“But is it Worth the Cost?” She Asks.

So often when we are faced with the option to invest in yet another skincare line, we wonder if it’s just another collection of empty promises that will end up in that drawer. Yeah, you know, that drawer with all of the things that seemed like a great beauty investment at the time. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all sworn it would never happen again. It’s hard to decide what is a worthwhile investment these days, but as Ginny Cain, from Pittsburgh, PA recently discovered, the proof is in the results! And with a money back guarantee, you can shop confidently at emilie.beautycounter.com knowing that you have nothing to lose, except maybe some dull skin, fine lines or breakouts.

“Oh the joys of mid-30 skin. The occasional breakout, the very unwelcome presence of horizontal lines stretching across my forehead, and my new favorite…dullness. After the launch of Beautycounter, I waited months before giving it a try. Would it be worth the price? Being a stay-at-home mom and living on one income, there only so many extra dollars per month. Since I’ve already tried everything else, including dermatologist prescribed products with expensive co-pays, would it live up to the hype and could I risk paying that much for another line of products that I would toss in the trash?

So I waited for Santa. During a holiday sale my personal Santa bought me a Routine Clean cleanser, Gentle Exfoliator, Every Day hydrating cream, Every Night hydrating cream, Lip Sheer, and because Santa spent over $150, I received a free CounterTime Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This free gift…DIVINE INTERVENTION. It is, by far, my favorite product. It goes on like silk and makes my skin sing. It is perfect on those nights when sleep is winning the battle over my bedtime routine. Rub it on and wipe it off with a hot, wet cloth. Done.

What has surprised me the most about the Beautycounter line is how quickly you notice the results. The dullness and overall health of my skin improved in one week of use. But is it worth the price? For me…it is. Because I believe that the most expensive products, are the ones we throw away. It may not be the only health-conscience skin care line out there, but from now on, it’s the only one for me.”
~Ginny Cain,
Pittsburgh, PA

Beautycounter’s Christy Coleman Honored in W Magazine

W Magazine describes itself as the home for The Who, What, Where, When, and Why in the world of fashion and style…and this month W Magazine is honoring Beautycounter’s Head of Creative Design [and curator of all things beautiful], Christy Coleman while offering a sneak peak of the new color cosmetics line that Christy designed for Beautycounter, set to be released October 15, 2014.

The W Magazine article features Coleman as one of Beauty’s next big stars, but based on her resume and portfolio, she has been a star long before this flattering feature. As beautiful inside as she is outside, Christy exudes the cool confidence that any celebrity model, actress or designer is seeking in a professional makeup artist, but it’s her intellect and attention to detail that make her the perfect person to design the incredibly high-performing yet ultra-safe and clean products that are the heart of Beautycounter.

After reading the book Not Just a Pretty Face several years ago, and after losing her father to ALS, this native Texan turned Venice Beach native became committed to cleaning up her makeup kit, vowing to use the safest products and ingredients that she could find. Since she never was able to find the perfect collection of truly safe and effective products, she and Gregg Renfrew, along with environmental health & safety specialist Mia Davis, set out to create them from scratch. The skincare, bodycare, antiaging and kids products that they have debuted thus far since Beautycounter launched in March 2013 have been wildly successful, but Beautycounter devotees have been patiently awaiting a full color Cosmetics range…and soon, that wait will pay off as Beautycounter launches an almost complete Cosmetics line this very month.

An interesting fact is that Beautycounter was set to release this Color Cosmetics line in Fall 2013, but despite impressive performance, the products didn’t quite pass the company’s strict safety standards, what they actually believe are the strictest safety standards in the industry. Coleman and Davis went back to the drawing board and literally searched the world for the perfect manufacturer that could deliver exactly what they required and they would accept nothing less. I was fortunate enough to receive a selection of these gorgeous products when visiting with Christy and the entire Beautycounter corporate team last month, and I am completely impressed and head over heels in love with it all! I have never been so excited to have a full trashbin of old toxic cosmetics–including ones that I thought for years were safe from “mineral” powders to fragrance-laden junk. And like Christy herself, the packaging is just as fantastic as the content itself–chic, sexy and sophisticated.

