“Rewrite Beautiful gave me more knowledge on why people put their bodies through eating disorder and how I can help a friend if I see signs." – McKenzie, Student, Costa Mesa High School
Hello there BEAUTIFUL! Happy Wednesday! This weeks Rewrite Beautiful has asked “What is BEAUTIFUL” the answer? Creativity! What makes Rewrite Beautiful different is that we don't believe in cookie cutter molds that claim to be BEAUTIFUL. We believe in creating your own mold! Why? Cause we're artsy-kids who like push the envelope and obnoxiously practice our pirouettes in Art Museums just cause we can!
So this week were focusing on all elements of artistic creativity as beauty. Lucky you cause you get to see some of our BEAUTIFUL friends in action! Today, BEAUTIFUL is SINGING. Now if you asked me what my beautiful attributes are vocally I would have to tell you they are #1. Screaming in public just to make my friends laugh and also just in case anyone didn't get their cardio for the day and need some blood pumped to their heart # 2. Talking; cause I love to talk about all of my BEAUTIUL friends and how much they inspire me! But, singing...singing ain't my BEAUTIFUL gig! But, that's okay cause I have other stuff that makes me BEAUTIFUL. But, dude do I appreciate some lungs on a lady! I think singing is such a BEAUTIFUL attribute in a girl because #1.) It shows hard work to memorize the words to a song, learn the tune and beat #2.) The dudette has to have some serious courage to stand up in front of a group of people and entertain!
So let me introduce you to a BEAUTIFUL friend of mine named MacKenzie. MacKenzie is one of my amazing art students and in only 9 years of life has already shared so much beauty with others through her singing. MacKenzie will be performing the song Lean on Me. I know... seriously... if the scenario were any cuter she'd be a cupcake! I love that she is singing this song cause it's just the ooey gooey goodness of what Rewrite Beautiful is about! Enjoy her BEAUTIFULness and please leave your applauding comments below in the comment section.....
Sometimes I listen to live music that is so stinkin' BEAUTIFUL that it literally feels like my brain is getting a massage....
Sometimes I go to see my friends perform dance routines that are so BEAUTIFULLY choreographed that my neck gets stiff, from being so mesmerized by the performance.....
Sometimes my Art students have so much BEAUTIFUL humor, laughter and joy to share that my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard....
So I beg the question.... If beautiful can't be found in the size of your jeans where do you think it's found? Wanna hint? It starts with a "C". It's found in your creativity. The most BEAUTIFUL girls I know spread their beauty with creativity: dancing, singing, laughing, leading, designing, baking, cooking, writing, volunteering and many more things that end with "ing"....
This week I'm gonna show you a couple of BEAUTIFUL girls I love; I'll show you how they make the world a more BEAUTIFUL place with their creativity. The first is Nancy.Nancy is the daughter of Suresh Kumar, the Pastor and Founder of Harvest India. I met Nancy on a Mission trip to India last December. Though she is only 3 years old and could only speak a few words of English she left a lasting impression on my friends and I. Her BEAUTY is magnetic she constantly makes people laugh with her sass, humor and creative dancing. Check out some of her BEAUTIFUL and edgy moves here...
I was up in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Visiting by Beautiful little sister, Sessa and checkin' out the Street Art Scene for some Rewrite Beautiful inspiration....before I show some of the highlights I have a couple of sidenotes:
1.) To my conservative Irvine peeps - No, Rewrite Beautiful does not plan on "Tagging" the Orange County area. We always create "movable" pieces of Street Art. We would never think of messing with your beige color scheme, beauty is in the eye of the color swatch holder and you rock your beigeness all you want!
2.) To my liberal San Francisco peeps - Yes, if you want Rewrite Beautiful to do some galatically, cool Street Art that takes up an entire city block with neon colors we are down like China Town!
For the rest of ya'll.... kick it and enjoy the show!
Theres so much more that I couldn't put up here. If you're up in the San Fran area I suggest you get a skateboard in order to see it all. It's the best way to cruise the streets and simultaneously check out the Street Art Scence. Pick one to your fancy: Rainbow Lovin, Musical Tunes or Hard as nails:
On the way back to So Cal. my little Sis, Sessa and I stopped at Swanton Farms for some Strawberry pickin'! I've never been Berry Pickin' but I loved pretending I was Strawberry Shortcake in the process...
