See Beautiful™ was born from a collective voice of concerned individuals who noticed (1) Women are beautiful! (2) Society tells us otherwise; and (3) We're not okay with society's message to question our inherent beauty!
See Beautiful™ strives to be a place where girls and women feel empowered, feel themselves, and recognize their beauty.
See Beautiful™ is forever committed to supporting females and spreading the message that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Below you will find a comprehensive list of resources supporting girls and women! Check out our "See Beautiful's" page to celebrate our See Beautiful Woman of the Month!
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Our See Beautiful Woman of the Month
Excellent resources for Girls and Woman
Sarah Rodriguez is beautiful. I've stared at that first sentence for a few minutes now, trying to figure out the way to best celebrate Sarah and her beauty and words can't contain it. I can try - and I will - but know my words don't do her justice. I had the unique opportunity to recently meet Sarah in person (which I don't often get to do with our See Beautiful Women of the Month). Sitting across the table, over our shared love of black bean burgers, Sarah inspired me. She moved me to tears with her strength, love, ability to see beautiful, and of course THIS NEWS that she should share with you herself. Sarah's story is one that could have left her void of the ability or will to seek beautiful in her life, yet she's rooted her everyday-focus in life on seeking, finding, celebrating and creating more beautiful in the world - not just for herself, but for her son, her husband, her community and the world. Yes, Sarah is beautiful in every way. Thank you, Sarah, for this opportunity to celebrate you and inspire others with your story.
My life used to be one that from the outside appeared quite beautiful. I
had a good job, a lovely home, an incredible husband and a beautiful
baby boy. Life was as perfect as it could seemingly be, that is, until
three days after my son was born. That was when we received a phone call
telling us that my husband’s cancer, which had been in remission, had
returned and spread to his lungs. We felt like the floor had collapsed
beneath our feet. We finally had everything we ever wanted and prayed
for. Now in the blink of an eye, it all seemed to be slipping away.
My husband fought cancer for the next year, through chemo and every type
of treatment available. Nothing worked. In the end they advised he have
surgery to try to remove the cancer. That’s when things took a turn for
the worse. After he came out of surgery he suffered an unexpected and
debilitating stroke. He miraculously recovered from the stroke, only to
have yet another one. This time there would be no recovery. On July
23rd, 2013 my precious husband passed away.
Image shared with permission by Sarah Rodriguez.
The beautiful life I once had was now shattered into a thousand pieces. I lost my husband of 8 years, my love, my very best friend. At 31 years old I was now a single Mom to a baby boy who would never know or remember his Father. I never knew such pain could exist in the world. I certainly never believed it could happen to me.
The only thing I had to cling to were the promises of God. I read a verse in Isaiah that talked about Him bringing beauty to my ashes. I didn’t know how that could ever be, but I prayed every night His promise would be true.
Through my despair God began to whisper a phrase to the secret parts of my heart “purpose to your pain”. A fire started to burn in me. One that declared my husband’s death would not be in vain, and that my tears would not be wasted. As I continued to pour my feelings out on my blog, I started to receive emails from others. These emails were from people who told me how inspired they were by my husband. They told me how seeing our family persevere gave them hope. They told me their faith was taken to new levels because of our families refusal to allow what has been to rob us from what will be.
I’m now part of a ministry that ministers directly to widows. The most painful thing I have ever endured has now become a vehicle to bring healing. God has taken our story and used it for His glory. He has taken our brokenness and brought life to others, who have brought life to others, on and on it goes.
Image shared with permission from Sarah Rodriguez.
My husband’s purpose did not end when his life did. His purpose is alive and well in my son and I. As we continue to press on, refusing to break, others have seen and are changed. Our desire is to inspire others to hold on tight to His promises. We have seen and know them to be true, little by little, day by day. His mercies are new every morning and His hope springs eternal. We hold onto that hope, we lift up our eyes, and look towards the horizon. There you will see the beauty that’s beginning to rise again.
Image shared with permission from Sarah Rodriguez.
Recommending a See Beautiful™ Girl or Woman of the Month
Every month See Beautiful™will select a beautiful girl or woman of the month.
Here's how is works: 1. You email us (mystory@seebeautiful) why YOU or SOMEONE you know is beautiful. You can talk about your own beauty or how you see beautiful in the world. 2. In your email, include contact information so we can email you if you're selected. 3. You'll be free to share a picture of yourself or any image you want that feels represents you. 4. We'll feature all you beautiful girls and women and can't wait to show society how BEAUTIFUL we are!!
As we scour the planet searching for See Beautiful™ exemplars, we'll share them here. Consider this a resource for finding more like-minded people involved in the movement to support girls and womens' empowerment of their own beauty, strength, and ability.
ALLIANCE FOR GIRLS: "Girl-centered, Community-based organizations and individuals committed to assessing and addressing girls’ needs and helping girls reach their potential":
GLOBAL WOMEN'S NETWORK: "striving to be the largest collaborative information source on women’s and girls’ organizations operating around the world."
HAILEY'S HOUSE: "Bridging the gap between parents and teens by guiding middle school-aged girls to become the best version of themselves and empowering parents with the skills necessary to continue to bring the best out of their daughters."