These two things aren’t mutually exclusive and often society tries to put us in a box. What’s the first thing someone asks you when you meet them? For most it’s “So, what do you do?” We are so much more than what we do professionally and it’s really the energy you bring to something and the authentic expression of yourself that makes it special. In my experience, most people can graduate with a degree, or can learn how to master a skill on youtube, you can have a degree in business operations, Human resources, you can be a sales person etc. It’s really not as much about the skill in anything you’re doing as it is about having something be the right fit for you and having that correct fit as well as a balanced internal world that dictates the type of energy you bring to something. Life is really about the nuances. That person who always seems to be happy and can be flexible in any situation. That boss that seems to always reach a fair decision, calmly. It’s not about the knowledge of how to do a certain job, but how YOU do that job, and how YOU feel on the inside. People feel that whenever they are near people living authentically even if they can’t articulate it. My road has not been easy, but it also hasn’t been so tough that it made me feel I was on the wrong path. I think that’s the balance when you’re figuring something out, all the cliques you hear about the struggle and anything worth having doesn’t come easy, it’s true. But, there’s a nance to it little talked about. You shouldn’t ever feel like it’s so hard you lose interest and quit. That’s how you know you’re on the wrong path. If it’s the right path, even when it’s sooooo challenging, there’s motivation in you to overcome it, and it’s not the same kind of “hard” or “challenging” as when you’re on the wrong path. I think I want the world to know, and what I’ve learned, is that the more you look around wondering why your life doesn’t look the way you want it to, the more you should look inward and see what work you can do in yourself. The biggest mistake we make is blaming our feelings and lives on others. The more power you give to others, the more of your happiness you put on the shoulders of capitalism, the less you actively cultivate a life YOU are proud of. Stop looking at everyone else. What do you want? Who are YOU? what is your unique gift? everyone has one, but if you’re so busy trying to be like the Kardashians, I can promise you, you won’t reach your goals because guess what? YOU ARE YOU. What I want the world to know about me and my brands (M.Sky Creative & Sky Leadership), is that you have the power to explore yourself, you have a gift no one else can give, and your life is not just about you, it’s about US. WE can all get there, but it requires courage and vulnerability, so get uncomfortable and fill your heart with love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was coming to the area, I would first ask what they felt like doing and plan around that. But I think I would start by waking up early (if they were cool with that) say 7:30am. – Go to a HIIT class at Hype Silverlake – Grab some breakfast at Hyperion Public, have a mimosa or two. – Walk through Griffith Park and chat, maybe lay in the grass. – Take a drive to Manhattan beach or joshua tree, paint a picture, maybe experiment with psilocybin. – Get home early, cook dinner via Trader Joe’s groceries OR go to the Alcove in Silverlake.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom told me the other day, “Madi, there is no such thing as self made.” I can’t disagree with her. There isn’t much we do in this life completely alone. We are a species always interconnected in one way or another and it’s important to keep that sense of community and connection to humanity whenever we embark on a new endeavour or just move through the world. For me, there have been sooo many people responsible for where I am today. Both people who I consider to have thrown a serious wrench in my life, and those who stood beside me with love and constant encouragement. My mom is a shining star in my life, her undying belief in me and the woman who always instilled in me “you can be and do anything.” Another is my best friend Jordan Johnson, without whom, I have no idea where I would be today. She showed me patience, love and respect at all stages of my life. My romantic partners have been extremely supportive of my creative endeavours, and I’ve had a couple other amazing friends, and bosses who challenged me and believed in me at the same time. #balance is key.
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