Beautiful Girl of the Week

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!

Julia and I first met at ROCKHARBOR a few years ago. Back then I knew her as an incredibly sweet, down to earth college student with a passion for dance. When I saw her name on the list of applicants interested in interning with Rewrite Beautiful I was stoked none the less. Though I’m supposed to be a “teacher” of sorts during an internship, Julia taught (and retaught) me a lot this season. Some of my favorites were about dedication, humility and bravery. You’ll see more in our interview below:  

Irvina: Why do you care about changing how girls see beauty in themselves?

Julia: There are too many incredible girls in the world who hate themselves because of the pressure to look a certain way. I want all girls to know that beauty is in their actions!

Irvina: Rad! You are in college right now. What are you majoring in?

Julia: Dance at Chapman University. 

Irvina: Nice major! What would you like to do after college?

Julia: I would like to become a dance movement therapist and audition for professional dance companies.

Irvina: Yeah-yuuuuuh! I think you’d make an amazing dance movement therapist and of course an excellent dancer! What do you do for fun when you’re not studying or at your internship?

Julia: Dance! I spend a lot of time taking class and choreographing. I also love surfing and doing anything at the beach!

Irvina: Name one cool thing you learned from your Rewrite Beautiful internship?  

Julia: I learned the importance of speaking up. When I was able to help out at the Girltopia School Program, I saw how passionate the girls were when they had the chance to speak of their knowledge and experience in eating disorders. I think this is what society needs, passionate people who aren’t afraid to speak.

Irvina: Well said! What is your favorite quote?  

Julia: “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind” –C.S Lewis

Irvina: Beautiful!

Julia was actually interviewed by the Daily Pilot for a story on Rewrite Beautiful and the work we do.

Learn more about Julia and Rewrite Beautiful in the article HERE!

Posted: Dec 18, 2013
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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!

I first heard of Jessica Starr when I was sent a clip of her powerful piece of choreography, Look At Me depicting the life of someone with an eating disorder and the spoken word of someone looking in. I wanted to know more about this creative, inspiring woman. I met her and she was even more of a powerhouse than I expected. She is not only creating conversations about eating disorders through dance, she is completely over hauling the Hollywood dance world. Find out how in our interview...

Irvina: When and how did you realize that dancing was a passion for you?

Jessica: I first realized I was meant to dance when I literally found myself unable to hold still at that faintest sound of music.  Ever since I can remember I would be moving non stop, in the grocery store around a bunch of strangers, or in my room alone, it did not matter.

Irvina: Currently who are your favorite artists? 

Jessica: Currently I am inspired by the intention of Macklemore.  What he does with lyrics is similar to what my dance company, MusEffect does with choreography.  He looks at the greater picture of the world and knowing the power and influence he has in the industry, uses his music to educate.  I admire him for taking a chance on being different and standing for a cause.  I would love to collaborate with him one day.

Irvina: What inspired you to start Muse Dance Company in Los Angeles?

Jessica: I felt there was a lack of choreographic work with intention in the LA dance community. Our goal is to leave our viewers feeling empowered and enlightened after they see our show.  We want to give them something to take away for a lifetime.

Irvina: What kind of dancers do you look for to represent MusEffect?

Jessica: When choosing dancers I look for dancers who are committed to their craft and put the audiences first and foremost above everything else. I look for dancers who are eager to make a difference with their art and aren’t afraid to stir up a little controversy every once in awhile. As a whole we are ALL a little quirky, off beat and not too concerned with fitting in.

Irvina: What is Look At Me? How did the idea for it come about?

Jessica: Look at Me is a collaborative effort between spoken word artist, Azure Antoinette and myself.  At one point in my life a woman I loved very much, had an eating disorder. At that point nothing I could say or do was helping her to come to terms with her condition.  It was at this point that I had the realization, if I did not have the words to heal the situation I would simply create dance on it. This is exactly what I did.  I contacted Azure and we immediately had a cosmic connection.  She put together this tremendous piece of poetry based off of my own personal observations, feelings and along with her own, birthed this incredibly poignant piece called, Look at Me. You can check it out HERE:

Irvina: What has the response from Look At Me been from viewers?

