Lately, I have been focused on Beauty ‘outside’ , skin care, cosmetics, etc. It is all about healthy skin and toned bodies at this time of year. The summer season is underway! You can’t help but think about looking good at the beach, on picnics or just laying out at the pool!
However, I would be remiss to leave out the main ingredient, the One factor that makes Beauty possible- Christ in you!
I was in my prayer closet the other day and I got a little nudge in the spirit-“Isn’t your byline-Proclaiming Good News through Beauty”? So what about Beauty Inside?
So what about it?
Prayer is the key. We have so much on our minds these days, like what to wear, where to go this weekend, what to eat, what Not to eat, how many vacation days do I have left,…the list goes on.
Just under the surface we may begin to feel a little antsy or we are on edge and we can’t figure out why.
I am reminded of a lyric from “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre-
Nowadays, everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say.
But nothing comes out when they move their lips.
Just a bunch of gibberish.
*You look at their life and they forgot about J.
*my artistic license
Prayer is our opportunity to get the latest downloads on what is really happening in our lives and the world around us. That edgy feeling, feeling overwhelmed or confused, it could be the Holy Spirit telling you to stop by for a chat.
Peace is His specialty.
What ails you?
Aromatherapy has gained new interest over the past few years as consumers are becoming more health conscious and interested in organic or natural products.
Essential oil therapy, as I prefer to call it, has been a staple in skin care products for many years. It has been used for thousands of years by various cultures to heal the body, calm the mind and many other uses.
My 1st introduction to essential oil therapy, was via the many salves, compresses and tonics created by my Caribbean grandmother. Growing up, I never thought much about steam baths or the little drops of oil she would place on my chest or other body parts, as I always felt better and most of the time her concoctions smelled really good.
My 1st job as an esthetician, was working for an Aveda salon, where I was taught to add various plant and flower oils to masks or creams to treat skin conditions such as dryness, acne, etc. I remembered my Grandmother’s potions and began to use some of her recipes on my clients. It was then that I discovered the mental and/or spiritual benefits as well.
Unfortunately, aromatherapy has been lumped in with other “New Age” categories, like Reiki, Tarot, Energy work, and so forth. As such, many of my Christian clients initially shied away because of misinformation.
However, research studies and the Organic/Natural trend has opened that door and opened the minds of many skeptics. I have since added essential oils to my current beauty practice and I am currently studying to become a Registered Aromatherapist.
I am excited to share the knowledge from this new path and I hope you will share your feedback on the upcoming topics.
As always, I seek to help you to discover Beauty, from the inside out.
14 “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:14-15 ESV
When on a path of spiritual growth, we will encounter obstacles. At the start, we may be very enthusiastic to enjoy the abundant life and we have every intention to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit in us
However, we live in the world. We watch television, we’re on the internet, we listen to music, read books, etc., etc. Imperceptible, at the onset, we may not recognize the compromise going on.
Society, cultural and peer pressures influence us. We do not wish to appear odd or fanatical, so we bend a little around our friends and colleagues. We begin to compromise, just a little a bit. Until finally, if we are not careful, we find ourselves repeating those acts and having those thoughts that are contrary to living in the Light.
The admonition of Joshua is something to bear in mind as we seek to grow in the spirit. What am I suggesting?
Practice the presence of God daily! Listen to your heart. Think thoughts of gratitude throughout the day, thankful for what The Lord has done. Whle you are listening to a lecture in class or consulting with a client, think of God’s presence with you at that very moment.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Ashley Graham’s cover on Sports Illustrated is a huge success for the plus size and body positive community. Her voluptuous presentation for the venerated swimsuit edition may have sexist overtones but it is a healthier view for all to see.
As a distributor with It Works Global, I have seen firsthand how a negative self-image can ruin personal development and fitness goals. When women see images in the media that portray them as sex objects or props its bad enough. What is worse is having these images become so ingrained that it is sometimes an uphill battle for women to make positive changes because they feel they will never look like the Maxim babes!