Sometimes, there is just no better feeling than starting over fresh. Out with the old (toxic junk) and in with the new (cosmetics pot of gold).

Browse the entire Beautycounter line at www.emilie.beautycounter.com.

W mag

10 Things You Don’t Know About Skincare But Should!

Skincare: 10 Things You Don’t Know About Skincare But Should!
By Emilie Spruill, Licensed Esthetician

Skincare can be overwhelming because there is so much conflicting information—what’s a girl to believe? Keep in mind that while there have been major improvements in ingredients and research in recent years, the $50 billion skincare industry is just about completely self-regulated. If you’re concerned about what’s in YOUR products, rate them at www.ewg.org and find safer alternatives with incredible results at www.emilie.beautycounter.com

#1 ~ With rare exception, cosmetics companies can include almost any ingredient regardless of any link to skin irritation and human health concerns, and they can make just about any claim about their products that may or may not be true. Most people believe that a product must be safe if it’s on the market, but that is simply not true. Rate your products at www.ewg.org or their SkinDeep app.

#2 ~ Mineral Oil has no nutritional value for the skin but instead it simply coats and clogs the pores. Perhaps “mineral” brings to mind positive thoughts of skin-friendly vitamins and minerals, but mineral oil is simply a product of used petroleum. It is a cheap filler that does nothing to nourish the skin.

#3 ~ Most products that are designed for oily or problem skin, unfortunately, will often make the problems worse. Products that contain SD alcohol or benzoyl peroxide will strip, dehydrate and age the skin, causing the skin to become irritated, inflamed and often more oily than ever. They are not strong enough to kill pimple-causing bacteria but they may keep it dormant beneath the surface. Sad but true!

#4 ~ Reading the ingredient list unfortunately provides no information as to how well a product will actually work. If two people have the same recipe for meatloaf, they still may use different cookware, different ovens, varying quality of ingredients and even cook at different altitudes—and their recipes will likely taste and look completely different. Unfortunately, the ingredient list is just the start.

#5 ~ Most major cosmetic companies are owned by one of a couple of powerhouse parent companies. Did you know that Lancome is owned by Loreal, and they also produce Skinceuticals? Did you know that the Estee Lauder company also owns Aveda, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives and Origins? Aveeno is owned by Johnson & Johnson.

#6 ~ Formaldehyde, a commonly used preservative that has been linked to irritation, cancer and toxicity, is sometimes listed on labels DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (Bronopol). It is found in countless products from nail polish to baby wipes to shampoo to skincare to body wash.

#7 ~ According to www.safecosmetics.org, existing law – the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 – cedes decisions about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry. Under the current law, the FDA can’t require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments, and can’t even require product recalls. This is true even when a product is known to contain harmful or irritating ingredients.

#8 ~ Toner is an essential skincare step to return the skin to an ideal pH—a slightly acidic one—after using a cleanser or even just water, both of which will neutralize or alkalinize the skin. A slightly acidic pH is our skin’s best defense against bacteria. If your toner contains SD alcohol, toss it! No good.

#9 ~ What you put on your skin will absorb into your bloodstream. Just think of the smoker’s patch or pain-relief patches used for hospice patients. The medication is absorbed through their skin and enters their bloodstream. Knowing this, it makes sense to use only skincare products that are as safe and nutritious as possible.

#10 ~ Those strips that are often so popular for removing blackheads… they actually are too good to be true. They simply are ineffective at doing anything more than ripping off the surface skin cells. They are not capable at drawing a blackhead from the pore—this hardened plug of dead skin cells, makeup debris, oil and pollution can be dissolved with AHAs or manually extracted by a professional esthetician, but the strips sadly are not the quick fix they claim to be.

Beyond Healthy Blondies ie Vegan Protein-Packed Cookie Bars!

I owe this recipe and blogpost to my girlfriend Korrin who shared the recipe with me a few months back. I’ve tweaked it just slightly but we literally make it once or twice a week! My husband and stepson request this more than anything else! And I must admit–they are absolutely mind-blowing! Nobody would ever guess that the secret ingredient in these Cookie Bars is Chick Peas…that’s right, legumes!

This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. It is sweetened with liquid stevia and maple syrup. I do use natural peanut butter or almond butter, but in the case of allergies, I suspect you could replace with sunbutter. I have not tried that yet.

