Non Profits for eating disorders

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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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!

 

 

Jude is Beautiful!

 

Wellness has always brought Jude and I together! We first met at The Victorian, collaborating how to help women with eating disorders commit to lasting recovery. That was three years ago and soooooooooo much has happened since then! For one I left working as Support Staff at The Victorian and dedicated myself solely to writing and Rewrite Beautiful. Jude has pursued her own adventures as the CEO and Founder of Hawk + Lily, but I’ll let her tell you more about that amazing adventure!

Irvina: Jude thank you for speaking with me today! So tell me what is this non-profit, yoga, wellness project you are working on?

Jude: At the moment, I'm creating the Karma Yoga program for the Soul Center organization — our goal is to bring free yoga, meditation, and energy healing services to underserved populations. By pairing yoga teachers and holistic practitioners with a multitude of non-profit organizations, we're already inspiring greater health in body, mind, and spirit for those in addiction recovery, at-risk youth, domestic abuse survivors, hospice clients, homeless populations, veterans, cancer patients, and more.

I believe that volunteering is one of those things in your life that you don't know is missing until you start doing it. It's a wonderful opportunity to remind ourselves of how blessed we are for all that we DO have (two hands that can hug a friend, ten toes that help us stand tall, a bed to sleep in, a roof over our heads, and a heart that beats strong), rather than all the things we *think* we don't have.

Best of all, I've been lucky enough to experience — as both an instructor and as a student — how moving meditations such as yoga can make a genuine difference in improving one's life. That's why I've also created a company called Hawk+Lily to inspire everyone to rediscover the joy we were born with!

Hawk+Lily offers workshops rooted in nature that enhance one's ability to live to our greatest potential by balancing inner and outer strength. The "hawk" represents inner strength and the wisdom within each and every one of us, while the "lily" symbolizes one's natural beauty and grace. By bringing both elements together, we are more readily able to live abundantly wonderful lives and reach our fullest potential. Most importantly, Hawk+Lily encourages every individual to: "Love life. Thrive!"

Irvina: Wow! I’m kind of blown away right now. You know what a fan I am of connecting with non-profits! Hawk + Lily sounds incredible too! Well done my friend! Well done! So can you tell me what fueled your passion to start this?

Jude: Well, I am most passionate about encouraging every individual to BELIEVE that we can all be greater than we ever imagined possible. In every endeavor I choose to pursue, I believe in supporting each person's unique journey to live to our fullest potential, and to remember to HAVE FUN in everything we do!

Whatever happens in life, I believe intention and perspective makes all the difference in the world and sometimes, we just need a helping hand to see it from a different point-of-view that fosters growth and love and healing.

 

Jude is Beautiful!

 

I hope that each and every individual discovers the opportunity, confidence, and strength to BE and LIVE in ways more amazing than ever believed possible. I believe that one of those ways is through the practice of yoga, meditation, and energy work. By going inward, we connect to that higher self within on an all levels — emotional, physical, and spiritual — to become our best selves and to inspire that light within others.

"Namaste" means "the Divine within me honors and salutes the Divine within you." In eastern practices, the belief is that we are born divine. We don't have to seek outside of ourselves for the answer to pure bliss and true wellness. We're already whole! And, we have all the "right answers" within just waiting to unfold.

Irvina: Amen sister! One of my favorite things about yoga is the reminder to go at your own pace. Life is a journey and we get of course when we pay more attention to other peoples journeys instead of enjoying our own.

So Jude, you’re a busy girl, what do you do for fun?

Jude: EVERYTHING can be fun. But, what brings an instant smile to my face is being around the people I love (even those who are sometimes challenging) and being out in nature. That's why I surf, rock climb, hike, yoga, and more recently, golf.

I also like to put on soul-movin' tunes and dance to my heart's delight in my apartment, listen to thought-provoking audiobooks and podcasts, and play with anything that involves creativity and color, like cooking!

Irvina: I like imagining you soul-movin in your kitchen! Ha! So, what is the craziest thing you have done?

Jude: O, there's plenty of crazy things I've done — whether purposefully or purely by accident. Mostly, I think the craziest and best things I've ever done are to listen to — and follow — my heart. Even when hard, it's always been right. And, in the end, I marvel at how wonderfully things turn out, so that I've never been happier!

Irvina: Dang that heart! It’s so hard to listen to, but it’s ALWAYS right! So Jude what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?