Jessica: The first time we performed this piece at the University of Arizona the response was incredible.  During the piece you could hear a pin drop.  Afterwards we had numerous young dancers, parents and complete strangers approaching us eager to share their own experiences with eating disorders. It was like our piece opened the flood gates for confessions of each individual’s connection with the topic. The same things appeared on our YouTube link. I truly feel blessed to be able to assist in so many individuals path towards healing.  Speaking about your eating disorder is the first step towards recovery and I am grateful that the Azure, the dancers of MusEffect and me have been able to connect so intimately with so many strangers through Look at Me and assist in their recovery thru our art.

Have you ever considered using your creative talents to help fix a problem?

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Posted: Oct 19, 2013
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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!

Melanie  is our uber fabulous and professional Public Relations intern this summer! She has been helping us with social media, press and planning our upcoming Street Art Workshop with Element Eden’s, Brooke Kelley. Melanie attends Chapman University in Orange, CA, but has lived all over the world! Which might explain her laid back, yet sophisticated demeanor – this girl is a total gem! Learn a little more about what makes Melanie beautiful through our interview below. 

Irvina: Where did you grow up?

Melanie: I lived in Switzerland until I was nine. I then move to France and began moving to various countries. My high school years where most of my growth happened, was in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Irvina: Well, you're a totally cultured gal! I have loved our conversations and your perspective! What kind of career will you be pursuing after you graduate from Chapman University?

Melanie: I am not 100% sure what is to come, but I know that I want to help others as much as possible. I would like to get a Master’s degree in Psychology so I can become a counselor. Hopefully one day I can become a therapist and allow people the opportunity to vent and understand their lives. Hopefully, one day I might have a nonprofit of my own. I also thought about opening a restaurant!

Irvina: I think you would be amazing at all of those! You have my support and Facebook "LIKE"!  Why did you pursue an internship at Rewrite Beautiful?

Melanie:  I am passionate about giving back to the community. I love helping people realize that their lives are beautiful and worth living every moment of. I also wanted to gain some knowledge and experience in the non-profit world.

Irvina: Well, you have definitely helped us accomplish the day to day tasks of running Rewrite Beautiful! Thank you Melanie! Tell us who inspires you? Who is your hero?

Melanie: I have two women heroes! One of them is my dear mother who has endured much in her life but has come so far. She inspires me every day by being the woman she is with a kind and giving heart. The other, is my aunt (my mom’s sister) who recently lost her husband. I have never seen so much strength and hope, which also gives me inspiration to be strong enough to take on difficult situations with hope. I think the combination of both women gives me a very secure idea of what a beautiful woman is.

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Posted: Aug 12, 2013
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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!

The beautiful ladies behind Stephene May jewelry are Deirdre, Stephene and Anka. These world traveling, jewelry loving, entrepreneurs have partnered with Rewrite Beautiful, giving 20% of their proceeds May 1st - May 8th to Rewrite Beautiful! Learn more about what makes these hard working, generous women so beautiful... 

Irvina: What inspired you to start Stephene May?

Stephene May: Our passion for traveling. We wanted to find unique pieces of jewelry that reminded us of our adventures. When we returned home, people always asked us where we got the jewelry and wanted us to pick them up something the next time we traveled. This gave us the idea to share our travels with others, so they too could have a treasure with a unique story.

Irvina: What makes Stephene May jewelry unique?

Stephene May: We feature jewelry that has been hand crafted by local artisans. Our criterion is simple: To find individual pieces with character, charm and exclusivity, which tells a story of the region. We take great lengths to choose products that only have one or two pieces of its kind and are exclusive. We take careful consideration to select pieces that are original and not sold in mass quantities. 

Irvina: How is Stephene May “Fashion for Good?”

Stephene May: We have partnered up with Rewrite Beautiful for a special Mother’s Day weeklong event, May 1st through May 8th. 20% of every purchase will go to Rewrite Beautiful.  We love that Rewrite Beautiful promotes focusing on gifts and talents and not on body appearances.  As a predominantly woman owned business, this cause is close to our hearts.

