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Beauty and our Beast

beastWe are our own worst critics. We notice every little line on our face, every pound we gain or lose, remember every time we said something stupid, or didn’t say anything when we should have, worry about what the neighbors will think, who will see the house if it’s a mess… when it comes to judging ourselves, we have ice in our veins. And why? Fear’s ugly face comes to mind.

When we peel back the layers we will usually find the underlying motivator beneath our nasty critiques is that we are afraid we are not enough. That in some way we won’t measure up to expectations swirling around “out there”, or, heaven forbid, we are too over-the-top to fit in. There’s this bizarre notion that we’ve fallen for hook, line, and sinker, that we must conform in order to be worth anything. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for taking care of ourselves, feeling great, doing what we love. But that’s just it: it’s the why behind it all that matters. Do we live our lives fearful that someone might discover who we really are and all our hard work to get somewhere and mean something is gone down the drain? What makes who we really are so bad anyway?

Everybody is trying to make their mark on this world. Everybody has a purpose. And everybody has choices. We can choose to embrace who we are and our God-given purpose, and flourish despite our many mistakes, our upbringing, our social or economic status, our scars and our sins, or we can live a farce. Pretending to be someone we’re not in order to please God-knows-who. It’s definitely not Him, and it’s definitely not ourselves.

Life is short. We all know that. And there truly is joy to be found in amongst the pain, sadness, hardships, and other junk we get bombarded with. One of the ways we find that joy is by dropping the facade, and firing the imposter, the beast. Be true to you. Be happy, healthy, and beautiful while operating in who you were created to be. In doing that you will discover how much you truly are worth.

Oodles.

Written with love,

Sheavaun

Why the Desperate, Frustration-Driven Approach to Clear Skin Does Not Work

angryFighting with problem skin is a frustrating thing, especially as an adult. There’s a misconception that acne or breakout skin is only a problem for the adolescent going through puberty, when most of us know that that is not at all the case. It’s maddening, it’s embarrassing if we’re willing to be honest, and it’s often not getting any better.

I know many people who feel like they’ve tried everything out there for their skin. Been to dermatologists, ordered online, tried over the counter stuff… and still frustrated with no lasting results. Desperate for a cure, there is usually no in-depth contemplation about what all the quick-fixes are doing to their skin, they just want it to clear up. Here’s the thing: did you know that the skin is our body’s largest organ? It absorbs what is put onto it into our bloodstream, and whatever we used can be traced to our vital organs in under a minute. So, my point is if it is that sensitive in this regard, what else don’t we realize? Our body is a complex, wonderfully woven masterpiece that works together in ways we possibly had no idea of.

Most of the products that are available in the marketplace are full of harsh chemicals that wreak havoc on our system, and leave behind traces of itself. So when trying something new that claims to be pure, safe, and/or beneficial for their skin, they are horrified when their skin breaks out anew, and immediately ditch it. The problem with this approach is that our bodies don’t respond in a microwave fashion like everything else we’ve become so used to in our society. We’ve got to understand that all the years of toxic, harsh chemicals have left their calling card, and must be dealt with and removed. So it will take a week or two for that initial flare-up to settle down. Then there will also be the deeply-stuffed impurities within our pores that must be drawn out and banished as well. It can take time. Which is why you need to be assured that what you are using is truly a good choice: pure, safe, as well as beneficial.

The other thing most people ignore is diet. For some reason, a large portion of doctors and even dermatologists out there don’t think what we eat has any bearing on how our skin behaves. I would like to call that out.  Virtually everyone in my life has complained about how their skin responded after a chocolate-eating frenzy, or pizza indulgence. My nineteen-year old daughter has figured out all on her own that her skin despises processed foods, so she does her best to stay away from them. Eating plenty of leafy greens, beneficial oils, practicing oil pulling, and keeping our insides as healthy as possible is the goal. Our largest organ responds directly to what we take in our mouths just as much as what we put onto it.

So be aware of what you eat, and what you put on. Your body loves to be pampered with healthy, whole ingredients both in your food, as well as your products. Take care of it, and it will reward you.

Do You Have to Be Young To Be Beautiful?

beauty2There’s a bombardment from, well, everywhere, of anti-aging do’s & don’t & must-haves and I for one have been guilty of falling into the trap they inevitably pound us into: that our youth is the most important and the most beautiful stage of our lives, so we’d better do what we can to either keep up the facade that we still have it, or try to get it back. Not only is that an immense amount of pressure, but it can be expensive! We see actresses that we’ve watched over the years hit some magic number where they decide it’s time to mess with nature and have a ‘procedure’. And we can tell!

We ooohh and aaahh at babies and toddlers, exclaiming at how adorable they are, knowing full well they will grow into another stage of cuteness, and another after that. We don’t put a stop sign on children’s aging, so why do we put one on ourselves as adults? There is beauty in every stage of life. Just as the nurture and care of children changes as they grow, so must our nurture and care for ourselves continue to grow, and yes, continue to be embraced.

