“I have become a more confident, positive, and resilient person throughout working with Rewrite Beautiful.” – Natalie, Student, Cal State Long Beach
Volunteering for Eating Disorder Non Profit
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!
Natalie is one of those infectious women that you just get enough of! The best way to describe Natalie is sincere, hilarious and wise. Every time I talk to Natalie I start to think, “Yes! I can do this?” “Who’s the world messin’ with? You best not be messin’ with me world!” Natalie’s energy is a multi-faceted woman; lighthearted, deep, fun and outgoing. I hope you all appreciate the beautiful girl she is as much as I do!
Irvina: What is a fun project you’re currently working on?
Natalie: Currently, I am learning how to live a "greener" life. With that being said, I am trying to treat the earth and my body with the best possible care.
Irvina: Awe! I’m so happy to hear that! Too many women over work themselves and the whole world suffers for it. It’s awesome to see women advocating for themselves! So, what are you passionate about?
Natalie: I am so passionate about self-care and treating yourself and your environment the best you can! Life is so much more enjoyable when you are nourished, emotionally, spiritually and physically! I also LOVE to run, it’s my time to meditate and think.
Irvina: How funny, I’m the same way with running. I get the most creative ideas while running. It actually makes me run faster to get home and write it down! So, what do you do for fun?
Natalie: For fun, I love to run, do yoga, see movies, plays, lay out at the beach, go out to eat, get frozen yogurt, and read!
Irvina: Yes! I’m such a Yogi and Book Worm too! I also like to call myself a Professional Layer Outer ;) So Natalie, whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
Natalie: I contribute positivity to the world. I really want girls and women out there to know that there is life outside of the diet and calorie counting prison. Life is so fun and it’s so easy to miss it if you are stuck on taking yourself too seriously! Every woman is beautiful and has something unique to offer the world. Even just smiling and have a positive attitude goes such a long way! I try to remember I would never try to fit my size 8 foot into a size 5 1/2 shoe size so why would I do that to my body?! It’s just crazy!
Irvina: That shoe size thing is pretty clever. I might have to steal it! So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?
Natalie: I would say kindness. I offer a sense of encouragement and support to my community of women. I also try and support local farmer's markets and the community library.
Irvina: Beautiful! Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
Of course I want to say my mother. My mom is the strongest, dedicated and faithful person I have ever met. She is never judging and always forgiving. On the celebrity side, I really admire Kate Middleton and Carrie Underwood. Both have a killer sense of style and really know how to carry themselves with class and integrity.
Irvina: Strength, faith and class are some of my favorite things in women too! Nice choices! What do you wish young women knew about beauty?
Natalie: I would like young women to remember that just because someone is pretty on the outside doesn't mean she is pretty on the inside. Beauty comes when you exude self-esteem and confidence it also has lots of shapes and sizes!
So I know you’re all frantically running around right now trying to purchase with a purpose and politely avoiding the creepers in yoga class. BUT! In all that busyness don’t forget to make your charitable donation to prevent eating disorders aka DONATE your buck-a-roo’s to Rewrite Beautiful! Everyone makes their donations at the end of the year because they know come April Tax Time it really helps you if you've made some charitable contributions. Rewrite Beautiful is a 501(c) 3.
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It’s always nice when T.V. producers call you begging you, for your time ;) Especially when it has nothing to do with your 72 day marriage and everything to do with a cause that means the world to you: changing how women see beauty in themselves and preventing eating disorders. The Trinity Broadcasting Network aka ‘The television network with a little fetish for Christmas lights” which (besides the whole Mother Earth thing) I think does a pretty-good-artsy-job with those millions of tiny bulbs...anyways, those fine folks asked if I and a few other eating disorder professionals would come on their show Public Affairs. Apparently, the producer was enjoying her latte one morning and read this article about Rewrite Beautiful in the OC Register. She bookmarked it wanting to do a show on it.
I was accompanied on the show by the lovely Michelle Smith, LVN, the Program Director of The Victorian – eating disorder treatment center in Newport Beach, CA. As well as the lovely Robyn Baker, an eating disorder survivor. Both these ladies are incredibly intelligent, poised and gracious. And dude, Robyn’s apparently a veteran at this, she was once on the Tyra show to talk about eating disorders! Such a rockstar for recovery and prevention this woman is!
The show runs for a half hour and if I do say so myself we all rocked it with some really awesome and relevant information the public needs to know about eating disorders. Be sure to check it out!
The show is scheduled to air on:
January 13th at 10 am
January 16th at 8:30 am
January 19th at 3 am (*for my fellow insomniacs!)
A few weeks ago Rewrite Beautiful was invited to join Redemption Church at ‘Party on the Block’. Party on the Block is a ministry of Redemption that goes to Shalimar Street in Costa Mesa, CA and literally brings church to about 50 at-risk kids and families. The usual ‘party routine’ Redemption hosts is lunch, a bible story teaching and fun! Bringing Rewrite Beautiful into the mix made things a little different for everyone. So we whipped out our spray can of CREATIVITY and got crackin’!
* Rewrite Beautiful is not a ‘Christian organization’ but, quite a few of our volunteers are big fans of Mr.Jesus….hmmmm….
Creative Solution: We decided to do this Street Art Workshop around the Bible Story of Esther. Which would still give the kiddo’s their Sunday Bible story AND get to hear the Rewrite Beautiful message that beauty is in your Creativity, Kindness and Strength!
*Rewrite Beautiful USUALLY uses Street Art in all of our workshops, but when kids create something they want to take it home….hmmm….