Irvina: What advice do you have to a young woman interested in starting a business?          

Stephene May: Find your passion and your strategy. Thoroughly study and analyze what it will take to make your passion a lucrative business, set goals for yourself. Don’t know where to get started? Learn from the masters in your field.

Irvina: What is your favorite city in the world and why?

Deirdre:  Rome, it captures ancient culture, modern beauty and delicious food. I really got a chance to see history, high fashion, small boutiques and street vendors all while enjoying a thin crust slice of pizza in one hand and gelato in the other!

Anka: Istanbul. The city is adorned with amazing palaces on both sides.  Colorful food choices, sweets and shopping streets, infinite jewelry choices and impressive landmarks!

Stephene: Capetown. The natural beauty is like no other.  Enormous mountains, lush greenery, golden beaches, exotic animals, friendly locals, these are just a speck of what the city has to offer.  

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Posted: Apr 29, 2013
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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!

Every time I see Morgan’s name pop-up in my calendar I know I’m going to laugh and learn something new today. Morgan is quirky, interesting and one of the smartest women I know. Rewrite Beautiful calls her a Beautiful Actionista and I am blessed to call her a friend who randomly brings me fresh baked cookies #score! I am constantly inspired by Morgan and know you will be too…

Irvina: What is a rad woman like you studying at University of California, Irvine?

Morgan:  I’m studying Psychology and Social Behaviors. It’s a degree in social psychology which is all about looking at a person’s behavior and trying to figure out what environmental and situational factors are affecting that person and making them act in a particular way. So much of what we do isn’t determined by our personalities, but by our surroundings. 

Irvina: That’s freaking fascinating! What kind of career will you be pursuing after you graduate?

Morgan: I want to go into image consulting for a Public Relations firm. I’d be looking at the decisions of the firm and assessing how the public would react to each one.

Irvina: I think you’d be rad at that and add such a positive influence to the world's media. Speaking of positive, brag a little bit about the awesomeness you have done as a Beautiful Actionista at University of California, Irvine!

Morgan: I put on a Rewrite Beautiful Street Art Workshop for my UCI sorority sisters of Delta, Delta, Delta teaching that being beautiful has nothing to do with looks, but everything to do with actions. Rewrite Beautiful’s message really hits home with women in the college Greek system because of the demand to look your best surrounds us every day. I love that I get to help my sorority sisters realize that they are beautiful because of who they are, not because of their size or looks

Irvina: You helped coordinate one of our best workshops yet! What good did you see come from the program?

Morgan: I found that my sorority sisters were happier after they attended the workshop. They told me they felt less self-conscious about themselves. Lots of girls compare themselves to each other, and it creates this vicious cycle that feeds on negative self-image. Rewrite Beautiful is working to put an end to this constant negativity, and I think we’re doing a pretty great job!

Irvina: Yeah we are! So being a college student and a Beautiful Actionista can be a lot of work! What are three things you do to relax?

Morgan:

1. Running - I’m a very physical, visual person so my ultimate de-stressor is running outside. Slamming your feet into the earth and physically pushing yourself forward relieves stress like no other.

2. Talking to my sorority sisters – They are always there for me no matter what I need. I can mess around with them or vent about my problems, and they always have my back!

3. DIY - My boyfriend and I like doing DIY projects. It’s nice to know you’ve created something really interesting with your own hands.

Irvina: My niece Delaney is going to be a college freshman next year. What advice would you give to freshman?

Morgan: Say yes to everything! I’m not kidding. If the people in your dorm are going to go to the library, go with them. If your roommate wants to go sit in the park at 1am, go with her! I also, definitely recommend going through sorority recruitment. Even if you don’t end up joining one, it never hurts to spend a few days meeting hundreds of new people! You want to look back at college and have some fun memories, but first you have to have friends to make those memories with.

Irvina: I wish there was a Morgan on every college campus! Word on the street is you try to give two random strangers a day a compliment – so rad! How did you come up this?

