February 2012 Blogs

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!

Jeannette is BEAUTIFUL! 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.

 

Posted: Feb 29, 2012
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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!

Brooke is Beautiful! I know the amazing Brookester (as I call her) from a mentorship program we both volunteer in. We mentor girls with eating disorders and addictions through their recovery. Sounds pretty intense and depressing doesn’t it? Some days it is, but the days Brooke is around it isn’t. Brooke can turn a horrific life event into a Napolean Dynamite skit. The girl has a dry sense of humor and quick wit that puts the heaviness of life into perspective which is why I wanted to give ya’ll a little peek into this amazing girls life. 

Irvina: Hellooooooooooooooooooooo Brookester! So love, tell all of our fine friends about a fun project you’re currently working on?

Brooke: Currently I am applying to graduate schools to study Marriage and Family Therapy.  I also work as a support staff at Sober Living by the Sea and I mentor women. However, nothing is more important to me than walking and playing with any dog I can get my hands on! I am multi-talented, don't you know.  

Irvina: You’re so stinkin’ cute. This is why I love going on walks with you. You find every dog within a two block radius and make sure we introduce ourselves! So tell us, what are you passionate about?

Brooke: I am passionate about dogs and psychology research.  I will go to great lengths to pet a big fluffernutter of a dog. I don’t think it’s ironic that "dog" is the dyslexic "God." I also enjoy reading psychology research papers and psychology news. Even though I'm a believer in 12 Step Recovery, I am also am passionate about the psychology of spirituality and its effects on human behavior.

Irvina: I think you’re going to be a brilliant therapist! I can totally see you bringing your dog to work and making your clients laugh. So when you’re not applying to Grad School’s what do you do for fun?

Brooke loves her pupsBrooke: I love to go for walks on the board walk and the back bay (with the dogs of course), go to the movies and curl up in bed with my pajamas and watch anything sarcastic and funny on Netflix.

Irvina: You’re so cute! I love imaging you taking your dogs on adventures! So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you look for in your friends and why?

Brooke: Most of the women I surround myself are built with strength and kindness.  Many have been to the depths of isolation and hell. They have become willing to reach out, take direction, and be of service to others.  The women I surround myself with today are kind and loving and show concern for others. None of us are perfect, but due to our strength we can make changes. We can all be honest and make today different than yesterday. 

Irvina: That’s beautiful Brooke! I think you’re a pretty strong chick myself! So being a strong chick, who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?

Brooke: The most beautiful woman I know is a woman named Marie.  She works multiple jobs, attends school, makes her own way financially, helps women out, and has shows nothing but strength, humor, humility, and love. 

Irvina: Beautiful! Beautiful! And one last question, what do you wish young women knew about beauty?

Brooke: I wish young women knew that beauty has does not have to do with the outward appearance.  It has to do with action and balance.  We need to take care of ourselves and take care of others and God will love us all no matter what.

 

Posted: Feb 21, 2012
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Hey Beautiful friends!

So guess what? Rewrite Beautiful spent 2011 having a whole lotta fun researching what our organization does BEST!  We have decided to focus on School Programs, Street Art Workshops and Outreach. Here is what we have in store for 2012:

SCHOOL PROGRAMS – Founder and Creative Director, Irvina Kanarek will be traveling to Junior Highs, High Schools and College campuses sharing Rewrite Beautiful’s message. Irvina shares her own eating disorder testimony, plays our Photo Documentary, holds a Q&A Panel and engages the students in creatively changing how they see beauty in themselves . Hugs included! If you would like to book a School Program please click HERE.

STREET ART WORKSHOPS - These workshops now include YOU! The workshops will be a place where Rewrite Beautiful supporters (Yep, YOU) can learn the Rewrite Beautiful vision, hear an eating disorder testimony, view our Photo Documentary and create Street Art which allows them to change how they see beauty in themselves. Best part? We have excellent art to create and snacks and it’s FREE! You have to admit all of that is pretty awesome! If you would like to sign-up to attend a Street Art Workshop please click HERE.

OUTREACH - Rewrite Beautiful partners with unique groups such as the Girl Scouts, City Community Centers and yes, even swanky Hollywood peeps in order to share our message with large audiences. We attend events, conventions and red carpet parties sharing our message with one person at a time. These are opportunities to network and share Rewrite Beautiful with individuals who otherwise would not get to attend a School Program or a Street Art Workshop. Our next Outreach event is with the City of Irvine. More details COMING SOON. 

