Eating Disorders

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!



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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In case you missed it Rewrite Beautiful was featured on the TV show, Joy in Our Town! It was an awesome opportunity to get the word out about eating disorders and bring some attention to prevention! A special thanks to the lovely Michelle Smith, LVN the Program Director of  The Victorian, eating disorder treatment center for speaking about the mental and physical components of eating disorders. Also, a super special thanks to our very own Board Member, the remarkable Robyn Baker who gave her eating disorder testimony! These two women made this a well rounded show! I admire both of you for the work you do so other girls and women can also Rewrite Beautiful for themselves. Now we just need to figure out how to get on to Ellen together ;) xoxo!

Posted: Jan 20, 2012
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Liz Mojica, Irvina Kanarek and Christine Tran at Mary's Shelter

Helllllllllo beautiful!  The following is an article about my visit to Mary's Shelter.  I wrote this for my column TRUE BEAUTY in Lifestyle + Charity Magazine. If you don't know what I'm talking about you need to get on it homie! Grab a peppermint mocha and enjoy! 

I was recently asked to speak about eating disorders and body image at Mary’s Shelter, a shelter for homeless and pregnant teenage girls in Southern California. Many of the residents there were struggling with eating disorders. Can you imagine how excited these hormonal, pregnant teens were to hear that a pretty, nice, cheerful woman they have never met was coming in to talk to them about their freaky behaviors around food? Yeaaaaaaah…. Exactly, ”Welcome to The Lions Den Irvina!”  Just to give you a little background, I’ve worked in an eating disorder rehab with the homeless and with teenagers –And I have come to the conclusion that there is ONE significant thing all of these people  have in common…what do you think it is? Are you ready? Are you guessing? It is, they are HUMAN! Yes, ‘THEY’ are exactly like YOU and I. ‘THEY’ have feelings and are actually quite ashamed, scared and frightened of what lies ahead of their lives. Hmmm…maybe kind of like you and I?  Considering I had this morsel of knowledge about these girls I’ve never met, I thought back and considered, in the past …

* To see the rest of this article please visit the following link: 

http://www.lifestyleandcharity.com/2011/12/owning-it-true-beauty-style/

 

Posted: Dec 21, 2011
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I most recently turned 29 years old and I wasn’t the least bit freaked out until my little sisters asked me on the  eve of my 29th year on earth “are you freaked out about turning 29?” Oh little sisters, their ability to innocently challenge, annoy and remind us of our mortality has oppressed the Princess ego of older sisters everywhere.  Alas, I was instantly dethroned of the simple pleasures of a stress free 29th birthday.

Before I dive into the dramatic thoughts that went along with the change in moons on my 29th birthday  I think we need to establish a few things. For one, I’m going to take the liberty to assume that if you are the Rewrite Beautiful blog reading type you are fully aware of the rumored plague that is called: female aging. From what I gather aging is accompanied by a few fears:

1.)    Everyone is looking– The fear that everyone is looking at you and saying, “Oh, she’s that nice, pretty woman who was brilliant, but she never really accomplished anything significant.”

2.)    Clothing – The fear that at any minute the 21 year old fairies from Forever 21will come knocking at your door and repossess all of your clothing. In exchange you will be left with nice wool cardigans, penny loafers and mom jeans.

3.)    Sex – The fear that the opposite sex does not find you suitably attractive enough to have sex with. Leaving you horny and alone to fend for yourself pulling out your own gray hairs on Saturday nights.

4.)    Babies – That your reproductive organs will start to curdle like spoiled milk and you will not be able to bake a nice healthy baby that resembles you and your non-existent lover in your womb.

I have heard all of these fears from women and some of them I have thought up all by myself (I’m such a big girl!) The funny thing about all of these fears though is whether you are 25 years old, 29 years old or 63 years old, every single one of us at one time or another will come across these fears. I think it’s up to us on how we react with to them. It may sound clique, but I think fears are kind of like the rain. We see rain outside and we have a couple of choices, we can either walk out of the house in our pajamas and get drenched or we can put a jacket on and grab an umbrella and stay dry. Like the rain, fears are inevitable, but we have the ability to shelter ourselves from their downpour. Let me paint you a picture….

So I’m having my 29 year old freak out. It’s a combination of sweating and feeling like I’m gonna cry, faint, throw up all at the same time. All the fears about everyone looking, the Forever 21 fairies, the desert void of sex and the babies I will never hold is running like a hamster wheel in my head.  I remember a question a friend asked me a few weeks back, “What is your greatest fear.” I answered, “Not having my own family.” I realize prior to crying that I am 29 years old, coming to the end of prime child bearing years and without a primate to knock boots with . Then I hear the voice of my pessimistic father who calls me at 4 am just to say, “You do know that if you don’t have children before the age of 30 you’re more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer…just wanted to make sure you were aware of that.” So to add to my list of fears, I’m pretty sure I’m dying as well. In the words of Irishgobeen : FML!

