Five provocative questions answered by an inspiring and fabulous woman – a woman with something to say.
Meet Jennifer Robin
Jennifer Robin is the author of the award winning book, Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style. Her earlier book, Clothe Your Spirit: Dressing for Self Expression, launched her twenty-five year career as an image consultant, makeup artist and fashion stylist. Recognized in her field for her innovative use of color and design, she is also a respected visual artist and exhibiting painter. Jennifer combines her consultant’s expertise with her artist’s understanding that an authentic inner life is a deep, rich source of beauty. She recently returned from a two-year stay in Hawaii, a journey that led to the inspiration for her next book, Mermaid Messages: My Year Under Water. Find her at growingmorebeautiful.com and clotheyourspirit.com.
People would be surprised to know that: During the time I lived in Hawaii, I had lengthy conversations with mermaids. Their voices were very real to me and I can always sense them when I am near the ocean. I’m such a practical person that hearing that I was conversing with mermaids comes as a surprise to people. Now that I am landlocked I connect with them in my imagination, but nothing compares to how I hear their voice when I am in the water.
The WTL 5:
What’s the conversation that changed your life?
The first time I heard the mermaids I was standing hip deep in tepid water, two days after arriving on Oahu. I heard a voice say, “The beauty of what was lost will once again be found.” My head spun around looking for the source of the message. That was the beginning.
What are you most conscious of today?
I think a lot about how more women can have access to the image work that I offer. Due to the economy, most health or healing services need to be covered by insurance for people to take advantage of them. It gives such an enormous boost to ones self esteem to connect with their visual design and unique beauty. Understanding personal color is such a profound doorway to the self. Discovering how to make the most of that with clothes, hair and make-up is the fun part!
What part of you have you yet to give voice to?
I’m learning to connect with that inner place that observes in a non-verbal way. What truths are there for me in that quiet space? I believe there are messages about how to live more easily and how to open up channels to deeper creativity. I’ve written two books and countless articles and about “how to” do something. Now I am telling a story that involves the mythical imagery of mermaids. These aren’t Disney mermaids – they are ancient archetypes. Can I use my conversations with them to impart wisdom for the modern world?
What’s the conversation women need to be having collectively?
When it comes to appearance, women are competitive, and that comparing and judging comes from insecurities about themselves. We talk about valuing diversity, but acceptance still begins with self-love. Dissatisfaction with body image and signs of aging cause women a great deal of pain and distress. The shame we feel about extra pounds, the ways we yell at ourselves; I feel these things like physical blows. So much personal freedom and energy, so much potential for joy and service goes right down the rabbit hole. I really want to believe that we are evolving, but clearly it is a slow process.
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
I hoped my book, Growing More Beautiful, would introduce art and color as a thread to start a conversation about experiencing personal beauty as a creative process. The way we value our connection to our own self-image sets the tone for all our interactions with others. If we want to live in a joyous community of women that celebrates diversity, we need to take care of the visual part of ourselves. When we find ease with the process, we need to extend that kindness to other women and model it for the younger generation.
Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your powerful voice
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