self care Archives - The Indigo Project
  • BADASS WOMEN: MEG WALTERS

    MEG WALTERS

    Visual artist and huge fan of mother nature, Meg Walters ditched the drama of the music industry for a life in the rainforest. She uses her art to help celebrate the diverse landscape of Australia, which touches on themes of inter-conectedness, nostalgia and escapism.

    WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

    It’s taken me fifteen years to get here, but I’ve created the life I’ve always dreamed of living; in the rainforest with my partner, daughter and dog, growing veggies, making art and meditating.  

    WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?

    I’m really lucky that I constantly feel like I’m overflowing with ideas…if anything, it’s hard to concentrate or organise them.  My original and biggest inspiration is Mother Earth. Nothing can compare to the crazy shit nature does.

    YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?

    If I could travel through space-time continuum I’d spend the first hour on a bush walk somewhere wild, the second hour exploring my own consciousness and the third hour putting all of this goodness into my art.

    NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.

    So many tracks, but at the moment I’m stuck on Maribou State’s ‘Turnmills’.   

    HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?

    Instead of trying to make myself feel better when I’m down, I’m now learning to be ok with not being ok.  Taking the time to sit with whatever I’m feeling has helped me understand that the good and the bad all come and go…it’s just about how you react to either that really impacts you.

    WHAT IS ONE MOUNTAIN YOU’VE CLIMBED TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF?

    Overcoming a crippling self-doubt that prohibited me from pursuing my dreams.  Learning how to stop listening to that critical voice inside my head, giving me the ability to create so much freedom, space and enjoyment in my life.  

    IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY

    Everything you need in life is already within you…you have no idea how amazing you truly are.  Basically, you got this, girl.

    To see more of Meg’s art, check out her Website, and be sure to follow Meg on Insta

  • BADASS WOMEN: FLEXMAMI

    FLEXMAMI

    Try to put FlexMami (Lillian Ahenkan) in a box. We dare you. Flex is a badass woman who is crushing life from all angles. As a DJ, MTV presenter, radio host, writer and social media wondress (we haven’t even covered all the boxes), she’s passionate about starting conversations around identity and intersectionality, and can be found dishing out no-bullshit self development advice on the daily via her bubbling Insta and Youtube channels. Like. Follow.

    WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

    How I’ve been able to create, thrive and monetise a life made with my wants and needs at the centre of it all.

    WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?

    Powerful, educated and vocal women of colour, who consistently speak their truth, have the conversations and start the movements that change the world.

    YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?

    I’d use it as a perfect time to sit on my couch, and relish in the luxury of not having to be or do anything.

    NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.

    Mahalia — Do Not Disturb. She’s one of the aformentioned WOC changing the world specifically through her music. Reclaiming her time and teaching us to as well.

    HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?

    Positive self think. Taking the time out to objectively look at my situation and unpack how I got there which always helps me get back out.

    IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY

    Stay on your course. You don’t need to justify why you do or don’t want to be the person of the past. Stay committed to learning and growing, because even when the outcome is not what you wanted, it’s one more thing to understand about the world and yourself.

    Be sure to follow FlexMami flexing her best life on Insta

  • BADASS WOMEN: ERICA VALENTI

    ERICA VALENTI

    When you hear the sound of roaring Harley Davidsons you’d be forgiven expecting them to be manned by big, burly dudes with beards. Enter Erica Valenti, a passionate and stereotype-smashing motorcycle afficionado. She’s doing awesome work making motorcycle culture accessible to a generation of women with her all-girl motorcycle group The Throttle Dolls.

    WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

    Sparking a worldwide movement of a whole new generation of women who ride motorcycles. We have been so lucky to be part of a global girl gang, who are unapologetically themselves.

    WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?

    I take so much inspiration from spiritual leaders like Oprah, Brene Brown, Eckhart Tolle. I am working hard on myself to live in the present moment with an open heart. And I’m loving Jameela Jamil  for promoting self love and acceptance….. But what really gets me fired up is seeing my friends around me do amazing things – chasing their dreams and facing challenges head on with grace and grit. That’s goosebump stuff and deeply inspires me.

    YOU HAVE 3 HOURS TO YOURSELF. NO ONE ELSE IS INVITED. WHAT DO YOU DO? WHERE DO YOU GO?

    Actually, as I work for myself this is not such an unusual scenario, and I enjoy alone time as I need it to recharge.

    My perfect 3 hours to myself would be : roll out of bed with nowhere in particular to be. And then jump on my Harley Davidson and ride through the bush to a secluded beach for a swim in the ocean. Afterwards I’d enjoy a little picnic to myself and bask in the sunshine. Heaven.

    NAME ONE TRACK THAT TOTALLY RECHARGES YOU.

    LCD Sound System – Home. I defy anyone to resist those percussiony beats.

    HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING GREAT?

    My go-to is a warm bath filled with healing salts and smells. And then I visualise myself surrounded with white light and say (yell) my personal mantra out loud for a few minutes. That always shifts my energy.

    WHAT IS ONE MOUNTAIN YOU’VE CLIMBED TO GET WHERE YOU ARE THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF?

    I quit what many people would consider to be a dream job in pursuit of my vision & to live life on my terms – working flexibly and freely. It was incredibly scary to let go of the security of full-time work and all the perks that came with my cool job. It also can trigger all sorts of feelings around not being good enough if the work isn’t flowing, and going through the process of letting go of your ego which has defined you around your job. I was really surprised to have to confront those issues… But wow, it feels good to be living my values.

    IT’S 2030. YOU’RE SENDING YOUR CURRENT SELF A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. WHAT DOES IT SAY

    In 2030 I’ll be in my mid-40’s, so I’d roll with  – You are a cool motorcycle mama living life your way, and I really respect that.

    Be sure to follow Erica and the adventures of the Throttle Dolls via Insta