Sara is Beautiful – Our Fundraising intern with a passion for art and strength

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!

Sara is our amazing Fundraising intern from Biola University! She has been helping us this semester with painting, prepping, fundraising and branding! The thing I love most about Sara is her reflective nature. Just speaking with her for five minutes you realize that she is an incredibly intelligent, grounded, humble individual. Learn a little more about what makes Sara BEautiful through our interview below:

Irvina: What sparked your interest to intern with Rewrite Beautiful?  

I am passionate about encouraging girls to celebrate how they were made and flourish and thrive in life, rather than wallow in self-doubt. I have also always felt called to be an artist in some capacity, but I don’t want to confine that desire to one specific activity or outlet just yet.  I love art because of the way we are able to visually say what we believe about ourselves and the world. 

Irvina: Name three of your favorite fictional heroines…

  1. Laura Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie. I admire Laura for her courage and pioneer lifestyle.  She did not live out of fear or selfishness, but was hardworking for the good of her family.  She stood up for herself and those she loved but was a combination of graceful elegance and unrestrained adventure.   She was free but not reckless and used her influence for good at every chance she got.

 

  1. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde - The more times I have watched this movie the more the concept of boldly being yourself no matter where you are or whose around has stuck out to me.  I am reminded of the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  In a campus of black and grey suits and dull classrooms, Elle brings the hot pink and sparkle without fear of criticism or judgment although she is often met with both. 

 

  1.  Mary, The Secret Garden.  I love Mary from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  The story starts with her as a sad, bitter orphan dressed in black without love or joy.  As she steps out and learns how to cultivate something beautiful apart from her bitterness and selfishness, her life and the lives of those around her are transformed.  Focusing on the beauty of the garden and helping beautiful things grow instead of wallowing in pain is a type of art therapy I see in this character.  

Irvina: Sara you are brilliant! I love The Secret Garden, but I never realized Mary was giving herself Art Therapy! What an astute observation. No wonder I love that book so much! So, tell us a moment that changed the course of your life?

Sara: One moment that changed the course of my life was in the Louvre in Paris in 2010.  I wandered from room to room awestruck by the huge marble-white statues and giant detailed paintings of biblical scenes and historical characters.  I sat down on a bench in the middle of a room full of paintings and began to cry. As I stared up at the painted ceiling decorated with scenes from nature and images of angels, I was struck at the amazing capacity God had given humans to create beautiful things. 

The concept that we were made in the image of our creator, with the same desire to create beauty was more real to me than ever.  Worried tourists passed by me and stared unaware that my tears were tears of joy, awe, and inspiration. As I pulled myself together, and continued to explore the majestic museum, I vowed that I would be an artist in some capacity as a way to honor my God and the able body and life He had blessed me with. 

Irvina: Well Sara, I think I the creative work you have done this semester with Rewrite Beautiful is quite pleasing to God, if I do say so myself! Thank you for all of your incredible work!

Want to intern with Rewrite Beautiful? Submit your interest HERE!

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