I am so excited to announce that I am working on creating a magazine! I actually held the first photoshoot at my house about two weeks ago and it was a huge success!
I have wanted to start a magazine that showed more of the beautiful people I see in my everyday life ever since I was in grade school. I used to stare at a collage I made of supermodels like Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlingington and berate myself for not looking like them. Magazines rarely made me feel good about myself. I remember them making me wish I was more like the people in them.
I would wish I didn’t have freckles or was skinnier or didn’t have curly hair.
What a waste of time! We are all so beautiful and I know that I see beauty in others where they see flaws. I began to I finally began to think “Why not me?” – Now I feel like I am ready to make this magazine come true. I asked Jennifer Lind Schutsky Art and Photography to help me with the project.
I thought I would start with a photoshoot of women wearing something that makes them feel beautiful.
I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction I would get since I was asking them to step out of their comfort zone and in front of the camera. I asked for volunteers on Facebook and loved the response! I even had people messaging me saying that they did not like their photo being taken but they just really wanted to be a part of this project.
I was so nervous and excited the day of the photoshoot. I was hoping for 5 women including myself and ended up with 14! They came and shared themselves in the most loving and unselfish ways. They opened up about feeling beautiful or not ever feeling beautiful. They learned about each other and nodded their heads in agreement when others were talking. They laughed and cheered and smiled. They came and went over 3 hours.
It was one of the best experiences of my life!
There is nothing I have done that has had the feeling of this afternoon photoshoot with a group of women who did not know each other. I felt like I was on Cloud 9 and on the right track. I even had one women tell me after that it was the first time she felt beautiful in a long time!
The first issue will be out in September! You will have an opportunity to discover more about these women and what makes them feel beautiful. Other features I’ve lined up are:
- a simple recipe
- a handmade artist feature
- a home decor inspiration
- a restorative yoga pose
- best music from summer festivals”
- book review
If you would like to get involved or have a suggestion of what you would like to see in a magazine like this this please shoot me an email at [email protected]. I will also be looking for advertisers at a discounted rate for this first issue too. More info to come!
My goal is that this magazine will have you feeling like you are hanging out with good friends. You will smile, feel nurtured, be inspired and most of all feel good about yourself.
I have decided that photoshoot like this one will be a part of each issue. I also plan on developing a workshop or retreat around the photoshoot too since it was such an amazing experience. I can already see myself traveling to other cities to meet more amazing women to feature in the magazine.
My theme for this month was “I relax into the flow of life.”
For me that meant to stop resisting a dream of mine, to stop thinking I am not worthy of creating something like this magazine and to get out of my own d*mn way!
I am going to work hard but also relax into this new direction knowing that if I can help people feel better about themselves then they are more likely to go out and do more good in the world.
The magazine will be released online and when it is a success I plan on doing a Kickstarter to get it in print. I am so excited!
The photos here are the candid phone photos from that day. You can also see a few of the professional ones on Jennifer Lind Schutsky Art and Photography’s Facebook page!
I want to thank Jennifer for saying yes to working with me and I want to thank all of the women who enthusiastically volunteered to share their beauty.
It turns out that summer is not going so smoothly or relaxed for a lot of people I know. They have told me how hard it has been to relax into the flow when it seems like life is throwing some heavy stuff their way.
This week I have decided to create a 3 day challenge to help you dig a little deeper in a short amount of time so you really can relax into the flow of life no matter what is coming at you. This challenge will start today on social media and in my Facebook group. I hope you join in! The best part is that you can do it anytime!
Take 5 to 10 minutes to think about areas in your life where you are not relaxing into the flow of life – examples: worrying about something out of your control, trying to force a certain outcome of a situation, doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
Now I want you to notice how you feel. Crummy, scared, upset, sad, guilty?
Inhale deeply and say “I relax into the flow of life” on your exhale. Continue doing that while starting to make shoulder circles. These shoulder circles can help you start releasing tension associated with these areas that you are struggling with.
