Just when I thought I kinda knew what I was doing in greening up my life… BOOM. Mind blown.
Last night, I had the chance to hang out at a beauty and wellness event at The Circle Salon in Chicago, organized by my beautiful friend/hairstylist/wellness guru Sarah! It was supposed to last 3 hours. Instead, it lasted over 4. That’s how much info was flying around. The group was intimate. We were all engaged and asking questions. It was incredibly informative. There was WINE. And SNACKS. And adorable jars filled with SWAG!
I connected with some really smart people, a few of who are actually planning on raising their own chickens at their apartments in the city! Consider it on my list of things to research. Wouldn’t Dexter love an adopted chicken brother? And wouldn’t I love some home-grown omelets?
There were 5 different speakers at this event, all of which were in some way connected to natural wellness and how our decisions as consumers affect our environment. I’m so happy to have this blog as an outlet to pass some of this knowledge along. Awareness is the first step! I’ll try to boil it all down to a few “take-away tidbits” helpful for novices like me.
Spiritual Wellness & Natural Stress Relief with Ann Marie of ohm.chi.ohm:
I’ll be the first to admit that I know nothing about meditation. It’s nearly impossible for me to sit quietly in thought for any amount of time. I have trouble sleeping because my mind is always racing. But, in today’s world, I know I’m not alone. Ann Marie, who’s a Reiki master, led us though a short bit of meditation. She also gave us these amethyst crystals to reduce anger, impatience, and anxiety! I’ll take two please!
Ann Marie’s take-away tidbit: When in conflict with someone, imagine a mirror with the reflective side facing them, and the non-reflective side facing you. In doing this, you’re refusing to absorb that person’s negative energy.
Urban Gardening with Todd of Every Last Morsel:
Todd knows what it takes to grow good, healthy food. He also has a great plan to get that food to the people who need it. Every Last Morsel, which he created, is basically social networking for gardeners and other people looking for fresh, locally grown food. The idea is to locate gardens, all kinds, on a map and connect the people selling the food to their neighbors who are willing to buy it. This way there is less waste, users know where their food is coming from, and they might even make a friend or two. I mean, how many of us really talk to our neighbors anymore?
Todd’s take-away tidbit: He recommended a site for gardening beginners with limited space: Windowfarms. So psyched to get started!
Environmental Education with Joey of Climate Cycle:
Through Climate Cycle, Joey is helping to bring up a new generation of environmentally-minded adults by educating and empowering school-aged children. With Joey’s help, these kids are starting composting clubs, they’re powering computer batteries with hand cranks, they’re learning in solar-powered schools, and they’re participating in Climate Cycle’s big annual fundraising event, the Ride to Recharge.
Joey’s take-away tidbit: This incredible video from NASA that shows trends in global warming. It’s only 26 seconds long, but it’s alarming. Definitely a must-see.
Maximizing Your Closet with Susan of The STYLE Principle:
Susan has made a living out of playing dress-up. Through her business The STYLE Principle, she helps objectively solve your most pressing fashion problems! And you can tell she’s passionate about what she does. Her energy was off-the-charts infectious. Susan can help you clean out your closet, she’ll help you shop, and in this session, she showed us how to wear just 8 black and white items in a whole bunch of ways. I tried to count, but I couldn’t keep up!
Susan’s take-away tidbit(s): To stay current and add trend to your wardrobe, buy just a couple of items a season. And, brace yourself for this one… wear your scarf as a shirt! Seriously! She showed us two different ways to do it. Just make sure you wear a cami or tank underneath, or you’ll end up looking like a Christina Aguilera.
All-Natural, Toxin-Free Skincare with Marlene of AromaFace:
It would not be a stretch to call Marlene the goddess of holistic skincare. The conversation she led lasted maybe an hour, and when we ran out of time, we all decided that we needed a separate night just to talk skin! And she literally wrote the book on safe and effective aromatherapy. It’s on Amazon, and available for your Kindle!
Marlene is super knowledgable. Her line is made by her from scratch without any of that nasty stuff you see in commercial products. No parabens. No artificial colors or fragrances. Just yummy stuff for your body’s largest organ!
Marlene’s take-away tidbit: The skin contains a delicate ecosystem of good bacteria. Washing and exfoliating with harsh products can disrupt that. Marlene actually recommended washing your face with yogurt! It contains lactic acid, which can help gently dissolve dead skin cells.
Overall, such a cool event… and a really productive and positive way to spend a Saturday night. I can’t wait until next time!