Because it REALLY does MATTER

As an advocate for safe beauty, I’ve spent the past four years with Beautycounter, focused on the mission of getting safer products into the hands of everyone. And I’ve loved my time with the company and sharing their products and mission with others. But somewhere in those four years, life took over and I got tired…so darn tired. Between personal and family challenges, the daily grind, school, sports, kids and their stuff, and then packing and moving cross-country, so I could unpack and attempt to settle into this strange new home…I lost my fire for the mission.

And then I stumbled upon a new line of products with a different company, the promised amazing results and I was tired, so I gave in. I was supporting a friend and figured, why not. They delivered as promised and I was happy; and they claimed to be clean and safe, so I took their word and left it at that. I was still weary and had grown lazy when it came to products and ingredients. This gal who touted all the great safe beauty lingo, who believed it with all her heart, she gave in and didn’t even research the products or ingredients. Sometimes it’s exhausting having to explain that not all “safe” is created equal, and all natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe, and that the skin is our largest organ, absorbing over 60% of what we put on it. Think about that (60%!!), so if you are putting estrogen disruptors on your skin, it will get into your body and it will mess with your hormones. Think about those products that are covering most of your body; the body washes, lotions, shampoos and conditioners…they seep into ALL of that skin. Anyway, even the staunchest believers can fall, and I fell.

Well, long story longer, the fancy new “safe” products weren’t safe, and I realized that the health issue I was experiencing had to be connected to using the products. So, I stopped using them, but it’s what happened after that gave me an “aha” moment. Because other health issues I had been experiencing improved, and I mean REALLY improved. I had foolishly assumed that stress was causing those issues, but causation leads me to believe otherwise. I found Beautycounter years ago because my son’s health needed the safest products out there, and I KNEW the importance, but sometimes we forget just HOW important it really is.

This lazy Beautycounter rep, who grew weary of sharing the mission and feeling like the crazy lady rambling on about product and ingredient safety is here to say that yes, it DOES matter. What you put on your body matters A LOT. And no one can police that for you or me, I am ultimately responsible for what I put on my body. With a little education, you and I can greatly impact our health for the better. Education is power. And that power is transformative. So, use what you know, use what I’ve told you, use what you’ve read and take control of the products in your home.

I would love to see all of you run to my Beautycounter website and buy like crazy (wouldn’t that be nice!), but I know that’s not realistic. So, I urge you to check out www.ewg.org and research the products and ingredients in your home. Become educated and don’t become lazy like this gal. And if in your research you find a burning passion to share safe beauty with others, I would love to link arms with you and do so together. Because together, we can make a difference. And if you’ve never tried Beautycounter but want to, shoot me a message and I would love to get samples in your hands. Like it or not, Beautycounter is my standard for safe and effective products (think Chanel meets Whole Foods); with their tireless research and the over 1,500 ingredients banned with the Never List, I have yet to find a company that I love and believe in so wholeheartedly. SO be like the new and improved Rachel, and shop informed.

FUN FACT: Your skin is the largest organ in your body and because it’s so porous, it absorbs anything you put on it. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health determined that the skin absorbs an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.

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Just Open the Door

 

I had the privilege of reading Jen Schmidt’s (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) new book Just Open the Door before it was available for sale. And what a privilege it was. Opening the doors of our home and building community have long been passions of mine, so I relished the opportunity to read this book about biblical hospitality. When hearing the words biblical hospitality, it doesn’t necessarily evoke warm and fuzzy feelings for me, but this book did. The stories, the insight; it reads as if you are sitting down with Jen herself, sipping tea and chatting about life.

Since moving and settling into our new life in North Carolina, my door hasn’t opened nearly as much as it used to, and while that’s ok, this book was a good reminder that I’m at my best when the door is swinging open regularly. And I love that as you read, it’s clear that an open-door policy isn’t just about the physical door of your home, but that mentality moves with you everywhere you go, whether that be the soccer field or the grocery store. And at a time when we still don’t have our people and our place here, that is crucial. But I hope to live that way even after we’ve settled here, because imagine if we  embraced all opportunities to connect and engage those around us, never saying enough.

 

 

Looking back at our life in Iowa, it’s clear that by “just opening the door”, we found a richness of community and relationships that is unmatched. From all the baby showers and wedding showers and dinners with friends and dinners with acquaintances that became friends, to the day we placed a flamingo in our front yard and nervously waited for neighbors we’d never met to show up; our door was swinging wide all the time. And even as I look back at my childhood, the door was always open, always. So, at a time when we are still waiting for that richness and abundance in North Carolina, we will move forward and open the door as we have in the past, because we want to live with an open heart.

 

 

This book is truly for everyone, and I recommend it to all my friends; but if you are wanting to learn about simple,  practical and heartfelt hospitality, then this is definitely the book for you.  The kind of hospitality that works with what you have and where you are, not a Martha Stewart Pinterest perfect kind of hospitality, but the kind of hospitality that leaves others filled up. “When we use our lives exactly as they are, desiring only to create a sacred space for our guests, mixing it with the countercultural truth of loving Jesus and loving others, we turn entertaining upside down, and it becomes radical hospitality.” JS And as you read on and hear stories of people’s lives affected by the Schmidt’s open door living, it becomes abundantly clear that this kind of living truly can change a generation.

 

 

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