The Downtime Agenda

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  • Words — Samantha Dick
  • Images — Marnie Hawson

One of Australia’s leading stylists and founder of The School — Megan Morton excels in creating happy spaces. She shares some insights into managing a creative lifestyle and making time to find quiet.

Megan Morton, style guru.

How do you unwind?
I schedule and plan lots of downtime. I run a really quiet household. I meditate, I sit with music and I read LOTS. For every weekend I work publicly with The School, I schedule a day off midweek to play catch-up.

How important is downtime to you and what happens when you don’t get enough of it?
For me, there are no outputs without inputs. It’s kind of that simple.

Tell us a bit about The School.
The School lives to join social, physical and art dots into a global community of makers and change makers.  We are a family of teachers, and together we teach transferable styling and making-based skills. The School provides a beautiful connection between student and teacher, then student to student.

What workshops would you recommend for stress reduction?
Shibori (and go straight to Advanced). It’s meditative, incredibly creative and all accidents are breathtakingly beautiful. I gasp every time I see the air hit the work and it starts to activate the process. It’s spell binding every single time.

What styling advice would you give to people who want to make their home a sanctuary of calm?
As said by Hazrat Inayat Khan “Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful”. The best way is to make your own place beautiful. I do this through living things; plants, trees, flowers and people!

You have lots of lovely things going on; you’re a highly sought after stylist, you run The School, The Studio and The Propery. What strategies do you have for managing workload and ensuring you get enough time for yourself?
Good smart, nimble people.

You have a lovely book collection. What are your top three downtime reading recommendations?  
1. For every blog or hour you spend digitally, read a chapter of a wonderful book. You will be so much richer for it and in time, your brain will yearn for it. Reading is a true portal to other worlds that doesn’t entice FOMO.

2. Keep books close! Make it easy – I have a book ledge next to my bed that I rotate. I read 3 at a time, dipping in regularly. Some I read twice.

3. Swap out genres. Good writing can be seen through any subject.

Describe your ideal Sunday.
With all my children, just being lazy slobs. Car-free, alternative playlists rotated and something delicious on the stove or on its way!