I Feel Pretty

Today is catch up day on summaries from Super Soul this summer.

We based our June Super Soul off of the blockbuster hit movie, “I Feel Pretty”.  My daughter and I saw this together and it brought up some great conversations that we both thought were “Super Soul” worthy.

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“I Feel Pretty” Cards

We passed around the below cards and asked everyone to complete the sentence “I feel pretty when…”.  Feel free to print one for yourself and write down what makes you feel pretty.  i feel pretty when

It was so endearing to hear the sweet responses from everyone.  Here are just a few:

  • Listening to music makes me feel pretty
  • Dancing
  • Picking herbs from the garden
  • Getting Dressed Up
  • Yoga – Looking in the mirror and seeing just how strong I am.  Catching a glimpse of my tattoos also reminds me of my strength and beauty.
  • Putting lemon oil in my daily moisturizer and then soaking up the scent as I put it on my face
  • Cooking by myself with a glass of wine
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Walking in nature
  • Comfy clothes with hair on top of my head and glasses on
  • Going for a run
  • Showing off my shoulders and collarbone
  • Playing an instrument
  • Being brave enough to write what is true even if I’m scared
  • Laughing
  • Highlighting cheekbones
  • Wrinkles be gone.  Using “blue lights” in the bathroom to feel pretty.  This type of lighting will transform you in an instant.  You can buy these types of light bulbs at any home improvement store.  The brand I use is Phillips, 800 Lumens.

Lessons from the Movie

  • Our everywoman wonders when the “little girl confidence” of childhood suddenly turns into self-doubt or even possibly self-loathing or image issues.
  • The scene when Amy’s makeup-free face fills the frame: no glamour lighting, no modern day digital retouching smoothing out the creases.  We get to see the real person, no facade.
  • Her self-confidence makes her beautiful.  Remember the notorious scene of Amy at the bikini contest. Renee’s date — not even secure in his own body — is at first uncomfortable that she’s dragged him to a contest of near-naked women. By the end of the scene, though, he’s completely fallen for her, enamored with the way she revels in herself.  At the end of the day, all I Feel Pretty wants you to be is confident.
    Would you ever have the guts to do a bikini contest like she did?
  • The “If Only Lie” is dispelled.  If only she would just commit to xyz, then she would be beautiful.
  • Just like the mainstay lesson in the Wizard of Oz, Amy Shumer in “I Feel Pretty” realized that the “magic was inside her all along.”  She always had the power.  She realizes that she didn’t need to make a wish at a fountain or have a mind-altering fall in order to change her life.  It all was always within her reach.

“What I hope we can all take away from it is that we don’t really have to change anything about ourselves, about how we look and who we are. We just have to believe in who we are and the gifts we have been given.”

Resources

  • The concept of this Super Soul was actually loosely based on the infamous book, Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck.  This book has been a mainstay in our house for years and has not only helped us as parents but has helped our kids as athletes and as students.
  • Another one of our Super Soulers shared an NPR podcast about how anyone of us can training ourselves differently.  There can be a lot of psychological noise in teaching but what if we replaced all that mental chit-chat with a click?  Explore this innovative idea about how we learn and a method to quiet the noise in our head. Take  a listen: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hidden-brain/id1028908750?mt=2&i=1000413027878

 

Much Love,

Elayne

 

 

 

 

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