'What I See' project- Get involved!

Thursday, September 5, 2013


I was honored to be approached as a woman in the fitness industry to take part as one of 100 communicators in a revolutionary campaign for women' voices to be heard.  The 'What I See' project is meant to serve as platform for women to be heard about what they see when they look at themselves. Women are often their harshest critics, so it is revealing to watch each video and hear about each woman's experience, thoughts, struggles, and successes.  You can see my video, as well as scroll through others here.

There are women of all ages, nationalities, careers that have taken part in the project so far. Any woman in the world can submit their own video to share what they see.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend a London filming day.  It is pretty daunting to figure out what little old me was going to say for 2 minutes about, well, me.  I don't really think of myself as a 'woman' but would more likely use the words girl or lady (as evidenced in my clip).  (Does that give me Peter Pan snydrome?) Should I stick to fitness-related experiences?  Or talk about how I love to bake and walk dogs? Elaborate about my passion to help people be healthy? Discuss how I wish I was more confident when working with others and be able to confidently trust my judgment? Be a stereotypical girl and point out which bits of my body I don't like and why?  And how these flaws are especially frustrating when it is your job to make people look and feel good about their bodies?

Turns out under pressure, I am very concise and only had 30 seconds of my vision to share.  Even though I was openly invited to take part, I still found it hard to talk about me (which my husband will probably find hard to believe).  Sometimes I wish I had the power to touch a person's arm and they could just 'get' me in a wave of emotions.  In case I wasn't clear, my passion is leading women (especially those who might be obese or have diabetes and think it is too late) on a pathway to good health and happiness.  My coaching looks at career, spirituality, and relationships, as well as eating and exercise.  These are all important in how you see yourself when you look in the mirror.

At the filming, I was lucky enough to bump into Bangs of Bangs and a Bun/Spike and Heels.  We also were able to meet @shoebird, Lorna (funny how these days, I only know people by their Twitter handle).  This lovely lady has had a massive weight loss journey and is hoping to complete a marathon on each continent (including Antarctica) in the next year or so.  It is easy to forget that many women out there share my love and passion for fitness and new challenges.  I am happy we were all able to take part in this empowering initiative.  Hopefully we can inspire more women to take control of their health and starting moving a bit more.

Has the 'What I See' project stirred anything in you to share?  If you submit a video of your own within the next 5 weeks, there is a chance you will be invited to our launch party at the Museum of Science in London. Watch the trailer about the project and then get filming!


Finally, I am happy to share with you the next contributor, Jo Gifford, The Dexterous Diva, who believes we need to be embrace creativity to be innovative.  Here video will be posted tomorrow. Take it away, Jo!

What did you think of my video? If were to submit a clip, what would you say?


The What I See Project is a global online platform that recognises and amplifies women’s voices. Through each person’s unique and honest answer to the universal question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”, women from all over the world can be empowered by relating to each other’s words.

The Aims
The project aims to provide a safe environment where women can share their struggles, achievements and inner thoughts, and express themselves freely through a website that appreciates them for who they really are. Throughout a year, The What I See Project aims to reach out to as many women as possible, from as diverse a range of locations and walks of life as possible.

Through both ambassadors and communicators, the campaign will highlight real female role models, the everyday heroines whom other women can relate to and admire, and amplify voices that would otherwise go unheard.


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