Meghan Butler is the Account Director at Arrow, a PR and branding shop in Austin devoted to the art of creative storytelling as a strategic business driver. Arrow consistently seeks to work with folks who do well by doing good. We met Meghan during her time at Seventh Generation and always look for the next opportunity to collaborate.
When asked to describe herself in 10 words or less, this is what we got: “Please give me coffee and tell me I look pretty.”
We can’t say we disagree.
1. What was the last picture you took with your phone? I am staunchly anti-selfie, so naturally it was of something unexpected while traveling:
2. Best compliment you ever received? “You’re fun. I want to bottle you up and take you everywhere I go. I’d call you Eau de Meghan.” Author’s note: I get that this sounds creepy, but it’s totally not.
3. If you could wake up tomorrow as someone else – who would you be and what would you do? It seems like the obvious answer would be the President or that one doctor who’s working to prevent the next pandemic. But really, I’d want to be Amy Schumer on a good day. I assume that all comics are sad clowns on the inside, but I suspect that she’s just like the rest of us. I’d get up and do brunch until an unacceptable hour, then proceed to photobomb unsuspecting tourists all while gallivanting with my famous comic friends.
4. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life – what would that meal be? I would go to La Fonda San Miguel in Austin, Texas and order the chile con queso, sopa de elote, tacos al pastor, coffee toffee pie and a side of cardiac defibrillators.
5. What industry jargon do you find yourself using the most? What is your least favorite industry jargon? Playing Catchphrase Bingo in long meetings is always fun. “Circle back,” “circle the wagons” and “let’s parking lot that” are repeat offenders. They make having a serious conversation very difficult.
6. If you could choose any other profession what would it be? Why? I would be an ER nurse in a Level 1 trauma center, or a secret agent. It’s a tough call. OR I would be a secret agent that has to pose as an ER nurse. (ß That’s actually a brilliant solution to classic indecisiveness, if I do say so myself.)
7. What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it? I really like memoirs of people in extraordinary circumstances, whether or not they’re famous. Smoke: How a Small-Town Girl Accidentally Wound Up Smuggling 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills was very compelling in the sense that it was a quick read and most of the time I was screaming (on the inside), “GIRL YOU ARE DUMB! HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW!?” and then I would hide behind a sofa in embarrassment. If you want a good memoir, I’d direct you to Rob Lowe’s first one, The Stories I Only Tell My Friends, which is a lie because, duh, he doesn’t know you. Unless he does? In which case, introduce me? That ghostwriter really knows what they’re doing.
8. What television show is your guilty pleasure? Ok, now you’re getting real. I play West Wing on loop in the background most days. It should be required viewing for every human everywhere. Though I’m late to the game, I just polished off Nurse Jackie. I am drawn to morally repugnant characters. I’m sure this says a lot about me, but we’ll pretend it doesn’t. At this rate, I have until about 2020 before I start Breaking Bad.
9. What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble? Do you take it as a compliment? I’ve heard all of the All American Girl next door types. And I absolutely take it as a compliment. Something tells me they’re much more interesting and mischievous than the stereotype suggests.
10. What advice would you give to your teenage self? You are beyond good enough. And loosen up, for Pete’s sake, or you’ll come undone!
Wait, what? Now we’re marking seasonal milestones by the change in Starbucks drink flavors? (In my best Charlie Brown voice), “Good grief — we’ve officially become a Starbucks society.”
Well it’s no wonder. After all, we spend so much time there. For me, Starbucks is like my second office, especially when I travel. I have meetings there, I plug in there, I unwind there. Wireless, caffeinated bliss.
In fact, when I’m not there, I kind of wish I were there or I find myself wanting something from there. Something in a tall, warm, cozy cardboard cup of comfort! It’s almost as if I’m … addicted. Which got me thinking: Could Starbucks be the millennial form of smoking? Let’s see:
- We crave it.
- It feels good just to hold it.
- We usually leave the office to have it; some of us even “sneak” it.
- We’re grumpy when we don’t have it.
- We’re pretty sure it’s bad for us.
- What used to be filtered, menthol, slim is now decaf, skinny, no whip.
- It’s about a $5-a-day habit.
So there you go. Starbucks is the new cigarette. The good news: there’s no second-hand mocha. What a relief.
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