When you're starting a non-profit it's very much like starting a company. There are many round table discussions and darts thrown at the question, "Who are we?" "What's our brand?" "What's our product?" Who is our niche supporter?" Growing up in the non-profit world I understood that you could go two routes a.) The "look at the starving babies! Help them!" route or the b.) "Lets a build a house and hug it out!" I prefer to hug it out. I have spent a lot of time listening to non-profits talk about the dark side of man and I wanted REWRITE BEAUTIFUL to focus on the positive: Changing how girls see beauty in themselves, using Art as the vehicle to do so and building communities of girls who believe they have more to contribute to the world than what they look like.
The truth is there is a very real and dark side to the REWRITE BEAUTIFUL mission. We are established today because we saw a need in the 7 million girls in the USA alone who are currently in a great deal of pain, depression and suffering from an Eating Disorder. I was so blantantly reminded of that while I was doing some research on Google this evening. I was trying to google "How to be better non-profit" When all of the sudden I saw the defaults (What is Googled most often) with that phrase "How to be b.." You can see the phrases below.
I dont' know what this does to you, but my eyes watered and my heart sunk when I saw this. The fact that there are enough people out there Googling "How to be beautiful" and "How to be bulimic" that it defaults to this phrase just gives me a great deal of sadness and a heck of a lot of ammo for the week. I mean REWRITE BEAUTIFUL says that being "beautiful" consists of how you treat other people. Yet there are hurting people out there looking for "beautiful" in places they will never find it.
When it comes down to it, I'm not a branding guru. I don't know what's going to make any of you guys care about the 7 Million girls in the US with an Eating Disorder. I am just one person who can see a problem and do my best to make it better. I think we can all do that. I encourage you guys to notice when your eyes water and heart breaks this week and to do one little thing to make it better.
One of our favorite REWRITE BEAUTIFUL supporters is living in the last call-namesake of all brewery's and pub's "Sweet Home Alabama". Our beautiful friend Jeannette made this REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Street Art piece for her beautiful mama, Anne who lives here in Newport Beach, California. I absolutely love everything about this piece...it's placement on a tree, (Yeah tree's!) the kiss between Anne and her hunka-hunka- burnin' love son Matt (that I have a MILD crush on) and simply just what Jeannette wrote about her BEAUTIFUL mama. It take's a beautiful woman to make a beautiful woman and I can not only see, but I can read the proof that Anne is just that: BEAUTIFUL. What about you? Have you Rewritten Beautiful today?
The masses have spoken and they want some Rewrite Beautiful this summer! So we’re packin’ up our spray paint, pastels, cameras, wood and all other creative materials we can fit into a Toyota Carolla and heading out to Change how girls see beauty in themselves. This is who is taking our booty’s off of our hammocks this summer… and sending us on the Rockin’ Road Trip to: Rewrite Beautiful!
Destination A: July 6th 2010
We will be working with girls k-8th grade!
Destination B: August 11th 2010
Costa Mesa, California
We will be working with Jr. High, High School and College aged girls!
Destination C: Saturday, August 21st 2010
Street Art Party
Costa Mesa, California
We will be inviting everyone from tiny tikes to wise old artists with dreads to come and do Rewrite Beautiful Street Art together. To get the VIP invite you'll have to join us on facebook.
So I know what you’re thinking…you wanna come on our Rockin’ Road Trip to: Rewrite Beautiful….and you feel all left out….awww…don’t be sad! Here at Rewrite Beautiful we believe everyone can play a part of this cause. You can either:
Our whole goal in doing this Rockin' Road Trip to: Rewrite Beautiful is to get the word out about Rewrite Beautiful. You can do that yourself by making your own Street Art, putting it out on in public and submitting it to us to post here on our blog. To find out how check out our link Create Rewrite Beautiful Street Art
You can volunteer to come help us facilitate Rewrite Beautiful in schools. Whether you’re a teacher on Summer “Vaca” looking for a cause to make a difference with or a just a boy who has a fetish for saws and likes to cut wood into weird shapes, then you should Show BEAUTIFUL! Email us at RewriteBeautiful@gmail.com for more 411
Are you wondering, “How the heck are they going to afford to buy all of those art supplies for all of those girls who want to Rewrite Beautiful?” We are wondering the same thing too! We need a lot of help to “Supply” BEAUTIFUL art supplies to meet the “Demand” to Rewrite Beautiful. If you would like to donate to the Rewrite Beautiful cause, please send all checks to:
177 Riverside Avenue, Suite F #1110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
A little girl who will grow up knowing how beautiful she truly is , thanks you!