In the midst of the freak out I realize something kind of interesting, my alleged biggest fear has already come true. The truth is that I don’t have a family of my own right now and as much as that pains me to feel (and type)  the fact of the matter is that my life isn’t all that bad. I have friends, family, passions and creativity that greatly inspires me. Though, my life is predominantly been void of romantic partnerships or children I have been able to enjoy the life of an unattached, free, not a care in the world,  single woman who has not had to clean up anyone else's poop on a regular basis for the past 29 years.  Sure there are things we all long for, but do we really need to drench ourselves in the rain and hyperventilate in the process? Or might it be a better choice to appreciate the place were in at the moment?  I’ve done lots of  wasting moments and I think it’s not only exhausting, but depressing. Instead I plan to take advantage of my 29th year on earth. I’m going to be writing more, working on publishing some of my work, continue working on Rewrite Beautiful projects, learning more about art therapy and possibly going to Grad School. I’m a busy gal focussing on projects that fulfill my soul and help coach the souls of others. Maybe helping yourself, others and taking an inventory of the things we have to be grateful for is the trick to getting rid of those monsters in the closet aka Forever 21 fairies? What do YOU think? 

Posted: Dec 15, 2011
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 Happy Monday Beautiful friends!



Rewrite Beautiful is so stoked to announce that we are being featured in the Lifestyle + Charity SHOP this week! That means that every purchase from 10/31 through 11/06 will be combined and 10% of that total will go to Rewrite Beautiful! Please check out the Lifestyle + Charity SHOP and see if you can get a head start on some Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or maybe find something just for your BEAUTIFUL self :) Thanks for the support beauty's! Happy Shopping!



Keepin' it Beautiful,



Irvina



Posted: Oct 31, 2011
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Happy Thursday beautiful peeps!

We're having a Rewrite Beautiful Volunteer Meeting + Creative Workshop this Sunday! Details in the image above! The Creative Workshop will be led by our Street Art Workshop leader, Sunny Siu. Sunny is an Art Professor at the Art Institute and will be sure to blow your mind at his creativity! So come ready to rock, learn something new and prevent some eating disorders! Oh, we'll have snack for ya too! Yeah!

Keepin' it Beautiful,

Irvina

 

Posted: Sep 29, 2011
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Go Titans!

Hey Beautiful people!

In case you're out of the loop, Rewrite Beautiful just visited Cal State Fullerton and did an awesome Street Art Workshop with the WoMen's Center on campus. Rewrite Beautiful was stoked to be there since 95% of the women who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.5 (See source here.) The college newspaper, The Daily Titan featured a story on us! Check it out here...

Students use chalk to draw awareness to eating disorders

By JARYD LUCERO 
Daily Titan Assistant News Editor 
Published: September 21, 2011



Cal State Fullerton students expressed themselves in chalk Tuesday in front of the Humanities Building to let the world know what beautiful really means.Irvina Kanarek, a CSUF alumna, founded the nonprofit organization Rewrite Beautiful to spread awareness and prevent eating disorders among females. Rewrite Beautiful uses “street art” to get its message out.

The street art project was based on a mind mapping diagram. She started with two central words on the floor of the Quad, “beauty” and “pain,” and participants branched off the writing with what those words mean to them. The words that came off the central theme also had words or phrases branching off them.

The central words were surrounded by a set of footprints that were in the shape of a heart.

One passerby, Brandon George, 23, saw the project and decided to take part. He wrote “nonexistent,” branching off the word “flaws.”

*To see the rest of this article please visit the following link: http://www.dailytitan.com/2011/09/21/students-use-chalk-to-draw-awareness-to-eating-disorders/



 

Posted: Sep 28, 2011
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This weekend we are prepping for our Street Art Workshop at Cal State Fullerton next Tuesday, September 20th. Like all of our Rewrite Beautiful projects none of them would get done without the help of our BEAUTIFUL Volunteers. This week we’d like to highlight the work of Madi Sears! Madi is a student at Cal State Fullerton and a Rewrite Beautiful supporter. She has invited, recruited and promoted our workshop like no one else. We couldn’t pull it off without her.

In addition, Madi is a pretty remarkable young woman and screams Rewrite Beautiful in her actions. She’s CREATIVE – She plays some fierce drums! Makin’ the Little Drummer Boy so nervous he marches out of step! She is KIND- She spends her winter breaks from college traveling to India with her church, ROCKHARBOR and caring for orphans, lepers and ministering to women working in prostitution. She is also incredibly STRONG – If you ever got the opportunity to sit down and talk to Madi you would get the sense that though Madi is young, yet she has an inner strength and is grounded like someone who has lived a long full life. Madi knows who she is, much more than the average person and she uses this knowledge to help others; sometimes it’s  out  of human trafficking  and sometimes it’s to Rewrite Beautiful. Thanks for all of your help Madi, you’re Beautiful!

Posted: Sep 17, 2011

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Hey Beautiful friends!

Lots of workshops in the month of September! We’re stoked to also announce that Rewrite Beautiful is partnering with the California State University, Fullerton's  WoMen's Center! Yeah! Rewrite Beautiful will be leading a Street Art Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th from 12pm to 1:30pm. We will be discussing our message that," Beautiful actually has nothing to do with the way you LOOK; it has to do with the way you ACT. Beauty is found in your actions of Creativity, Kindness and Strength displayed in your community. You can either go along with what everyone else thinks is beautiful, or you can be revolutionary and Rewrite Beautiful." The Street Art will be made with this theme in mind.

Everyone (man/boy/woman/girl/child and seeing eye dog) is welcomed to come and learn about Rewrite Beautiful, Street Art and eating disorders. *The Street Art will be displayed in the CSUF Quad at 1:15pm. To RSVP to the Street Art Workshop please see the Facebook invite HERE.

And If you’d like to help us promote the Street Art Workshop at CSUF and want one of our AWESOME T-Shirts for FREE be sure to email: Irvina@rewritebeautiful.org for details on how to get one!

Keepin’ it Beautiful!

Irvina

Posted: Sep 2, 2011

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