Feature Friday: Stacey Lorin Merkl, Founder & Executive Director of Realize Your Beauty

Today's Feature Friday is the incredible Founder & Executive Director of Realize Your Beauty, Stacey Lorin Merkl! We are so pleased to work with Stacey and once again sponsor Realize Your Beauty Day happening on Sunday April 29th at BALANCE! 

Stacey Lorin Merkl is a native of Denver, Colorado. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in French from the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught theatre and music to children and teens at various arts centers in Colorado, Seattle, Paris (France) and New York City. Stacey founded Realize Your Beauty, Inc. in 2010, combining her love of theatre arts with her passion for social change and education. She is a longtime volunteer for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and is a trained facilitator for NEDA’s Body Project. She is a member of Endangered Bodies NYC, IAEDP Denver Chapter (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), Colorado Nonprofit Association and the American Camp Association.

Realize Your Beauty Day is only one of the organizations empowering events. RYB travels to schools, festivals, and local theaters to present educational plays, presentations and workshops. These workshops focus on fostering inner beauty - taking the focus away from societal standards and the pressures to be 'pretty.'  RYB encourages students to put their energy into kindness, integrity and respect towards themselves & others, and focus on developing their own unique inner qualities. Through these workshops, students discover a new way of thinking about themselves, their bodies and about beauty.

Stacey is truly making a difference everyday by empowering people of all ages to find their worth and embrace their uniqueness! 

This weekends RYB day will be a day of celebrating inner beauty, kindness and self-love! Find all the info & purchase tickets here. We hope to see you there!

Can't make it? People from all over the world participate in Realize Your Beauty Day by planning a celebration in their community. Individuals can mark the day by carving out time to do an act of kindness or by spending an extra moment on self-care and reflection. 

Make sure to follow RYB on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Find more about the organization on their website here. 

Thank you Stacey for all the wonderful things you do to make our world and community a better place!