We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan McCluer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started Feminine Forms, I was working two other jobs within the first two years. One career was at a large commercial company where I worked full time, and had a two hour commute daily. The second job was part-time, which I worked remotely. Then, on top of all of that, I was in the process of building Feminine Forms. I found myself consistently stressed, and I had little time for anybody or anything else. Fast forward a year later and I’ve quit both of the other jobs. I’m thankful for the cushion they gave me while I was building, but I’m grateful now to be able to live a more balanced life. I stick to a scheduled routine that helps me to tend to every area of my life daily, including work, intimate relationships, exercise, mental health, etc. Balance for me is what comes first, as it allows me to work more efficiently.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Feminine Forms takes everything I love and puts in into a career that I get to focus on every day. I’m most proud of this, as it feels incredibly soul-fulfilling. I work with women by both photographing their internal beauty and teaching self-portrait workshops, which are focused on self-love and self-acceptance. I work to show women that they are art, no matter what body type they have. Fortunately, there have been few challenges, but it did take years to build it enough to where I could separate from my part-time and full-time careers. The lesson I learned is that all great things take time – and though Feminine Forms is still in its early phases, I’m in no rush. Slowly, with one foot in front of the other, I get to build a community of really beautiful, strong women. & I feel so thankful that I get to call that my job.
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?
Oh, this is easy! First thing’s first – I’d take them to brunch. At 11am, I’d take them to either Thatch in Midtown or Morgan’s in Midtown. Then I’d take them to Vizcaya for a day of art and history. I’d then take them to the beach for a little sun. Then we’d wrap at dinner at Michael’s Genuine in the Design District.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my last partner, because they taught me how to take my ideas and turn them into a more structured reality. Without their guidance, I don’t know if I’d be able to do what I’m doing now.