Cancer.

That one word brings everyone to pause. If you are reading this blog today, I would almost bet that you marked off in your head people that you directly know, friends, family members, co-workers that have, or are walking down this path. If not personally, then I’m sure you know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. As I type this, I can personally click off friends, family members, family members of friends, co-workers, truly, the list of people whose lives are touched is far too long.
Facts:

As many of you know, I am a consultant with Beautycounter, a skin care company whose social mission is to see the laws change in the U.S. when it comes to the toxins that are allowed in your shampoo, shaving cream, bubble bath, cosmetics, you name it. Eleven is the number of toxins banned from your products. At Beautycounter, we ban 1500.  neverpictureWe lovingly refer to a small portion of those 1500 as our ‘never list’.  Our ingredient screening process is like no other, and I would encourage you to read more about it using this link:
Ingredient process

With all of that being said, for the month of July, as a company, and as an individual, I’m asking you to stand with us to fight back.  We have partnered with Stand Up to Cancer.  Beautycounter is matching donations up to $50,000 to work towards breakthrough in innovative research and new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

For the month of July, I will be giving back a portion of my income to this
monstand3umental effort.  Will you stand with us?  There are two ways you can help.
By shopping at my link,  (Beautycounter.com/laurabeck) not only will you get safer products with safer ingredients, you’ll be helping the mission.

You can also use my direct fund raising link – SU2C ~ Laura Beck

There is no purchase too small that you can make, nor any donation amount ‘not enough’.  Every dollar helps, and again, matching funds up to $50,000.

I appreciate you so much!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have about our mission to get toxins OUT of personal care products.
Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com

 

If confession is good for the soul,

here you have it.

I simply don’t want to do this alone.  I wasn’t supposed to be diving alone, not how I envisioned learning,  not how I envisioned chasing rubber torpedo’s in the water,  none of it. Yesterday, as I prepared for an event, I pulled this out of my folder.  When I saw this post on Michelle’s fb page, I cried.   I never thought it would be ‘me’.  It is me.  It was such a good reminder that yea, IT IS ME! fbscreen
I also needed to find something buried in my fb messages and ran across this from a dear friend: “I heard you panicked…just get back on the horse. You are stronger than you think.” Thank you, Star, for being my Christopher Robin. Since my epic melt down, I’ve been back and have put my tank together by myself (without any explosions), wrewinnie-the-pooh-quotes1stled the entire contraption out of the water, can pop my ears, clear my mask, and lose my ‘life support system’, all the while feeling rather accomplished. And alone.

I re-listened to my pod cast with Drew Myers from Defining Audacity.  (pod cast link, if you’d like to listen). Thank you, Drew, it helps keep me remembering where I am!
I am re-focused on May, and going into it with a pretty full calendar, but, I WILL find the time, because I want to – to get back in the pool again!  My friend Linda said, if you want to do it, you’ll find the time.  So, here’s to staying focused, carving out scubamethe time, staying scheduled, and getting back in the water.  Not because I ‘have’ to – but, because I ‘want’ to!

Thanks for following me along on this
wild journey!

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com

 

Living it Out ~ Step by Step, Part 1.5

Yes, you read that correctly, part 1.5.
In my last blog, Part 1, I shared this:  For about a year prior to his passing, we began to dream big, and decided to live large, as our children had all made it to adult-hood.

Today’s post is more about living life out loud, and what that looks like in my world.  Over the past couple of months, I have felt that, in relationship to ‘why’ I am involved in Beautycounter.

In November, I felt that my why was no longer real.  Didn’t seem real to me, and, if it doesn’t seem real to me, how could it sound real to others?  As I considered that thought, I began to re-word my ‘why’, a portion of it looks like this:
As Ted was retired, we believed that with my income from Beautycounter, we would plan to travel, and live out loud the rest of our lives – however, that plan changed, when he passed away in October of 2013. To say that altered my life, would be an understatement, but to honor his memory, my income with purpose-findyourwhy-v3-300x300Beautycounter is allowing me to pay it forward into areas of giving that Ted held close to his heart, and also give me the opportunity to ‘live our list’,,,

I must confess, when I began to re-work my ‘why’, I had not officially been named the recipient of the Live The List . I was hopeful, but, hadn’t been officially named.  I’m excited to face that challenge, alone, but, not alone, as I know I have the backing of so many widows and widowers who have walked the same path.

