Episode 5

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"Where Do I Belong" Written By Kole Hansen and Asi Meskin, Produced/Mastered by Los Angeles'  Lior Goldenberg

Summary

In this episode, I chat with Meaghan Kennedy, piñata artist and piñata workshop facilitator. Meaghan dishes on piñata-making as an art and a business that allows her to have fun, let loose, and engage with others in meaningful conversation. In her bubbly way, Meaghan shares why and how:

  • her natural chattiness and positive outlook have helped sustain her through some difficult times,

  • piñatas have made room in her life to be creative and cathartic,

  • people never want to smash their piñatas and why they enjoy it so much when they do, and

  • politics and piñatas can share the same space.

 

Highlights

On her purpose:

I’m absolutely head over heels in love with piñata-making.

I want to do one workshop a month…to get people together in their communities and, using piñatas as a catalyst, to get people together and talk to each other. I think that is the way that change happens.

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On discomfort/fear:

The unknown is terrifying.

Just try something…I knew that unless I tried it, I wouldn’t ever be what I wanted to be.

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On failure:

Just do it. If it doesn’t work out, at least you know you tried.

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On resources:

I’d say 80% of what I use is recycled…I challenge everyone…I want you to look at your garbage different.

Don’t isolate yourself.

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On negativity:

Sometimes I need to force myself to take a moment and sit with the sadness or with the fear, and try to work through that. I do a lot of journaling.

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On creativity:

If it’s something magical from your imagination, you can’t do it wrong.

I think that the coolest thing about it is that- ultimately it’s a piñata. And if you really, really hate it at the end, you just have wait for it to dry, then you can fill it with stuff and smash it. It’s not a big deal.

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On intentions:

I’ve always kind of had this way of looking at the positive.

Define yourself. I don’t say, I’m a server; I say, I’m a piñata artist.

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On support:

Be sure the people around you are supportive and not resentful.

I have a select amount of friends because I don’t have time.  And I need people around me who don’t mind that I’m not always around.  

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On difficult conversations:

It’s really easy to be mad at someone. But it’s really hard to go back and be like, hey guys, I was kind of a jerk, and own the stuff.

The greatest thing with having a craft in front of you is…we can have those conversations in a more productive way.

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On mantras:

Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.

No doesn’t mean never, it means not right now.

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On work ethic:

I don’t wait around. If I don’t have orders, I make a bunch of stuff.

If you’re putting out excellent, excellent comes back. There’s no denying that.

Make sure you really, really, really like it because you’re going to be doing it a lot.

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Keep in touch with Meaghan Kennedy

Website – YourPinata.com

Social Media –Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @yourpinata