However, once women see their beauty improving from the inside- out through science and nutrition, they begin to appreciate the beauty that God has already blessed them with! They are eager to make the most of their endowments. A desire for change is all it takes!
After 15 years in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, it is so rewarding to help women restore their self -esteem in a lasting way. I hope you will consider checking it out!
When you are able to see yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning and feel good about what you see…..It is life changing!
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.
Purification in process!
There are so many benefits to fasting; however, I feel I should mention some of the unexpected responses in our body. Some may notice a tendency to emotional sensitivity, like crying over a McDonald’s commercial, or being uncharacteristically short-tempered. Our bodies are removing toxins, which can unleash emotions that were previously masked due to medication or other vices that tend to cover our true feelings. This is why many fasting aficionados suggest being very careful with yourself during a fast. Take it easy. Spend time journaling, or music and meditation are helpful activities as your body renews itself.
What about the effect of fasting on the outside?
Fasting tends to weight loss, pretty quickly. It is a smart idea to care for your skin during this time, to avoid slack or sagging skin. However, be sure to avoid over the counter lotions and creams. As cosmetics tend to have chemicals, you do not want to defeat the purpose of cleansing by adding junk through your skin. The skin is the largest organ in our body. It is best to use coconut or olive oil to moisturize. It is also a great way to add healthy fats to our body. Fats = plump skin=smooth and wrinkle free.
A fantastic DIY recipe to assist with the sensitive emotions and moisturization is a Honey and Vanilla Bubble Soak!
This is a fantastic treat for Beauty inside and out!
Olive and Almond Oils have anti-aging benefits. These oils help firm and strengthen skin.
Honey is an anti-bacterial and will help you avoid breakouts as you cleanse your body from the inside via fasting.
Vanilla has anti-aging and healing properties.
Most of all, it makes you feel pretty!
3/4 cup of Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract & 1 tbsp. Honey
1 cup of Mr. Bubble*Dye and Fragrance Free
Mix ingredients in a ceramic or glass bowl until you have a smooth paste.
Pour desired amount into running bathwater (1/4 cup)
Save remaining in glass jar or plastic container and refrigerate the rest!
What happened to the 90 Day Challenge that started December 1? Christmas happened! LOL!
I do not know what made me think I would be able to avoid pies, Champagne and every other Holiday treat in December! My clients have been successful, surprisingly. That is even worse, because I was leading the charge!
No worries, I am saved. Every year starts out with some type of cleansing or fast. This year with so much going on as a writer and entrepreneur, I need to get my strategy in order. I have found the best way for me to do this is a Juice Fast. Juice Fasts provide energy and a baseline of nutrition so that your body can get the inner work done while you are still going to work and living life normally.
Why 21 days? Well, it is said that 21 days of any activity allows for it to become a habit, as well as break bad habits by abstaining during that time.
Why prayer and fasting?
Our bodies use a lot of energy to assimilate the foods we eat, so when we are not eating the body will then consume what is present. This is how much of the toxic build up from food additives and bad habits are removed. Our bodies also consume and discard wastes during this period, providing for new cells. Kind of out with the bad… It’s our job to bring in the new. We do that through prayer.
It is a time to reflect and assess where we want to go in life this year, reassess our dreams and pick up from where we left off in 2015. Clarity is at a high when we fast. Probably because we are not obsessing over what’s for dinner but also due to the body being in rest from not having to digest solid food. Our brains are fired up as the new cells replicate and maybe, just maybe we can hear our body and our spirit speaking.
As to how to start, I like to start the 1st 7 days as what I call my “weaning time”. I begin by slowly taking the coffee, away. I did say slowly because caffeine is really a drug and you will not be the happiest camper if you stop cold turkey. I eat fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and shrinking my meal portions so that by the 6th day, I will have broths and smoothies to help my body know it is about that time!
Check out a few helpful links below. I hope you will join me!