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So, Valentine’s day is approaching. A day to focus on love. This year, I’d like to toss aside the cherubs and chocolate and focus on one thing: hearts. Not heart-shaped cards or candy but the heart inside all of us who could use some encouragement.
There is a trend in social media today about redefining the standard of beauty. I’d like to capitalize on that notion by urging all people, women and men, to tell each other what they find beautiful about the people in their lives. So much of what I do is about tearing down insecurities and helping others see themselves the way I see them, as beautiful, accomplished & strong. It’s about reflecting what is inside onto the outside.
My call to action for all of you is this: Find 5 people in your life & tell them what you think is beautiful about them. Write them a Facebook message, a tweet, or even snap a photo of a handwritten note and post it on Instagram. Tag your message or photo #WeDefineBeauty and urge others to do the same! Let’s spread the love!
Don’t feel limited by the number 5. One works, too! I am going to reach out to as many people as I can this Valentine’s Day. Like and share this post, please! Together, we can redefine beauty, because there’s something in all of us that is beautiful.
*If you’d like to learn more about how the media dictates our ideas of what is beautiful, you can watch the video of Jean Kilbourne‘s talk Killing Us Softly 4 by clicking here. Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising. She is also credited with introducing the idea of educating about media literacy as a way to prevent problems she viewed as originating from mass media advertising campaigns. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a doctorate in education from Boston University, as well as an honorary doctorate from Westfield State College, for her “research and insights that lead us from consumerism to consciousness.” (Source: Wikipedia)