What is Mindfulness

If you’re anything like me you’re probably tired of hearing about mindfulness. It’s been such a buzzword the past few years. But given how 2020 is shaking out I’ve been exploring ways to regain not only physical health but some peace, some calm. It turns out a mindfulness practice fits very well with my physical health and fitness goals.

In April I started taking health and fitness uber seriously. I think the stress of quarantine made me realize that it was one of the few things I could control. And, I think like many of us, my thoughts were kind of like a tornado whirling around my brain those first weeks of lock down. I’m sure most of you can relate.

As I started working out and trying to get my eating habits in some semblance of order, I found myself naturally becoming more mindful. I just didn’t realize that’s what I was doing.

According to Mayo Clinic mindfulness is a meditation practice in which you bring your focus onto what you’re sensing, feeling, thinking in that moment, no judgement or self-censorship.

I kind of like the first definition at dictionary.com:

the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mindfulness?s=t

The simplicity of that definition speaks to what I experienced and how I approach mindfulness in my life now. Awareness. A way to pay attention.

Life is so busy whether you’re going to a job, working from home, looking for a job, or just trying to figure out your next step. Mindfulness, bringing your awareness to that one moment, to really pinpoint what’s going through your mind, what’s around you, what you’re feeling, what can that do?

For me it gives me an awareness that there really are some things I can control in my life. There are some things that I can affect the outcome.

This week, take one minute and just sit with your thoughts. Just let them come, but be aware of what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about why you’re thinking or that you should change what you’re thinking. Just be aware of your thoughts. Then take one minute and look at the area where you’re sitting. Really look at it. What’s in the space. What does the it smell like? What’s the temperature? What are the colors? What do you hear?

Next week let’s look at some of the health benefits of mindfulness.

My Exciting New It Works Adventure

fb-byb-re-dream your lifeA week ago today I stepped out in faith into a new business-I signed up with It Works Global as a distributor because of my experience with their facial cleanser. I’ve since tried several other It Works products and remain impressed with them.

Before I started this business, Daniel and I talked, I prayed, I researched. But my decision hinged on two factors. First, my why. Next, my personal experience with one of the company’s products.

My Why

Traditional healthcare in this country really isn’t about healthcare. It’s about diagnosing and treating disease. Change is coming, but it’s slow. My personal passion for healthcare looks different. My dream is to help people reach their highest level of health and well-being possible so they can live life with exuberance and vitality. That’s where I got the name of my personal business page within the It Works company-lifeNhealth-there is life in health.

Within this company, I can start to do that. It Works products can help folks to look and feel their best. I can point people to products that will help them on their road to feeling good as they add the products to a healthy lifestyle.

Personal Experience

I have rosacea. I’ve tried multiple prescription products with less than positive results. I have a post from last year about trying Soolantra cream that was prescribed by my dermatologist. I used it faithfully for 6 weeks even though the active ingredient is ivermectin-the same active ingredient in my dogs’ heartworm preventative. My face actually looked and felt worse. So much so that I did not do a follow up post.

After consulting with an It Works distributor, I agreed to try the company’s facial cleanser. Within six days my face felt so much better. As in better than my skin has felt in years. I still have redness. I always will. There is no cure for rosacea. But I have much less sensation of burning and stinging. My face is less oily. My skin tone is more even. Daniel even noticed my face looked more even toned and felt softer and smoother.

I’m planning an entire post about my experience with the skincare line so stay tuned for that.

Joined the Party

There are other reasons I joined It Works. We need a way to get out of debt. It Works leaders are running the company free of debt. One of the company’s missions is to help the distributors live debt free. It Works gives back. Their products are natural, botanical, free from animal testing.

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If you have questions, please contact me at carol.lifeNhealth@gmail.com. I will check comments here, but to ensure you reach me, email is best. I’d love to share my experience with you. I’d love to try to help you find a product you will be so excited about you will share with others. Do you need a way to make some extra money for your family, but want to work with a family and team you can trust and believe in? Email me.

It Works! Cleanser Update

Wow! I’m so impressed with the facial cleanser from It Works! My face hasn’t felt this good in years. This product works so much better for me than the prescription creams and gels I was using. Can’t wait to try RepairAge night cream in this line.

Check out my progress in the photos below. I’m not a photographer-not at all. The lighting is a little bit different in the photos, but not enough to account for the difference in how my skin looks. And has nothing to do with how it feels.

imageI’m so happy! Can’t wait to compare after a month. If you want more info, let me know. I’d be happy to tell you how to purchase this product for yourself.

What new product are you excited about right now?

A New Journey

Okay, so this is not quite as grandiose as the title makes it sound-I totally stink at titles. But it is new, for me. And, it is kind of a journey.

And, y’all, I’m excited!!

I’ve been talking with a woman on Instagram for a few months about It Works products. During this time I’ve been researching now and then. Several It Works distributors market on Instagram. Some of them are a little pushy. The person I’ve been talking with is not at all pushy.

Fast forward to last week. I decided to try one of the skin care products. After talking with my online friend, I decided to start with the cleanser.

She also recommended Greens which I have ordered, but not received yet.

Monday I received the cleanser.

First, it’s a huge tube compared to some other skin care lines. Honestly, that surprised me. My second surprise? The tiny amount it takes to lather up and wash my face. Seriously, a pea sized dollop is all it takes.

But the biggest surprise is that after only two uses my skin felt smoother, more moist, but less oily.

I hesitated trying it for so long because I have rosacea, and with that, very sensitive skin. But, so far, I haven’t experienced any burning or redness from the cleanser. So far, I’m very happy with the product.

I did take a “before” photo, but I’m not going to share it yet. I plan to take a new photo every week to track my progress. I will eventually share the photos.

I’ll update next week.