If you are like me, or anyone else in the world, you may have struggled with some body issues in the past. For almost all my life there has been that little voice in my head that tells me that I am too fat, too skinny, too ugly and so on.
You could imagine my excitement when I read about the Spreading Beautiful campaign. The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is the brain child of the one and only, Katie Quinn. Katie Quinn had the idea of the body summit when she was in middle school. When she started working with Ally Initiatives, she realized her dream could come true.
“I thought it would be really cool if there was a place where everyone was taught how to love themselves and counter the voices in their heads telling them that they aren’t good enough.”
The Spreading Beautiful Body Summit is a half day workshop that was started last year. The purpose of the summit is to help eliminate bad body image, because all bodies are beautiful.
When I went to the summit last year, I was incredibly moved. The most powerful moment that sparked a change in how I thought about myself was one of the large group activities.
We stood in a circle in the room, and then we stepped forward if the statement that was read out loud resonated with us. Being intimate with others and seeing that I was not the only one to feel these ways was really moving. It really started a complete change in my thought process. The rest of the summit involved how to start to change how you feel, and also how to help others through tough times.
This year there are some exciting new plans for the summit!
This year there will be a keynote speaker, Amber Krzys. Amber Krzys is the founder of the bodyheart campaign, Ted Talk presenter, and has been on Broadway.
Another change to come this year is the fact that the summit will NOT have a focus on any gender. This summit will be focused on everyone and anyone who identifies in any way and to help them find their beauty within and to help them with their struggles with body image.
To register follow the link below:
To purchase tickets visit http://uwstout.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp or stop by the service center in the lower level MSC.
You must register by February 29th, so get you tickets now!