How can you help spread the message?

May 19, 2010 at 3:31 am | Posted in Self Esteem | Leave a comment

Help send a girl to a workshop

Donate $25 and send a girl to a workshop.  As our thank you for helping to improve self esteem we will send you one of our exclusive “I am Beautiful” t-shirts (pictured above and below). These t-shirts “reflect” the message: it is how you see yourself that makes you beautiful.

Donate $45 and send two girls.  We will double our thanks by sending you two t-shirts.

T-shirts come in the following sizes and colors:

Black (scoop and V-neck)

Navy Blue (V-neck only)

Pink (scoop and V-neck)

Tie dye (scoop only).

Sizes: Women’s Small, Medium, Large in all colors except Tie dye which comes in Youth Large or Women’s Small.

You may donate by sending a check or money order to:

See Me, Inc

99 Copper Hill Road

East Granby, Ct 06026

Be sure to include the size, color, and style for the t-shirt thank you gift! And be sure to include the address to send the t-shirt.

If you have any questions, contact kelly@seemebeautiful.org

Why we get inspired…..

April 11, 2010 at 1:53 am | Posted in Body Image, Images, Labels, Self Esteem, Testimonials | Leave a comment

I woke  up this morning in a haze trying to remember the dreams of last  night and the obligations of today…..My mind thought…now what was  “Today?”  What do I need to  manage the in the  “Today” of my life? 

The answer quickly echoed through my head.  Today, See Me Beautiful was scheduled to host two workshops at a local event called “I am Woman, I am Unique”.   This event included local girls from ages 9-14 and their moms.  Our mission is clear…improve self esteem…doesn’t matter if you are one, eleven, or one hundred and eleven we all struggle with this subject.  Whether we are being picked-on in school, losing our best friend, losing our single days, or just simply moving into a different stage of our life and things are starting to sag, 🙂 we all want to feel good about ourselves.

So today, my daughters and the Chair Chick of the Executive Board (Carol Seeber) and me were ready to do the workshops.  Not really understanding what might possibly happen.  It was a 45 minute workshop with a lot to cover on the topic of self-esteem and little time.  We were all nervous.  So what happened ?

The girls listened, talked, watched videos, talked some more, and the power of sharing was clear in the room.   They were so open and honest.  They shared times when they got made fun of, the labels that people put on them, and how they struggled.  They shared stories of strength and support, they turned to other girls they didn’t even know and offered to help.  It was what the human spirit is made of….love.   And, guess what we came to?  We ALL have these negative thoughts…no matter the age, size, shape, color, where you come from or fill in the blank________. It makes no difference.  We all struggle.   And the girls today heard it, took it in and were courageous in speaking their truths.  They get it and so do you .  

One of the most moving moments for me occurred at the end of the event. A young girl of about 11, who during the workshop had revealed that she was frequently teased because of her “squeeky voice, approached me and said, “Thank you for telling me I’m beautiful.” It was hard to fight back the tears. That simple statement validated, more than anything, what See Me Beautiful is all about. And why what we are doing is so important.

Remember, you are good enough. Though our world may create images about size, color, appearance, or any stereotypes, we are not made pay attention to it .   Listen to the small voice inside that tells you how special you are.  Celebrate who are you are and all that you are meant to be.

You are all beautiful. We are all on this journey together, and when we discover who we are, we are more able to live fully into who we are supposed to be.

Labels

April 2, 2010 at 2:17 am | Posted in Labels | Leave a comment

Thought for the day … labels. Why do we label everthing? We label things, people, and places.  We label friends such as best friends, or the prettiest girl, or the smartest kid. But what do these labels bring us?

In the end these labels make someone not pretty enough or smart enough.

Make your conversation today about who you are, not about the stuff you compare yourself to. The real question is how much do you see your true self, not the illusion to which you are comparing yourself.

You are created to be who you are…celebrate that…celebrate yourself!

When air brushed images go too far

March 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Posted in Air Brushing, Images | Leave a comment

Come on now!

This controversial photgraph that appeared in a Ralph Lauren ad shows what happens when airbrushing goes too far. The image was airbrushed so drastically that the model’s waist actually appeared to be smaller than her head.

After a brief series of denials, Ralph Lauren admitted to modifying the image. (http://www.stylelist.com/2009/10/09/update-ralph-lauren-takes-responsiblity-for-distorted-ad/)

As long as behaviors like  this are common among magazines, fashion designers, and the media, it is even more important that the messages gets out to girls. You don’t have to compare yourself to anything, especially to images that  are impossible to live up to.

Media and Girls

March 12, 2010 at 2:20 am | Posted in Media portrayal | Leave a comment
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What are you REALLY seeing in that magazine?

The fashion industry has begun to use younger and younger models, and now commonly presents 12- and 13-year-old girls as if they were women. This presents a double dilemma. It over eroticizes younger girls and it presents images to women that are simply unrealistic and not true.

Calvin Klein ad

It’s no wonder that many girls and women are suffering when they try to compare themselves to these images; because it’s a standard that is simply impossible to meet.

http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/stereotyping/women_and_girls/women_girls.cfm

Out of the shadows

March 12, 2010 at 12:53 am | Posted in eating disorders | Leave a comment
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It’s not the obvious internet sites that parents need to be aware of

Most parents may not even be aware that web sites have become resources for women with eating disorders. Sites like the one featured in this Newsweek article are not only available, but they encourage and support unhealthy eating disorders. More and more resources like these are available on the internet.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/170528

The body image crisis is not just an American crisis

March 11, 2010 at 1:46 am | Posted in Body Image | Leave a comment
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Some issues truly are Global

As highlighted in this article from the BBC, the body image crisis is a worldwide epidemic. According to a study done in England, over 50% of women said they would consider plastic surgery to “fix” something about their body.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/02_february/20/body.shtml

Dieting is on the increase

March 11, 2010 at 1:04 am | Posted in Body Image, dieting, Obesity, Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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Girls and Dieting, then and now

According to a 1986 study by the University of California at San Franscisco, 80% of Fourth Grade girls said they were dieting.  This Wall Street Journal article highlights the growing influence of media images on girls since that study. Earlier this year another study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing found, among other things, that,

“A preoccupation with body image is now showing up in children as young as age five, and it can be exacerbated by our culture’s increased awareness of obesity, which leaves many non-overweight kids stressed about their bodies.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204731804574386822245731710.html

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