Do you follow your passion?

I wonder sometimes if many of us even know what our passion is? What defines a passion?  What drives you?  What, outside of your family, makes you feel complete?  What, when it is done, makes you say YES! The pump your fists, shout for joy type of YES! This kind of jump for joy, I did it?

The first person that comes to my mind when I think of someone following their passion is Peter.  Peter, the follower of Christ.  Peter was so amazingly passionate about his love of Christ that he would follow him anywhere ~ even to the point of walking on water.  Yes, Peter had his faults, but, one cannot doubt his passion.  He was a man full of emotion and passion.  I often times feel that Peter is maligned.  When the Bible speaks of Peter walking on water, so often times the focus turns to the fact that when he saw the waves, he became afraid, and began to fall.  While all of that is true, the focus truly should be on the fact that Peter got out of the boat!  He was so passionate about his love for Christ and his trust in Him that he got out of the boat.  How many of us will get out of that boat?

There are a few ladies in my life who I would like to just mention that I know absolutely follow their passion. Please note, I don’t mention them in any particular order ~ they just ‘are’.
Alicia Kuehl Wagner is one of those special ladies.  She is absolutely following her passion.  HEELS coaching is all about Helping Women Stand Tall.  I love her zeal, her zest for life, and her overwhelming desire to give women a ‘HEEL’ up.  Take a few minutes and browse her website.  This is what gives Alicia that BAM! feeling, I did it!  That said, it isn’t about her, it is about those who she helps.

Chautona is another wonderful lady I know who follows her passion.  She loves to write.  Her writing covers many different genres; from books entitled “Shadows and Secrets” which lends itself to a mystic type of place all the way to “Justified Means” which carries an air of mystery, suspense and intrigue.  Of course she has the airier type books also, like the series that starts with the book entitled “Ready or Not”.  Above and beyond her passion for writing is her passion and her love of Christ.  A constant never left out of her writings.

If you follow any of my facebook postings, I often post when Chautona is offering a Kindle give away.

I do realize I said I wasn’t posting about these three wonderful ladies in any particular order, but, I suppose I am.  My friend, as in, well, this picture describes our relationship the best.  Oh, and yes, we have matching coffee cups and pj’s. Though, as with Chautona, D.H. Barbara follows her passion through writing.  Her stories are real, edgy and to the point.  The characters are real, and you get to know them.  Always her writings deliver a message that digs deep, and hits you at the root of your soul. seasons-1 Her first book, “Seasons of  Life” introduces you to people you want to know for the rest of your life.  Her passion for writing comes through, and she knows that the message has been communicated, and she has done her job with comments and reviews that she receives.  Especially comments along the line of ‘this hits too close to home’.

I often blog  about my dear friend, Lani Muelrath.  Her passion is a healthy body in short easy steps.  To me, Lani embodies ‘all things healthy’.  She keeps her exercise program(s) super easy and doable.  You can take them everywhere with you, and can even do them in the airport.  Talk about easy!  Often Lani will post recipes on her blog, and what I love about them is the simplicity!  We are alike in that way.  She likes her recipes simple, easy, yet very yummy!

I know for me, my passion is skin care.  Beyond that, it is educating men and women on SAFE skin care.  I am amazed at the garbage allowed in skin care.  Every time I have a chance, I take the time to educate on safe skin care.  When I can walk away, and people have had that “Ah-Ha” moment, I know that I can say:

I go back to my original question, what makes you say BAM!?! I did it!  I set out to accomplish a goal, following my passion, and I did it!

Perhaps you have never identified your passion ~ I would challenge you to find it.  You may be surprised!

If you would like more information about safe skin care, please email me.  I LOVE what I do!

~Growing in Grace~
Laura Beck


What is in YOUR skin care?