63 modelBeauty is far more than just a set of numbers, like the size of our jeans, how many miles we can run, or our age. It goes beyond the surface like our skin or the color of our hair, or the absence of cottage cheese on our thighs. It is seen in the quality of our smile, the wisdom in our choices, the care we take of what we’ve been blessed with. Beauty is mysterious, it quickens our senses, it captivates us. It is deep and abiding, and it is a gift.

So, rather than focusing on desperately trying to hold onto a stage that is ready to move on, let’s celebrate the stage we are in now. Let’s appreciate and nurture our bodies and our souls as they are, treating them to health and life, wholesome food and products , proud of how far we’ve come, and confident that we are becoming all we are meant to be.

Be happy. Be healthy. Be beautiful. Be you. Absolutely.

Written with love,

Sheavaun

Dream and Fight For It!

Dream and Fight For It!We can overcome the junk that has weighed us down in the past and go after the dreams that have been fighting to be acknowledged from the recesses of our heart. Sometimes we just need to keep our focus, other times we may need to tweak our plan, but almost all the time we need to continue on the path and trust that it is all going to come together because we can see it. We can taste it. We can feel it.

It takes more than just motivation and drive though. It takes planning, it takes skill, and it takes a whole lot of gumption. Know this: whatever it is you feel you are called to, be it in a lay-capacity, volunteer, or full-time ministry or business, you will become a much more rounded and fully alive person as you slug it out. Don’t give up! It may be painful as you stretch and learn, but it will be so worth it when you get closer.

I have a dear friend who has had a dream for as long as I have known her to have her own bridal shop, designing and creating custom gowns for the bride-to-be. That dream has finally come to fruition, but she has made sacrifices, mistakes, and learned plenty about herself along the way. She is a strong, capable, illustrious, hard-working woman who believed in her dreams and her gifts, and has honed her talents as she forged ahead. Get this: she contacted me the other day because she is still dreaming and planning on how to make her business unique and about the “whole woman” who comes into her shop, so among other things, she believes that offering  Arbonne skincare in her shop is a perfect fit. Music to my ears! Giving out samples and encouraging her brides to take care of themselves in another way, to feel beautiful and healthy… what a marvelous idea!

(You can find Shannon on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/vuedesign or her website here: http://home.vuedesign.net/about/ )

Be creative. Be focused. But above all, just BE YOU. We need you.

With love,

Sheavaun

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Be-You-tiful Skin

skincarepicWe All Want Beautiful Skin,

            No Matter What Our Age.

“Ok,” you say, “so how do I know what to use?” Good question. The fact is we need to be just as careful in what we put onto our skin as we do what we put into our mouths. We know that the skin is a very active organ that responds to many different factors, including harmful ingredients.

The key is to look at the ingredients list on your beauty products just like you do your food. Be aware that what you’re putting on your skin can affect your health as well as your looks. Using beneficial oils like unrefined extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil with shea butter are good natural choices for moisturizing, though I’m not a huge fan of how ‘slippery’ I feel when using them.

If you haven’t been looking at the ingredients list on your beauty products as keenly as you do your cereal boxes, I strongly encourage you to do so. Taking care of our skin is just as important as taking care of what we put into our bodies.

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Finding a company that prides itself on not using harmful ingredients or testing on animals is important. Arbonne skin care products fit into this category because they are:

  • Botanically based
  • Vegan certified
  • Never tested on animals
  • Formulated without animal products or animal by-products
  • Formulated without mineral oil
  • Formulated without dyes
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Allergy tested
  • Clinically tested
  • pH correct
  • USFDA compliant
  • Health Canada compliant
  • European Parliament and Council Regulation compliant
  • Australia NICNAS and TGA compliant

To learn more about Arbonne and their absolutely sumptuous products, just click here.

I’d love to talk with you, so please fill out the contact form below so I can get back to you right away. And don’t forget to hop over to my Facebook  page and leave me a message there too if you’d like. Can’t wait!

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Be happy, be healthy, be beautiful, be you. Absolutely.

Sheavaun

 

 

 

Motor Oil in My Toothpaste?

Pure_web arbonne logoMost of us are fairly conscious of what kind of food we eat, and are aware of how certain kinds affect us beyond just weight gain. Yet how much thought do we put into what goes on our largest organ: our skin?

Did you know that most cosmetics, shampoo, body lotion, laundry detergents & softeners, furniture polish, pesticides, toothpaste, fertilizers, city water, plastic containers and even some foods contain deadly ingredients? Think I’m a nut-job trying to stir the pot? According to a Cancer Prevention Coalition Press Release on June 17, 2002: Cancer and health risk experts just concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products pose the highest cancer risk exposures to the general public, higher than smoking.” Say what? In a 1989 government hearing, a House sub-committee called for the analysis of nearly 3,000 chemicals used in cosmetics after cosmetologists complained of headaches, loss of balance, memory loss, asthma, nervous system damage and respiratory damage. What’d they find? (Ugh!) After the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied 2,983 ingredients, they found 884 to be toxic. Of the 884:

  •  314 could cause biological mutation
  •  218 could cause reproductive problems
  •  778 could cause acute toxicity
  •  cancer tumors by 146
  •  skin & eye irritation by 376 (Debra Lynn Dadd, Home Safe Home, p 167-168)

So what’s the problem? Most products are made from petrochemical derivatives of nonrenewable crude oil, and it’s what these petrochemicals do to the nervous system and hormones that is the problem.

