Honor your journey and nourish your soul.

Be seen and tell your own story.

Reclaim your body and your voice through the power of self-portraiture.

 

Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story, the genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.

~ Rebecca Solnit

 

 

We live in a society that objectifies and oppresses women.

Because we are women in a culture that devalues the feminine, we constantly struggle with feeling that we are not good enough.

Sometimes it feels like there is a special kind of loneliness when it comes to being a woman in this culture.

We are the caregivers.

We are the nurturers.

We hold so much.

And systemically there is very little support set up for us.

No paid maternity leave.

The wage gap.

Gender roles that expect us to do the majority of housework and child care even if we work outside the home.

Constant exposure to impossible ideals for our bodies, our homes, our sensuality, our mothering, our emotions, our careers.

Our bodies are used to sell everything from Budweiser to Bentleys.

Our bodies are beaten, raped, and killed at alarming rates.

Our voices are absent or silenced at every level – from our homes to our government.

 

 

Every day we are fed thousands of messages about how we are supposed to look, act, and feel.

Groups of white men sit behind closed doors debating what we should be able to do with our own bodies.

We are supposed to be perfect women and we are supposed to do it all on our own. Perhaps worse, because we have all internalized these ideals, we struggle to share our truth for fear of judgment and this further isolates us.

 

This shit has got to stop.

 

I want us to opt out.

Smashing the patriarchy is a big job.

Where do we begin?

 

I say we start close in.

I say we cultivate inner change to bring about outer change.

 

 

I say we tell each other the truth about our lives.

I say we show up – for ourselves, for each other, for our world.

I say we turn the camera around.

I say we decide how we are presented to the world.

I say we use our images, our words to tell our own damn stories.

I say we stand up and refuse to be erased.

 

Instead, let’s be seen.

 

Instead, let’s pause and bring a moment of mindfulness to our day.

Instead, let’s mark our journeys and honor where we are on any given day.

Instead, fuck what they say we should look like – let’s cultivate self-acceptance of who we are.

Instead, screw performing and presenting ourselves – let’s show up in our whole truth, not just the pretty parts.

Instead, let’s see ourselves with love and compassion.

Instead, let’s show up and tell the truth about our lives so that we can eliminate that special kind of loneliness.

Instead, let’s reclaim our bodies and our voices through the power of self-portraiture.

This is the practice of Selfies as Badass Self-Care.

 

Hi, I’m Mindy Scime! I’m a therapist, yoga teacher, and radical proponent of Badass Self-Care. I work with creative, sensitive women who are devoted to doing inner work and creating outer change. I show you how to give yourself the same beautiful care you give others and I do that by passing you a permission slip to tell the truth about your life. We do this work for ourselves and we do this work for our world. Because women reclaiming their worth creates powerful shifts within and without.

 

 

The immediate aim of this mini-course is to cultivate self-love and self-acceptance by allowing ourselves to show up and be seen. We do that by exploring self-portraiture as a self-care practice.

 

The long-term aim of this mini-course is to shift the cultural narrative around women’s lives – to reclaim our bodies, our voices, and ultimately our power. We do that by showing up and speaking up. I won’t be quiet about the reality of being a woman inside this culture. I hope you will join me – we need your voice, we need each other.

 

Selfies as a way to own your truth.

Selfies as a way to honor yourself, your becoming.

Selfies as an invitation to allow yourself to be seen in your joy, your sadness, your celebration, your grief.

Selfies as an act of rebellion.

Selfies as art for the cause.

Selfies as an invitation to find beauty inside the hard places.

Selfies as Badass Self-Care.

 

 

The details:

 

We spend 11 days together exploring selfies as a self-care tool so that you can play with a practice that may be new to you and you can begin to tell your own story through images and words. Taking selfies is lighthearted fun and it also has a deeper impact on your relationship with yourself and your world.

 

Each day you will receive an email with a brief prompt and a simple tip on editing your photos. The prompts serve as a starting point to get your creative juices flowing. The editing tips are super basic and optional. I am not a photographer and this class is not about taking amazing pictures. This class is about the shifts that occur when you see yourself through the eyes of compassion and allow yourself to be seen in your truth inside of a loving community.

 

We gather in a private Facebook group so that you can share your selfies in a safe place, connect with your fellow participants, and be witnessed during this transformative process. To me a safe space is a place where you can show up as you are and receive love and acceptance without judgment. This mini-course is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. No racist, heterosexist, or transphobic comments will be tolerated. Ever.

 

See and be seen. Turn the camera around and tell your own story.

 

$33 investment

We begin on Monday January 22.