"Being perfect is being flawed, accepting it, & never letting it make you feel less than your best." 🙃 #jessicaalba
After four months of glorious maternity leave, this was my first (short) week back at work. I was a mess leading up to it realizing that a new chapter was already upon us. Before, I was a new mom; now, I'm a new working mom.
Prior to JG, I poured blood, sweat & tears for years into building my cybersecurity consulting career (#nerd 🤓). I was excited to take time off to bond with my new baby, but I never expected to question going back to work altogether.
Let's just say, motherhood rocked me to my core & I now understand why so many mamas decide to stay home (which is more than a full time job btw!). Any time spent working is time spent away from him & that thought kills me. Am I being a good mom? Is it too soon to go back to work? How will I ever be able to do it all? I'm not perfect.
It wasn't until I read an article from @parents magazine the night before my first day that I had a shift in perspective.
The article interviewed @jessicaalba (my new favorite badass) & she talked all things business, self-worth, feminism & parenting. Between her successful acting career, @honest company, @baby2baby non-profit, & three beautiful children, her voice spoke loud and clear to me:
🌠 TRADE YOUR GUILT FOR PRIDE & SHOW THE HUSTLE 🌠
[Enter my ah-ha moment💡]
We live a wonderful life by the sea & have everything we need, but it isn't free. Jensen & I work hard for what we enjoy SO rather than feel guilty for not being able to spend every waking moment with him, I take pride in the fact that I'm able to provide this life for him (& still be able to see his smiling face whenever he wakes up). #winwin
Working from home, I'm able to show Jamesen that my time is valuable, that my work is important & that I'm making a difference - & maybe, just maybe, he'll absorb that too.
Thank you, @jessicaalba, for not only caring about what we put on our bodies & on those of our babies, but also for sharing your inspiring wisdom. You're a goddess if there ever was one. 😘
You’re not only saving the planet by using refills, your saving money. Less waste on packaging and labels allows me to offer quality, clean, & safe ingredients to you for a fraction of the price of a fully labeled jar! Buy your first jar & your first refill is my gift to you! ♻️💞 #GiftWithPurchase#ecofriendly#cleanbeauty#KouklaCosmetics
Rise and Shine Ladies its a beautiful day, let’s count our blessings and spread love, on another note should I go back to this darker color?! I can’t decide 😵 #mommylife
@honest_beauty #honestbeauty @jessicaalba
Repost from @demarest_portraits - a pic from our shoot together with @gothic__fairy model and @scarlet_poppy_arte clothing . The dress inspired the makeup color palette and design . I wanted to do something complimentary that had a slightly deconstructed structure to it. I used the @narsissist Wanted 2 blush palette to create this look on both eyes and cheek and a @makeupforeverofficial single gold shadow as a topper along with the deep purple from @honest_beauty ‘s palette by @danielmartin . Brows are all @benefitcosmetics and complexion is @bareminerals and NARS. Lip is a blend of @urbandecaycosmetics Vice palette and NARS Orgasm. Mascara is Climaxx by NARS. Hair is all @evohair Head Mistress and Love Buzz. #hmua#portraitphotography#headshot#lamodel#independentclothingbrand#evohair#nars#mufe#honestbeauty#benefitcosmetics#urbandecay#bareminerals#editorialmakeup
When your lip color matches your dress 💁♀️ Wearing the beautiful @honest_beauty Lip Crayon in Sheer Rose! Obsessed with it’s incredible pigmentation and silky soft texture on the lips! Feels like you’re not wearing lipstick at all actually 😂 What's your favorite Fall Lipstick Shade? #honestbeauty#honestambassador#cleanbeautythatworks#thatshonest
Let’s talk lashes!
Mascara has been one of the hardest items to switch over. In the green beauty world most of them just don’t perform like conventional. @honest_beauty is the only one I have tried that I love. It is my absolute favorite and in my opinion works just as well as my conventional. If your looking for a clean mascara deff try @honest_beauty! You can grab it on amazon or at target. * swipe to see photos of me wearing it
Your opinion matters!! Are buying products that are safe for your body and for the planet a priority for you?
What does corporate sustainability mean to you? What does it look like and how important are the sustainability practices of a corporation that makes a product you buy?
As a consumer, are you more likely to seek out and buy product that are sustainable and eco friendly?
Does waste in packaging and design bother you?
Is transparency (ingredients used, manufacturing practices) as important as a brands image?
Would you support retailers (stores) that take a strong stance against harmful chemicals and outright ban certain harmful chemicals from products they sell?
This week I will be traveling to New York City for the Raising the Greenbar Summit. Hosted by the @goodhousekeeping and @madesafehq , it is a conference that unites brands, big and small, with scientists, sustainability pros and academics to discover, understand and implement eco practices that are good for the planet, our bodies and for business.
There will be cosmetic, personal care, cleaning and fragrance brands participating….. I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions and even questions you might on these topics to help me determine what interests you most and inspire what I should share with you on the conference! #nontoxicmunchkin#momlife#youropinion#sustainablefashion#sustainableliving#ecofriendly#eco#cleaning#entrepreneur#greencompany#cleanliving#nontoxic#organic#organicbeauty#raisethegreenbar#goodhousekeepinginstitute photo credit: @annievovan #honestbeauty
brought evan to a meeting today. he nailed the interview as our newest assistant to @summerfridays. please forward all inquires to him. he accepts bribes consisting of bananas, bubbles, and cake... #bossbaby#honestbeauty