lisabarbero / posted on 26 June 2014

It already belongs to you anyway. <3 Sure, maybe beauty needs to be redefined, but more than that it needs to be reclaimed. If we don’t take it back for ourselves, it won’t matter how it’s redefined. Someone else will still be defining it for us. Reclaim beauty. It’s yours.

It already belongs to you anyway. <3 

Sure, maybe beauty needs to be redefined, but more than that it needs to be reclaimed. If we don’t take it back for ourselves, it won’t matter how it’s redefined. Someone else will still be defining it for us. Reclaim beauty. It’s yours.

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lisabarbero / posted on 26 June 2014

"Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye." – William Shakespeare, Love&#8217;s Labours Lost, Act 2, Scene 1
Beauty belongs to me. And you.
When we buy into conventional standards of beauty, we give up the power (and the right) to own it for ourselves. Think about it. Someone made that stuff up to make money. It&#8217;s fictional! It&#8217;s only as real as we let it be.
Everyone is beautiful. Betty yet, everyone is beauty. If that isn&#8217;t seen at first glance, look harder, look longer, look for more than what beauty can give to you. Because beauty owes us nothing. 
True beauty is the soulful gift of experiencing; experiencing another being, nature, life, love. If we&#8217;re not open to the experience, then it&#8217;s time to take beauty back from the commercials that sell it to us, from the products that promise it, and from the select few that we&#8217;re told have the right to possess it.
Yes, we will encounter people who are not owning beauty for themselves who will find flaws in us, call us ugly because they lack a sense of self worth, and do their best to otherwise put us down. Keep your head up, your heart open, and don&#8217;t be a jerk. Just keep on reclaiming beauty for yourself. No one can stop you.
Beauty is not a commodity. No one can sell it to you. It&#8217;s already yours. You get to define it for yourself. Own it.

"Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye." – William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost, Act 2, Scene 1

Beauty belongs to me. And you.

When we buy into conventional standards of beauty, we give up the power (and the right) to own it for ourselves. Think about it. Someone made that stuff up to make money. It’s fictional! It’s only as real as we let it be.

Everyone is beautiful. Betty yet, everyone is beauty. If that isn’t seen at first glance, look harder, look longer, look for more than what beauty can give to you. Because beauty owes us nothing. 

True beauty is the soulful gift of experiencing; experiencing another being, nature, life, love. If we’re not open to the experience, then it’s time to take beauty back from the commercials that sell it to us, from the products that promise it, and from the select few that we’re told have the right to possess it.

Yes, we will encounter people who are not owning beauty for themselves who will find flaws in us, call us ugly because they lack a sense of self worth, and do their best to otherwise put us down. Keep your head up, your heart open, and don’t be a jerk. Just keep on reclaiming beauty for yourself. No one can stop you.

Beauty is not a commodity. No one can sell it to you. It’s already yours. You get to define it for yourself. Own it.

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lisabarbero / posted on 25 June 2014

Another layout from the upcoming kids book about mindfulness called Bubbha, the Big Orange Kitty. | http://www.lisabarbero.com

Another layout from the upcoming kids book about mindfulness called Bubbha, the Big Orange Kitty. | http://www.lisabarbero.com

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lisabarbero / posted on 25 June 2014

The original Bubbha, the Big Orange Kitty. I know&#8230; I don&#8217;t do him justice in the illustrations. His orange is too glorious. What a handsome boy.

The original Bubbha, the Big Orange Kitty. I know… I don’t do him justice in the illustrations. His orange is too glorious. What a handsome boy.

