Happy 2019 everyone and welcome to It's All Natural Baby! - my way to share with you, tips, tricks, recipes, advice, opinions, whatever - all based on my journey into the world of natural, organic skincare and holistic living.
I consider myself a Skin Chef. I loved being in the kitchen, with my mom and cooking, since ALWAYS. I became obsessed with nature, when I was old enough to go out on my "little nature hikes," where I would collect rocks, leaves, flowers, etc. I became obsessed with skincare, as a preteen. I've studied herbalism, for over 20 years. I started dabbling with organic skincare ingredients, for my personal use, about 4 years ago. Finally, this past year, after having my job, as a call center operations manager, eliminated unexpectedly, I was able to take all of my "obsessions" and merge them into an amazing, organic and natural skincare line, using only edible ingredients.
TruChi Lifestyle Co.'s Conscious Skin Nutrition Program is my baby and one of my proudest accomplishments - one that I would have never been able to realize, if I had not taken the time to get back in touch with myself. Get back in balance. Mind, Body AND Soul. After the job elimination, I was able to do this. In fact...it was the first thing I did. Ok...I'm lying a little bit. It actually was the second thing I did - right after the crying, swearing, "why me," "what the F*** am I going to do," "how am I going to live," "wait, I just moved 2 minutes from this stupid job, 2 weeks ago," "I hate my boss," pity party ended.
That literally took about one day. Seriously. First of all, I'm a Libra, and love all things beautiful, including myself. Lol...you simply CANNOT look or feel beautiful, in that state of mind. Secondly, God blessed me with, what I feel, is a very useful personality trait. I literally detest being sad. That might sound silly...of course no one likes to be sad. But you know how some people are always down? Or people who seem like they love being miserable? The "whoa is me" sort. I AM DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. So I am usually pretty damn efficient, at turning that frown, upside down.
For so long, I felt like I had been operating on autopilot - being a mother, wife, my career, taking care of everything that needed to be taken care of, etc., etc. You all know the drill. It's almost as if I began operating on automatic, out of habit - not fully conscious, as if I stopped being as "curious" about life. So I had to get back in touch with me, to figure out what I really, really wanted. So how did I do it? It all started with getting back in touch with nature. Literally.
I had just moved into this awesome little cottage, with a big screened porch, on an acre and a half of land. There are flower gardens, a small "barn," deer come and go regularly and rocks. Lots and lots of interesting, unusual rocks. I mentioned I was always obsessed with nature. Well I started spending hours and hours, in my yard and on my porch. Just simply enjoying nature, collecting rocks, building rock sculptures and at the same time, tuning into what was important to me, at this very moment, in my life. Not what was important 20,10, 5...hell, even 2 years ago.
My whole life had just changed, at 52 years old. For the first time in my life, I had lost my job. But when I really thought about it, there were really only three things I liked about my job - some of the people, the commute (2 minutes) and my paycheck. Now for some people, the obvious choice would be to find another job. I needed to make a living, no doubt about that. But how I was going to make that living, was now up in the air. At the end of the day, I decided to follow my dream. And that was the beginning of my journey, my deeper dive, into holistic living. It was amazing to me, how taking time, to be still, listen to my inner voice, trust my instincts and intuition, and most of all, have more faith in GOD, allowed me to realize, I was operating out of fear.
Fear? Yes...fear/insecurity. Fear of being alone, fear of not having enough money, fear of doing the wrong thing or making the wrong move. Fear of failing. Fear of looking dumb. Basically, taking the safer route. Compromising, when I shouldn't, just to keep the peace. That is not who I naturally am. I have always been that person that thinks just about anything is possible. And if you know me, you know I don't mind speaking up, about something I don't think is right. (I can't help it...again...it's that whole Libra thing) But I had begun making decisions, based on all of the "what if's." And of course, the "what if's," are never positive...lol.
But I made a conscious decision, to MAKE MY "WHAT IF'S" POSITIVE. So instead of, "what if I try this business and it fails and I'm broke?" I turned that into something more along the lines of, "what if this business starts growing so fast, I need to start hiring more people?" Both are a concern, so to speak. But the first is totally negative and leaves a person feeling what? Fear. The second, is positive and makes a person like me, do what? COME UP WITH A PLAN! It makes you start imagining, all of the great outcomes. Not just focus on the bad ones. Our perceptions, can become our realities. What we tell ourselves, in our minds, over and over again, become our realities. I am choosing to operate out of faith. I feel like my life has led me to this path and I am not going to be to fearful, to walk down it.
With all that said, HAPPY 2019! I am looking forward to being my best me, having one of the most successful, prosperous, exciting, joyful years of my life and sharing the whole journey with you. It's All Natural, Baby!
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