Jude: I am proud that my words have brought me around the world www.imalwayswrite.com/ to experience an array of adventures that keep on coming! And, I'm lucky that to share those memories with friends and family every step of the way.

By combining my passion for writing with teaching yoga and offering Reiki energy, I have also been blessed to inspire incredible transformations with people everywhere I go around the world.

Irvina: I love your website! You’re such a talented writer! So tell me, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?

Teaching yoga and offering Reiki healing services has been a beautifully kind and richly rewarding experience for both the practitioner and the recipient — it's definitely been one of the greatest gifts I've ever received and shared!

Through my guided meditations and yoga classes, I encourage every individual to discover the strength that comes not only in movement, but also in building inner awareness through genuine vulnerability. And, because every person is unique, the flow of creativity that is generated throughout one's practice is amazing to behold.

Irvina: Huh, I never thought of my yoga practice as creative. I’ll have to remember that tonight! So, who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?

Jude: The most beautiful woman I know is the one who embraces everything she is and loves herself entirely — this could be you! There is no limit to the amount of greatness that you can inspire just by being exactly who you are. You can bring strength to the weak, deepen sweetness for those who've forgotten what it means to be kind, and bring brilliance to a room that did not know it was dark. The most beautiful woman I know is not someone without imperfections or who does not make mistakes; it is someone who transforms those "flaws" into a wonderfully flawless representation of exactly who she is and creates learning opportunities from the "oops" moments. She is, simply, an amazing woman warrior.

Irvina: I looooooooooooove that! If you combined all my “oops” moments you would have to consider me drop dead gooooogeous! Which I consider I am ;) So my dear, what do you wish young women knew about beauty?

Jude: I wish that every person — woman or man — would know that beauty comes from being true to oneself, from being kind to others, from leading the way rather than simply following paths tried and true. I wish that every individual could recognize that the light within will only shine if given permission to be exactly as we are designed to be, brilliant right to the core. And most of all, that the way we are today is not the way we were yesterday, nor will is the way we'll be tomorrow, so that in this moment, we are given an opportunity to make the best of what we've got and that it can be absolutely fun to do just that!

Posted: Jan 30, 2012

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So I know you’re all frantically running around right now trying to purchase with a purpose and politely avoiding the creepers in yoga class. BUT! In all that busyness  don’t forget to make your charitable donation to prevent eating disorders aka DONATE your buck-a-roo’s to Rewrite Beautiful! Everyone makes their donations at the end of the year because they know come April Tax Time it really helps you if you've made some charitable contributions. Rewrite Beautiful is a 501(c) 3.

Give to Rewrite Beautiful + Get Money! Sounds like a Win/Win to me!

No DONATION is too small or too big! If you don’t already know how awesome an organization Rewrite Beautiful is check out our year end summary and plan for 2012 that we sent to our supporters. Thanks you for supporting Rewrite Beautiful and making better mothers, sisters, daughters,  friends, girlfriends and aunts who know our worth is in not in our bodies, but in the way we treat others and ourselves! Happy giving!

To make a DONATION that will change a life please visit this link:



 http://rewritebeautiful.org/donate



Posted: Dec 19, 2011
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Robyn is beYOUtiful!

Happy Friday beautiful folks! Thanks for stopping by the blog! I know everyone is super busy with family coming into town and makin’ three different kinds of tamales – save the chicken ones for me mom!

As for me, it is my blogging pleasure to bring you the beautiful Mrs.Robyn as our Beautiful Girl of the Week! Check this hot-soon-to-be-sugar mama out! Robyn joined Rewrite Beautiful about a year ago when her friend Lindsey (my LGF) told her about our project to change how girls see beauty in themselves through art. Since then Robyn has been a huge supporter! Sharing her recovery story at our art workshops to help other women….Getting her parents to sponsor our TELEIOS Art Show ….and joining us on the Trinity Broadcasting Network to spread eating disorder awareness. Not, only is Robyn a Rewrite Beautiful supporter she's also a talented actress and personal trainer. Robyn has actually incorporated the idea of appreciating our bodies and loving them the way they were created into the Personal Training routines she teaches her clients. Rad huh? Robyn is a friendly, creative, kind and strong woman that we are proud to know and have apart of our team! So don’t steal her from us! Jst kidding …actually I’m serious…back away from our hot mama! Thanks for all your support Robyn! Rewrite Beautiful had an awesome 2011 because YOU were apart of our team! Big hugs and love!

