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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.

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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’

Rewriting Beautiful on Shalimar Street

Creativity is Beautiful :)



Our Street Art Workshop Leader Sunny Siu even made a mask of his ‘fake self”. He’s a pretty strong guy underneath though.


 

Sunny Siu, Street Art Workshop Leader

Thank you Sunny and Michelle! You're BEAUTIFUL!

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!

Irvina 

 

Posted: Aug 31, 2011

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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!





Everyone was blown away by the music by A Poet Nomad Ali and Moonsville Collective....







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!



P.S. If you are an artist or simply a beautiful person who cares about changing how girls see beauty in themselves and preventing eating disorders you can learn more about volunteering with Rewrite Beautiful by emailing GetInvolved@RewriteBeautiful.org



We look forward to CHANGING with you!
Posted: Aug 26, 2011
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Street Artist's : Women's Pride

Rewrite Beautiful with volunteer CT, rocked the awesome Street Art Women’s Pride created at their Rewrite Beautiful Street Art Workshop. We displayed at The Santa Ana Artists District inSanta Ana,CA. The women created this art to embody their own visions of journeying from the dark, ugly, pain we believe we are (symbolized by the black silhouette covered in mud, dead leaves and rocks) into who we truly are; beautiful (the green silhouette with the heart and wings). Women’s Pride wanted people to participate in their Street Art and ‘Rewrite Beautiful’ themselves, so they added a line of small paper hearts joined between the two silhouettes. The hearts were to be used by viewers to write what they found beautiful in themselves. Results? Beautiful heart-tastic! Check it out….  

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Here's what some participants had to say...

http://www.youtube.com/user/RewriteBeautiful

Posted: Jun 6, 2011

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I like cops. Their brave and courageous peeps!  In times of danger and damsels in distress they help when everyone else is wiggin' out. But, when I see them giving the local skateboarding teens a hassle it makes me want to pay the local barber to put the words “Kick Me!’ into their buzz cut. I mean for 1.) Skateboarders aren’t doing drugs, drinking alcohol or vandalizing anything 2.) They are not killing brain cells and souls by playing video games and looking at porn online 3.) They are getting adequate exercise and plenty of Vitamin D from the sun. I know some people over the age of 30 who can't compete with those numbers. I think that if anything the city should host an annual parade saluting all of the local skateboarders in the area for being such upstanding teenage citizens and give us all free slurpees from the local 7 11.

 As usual the city doesn’t see things my way. They see the skateboarders as a hindrance to public property and a danger to themselves. When their skateboards glide of railings, benches and ricochet off the side of curbs they cause some property damage. Never the less they cause a lot of trips to the ER with their risky and talented aerodynamic thrills. So now, anyone who resembles a skateboarder in my area, meaning a teenager, skinny jeans, Vans and a hair cut that resembles the boys from the Brady Brunch are deemed hooligans. They get hassled by the cops on the street, in coffee shops and anywhere else in sight. As if wearing a pair of Vans deems you a property damaging scum bag.

I thought this typecasting by the cops in my area was messed up until a couple of weeks ago when I was visiting a friend in Downtown Los Angeles. I’m a big fan of L.A. there are amazing galleries, museums, shopping, good eats and culture. I love the feel of a big congested city and even welcome the traffic.  However there are some shady parts that one needs to be aware of. So I’m driving in downtown L.A. and listening to my navigation system and driving. My brain synapses went like this…

Notice graffiti in the neighborhood…awesome!

Notice homeless people pushing carts….sad..but awesome!

Notice a homeless man playing with his “junk” on the sidewalk …. gross....but awesome!

Notice I just passed a Greyhound Bus stop…. Uh oh…I think I’m in a baaaaaaad neighborhood.

