Celebrating Inspirational Women: Heartfelt Quotes

We are collecting stories from people that want to celebrate the #InpirationalWomen in their lives. We have received some really great stories and hope to get more.

Send yours toinfo@OurHandsForHope.com
Please keep your story to around 300 words or less.
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To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

To commemorate the awesome women in our lives Our Hands For Hope is offering a #giveaway of a beautiful handknit "Felicity" wrap. Click on this link to enter: http://goo.gl/dTL4Sw

 

 

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Jade Beall and her Beautiful Body Project

By: Michael Garcia Davila, Operations Manager @ Our Hands For Hope
Featuring: Jade Beall’s Beautiful Body Project Volume 1:Mothers

Just because it isn't the 1800's doesn't mean I can't be a bathing beauty

Just because it isn’t the 1800’s doesn’t mean I can’t be a bathing beauty

Growing up I remember watching my sisters fuss with outfits, makeup, hair and more outfits, before leaving the house. It was because of this long production of getting ready to just go to the video rental store to pick a movie to watch at home, that I decided to hang out with the boys, more so than girls.

When I was much younger I loved girlie things; like cutting my hair, painting my face, singing to the flowers, as if my life were a Disney musical.

As I neared sixth grade I began to realize it was ok to have a  bad hair day and wear clothes that I was comfortable in.

I was still self-conscious about my appearance. I had Napoleon Complex and when time came I even lied about my height on my driver’s license to make the 5′ mark. I was well aware of the perception others imposed about wearing certain items for certain body types, but I was rarely one to think that way.

I wasn’t immune to bad wardrobe blunders and hairstyles that were unattractive to my face shape, but I was glad to experiment and made it a rule to not stand in front of a mirror for more than a minute.

As an adult this has not changed. Society, media, and even some people I hung out with were constantly telling me I needed to lose weight, hang out in certain circles or go after certain jobs. Eventually, those people came and went, I stopped listening to the media, and I went after jobs that were interesting to me.

I’ve dealt with severe depression over the years but have used it as my  journey to rediscovering my own self-worth. So whenever I hear women like Jennifer Lawrence telling young girls to love their bodies, or Ellen DeGenres pointing out how photoshoping models has gone too far, I can’t help but smile and feel better about who I am as a woman.

photo: Jade Beall

photo: Jade Beall

When I came across Jade Beall’s work I got goose bumps and couldn’t help but be happy. I felt the same exhilaration when I jumped out a plane for the first time; l felt liberated. It was the approval and appreciation for my own journey as a woman. My genetics were no longer something to be ashamed of, but celebrated. I believe men and women, need to feel that same liberation and know that their journey is worth being acknowledged. Our bodies are not problems to be fixed with diet pills and unrealistic surgeries. It is because of this that I would like to recognize Jade Beall and all of her models as #InspirationalWomen.

Many women from all backgrounds joined Jade Beall’s movement to create a stunning book of photographs and life stories acknowledging and celebrating the journey of: motherhood, aging, cancer, still-births, miscarriages, weight-gain, weight-loss, dysmorphia, and more. Jade hasn’t stopped there; her next project features “Wise Women Over 50”.

You can buy a copy of the Beautiful Body Project, Volume 1: Mothers by clicking here

Please visit her site www.abeautifulbodyproject.com to see what other amazing projects she has planned for subsequent volumes and how you can be a part of her movement.

 

Celebrating Inspirational Women: Women In Art

By: Terisa Brooks-Huddleston, Owner/Founder @ Our Hands For Hope

As we move into this month of Celebrating Inspirational Women, I sat down today to write a piece about women artists, but found myself instead intrigued by “Women IN Art”.

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It struck me that inspirational women can emerge from art whether painted by a man or woman.

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One of my favorite artists is Gustav Klimt. I have always been intrigued by his Art Nouveau style, (elaborate mosaic patterns and costumes that have glimmers of gold), but more importantly the women he portrays always evoke a strong emotional response in me.

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The faces of the women in his art capture so many different qualities: strength, dignity, passion, nurture, courage, stability and creativity.

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There are reviews everywhere about Gustav Klimt the man and the art. As an artist, and an artist’s wife, I am continually amused by art reviews and critiques provoking an influence on how I’m suppose to respond. For me art is both subjective and objective. My first  intuitive reaction is to respond to it, jaded by my personal thoughts and emotions. I have an initial gut reaction of liking it or not.

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But by practicing a “closer study” I can learn to respond with a more objective point of view. It’s through this objective appreciation that I can find a deeper meaning within a piece. Looking for this deeper meaning is how I/we learn to appreciate what we don’t understand; the same can be said for understanding a woman. Each of our individual stories is what give us the depth and complexity that creates our uniqueness.

So, may I encourage you as we Celebrate Inspirational Women to always look for the deeper meaning through the stories we share.

I am blessed to be a woman and I am grateful for artists like Gustav Klimt to have captured on paper the emotional complexity of what women are made of.