Have you ever wondered why things happen, when they happen? Is it merely coincidence? Is it destiny? Is it all in God’s plan? Not less than a week ago, I was seriously and deeply wondering why is it that I couldn’t find my identity. I’m confident in my abilities. I feel positive about life. I’m happy with all that God has blessed us with…. but after all these years, I feel like I have failed to find MYSELF.
It’s true! There isn’t enough affirmation in the world that can convince you of your worth, until you learn how to value YOURSELF. All these years of therapy have taught me to instinctually know this, like the answer of an SAT question, yet somehow I still haven’t manage to believe it for myself. It’s not for a lack of self-esteem. Honest to God, it’s for the plain and simple lack of direction. More often than not, I have felt like a ship sailing through deep waters with no compass or map. Where is life going to take me?
Well twenty-four hours later my guide came knocking. Actually it was more like the sound of my cell phone ringing, and for ONCE I literally rushed to answer the call. If you’ve known me long enough; then you know that I usually don’t pick up the phone. Life with a toddler leaves you with very little free time, and makes it nearly impossible to talk, use the bathroom, shower, eat, or basically do anything that is unrelated to said toddler. Anyhow, on the other line was my good friend Annette, who I’ve known for over fifteen-years. (WOW! Has it really been that long?) She’s been a champion, cheerleader, supporter, and amazing friend in my life. Happiness and enthusiasm radiate from her body like the glowing sun.
After a few minutes of typical catching up, we got started on the topic of natural and non-toxic products. I was telling her about a recent experience I had while in California, where my face turned BRIGHT RED after using a different face wash and moisturizer. Since we were traveling and I hadn’t unpacked, I just used what was already in the bathroom and easy to grab. Never once have I experienced something like this in my life. I know my skin is slightly sensitive, but that was the first time ever that I broke out in hives all over my face. Believe me, I was freaking out. I mean I’m sure anyone would, but this was no joke.
She explained to me that most beauty products contain a derivative of petroleum. I was like wait, what? Believe it or not, the majority of products found at the drug store all contain either mineral oil or liquid petrolatum which are by-products in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. No way! So you’re telling me I’m putting toxins on my skin? Pretty much.
Now I’m just starting my quest for an all natural lifestyle, but this was a little bit of a shocker. I’m still early in my learning experience and really couldn’t believe it. And just to explain it in depth a little more, incase you want me to get all scientific… petroleum is a liquid mixture that is present in certain rock layers (way down deep in the earth’s crust) and after it is extracted it’s refined to produce gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, etc…. Well why would I want that on my skin? That’s kind of scary. Do I really want cancer causing chemicals on my body or better yet around my family? No thank you!
So to make a long story long… she introduced me to Arbonne. Everything is based on pure botanical principles that are safe for you as well as the environment. And I’m all about being green! It’s been a real eye-opener to discover how many toxins are in our everyday lives. I never really thought of any of this until I had my son. I just want to share my journey with you, so maybe you’ll have your “A-HA!” moment and you too can make a difference in your life.