ImagiNation with Meg Towle Johnson

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Meg Towle Johnson

Senior Graphic Designer, Nisolo

Name: Meg Towle Johnson

Occupation: Senior Graphic Designer at Nisolo

Favorite Productivity Tool: My notebook is the best place for me to brain dump my thought process. The visual act of writing down a checklist and crossing off tasks as I go is super satisfying. But honestly, I’m an adult - I should just purchase a day planner.

Most Recommended App: My podcast app. Some of my recent favorites are Women at Work, Armchair Expert, and How I Built This.

Last Thing You Read: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders. My friend (and Nisolo co-worker!), Roxi, recommended it to me and it really helped me understand personal consumption, financial stability, and how and where I seek happiness. 

Website: nisolo.com

Instagram handle: @megtowle or @nisoloshoes

Tell us about your journey?  After graduating from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL I moved to Nashville to put my Graphic Design major to good use. I worked as an in-house graphic designer at another company prior to my job at Nisolo. After a few years I was yearning for more fulfillment and inspiration in the work I was creating. Nisolo hosted a viewing night, 4 years ago for the True Cost movie with a Q&A session just after. I was so intrigued by the dialogue in the room that night and left wanting to learn more about Nisolo’s impact. I instantly knew this company was telling a very important story in the fashion industry and I wanted to be a part of it. I’ve been the Graphic Designer at Nisolo for a little over 3 1/2 years and I’m so proud to visually communicate how this company values the producer and the planet just as much as the end consumer. 

What’s your favorite part of your day?  It’s more my favorite part of the week, but our team is highly recommended to take 30 min - 1 hour to ourselves for what we call a “balcony view”. It’s a time to step back and think big picture, plan, organize, and prioritize your goals. I really value the opportunity to sit with my thoughts. In a fast pace environment, I find it imperative to gain the forward thinking perspective.

When do you feel most successful? Ultimately, the best and most challenging part of what I do, is problem solving. Any time I can do that in a unique way and feel excited to share what I’ve created, I feel a sense of success.

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? I try to flex different creative muscles away from the computer in order to recharge. Sketching blind contours or experimenting with pottery have been my recent creative love affairs. Also just taking a long hike with my husband and pup definitely helps me come back to work feeling energized and more inspired.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?  I wish I knew a lot from the beginning but the most educational part of what we do is the journey from one point to the next. I’ve learned to have grace with myself and my decisions. I’ve learned (but not perfected) to not let fear of what other people will think of my ideas, my work, and how I execute take over. We’re all just learning as we go!

How do you optimize your day? I am a huge advocate for blocking out everything I do on my calendar ahead of time. I also designate time throughout the day to check my email and Asana. If I didn’t set these boundaries for myself, the people pleaser from within would be pivoting all day with little prioritization set in place.

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? 
My family has always supported my desires and creative aspirations. Individually, they’ve all contributed something different to who I am today. I just feel incredibly thankful for the journey I’m on because they’ve really helped pave the way for who I’m becoming as a designer.

What does imagining more mean to you and your story?  Allowing your mind and your ideas to push past the self-imposed limitations and constraints to create something you’re proud of.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? 
Meditate and be more present. I’m always really focused on what’s next and I know I would truly benefit from being more secure and present in the moment.