bee you tea full

i was raised to think about beauty in a different way. my mom never wore makeup, never went shopping, and always insisted that beauty is something that radiates out of you — something that you create by being kind, helpful, and friendly.  when i think about beauty, what impresses me is how it connects us to one another.  if beauty is inside of us, then it takes a relationship with other people to make it visible.  

i decided to visualize ‘community beauty’ by creating a series of portraits that demonstrate how we’re beautiful together.  so, minneapolis, here are your bee-you-tea-full pictures:
and so, dear readers, whatever your age, size, or appearance, remember that you are:
my friend robyn made all the scarves that i’m wearing for her new etsy shop, AllThingsAccessories. she is giving away a beautiful scarf to one of my readers.  to enter, simply send me a message (use the “say hello” tab), and tell me something that makes you happy.  we’ll announce the winner on friday 🙂  

14 thoughts on “bee you tea full

  1. So. I have to tell you. The things you blog about are so cool. The girls that I nanny for and I were thinking it would be fun to walk around Uptown and hand out Popsicles to unsuspecting passersby. And it was spurred on after I told them about the joke posting blog you wrote a while back. They thought it was pretty cool.

    • that’s awesome. i’d love to do something with y’all. we need to get together next time you’re in uptown 🙂 send me a message when you’re nearby– i’m right on lake/lyndale.

  2. You brought out a very cool idea that I had never thought of before. We may have beauty inside us, but it doesn’t become visible until we share that beauty with another through a relationship. That’s awesome … thanks for spreading the word and beauty 😉

  3. Hi Jennifer!

    Seeing such a cheerful, friendly face was such a great way to start my day. Thanks for thinking of this project and best wishes to you!!


  4. Hi Jennifer! I found your blog after you took my photo yesterday 🙂 I posted a picture on my Instagram (thetruegrit) and I was wondering if you had an Instagram I could tag in the photo. I linked the blog to my photo too 🙂 I love the message of this blog and I think more people (and especially women) should realize they are beautiful! Roald Dahl said “a person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Thank you for the uplifting and bee-you-tea-full message 🙂

  5. What a *beautiful* post-great perspective. You had such a nice energy when you snapped my pic at Dunn Bros.-keep writing! Mind if I share your blog? -Amy

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