Not enough? If you are feeling pretty intense consider punching pillows, screaming, crying or working out. Then come back and try this exercise.
Today you are going to do the yoga sequence challenge for this month. You can do a short bit or the whole thing.
It is hard to relax or find solutions to life’s problems when we are carrying a lot of tension. Notice how your body starts to feel a bit looser and lighter after the sequence.
Take the quiet time at the end of the sequence to brainstorm some ways you can move forward with your current situation. Usually when we release some stress it allows us space both mentally and physically to start to find the answers we need. Be open to ideas that come up. Write them down if needed.
Visualize yourself relaxing into the flow of life. Take a moment to close your eyes and see what life would look like with you handing those tough areas with more ease. Picture what your life would look like with those issues resolved. See yourself in your ideal future. Write it down if you like. Keep saying “I relax into the flow of life” while you are visualizing. The clearer you get the easier it will be to see the steps needed to get there. Have fun! (Check out the short video for Day 3!)
Repeat these as often as needed!
You can use the hashtags #kbfeelgoodchallenge – #gowiththeflow3day #irelaxintotheflowoflife (I really need to come up with shorter hashtags!).
Here are some printables and screen savers to help you along the way:
Hello darlings! So we are halfway through 2015 and I hope you are loving every minute! It is summertime and I feel like this time of year can be a bit crazy for everyone. School is out, vacations are planned and schedules are different. We have been doing something different almost every night around here which is such a stark contrast to the school year now that I have a child with homework.
I feel that the best way to truly enjoy this time is to relax and go with the flow. Such a perfect theme for summer!
Do you want to?
enjoy the moment
make room for creativity
go with the flow
feel good about yourself
Hooray! Then this challenge is for you! I created a short yoga sequence that will help you achieve all of the above plus release tightness in your back and shoulders which I feel is crucial to help you truly relax and go with the flow.
I broke the video up in 4 short parts. Meaning you can do the first movement and be done or you can do all 4. Just watch the video and you will see!
This is perfect for anytime of day and I also wanted it to be one you can do while traveling.
So your challenge this month is…
I relax into the flow of life
– You are going to say this out loud and to yourself as often as possible. When things are going smoothly and you are enjoying summer be sure to say it. When you are stuck in holiday traffic or tired of the heat be sure to say it. Take deep inhales and say it as you exhale. Allow your shoulders and face to relax as you say it. Smile when you say. Then do it: relax into the flow of life.
Do this yoga sequence at least once a week!
– Remember you can also do it multiple times a day. While you are breathing and moving through the sequence repeat your affirmation. The best part is you won’t even need the video after watching it a few times.
***Listen to your body and only do what feel good. If you have any injuries that this sequence will aggravate then please consult with your doctor. You might like to watch the video first. The last pose is a bit more advanced. Don’t worry if you are not at this point yet. Everyone will get the same benefits from practicing this sequence.***
Okay! Let’s do this! You can see the video here, in my Facebook group and on my Youtube channel. I would love to know if you participate in this challenge and/or how it makes you feel. Please feel free to email me at [email protected], leave a comment here or get in touch on social media.
I will be checking in on this challenge with my Facebook group so if you haven’t joined yet you can now!
Enjoy July and enjoy relaxing into the flow of life!
I decided to challenge myself to feel more beautiful this month by telling myself “I am beautiful” multiple times a day. I also extended this challenge to my Facebook group.
This was hard at the beginning but by replacing the negative things I usually say about myself with these 3 words has truly made me feel more beautiful, less stressed and lighter. I have never really had something to replace those negative thoughts with before. They were usually followed with things like:
- you need to eat better
- you need to exercise more
- you need to get more sleep
Then I would feel like I had a lot of weight on my shoulders because apparently I had a lot of things to change in order to feel beautiful. Now that I tell myself I am beautiful (and repeat if my mind tries to contradict me) I actually feel like that weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Sure, I still want to eat better, exercise more and get more sleep but it doesn’t mean that I can’t feel beautiful right now.
