TSH: Tell me a little bit about yourself?
LCM: I’m a wife (I try to be an awesome one, but let’s face it, I’ve been shitty a time or two or…err. It happens (pun intended)). I’m a former teacher and college professor. I never saw myself starting or running a business, but See Beautiful doesn’t feel like a business. Empowering people to see beautiful in themselves and others, and giving to causes creating more beautiful in the world is a dream. I’m also a children’s book author and use my words to inspire others – especially during the crap-filled times. Some of my favorite moments are working with some of the 200+ girls in our See Beautiful Clubs. They teach me a lot about how to better grow See Beautiful to really empower (and they keep me on fleek).
I love your mission of See Beautiful, how did you begin this organization?
The organization began with action – the need to see beautiful in myself and my own life. See Beautiful is by no means an infertility organization or loss-focused company, but both of those things are what had me in a really tough place where I couldn’t see beautiful in myself or the world around me. It was when I focused on finding beauty, in myself and the world, that I came back to living and found joy in it. As we see beautiful we create more space for identifying and creating more of it in our lives. When I recognized the life-changing power in the lifestyle I knew I had to share it. See Beautiful grew from there and it’s growth and incredible community inspire me every single day.
What has been your greatest accomplishment since beginning?
That’s hard. We could play the numbers game and say that one of our greatest accomplishments is having donated over $50,000 to our See Beautiful Giving Initiatives (every sale benefits the See Beautiful Giving Initiative of your choice). We could play the qualitative game and talk about the women and men who have shared stories of their lives being transformed because they can now see beautiful in themselves and others. I recently traveled to Congo and Rwanda to meet the children and women we work with in those countries. That was a thrill, but perhaps the greatest of all was meeting Bene. He was seven when I met him and he was a selective mute. He stopped speaking at the age of three when he witnessed his Uncle’s murder. Using my education background, and my opportunity from See Beautiful to send him to school each month, I met with Bene, his mother, teacher and director of the school. We worked on play therapy and empowerment activities together. It is the greatest accomplishment to say that Bene is now talking. To everyone. The power of a voice is beautiful.
Do you find it hard to always See Beautiful, especially when this world can be so tough?
Seeing beautiful is actually a really difficult task when done right. It’s easy to see beautiful when all in the world is daisies and rainbows, but we want to empower people to see beautiful when life doesn’t seem beautiful at all – when it’s shitty. I believe in the power of See Beautiful because I have waded through the shit, when the world was really tough, and the biggest lifeline back to rejoining this world was to search for the tiny nuggets of beautiful and rest in that space. I share a lot more about it in my TED Talk here if anyone wants to go down that road.
If you could, in one sentence, tell us the main purpose for this journey, what would it be?
We work to empower people to see beautiful in themselves and others and give to causes creating more beautiful in the world.
How can our readers get more involved with See Beautiful?
We’d LOVE for you to join our community! We’re always dishing out goodies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Our products are all eco-friendly, fair trade, or handmade, and as I mentioned above, they all give back in incredible ways. We also have applications for See Beautiful Giving Initiatives, so visit our “GIVING” page and see if you or someone you know would be a great fit. Giving is our favorite. It’s what makes us see beautiful the most.