Me and Robyn at one of our workshops

Posted: Dec 16, 2011

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Hey Beautiful friends! 

Come hang out and volunteer with us this Sunday as we assemble our Winter Donation Request letter and tag bracelet's!

We are in NEED of hands that like to fold, stuff and stamp! Every 'little' bit helps!

 
Volunteer with Rewrite Beautiful!
Sunday, October 6th  2011
10 am to 1pm
1507 Tustin Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

*A fun Rewrite Beautiful Creative Workshop and Snacks will be provided!

For more info: email,  GetInvolved@RewriteBeautiful.org

See you Sunday!

 

Posted: Nov 4, 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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Yup, you heard that right! Rewrite Beautiful has traveled down under (well, sort of…via the world wide web that is :) ) But, nevertheless Rewrite Beautiful is inspiring Kerin of Australia to CHANGE how she see’s beauty in herself and others. She says the following on her blog: A Space to Create,  "This blog is a space for me explore creatively to express how beauty lives within each of us and can be experienced everyday in the world around us. My Blog will consist of my photos and inspirations that reflect the beauty I see within the people I know and meet, but more importantly the beauty of the world I live in. I am using creativity to teach beautiful as an action."

I found out a couple of weeks ago that Kerin stumbled upon Rewrite Beautiful via the web and was so inspired by the message that she decided to make her own blog dedicated to finding the true beauty in herself and her friends. How rad is that?! I checked out her blog and it’s rad. She features pictures of her friends, nature, animals and writes the qualities she finds beautiful about them. It’s a true ‘Rewrite’ Blog and I just love it! I hope Kerin inspires you to also find your own little 'Rewrite' niche in the world whether it’s through a blog, writing, art, street art or photography! It's so rad to see people wanting to ‘Rewrite’ with us!

Keepin’ it Beautiful,

Irvina

Posted: Oct 17, 2011
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In July we hosted TELEIOS, an Art Show that gave local fine artists the opportunity to ‘Rewrite Beautiful’ through their work. The art alone was moving and thought provoking, but we also wanted to give the gallery guests the opportunity to ‘rewrite’ beautiful for themselves. Thus, we gave everyone who entered the TELEIOS show a gallery card that described what the theme of TELEIOS was, a piece of colored paper and a Sharpie marker. We gave them instructions to evaluate the art in the gallery and then come to their own definition of ‘beautiful.’ Here are some of the cards from the wall. Enjoy!

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Posted: Oct 14, 2011
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I have the honor and privilege of writing for Lifestyle  + Charity Magazine. The mission of the magazine is to make giving apart of your lifestyle. How BEAUTIFUL is that?! They provide everything your favorite magazines provides: dining, fashion, entertainment, politics, news, trends…EXCEPT everything has a charity twist! Every article you read and product you see either is giving money directly to a charity or raising awareness for them!

I write the TRUE BEAUTY column for the magazine and this month I wrote on Discovering your TRUE BEAUTY. Check out the article below:

Discover Your True Beauty

By: Irvina Kanarek of Lifstyle + Charity

I was just thinking, it’s pretty bizarre that I write a TRUE BEAUTY column.  The name of the column itself indicates that the world is so saturated with FALSE BEAUTY that we need to designate a place where the truth can be found – weird, right? I think so.

This week I read an article that said, “Girls with eating disorders and low self-esteem spend more time watching television than girls who are secure and have a healthy confidence.” I imagine there are two ways of looking at this statistic. On one hand, you could argue that it’s the amount of media a girl consumes leads to her poor self-esteem and fuels her eating disorder. On the other hand, you could argue that her eating disorder encourages her to isolate which leads to TV watching. I can’t see which side has more points on the score board, they both seem to be losing teams. What I do know is whether or not you struggle with an eating disorder, the world is lacking TRUE BEAUTY and  desperately needs your TRUE BEAUTY in it! But, here’s the catch: your TRUE BEAUTY can’t  be shared if you can’t recognize it. So, what is your TRUE BEAUTY? Not sure? No sweat – I didn’t know for awhile either. TRUE BEAUTY is what you’re passionate about, it’s what gets you excited, smiling and your heart pumping. Some call it: “the desires of your heart.”

*To read the rest of this article please visit the following link: http://www.lifestyleandcharity.com/2011/09/discover-true-beauty/

Posted: Sep 27, 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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