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Brazilian Illustrator: Marcela Sabiá -spreading message of self-love thru art

by Mariana Laviaguerre
The Brazilian Illustrator, Marcela Sabiá, has been spreading message of self-love thru art. Her motivation to engage the cause started after the end of a long relationship. She began to feel a necessity of empowerment and to redeem her self-esteem.
Read below the full interview.
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When did you discover your passion for art?
I’ve always been passionate about art since an early age. I would spend hours drawing, creating characters and Arts was one of my favorite classes at school. I thought it was amazing to study art history and devoted much to schoolwork. I also recall buying magazines, clipping all the illustrations I could find and keeping them on a folder. All of this has always been very spontaneous, and I’ve never thought about working with art until I finished the college feeling depressed about my professional life. I guess that was when I found out how passionate I was and I found my way as an illustrator.
What motivated you to use your talent as an illustrator for the sake of causes such as self-love, mental health, and body positivism?
When I started illustrating professionally, I began to miss a purpose behind my work. I wanted to spread a message and involve myself in a cause but did not know precisely what-until the end of a long relationship that shook me deeply. After that, I began to feel a necessity of empowerment and to redeem my self-esteem, which resulted in the illustrations of self-love. What was a therapy to help me ended up becoming the cause I was looking for and all the focus of what I do today, with a lot of love.
What are your greatest inspirations in art?
I am a fan of many illustrators, but currently, the ones who are inspiring me the most are Bruna Morgan, Frances Cannon, Tyler Feder, Carol Rossetti and Ambivalently Yours.
Who do you consider to be your female inspirations?
I am inspired when I see extremely well-known pop artists using their voices to empower other women and talk about issues like mental health-when everyone expects them to be superficial and only sexual symbols. I greatly admire Demi Lovato for being as transparent as her trajectory (use of drugs, bipolarity, self-mutilation, food disorders, bullying) and help so many people. I’m also a fan of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and (Brazilian singer) Anitta.
Do you receive feedback from male fans? What do they say about your work?
Just a few, but yes. I have already received testimonials from men who thanked me for addressing some subject, others asking me to talk about specific masculine issues and the most common: offenses and criticism saying that I encourage women to be “ugly and fat .” There are still few men with a receptive feminist mindset, I think mainly because there is the idea that feminists hate all men and that’s not true. My fight is for equality and freedom for both sexes. Why is waxing something imposed on women when it should be a choice, just as it is for men? And why is it acceptable for a woman to be sentimental, but if you question the masculinity of man if he is emotional? It’s something that needs to be deconstructed.
If you could give a piece of advice to girls who have difficulty accepting their bodies, what would you say?
I’d tell them to remember that there are no rules when it comes to beauty. There is no pattern that we are accustomed to craving. Beauty is a state of mind, of profound love for what we are and the fact that we are unique in this world. It’s a process that begins when we can find a little piece of our body that we love and focus on it every day until we find many others. Don’t compare yourselves to others don’t mistreat yourselves. Start looking for love and people will do the same.
Do you think that art can be a tool to help people who suffer from problems as depression?
I’m sure about this! People get stronger when they realize they’re not alone and they’re not the only ones going through that experience. The prejudice with the illness makes it much worse-we think we are crazy and unbalanced but the mind gets sick just like the body does.  I think it’s important to share the reality of illness, through art or otherwise, to inform and include people.
Tell us about your upcoming projects.
At the moment, I’m working on the “#realprincesses” project in which I illustrate Disney princesses with human features like acne, stains, and a plus size body. I also intend to write a book for some time, but I still have not been able to dedicate myself to the project as I would like. It’s still going to happen:)
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Would you like to leave a message for our readers?
Don’t be afraid to focus on yourselves, to find yourselves, to try new things. Believe more in yourselves by all means. You are worthy and worthy of love, never doubt that.
IG: @marcelailustra

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Gratitude Challenge Post! Come in and see what the question of the day is and comment your thoughts. This challenge is in regards to you and others, others you may say? Yes, come find what it’s all about!

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Talking About Self-Care

by Hannah Joyce

Let’s talk about self-care. First I want to make it clear that self-care is NOT selfish. We all practice self-care in different ways. There is no one right way to practice self-care. Self-care can be anything from simply doing the basics or treating yourself to a bubble bath.

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Why is self-care important?