I am so happy to learn that I have more control over my day to day happiness than I thought.
You have this power too.
I want to challenge you to saying “I am beautiful” 5 days in a row. Just saying it can be hard so I am giving you a little guide:
Look into the mirror and say “I am beautiful.” This is the hardest one! You might need to do it fast and walk away and that is OKAY! You might start with “I am willing to feel beautiful.” Another option is to say it in another language. In French it is “Je suis belle.”
Go for a walk even if it is just around a building – if you are in Arizona you might need to do this super early or really late – While walking say “I am beautiful” at least two times. Take a moment to notice something beautiful on your walk like a flower, a mountain or a cool breeze.
Take short break during your day to raise your arms over head and stretch. While stretching say “I am beautiful” at least 3 times. Notice how moving your body feels. Don’t be upset if you are super tight. Instead be happy that you are moving and releasing some of that tightness. Easy stretches are a simple way to release tension which can help you feel beautiful.
Before falling asleep at night take a moment in bed to say to yourself “I am beautiful” at least 4 times. You can also say you are thankful for a beautiful day and looking forward to a beautiful tomorrow.
Crank up the tunes! Put on one of your favorite songs to dance to and dance! While dancing say “I am beautiful” at least 5 times. Enjoy! Be happy that your body can dance. Be happy that you have a favorite song. Don’t judge, just dance!
Repeat as often as you like!
I guarantee that you will feel more beautiful by the end of the 5 days. Any time you need a little pick me up do just one of these.
Would like to do this with me? Then join my Facebook group #kbfeelgoodchallenge! I will be posting a reminder and short video each day of next week starting on Monday. I would love it if you shared:
- how the challenge makes you feel
- photos or videos of you doing the challenge
- invited friends to join – the more the merrier
- the hashtags #kbfeelgoodchallenge #iambeautiful #iambeautiful5daychallenge #kerryburki so I can cheer you on!
I believe that if we change our negative thoughts to ones that make us feel good then we will be able to create so much positive change in the world!!
See you on Monday! XO!
It’s summer! It has been warm in Arizona for a while now and my boys have been out of school for a few weeks. I am someone who starts out with big plans but does not see all of them through. I wanted to take some of the extra time I have this summer to work on some projects and to watch some good movies. My usual problem is that I talk about all of the projects and movies but never write them down so when I actually have the time I end up just watching tv. Not this summer!
I have created 2 sets of printables to help keep track of the projects I want done and the movies I want to watch. I have included my family in on the fun too. They have been happily adding to the list.
So far on my lists are:
- Wall map – my husband received a huge wall map that we want to mount and frame with painted moulding. Can’t wait!
- Tips from my parents – I want to create a list of advice from my parents to put in a booklet, scrapbook or frame. I might end up with a printable for this too.
- POOL sign – we want to make a light-up sign that says POOL by our pool. Definitely need to do some research on this one.
- Stuffed animal clothes – my boys have tons of stuffed animals and they have asked for little shirts for them. I have tons of extra fabric and just need to make a pattern. Cute!
- Little pennants – I want to make little pennants with saying on them like “Smile” and “I love you” to hang around the house.
- DIY lip scrub – it is dry here in the summer and I want to make my own moisturizing lip scrub to use daily.
- Plants in every room – I hoping to have at least one plant in every room by the end of summer. Then I will have to set reminders to water them. Lol!
- Aladdin – my boys have been wanting to watch this forever so we are on the hunt to find it!
- E.T. – my husband is pretty excited that my older son is ready for this classic.
- Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three – I bought a poster for this at the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago years ago and was told it is a great movie.
- The Apartment – Jack Lemmon in New York City and I am sold!
- Double Indemnity – This movie is so famous and I have never seen it.
- His Girl Friday – When I was hired at the 5 & Diner after high school my nickname was Friday after this movie because I was going to have different jobs around the restaurant. I have been meaning to watch it ever since.
- Roman Holiday – An Audrey Hepburn movie that I have never seen!
What will be on your list? Happy summer!