Jeez that sounds like a lot huh? Well, it’s no fun doing it alone! If you want to Get Involved with Rewrite Beautiful we would love to meet you! Fill out a contact form HERE. Alright peeps I need a break! I’m off to get some grub with Jackie of Epic Timepieces!

You’re BEautiful!

Irvina 

Posted: Feb 21, 2012
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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!

Jacquelyn is Beautiful!

I know Jacquelyn from my networking in the eating disorder recovery field. We feature her sweet website, Eating Disorder Hope as one of Rewrite Beautiful’s resources for help. If you’re in need of help or simply interested in the eating disorder recovery field you should check it out. Jacquelyn is a leader in eating disorder advocacy. Check out our interview below!

Irvina: Well hello darling! Can you tell me about a project you’re currently working on?

Jacquelyn: My favorite project is developing the Eating Disorder Hope website as a helpful source of information, resources and treatment options for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and related conditions.

Irvina: That’s a huge job! Thank you for all the work you do! So tell me, what are you passionate about?

Jacquelyn: God, helping others, family, dogs, art, classical music, reggae music, painting, coffee and Cabernet :)

Irvina: Dude! I love ALL of those things! Except don’t try to walk your dog while drinking Cabernet! Trust me! So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?

Jacquelyn: Creativity- I feel "in the zone" when helping others by using a combination of brainstorming, refining and implementation to make the world a better place and create win-win situations.

Irvina: I totally agree! See this is why were friends! Tell me, who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?

Jacquelyn: My Italian grandmother, Nona. She is beautiful because she selflessly gave to others , loved unconditionally, nurtured every soul she came in contact with and loved God with all her heart and soul.

Posted: Feb 17, 2012

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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 Beautiful!

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?

"Life is so much more enjoyable when you are nourished, emotionally, spiritually and physically!" - Natalie

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!

"Life is so fun and it’s so easy to miss it if you are stuck on taking yourself too seriously!" - Natalie

Posted: Feb 6, 2012

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Before I founded Rewrite Beautiful I did my research. I looked around to see if there were any other company’s or non-profits doing what I wanted to do; eating disorder prevention, art, workshops, speaking engagements.  Nope, not a one! What I did find though were some very inspiring projects. One of which was The Monuments of Our Hearts (TMOOH.)

TMOOH was founded by Brett Clouser.  He started TMOOH because he believed that the fashion industry was in need of positive advocates for healthy body image. Brett says, “Our goal is to expand the definition of beauty. These efforts are revealed through our clothing, new media campaigns, and partnerships with non-profit organizations. We feel so strongly about this issue that we donate a percentage of our revenue to aid non-profits that successfully make an impact in the lives of those struggling with their body image.”

 

Brett Clouser, TMOOH Founder

 

TMOOH donates a percentage of their profits to Girl Scouts of America for their work with their Uniquely Me campaign. I think Rewrite Beautiful should get some of that cha-ching too though, don’t you guys? ;) Haha! No pressure Brett! I talked to Brett a couple weeks ago about our two projects and he was very encouraging of all of the work Rewrite Beautiful has done through our workshops, speaking engagements, art shows and outreach (Yeah us!)  I told him that I was incredibly inspired by a clothing company aligning themselves with eating disorder awareness. Eating disorders are still an incredibly taboo subject. It takes advocates like TMOOH and Rewrite Beautiful to educate people about the most DEADLY of all mental illnesses.

I love this! Not only for the eating disorder awareness that is being shared, but I have seen such a shift of entrepreneurs being community minded with their businesses!  Ya’ll know how much I love ever/after who gives 25% of each garment you purchase to the charity of your choice. Now even magazines like Lifestyle + Charity are doing the same!  They have promo parties and online shop around charitable giving. From pajamas , jewelry to magazine every company can incorporate charitable giving into their business. I hope this is not a trend, but simply the new “black.”

Brett was kind enough to send me a free TMOOH shirt!

And I love it! First of all the shirt says “Beauty” across the front,

TMOOH Shirt - Beauty

cause you know I’m a BEAUTY for being so Creative, Kind and Strong! And their logo is an upside down heart.

Brett says “The heart is upside down to play with people’s heads. To question “Is that really a heart?” The same way they would question “Is that really beauty?” All in all I love my new TMOOH shirt and it definitely won’t be the last!

 

Posted: Feb 1, 2012
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