Friday, February 24, 2012

Pay It Forward: Make a List

What don't you like about your appearance? Is your belly too big? Your nose too odd? Your bottom unruly? The women in the following video had no shortage of body parts that were too imperfect. They represent women internationally who are quick to judge themselves based on their less-than-perfect (in their minds) selves.

What do you love about your appearance? Um. Um. Well. Um. The women in the following video pause for reflection. They stipulate a body part, but only when the body part could be positioned a certain way. They represent women internationally who are quick to stumble for the stunning beauty they carry in themselves at every moment, every day.

Take a gander at this quick video and then learn about our Pay It Forward hope for you and society today.


This got us thinking (uh-oh, I know, right?): What if you generated two lists; one for yourself and one for another special person in your life. Your first list should be things about yourself that you love. It should represents parts of yourself that are beautiful. And we find it an important exercise to complete. The next list should be for a special person in your life. This list should include things about that person you love. It should represent parts of your friend or family member that are beautiful. Then, drop your list about that special someone's beauty in the mail to her/him. Place your list about yourself somewhere you can see it (ex. bathroom mirror, closet door, wallet). When you start to judge and criticize yourself think about your list. Think about all of the beautiful attributes of which you grace the world. Think about all the ways you help others see more beautiful in the world. And then, hold your head higher. Smile bigger. Laugh louder. Love more. The more love you see and feel, the more you have to give.

FREEBIE: Simply print this picture, or visit HERE for a PDF copy.


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Thanks for making this world a better place by simply being in it!

Last Pay It Forward wish: As you pass the list you generate for yourself, promise us one thing, promise us you'll try to see those beautiful things in yourself. You are beautiful.
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Are you looking for a tangible reminder to see beautiful, or know someone who needs one? Check out our See Beautiful products (and feel good knowing a portion of proceeds from every purchase is donated to charity. This month a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Somalia and American Funds for Education or S.A.F.E.). Click HERE

29 comments:

  1. Oh these are beautiful.  Putting these somewhere like the bathroom mirror would be a great way to start the day :)

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    Visiting from the Linky Blog Hop! I hope you’ll stop by – www.laughterandgrace.com – and follow
    me!


     


    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm now your newest follower :))

    Have a great weekend!

    xo, Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  4. I really need this!  I have always had an image problem.  There are not many pictures of me.
    Grabbing your blog button to put on my blogs sidebar.  Will come back later and print out some of your bookmarks. 
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me on Linky Follower. I am now following you on Linky Follower and GFC.

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  5. Wow, your blog seems so inspirational! I can't wait to sit and read some more! Thanks so much for following me -- I just followed you back via Linky Followers! :) xo, Reannah @ShapedbyGrace

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  6. What a beautiful blog - it's soo different and uplifting! Thanks for stopping by, am your latest follower on Linky! xx

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  7. Coupon Saving SistaFebruary 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Thank you for stopping by and becoming a Linky Follower!  I've returned the favor :)

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  8. Loved visiting this blog!  I will return because I am an ardent believer in "Pay It Forward" and your most important message....:)JP

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  9. Such a refreshing website.  I thought this post was really inspiring.  It is so easy to see our own flaws and to ignore what makes us each so unique and wonderful.  It's nice to be reminded that there are things that we love about ourselves.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm now following back! 

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  10. It's true that for most people it's harder to see beautiful in yourself. You tend to see all the flaws first without appreciating what you have. Thanks for reminding us to love ourselves!

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  11. Blissful_and_domesticFebruary 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am now following you:>

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  12.  Thanks so much! We love growing the movement to see more beautiful in the world! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  13.  Always here for the reminder! :) Happy seeing beautiful!

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  14.  YAY! We love your blog too! We have lots of Pay It Forward ideas in the "Pay It Forward" tab if you're ever in a shortage for one. ;) Happy to connect! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  15.  Thanks! We appreciate the ways you're making others lives easier via your blog! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  16.  AW! Thank you so much! We like the goodness you're dishing up too! Happy to connect.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

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  17.  Thanks so much, Reannah! I'm happy to connect! We're always looking for ways to dish up more opportunities to see more beautiful in the world.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

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  18.  OH, Patricia, you're  not alone. In fact, unfortunately pop culture continues to send this message to our young girls too. It's disgusting and unfair. So happy to connect with you. We're honored that you'd add us to your sidebar. Wow. Thank you! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  19.  You got that right! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  20. Hi Lydia! Thanks for stopping by Classic Children's Books! What an interesting site you have here. Love all the little videos and thoughts you share. 

    You have a very interesting job as a professor of literacy. =D

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  21. You'll definitely want to stop by Classic Childrens Books March 11 - 17th. I am co-hosting the Classic Reading for Kid's annual event with MyMcBooks.wordpress.com and I will be sharing reviews of Classic Children's books from the 50's (for the most part) and I have an exciting special announcement & review the last day too - you don't want to miss that one! And I'm also giving away all of those books to one lucky reader! =D

    Tina 'the book lady'
    http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com

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  22. Lovely post.. Very true.. I certainly spend a lot of time looking at flaws.. Its nice to see your perspective.. Stopping in to follow ya via linky follwers.. Hope you can stop in and follow me back as well.. Lovely blog you have here.. officially a follower as well.. Wishing you a great start to your week.. :)) ~Marilyn http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com 

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  23. I am glad you found me...I am your newest follower! You asked about my linky widget...I am self hosted on wordpress and that is the only linky tool they allow... so if you look in the widget section of Linky Tools see if you can add the simple one for wordpress to blogger. Good Luck! Looking forward exploring your blog more..
    Kim http://madeinaday.com

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  24. Hi, Lydia,
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely message.  Thanks also for an invite to view your blog.  What a lovely place!  I know I'll be visiting often, as I've signed up to be your latest follower. Hope you'll be stopping by and visiting me again soon. It's always so nice to meet another "Janeite!"
    Best wishes,
    Paula
    www.paulasserendipity.blogspot.com

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  25.  Thanks, Tina. I do have a wonderful job. I'm glad we connected! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  26.  Great, thanks! I'll be sure to check this out. It will be a great reference! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  27.  Thanks so much! Happy to connect! Popping over to visit your blog now!

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  28.  Thanks so much, Kim! So happy to learn about going the wordpress route! I'll definitely check that out! Glad we connected! Happy seeing beautiful!

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  29.  Absolutely! We'll certainly be back soon to be inspired! Happy seeing beautiful!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts & helping others see beautiful too!