I realize my thought process and laugh at myself. I find it funny that a man fondling himself in daylight doesn’t alarm me but a Greyhound bus stop does? I’ve rode a Greyhound bus in my past so I can say that one trip on it is an “education” in and of itself. But, I then thought about who rides Greyhound busses. In my experience it is largely ethnic minorities. I start to wonder how the symbol of a Greyhound bus makes me assume things about it's occupants. I wonder if maybe my assumptions about people who ride Greyhound buses are like the assumptions of the cops in my neighborhood around skateboarders? Maybe I’m a little bit (or a lot) like the cops in my neighborhood? I wonder if  sometimes when I'm not even aware of it I just lump people together and assume I know everything about them without getting to know them first?

I hate to say it, but it is very true that in the past it has made me uncomfortable to be around people who are poor, who don’t speak my language, who have different intrerests and come from a very different walk of life, who like different music and styles of clothes. I know that at times these differences are challenging to relate to and sometimes I would simply rather not deal with them. But, then I have to ask myself, "Are these the actions of a BEAUTIFUL person? Of a KIND person?"

I think being kind isn’t just being kind to yourself and people you love, sometimes it’s being kind to people who are different. People who make you uncomfortable and maybe even annoy you. It could be someone who is racially different, religiously different, sexually orientated differently or maybe even alot younger or alot older. 

You don’t have to start being best friends with these people, but I would suggest that you start to ask yourself some questions:

1.)    What makes me uncomfortable about people who are different?

2.)    What would it be like if they thought of me the way I thought of them?

3.)    What do I like about people who are different?

4.)    What would the world be like if we were all the same?

Keepin’ it Beautiful!

Irvina

Posted: Mar 14, 2011
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Once upon a time, in a land a $350 plane ticket away from here was big, loud and beautiful New York City. In that city lived a talented Street Artist named Color Me Katie.

Colore Me Katie!

Katie was known for making funny Street Art that left every observer either giggling or smiling.

Street Art by: Color Me Katie

Street Art by: Color Me Katie

Street Art by: Color Me Katie

 

Street Art by: Color Me Katie

Street Art by: Color Me Katie

 Eventually people started to ask Katie, “What inspires you to make such fun and happy art?” Katie’s answer, “Actually, I make happy art because a lot of people in my family suffer from depression. I know a lot of people here in New York feel really alone too. I just wanted to make something that would make people smile and happy.”

 


 


 



Katie creates LOVE

 

Meanwhile on the Left Coast of Route 66 was a rule breaking and loud Art Teacher who got in trouble more often than her students. One day after being kindly reprimanded for using the word “fornicate” around her students and using some special Project Runway skills on her work shirt that were against company code, she was looking for some art to lift her rebellious spirit. When she Googled upon Color Me Katie’s blog.

When the Art Teacher read why Katie created her art she thought about her own students who have trouble making art unless they are personally connected to it. The teacher thought it was silly to teach her students how to draw flowers if they didn’t even like flowers. So the teacher thought, “If Katies makes awesome art because she cares about people who are depressed, I wonder what my students care about?”

The teacher gathered all her students, told them about Color Me Katie. Why Katie made her art, the message she is trying to send to people and about Street Artists being people who try to send a powerful message through their art. The teacher then asked her students. “What message do you want to tell people through your art?” 

The students had a lot to say and create:

Some wanted to create a healthy planet! Yeah! Go Green!

Others wanted to create a safe place for kittys!

Some wanted to create acceptance of different cultures

Some wanted to create awareness to protect animals! Yeah!

Others wanted to create peace on earth!

...of course some just wanted The Angels to win....

...but overall everyone loved something!

Now before the students create anything they think about what they love, the message they are trying to send and THEN they create. Now they are connected to their art and enjoy the creating process a whole lot more. Kate is still making awesome Street Art in New York City. The Art Teacher is no longer an Art Teacher, she’s now a writer, laptops don’t have anything against the word “fornicate” they just ask that you spell it correctly.



The Artsy End.



Questionitos!



1.)    What do you love?



2.)    What message do you want to share with others?



3.)    How could you share that message?



4.)    Do you the guts to make some Street Art? (The correct answer is YES!)

Posted: Mar 7, 2011

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Street Artists: Students and Teachers of Irvine, California.