  • Your body needs rest (Physical Health)
  • Your mind needs rest (Mental Health)
  • We need to take care of ourselves so that we can help others

Two years ago I had never heard of the term ‘self-care’, it was first introduced to me when I began training to volunteer at a crisis center for victims of domestic and sexual violence. At the time I was seventeen, I had the mindset that I could handle anything until the first day of training ended. I was mentally exhausted. We had gone over intense stuff that day. 

My heart hurt for people suffering from domestic/sexual violence, and my mind was crushed from all the information I had learned that day. I went home, and I did nothing. I couldn’t think straight, my mind my racing with all the information I had learned. I wanted to help the people affected by these terrible things but if I couldn’t even do my homework, how could I help others?

This is where self-care is essential. I had to find a way to wind down and refresh my soul.

Let’s talk about ways someone can practice self-care,

  • Take a hot shower – I find that the warm water running down my body is relaxing. While I shower, nothing else is important. All I am focusing on is that shower.
  • Take a bath – I have a friend that deals with a lot of chronic pain and taking a bath is apart of her daily routine. Without it, she says she wouldn’t be able to function.
  • Read a good book – In life we get so caught up in the daily activities that we may not make time to sit down and read that book we have been eyeing. Cozy up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and just lose yourself in a book.
  • Treat yourself to a spa night either at home or at an actual spa – self-care does not need to be expensive. There are a ton of home spa ideas at the tip of your fingertips on Pinterest.

Lastly, I want to leave you with some encouragement. You are enough, we all need to take time for ourselves whether that is taking a shower or reading a book. It is a necessity. There is no shame in practicing self-care.
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Gricey RT New Collection

We are proud to announce Gricey RT’s new collection. She highights in her geometric art women in arts, inventions, mission and business. You can acquire any of this art pieces on her website www.griceyrt.com.

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Caja Wessberg: Swedish professionally represented model and award-winning illustrator.Cajsa Wessbaerg

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Hannah Joyce

I am an 18-year-old college student. Breast cancer is not something I think about. About six months ago I noticed a lump on my breast. It had a white head, so I just assumed it was a zit/cyst. I didn’t think it was anything to worry about. I casually mentioned it to my mum, she didn’t seem worried, so I just forgot about it. (At the time she didn’t fully understand that it was on my breast)  Two months ago I mentioned it to my Dad, he asked how long it had been there? I told him a while. He told me to call the doctor right away. I didn’t understand the urgency, but when he explained, the fear settled in. As I waited for the doctor come check me out the nerves began to set in. Thoughts were running through my head. Some being that I am so young, I am just entering college, I can’t have cancer. Luckily for me, it was not breast cancer. It was a cyst, but for so many women they are not as lucky as I am.

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‘On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.’

Let’s breakdown some common myths. The following things do not cause breast cancer…

  • Caffeine
  • Deodorant
  • Microwaves
  • Cell Phones

I am sure we have all heard ‘don’t put your phone in your bra, you will get breast cancer.’ This terrified me for years until I educated myself concerning the topic of breast cancer.

 

Let’s talk about prevention, how can you take care of yourself….

  1. Self Exams – It is recommended that women regularly exam their breasts (Once a month) to make sure there is nothing alarming going on. And you can for sure make this fun, set some time aside every month and treat yourself. This could be a bubble bath or anything your heart desires to make the examining of your breasts a little bit more enjoyable.

 

  1. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis (Usually once a year). As ladies, we all know how much of a pain it is to get those pelvic exams/pap smears, but they are NECESSARY and very IMPORTANT. It’s the boring self-care that we have to do. But it could save your life in the long run.

 

  1. Mammogram time! Mammograms are suggested for ladies over 40 years old. They are to be done yearly. I know my own mom doesn’t really like these, but this is another tool that is available to us. This could be the difference between life and death.

 

The above information was found in an online booklet provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, it is completely free. 

To get your own copy, click here

Sources for Article

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Hannah Joyce

October is commonly known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also the home of Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well.

“On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” There are a lot of people who are experiencing domestic violence in society today whether it is physical, emotional, or mental.

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Why is that there is not more of a push to raise awareness around the issue of this terrible violence?

Lots of people experiencing domestic violence might not even realize what it is happening. 

Why is this?

  • All they know is abuse.
  • Simply do not understand what domestic violence is.

Educating men and women on what a healthy relationship is the key of respecting and love someone.

Why do you think abusers cut contact off from the world?

It is a form of control, but we can get ahead of this by teaching from the young age what domestic violence is, and what a healthy relationship looks like.

Preventing domestic violence

Teaching women …

…that they are equal to their male counterparts.

…that they have a voice and that their voice matters.

