werking, goals, and pieces of me

Winter fruit at it's finest. Pomegranates are so purty!

Winter fruit at it's finest. Pomegranates are so purty!

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving.

My house is halfway ready for the breakfast I’m hosting tomorrow. The table is set, the carne vinho d’alhos (Portuguese style meat) has been marinating since Monday evening, the potatoes are out, ready to be chopped in the morning, and my sister is planning on bringing the gin! Yet the vacuum sits in the hallway, laundry is strewn on the couch waiting to be folded, and the side project of fixing our TV has remnants of technology littering the living room floor.

I also forgot about the email I received at 3pm to rearrange a qualifications package for work.

I recently read in Gretchen Rubin’s, Better than Before, “It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Working is one of the most dangerous forms of procrastination.”

I’m an expert at “working” and doing everything else that needs to be done, aside from the most important task of the day. Side note: if you want a really clean house, start a fight with me. Being productive by cleaning is my natural reaction to get my mind off of the conflict. Ha!

But back to the point. This is my real life. Authentically me. Virtually I’m able to share my life with you, in pieces. Bit by bit, I hope I’m able to share pieces of myself that you’re able to fit together to get the entire picture.

Here’s a few random notes about me:

  • I consume music - all genres. I kind of wish I had a soundtrack for my life. Ed Sheeran, Lauv, and the James Arthur Pandora station is my jam right now.

  • I love to travel and sadly don’t get to go on as many adventures anymore. I plan on changing that soon.

  • I’m a foodie. While I love to eat out to avoid cleaning up, I’d much rather cook my own food. Unless you’re taking me out to sushi,  French Laundry, or Kokkari.

  • I’m passionate about helping others find what stirs their hearts. Yet I also want to encourage others to feel good in their skin, which usually starts with nutrition and mindset.

  • Being a mother of two daughters is HARD. But my babies are my inspiration to create a sustaining business to have a flexible schedule so that I can be there for them when they have field trips, parent-teacher conferences, mid-day parties, the stomach bug, and to pick them up at a decent hour. Ultimately this boils down to stress less and remove myself from the rat race of commuting, eight hours behind a screen, and too few hours with the most important people in my life. Goals.

That being said, if you haven’t been following for long, you may not know what I stand for. Above all, I want to help you thrive by helping you decipher the ever-changing nutritional landscape and simplifying meals, provide solutions for cleaning up your environment through education like discovering the EWG, as well as your personal care products. Beautycounter being one of my favorite ways to clean up what I put on my skin.

We all know we should eat better but it’s rare we pay attention to what we PUT ON our skin, dismissing the fact that our skin is our largest organ and literally soaks up everything we use – toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, lipstick, chapstick, mascara, and so on.

I not only love Beautycounter for their safer, high-performing products, but also the fact that they walk the talk and are physically fighting for change at a legislative level, demanding change industry wide. They don’t have to do that, but they are, making it a level playing field for everyone, asking for transparency so that we can decide for ourselves what we want to consume – what we want to expose ourselves and our children to. Without transparency, we blindly put toxins in and on our bodies, wondering why cancer and disease has increased in the last 50 years. We have a right to know and make educated decisions for ourselves.

I could go on and on, but before you judge me or your Beautycounter consultant, read this article or this one, or this one; watch this video!

If you want to know more, reach out. I’m happy to answer questions and share some of my favorite products.

Or heck, give them a try this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! There will be some amazing deals!

Quickly becoming a favorite! The Countermatch line is impressive!

Quickly becoming a favorite! The Countermatch line is impressive!

Now let’s be thankful, grateful, and present these next few days with family and friends. Enjoy your turkey, stuffing, and pie : )

Grateful for you friends!