For inspiration some artist visit gallery’s, museums, lectures, listen to live music… some even purchase little plastic baggies full of herbs and fungus on the corner of 5th and Martin Luther King Blvd…. Yes, all you ear-cutting Van Goghs out there buying drugs will quickly inspire your art work and will escalate you into “Starving Artist” Status real fast… HUGS! NOT DRUGS! HUGS!

For inspiration this D.A.R.E. graduate likes to go running. I was once on a morning run in San Francisco and was totally blown away by the variety of trees up North. Down here in So Cal we have two types of trees “Palm trees” and “Trees” ;) But, up North there is a variety that is represented quite similar to the variety of culture the city of San Francisco offers. From Chinese, Mexican, WASP, European, Atheist, Muslim and Christian… all walks of life are represented. While on my run I got an idea to write a children’s book about tree’s in different parts of the world. I wanted to also feature a person from that part of the world. I wanted to teach children about the beauty in diversity that comes in different packages (and trees.)

That was about 5 years ago. I haven’t gotten around to writing that little book, but besides the possibility of being a New York Times Best Selling Children’s Book Author, I have always valued that run in San Fran. I think because it was a pivotal time in my life. At that time I was starting to feel quite confident in myself as an artist and taking steps to honor the gifts I'd been given. I believe that being an artist is a privilege one doesn’t take lightly and when you are given visions to create something you can either use them for “good” or for “bad.” I haven’t written the “little tree book” eventually I will, but “WRITE” now I got Rewrite Beautiful on the books… and a couple of weeks ago we took a little bit of that vision and welcomed a Tree into our Rewrite Beautiful Street Art Gallery.

We were hosting “Urban Arts Week” at the Irvine Fine Arts Center and one of my fellow teachers, Miss. Ivy had a great idea… she suggested we bring Rewrite Beautiful to the Arts Center and have the kids tell each other and their families what makes them BEAUTIFUL and STRONG on a piece of paper and then hang that piece of paper from a tree. We took old Trader Joe’s bags (Go Green!), cut them into 3 x 9 rectangles, hole punched them and strung them with yarn and voila… Rewrite Beautiful hits a tree in Irvine, California!

I got the privilege of a front row seat to see the surprised smiles on the faces of the kids when they read what the other kids and teachers wrote about them. I don’t wanna get all emo on you (but I will….cause I can) but it was really bittersweet. Bitter, because I’m an adult ( Yes, it’s true… I was informed the other day by my mentee, a 13 year old that I am in fact an ADULT) and as an “adult” I have had a variety of 20 something plus years of life experience.

 I have learned that from small to tall everyone wants to be (you think I’m gonna say “LOVED” huh…. You’re wrong! But, you’re still cool! Everyone wants to be…) ACCEPTED… not loved. Because we all know that LOVE comes from a few people who know us deeply and truly. But, ACCEPTANCE… why is it so hard to accept the little boy who dresses funny and has buck teeth? And why is it hard to be patient with the little girl who is overweight with frizzy hair and Autism? Exactly how do buck teeth get in the way of playing soccer? And exactly why can’t you be patient at the age of 8 with a little girl who stutters her words?  Where exactly are you in a rush to go? Can’t you Tivo Miley? And why as ADULTS is it so hard to ACCEPT ourselves… buck teeth…stuttering… Autism  and all? It’s funny how we let other people give us our worth isn’t it? Even as ADULTS… we’re supposed to know better, we’re supposed to act better, but we fall into those same ugly traps. We have bad goggles that need replacing.  

But, then there is the “sweet side” of the “bitter side” … the sweet side always blows me away… You know this if you have ever bathed a sandy, dirty, sweaty gross kid… you’re removing sand from under their arm pits and you’re like, “Dude, Storm Trooper! Where was I during the sand avalanche?” And then half a bottle of Johnson & Johnson later your kid is back. It’s amazing what pure water and soap can do… It can wash away all the sand, dirt and sweat and beneath all of the grime and gunk is your kid… that kid is the same kid that went into the tub: a GOOD kid, just minus the mess. When I see kids Rewrite Beautiful I see them taking a bath (in a totally non-creepy way… I have been finger printed…. You can request copies on the contact page) Rewrite Beautiful cleans up these kids minds of what BEAUTIFUL and STRONG really are. They step away different. I can see it in their eyes, in their smiles and in their posture.

