Musings on Turning 40!

I always thought I’d eventually teach art, but not until I was 40. Well friends… the time has come! Eek!

My birthday is the magical 7.7.77, so I’ve been processing being 40 for a couple weeks now.

It was both slightly traumatic and exhilarating! What a victory!

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I wanted to accumulate enough experience and knowledge to be truly confident in teaching. After earning my MFA in 2007, I still wanted to deepen not only my own voice and style, but what my art was truly about.

Midlife: when the Universe grabs your shoulders and tells you “I’m not f-ing around, use the gifts you were given. -Brene Brown

I wanted to teach more than technique – I want to share how to walk the inner path toward discovering and expressing your true voice. How could I do that without walking the path first?

So walk it I did!

Through a variety of art practices, years of inner work and hundreds of creations later, I found my true voice, cultivated a connection to it, and learned to create directly from it.

What does this really mean?

A lot of this practice requires an expanded mindset about how big life can be. It means understanding that the world needs our voices now, more than ever. This is our time.

This work required me to face myself fully, let go of what wasn’t working for me, and making space to create the life of my dreams.

I was called to find my voice through movement, meditation, time in nature, alone time, journaling, music, and of course… creativity!

greatly expand on all this juicy, soul-enlivening stuff in the upcoming workshop! The eCourse is carefully designed to help you express your own style and voice. Learn more here…. 

Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been. -David Bowie

What about YOU? Do you use birthdays as a checking in point? Celebrate any big ones recently? Let me know in the comments!…

Meghan Oona


  1. In my early twenties I always imagined my 30th birthday would be significant, but it came and went barely noticed. I am two years shy of turning 40 and it seems overwhelming because being 20 does not seem so long ago. And have I done enough for the world in 40 years?!? Turning 40 for me now means, actually demands, action! No time to waste.


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