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lisabarbero / posted on 24 June 2014

Just my two cents on this article titled Not Everyone Is Beautiful. What are your thoughts? Beauty Belongs to Me. And You. Beauty is a completely subjective idea and that should be well known whenever there&#8217;s a discussion of beauty happening. We are taught to identify beauty based on our culture. Period. But we don&#8217;t have to buy those indoctrinated forms of beauty. For example, I have no idea what everyone sees in Channing Tatum or whatever his name is. But I don&#8217;t actually spend a great deal of time pondering the conventions of male aesthetics anyway. Good looks are not my holy grail. I&#8217;m sure I could see a lot of beauty in him as a person if given the opportunity. Besides the point, I do think that the people I love are beautiful. Because beauty belongs to me. There is no pinnacle of beauty or a perfect standard. This means it shifts and evolves as an idea over time and space and *everyone* owns it. Again, everyone owns beauty! It&#8217;s ours to define and hold and enjoy. So why don&#8217;t we just take it back once and for all instead of reaffirming the notion that certain industries and the media have the power to control it for us?
Lisa Barbero

Just my two cents on this article titled Not Everyone Is Beautiful. What are your thoughts?

Beauty Belongs to Me. And You.

Beauty is a completely subjective idea and that should be well known whenever there’s a discussion of beauty happening. We are taught to identify beauty based on our culture. Period.

But we don’t have to buy those indoctrinated forms of beauty. For example, I have no idea what everyone sees in Channing Tatum or whatever his name is. But I don’t actually spend a great deal of time pondering the conventions of male aesthetics anyway. Good looks are not my holy grail. I’m sure I could see a lot of beauty in him as a person if given the opportunity. Besides the point, I do think that the people I love are beautiful. Because beauty belongs to me.

There is no pinnacle of beauty or a perfect standard. This means it shifts and evolves as an idea over time and space and *everyone* owns it. Again, everyone owns beauty! It’s ours to define and hold and enjoy. So why don’t we just take it back once and for all instead of reaffirming the notion that certain industries and the media have the power to control it for us?


Lisa Barbero

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lisabarbero / posted on 13 June 2014

A layout from Bubbha, The Big Orange Kitty. And the real Bubbha actually did love muffin-tops. Any time muffins were in the house and unattended, I&#8217;d catch him eating the tops off.

A layout from Bubbha, The Big Orange Kitty. And the real Bubbha actually did love muffin-tops. Any time muffins were in the house and unattended, I’d catch him eating the tops off.

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lisabarbero / posted on 12 June 2014

I&#8217;ve been thinking about writing a children&#8217;s book for a while now based on my now deceased big orange kitty that we called Bubbha. I think the original idea came from my husband though. That cat was crazy about him. Anyway, this is a concept I&#8217;m working on with Bubbha, a big orange kitty with a lot of worries who learns about mindfulness.

I’ve been thinking about writing a children’s book for a while now based on my now deceased big orange kitty that we called Bubbha. I think the original idea came from my husband though. That cat was crazy about him. Anyway, this is a concept I’m working on with Bubbha, a big orange kitty with a lot of worries who learns about mindfulness.

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lisabarbero / posted on 6 June 2014

I&#8217;m feeling like a burst of positive energy could go a long way these days. Feel free to add your own comments to the positive flow, even if it&#8217;s just one feel-good word. (Btw, new pattern on display here. Not sure what to call it though it will probably have something to do with tulips.)

I’m feeling like a burst of positive energy could go a long way these days. Feel free to add your own comments to the positive flow, even if it’s just one feel-good word. (Btw, new pattern on display here. Not sure what to call it though it will probably have something to do with tulips.)

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lisabarbero / posted on 3 June 2014

Pretty awesome picture that my 3 year old son took recently of my husband and I on the couch. Black and white makes it artsy. ;)

Pretty awesome picture that my 3 year old son took recently of my husband and I on the couch. Black and white makes it artsy. ;)

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lisabarbero / posted on 3 June 2014

Some just because roses just because.

Some just because roses just because.

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lisabarbero / posted on 2 June 2014

"Little Thing No. 2" - Really enjoying making these guys.

"Little Thing No. 2" - Really enjoying making these guys.

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lisabarbero / posted on 1 June 2014

Coming soon: A collectible series of limited edition small-scale prints called “Little Things”. Here’s a preview of Little Thing No. 001

Coming soon: A collectible series of limited edition small-scale prints called “Little Things”. Here’s a preview of Little Thing No. 001

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