We had the good fortune of connecting with Madeline Mack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madeline, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by freedom. By living life freely, unconventionally and purposefully and by respecting the freedom of others – human and animal. This usually requires breaking free from social and environmental structures that we were born into, which doesn’t only take a lot of courage but also strength and perseverance – because sometimes that means going against the current. But I think the reason why we are here is to follow our heart, explore the world with an open mind and learn to trust our intution – to not only be free ourselves, but also to bring freedom to others and leave the world a little better than we found it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Ever since I was little I loved to draw or make collages. I could spend hours alone in my room doing that while listening to cassette tapes (yes, the good old days). Still, after I finished school I had no idea what I wanted to do. But after a few detours I eventually went to school for Graphic Design and it ended up being the best decision I could have made. I am now able to be creative and on top of that have the luxury of working remotely from anywhere. But as idyllic as it might sound, it’s been and still is a process and there are always ups and downs.
Not too long ago I changed my whole business concept to providing branding design to mindful businesses, because I want to be part of creating a world in which people are more mindful and respectful towards nature, animals, and each other. So by supporting startups and businesses with their vision of making the world a better place – with services and products that assist people to implement a healthy, happy and sustainable life – I want to help them spread their message and make a positive impact.
Taking it a step further I am building up my own blog to talk about self-development, different perspectives on life and my own journey. But also to let people with a mission of spreading awarenss and creating solutions tell their stories, thoughts as well as the struggles they had to face on their journey so far. Since I’m pretty new to the whole writing thing and also the social media game it’s been a hell of a ride so far, something I am also sharing on my blog in hope to help everyone who wants to start their own project. I think the more we start sharing and talking about these struggles and bad moments and how we make it through them, the more likely it will be that people find the courage to go for it, whatever „it“ might be for them.
So the one big lesson I learned is to stick to it and keep going. Just because it doesn’t work one way, doesn’t mean there isn’t another. You have to try things out to see if they actually work. So take opportunities that come your way, you can always adjust later or discard what is not for you. Currently I’m learning to not force anything, but rather go with the flow. So if you’re stuck in one area of your life, take care of another that you might have been neglecting. You sometimes just need to be able to come back and look at it differently and with new energy.
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?
I would take them on a road trip and first take them to Jalama Beach, where it’s just you, the ocean and the waves. Next stop would be Morro Bay and explore that area. Even though it is not far away, it feels like a completely different place. The landscape, the often foggy weather and small town have such a unique and cozy feel to it. And nothing beats stuffing your belly at Shine Café after watching otters and feeding squirrels at Morro Rock.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big shoutout goes to my parents who even if they didn’t always like my ideas, still always had my back and supported me. If it weren’t for them and knowing that if something ever went wrong I had a safety net and place to come back to, I might have not taken some of the steps I did. Like starting to work as a freelancer or moving to another continent. They also taught me that it is okay to do things differently from everyone else and to do your own thing.
Another shoutout goes to my (former) boss Laura from Ethics Supply Co – a friend more than just a boss – who accidentally made me aware of my aptitude for writing, by asking me to write a caption for one of her posts. This little favour led to me starting to express myself more and more on social media and eventually launching my own blog.
Other: Graphic Design: www.madelinemack.de – @maedmackdesign
Candle Tube Picture by Ethics Supply Co.