Morgan: In today’s society, you rarely find a stranger going out of their way to be nice to you. I love surprising people with kindness. Every day, I give at least two random people a compliment. Think of how many times you walk past someone and think, “oh her hair looked really cool!” or, “that guy has awesome shoes.” So why not tell them? It’s a win-win situation because you made someone feel totally awesome by giving them an honest compliment, and you went out of your comfort zone to talk to a completely random person! It’s a great way to improve someone’s day and also get you to come out of your shell a little bit!

 

 

If you’re interested in becoming a Beautiful Actionista for Rewrite Beautiful like Morgan please email BeautifulAction@RewriteBeautiful.org for more information

 

Posted: Apr 22, 2013
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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!

Kat is our Public Relations and Social Media intern from Chapman University. She stands out for her bold opinions and the way she articulates herself. Poised, intelligent, a great conversationalist and with a good sense of humor, Kat has been a joy to have a part of Rewrite Beautiful. Learn what make Kat BEautiful in our interview below:

Irvina: In your opinion, what is the biggest need in the world right now?

Kat: Acceptance. Especially now, I think what the younger generations need the most is to learn acceptance, to believe in acceptance, and to act upon acceptance. People are diverse, and they differ in a number of ways, for they are different in mindset, different in surroundings, and different in backgrounds. Whether this comes to race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion, class or status, among others, these differences need to be accepted for what they are.

Irvina: Great answer! What do you think made you so passionate about this?

During my senior year of high school, I was a resident assistant to forty freshman girls. As I developed a friendship with each of them, I discovered what they loved, what they hated, what scared them or what made them laugh. In that year, I witnessed so many of my young girls feeling self-conscious, embarrassed, or hurt because of their differences, and it saddened me to know that these differences made them feel inadequate or unworthy. They should never feel that they are not good enough, or that these differences should ever hinder their existence. What they need is to feel accepted, to be accepted, and accept themselves, because these differences make them unique and beautiful in their own way.

Irvina: Well said Kat. Thank you. Who are your top 3 female heroines and why?

Kat:

1. My mother - My mother is my heroine because she is one of the most self-less, caring and loving, strong and resilient women I have ever known. She has worked in the financial industry for over 25 years now, and in those years, she has garnered countless clients and friendships, both professionally and personally.

2. Demi Lovato - Due to her strength and resilience. I took two girls that I was babysitting to a concert of hers in 2010. She was the same age as me, yet she was a superstar on stage. Little did I know that a few months later, reports surfaced that she was suffering from multiple eating disorders and depression. She left the tour to go on rehab, and thinking that was an end for her career, she came back with incredible strength, positivity, and resilience. She showed the world that even celebrities are real human beings, and her obstacles and her music are incredibly relatable to young girls everywhere. I cannot imagine what it is like to grow up in the spotlight, but to use that celebrity to give hope and strength to others, especially her fans, is truly inspirational.

3.  Ellen Degeneres – Not only is she hilarious and honest, she is a humanitarian who has given back relentlessly to the greater community. She, similar to Demi Lovato, has used her celebrity to bring awareness to social issues, to bring hope to difficult situations, and to bring selflessness to society. Her story and her journey are incredibly inspirational; after she came out as being gay, she stood up for what she believed in and what she loved. One of her most inspirational quotes that I aspire to live by is: "For me, the most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity, and not to give into peer pressure to try to be something that you're not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person. To contribute in some way. So to conclude my conclusion: follow your passion, stay true to yourself."

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Posted: Dec 3, 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!

Mel  is our savvy, sharp Fundraising intern from Chapman University! She has been helping us this semester with fundraising, grant research, think tanks, branding and repping Rewrite Beautiful on college campuses.  The thing I love most about Mel is her opinions – She is confident and isn’t afraid to share what she thinks, even if it differs from the group. Already, Mel has had quite a few of experiences that have changed her. Learn a little more about what makes Mel BEautiful through our interview below:

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

I am more than aware of how negatively young women see their bodies today. The importance of creating a positive self-image and high self-esteem cannot be stressed enough in the materialistic society we live in today. Many young girls grow up without the positive influences and help I was lucky enough to receive. My heart goes out to these girls so when I came across Rewrite Beautiful I immediately felt it was a place I would thoroughly enjoy interning and be able to grow from in my own ways.

