I decided to update the website and make the "About" section a little more succinct, so I thought I would repost the old "About Me" here, since it took a long time to write! Haha, enjoy!
The story of The Indigo Tribe is really as much MY story as it is the story of a small business, so I'd like to share how it is I got here.
I started The Indigo Tribe back in October 2015. I had just moved to LA that summer, only knowing one other person in the entire city--who abruptly informed me he was moving to Texas. With only 90 days under my belt in a brand new city, I felt utterly alone. Having lived in Chicago my entire life, I had dozens of friends there that I could call at the drop of a hat. Days were spent in an office, then off to Happy Hours, and weekends were a flurry of birthdays, weddings, street fests, etc. And now, I found myself riding solo, without an office to go into, in the 2nd largest city in the US. Holy. Crap.
I had come to LA after taking an offer from my company to move to SoCal. I rented out the condo I owned in Chicago and was living in Cali 90 days later. I spent a year at an apartment near the beach, working my 9-5 gig as a consultant while also helping a friend edit his Memoir. Taking on a move, new job, new state, AND a book editing project was crazy stressful, but also so invigorating. To be feeling creative again!!
After that year by the beach, I made the big leap to move up to LA where I found a loft in a great spot Downtown. After a few months and LOTS more alone time (sensing a theme?) I found myself meditating more and more. One day, a message came to me. It started as just a simple thought:
"I want to live a Creative Life."
Woah. OK. What did that mean? I wasn't sure just yet, but I decided to write it down on a piece of paper and hang it next to my bed (along with a check for $1,000,000 and a picture of Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa, because a girl can dream damnit!). I woke up everyday with that staring me down, so it was the first thing I saw in the morning, and I repeated it like a mantra, out loud, over and over and over. A few days in, I realized I would have to take matters into my own hands. I decided to tap into my creative side by decorating my new loft, I had always LOVED designing interiors...
I bought a new sewing machine, and started making things for my new apartment. I wanted to bring the feel of the beach apartment to my new space in the heart of downtown, so I experimented with an Indigo dye on everything I could get my hands on. Living in a loft meant I could get things a little messy, and I found the dye process relaxing and therapeutic. As friends began asking me to make things for them, I figured I would set up an Etsy site to make it easier to communicate (and have them pay). But first, I needed a name.
I wanted the word Indigo in the name, because that was the original medium that stirred up my creative juices. Plus, I love that Indigo is the color that corresponds to the 3rd Eye (Ajna) Chakra and represents intuition, perception, and higher consciousness.
Time alone brought ritual and my creative side out, but deep down I was longing for the sense of community I had felt back in my hometown. I missed my friends dearly, and I think some subconscious part of me added the word "Tribe" to the name, hoping to manifest a West Coast circle that I could trust. I created a quick business card on my computer, and added the catch phrase "Give This World Good Energy!". It was exactly what I wanted for my little business.
So, The Indigo Tribe began in this way. As a way of channeling the creative energy that I was missing in my day-to-day life. Relatively quickly, my little business grew. By the following month, I had requests to be a vendor at markets to sell my indigo dyed blankets and pillows. I couldn't believe my little side hustle was going to be seen by PEOPLE. Like, IN PUBLIC!!
I began re-styling my loft on a weekly basis to do photo shoots, and more and more invitations came in to sell my things.
That creative life was manifesting before my eyes, but over the months I had let the spiritual side of myself and my business falter. I had been working and working, but I never stopped to pause long enough to just be still. I had zero balance in my life, I was producing crazy amounts of work, but my life was spinning out of control behind the scenes, the good energy had gone stagnant, and something had to give.
At the end of Aug 2016, I finally, gratefully, broke down. And while a break isn't always pretty, it was so very necessary. I realized I was out of control, I'd been working so much that I hadn't made any REAL connections in my year in LA, and life felt...grey. So, I pressed pause...took a breath, and something amazing happened. I realized I needed to wipe everything clean and start from scratch, refocus my business with balance, integrity, authenticity...the things I actually value. This is a work in progress, but the $1,000,000 check is gone--replaced with a card that says one word: LOVE. I commit (and recommit daily) to do all things with love.
So today, as I type this, I have entered a new era. I left my 9-5 corporate gig behind in June of 2017 and I am stepping out onto the ledge. I have trust that the Universe is here to support me, but mostly I trust that I will show up for myself to create the life I was destined to live. I have created the space to figure out what I'm meant to do, and it's a risk...but I'm taking it.
The Indigo Tribe is a space I've created for anyone who is ready to do the same, to take a leap and follow their gut--even when everyone is telling you that it's (you're) crazy. When you wake up and see that everything is possible, fighting that urge becomes harder than just letting go. So, I hope you'll join me, whether that means you are ready to surrender, already have, or are just reading along for now, preparing for your own moment...I can't wait to see what comes next!!
i am beckee.
Lover, Writer, Artist, Curser, Creator, Moonchild, LA Dweller, and Star Gazer on a Quest to Find the Beauty and Love in Everything