We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Greene and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I first started out, it was out of necessity for self-perseverance. I had been diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare chronic illness, the year before and I was having a really difficult time coping. I was in my 20s faced with an illness that could rip my life apart before it even got started. When I googled, I found a few blogs and accounts that talked about some of the more major illnesses but none that talked about mine. I felt so incredibly alone and hopeless.
Writing has always been my most comfortable form of expression so I went back to my basics. I used my writing to vent about my new reality. Artists tend to be very sensitive and protective about our work but for some reason, I felt compelled to share what I had written. I wasn’t looking for validation or pity. I did it for self mostly – self-empowerment and self-realization. I was looking for an understanding of myself and my situation – to make sense of what was happening to me. I was looking for my voice.
After I hit send on that first piece something amazing happened. Of course, family and friends told me to tell me how brave I was for my candor. They had no idea what I was going through. I liked that I could educate others. However, it wasn’t until complete strangers reached out to me to say they could relate. How my words perfectly stated what they had been struggling to articulate as they’ve dealt with their own illnesses for years. That’s when I knew that through my pain, I could birth something good.
I could be the resource for the next young woman diagnosed with a chronic illness who needs someone to relate to, a big sister so to speak who tells it like it is and inspires you to be great despite the cards you’ve been dealt, the friend I needed when I was diagnosed and the voice of encouragement when the journey gets tough.
So I began my journey as a chronic illness advocate + content creator – to educate, encourage and empower those living with chronic illnesses.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Building this brand, this lifestyle has been very interesting. I’ve been told my whole life that I’m too blunt but I find that my tribe likes that I give it to them straight. I am a member of the community that I am serving so I’m able to easily put myself in their shoes to figure out what do they need and how do they need to hear it.
While I’ve always loved writing I didn’t always love being vulnerable or putting myself out there and I most certainly didn’t love that this illness was happening to me. In order to help my audience, I’ve had to face and deal with my own crap. The magic in my brand lies in that as I am healing I am helping others and as I am helping others I am healing. It’s poetic almost.
Through the course of my personal journey of living with chronic illness, I’ve struggled with the mental and emotional impacts like depression + self-loathing. It took a while but I’ve been able to use the things I’ve struggled with and turn them into something good. Every time I gain insight so does my community because I share these realities.
The biggest challenge I’ve faced is prioritizing ideas and maintaining consistency while having a chronic illness. I’m what I like to call a serial creative. I get new ideas of where I want to take my brand every single day. But with finite resources (time, money, spoons, etc.), it’s frustrating to not be able to attack every idea 150%.
As a recovering type A personality, when I have a vision and things don’t go 100% to plan, it throws me off my game. Unfortunately, with a chronic illness, I can be fine one moment and in flare-up the next. So when I can’t get out the content I planned for that month I get a little discouraged. Also, trying to network and master social media for exposure and opportunities is still new to me. The algorithms are no joke.
Even in building my brand, I’m learning a lot about myself. One of the biggest takeaways I had last year was that not right now isn’t a no. This allows me to focus on one brilliant idea at a time. I’m also giving myself flexibility and compassion. Flexibility to try new things and compassion if I “fail” or don’t meet my vision. I simply take what I can from a particular experience and use it to improve on the next idea. The fun is in the journey.
I want to world to know that no matter what is thrown at you, you can live an “ILL” life. Define ‘ILL’ in your terms
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If this was a per COVID world, this depends on the season. In the summer, I’d definitely take them to my favorite place Mike’s for ALL YOU CAN EAT crabs on the waterfront. We’d eat and drink until we were content. Then on the drive back home probably stop at the mall for some snickerdoodles (the best ones are in the mall). In the fall or winter, I’d travel to Moe seafood (you can tell what my favorite food is huh) where the food and drinks are amazing. I enjoy doing fun activities so we’d definitely check out a Rage Room, maybe visit the Trampoline Park or maybe Indoor Skydiving. I’d also plan for us to do something artsy like a paint n sip or a pottery class or visit a dope museum exhibit if one was in town. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have supported me along the way but I want to shoutout and thank the Spoonie Community for welcoming me and accepting me during one of the most difficult times in my life! Complete strangers have never felt more like family.
Also, would like to thank my mom, grandma, and bae for being there day or night during this journey (physically and emotionally). I don’t take you for granted.