If you’re a regular reader here, then you most likely know that I’m a huge proponent of safe beauty products, cleaning products, and any other household products we use in our daily lives. It’s not my intention to be preachy but I am trying to encourage others to simply be aware. Read labels, ask questions, talk to your family and friends. To me, it’s pretty simple. Food or products that contain a gazillion ingredients cannot be good for you. The closer to nature, the better. When I learned that up to 90% of cancers are due to lifestyle choices and the environment, I knew that paying a little extra for organic produce, non-processed foods, green cleaning products and safe personal care items was well worth the dent in my wallet. I’m not implying I’m always super disciplined. After all, I inhaled two slices of pizza tonight after getting home late from volunteering but the way I look at it is, tomorrow’s a new day and with that comes better choices for myself and my family. So, I’ll hit the reset button and start my day with a green smoothie!
When I was approached to consider working with Beautycounter, I was initially skeptical. It all seemed too good to be true. All these attractive women talking about their success stories in their testimonials. I know how difficult it is to get a blog up and running and all the work it takes to maintain it and I thought there was no way in this world I would be able to sell beauty products in addition to everything else. But, after meeting with a local Beautycounter director for coffee one morning and hearing about the company’s mission, I realized that I had an opportunity to make a difference while getting to try out a beautiful collection of high performing products with zero guilt. Since I decided I had nothing to lose except my initial investment, I decided to take the leap and join the Beautycounter movement as a consultant.
Not only did I decide to join Beautycounter but I also booked a round-trip ticket to Dallas for their annual leadership summit. It’s a good thing I didn’t mull it over for too long because I probably would’ve talked myself out of it. But, instead, I forged forward and registered for the conference and made my hotel reservations. Then I put it out of my mind for a couple of months until the week before when I suddenly decided I had nothing to wear. I scrambled around for the next week putting outfits together and mentally prepping myself for the summit and then the big day arrived. It was time to step outside of my comfort zone.
The first night, I was scheduled to meet my team for a pre-summit dinner (btw…I wore this romper which was super comfy). So, seeing that I knew absolutely no one, I decided to just wing it and I headed down to the massive lobby of our hotel in the hopes of sharing an Uber with someone. The first group of women I approached told me there was no room in their car (true story) so I asked another group who graciously said yes. I’m not going to sugar coat it and say everyone was super sweet (a lot of women came in groups and only talked amongst themselves) but over the course of the evening, I did meet some warm, interesting, intelligent women who, like myself, were moms who are motivated by creating a healthier world for our children and simultaneously growing our own businesses so we can be in control of our own schedules and balance family and work.
The next day was even better. The morning consisted of a three-hour introduction with speakers from Beautycounter’s headquarters including a heartfelt and inspirational speech by Beautycounter’s founder, Gregg Renfrew. We also heard from some of the company’s top directors who bravely shared their personal stories in front of an audience of 2,000 women. I was blown away by their presence and how eloquently they spoke. That takes guts! This was followed by a delicious lunch and then two breakout sessions in the afternoon. And while I learned a lot during the speeches and the two sessions, what struck me more than anything were the impromptu conversations I had with my fellow consultants in line for coffee or at the swag shop or sitting next to me during a speech. Everyone had a different reason for being there but the one commonality was to pave a better future for themselves and their families. In addition, this experience compelled me to put myself out there, talk to strangers, travel half way across the country, and surround myself with a dynamic and kick ass group of women. Let me tell you…it was pretty intimidating for this stay at home mom in her forties to be in the presence of such attractive, well put together, composed, successful women. I was incredibly humbled but more importantly, it created a spark inside of me because I left Dallas feeling empowered and revved up.
I decided to leave the conference a day early so I could spend the remainder of the weekend with my two college friends. We had the best time! All in all, although I missed my kids terribly, it ended up being a productive and memorable weekend and I’m soooo glad I got on that plane and pushed myself forward. It reminded me to take the same advice I constantly dole out to my kids…everything you want in life is right outside your comfort zone so go get it! If you want to be a part of our story, our mission and our movement here at Beautycounter, feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. I highly encourage you to #takethejob!