Meg Delagrange – From Amish to the Culture Shock of Life in Japan and America, and Her Art

Meg Delagrange professional headshot

Meg Delagrange shares her definition of wild as simply as wearing pants. She grew up Amish in the state of New York. After being excommunicated, she joined her new husband at a military base in Japan where he promptly had an affair. She started over in Denver, Colorado as a single mother and became creative director of a website design company. She talks about breaking out of gray boxes, a miracle that allowed her to go to Uganda, what it’s like to model during fashion week, and her art which has shaped her life and her future, and much more! You can find her candid and very inspirational conversation on The Wild Side Podcast.

Meg Delagrange and Regina Bauman little Amish girls in hats

Meg and I met and bonded over hats at a WordPress Wordcamp in 2015.

Susie Lindau and Meg Delagrange at Wordcamp

Meet Meg Delagrange who calls herself a Coloring Spirit. She was born Amish surrounded by a gray world without color. But, nothing could keep the color locked up inside her. Instead, she broke out of the gray box to explore this big, colorful world. She is an internationally known artist whose artwork has colored places like Tokyo, Japan, Uganda, Africa, and across the United States. Meg is a successful entrepreneur, growing a business from 45 sales to over a million. She is a proud single mom and continues to break through barriers and limitations while defying social prejudices against single parents. 

Meg Delagrange on the Wild Side Podcast

You won’t want to miss this exciting episode. Meg has such a positive outlook and shares wisdom beyond her years. She also talks about the miracle that enabled her to go to Uganda with her sister.

Meg Delagrange mural painting in Uganda, Africa

Meg colors her world with her positive attitude, energy, and her art!

Meg Delagrange original artwork poppies

Please tell your friends and family about The Wild Side Podcast and let’s lift this fledgling podcast off the ground together. Woohoo! If you take the time to listen while working out, or driving home from work, or taking the dog for a walk, then don’t forget to rate, comment, review, and subscribe. It all helps. Thank you!

Other guests on the Wild Side include:

Episode 1 – Bloggers at the Blogger Bash in London give their definition of wild and an example of their wild life.

Episode 2 – 101-year-old Jim Cram is super inspirational in regaling us with his life story, which includes longevity advice.

Episode 3 – Health and Sexuality writer, August McLaughlin cracked me up when talking about some unusual dates and a filming a commercial. She talks about eating disorders and empowering women through her Girl Boner™ brand and Girl Boner Radio.

Episode 4 – Psychoanalyst and group therapist, Marc Azoulay takes us into the world of what it’s like to date after being addicted to drugs and alcohol. Not only does he recount his hilarious experience with group therapy in Los Angeles, but he also talks about how to build confidence which is very relatable for anyone who could use some advice.

Episode 5 – FBI profiler, Pete Klismet gives listeners the step-by-step process of becoming one of the country’s first profilers. He was in an elite group that helped the FBI in high-profile cases. He talks about one case that continues to haunt him where justice was not served, along with a few funny ones.

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Make sure to subscribe to The Wild Side Podcast with Susie Lindau so you don’t miss the next interview.

Meg is sure to inspire you to embrace your wild side!

You can find Meg and her artwork on You can follow Meg on Instagram at Coloring Spirit and on Twitter at Meg Delagrange.

Do you have any questions for Meg? I do and would love to do a followup interview!

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    1. It is gorgeous! I listened to the interview this week and was blown away once again by what she has been through. Instead of being crushed, she used it as incentive for adventure and to fuel her passion. Her energy is infectious! We could all use a Meg Delagrange in our lives.

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  1. Wow–fascinating! Growing up in Ohio near a big Amish settlement, I tend to romanticize that life. We’d see them in the grocery store. My dad worked with an Amish carpenter in homes. Lots of horse and buggies out on the road. To see how far Meg traveled– geographically, culturally, and artistically–is just amazing. And beautiful artwork!

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    1. Yes! I remember seeing the Amish in Wisconsin too. Meg gives us a glimpse into how she grew up and how they lived. Think about how I met her at WordCamp and how she grew up. In the interview she talks about how she opened herself up to learning. Truly remarkable!

      She is an amazing artist. I listened to the interview again last week and was blown away by how setbacks became her rocket fuel. Meg is so inspirational.

      Thanks, Rebecca!

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    2. Ahhhh Rebecca, it’s awesome to hear that you’re familiar with this lifestyle! Do you still live in Ohio? I have cousins in Ohio…. of course, lol. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to my story. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share it and have this wild life to live.

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      1. I live in Maryland now but try to get back to OH when I can. It’s a faster pace of life here near D.C., and it gets exhausting. I’m intrigued about your next move to Nashville–and will try and keep up with your story and your gorgeous artwork!

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  2. That was fascinating to listen to! She’s a person with an incredible intellect, in addition to being creative and artistic.


    1. Hi Kevin, thank you for making the space to listen to my story! I feel like I’ve just barely scratched the surface of everything there is to learn in this marvelous universe and I don’t plan to ever stop learning!

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      1. She knew /was a friend of writer Aldous Huxley and painter Dali. Has paintings hanging in museums in Spain. Ran an artist studio in NM for a long time. I was fortunate to study under her in her later years.
        Said artists generally have eyes located farther out on the skull – which allowed them to see/be aware of more than the average person.
        I think the monotonous surrounding idea has to do with humans being unknowingly affected by what is around them. She used to make us work in almost total darkness at times, make sculptures inside brown paper bags – and all sorts of ways to “break” the regular patterns of creating/thought to approach something in a totally new understanding or fashion. Quite an artist, quite brilliant.


          1. Ah, the studio/card company silk screens are packed as this house is too small for the canvases I work on, but space is a requirement for next place. (Downsizing is waaaay over-rated) Meanwhile I just fiddled with outdoor environments – plants instead of paint with the same elements: texture, color, shape, light and dark….always though surrounding are critical for people to live and work well. I like big art and people interacting with it. Should have gone into architecture – HaHa!


    1. I’m immediately fascinated and want to try this practice. This explains why I’m more creative, as a direct result of the limits I lived with for over half of my life. You see, this is why I don’t despise my upbringing but appreciate it instead!

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