Like so many of us do, I started out this year with a goal to lose x number of pounds. I wanted to lose weight to look better, to feel better, to be a better version of myself. But what if you don't need to lose weight to look better, or feel better or be better? What if I don’t need to change anything about myself except to realize that I’m amazing just the way I am? That’s exactly what happened for me during this course. During the weeks of asking myself hard questions, exploring my personality through the eyes of the camera, digging down deep into my memories and questioning my automatic thought patterns my perspective shifted.
I came into focus. I see myself now. I know myself better than I ever have, and the best part is that I like myself more than I ever have.
Yancy has put together powerful course materials, but the real magic is her guidance. Her enthusiasm for this work is contagious and she makes you feel like you have you own personal cheerleader / best friend / mentor throughout the entire course.
Did I lose weight? No. Do I care? No. I finally feel free from the burden of living up to someone else's beauty standards. And I can think of a million better ways to spend my precious days here on earth than fretting over losing 20 pounds.
-Kristy Kaufer, Art of Everyday Life
I signed up for She Came Into Focus with a friend last fall and found a community of brave and supportive women, a ton of interesting, honest conversations, and the challenge to look at myself—my body, my perceptions, my personal narratives—through lenses I had not previously considered. I loved the freedom, the make-believe aspect, the play, the invitation to take on and shed personae, to explore ways of seeing myself in new ways. It was a safe place to look at things that sometimes make me uncomfortable, to ask myself how much baggage I want to keep hauling around, and to practice new ways of recognizing beauty, in all of its darkness and light. Yancy was a capable and compassionate facilitator who fearlessly lead by example, which helped to bring us out of our shells. I look forward to participating again.
"[She Came Into Focus] is deep, profound, gorgeous and highly revelatory in all the best ways."
-Kris Oster, Ph.D.