“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the line we hear from the time we are a child. It’s the line that forces us to think hard about how we will spend our days making a lasting impact on the word.
As a child the answers come easy. An artist!! A mom!! A fireman!! A musician!!
As an adult the answers don’t always come so quickly.
Ask me what I want to be when I grow up (yes I still don’t think I have really grown up) and I will say, “What don’t I want to be?”
Some days I want to be an artist painting canvases or making stationary.
Other times I want to be an athlete running races.
Most days I wish I was the world’s best philanthropist changing lives with my hands, heart and pocketbook.
I love being a florist when I bring home fresh flowers and arrange them in a vessel.
When I’m by myself in the car I want to be a singer ’cause I want to believe my voice sounds like heaven.
I wish I was a dancer but we know that’s not happening.
Every day I want to be a caring mom, a good wife, a loving sister and daughter.
Who among us doesn’t want to be something great? Or many great things.
This age old question of “what I want to be when I grow up” has quietly hummed in the back of my mind for a long while. The feeling that my best potential hasn’t yet met it’s match. Like there is something more waiting for me. Some special way I will be able to change the world. And a nagging feeling that I better hurry up and figure it out.
Lately, I feel like I am on my way to doing that.
I haven’t been extremely vocal about my role as a consultant with Beautycounter on this blog and social media. I value authenticity and have felt that if people think I am trying to sell them something they might question my motives. Yet it wouldn’t be authentic not to share how I have been spending much of my time working outside of this blog.
The truth is my employment happened on accident.
Some time ago a good friend of mine told me about this company that was out there selling safer skincare products through people. She thought their mission and values would speak to me and that I might like to work with them. I heard her out but there was no way in the world I was buying what she was selling. No way.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up many years ago, the answer NEVER would have had anything to do with skincare. NEVER. Color cosmetics, serums, oils, masks… HELL. NO. Not for me.
Fast forward to 2015 when my friend brought up said company up again. Again, I kindly declined but told her I thought she should get involved if it sounded so great to her. She did. A short while later I caved and decided to borrow some of her products to try. I loved them. Loved them so much that I hopped online and signed up as a consultant. I had nothing to loose because I wasn’t ever going to sell one product to one person. I would simply buy it all for myself and my family.
After a late night out with some friends who learned about my could-be venture, my good friend yelled (in her beautiful spanish accent), “What!!? why didn’t you tell us?? You are the crazy one who researches everything that is in your products. If you find something you love you should tell us!” She made me think. I didn’t want to be a cart turner, another sales pitch… but she was right. I should probably at least let the people I care about know about this company and their products and let them decide if they would be also be interested. So I decided to dip my toes in the water and see if anyone cared. Turns out a lot of people do.
The rest is history and I won’t bore you with all the details of why and how this feels good to me. But it boils down to the feeling of flow. Like what I’m doing doesn’t feel like work… it feels like love.
I have found a company that brings so much of what I find important in life together. Protecting my family and friends, connecting with people, building lasting relationships and friendships, sharing valuable information with people I care about and the people they care about, fighting for what I think is right in the world, building and supporting a team to help them grow personally, professionally and financially, surrounding myself with positive energy, and ultimately hoping to leave the world just a little BETTER than it was before I was in it.
I built this web site with the belief that small changes add up but I have seen through the years how difficult it is for people to get started. Diet and exercise don’t always come easy. Skincare is an easy switch. My Beautycounter business has given me a secondary platform to connect one-on-one and share something I feel incredibly passionate about. It is a way to help people make one small but important change in their life. A simple change. And now I have seen how that one small change can serve as the tipping off point for other changes down the road.
The person who bought a face wash from me many months ago tells me she thinks of me each morning when she washes her face. The mom who is trying to do better and recently asked me for a smoothie recipe. So many conversations about laundry detergent, hand soap, water filters, mattresses, our kids schools and snacks… People care. They want better. They just need someone to trust and somewhere to start.
The personal care industry is one great big mess. Lack of regulation, thousands of chemicals, empty promises for days, side-effects for years. And now, finally, a company and a mission that is changing the industry through people like me, who care. For me, it doesn’t get more authentic or meaningful than that.
A few weeks ago on the way home from school my 8 year old said, “I wish I could have a time machine so I could fast forward time.” When I asked “why would you want to do that?” She said, “because I want to help people in the world like you are, mom.”
For me, that said it all. I think I am on my way…
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