Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Journal Day Prompt #9


Before we get into this week's prompt, I've gotten a couple of questions if there's a book of the prompts you can get somewhere, etc. I do have a notebook full of prompts I used while teaching, but all of the ones we have had thus far are from ME- I've made them up week by week. The only idea that really came from somewhere else would be the question about funding an issue close to your heart, and that came from a list of writing ideas in the New York Times, but I wrote the actual prompt myself. I will continue to make these up every week, and if I ever do borrow one from somewhere I will be sure to let you know, so you can check out the source too! :)

Here's this week's prompt-

How would you say your upbringing or background has shaped your idea of beauty? Were you taught to apply makeup or do you hair by your mother or friends? If not, where did you observe what is now your norm as far as beauty practices? And although most of us have been inundated by different cultural beauty "norms" via the media, would you say that television and magazines have had a strong impact on shaping what you think of as beautiful? This week, write about your idea of beauty- how your background has shaped it and what that means for you today.

I'll be back Thursday with my response, and that's where I'll ask you guys to share a bit from your writing in the comments, as well as a link to your post.


Read more about my Journal Day project here.
Read previous Journal Days here.

8 comments:

  1. This is my favorite prompt yet! I love your prompts, Danielle.

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  2. As a little girl I've always watched my mom as she was putting make up on. I always wanted to play around with her makeup and see all of the interesting stuff that she had. I guess over time she told me more and more information about make up and how to apply it, so I think my mom definitely gets the credit for showing me the ways. Now from time to time I check out makeup tutorials online and in magazines but I rarely abandon the techniques that I've learned before.

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  3. For me I have been brought up in a world with very little makeup. My mother taught me that you look beautiful without any on and your inside beauty is more important. I am now a teenager and I don't see makeup as something I want to use. As much as beauty magazines promote makeup and thin models my mum was always there to remind my that you are beautiful just the way you are no matter what your size is.

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  4. Beauty has a different hold on me now that I'm older than when I was a child. I grew up knowing I was beautiful, not because I was conceited or perfect, but because my parents never failed to remind me that beauty was not simply a pretty face or a slim figure (which I was not!), but about a beautiful heart and an open mind. Fostered by this belief, I did not care about wearing make-up or clothes that revealed more than calves and arms. Instead, I was raised to care about the needs of others over my own, and focus on my studies. But as I've gotten older and have become more mature, more accomplished, and more wrinkled, I wonder whether I disregarded beauty too early in life and missed out on the aesthetic side of it, the part that appreciates good looks and sexiness and hairstyles and make-up, not as a means to attract attention but simply to augment what I already have. And now, decades later, my concept of beauty fades as I sadly watch my hands wither, my hair grow white, and the lines on my face deepen. While I do not regret the way my parents raised me since it did help me become the woman I am today (one which I pride myself in daily), their concept of beauty was incomplete, and now, my concept of beauty remains fragmented.

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  5. My Mother had always dressed me up from puffy dresses to Lacey gloves and heels. She Always made sure I had to cutest outfits and adorable bows. Which brings me here today, to be a very typical girly girl. Not only was materialistic a found of beauty that my mother had taught me, but also being humble.

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  6. What a great thing to reflect on this week!
    You have brilliant prompt ideas.

    MRB
    http://morganrbrown44.blogspot.com

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  7. I look forward to your response to this prompt Danielle. I'll share mine on Thursday in response to yours. I love this idea :)

    Marj (Chinwags and Tittle-Tattles)

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  8. I look forward to your response to this prompt Danielle. I'll share mine on Thursday in response to yours. I love this idea :)

    Marj (Chinwags and Tittle-Tattles)

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