…to be confident in who they are.

…the warning signs of a bad relationship.

Advocacy for people who do not have a voice, sharing your knowledge of domestic violence, and resources could save a person’s life. Get involved in your local community in the fight against domestic violence.

If you need help, contact the local coalition in your state,

Click the link below to find the one near you.

State Coalitions – Provides Services to victims of domestic violence as well as raising awareness

How to get involved

Take Action

Resources

Information in Article from

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Inspire with Christy Birmingham

This week we are going to talk about Christy Birmingham. She is a writer, poet and feminist. Her writing is inspiring and motivates every woman who is going thru difficult moments. I personally love her work, Christy explains how art/poetry helped her to deal with personal issues, depression, and abuse. She is the perfect example what we have been trying to translate on our project.

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Read her complete interview below.

When did you discover your passion for writing?

As an elementary school student, I realized my love of poetry and short stories. It was after becoming a voracious reader. I recall my English teacher asking us to pen a story based on a prompt and my story getting a good mark from the teacher. I was very proud!

Is poetry your favorite writing style?

Yes. Poems mean a lot to me as this was my first writing style published (back in elementary school – the poem was on the topic of recycling). I like the succinct nature of poetry. The format suits how my thoughts often emerge and I find that my expressions go well with a poetic format.

Do you think poetry is a type of therapy?

It absolutely can be! Art therapy has proven benefits and writing is a form of it. Poems, in particular, helped me to deal with personal issues, including depression and abuse. It was through my first poetry book Pathways to Illumination that I truly came back to being “me.”

Tell me about your writing motivation.

I am primarily motivated to write to help women struggling with their mental health or with unhealthy relationships. I speak from experience and want to help others. I believe that my purpose is to provide a hand to those who need help in these areas. By growing my blogging and book platforms, I can hopefully reach more women.

Who is your favorite author?

Margaret Atwood! I was drawn to her when I realized how distinct a writing style she has. I marveled in her book Surfacing at how she crafted a female character that was both unique and familiar at the same time. She has a beautiful way of phrasing sentences.

Tell me about your favorite poem.

I cannot choose a favorite poem. There are so many great choices. Some of the poets I admire most are Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Sylvester L. Anderson.

 

What are your career aspirations?

I think that keeping inspired in a career can wane, no matter who you are. If I find this happening, I take a break from my desk and walk out in nature (preferably by the water). This will calm me and help me refocus my train of thought. It helps to write down the why behind why you do what you do as a career and look at this piece of paper when you find yourself feeling uninspired as a way to re-ignite the spark in you!

Tell me about your coming book.

I am working on a collection of short stories. It will be my third book and the first one that is fiction. I am not releasing too much about this upcoming book… yet.

 


Women’s rights

What do you think needs to be done to reduce the violence against women? 

I think that we need to stop putting the onus on women to prevent violence. I suggest instead that we educate men about respecting women and what a healthy relationship looks like. Instead of looking at sexual assaults as “what did she do to be treated that way?” let’s instead say “why did he do that?” But, better yet, let’s address the issue before it even happens.

Do you think that women can overcome traumas through writing?

I think writing is a therapeutic tool, absolutely. Journaling is just one example. My therapist had recommended it to me, and I found it helpful for making sense of a full mind. Reading the words on paper was scary at first, but it does force you to come to terms with the past and only by doing so can you move ahead.

How can writing be a powerful tool to speak out about women’s rights?

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For me, writing provides a way to connect with women whom I might not otherwise ever meet in person. Blog posts, articles, and books are all powerful ways of educating women and men about gender equality. My last book Versions of the Self explores the different types of relationships and explains how we each affect one another. The great thing about the written word is that it can be read re-read and savored whenever a person wants.

If you could advise a young girl who lives in a vulnerable territory, what would it be?

It would depend on the exact situation. If she is scared, I would encourage her to reach out to someone she trusts and express what is behind her fear. This person can then take the steps necessary to get this child to a safe place. Also, I would tell her to trust her instincts. If something feels off, it likely is!

Feel free to leave any message to our readers. 

Feminism is not an ugly word! Often a person raises an eyebrow at me when I explain that some of the writing I do concerns the subject of feminism. It is about protecting female rights around the globe, and we deserve to fight back at the attacks being made on it. Let’s stand strong and unite, men and women, to make the world a more peaceful and fair place to live.

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Find Christy Birmingham blogging about ways to enhance your life and live fully at When Women Inspire. Also, you can find her on TwitterPinterest, and Google+.