Featured: Hill Sixty Blog for International Women's Day 2021

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Hi Meg take a moment to introduce yourself!

Hi, I’m Meg – 27-year-old Kuku Yalanji woman from Ayr, North Queensland and currently residing in Melbourne on Kulin Nation. My current passions (and projects) are Marie Kondo-ing every aspect of my life (Saturn Return, everything must go!), prioritising my health and healing journey, practicing speaking my truth, integrating all aspects of myself (past versions, present, shadow), taking up space and building my business up to a point where I can transition into full-time creative, hand-making clay vessels and ritual items. Last year I hit a total rock bottom (as I am sure many of us did in some kind of way) and so the journey begins to rebuild myself in a sustainable way that offers grace, acceptance, forgiveness and being kind to myself.

What do you do for work?

I currently WFH in social work as a domestic violence case worker. I dropped out of my Bachelor of Social Work degree at the end of 2019 as I continued to struggle with my health. There’s a lot of shame attached to that as I have dropped out of many degrees before. I was lucky enough to be offered a job in the field, ¾ of the way through my degree. I learned after 3 years that I don’t have the energy reserves to continue to do this work long-term. I noticed that the only work that continues to generate more energy within me is when I am working with my hands. I am currently working on establishing my ceramics business to a point where I can do that full-time.

What does celebrating International Women’s day mean to you?

I usually spend a lot of time reflecting on the women who came before me and the challenges they might have faced and overcome for the privilege that I hold today. As kids I don’t think we can totally relate to the stories of hardship and barriers of our mothers’ (or women role models around us) and appreciate what we have in that context. As I grow older, I feel like I am healing a genetic maternal line within me as I reflect on my mothers’ experience at the stage of her life that I enter – I begin to understand, soften and truly appreciate the energy she invested in us and herself. And then I begin to think about that in the context of the world – how current barriers faced develop from historical barriers, and how we all independently challenge them on a micro level, that eventually form movements and change. It’s a lot of extra labour we unconsciously take on in this lifetime and IWD is a good chance to acknowledge and celebrate that.

Tell us about a female role model in your life that you cherish

Is it too corny to say my mum? What I cherish about her is her curiosity around health and her ability to step out of her comfort zone to explore them. I feel like I grew up in a household where mum was strict and stern, and a bit straight 180. And looking back I think that might have been to do with the fact that she was a young mother and may have felt the need to prove her capabilities. Safe to say it was a no BS zone. Of course, my sisters and I challenged her daily on that – which reflecting may have been her permission sent from the universe to release and play. Growing up, my mum raised us, completed a nursing degree, worked, completed another post-graduate degree, has become a carer twice over whilst navigating her own health journey. She books into mediums, reiki sessions, practices yoga and saves battery farm chickens (27 and counting). Mum continues to release old belief systems that don’t serve her anymore, which could potentially affect relationships with her children. She is one of the most proactive and hopeful people I know, which I feel has rubbed off on me too. She’s continued to give so much love to us children, despite not being shown much love growing up. I’ve watched her fall back in love with life and step back into her power, which is role model material in my books.

What do you hope IWD and the positive reinforcement it brings can achieve? I hope that IWD reminds us who the f* we are! We’re so conditioned to be critical of ourselves and police/make up strict rules for ourselves in all aspects of life. And for what? We purposely avoid stepping into our power, because our conditioning convince us that our insecurities are our truth. We think everyone sees what we think of ourselves and we shrink ourselves down to match that. Hopefully, IWD encourages us to reflect on our personal achievements (no matter how big or small… celebrate everything), healing, health, wellbeing and level of ability – and helps us feel proud and find acceptance of where we are at in our journeys. I hope that IWD can facilitate us to all step into our power much sooner.

Favourite book by a female author?

The Art of Gathering – How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker. My social work and counselling obsessed brain and Scorpio depth froths over the intelligence that comes with critically analysing and deconstructing whether the way we meet is the most conducive to presence and connecting with others.

I have just started Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown which is quickly becoming another fave!

Favourite female artist

Solange Knowles – such an expander for me! Producing her best work in her 30’s (so far), finding a way to create and express whilst navigating an invisible illness, aesthetics on point, not to mention the healing that her work has facilitated within her culture and community. We love that. Need I say more?

Best way to unwind?

Yin yoga sessions for a full nervous system reset and a bath with Earth Jiinda ‘calm’ bath soak.

What is a 10/10 series you’re watching?

I just finished three seasons of ‘Good Girls’ which was really fun to watch. I started ‘Ginny & Georgia’ on Netflix this week which is also pretty great. I’m just really enjoying all the new series and movies released that are centred around womens stories and their perspectives. I feel like I’ve never been more into TV/movies than I am today.

Honest coffee order?

Almond latte! I am on a really strict diet for another month and really miss nut mylk cappuccinos to be honest.

Sweet or savoury?

I said savoury before, but it’s starting to become sweet as I am delving into the world of baking! I’ve devoured three batches of homemade SIBO Anzac biscuits in the last two weeks. Solid fave.

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