This would be a fantastic way to sneak protein into your picky kiddo’s diet–they will be pleading for more!

Ingredients:
~1 can of organic garbanzo beans aka chick peas, strained and rinsed
~1/2 cup of natural peanut butter or almond butter (we like the grind-your-own one ingredient style from HEB or Whole Foods)
~1/8 cup of 100% Maple Syrup
~15 drops of Liquid Stevia–I prefer the Sweet Leaf Stevia Clear brand.
~2 tsp Vanilla
~1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
~1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
~1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
~1/4 cup of Enjoy Life Allergy-free, Dairy-free Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips– they are $4.91 a bag at HEB but I keep them in the freezer and they last us a good while! Perfect for these bars or chocolate chip pancakes or over some Nada Moo Dairy Free Ice Cream!

Instructions:

~Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.
~Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor–I prefer my Kitchen Ninja!
~Blend well.
~Add half of the chocolate chips and pulse to combine.
~Spread the “batter” into a brownie pan spritzed with olive oil or coconut oil–I like to use my pre-divided brownie pan. This recipe makes 9 bars, or half of the pan, while doubling this recipe would fill up the pan with 18 brownie-sized bars!
~Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes and serve with a cold glass of Almond Milk! Don’t forget to let them cool for 15 minutes or more so they retain their bar form as they get dunked into that almond milk!

Thank you so much Korrin for turning me on to this amazing treat! Enjoy!

Baby Bellalfredo …Dairy-free, Gluten-free & Guilt-free!

There are several dishes that have become staples on our dinner menu, but only a few that become weekly requests by my husband and stepson, and this pasta is absolutely one of them! As I was enjoying this dish last night, I couldn’t help but think that this really is the dairy-free equivalent of Mac n Cheese and based on requests for this recipe, others will feel the same way! This recipe is especially skin-friendly because ditching the dairy is one of the best things you can do for your skin! So if you crave alfredo but not the oily skin or breakouts that go along with it, this dish is for you!

bella cashew cream pasta

Besides the amazing taste of this dish, my favorite part is the overall easiness! While my pasta water is boiling, I start the sauce by combining the ingredients in the Kitchen Ninja–my favorite food processor! As the quinoa pasta is cooking, I prepare our salads and saute the baby bella mushrooms. Strain the pasta, add the sauce and mushrooms and top off with sauce, and the dish is complete! I wish they all were this simple!

As is, this recipe will serve 2. When my stepson is with us, I double the recipe and end up with a little bit leftover.

Ingredients:
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 Veggie Boullion Cube
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp tapioca starch
1 tsp EVOO
1 tsp Melt Vegan Buttery Spread
3/4 cup finely ground cashews (I pre-grind these and then add the ground cashews to this recipe)
Hint of nutmeg
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Baby Portabella mushrooms aka Crimimi mushrooms
tsp Coconut Oil (or olive oil) for preparing the mushrooms
1 Box Ancient Grains Quinoa Penne — it’s my favorite gluten-free pasta so far!

ancient harvest GF pasta

Instructions:
Wash and cut the mushrooms into slices. Heat the Coconut Oil and saute the mushrooms as the pasta is being prepared.

Boil water for the pasta.

In a powerful food processor or blender–I use my trusty Kitchen Ninja Pro–combine all of the ingredients to the nutmeg. Add the very hot water (it doesn’t have to be boiling necessarily, but I do use the tea kettle to heat the water). Blend until completely combined. The sauce may separate and that is ok.

Add the pasta and as the box states, do not overcook. I cook my noodles for 6-7 minutes and then strain. Add the pasta back into the pasta pan and add the cashew cream sauce. Combine well. Top with the mushrooms and serve!

You can be creative and add in any veggies you choose from spinach to zucchini to sweet onion!

The Best Vegan Burger I’ve Ever Had

We eat these every week and they make excellent leftovers!

We eat these every week and they make excellent leftovers!