Creative Solution: So many Rewrite Beautiful Workshop participants rave about how amazing it is to make Street Art and know that their art is going to be seen by tons of people. However, since the whole point of Rewrite Beautiful is to CHANGE how YOU see beauty in yourself we thought the message would sink in more for the kids if they got to take something home. Therefore we created masks: “Fake Masks.” The masks played into the story of Esther and how she was ‘fake’ about who she was. We had the kids draw on the masks their ‘fake self’ who they really aren’t but act like, (For example: Hitting their sister, stealing, cussing. This isn’t who they were created to be.) Then we had the kids take off their “fake selves” and reveal their ‘true BEAUTIFUL selves’ in a mirror. It was EPIC! The kids REALLY got it.
*Rewrite Beautiful usually had everyone collaborate on ONE piece of art, but we have 50 kids….hmmm….
Creative Solution: In order to save time and precious money from our donors we decided to Go Green! And create masks out of old cereal boxes.
It was a long process, but it was totally worth it to watch the kids write/draw about their ‘fake self’ and reveal their ‘true BEAUTIFUL selves’
Our Street Art Workshop Leader Sunny Siu even made a mask of his ‘fake self”. He’s a pretty strong guy underneath though.
He lead an amazing workshop with Michelle McCormick. Check back soon for more pictures from this awesome workshop! And don’t forget to Go Green! And Keep it BEATUIFUL!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Rewrite Beautiful's 1st Annual Art Show : TELEIOS . For those who missed it, here is a little recap of the BEAUTY of the night....
Everyone was welcomed to CHANGE how they see beauty in themselves and others through viewing the art that was created with the Rewrite Beautiful Vision in mind: "Girls and women are beautiful for their ACTIONS of Creativity, Kindness and Strength."
People were asked to go through the gallery and ask themselves 4 Questions:
1.) Pick an element of the art work that you like most and draw it on your square
2.) Think of a woman that has qualities that are beautiful write down those qualities on your square
3.) If you could choose one quality that the media would consider beautiful what would it be?
4.) What quality makes you beautiful?
Check out how many people responded to the artwork from TELEIOS!
We love reading their answers...
So many BEAUTIFUL artists from Orange County, California participated in creating art work for the show. Thank you!
The artwork by Sunny Siu was a crowd talker....
Jessica Burkhart always impresses too....
Emily Cobett did some LIVE Art for us on a Surfboard!
Felicidad De Lucas, a Spanish artist brought a surreal aspect to women's beauty....
Tom Cutter impressed with his silhouettes....
Elana Grace shared some amazing shadow boxes....
The poetry by Jeannette Encinias blew everyone away...
Welcome to the PARTY at FIND Art Magazine & Gallery....
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AND ...thank you Rich Lander of CHARD Photographer for donating your BEAUTIFUL photography skills! You're BEAUTIFUL!
Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show, volunteer and show your support!
See you next year for the 2nd Annual Rewrite Beautiful Art Show!
Good Night Beautiful!
Come to the TELEIOS Art Show on July 30th and get a BEAUTIFUL T-Shirt!
Facebook Invite below:
See ya soon!
I don’t know about you, but I so don’t dig hearing about eating disorders in the news cause I feel like only half the story is told. I feel like 97% of the time it’s about some celebrity that’s lookin’ a little bony or has gained some weight, but nobody ever talks about what an eating disorder is, how deadly they are or how to get help. It bums me out because eating disorders are a real, gnarly disease, that shouldn't be treated like an entertaining high speed pursuit that’s just fun to watch and poke fun at. So NOT cool in the Rewrite Beautiful school! But, then there are people like Jacinthe Veillette a 19 year old from Quebec, Canada that makes some beautiful changes around town!
Jacinthe has personally struggled with anorexia, but instead of letting the disease kill her, she fought it for herself and still fights it for others. Jacinthe has made body image and eating disorder awareness her personal mission on this earth, which is why this CREATIVE, KIND and STRONG girl is our Beautiful Girl of the Week!
Jacinthe used her CREATIVITY while sharing her personal experiences with an eating disorder, then went a step further: She created a petition denouncing homogeneous standards of beauty in fashion and the media.
Jacinthe collected more than 2,000 signatures and submitted the petition to the provincial minister responsible for the status of women. This resulted in the ministry creating a charter in 2009 encouraging healthy and diverse body images, and Jacinthe was asked to help create a website and to be the spokesperson for the charter! Sounds like a STRONG chick to us!
Today, she feels there is more discussion about body image issues and eating disorders, at least in Quebec.
Jacinthe not only invests in eating disorder awareness, but this KIND girl also has a heart for bringing her talents to use with Marche Mondiale des Femmes, an international movement to improve the condition of women, fundraising to help children with cancer and international humanitarian efforts in Africa (BTW: What is up with so many of our Beautiful Girls of the Week being obsessed with Africa! i.e. Mary and Lindsey. I’ve never been, but it must be a beautiful country, cause it has some beautiful girls that care about it!) . Jacinthe hopes to one day enter the field of Social Work. In the meantime she still travels to schools, colleges and universities talking about eating disorders and beauty. We’re not sure exactly what she says in her native tongue of French, but we’re pretty sure that whatever it is, it doesn’t change the fact that this young lady is a BEAUTIFUL girl! Thank you for BEING beautiful Jacinthe!
Keepin’ it Beautiful!
Happy Friday Beautiful Friends!
We're having a Rewrite Beautiful Volunteer Meeting tomorrow,
Saturday May 21st @ 11am
We'll be planning our next
- Street Art Workshop
- Photo Documentary
- Art Show - TELEIOS
If you'd like to learn more and GET INVOLVED email GetInvolved@RewriteBeautiful.org
See ya tomorrow!