 I think Rewrite Beautiful and the tree did a great deal of washing and cleaning during Urban Art Week and I must say… on the sweet side of things… things are lookin’ GOOD people…things are lookin’ really GOOD!

You’re BEAUTIFUL!

Irvina

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Posted: Sep 15, 2010

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 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!

You're BEAUTIFUL

Irvina

Posted: Sep 3, 2010
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The Gypsy Snipers + a few fans ;)

Hello Beautiful! So after the vision for Rewrite Beautiful came to me I emailed a few successful people I knew in the non-profit world and asked if I could get some coffee with them. I wanted their wisdom, their advice and their experience on how to make Rewrite Beautiful into what God intended it to be. The very beautiful, faithful and talented Laura Roebuck of International Princess Project told me something that stuck with me, “Pray for a team to do this with Irvina. You can’t do this alone. You need a strong foundation of people who support you and are just as passionate about the end goal: Stopping Eating Disorders so girls can be the women they were created to be.” 

 All that to say, we’re still building our foundation here at Rewrite Beautiful. Right now we’re like a newborn baby just learning to distinguish between all the beautiful colors in the world, but you guys want us to be a teenager with the strength to go skateboard across country and go do some gnarly street art in every state on the way to New York! I love your visions!  I truly wish we could do that (even though I always fall flat on my booty when I skateboard and take a few scars home) but these situations are why we have VALUES. I have to follow the Rewrite Beautiful values… one of them being… HONESTY…. And in all HONESTY… at this point Rewrite Beautiful isn’t financially or physically capable to carry the load of all the beautiful visions everyone emails, texts and facebooks me to do….. Infants don’t even know how to text! They’re so lucky ;)  We are still growing, but we will get there. I have faith that we will.

 In the meantime, there are people (or Gypsies I might say) who have taken it upon themselves to get Rewrite Beautiful out in the world. The Gypsy Snipers is a book club I belong to. The leader of our group, the beautiful Jamie took me to tea one day and said, “I want our book club to help Rewrite Beautiful…. I have an idea.” Her idea was that each girl in our book club of about 14 + girls would draw numbers from a hat. The girls with matching numbers would go to coffee, lunch or on a walk together and get to know the things that make the other BEAUTIFUL… then the girls would go home and do a piece of Rewrite Beautiful Street Art for the other and put it in public. This was also a great way for all the girls to get to know eachother.... having been together for over a year there were still pockets of girls who hadn't gotten the chance to connect with others on a deeper level.

 The Gypsies honored their word and there is now Rewrite Beautiful Street Art in the Newport Beach Back Bay, Maui and the Bay Area. My hope in this post is that all of you that care about Rewrite Beautiful would gather a group together and see how you too can CHANGE HOW GIRLS SEE BEAUTY IN THEMSELVES on a local level. I would also ask that if you are a believer in God or a power greater than yourself that you pray for a team to come along side me and help build Rewrite Beautiful up.

 My own life experiences have sculpted me into a “Solo Act” if you will. A lot of the time I feel I can do life on my own and I’m better off that way. Life and Rewrite Beautiful have taught me huge lessons that though taking initiative and being strong are BEAUTIFUL aspects of me I need people who are equally passionate about the same things I am passionate about to do this deal with me.

 I’d like to thank the Gypsy Snipers for “doing the deal” for getting out there, laying the foundation and being a part of my "team." But, mostly for sharing their abundance of love with me. The Gypsy Snipers aren’t simply a book club full of deep conversation, wine, cheese and the occasional Alta gossip… (Though those things are fabulous in small doses ;) )...To me the Gypsy Snipers are a group of women who see me for the good, the bad and the complicated….they rub my back, they dry my tears and they look me in the eye and say, “I love you…. How can I help?” These women inspire me to be the BEAUTIFUL woman I was created to be… I hope they do the same for you.