So I distinctly remember the first time I had a veggie burger, at Eat-N-Park restaurant in Pittsburgh, at age 16. It was the Original Gardenburger and at the time, I thought it was just fabulous. Then at Carlow College, I recall ordering their version of frozen veggie patty–it was fried and crispy and frankly, disgusting, in retrospect! Since then, I’ve tried various brands and versions, but they just about all contained gluten and soy, two ingredients that we tend to avoid. I’ve made this particular burger several times now and each time I’ve tweaked the ingredients and ratios just a bit–each time, my husband and 10 year old stepson absolutely love them as much as I do! I may edit this post in the future if I find that something works even better, but I can assure you that this recipe tastes delicious and makes plenty–and you’ll want leftovers! We all seem to think that the seconds are even better in this case!

Carnivore & vegan approved!

Carnivore & vegan approved!

Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice (this equals 3 cups cooked brown rice)
1 cup dry black beans, soaked overnight or for a few hours (this will equal 3 cups cooked black beans)
2 cloves garlic minced (or 1 tsp of minced garlic in the jar)
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
3 TBSP BBQ Sauce OR 1 Egg, beaten OR 1 TBSP Flax OR Chia in 3 TBSP warm water (your choice of binding agent)
1 tbsp coconut oil (or whatever oil you like to saute veggies in)
1/4 cup pecans, chopped (you could also substitute walnuts or almonds)
1 cup Gluten-Free bread crumbs (or you could optionally use a cup of diced almonds)
1 head of Organic Lettuce, halved and rinsed.
Roma Tomato
Avocado
Condiments such as Relish, Mustard, Pico de Gallo or whatever your heart desires!

Instructions:
~Prepare the black beans and brown rice as directed. I like to use dry beans to avoid any BPA-lined cans. You can do this a day or two ahead of time and can even do so in a crockpot if that’s easier!
~Saute the onion and red bell pepper in your Coconut Oil or oil of choice until softened and transparent.
~In a food processor, combine the salt, cumin and pecans. When cooled, add the bell pepper and onion mixture and the black beans and brown rice. *I have a fairly large food processor/blender (the Kitchen Ninja Pro) and still I do this in two batches. The point is simply to combine these ingredients. Using a spatula, scrape the sides and continue blending.
~In a large bowl, place the mixture but fold in your binding agent (either the BBQ sauce, beaten egg or chia/flax seeds). Use a wooden spoon to combine and add in the gluten free bread crumbs or ground almonds.
~I like to use gloves for easy clean up here– form burger-sized patties and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I typically get about 14 burgers from this amount of mixture. *These make excellent leftovers and if I’m going to go through this many steps, I like to get a few meals worth of food! Plus we absolutely love these burgers!

Parchment paper makes clean up a breeze!

Parchment paper makes clean up a breeze!


~Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes–you can’t really under-cook these as the ingredients are already cooked. You will know that they are done when they are firm to the touch. *You can absolutely saute these but we’ve found that baking is easier, takes less time and makes less of a mess, plus it requires no oil or flipping! They taste great either way.
~Serve on lettuce wraps with your choice of condiments! Tastes great with roasted veggies, baked potato wedges, chips and salsa or your choice of side dish! I love spreading avocado on mine instead of mayo or cheese!

Vegan Split Pea Soup ~ Hearty,Thrifty, Delish!

So I’m the type of person who can eat soup year round. It may be hotter than the surface of the sun in Houston during the summer, but thanks to the magic of air conditioning, we can always enjoy a nice bowl of soup! Best thing about this particular recipe is that it’s new mommy friendly–hearty, delicious, inexpensive and EASY to prepare in a crockpot! This soup is Dairy-Free/Vegan which is key for me as I am nursing my sweet bundle of joy and dairy is terribly upsetting for her little belly. It is also Gluten-Free, if you choose to eliminate the Barley.

As for instructions, the beautiful part is, all you must do is throw each of these things into the crockpot, with the Split Peas on the bottom! Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low and resist the urge to open the crockpot at all before the time is up! Doing so releases some of the heat and slows the cooking process.

This hearty soup is great year-round!

This hearty soup is great year-round!

