Every day we have a choice. We can let others dictate the way we see beautiful in ourselves and the world or we can see the beauty we inherently possess, do something to help someone else, make a person smile, lend a helping hand, change someone's world. We're committed to making this world a better place.

The purpose of this blog is to invite readers to see beautiful. See Beautiful is a lifestyle brand that creates more beautiful in the world by giving back to you.

See beautiful in yourself. See beautiful in others. Create more beautiful in the world.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Giving Me

http://www.seebeautiful.com/the-giving-me.htmlWords can't express how honored I am to share See Beautiful's latest product and my most recently published children's book, The Giving Me. Of the children's books I've written, this one is the most special because it honors the ultimate giving of an incredible man, Trey Lefler. Trey Lefler helped people see beautiful. He also created beautiful in the lives of family, friends, and total strangers; but more specifically in the people who's lives he saved.

As written on opening pages, The Giving Me, is a children's picture book “dedicated to the family and friends of Trey Lefler, whose giving saved lives.” Inspired by Trey Lefler’s giving spirit and decision to be an organ donor, I wrote this story to start conversations about the life changing act of giving.

Within each page, Readers - both young and older-ish - experience the ways giving comes full circle and ultimately saves lives. The Giving Me helps young children understand the importance of giving and empowers them to make a difference in the world.

*100% of all sales I receive from The Giving Me will be donated to one of Trey's giving initiatives.

Beyond the book itself, there is a beautiful Adult Discussion Guide thoughtfully crafted by Stephen de Groot of Getting to Better and a Children's Activity Guide designed by Orly Wahba of Life Vest Inside. These two kindness partners of See Beautiful's contributed pieces to the text that empower families and help create important memories and experiences beyond the words I had the honor of crafting. It is a continued treat to work with them!
Giving is the best,
Lydia (CEO of See Beautiful

Learn more about Trey's story HERE.
Purchase a copy of the book HERE

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To Give is to Receive

We see beautiful in giving. It's pretty much our favorite. We create beautiful by funding people's initiatives to grow more beautiful in the world! What's yours?

We donate $5 from every $15 See Beautiful Aluminum Cuff purchase to the See Beautiful Giving Feature of your choice. Enter the CODE of the initiative you wish to support at checkout.  When they reach their goal, we send them a check. It's that simple (and beautiful)!
Click on any of our three current See Beautiful Giving initiatives below and learn how you can help create more beautiful in the world! Think you have a great See Beautiful Giving initiative that you need funded? Awesome! Apply HERE.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

See Beautiful in Our Story and My Truth

There have been a lot of exciting changes on See Beautiful over the past month (and if you're here for the blog hop, since we last hopped together). We've worked hard to provide more transparency for our community and we're working even harder to give back - to people just like you and me.

I spent two years growing See Beautiful, pretending that sharing my story wouldn't matter to this movement (because this excuse made it easy not to share). Being vulnerable enough to put myself and my personal need to see beautiful out there isn't easy. It is my hope that others who come to See Beautiful and join this community read my words and connect. I hope they find a wonderful space within which they can see beautiful in themselves, others, and create even more beautiful in the world. I hope it makes a difference.

So with the click of my finger, and the decision to "post," (deep breath) here's why See Beautiful exists: 

When I tell people I started a company built upon “seeing beautiful” and “creating more beautiful in the world” some think I’m that girl who skips through life like I’m in a field of daisies with a sky full of rainbows, ignoring this land of reality everyone else is living in. And I get where they’re coming from.

My hope for others through See Beautiful can sound cheesy (or pie-in-the-sky-ish) on the surface:

See Beautiful in yourself. See beautiful in others. Create more beautiful in the world. 

But it’s not all daisies and rainbows. I believe that seeing beautiful can restore confidence from doubt, hope from loss, happiness from sadness, and contentment from judgment. I believe seeing beautiful begins at birth and is the catalyst for everyone to make the world a better place. I believe this because, for me, seeing beautiful is healing, hope-giving, love-growing, and life-changing.

I believe that at some point (or many points) in our lives we arrive at an impasse. Something has happened; we have lost touch with how to see beautiful in, or about, ourselves, others, or the world in general. It is in these pivotal moments that the opportunity to see beautiful is vital in helping us grow our confidence, hope, happiness and contentment in life.

As a former elementary school teacher and college professor, I built relationships with hundreds of children and adults negotiating what it means to see and create beautiful in their lives and the world. As an educator, I wanted to do more to empower children to see beautiful and offer some insight into doing so. I wrote a children’s book with this sentiment reflected and then I put it away. For years.

I didn’t think much about the need to see beautiful in myself and the world until I recognized I was struggling to do so. Deeply struggling. I’d been a positive, happy person all my life. En route, sure, I’d come to my own speed bumps and bounced my way over them. So when my husband and I were introduced to the world of infertility and loss and emptiness, I applied my “tried-and-true-bounce-over-the-speed-bump-and-recover” adage. This was sometimes a tortuous process of hiding grief and I came to know it well, as many “in a dark” place do. With more loss, more infertility, and more emptiness, the speed bumps started feeling more like sink holes and I didn’t care that I was wallowing in the bottom of the pit. For years.

It was in this state of blindness to the good I carried within me (and the good in the world), that I had to purposefully refocus my mindset, daily tasks, and life’s work.  I began to focus on purposefully seeking the tiny pieces of me that I could find peace in - that I deemed beautiful. I began to reacquaint myself with finding great beauty in those surrounding me – family, friends and even complete strangers. And as I made my focus intentional on seeing beautiful in myself and others, it gave me the freedom and confidence I needed to set my sights on creating more beautiful in the world. I believed there was a world-changing power in seeing beautiful – scars and all.

You see, seeing beautiful resides in your thoughts and emotions and the ways you understand yourself, but it’s so much more than that. Through setting daily intention on seeing beautiful, I came to understand more fully the hope, happiness, and beauty that resides in each of us, and our power to use that strength to do more good in the world. Children seem to be born understanding this and adulthood seems to take it out of them. I want to nurture this impeccable ability from a young age, to empower all to keep this focus. Throughout life. 

Seeing beautiful doesn’t mean you live a perfect, flawless life of gushing at yourself every time you look in the mirror. It doesn’t mean everything you touch will turn to gold. It doesn’t mean your parenting will be perfect. It doesn’t mean you’ll even get to be a parent. To see beautiful you have to live and feel – through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the stunningly beautiful.  See Beautiful is a lifestyle. My hope for all of us is that when we allow ourselves to experience life as it comes at us, we see beautiful in the freedom you have to enjoy confidence, hope, happiness, and contentment.

My hope is that you see beautiful and that we can work together to foster a new generation of children who never forget it and adults who relearn it. Celebrate your capacity to create more beautiful in the world. Together our focus on seeing beautiful can change the world, one lens at a time.

Seeing beautiful in you,

Lydia Criss Mays (Founder of See Beautiful)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

They Do.

Something chill-giving, tear-causing, heart-warming, and love-growing happens at every wedding I've ever attended. The moment that two people decide to give their lives to another in such a special way is such a gift. It will come as no shocker that I believe weddings are chocked full of "see beautiful" moments.

When I learned about what two beautiful women (who I happen to get to call family) did at their wedding to grow more beautiful in the world the chill-giving, tear-causing, heart-warming, love-growing emotions were at full throttle.

The night before their wedding, Alicia and Morgan joined with family and close friends and asked them to complete a seemingly simply task. They handed out paper and pens and asked those closest to them to write down a positive message to share with the world (essentially, their "see beautifuls"). Without explaining how they were going to use these special comments, they collected the paper and went on with a celebratory evening.

Fast-forward to their wedding the next day. During the ceremony, Morgan and Alicia revealed a See Beautiful bottle to those on their "wedding vessel" (Yes, it was really a ship. Yes, they're that cool.). The See Beautiful bottle was full of these hopes for the world that family and friend's had written the evening prior. As the Captain explained to family and friends that these messages of hope would be released and shared in the world, Alicia and Morgan tossed the bottle into the water. There See Beautiful floats for just the right person to find the bottle and be filled with hopes for spreading more beautiful in the world.  Hope floats, right? In this case, it does. On the heels of a wedding, in the celebration of love, and within the world, hope really does float. It leaves you seeing, well, beautiful. Right?

The fact that See Beautiful was (literally) incorporated into their wedding was a gift. The way people have translated "see beautiful" over the past couple years is incredibly inspiring. It is beautiful to see how people live it and make it their own. It is my hope that every day be filled with much beautiful for this amazingly giving, loving, couple.

Ahoy, Matey!! You can even watch the See Beautiful bottle floating with hope and waiting to spread beautiful!


Will they see beautiful? They do.
Will they grow more beautiful in the world? They will.

Monday, July 14, 2014

You Don't Have to TRY

Thank you to Colbie Caillat for reminding us that we don't have to TRY.

"Put your make-up on. Get your nails done. Curl your hair. Run the extra mile. Keep it slim so they like you, do they like you?

Get your sexy on. Don't be shy, girl. Take it off. This is what you want, to belong, so they like you. Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard. You don't have to, give it all away. You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up. You don't have to change a single thing.

You don't have to try, try, try, try. You don't have to try, try, try, try. You don't have to try, try, try, try. You don't have to try. Yooou don't have to try

Get your shopping on, at the mall, max your credit cards. You don't have to choose, buy it all, so they like you. Do they like you?

Wait a second. Why, should you care, what they think of you. When you're all alone, by yourself, do you like you? Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard. You don't have to, give it all away. You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up. You don't have to change a single thing.

You don't have to try so hard. You don't have to bend until you break. You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up. You don't have to change a single thing.

Take your make-up off. Let your hair down. Take a breath. Look into the mirror, at yourself. Don't you like you? Cause I like you."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

See Beautiful

Every day we set our intention on seeing beautiful.  We are so appreciative of the bloggers who have joined our blog hop who now see beautiful with us. See Beautiful, as a company, is committed to growing this lifestyle in the world. But we want you to know we do it at home - in everything. Most people who join this monthly blog hop have been doing so for a while. It's been around for over two years now. We're grateful for that.

In the coming months See Beautiful will take on some changes that will result in our ability to give back to you. Directly. Which is thrilling to us. In the meantime, we're focused on looking inward to our family and seeing beautiful in these cherished moments with our family (including our four-legged friends).

Thank you for seeing beautiful with us. Happy seeing beautiful and happy hopping!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Change Is Coming to See Beautiful

Seeing beautiful is a work in progress. It's setting your intention to do so everyday. In an effort to better clarify our own work and the way we support our See Beautiful community, we're going to take the month of July to revamp some awesomeness and rewrite the way we're giving. You're getting in at the ground level and we want you to know that we're going to continue supporting non-profits, but we're also going to weave in GIVING to people, like you, to fund your efforts to create more beautiful in the world.
Our website will go under construction in July, so if you're looking to purchase any of our See Beautiful products, dive on in during the month of June because July is all about cleaning these binoculars and creating even more beautiful in the world!!