Check this chick out, she's only 2 years old and she's already a Street Artist! For none other than the artsyest-radicalest-cause around REWRITE BEAUTIFUL! At 2 years old she's already a revolutionary...I mean what girl wears a WHITE v-neck to do messy art? I'll tell you which one's... The REWRITE BEAUTIFUL ones...We love a girl that can get down and dirty! And run around barefoot while doing it! She's like the next Katie Sokoler! I hope sweet little Ever from ever/after encourages all you beautiful mama's out there to do some REWRITE BEAUTIFUL Street Art with the little gal's in your life this weekend and tell them what makes them beautiful! (and of course don't forget to send us your pics ;) )
Imagine that you have flown the 30 hour flight to India. You have taken the 9 hour bus ride from Hyderbad to the small town of Tenali in Andrha Pradesh, India. You are now in front of a crowd of starving, sick and desperate Indian people. You are passing out bananas and bread to small children and the thought in your head isn’t “smile and hug the children” it’s “I feel fat. I wish I didn’t eat breakfast. I want to purge.” This exact predicament is what an eating disorder does to a girl. No matter where she is or the circumstance she is paralyzed in her thoughts. She is a girl that can’t go beyond her thoughts and definitely can not help others.
This is why Rewrite Beautiful is Changing how girls see beauty in themselves. If a girl does not see the beauty in herself she can not help others to see the beauty in themselves. There are millions of girls today that are not only paralyzed from helping people in other nations, they are paralyzed from just being present for their families. There are girls who stay locked in their rooms because they don’t like the way their jeans look on them. We believe no one deserves to hidden from the world, no matter what they look like in their jeans. The world misses out when these girls are not present. This is why we are trying to create Girls that can Go and use their talents, passions and education to help others in need.
When girls are healthy and outside of their bedrooms and not obsessing about the size of their jeans they do amazing things and start amazing organizations like these:
31 Bits www.31Bits.com
Founded by: Brooke, Alli, Anna, Kallie
The Go: A mission trip to Uganda
Vision: 31 Bits works with women inNorthern Uganda. The Ugandan women make awesome jewelry that is sold here in the US. The money is sent back to the women so they can sustain their lives. 31 Bits "strives to build a loving community that cares for individuals’ spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs."
International Princess Project www.intlprincess.org
Founded by: Shannon Keith
The Go: A mission trip to India
Vision: IPP helps Indian women get out of prostitution by giving them the opportunity to learn a new trade, Punjammie making! These women make gorgeous Punjammies (Pajama pants made out of beautiful Indian fabric). The women once enslaved in the sex trade not only have the opportunity to support themselves with a skill and dignity, but they also are provided a place to live and to heal in body and spirit and to live lives of freedom.
Founded by: Stephanie Pallaro
The Go: A mission trip to India
Vision: iSanctuary exists to provide opportunities for girls who were formerly in the sex trade to grow, gain restoration, and eventually sustain themselves by earning an income as they reintegrate into society. Another awesome jewelry making venture...iSanctuary gives the girls the opportunity to create jewelry that is sold in the US and the profits are sent back to support them. "Education and vocational training combat one of the most significant factors that make women and girls vulnerable to trafficking and poverty." Just a little FYI: Many women in 3rd world countries go into the sex trade because they have no education thus they have no skills and selling their bodies is the only job available for them.
Iam Hope and Healing www.iamhopeandhealing.org
Founded by: Hallie Kotrla
The Go: San Diego, California
Vision: I AM is a safe and secure place for women and men who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, binge eating disorders and body image issues, as well as any associated problems related to these areas. IAM helps newly recovering ED survivors find Sober Living, Sponsors, Meetings and a community of support.
This is just a glimpse of what Girls that can Go do. It takes a ton of work to start and run organizations like these. I hope these girls inspire you to either get healthy enough to Go or support girls that Go.
On an Inspirational note: Harvest India is a non-profit organization based in Southern India that helps every person under the Indian sun in need in the name of Jesus Christ. The pastor, Suresh Kumar is visiting the US right now. I ran into him the other day. He asked me about Rewrite Beautiful, I told him about us going into schools and changing the way girls see beauty in themselves, he was excited. Then I told him that the vision is that these girls would eventually turn into women who are equipped to Go to India and serve other women. I got a classic, thumbs up from Suresh, a head nod and a “Good job man! God job!” If I do say so myself, “Right on!” I hope all of you girls know that you have something in you that you need to GO and give to others, small or big you have it to share. And I hope all you boys keep encouraging all us gals to GO and be the women we were created to be.