We believe in empowerment through awareness, in knowledge as power.
We believe that when you live to learn, you learn to live with passion.
We believe in an inner strength that is only found when tested, one that brings clarity to the meaning of living with purpose.
We believe in independence and loving ourselves for being perfectly imperfect.
We believe in days of change, and days to just be present.
We believe in healthy nourishment that promotes emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
We believe in ingredients that come from nature, from our fields, mountains and oceans.
We believe in using science to amplify their benefits, without harming animals in the process.
We believe it’s time to embrace conscious consumerism by offering safer, cleaner and more ethical choices.
We believe in farmers, scientists, and a community committed to the same clean skincare standards.
We believe in the power of people who are on the same transformative mission.
Let’s face it. The skin is our largest organ and we aren’t always aware of the ingredients in the products we use. And don’t even get me started on whether we look at the expiration dates of our lotions and potions. It’s so interesting, prior to my awakening, I would easily have used my body lotion until it was empty and not even given a thought of when it went bad, yet you couldn’t pay me to eat a 12 month old tomato. But I digress. In 2008, I was a planner: I had the two kids, the two dogs, the 750 square foot greenhouse where I grew starter plants and edible flowers for our local Whole Foods. What I didn’t realize is that I had completely forgot to actually live my life - with passion, with purpose, and with full awareness.
Then, everything changed: I had been having some headaches, my peripheral vision was starting to be affected on my left side, I was in menopause at 36, and I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in July. What the heck was going on with me?
On November 4, 2008, I had an MRI. The results came back and I found myself diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. After speaking with numerous specialists, I was told I could have as little as six months to live.
When I went to my doctor and asked how this was even possible, he pointed out it could be environmental. “What? I eat organic and grow produce in my own greenhouse for God’s sake!” I replied. That’s when he asked me my life changing question: “What do you put on your skin?”
The truth was I had no idea what I was putting on my skin - but it was the aha moment - my awakening. I had found my purpose; I knew if I survived this surgery (which the odds were against), my legacy would be to create change and empower others to live their healthiest life.
When I woke up from surgery on April 22, 2009 (also Earth Day, which I took as a good sign), I was able to see completely out of my eye. The surgeon took my hand and said “We were able to get everything. Welcome to the rest of your life.”
I am sure now more than ever that what we put in and on our bodies, what we clean and fragrance our homes with, and how we recycle these products has so much to do with the decline in health and wellness these days. Autism, cancer, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, tumors, asthma, autoimmune disorders – you name it, the statistics are there. The question is: what are we going to do to create change?
So readers, that is where the inspiration and the drive to create a platform for Indie Lee was born. This brand is about empowerment, education and healthy living; creating a community of like minded individuals on the same journey of change.
“Get your affairs in order and spend as much time with your children as you can.” Those words stopped me in my tracks. I knew I was sick, but I had no idea I was potentially dying. I was 37 and had two small children. When you are given the sentence of having a very short, finite amount of time ahead of you, you get real with how you want to spend it.
I chose to spend as much time with my children as possible. I wanted them to know me and know in their heart that no matter what, I would always be a part of them. I also didn’t want the time to be spent in Doom-and-Gloomville. For those that don’t know me, I’m an optimist at my core (but that’s another blog post). So I decided that when I wasn’t with them, I would research and look for doctors that would give me a different diagnosis and prognosis and poured over books learning as much as i could about environmental toxins. It kept me focused and not thinking about what might be.
The outpouring of support and love that I received from my family is something I will never, ever forget. There were prayer chains, calls to connect me with new doctors, shared articles of some new surgical technique. It was the most overwhelming and beautiful show of love and support I could ever imagine. And yet, selfishly, I really wanted to spend time with my kids most nights and not recount several times what the latest doctor visit results were.
I suddenly had an idea. I would blog to keep everyone informed at the same time. If I received new news, I’d blog it. If I saw a new doctor, I’d share what they said. With a couple of keystrokes and a few lines of code to change the color theme on a template, I had a blog. It just needed a name.
I knew I didn’t want to use my real name, Lisa, too boring. I wanted it to represent my new journey in life, declaring my independence, the continued strength and optimism. After all, I had every intention of finding a different prognosis and living happily ever after. And with that, ‘Indie Lee’ (Indiependent Lisa) was born. I call this my Go Indie moment.
For me, every time I hear ‘Go Indie’, I am reminded of this beautiful transformation. It represents my awakening and commitment to live a cleaner lifestyle and empower others to be mindful about what they put on their skin. I believe we all have these moments when we are called to do something greater that taps into your inner strength. This is my story. I would love to hear your Go Indie story.
Sourcing the world's finest ingredients and formulating with the help of leading, like-minded chemists, Indie Lee & Co. intrinsically blends nature and science to bring the most efficacious products to market without sacrificing safety. The brand’s mission to provide healthier skincare options is embodied through its undertaking of rigorous testing protocols to ensure clean, high-performance products. Committed to creating change and building community in the clean lifestyle and wellness categories, Indie Lee & Co is grounded in nature, supported through science, and inspired by life.
One of our missions as a brand is to empower others and create community in the process. In this new series, we’ll be sharing with you our ‘Indie-stry gurus’. These gurus are paving the way where no one previously has, walking a path much less traveled, or building a legacy totally different than the rest. They are thought leaders and provokers from all different industries - beauty, wellness and beyond. They’re the people who ask not just ‘How?’ but ‘Why?’ And most of all, they’re empowering others with knowledge, education and inspiration.
Check back here soon to meet our first Indie-stry guru.