“I have become a more confident, positive, and resilient person throughout working with Rewrite Beautiful.” – Natalie, Student, Cal State Long Beach
See the pics here: http://annajoyphoto.myshowit.com/rewritebeautiful/index.html
Happy Friday BEAUTIFUL! It is a great honor to bring you these JOY-ful photos from our last Rewrite Beautiful Street Art lesson in Costa Mesa, CA. They were shot by the BEAUTIFUL Anna Joy of Anna Joy Photo and her STRONG 2nd shooter (and body guard) Michael Stoltz. Anna Joy not only volunteered her BEAUTIFUL photography talents she also very gracefully joined in on our Rewrite Beautiful/Strong lesson, sharing her own realizations of what makes her BEAUTIFUL. Anna Joy is a woman that exudes her BEAUTY in her faith, generosity and kindness towards others. She is one of those rare people that KNOWS she is beautiful simply because she was created for a BEAUTIFUL purpose... her personal purpose is glorify Jesus... I hope you look for your own personal and BEAUTIFUL purpose this holiday weekend ... it's there... you just have to look for it! I hope you'll come back here and tell us all the BEAUTIFUL things you found in yourself!
Hey BEAUTIFUL! So this past Saturday we posted some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art in the Santa Ana Artists Village. The first Saturday of every month there is an Artist Walk there so we thought it would be a great opportunity for some exposure. The funny thing is is not only did we get some exposure, but we got some Rewrite Beautiful PARTICIPANTS! (AKA Freelance Artists ;) ) Check this out.... some Rewrite Beautiful fans (the BEAUTIFUL Anita and the BEAUTIFUL Elana) were at the Artist Walk and messaged me this picture:
This dude Jorge saw our Rewrite Beautiful Street Art and took it upon himself to Rewrite Beautiful for none other but "himself" and then added it to the rest of our Street Art on the tree. I must admit, it made my Saturday night when I saw this... it just reminded me that we have our own ideas of how Street Art, beauty, relationships and careers are going to go down. We plan, we prep, we produce and then the whole game plan changes... to something even better than the original plan. Beautiful is changing guys and I'm so honored to be apart of it. I hope Jorge inspired you to make some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art and share it with the world and us!
P.S. A very special thanks to the BEAUTIFUL Erin who came out volunteered her time in the wee hours of Saturday morning to shoot these pictures! We love you Erin!
Good morning BEAUTIFUL! It's a good thing I'm a "Sunrise" kinda girl! Cause there's no better time to put up Rewrite Beautiful Street Art up for the public to see. In between tying art in the tree in front of the Gypsy Den and clarifying with the waiters there that "technically" (proud lawyer friends?) the tree is not on Gypsy Den property therefore they don't have to regulate on my revolutionary self.... I met Jerry.
Jerry's opener was, “Hey I like your art”
I said, “Oh... thank you! What do you think when you see it?”
He said, “I think of strong women.”
I then asked, “Do you think strong equals beautiful?”
And he said, “No, I think sometimes women use their strength to hurt men and that's not beautiful. But, I have this friend she may not be beautiful on the outside, but she is the most beautiful person I have ever met.”
After hearing Jerry's opinions I asked him if it was okay if I videoed him for our blog. He agreed and here it is. I think Jerry has some very insightful and truthful perspectives on the beauty of women. It's always interesting to hear others perspectives of beauty. *Just a little FYI: There is some stuff that Jerry says like“she wasn't physically beautiful” For the record Rewrite Beautiful doesn't believe beauty is in the physical. These are Jerry's opinions and we think he's on to something!
Enjoy the conversation....and be sure to leave your comments and your opinions in the comment section below...now... “What makes a woman BEAUTIFUL?” Without further ado Jerry, from the Santa Ana Artist’s Village.
Happy Monday BEAUTIFULS! We're "Back to work!" as my friend Milan from Furniture From Home would say; and continuing our blog series on "Question: What is BEAUTIFUL? Answer: Creativity." We have asked the question "If BEAUTIFUL can't be found in the size of your jeans where is it? One of our many answers is in your CREATIVITY" Creativity has many facets and we're exploring them here.
Today is Day 5 and today our BEAUTIFUL Creativity is found in DREAMING. I saw Inception this weekend, it was mind blowing to say the least. It brought up so many questions, thoughts and inspiration. One being about the sub-conscious. Now, I'm a creative person and familiar with bursts of creativity that happen while taking bubble baths and waiting at a red light, but there is something about dreaming that provides more psychedelic visions than any workshop or Allison Wonderland mushroom could provide. I often have dreams about art that is so eclectic, intricate and far-out that I don't even know where to start to create it... so it stays locked in my dreams (and my dream journal) But, there are those people who have BEAUTIFUL artistic dreams and try their best to make them a REALITY. Those people are like my friend Rebecca from Sleepy Dreamer.
Rebecca is BEAUTIFUL because she is not only CREATIVE but she is a DREAMER. Now one might ask, where is the BEAUTY in dreaming? We all do that. Yes, but not all of us pursue our dreams the way Rebecca does. Rebecca hosts a blog called Sleepy Dreamer where she posts creative creations that are as random as her dreams. Wedding dresses, necklaces and photo shoots are some of them. But, what I think is the most BEAUTIFUL thing about Rebecca is her honesty about the frustration from being a dreamer. She is honest that she doesn't know where all of these dreams and creative endeavors are taking her, yet she still tries.
A very common theme for girls with Eating Disorders is, "If I can't win, I won't play." In other words, "If I can't be the best, than why even try." This perfectionism leaves a lot of girls simply in the dark. We celebrate Rebecca's BEAUTY because she takes risks, she doesn't claim to be perfect or to be the best, she simply states that she is a Dreamer, “ She loves to sleep. She lives to dream." Rebecca is what we consider BEAUTIFUL, honest, genuine, creative and a risk taker.
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...
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?
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.