Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions! We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!
I met Jeannette about six years ago at a girly dinner party. Observing her ultra feminine, lady like manners, references to books and bold honesty; I branded her a rock star by dessert. Soon after we met, Jeannette walked with me through my own eating disorder recovery. Though she hasn’t experienced the disease, her heart was a hammock for me. They say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Jeannette has spent a great deal of her life raising her friends, family and random strangers she meets in the produce section of Trader Joe’s. She raises us until we’re ready to raise ourselves. I’m honored that I’ve been one of the many people who has been able to rest in her hammock. I am a stronger woman from being in her presence. Now as I Rewrite Beautiful it is a privilege to be able to work alongside this talented writer and artist, but I’ll let her tell you about that!
Irvina: Thanks for talking to us today love! So tell us, what is a fun project you’re currently working on?
Jeannette: At the moment I am helping you (Miss Irvina) write a book for Rewrite Beautiful!!!
Irvina: May I just say that you are the best writing coach and editor a girl could ask for! I wouldn’t be writing this book if it wasn’t for your organization and support. You’re kicking my booty and I’m so much better for it! So, besides loving your friends and helping Rewrite Beautiful what are you passionate about?
Jeannette: So many things. I am passionate about music and learning. I am passionate about the human experience and how we are all getting through this Life thing. I am passionate about people being kind and decent to each other. I am passionate about poetry. I am passionate about getting stronger from the hard stuff. I am passionate about studying other cultures and traveling to see what the rest of the world is doing. I am passionate about nesting. I am passionate about little nature and big nature. I am passionate about people being themselves. I am passionate about creating beautiful things with my hands to work out the thoughts in my head. I am passionate about my dog. I am really passionate about Leonard Cohen.
Irvina: Beautiful! Jeannette you seriously know how to LIVE! So love, what do you do for fun?
Jeannette: I go out for a really great meal with someone I love. Best thing in the world to me.
Irvina: Yes it is! Salud-to friends and vino! Salud! So my dear, whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
Jeannette: I think what I am most proud of is the strong and meaningful relationships I’ve had the opportunity to cultivate in my life. In my heart, relationships are golden and what keep us alive. I make a conscious effort to let my friends and family know how much I love and believe in them. In the most painful of times, life has been made bearable because of these very strong bonds, and in the best of times these relationships have made my life ridiculously joyful.
Irvina: Jeannette you are probably the most loved and adored woman I know. I think part of the reason for this is you enable people to feel their own worth and importance. You are a compass for many. It’s pretty magical! So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?
Jeannette: Right now it would probably be strength. I've got my eye on a few people in my tribe who are having a difficult time and they know I am here to help carry the weight. We all feel weak and beaten up sometimes, and it is ok to lean on the people who love you when storms come. Inevitably the tables will turn and someone will keep a faithful eye on me.
Irvina: That’s beautiful Jeannette! Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
Jeannette: My mom. She understands the importance of self-respect and dignity, the strength of grace under pressure, and the comfort of a home cooked meal. She is also really funny in her own way and very tender. She is a hard worker, artistic and intelligent. Physical beauty came to her naturally, but what she built on the interior of herself through years of being a school-teacher, a mother, and a wife is even more lovely. My mom's spirit is one of my very favorite things in this world.
Irvina: I love your mom! I’ll add to that and say I especially love the children she creates, the way she rocks red lipstick and gives hugs! What do you wish young women knew about beauty?
Jeannette: That beauty is what you can offer in the way of your mind, heart and soul to others and to yourself. Physical beauty is fleeting, always changing, and small beans in the big picture of things. Strive to not get too caught up in it. Instead, develop your inner self and allow that flame to carry you through the decades of your life. The foundation of your existence will be much stronger and richer if you live that way. Appreciate your unique nature and talents. Develop them so that the world can benefit from the beauty of your efforts.