Fashion,  Health

My Trip to Four Seasons the Biltmore in Santa Barbara

As many of you have seen via my social media, I visited Santa Barbara at the beginning of September. The trip was special to me for many reasons: it was the first time away from my children, I was around inspiring and powerful women,  being able to stay at Four Seasons the Biltmore (duh) and being treated like a queen, eating organic amazing food and knowing that I earned this FREE trip because I worked my butt off for three months and my Beautycounter business is proof of it.

I decided to join the Beautycounter movement after trying countless “organic” and “natural” products and being unimpressed by their performance and/or the ingredients that I found in them. It’s sad how many companies “greenwash.” Everyone’s heard the expression “whitewashing” — it’s defined as “a coordinated attempt to hide unpleasant facts, especially in a political context.” “Greenwashing” is the same premise, but in an environmental context. It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. It’s whitewashing, but with a green brush.

I don’t know if y’all followed me at the beginning of my blogging journey but I did have a “green beauty series” where I did discuss other beauty products. Once I tried Beautycounter, I couldn’t bring myself to use any of those anymore because there wasn’t a comparison. These products are the best that I’ve ever tried! High performing meets SAFE gives me all the heart eyes. I have used only Beautycounter for almost three years now.

I work my Beautycounter business from my home with three Little’s around me 24/7. When I first started, I was devoting 2-5 hours a week and it seemed manageable because I was already running another full time business making jewelry and working with two MLM companies. My passion since changing my lifestyle has been all about non toxic living and healthy living so I decided after a few months of juggling all three to cut the part that wasn’t working and that was one of the MLMs and my jewelry business. The amount of stress that left me the day I closed the book on both was LIFECHANGING and really validated my decision to move forward with Beautycounter. We mama’s wanna feel like we can do it all but in reality we can’t. I’ve learned so much about myself since joining Beautycounter and one thing that I wanted to share with y’all is never force yourself to work a job that you don’t love. Does your job make you a better person? Does it make you happy? Are you able to provide for yourself?

After I joined as a consultant, I waited an entire year before I recruited one person to my team. I was so afraid of being “salesy” and “pushy” that the entire thing just flew over my head. I was forgetting that being asked to join this movement changed my life, as it has for so many others and if I don’t share this, I am doing a disservice to everyone around me. I just decided to go for it and chat about this mission with one of my close friends and she blew me away with her response. She was a client of mine and LOVED all of her products, so she researched a little about the company after watching one of my live videos. She couldn’t get over all the amazing things that Beautycounter has going on for our health and our rights as Americans. My friend was so impressed that she signed up as the first consultant on my team.

Y’all, that was in January of last year and it’s almost October…. there is now 126 women on my team! Every single day, I get to wake up and coach and mentor all of these women who work full time jobs, have several kids, are going through health issues or are in school. We are all hardworking, busy and happy women connected by a big mission. Get safer products into the hands of others. It makes me so emotional to see their involvement with helping everyone around them and just educating people on what’s going on all around us. We need voices to share this mission and make it known. Our beauty laws haven’t been updated since the 1930s and that’s a big issue! A lot of the ingredients in our products haven’t been tested for their safety. So Beautycounter and all of us are lobbying for our rights and educating others daily.

So, to have worked so hard during the summer, I am grateful to be rewarded for my work. Beautycounter really knocked it out of the park with everything on our trip. From the lavish dinners, gifts in our rooms every day, locations we were taken and information they shared, I am blown away. I haven’t regretted joining the Beautycounter mission not one time in my journey. The trip helped me focus on what my mission is and what company I aligned myself with to accomplish this goal. I hope that I’ve helped paint a picture so you can understand a little more about it.

p.s. for those of you asking, this dress is Free People from last season and my shoes are from Target (clearance section $9!) my jewelry is from All My Heart Jewelry and my makeup is Beautycounter of course!