~2 Cups of Organic Split Peas (I get these in the bulk section at HEB/Central Market)
~1/2 Cup of Dry Barley (eliminate for Gluten-Free Soup)
~1 Bag Organic Baby Carrots, diced (I love to pulse in my trusty Kitchen Ninja)
~1 Yellow Onion, diced (again just pulse in Kitchen Ninja or food processor or slice)
~2-3 Stalks Organic Celery, diced (you guessed it, in the Ninja!)
~5 Small or 3 Medium Potatoes, cut into cubes (I love Russet, but Sweet Potatoes would lower the Glycemic Index)
~Handful of Mini Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
~2 tsp of Minced Garlic (or 4 cloves, minced)
~2 TBSP of Better than Boullion Vegetarian Paste + 8 Cups of Water
(Alternatively, you can use 4 Cups Low Sodium Veggie Broth + 4 Cups of Water)
~2 tsp Salt
~1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
~2 tsp Dried Basil
~2 Bay Leaves (place on top and remove before serving)
~1/4 Tsp Ground Cumin
~1/4 Tsp Ground Thyme
~Splash of Bragg’s Amino Acids

This soup makes excellent leftovers so it’s great for a busy week!

Look who made the LA Times?! Congrats Beautycounter!

Look who made the LA Times!? What a fantastic article and preview of exciting things to come. I’m so pleased with the Beautycounter results and opportunity to share them with my clients and blog readers!

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-beauty-counter-20130512,0,6584769.story

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Beautycounter Launch Houston, TX

wouldn't you like to know everything that's in your product?

wouldn’t you like to know everything that’s in your product?

What a fantastic, refreshing and inspiring event last night in Houston, TX! The feedback has been incredible about what a classy job the entire Beautycounter team did putting together the event, and it’s refreshing to see so many women and men becoming passionate about making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. Beautycounter’s mission is simple: personal care products–from skincare to bodycare to a forthcoming cosmetic line–that is free of toxic chemicals that are linked to health issues like autism and cancer. Their criteria is impressive: all products must be SAFE / EFFECTIVE / CHIC / AFFORDABLE.

As an esthetician, and someone who truly lives and breathes skincare, and also a self-proclaimed ingredient snob, I am elated to have found a fabulous product line that meets my high standards for myself and my clients, and is so firmly committed to an even greater social movement mission of changing the horrifically low standards of the current US Cosmetics Industry. From our CEO Gregg Renfrew, who is a mom and entrepreneur, to our VP of Creative Christy Coleman, who has been on a mission to revolutionize the world of celebrity makeup artistry and make it more green, to our VP of Sales, Gina Murphy, who is a sharp and honest businesswoman, the entire team is an energizing force who collectively inspire and motivate me like I haven’t been motivated in some time!

I can’t wait to hear my clients’ feedback as we grow our line (we now offer skincare, luxury anti-aging/ lustro oils, and bodycare). Nothing brings me more joy than hearing that our products and my services/ recommendations are making a difference! It’s my life’s work and I’m grateful to be able to do it each day! If you know someone who is passionate about making safer choices when it comes to what they put into their bloodstream, either because they’ve been fighting cancer or they are simply wanting to remain healthy and happy, thank you for passing along my online store and this blog so they can follow my updates! I would love to offer them a consultation! www.emilie.beautycounter.com

I wish you happiness and healthiness!

100% class from the team to the display!

100% class from the team to the display!

Vision Boards- What, Why and How!

So in the interest of full disclosure, I am a licensed esthetician, an entrepreneur and a freelance writer…I am not a licensed counselor, psychologist or life coach of any kind! That being said, I have had a positive experience as an individual with my own personal Vision Board, and in response to a request for a post about them, I felt motivated to deliver! If a Vision Board can lead to health, happiness and peace of mind, then our skin will reflect that, so it is in fact relevant to my interest in the natural health and beauty of your skin!

By the way, also in the interest of full disclosure, I am a follower of Christ, and I seek to be more like Him and more in love with Him everyday. Because of my faith in God, I tend to shy away from books like The Secret and any other “prosperity Gospel” type of materials, and I’ve really prayed for discernment when determining if a particular fad/idea/concept is or isn’t in line with Biblical teachings. While I absolutely believe that I have some very Libra qualities, I don’t put much weight into horoscopes and I don’t prefer to participate in psychic readings. I am not equipped to provide answers to any of these questions, if these statements were to be posed as questions, but I do believe that a) humans are created in God’s own image and we share that ability to create with God (Genesis 1:26-28); b) the words that come out of our mouth are powerful and could even have the power to build others up or do the opposite (Ephesians 4:29); and c) we tend to create our reality based on what we most often think about, good or bad, “for as a man thinketh, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).

