Jun 15, 2018
When I stumbled,
So when I fell,
I fell into grace.
--Morgan Harper Nichols
Poet Morgan Harper Nichols speaks the words that my
heart doesn’t know it’s trying to say.
On a whim I reached out to one
of my favorite poets, Morgan Harper Nichols, to be on The Refined
Collective Podcast. When she replied yes, I was OVER THE
She writes poetry that I’m sure
you’ve seen, even if you didn’t realize it. She also spent time as
a touring musician and collaborates with her sister on songs that
have found success on Spotify and at the Grammys! This episode, we
dive deeper than her achievements and I get to know Morgan, her
doubts, and her dreams. Now it’s your turn to get to know
Pushing Through the Pushback
- “A lot of the things I am
interested in come from a place of curiosity.”
- As a
creative, she saw fellow creatives around her moving through their
careers and lives with confidence, something she didn’t feel she
- “God gave me these gifts
to create things and be creative but at the same time I didn’t feel
as dynamic or interesting.”
- Through all of this
there is one major pushback: doubt, the universe’s way of speaking
lies over her truth.
- One of her major doubts is in
her compatibility with her passion. She is not always open about
her feelings and finds that she needs to think through feelings
before she can express them.
- Beyond all of this, being
self-employed can be scary. This idea that it could all disappear
in a moment is something I can relate to completely.
- She doesn’t let these fears
slow her down. “There’s more to the story. There’s a
reason you’ve made it this far.”
Intentional Pursuit of the Dream
- Social media became popular when she was in her
late teens and it gave her an outlet for when insecurity and doubt
is very intentional about her social media use and it makes all the
difference when these platforms can be draining.
- “I go to share first, and
then I consume.”
never goes on Instagram when she has free time to spend. She goes
on to share and, when she needs it, to look at a collection she has
of posts that inspire her.
- “There is nothing wrong
with dreaming.” She
keeps her dreams unattached to people or places. She focuses on her
vision for herself and the way she contributes to the
Serving Others to Find Yourself
started writing poems directed specifically to individuals who had
reached out for them.
- Looking back at those poems, she found pieces
of herself hidden in them.
- “Oh wow, that was for me
- Working through her emotions is always a
process, but serving others has helped her find the
important to sometimes just pause and listen to others.
“I pay attention to what stands out to me, it’s
typically telling me something about myself.”
often looks to the past as well. She recognizes that memories that
stick out in her mind from childhood are sticking out in her mind
for a reason all these years later. They all hold meaning.
“I have such a passion for memory.”
- Looking back at her
younger self, she has a bit of advice. “She doesn’t have to
be someone else’s version of interesting in order to show up and be
comfortable in the world.”
Morgan’s Favorite Things
- Instagram has opened her eyes to the beauty
that is storefronts. “There is this whole world
of people who just really love looking at storefronts and I guess I
have joined them.” (If you’re into storefronts, she recommends the
- Google Home was a present from her parents and
she uses it all the time, including having it read out information
- iPhone photography is a newfound
passion. “This device can do more than respond
to texts and answer emails.”
“Wherever you are, you are still free to make the
most of every single day.” Go out and use your gifts, tribe. I am so
grateful for Morgan and I hope you enjoyed this episode. Go find
her on Instagram and send her a message; she loves starting
conversations with you!
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