Creative Women are Meraki-lous Women...

What is a Meraki-lous Woman?

A Meraki-lous Woman is a woman who leaves a little piece of her heart in everything she does. We all know at least one of these creative women. She lives in colour, out loud and on purpose.  Her joy of creating is apparent to all of us.

meraki [may-rah-kee] (noun) the soul, creativity or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work. Greek

This is not a woman who doesn't struggle - we all do - and this is definitely not about perfection. There is no perfection here.  This is a woman that keeps on creating in spite of the obstacles life has thrown at her... and because of them. She is a woman who seeks out beauty and understands the importance of self-expression and connection. She keeps on creating because she has to... because she is meraki-lous.

Creative women need creative mentors...

Margaret Marlow May 22, 1943 - April 19, 2014

I am so grateful to have had one of these women as my mentor and "other mother".  She was very influential in my life and in the lives of many others.  In the true spirit of a meraki-lous woman, she shared her love of making with all of us so generously... by example, and through her mentoring and teaching.

She was the epitome of meraki-lous. She lived creatively. Every. Single. Day. Her cinnamon buns were to die for, she made exquisite, mohair teddy bears, she dabbled in water colour painting and her garden was colourfully beautiful. Her true calling, though, was quilting and she left an amazing legacy in her quilts that are truly works of art.

Quilt:Margaret Marlow/Photo Credit:Nancy Hamilton

Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer in April of 2014 and she has left a void in the lives of all that knew her. This page is dedicated to her colourful memory and to brave, creative women everywhere.

Getting to know creative women...

At Ocean Girl Creative Co., we celebrate Meraki-lous Women every day. We share stories of creative successes, creative heartbreak and creative inspiration. We discuss note-worthy creative women such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown and Julia Cameron. We review books that focus on helping you to enhance your creativity.

Join us as we feature monthly interviews with Meraki-lous Women who strive to bring creativity into their everyday lives just because it lights them up. We will find out what inspires these women to be creative and we will take a peek into their sacred, creative spaces.

Read our Meraki-lous Woman Interview Series:

Mary Pressel Cline and her Monster Critics.

Karen Dyck has been known to channel Julia Childs.

Do you know a Meraki-lous woman?

Do you know someone that we should feature here?... or perhaps, you are a Meraki-lous Woman and want to share your story about what creativity means to you? Let's talk.

Send us a message through the "Connect with Us" link at the bottom of this page. We can't wait to hear from you.