I’m also looking forward to 2016 with a new perspective, a new chance to live out loud, pursue my business with passion (re-fired), and continue to discover ‘me’! 59590260a4364acf5ecd5aaa46441117
What about you?  What do you look forward to as 2016 peers down upon us all.
My prayer for you is if you’ve lost your compass,  that you find a new strength, a new purpose, a new hope.

An update on my Scuba Adventure ~ the plan is to begin my lessons soon after the 1st of the year, so – next week!! I’m pretty doggone excited, and am looking forward to you to continue the journey with me!

 

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
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Living it out, step by step ~ Part One

Do you know me?  Maybe not, maybe you do, maybe you follow my (very sporadic) blog posts.  Over the next few weeks, or, however, long it takes, I’m inviting you to go on a journey with me.

In October of 2013, my beloved went home to be with the Lord.  For about a year prior to his passing, we began to dream big, and decided to live large, as our children had all made it to adult-hood.  One of the big plans/dreams was to take scuba diving lessons, become certified, and dive in exotic places around the world.  Sadly, that did not materialize.   I gave up on living live out loud.  Or, at least, on those things we were going to do ‘together’.  As a matter of fact, one friend encouraged me to still dive, and I said, no – I didn’t even want to do that anymore.

I would have to say, about a year and a half into my ‘new normal’ journey, I stumbled upon a facebook page entitled One Fit Widow.  Her story of loss, but, more importantly, her desire to live, and to live out loud,  was simply inspiring for me.  She is truly, in my mind, a super-hero.

That is the back-story to where I find myself today. One of the facets of Michelle’s life is the building of a not-for-profit organization, called Live the List.  Michelle’s passion, along with her husband Keith (chapter 2, isn’t that amazing to be doubly blessed?), want to see widows and widowers live out the passions that they were unable to do because of the death of their spouse.

The Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, I applied.  I thought, I can’t lose, right?  I reached out to the Aqua-Hut to determine the cost of classes, etc.  It was soon after the first of the month that I saw this on Facebook:
fbscreenMan!  Did I feel honored that Michelle was posting about ‘me’.  I wanted to burst, so I did.  into tears!
On December 8th, I posted this on my Instagram, and Facebook: It was a couple of hours later that I received an email from Live the List that I had been selected!  So, yeoceans, I burst out in tears.   You probably are getting a pattern here!
Tears.  I read the email to my son, as I cried.
When I think about this, I continue to cry.  I am truly humbled and blessed beyond measure that I was chosen for this truly memorable gift!

Last night, I couldn’t sleep – as I scrolled Facebook, I ran across this post on the One Fit Widow Facebook Page:

Tonight I want to tell you a love story.

In the photo below is a beautiful couple who shared a lifetime together. This is Ted and Laura and they first met 12/31/1977 when they were snowed in for 5 days STRAIGHT at Laura’s sisters house during the blizzard of 78.

Talk about fate and timing!

For 35 plus years and 6 children – Laura loved Ted and Ted loved Laura.

Ted dreamed of taking scuba diving lessons when he recovered and received a liver transplant. Unfortunately Ted never got the chance to make this dream come true.onefitwidowpic

Laura has come to Live The List Nonprofit to help her complete this wish of Ted’s. She has decided it will help her move forward boldly with her own personal future all while honoring a man who gave her all of him.

That’s what our nonprofit wants to offer. You see, by fulfilling dreams they had for their future in many ways we decide to keep living our future. That’s what I personally learned when I started living Mitch’s list and I love that other widowers are able to have that incredible feeling too. Many widows don’t have the financial resources to have these simple moments of pure happiness because the difficult situations they were left in leave them strapped. No time to think of themselves and their wishes for the future. We want to grant as many wishes as possible because we believe it makes a difference in many lives.

Laura, I can’t wait to see the photos from your dive and I’m so glad our nonprofit was able to help you live this dream for Ted but also for YOU.

By December 31st our goal is to raise $10,000 for our baby nonprofit. We have currently raised about $2000. We are a 501c3 organization which means some or all of your donation is tax deductible. If everyone just gave $20 tonight we’d long surpass our goal and be able to help countless widows/widowers.

