We are soooooooooooooooo gassed to announced that we're working with the incredible Mae Muller, the leader of The Me Movement; not only is Mae a supah talented musician, but she's strong, independent, boundary-settin' bish on a mission. Her bad-arse determination and general attitude to life made her the perfect fit to lead The Me Movement. We sat Mae down and asked her a few questions:
What is self love?
"Well, I feel like, to me, I think self love is allowing yourself to make mistakes - I think that's how you grow. I'm really good at being really hard on myself and I feel like I always give myself a hard time when I do 'mess up', I take it out on me and I think self love is actually accepting that and being like "Do you know what? You're never going to perfect!" and that's actually okay. I'm still learning. It's a process. It's a journey, but we're getting there and I think also not being afraid to take up space. I always used to think that I had to mould myself to the room that I was in or I had to be quieter, or softer - and now I'm like... actually, I'm here. I'm proud and I'm gonna be loud. And that is me. And I think that's all part of accepting yourself and loving yourself."
What keeps you grounded?
"Definitely having my friends and family around me; I try to keep people close at all times [and] just my team in general, we are just like a family; for example, my makeup artist has been my best friend since I was 5. So, if she ever sees me getting out of line she's like "Shut up, now!" *laughs*, and I think that's important - and you need to be told to shut up a few times - I do, anyway. So, I think I'm really lucky to have a really strong support network who remind me of where I came from and and remind me of where I can go, and I'm really, really lucky to have that."
What does self care mean to you?
"Everyday it looks different; somedays it's about watching three seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, and somedays it's running a nice bath with a face mask. I think it's just about looking after yourself, and that looks so different to so many people, but you know, being kind to yourself, being kind to your skin and allowing yourself to relax. That is self-care. Also, giving yourself off days, you know, some days I feel like I have to work myself up to a frenzy and when I stand still and think I'm not doing enough, but actually, to do your best work, you need to have time off and you need to have days where you're like... 'I'm just going to flop around on the sofa, and not do anything.'"
What's your advice for someone with low self-esteem?
"Comparison is the thief of joy, for real. Being in this industry, being in any industry, being a young person - even being a woman, you're going to compare yourself to every single other person. It's just so pointless and not productive. What are you going to get from that? I tell myself this all the time and still do it. If you feel like you're going to start - flip it and think 'OMG, what they're doing is really cool,' let me think about what I can work on and better for myself so I can be doing that as well. And I think that's the way to do it. We've got to elevate and we'll all be happier. Comparison, let's cut it out, for real."
How do you make time for your own self care?
"I think there are always little snippets of time. Whether I'm away or I'm at a festival or gig - on my way there or back, I try to just chill a little bit and try to maximise those moments. I'm really lucky I work with my friends and a lot of my family, so even when I'm working, I'm having the best time - so my work is really therapeutic to me. I'm very lucky. I think it's just about finding those little moments to just chill and be calm."
We met Mae and captured some incredible behind the scenes, exclusively for you: