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.
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.
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.
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.
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)