Can you help us help others Live the List?

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any shares or donations. We can’t do it without you.

Good night world – together we can make a difference,

Michelle

Guess what happened??? I cried my eyes out!!

With that, I’ll wrap up post #1.  I would love to see you follow my journey!
You can simply subscribe to my blog for updates!

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com

 

 

 

I’m sick of cancer.

I’m sick of knowing a very dear friend is battling this awful sentence.
I’m sick of knowing that as I type this, my very dear friend, Barb, is at a Home Going service for a friend of hers who lost the battle.
I’m sick of reading on Facebook that a friend from high school just found out she has breast cancer.  To then read a comment, ‘that is the most curable kinds of cancer’.  Fantastic.
I’m sick of the FACT that 1:2 MEN – MEN – did you read that men?? Raise your hand with the fellow next to you.  ONE of you will get cancer.
I’m sick of the fact that 1:3 Women will get cancer.  With 1:8 of those women getting breast cancer, while only 10% of those are genetically pre-disposed to it.

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I’m sick of autoimmune issues.
I’m sick of children being born with 200 toxic chemicals in their cord blood.
I’m sick of parents being told that their newborns’ cleft lip was caused by environmental hazards.
I’m sick of parents having to lose their children from incurable childhood diseases.
I’m sick of living in a nation with the first generation of children will live sicker and die younger then ANY OTHER generation before us.

I’m sick of an eight BILLION dollar industry in this nation to be virtually unregulated.  The regulation that stands, and governs this industry, is roughly 300 pages long with 1.5 pages governing this ENTIRE industry. As a result, the personal care manufacturers can, and DO put anything in their personal care products, and can get away with calling it ‘natural’ and/or ‘organic’ with close to zero of either, or let’s consider what natural and organic can mean.  Poison Ivy Oil is both.  I can guarantee you that you do not want it in my shampoo.

2015-03-20 09.15.41 I’m sick of stores targeting our young girls with products that contain cancer causing, hormone disrupting ingredients that attribute to early-onset puberty.  Sick of other manufacturers targeting our young men with the same sort of ingredients, causing the same sort of issues.

Yet, among all of this darkness, among all of these terrible, awful, nasty FACTS, the truth and the light is beginning to shine.

About a decade ago, a beautiful woman, Heather White, started a data-base within her not-for-profit organization, Environmental Working Group. The data base, Skin Deep is what I began to use during my soapy days.  It changed the way I looked at ingredients, formulas and products.  I went against the traditional soap/lotion methods, creating products that were safe(er) then what I had made previously, and took a lot of static from others’ in the ‘at home’ soap makers.

Thankful that my passion for creating, led me to becoming part of a movement and a change.  Thankful to have linked arms with women and men all across the nation that believe in, and are moving forward with CHANGE.  Thankful that American Citizens are beginning to wake up to the toxic burden personal care products have on us.  Thankful to Gregg Renfrew for having a burden for our skin health, and is moving on Capitol Hill to make our law-makers aware that this industry NEEDS regulation.

It’s time for a change.  Will you link arms with us, and counter the culture in relationship to the Personal Care Industry?
One last thing ~ Please take 15 minutes and watch this video.  It’s completely worth your time.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Growing in Grace ~
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join the Revolution ~ The (Beauty) Counter Revolution

 

Oh! Oh! Summer Glow!

There aren’t enough words to say how much I absolutely LOVE Beautycounter’s Glow Sugar Scrub! Words almost escape me.  Almost.  Here in the wildly winter Midwest, it is time to get our feet, legs and elbows ready for that summer sun! It’s been a wild one!  My lovely town boasted #1 worst city for winter this year.  Wow – what an honor! Making it CERTAINLY time to get my summer glow going!

Made with only the finest ingredients, (really, check out our ingredient policy standards), organic brown sugar; Sweet Almond Oil; Sunflower Seed Oil; Lemon Peel Oil and the list goes on.  All synergistically formulated to not only scrub away and sluff off all that old, dead, nasty, dry skin from your feet and other rough areas, it’s formula also puts an incredible amount of moisture back into your skin!

After you are done scrubbing your feet, legs, arms, shower it all away.  glow Oh, I know that sounds crazy, right?!?? All those nice, emollient-rich oils soothing and hydrating your skin, you want me to wash it away?  No, it doesn’t wash away.  It leaves your skin positively GLOWING!