These are a few of the Gypsy Snipers Rewrite Beautiful Street Art pieces so far…. 

The Gypsies love their sunrises! Street Artist: Jamie, Newport Beach Back Bay

Lauren is BEAUTIFUL! Street Artist: Jamie of the Newport Beach Back Bay

Aloha BEAUTIFUL! Rewrite Beautiful hits Maui!

Irvina is BEAUTIFUL! Street Artist: Kelsey of Maui, Hawaii

Rewrite Beautiful hits up the Santa Ana Artist District!

Kesley is BEAUTIFUL! Street Artist: Irvina of the Santa Ana Artists Village

Posted: Aug 30, 2010

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We all know that we are created EQUAL; i.e. head, arms, legs, blood, heart, brain.

But, are we all created BEAUTIFUL?

I have always found it interesting the people I choose to sip roasted coffee beans with… they are always interesting, creative and know how to push my latte buttons. Which usually turns into some great blogs; so for that sake I think I’ll keep them around ;)

 So the other day a friend says to me, “Ya know Irvina, some people just aren’t beautiful. They aren’t physically beautiful or even internally beautiful. There are people who are simply cruel and ugly. What are you going to do when you go into a school and ask the kids to Rewrite Beautiful for the girl who bullies everyone and constantly causes chaos and pain?”

 I think this is a great question. I think the answer comes down to where we teach kids BEAUTY comes from… as in WHO created beauty?

Our very first value here at Rewrite Beautiful is: ARTISTRY: We believe every girl is a priceless piece of artwork created for a purpose. (not just the pretty ones who volunteer, not the cute ones who are sassy and funny, but also the ones who are angry, vulgar and have gnarly eating disorders that they are active in.)

Now, that may sound good on paper, but I won’t lie sometimes people are rude, hurtful, inconsiderate and I personally would rather not deal with them. When I get frustrated and emotional I have to go back to what I believe is true: That EVERY girl is priceless piece of art and created for a purpose. (Thank God for the frontal lobe!) 

 This concept works for me because I too am a creator. I’m an artist, writer and founder. From the time I was a little girl I have loved to create things. I had some great parents who encouraged the unique things I made even if it meant taste testing a cake that had the consistency of a cookie, allowing me to freehand paint on the furniture or nearly having a heart attack when I created an “elevator” with a sheet and some rope and tried to lower my little sister from the second floor of our house to the ground floor. I was definitely scolded a lot as a kid, but not for my creativity. To this day there is a delight and a sense of pride that I can sense from my family over the things I create. (Even when I write articles about the matters of sex, love and God that make them sweat.) I would imagine as parents they might think, “She’s precious…a little crazy, but precious…. and I think she’s onto something here… lets see where it goes.”

 I try to look at ALL people (even the mean ones) with the idea that “Someone (who I think is God) created this person for a purpose… in fact… a BEAUTIFUL purpose… knowing that I try to think, “Maybe God’s on to something here…let’s see where it goes.”  I’ll tell you as an artist, I create things out of love. I want to share them. They may not always be pretty or even good, but it’s out of my love for my friends and family that I make them and choose to share them. I think if I apply this thought of creativity to people than yes, they can ALL be created BEAUTIFUL. Yes, they may be cruel at times, but are they being truly cruel or are they just being STRONG and protecting themselves from getting hurt? They may be dishonest and steal things; does that make them a “bad person” or are they maybe a person with DREAMS and aspirations that are perhaps stifled by their current situation. They may be cold, distant and angry, does that make them an “ugly person” or maybe just a SENSITIVE person who has been wounded deeply.

I think that if we went into a school and met a kid who maybe didn’t “act” beautiful or “appear” beautiful that we could find their beauty. We could point it out to them and I think it perhaps could help them see themselves as they were created: BEAUTFIUL.

 What a far out concept huh? Even ugly, angry and evil people are beautiful! You think maybe I lost some brain cells with the accumulation of spray can fumes over the years? Nah!  You want to know something even more far out? Tonight (or today) I was watching the meteor shower in my backyard. I’m a sucker for a shooting star! I was sitting in the dark, on the concrete in my robe waiting for something to happen…. Nothing….  Nothing… Nothing… Nothing…. I started to think about my friends and my foes. People I love and people who frustrate me (No, Obama didn’t make the list… sorry conservative peeps)  I have been taught by a very wonderful and BEAUTIFUL woman I know named CT that when I am frustrated with someone I should pray for them. Pray for blessings on them of love, prosperity and peace. As I started to pray I saw a meteor shoot straight through the dark sky. It made me jump. I felt that feeling you get when you are told a really exciting secret. Kind of like when a guy tells you that he’s going to propose to your friend and he needs your help. In that very moment you accumulate all the struggle and pain your friend has been through their entire life and then see the amazing guy who is going to surprise her and make it all make sense.

 I hope that as I work on Rewrite Beautiful and as you guys join in the ranks of the revolution that we see the darkness, but have the patience to see the miracles…aka the BEAUTY…. I have found in many confusing and cold circumstances that we truly are all BEAUTIFUL and created for a purpose…a purpose that is sometimes surprising!

You’re BEAUTIFUL!

 Irvina

Posted: Aug 13, 2010
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In all un-humbleness....(oh! That's a great title to a sermon/blog) In all un-humbleness I like to think of myself as a pretty well rounded gal. I think I can take on any situation and work my way to success. However, this past week I have been realizing just how much I am NOT Wonder Woman (in more ways than 12.) I think it hit home when the Rewrite Beautiful volunteers shot this picture of me cat napping on the job Saturday; as we were prepping our project for next weeks Street Art lesson. I was sent straight in to nap on an actual mattress there after.

Thank the LORD that there are people here in suburbia who care about Rewrite Beautiful and are willing to help their sisters out! We couldn't Rewrite Beautiful without all hands on deck. Thank you to the following people who have helped tremendously this past week....

Mitch Gonzalez: Mitch is an amazing artist and teacher who makes me step up my game. I was quite literally bragging to Mitch about my awesome Street Art idea using a full sized wooden girl and boy and having the kids Rewrite Beautiful on the inside of them. He so kindly put the breaks on my swivel chair said, “Easy Picasso..... lets look at this one more time.” We now have something that works a thousand times better. Gracias hermano! To see more of Mitch's artwork visit his website here: www.akaixi144.com

Thank you Mitch!

Dave Z: I walked into the wood aisle at Home Depot and I swear all the men in the aisle looked at me like, “Uh oh... Chick on deck!” (I think it was my floral bandana that threw them off.) I told one fellow about trying to cut out a 6 foot girl from a sheet of ply-wood and he took two steps back from me and ran and got Dave Z. Dave Z is a sweetheart! He totally helped me not only find the right wood and hardware, lugged all of my stuff around the store but he also helped design the structure of the art work so that it could be a moveable piece on wheels! He taught me a little wood shop and crafting skills too. I told him “You remind me of Jesus the carpenter!” and he said, “Jesus was Jewish.” And I said, “And I like Matzoh ball soup!” He looked at me as if I was strange...(I'm used to it.)

Thank you Dave Z.

 Roger Balko: I met Roger at an Art Show a couple of months ago. Roger is a talented artist and the designer of Dedo Frames. When I asked Roger if he would be willing to cut and assemble our wooden pieces of Street Art he was amped and excited to help the kiddo's. Thank you Roger! Check out Dedo Frames here: www.dedoframe.com

Thank you Roger!

Keane-O! This is my neighbor Keane- O! As I run around between meetings, sitting in coffee shops brain storming, dropping off wood and praying for strength I get the pitter patter of little hands on my sliding glass door that say " Bubbles!” Keane-O reminds me exactly why we are all doing the things that we do. That it isn't about success, popularity, accolades or even fun....it's about CHANGING our world and the LIVES within it so that everyone (yes, even you) know that you too are BEAUTIFUL and will use your BEAUTIFUL talents to make this world the place it was intended to be.

Thank you Keane-O!

 You're BEAUTIFUL! - Irvina

Posted: Aug 4, 2010
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