I’m very proud to present a great initiative to encourage self-love and acceptance, which was started by our own Beutiful Magazine Newsletter writer, Madeline Colli. I want to introduce you to PROJECT SELF.

PROJECT SELF, short for Self Encouragement Love Faith), started as a small Facebook group but quickly grew to over 200 members, causing Madeline to create a page for the project. 

PROJECT SELF, short for Self Encouragement Love Faith, was started in February in celebration of the well-known month of love. Madeline thought, “Why not self-love?” The project began as a small Facebook group but quickly grew to over 200 members, causing Madeline to create a Facebook page for the project. Throughout the month of February, members of the group were encouraged to post photos of themselves expressing something personal. The results were really positive, with photos ranging from members venting about their insecurities to expressing what they liked about themselves to posting inspiring quotes.
Madeline explained:

What I want to prove through this is that we are only human. We are NOT perfect. Let’s inspire a change of self-acceptance. We live in the shadows of negativity too much.

Start-ups like PROJECT SELF are excellent for self-esteem and getting more comfortable in your skin. It allows people to look at themselves from a distance, to examine who they are. Thinking about what makes you insecure – or more importantly, what makes you content about yourself – can give you a different perspective. The more we examine and understand ourselves, the closer we come to self-acceptance. The proof is below! Check out some of the results and remember to check out the PROJECT SELF group and page! Congratulations to Madeline on creating a positive change in people’s lives!

 Madeline Colli is currently an English major at Suffolk Community College on Long Island, NY. She also dabbles in photography (all images in this segment are her own). If you’re interested in hearing more from her, Madeline has a personal tumblr blog where she keeps her personal thoughts as well as other interesting tidbits.