Irvina: Well, we’re stoked you’re on our team! You’ve been incredible! What word would you say defines your life thus far?

Mel:  The word, experiences. I have had experiences both positive and negative, I have learned valuable lessons and developed a remarkable sense of self-awareness.

Irvina: What makes you most angry?

Mel: The thing in the world that makes me most angry is the control of women through repression.

Irvina: Who or what have you loved most in your life and why?

The thing I’ve loved most in my life is growing up with the opportunity to have horses.  Horses have taught me so many more things than I could ever convey in words. Simply put, horses have taught me love, responsibility, maturity, and respect.

Irvina: You did an incredible job this semester Mel. I know wherever the road takes you, you will be fully capable and confident in making it into an amazing ride!

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

Posted: Nov 23, 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!

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!

Posted: Nov 15, 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!

Rachel is a fellow writing friend of mine who constantly inspires me! Whether she is writing a children's book, parenting her son, having a conversation with her husband or even just preparing to go to a writers conference, Rachel always gives 110% of herself to the task at hand. One of my favorite sayings is, "The purpose of life is to LIVE IT." Rachel fully lives her life and those who are in it reap the benefits of this beautiful womans labors of love. I hope you enjoy learning about Rachel as much I enjoy knowning her. 

Irvina: Tell our beautiful friends about a fun or exciting project you’re currently working on?

Rachel:  I am currently following a dream to create picture books worthy of the children who will read them.

Irvina: I've read some of your books Rachel and they are uber worthy! So Rachel, what is one of your greatest passions?

Rachel: Revealing to others their greatness.  It's amazing how many have forgotten how lovely they are.

Irvina: That's a rad passion and quite true! What a passion to have! What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

Rachel: Most anything, with the exception of laundry, dishes, and cleaning up dog poop. But writing and spending time with family and friends top the list.

Irvina: You just made me and the interns laugh! cheeky What is the single most bizarre thing you’ve ever done? 

Rachel: Crossing the border with my son, a cat, a rat and a lizard. 

Irvina: Wow! That sounds like an immigration story wink Whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships, what would you say is your proudest accomplishment or achievement?

Rachel: Raising our son.

Irvina: Awe! Marin is a lucky little man! Of all the women you know, who exhibits the most beautiful qualities and why?

Rachel: The most beautiful women I know are those who've taken the time to get to know themselves and who freely share what they've found in the world. 

 Irvina: I like that a lot! And what would you pass on to younger generations about beauty?

Rachel: That beauty is simply a smile plastered across the face of a woman doing something she loves.  Nothing more. 

What actions do you find beautiful in the women you know?

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?

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Posted: Sep 19, 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!

Mary and I go way back! Whenever I think of Mary I think of her passion for helping women restore their lives from drugs and alcohol. This is not an easy passion to have. Having worked in an eating disorder and chemical addiction rehab myself, I can tell you that this is a emotionally, physically and spiritually taxing job, yet Mary's passion for this demographic of women increases with each year. Find out what fuels Mary and makes this beautiful woman tick! 

Irvina: Tell us about a fun project you’re currently working on?

Mary Lisa: Counseling women from the Rose Rehab recovering from addiction and other issues. Being a new wife and homemaker.

Irvina: What are you passionate about?

Mary Lisa: Jesus, really, hope for the brokenhearted, restoration and seeing the light go on in others lives.

Irvina: What do you do for fun?

Mary Lisa: Get massages for $15 an hour in Little Saigon! Pedicures, date nights with my hubby and spending time with my family and friends.

Irvina: Which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?

Mary Lisa: I think I exhibit strength.. When I think or feel there is nothing left to keep on, the impossible happens and I have a renewed strength that gives me enough to go yet again. Other times I rest and find strength in that too.

Irvina: Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?

Mary Lisa: Mother Theresa. She loved the unlovable.

Irvina:  What do you wish young women knew about beauty?

Mary Lisa: A beautiful heart on the inside makes the outside prettier.

 

 

 

 

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Posted: Aug 17, 2012
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