You may be wondering, what is so special about Sweet Almond Oil? It is a fantastic moisturizer and lubricant that prevents the skin from drying and keeps it free from cracking.  It’s also a rich source of Vitamin E, and with regular use will reduce wrinkles and keep your skin younger looking. Truly, don’t we want our legs looking healthy and glowing?
The Citrus Fruit oils have a very calming effect on the skin, making them a fantastic addition to our Glow Sugar Scrub.  The sugar crystals in our scrub are simply the perfect size for working off that old skin.  My typical routine (in the warmer months) is to sit outside and scrub my feet, paying very close attention to my heels, my toes, ankles and up to my knees.  Yes, your knees get dry and cracked too!  I really made a ritual out of it!  Spend the time on yourself! You deserve it!  After a good scrub, I will rinse off with the hose, simply to not have the lose, dead skin following me inside.  Then, I just take my shower, and enjoy the rich feel of pampered, healthy, glowing skin! With Mother’s Day right around the corner, what could be better?  Buy it for your mom, or buy it for you!  You deserve it!  Not only do you deserve it, you can rest knowing that your skin is getting beautiful the healthy way!  At Beautycounter, we don’t hide behind labels – we tell you the TRUTH about your skin care!

Growing in Grace,
Laura B.
lgbeck59@gmail.com
Join the movement!  Changing skin care; one face at a time!

 

 

What’s Inside?

What IS inside? Inside of what?  This blog is about “What’s Inside” your personal care products.  Are there chemicals lurking inside your personal care products?

Thankfully, people are waking up to the simple fact that personal care products contain many things that are toxic.  26secondsWe now know that twenty-six seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream.  We know that parabens are cancer-causing agents.  We know that sulfites aren’t safe either (but we sure like the bubbles they make in our shampoo). Americans are becoming wiser and wiser about their personal care products, and that is great news!

Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the chemicals in not only their personal care products, but also in their cleaning products.
However, I wonder does the average person really ‘know’ or still trusting mass media (advertising campaigns) to educate us?

For instance, this bad boy di-hydrogen monoxide (DHMO for short), can kill you if inhaled; can cause severe burns; is used as a solvent in industrial cleaning; causes erosion of our natural resources, yet, it is used widely in our personal care products.

Say-whatAcetic Acid mixed with DHMO has not only been a cleaning agent for years, but, popularly used in food preservation! Some even put it on their skin! SAY WHAT??!??  Scary, isn’t it?  Mixing acid with DHMO to clean and preserve food sources?  What’s next?

How about this one? Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides.  Good gravy.  I wonder, what’s next? Folks are using this one to clean their faces.

(I promise, just a couple more, and then I’ll get to my point).  Here’s another: para-hydroxybenzoic acid.  Yup, yet another in our skin care.  Last one, I promise! Diisostearyl Malate.  Oh. Sweet. Lands! Yes, this is in skin care also.

This is a  very, very short list of chemicals used in our PSC products .  My question is, can you spot the one that is toxic and should NEVER be used in any PSC product? Perhaps you can, but, if not, here you go:

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) = Water. bags
Acetic Acid mixed with (DHMO) = Vinegar.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides = Coconut oil.
para-hydroxybenzoic acid = Parabens (YUCKKY!)
Diisostearyl Malate = skin conditioning emollient.

I love doing what I do; educating families on SAFE skin care. Teaching them to know What’s Inside every bottle of PSC products.  I am love being partnered with a Beautycounter, whose mission is to bring safe skin care to every household.

Before you purchase your next bottle of lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, etc., I would challenge you to print out a copy of our NEVER LIST and take it to the store with you.  Better yet, contact me on how you can become part of the change.  Beautycounter has partnered with three trusted not-for-profit organizations that are committed to changing the laws to make sure that every bottle contains the truth about the ingredients.

The topic is, “What’s Inside”? At Beautycounter the TRUTH is inside!

It’s time for you to KNOW EVERYTHING! (Take the time to watch this short, two-minute video.)

Let’s chat ~

Growing in Grace,
Laura Beck
lgbeck59@gmail.com ~ Join me on this amazing journey! Visit me here: Beautycounter by Laura-Grayce