Today I’m interviewing one of my favorite people, Meghan Hughes. Meghan and I met a few years ago through YouTube and she’s hands down one of the greatest people I’ve come across. I’m so lucky to have someone like her in my life, and wanted to ask her a few questions so you can get to know her better!
Where you’re from/where you live now:
From Alpharetta, Georgia/Now live in Los Angeles, California
What you do:
I spread a positive message through YouTube videos, merch, & a podcast on dash radio called Souls At Sundown!
One quote you live by:
“No matter the amount of negativity you’re presented with, five minutes from now could be your best moment”- Mod Sun
When did you start your youtube channel and what inspired you to start one?
I was inspired to start my channel back in 2012 by my sister, Lindsey Hughes, who is also a YouTuber.
What are your favorite types of videos to film & why?
Advice videos are HANDS DOWN my favorite videos to film because they make me feel like I’m really making a difference, rather than just showing the camera products I like.
Where do you get the most inspiration for your videos?
I get the most inspiration for videos through observing the human condition. I like to speak on not only topics that I believe in, but also relevant topics in society, so I really get the most inspired by observing the parts of society that I believe need the most help.
What’s been the most memorable experience of your YouTube journey so far?
This might sound a bit odd, but I really found my true self by being on YouTube. So, my most memorable experience from being on the platform is just growing into the person I am today & having it documented for people to watch. You can literally go back to this video I have called “Tips for Life: Positivity” & see where I really changed not only my life, but the impact I was making through my channel for the better. That is my most memorable moment.
I know you’ve positively impacted a lot of your followers, but how have they impacted you?
My followers have impacted my life in more ways than they know. Starting off on YouTube back when I was 14, I really didn’t know who I was, let alone what I wanted to do with my life, and my followers gave (& continue to give) me the support & encouragement to just keep going! Eventually, I started warming up to the camera, & kind of just warming up to life in general. I feel like I was a moody kid before I found the supportive online community that is YouTube, ya know? Also, just hearing people’s stories of how my videos have helped them in some way, in turn helps me! It drives me to create content that continuously brings a smile to their face!
When did you start your “positivity journey”? Were you always a positive person?
I was definitely NOT always a positive person. I didn’t start my “positivity journey” until back in 2013 when I read a book called “Did I Ever Wake Up?” by Mod Sun. That book introduced me to “The Secret”/The Law of Attraction & really just opened my eyes to the fact that all of my “problems” in life were only as big as my mind made them. It made me realize that my thoughts controlled my mood & that I had the power to just NOT dwell on things that bothered me. I would 100% not be the person I am today without that book.
What’s your best advice for someone who feels like they’re stuck and will never be happy?
I always approach this topic with a bit of hesitance because I have never struggled with depression & have no idea what it’s like to deal with that state of mind, but I will say this: Depressed or not, you must realize that EVERYONE deserves to be happy & you thinking you could “never get there” is only bringing you down further. If you’re feeling stuck, you must do the next most productive thing that you think would help bring joy into your life. Whether that is confiding your want for happiness in a friend & seeing what advice they have to offer, talking to a therapist, or just saying “HEY! I am going to stop sulking now & really change from this point on.” I honestly just think the first step is talking about it. I can only say so much to you through a screen, but voicing your thoughts in REAL LIFE to REAL PEOPLE who care for you is what will help you the most. GET TALKING! GET THINKING! MENTALITY TO REALITY PEOPLE! WHAT YOU WANT, YOU CAN GET! REGARDLESS OF WHAT LIFE IS THROWING YOUR WAY! I LOVE YOU OKAY!
Who are your top 3 role models?
(in no specific order)
1. Adwoa Aboah
2. Mod Sun
3. My mother
Since you moved out at such a young age, what’s your best advice to someone who wants to move away from home at a young age but are too afraid of failing/ getting homesick?
The fear of failure is society’s biggest downfall. Just erase any thoughts you have that it won’t “work out.” You will make it work out. Getting homesick is a given if the place you’re leaving behind was close to your heart. That will pass once you start making your new place feel like home & once you start meeting new people. Familiarity is our biggest security blanket. I truly feel that taking yourself out of your comfort zone, pushing your limits, & making your own reality is the most liberating feeling in the world. Good luck!
What’s been the best/worst parts of living in LA?
Best: The people. The drive most people have in LA is insane. It feels like everyone came out here for a reason, & they will do anything to achieve their goals. I have met countless creative minds upon moving out here & meet more & more everyday. The inspiration is the best part.
Worst: The people. While LA has some of the most driven individuals I have ever met, it also has some of the most self-obsessed individuals I have ever met. You really have to have a GOOD GROUP of some real, kind-hearted people out here to survive amongst the fakes, ya know? There’s a lot of social climbing, fake friendships for followers, etc. but, at the end of the day, there’s a lot of that everywhere.
If you could live in any other city right now, where would you go?
PORTLAND, OREGON BABY!!!! I think I’ll definitely live there at some point in my life.
What’s one thing you want to accomplish by the end of 2016?
I keep talking about it instead of just DOING IT (damn Meg take your own advice why dontcha?) But I want to start writing my first book. It would be a stretch to say I want to FINISH my first book by the end of 2016 cuz it’s already September, but that’s what I told my grandma, so WE’LL SEE.
THANK YOU MEGHAN! ILY!