Faith!

Faith!

Ok so that all being said, what is a Vision Board? It is simply a means of really thinking about (one might say envisioning) what you would like to have in your life…from the most insignificant material things to the most poignant matters of the heart, mind and soul, and representing them on a physical board (think: posterboard or foamboard) by cutting out actual photographs of them and pasting them on in a creative manner. It may seem quite silly or trivial, but in reflecting on my own personal Vision Board, I was astounded, tickled and convinced by the results!

I created my personal vision board sometime in 2008 or so. Sadly, I don’t have a more accurate date but I do know that it was created after moving to Houston in 2007 and before going back to school in early 2009. I suggest that you note the creation date on the back–you will appreciate me later! I believe that I got the original idea from an Oprah episode but please don’t quote me–I’m sure that I had also encountered the concept from my years of training as a direct selling consultant where I was encouraged to cut out photos of my goals, hang them on my mirror, my phone, my desk… same concept except that a Vision Board is a collection of these images representing your life goals.

Cut away!

Cut away!

The first step is to simply gather as many magazines as you can find–from fitness to hobby to home/lifestyle to business magazines. Next, simply flip through and cut out pictures when you are inspired–from a fit body that you admire to a gluten-free lifestyle that you are interested in to quitting smoking to joining a women’s group to becoming a fashion designer! Next step is to generally layout the photos in whichever way you choose. Nobody told me to do this but I like the idea so I’ll share–I chose to lay mine out based on the area that they fell in. Examples include: Faith/ Health/ Career/ Love/ Home/ Fun/Miscellaneous. I finished my board, shared it with some close friends and more or less tucked it away for a while, forgetting what exactly I had pasted onto the board, but it did stay with me over the next couple of years and moves.

Fast forward to 2013 and I will share with you just a few of the images that have since become my reality!
~Bible Study…I have been consistently attending Bible Study for several years and have found a wonderful church home in my new neighborhood that I adore. Specifically, I pasted “Biblical Womanhood”, and I love attending Bible Study with such a strong, God-loving group of women. I just completed another Beth Moore women’s Bible study today!

~Love…I had quotes that said “Love” and “Happily Ever After”, and photos of Tim & Faith, a photo of Matthew McConnaghey (who represented a sexy confident Texan man with a bit of a drawl), and photos of happy couples embracing. In 2012, I married my sexy, confident Texan husband with a slight drawl, Devin, after a brief 9 month courtship. I kissed a lot of frogs in my 30+ years and just as I was beginning to give up on love, I met Devin, in the most unassuming places, but that is for another blog topic! I especially love it when he calls me “Darlin'”!

~Career…I pasted the quotes “Skincare Expert” and “Say Yes to Success”! I had been in Skincare for 10+ years when I decided to go back to school in early 2009 to achieve my Esthetician License, without even remembering what this Vision Board projected about it; in fact, I hastily enrolled after being laid off from a very short-term recruiting position. I also pasted the word “Write”, and as you are reading this, I am clearly a freelance writer!

~Miscellaneous… pictures of yoga poses, berries, acoustic guitar, and even a small fluffy white dog… all came into fruition! I eventually began doing Bikram yoga, eating berries everyday, dabbling in guitar (still working on that) and my dream guy literally has a 6 pound, white, fluffy Havanese pup that could double as the dog on my Vision Board! He had it before I met him! I never even recall wanting a small white pup–I think I just chose that photo to represent the idea of having a small doggie. But isn’t it amazing to see how accurate the Vision Board actually has been? (Full disclosure: I am still a hopelessly awful dancer, but maybe in the future this too will improve!)

Here is my personal Vision Board:

My personal Vision Board

My personal Vision Board

So I appreciate your patience as this was a LONG blog post! And I hope that I have inspired you to create your own Vision Board today–don’t overthink it! Collect the magazines, cut out what inspires you and past it onto your Board! Don’t forget to date it and perhaps even forget about it for a while… I challenge you to see if yours doesn’t also start to come true piece by piece! Happy Creating!