“Neurotoxins are so called because they are toxic to your nervous system. The core of your nervous system is your brain, which not only affects thinking and feeling but regulates every system in your body. When your nervous system is damaged, your entire body can be affected,” said Debra Lynn Dadd an internationally-recognized consumer advocate specializing in identifying products that are safe and environmentally responsible.

Feel older than you are? Are you experiencing any of these side-effects? — fatigue, skin irritation, personality changes, vision damage, destruction of the immune system, memory loss, headaches, sexual dysfunction, hormone problems, sleep disturbances, disease, nausea, vomiting, muscle dysfunction, aches and pains.

Here’s the thing: some of the toxins derived from petrochemicals can act as mutagens when found in sufficient amounts, meaning they can change the genetic coding in cells. Other ingredients may not be harmful all by themselves, but when combined with other ingredients we take in, they can be dangerous. Many come of these neurotoxins come from the same petrochemicals that cause cancer. Sound like I’m just trying to scare you?

Well, we know that many medications are applied to the skin to ensure they get working quickly, rather than just being injected. It takes approximately 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals for them to be found in every organ of the body. Too bad that we haven’t been given the heads-up about the stuff we slather on every single day… Many lotions and cosmetics have a mineral-oil base, which, of course, is a petrochemical. Mineral oil molecules are too large to penetrate the water after a spill in the ocean so they stay on the surface, creating a barrier. Same thing on human skin. Mineral oil blocks all nutrients that might be in a product, and offers no nutritional value in return. Actually, it draws nutrients away. There is no such thing as a good mineral oil, either. The human body simply does not know what to do with it.

Here’s another disgusting tidbit for you: dead animals that need to be disposed of are sent to a rendering plant. Bones, blood, hoofs, horns, heads, intestines are all dumped into huge grinders, mixed together and steam-cooked. Mmmmm… Then the fatty substance that floats to the top is scraped off and used to make lipstick and other cosmetics, lubricants, waxes and soaps.

So why is this stuff available for public consumption? Because the FDA isn’t required to test cosmetics for safety before being sold. They can only remove a product form the market after they’ve had enough complaints and then evidence to warrant it’s removal. Many cosmetics have drug-like effects, yet go unregulated and untested. Until the day the FDA moves fast enough to protect us from these neurotoxins, we as the consumer must fend for ourselves. Get educated! Know what the harmful ingredients are, and look for them on ingredient labels. More importantly, find a company you can trust who only uses safe ingredients. A reliable company can save you hours of checking and even studying, because you can buy from it without worrying about what it uses in it’s products.

You want a company that chooses to go beyond FDA regulations. Choose a company with a philosophy of health, based on all-natural, botanical principles. That won’t use mineral oils, petroleum-derived products, paraffin wax, soluble alcohol, lanolin, phthalates, collagen and elastin of high-molecular weight or animal products.

I personally use and recommend Arbonne products. If you would like to learn more bout this company who has been around for over 30 years, and whose motto has been “pure, safe, and beneficial” for all that time, then stay tuned as I continue to share about it’s products with you.

Feel free to check out my Arbonne website: www.awonderfulyou.myarbonne.com and let me know if I can help you make some decisions.

With love,

Sheavaun

 

 

 

Reap the Benefits

moneytreeBuild a career working for yourself without the hassle of chasing down leads or annoying the people closest to you ad-infinitum.

Do you like the idea of working for yourself, but are not sure where to start? Do you wish you could have more control over the hours you put in a day/week, as well as how much money you bring in? Many of us do.

I’m a mom with 3 growing girls, one of whom has special needs. Working shifts in home care caused me to rely on my eldest daughter to be home after school for her sisters, to “hold down the fort” by cooking supper and putting them to bed, or getting them off to school in the morning  – all depending on whatever my shift is that day. Funny thing: she’s grown up now, with plans to move out and pursue her own life-dreams, and I’m very proud of her. But it also made me realize I need to make changes in order to be around more for my remaining girls. Plus, I want to reap the benefits of the hours I put in every week in more ways than finances. I want to help empower others to not only be healthy using great products, but to empower them to overcome obstacles in fulfilling their dreams.

The beauty of running my own business from my home is that I get to control my hours knowing I will reap the benefits of what I put in rather than be “capped” at a certain point. I have found a company with a proven track record of pure, safe, and beneficial health & wellness / beauty & skincare products that I personally use and love to share with others. Arbonne is dedicated to bringing beauty, health and prosperity into my life & the lives of those I share it with. What a beautiful concept.

So, I discovered a couple of coaches online who teach how to use social media in business, and haven’t looked back. I love the interaction with people I meet in person as well as online, building my own business as I add value to theirs with my company’s products and vision.

Interested in finding out more? Send me a message on my Facebook page here, or leave me a message on this page, and I will get back to you right away. I love to share what I do, and how I do it.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Be your best,

Sheavaun