I originally wrote this in March of 2013, but feel compelled to make some updates.
As a nation, we are becoming far more savvy on how we grocery shop. We are educating ourselves on making sure we are eating clean(er), choosing foods that are not 100% chemical, but, are real food, we are looking towards non-GMO foods, organic when we can, etc.
25-healthy-foods-medley-16314809The trend is slowly changing towards your skin care.  SLOWLY, being the operative word.
As Beautycounter grows, we continue to maintain our Mission – Educating families on SAFE skin care practices.  As someone said the other day, Beautycounter has removed the guess-work from your personal care needs.
We have also put our money where our mouth is – in October of 2014, as a company, we were able to donate $25,000 to The Breast Cancer Fund. The Breast Cancer Fund works towards prevention.  Isn’t prevention what we really desire?  Also, our CEO/Founder, Gregg Renfrew was on Capitol Hill. Another facet of our mission is to see the laws that govern personal care change!
Our product line continues to grow, and will continue to do so within the personal care needs.  Our color cosmetics are now available, giving you products that give your face that polished, finished look, but products that you can feel SAFE using – We 3rd party test our colors to ensure that they are free of heavy metals, who else cares about your face that much?
If it has been a while since you’ve looked at Beautycounter, perhaps now would be a good time!

What’s in YOUR wallet is a popular catch phrase right now, isn’t it?  My question to you is what’s in YOUR skin care?  Are you aware that 99% of ALL skin care and cosmetics are made with mineral oils?  Mineral oil in any form are cancer causing agents.

Mineral oils are sneaky little devils, and very hard to detect when reading labels.  Even down to that little tube of lip balm (insert favorite brand here).  That, my friends, is 100% crude oil.  The next time you pull out your tube of lip balm,  remember that, in essence, you are eating crude oil. Can you say ICKK?? parabens

Many products are loaded with parabens.  Parabens are found in 99% of all breast cancer biopsies.  Skin care is full of these nasties.  You can often find these on labels ~ anything ending in –aben is parabens.

I was doing some reading the other day, and ran across a conversation where a young(er) gal was really struggling with breakouts on her face.  Outside of any diet concerns, my concern is multi-faceted.  With the amount of mineral oils in lotions, cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, makeup (even the brands that you ‘think’ are safe), it doesn’t surprise me that faces are in bad shape. The reason is, mineral oil based products are occlusive. Simply put, this means they block the skin from being able to breathe.

Therefore, any toxins that need to get out; can’t.  They are trapped, often times causing breakouts.  Not only that,  mineral oils actually draw that moisture out of your skin from the cellular level, thereby leaving your skin without the necessary moisture it needs.

Besides Mineral Oils, another wonderful little addition is animal fats.  Sometimes one has to think that through a little bit, so, let me help you out.  Animal fats are used as filler. Ninety-seven percent of skin care on the market today is filled with animal fats.   Okay, but, where do they get these animal fats from? Rendering facilities.  Rendering facilities are where all the dead animals, dead on road, slaughterhouse leftovers,  euthanized animals, rabid animals are all taken and are quite literally cooked down to process the fat.  Added into this mix are oils from restaurants. This slime is cooked down, and the fat rises to the top,  similar to the effect of boiling your chicken.  The fat that remains is sold to skin care companies.

What is the big deal with that?  Steroids, glutens, flee collars, rabies, decay, hormones,,,, the list goes on.

How does this affect you?  Your skin is your largest organ, and every thing you put on it absorbs into your blood stream in 26 seconds!

This doesn’t just affect the adult, your children also are exposed to these toxins.  Perhaps on some level, these toxins are contributing to all types of childhood issues? Worth investigating. As a matter of fact, I just ran across this article, which backs up some of these concerns.

The three leading causes of our skin looking old is: sun exposure without protection, Using products with mineral oil, and products containing animal fats.

The worst part is, the US manufacturers are not bound by any laws to either not have these ingredients in their products, and are not required to list them on their labels!

Just this morning, I heard that YOUNG women are getting breast cancer in increasingly high numbers, and the cancer is very aggressive. (Young women with breast cancer). I am convinced that the toxins in skin care is a major contributor to this!

It is time we really KNOW EVERYTHING in our skin care. The next time you go out to buy one of these, remember the dangers therein.

However, perhaps it is time that you made a switch?  Let’s face it: we all are taking care of our bodies with creams, shampoo, cleansers,  makeup, right down to your nutritional products., Why not choose products that are formulated with your safety FIRST? That is what Beautycounter is all about.  We believe women (and men) should NEVER have to compromise their health in the name of beauty.

I’m sure that this article is making sense to you!  Let’s talk some more!  Contact me via email, and we can set up a time to chat!

~Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck