WWB 2017 ‘Ideal Finds’ Holiday Gift List…Giving Has Never Felt So Good!

Dec 2, 2017 by

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Tis the season for giving! I am excited to share my WWB Holiday Ideal Finds with you! After attending exciting trade shows this past year featuring products in beauty, health and wellness, I have discovered some wonderful ‘Ideal Finds’ sure to make your gift giving inspiring and memorable. Always trying to keep things simple, this year you can discover WWB Ideal Finds organized by categories such as self-care, healthy epicurean, conscious beauty and artisan hand made. This will help you choose gifts easily that will match personal interests in wellness lifestyle and culture.

Gifts should feel good to the giver and the receiver, and the best feeling of goodness is knowing your gift was produced with conscious ideals and values. Below is WWB’s ‘feels good’ check list for conscious giving, and this will help you cultivate your personal gift list thoughtfully.  Happy holiday giving and remember to put some positive vibes and good intention into your gift giving. It’s great to shop consciously, but what really matters is bringing joy to the person you are gifting! Have a healthy and happy holiday season…

 

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WWB ‘FEELS GOOD’ CHECK LIST

  • Cruelty FreeNo animal was harmed or tested on
  • Sustainable & Eco-Friendly: green, organic and sustainable
  • Beauty, Health & Wellness Without Compromise: Free of harmful chemicals known to harm you
  • Socially Responsible: Fairtrade and Social Mission Retail

 

 WWB GIFT CATEGORIES

 

  • Self Care: Personal care products for calm and relaxation
  • Conscious Beauty: Meets one or more of the ‘feel good’ criteria
  • Healthy Epicurean: Edible treats and food with healthy and organic ingredients
  • Artisan Hand Made: Beautifully Designed, Creatively Crafted, Useful & Enduring
  • Books & Inspirational Gifts: Celebrating Wellness Wisdom, Lifestyle & Culture

 

 

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~SELF CARE

 

 

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Little Moon Essentials

WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Eco-Friendly

Purchase Relax Gift Set Shown 

Also Little Moon Sleep Gifts Set found on Amazon

“All of our products are made with extra attention, love, and care. All ingredients and packaging are certified and planet friendly. Our priority is to provide the highest quality products by avoiding machinery and using our hands from start to finish. We believe in the conservation of the environment and respecting all beings, including our furry friends.  We do not engage with companies that test on animals. We take great care in considering and exploring our sources, as well as timing and harvesting of our 100% pure and natural ingredients.”

 

 

 

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WWB Favorite: Gimme A Break  Gimme A Break™ hand and body lotion is a lemon scented fusion of refreshing sweetness that will help restore yourself from exhaustion and stress. This will give you the energy and spirit it takes to face all of your worldly challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

~HEALTHY EPICUREAN

 

 

 

 

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Elements Truffles 

WWB Feels Good Check List: Socially Responsible, Healthy Epicurean Inspired

“Our chocolates are made with the purest ingredients and intention to spread happiness and love. Our body is made up of five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. Ayurveda superfoods help balance these elements and bring about a sense of happiness and peace.”

Purchase Gift Set

SOURCING OF INGREDIENTS

“We take no shortcuts. Our purest ingredients have been selected from Fair Trade manufacturers that fiercely align with our philosophy.
Cacao : Made from finest quality Criollo beans from Peru
Honey : Extracted ethically from hard working local honey bees of New Jersey.”

IMG_E9121WWB Favorite: Elements Truffles Drinking Hot Chocolate Mix Infused with Tumeric. Stock up for the holiday season! Delicious and healthy!

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Savor the Best of Tea

This new tea set with delicate illustrations features a selection of 10 single single-estate teas, handpicked to introduce you to the diverse range of teas around the world. It is provided with an introduction book to tastings.

“Since it was established,  Palais des Thés has maintained a constant presence on the ground, forming lasting relations with growers built on trust and friendship. The environment, sustainable development and fair trade are priority issues for Palais des Thés.”

WWB Feels Good Check List: Socially responsible
 WWB Favorite: Paris for Him. Paris for Her Duo Set  Perfect for the couple throwing the holiday soiree!
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~CONSCIOUS BEAUTY

 

 

 

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 “Since 2009, Thesis has been run by a family of happy vegetarians dedicated to the development of truly organic and natural skin care products at accessible price points. Our goal is helping people with all different skin types achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin.

We took it upon ourselves to develop skincare products that will give you peace of mind and confidence that it’s the best nature has created.”

PURCHASE THESIS CLEANSER ON AMAZON


Here is what you can always count on:

  • Premium certified organic ingredients
  • Formulas that actually work
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Eco-friendly packaging
  • No synthetics. No fillers. No gimmicks.

WWB Feels Good Check List: Cruelty Free, Eco-Friendly, Without Compromise, Socially Responsible

 

 

 WWB FAVORITE: Thesis Makeup Remover Rosemary Citrus Dissolves makeup and dirt with the power of certified organic oils and contains absolutely nothing synthetic, irritating or harmful for your skin. You face feels clean, hydrated and fresh. Made from Organic Ingredients • Gluten-free • Non-GMO • Preservative-free • Vegan • Hypoallergenic • Made from U.S and Imported materials
Purchase Thesis Product on Amazon
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~ARTISAN HAND MADE

 

 
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‘Design Inspired by Living Well’
“To some, living well means spending quality time with friends and family.  To others, it means having a passion to create.  At Stak Ceramics, we believe that living well means both.  We also believe that living well means eating good food, laughing with each other, and supporting each other’s dreams.  We are inspired by the small things in life that often get overlooked.  We draw inspiration from exploring nature, travelling, and interacting with the people we encounter in life.  We continually seek out new techniques and processes to further develop our work.  Our products are designed to add organization, convenience and style to the well lived life.  Everything Stak Ceramics designs and produces is done with great care in Pittsburgh, PA.  We are proud to offer products that are made in the USA and available worldwide.” ~Myles & Heather Geyman
WWB Feels Good Check List: Supports Artisans, Useful
 PURCHASE PRODUCT SHOWN HERE:  STAK Ceramic Bloom Vase
sproutwhiteplantWWB FAVORITE: The Stak Ceramics Sprout Planter Dock   is a fantastic way to brighten up your home or work space with a touch of color and life.  The white planter is the perfect size for most succulents or other small plants.

 

~BOOKS INSPIRING WELLNESS WISDOM

 

 

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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

( WWB FALL BOOK WISE PICK 2017 —Read Q&A with Author Here)

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb

AMAZON OVERVIEW: According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retirein the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

 

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Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living Well

( WWB Fall 2017 Book Wise Pick–Read Q&A with Author Here)

Amazon Overview: As the Swedish proverb goes, ‘Lagom är bäst’ (The right amount is best). Lagom sums up the Swedish psyche and is the reason why Sweden is one of the happiest countries in the world with a healthy work-life balance and high standards of living.

Lagom is a way of living that promotes harmony. It celebrates fairness, moderation and being satisfied with and taking proper care of what you’ve got, including your well-being, relationships, and possessions. It’s not about having too little or too much but about fully inviting contentment into our lives through making optimal decisions.

Who better than Lola A. Åkerström to be your lagom guide? Sweden-based Lola is an award-winning writer, photographer , and editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm and she offers us a unique vantage point when it comes to adopting elements of a lagom lifestyle.

Full of insights and beautiful photographs, taken by Lola herself, this authentic book will help you make small, simple changes to your every day life – whether that’s your diet, lifestyle, money, work or your home – so you can have a more balanced way of living filled with contentment.

BONUS GIFT IDEA FOR THE WISE READER IN YOUR LIFE!
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WWB’s ‘Book Wise’ Fall 2017 Surprise: Two Inspiring Books Explore Cultural Ideals and Values for a Life of Happiness & Wellness. Special Q&A with Two International Bestselling Authors…

Nov 2, 2017 by

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Book Wise Category: Non-Fiction/Wellness Wisdom & Inspiration

 

 

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Author Profile: LOLA A. Akerstrom, Author of ‘LAGOM’, The Swedish Secret of Living Well

Having lived on three different continents — Africa, North America, and now Europe — for extended periods of time, Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström is drawn to the complexities and nuances of culture and how they manifest themselves within relationships.

She holds a master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Lola worked as a consultant and programmer for over a decade before following her dreams of becoming a travel writer and photographer, exploring various cultures through food, tradition, and lifestyle.

Today, she’s an award-winning writer, speaker, and photographer represented by National Geographic Creative. She regularly contributes to high profile publications such as AFAR, the BBC, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveller, to name a few –
She has received photography and writing awards, including recognition from the Society of American Travel Writers and North American Travel Journalists Association. In addition, Lola is the editor of Slow Travel Stockholm, an online magazine dedicated to exploring Sweden’s capital city in depth.

Author Insight: “For me travel is about being an open minded sponge.”

 

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Héctor García  author of ‘Ikigai’ the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of Spain, where he was born. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in Switzerland before moving to Japan, where he developed voice recognition software and the technology needed for Silicon Valley startups to enter the Japanese market. He is the creator of the popular blog kirainet.com and also the author of A Geek in Japan, a #1 bestseller in Japan.

Author Insight: “I enjoy more creating things than consuming them, I’m a dreamer.”

 

 

Laura Connolly, Founder of WWB Opening (aka Lauroly)- It is only when we read books like yours, that we realize how important ‘ideals, values and rituals’ are to a happy society, when they are baked into the culture. Culture is a way of life and a collective mindset. What I enjoyed about both your books, is you manage to distill the little rituals and habits that any person in any culture can adopt. We hope so anyway! The challenge for a big melting pot like the United States, is we have so many cultures within one country, and the only common one we all seem to relate to is our love for success and independence. Starting from this premise, how does a country like the USA adopt ‘wellness mindsets’ like yours when our philosophical pillars are so different? ‘Independence’ as a way of life is very different from an ‘interdependent’ socially connected way of life. How will your prescriptions for happiness and wellness translate to a place like the United States?

Lola: You can tell a lot by a culture based on how it handles stress. I often say that some cultures prioritize fighting stress first so they can be productive while some other cultures try to be productive while working through stress. Sweden (and many Scandinavian countries) fall in the former category while the US falls in the latter category. And what are the sources of stress in our lives? Getting adequate food, shelter, money, healthcare, education, etc, as well as other physiological needs. What happens is, cultural mindsets that prioritize fighting stress first will put structures in place to create as much harmony, order, fair access and organization as possible first, while cultures that fight through stress can create more ingenuity and competitiveness to deal with stress. Both mindsets have their pros and cons. However, Sweden (and other Scandinavian countries) have been consistently ranking in the Top 10 for high quality of life, overall happiness, work-life balance, and other social indices for decades. So there is something we can clearly learn and adopt on some level from their cultural mindsets. This is why it was important for me to tackle the “why” of the lagom mindset on a deeper level in my book, not just “what” a lagom mindset superficially does (i.e., fika recipes, eat cinnamon buns, declutter, etc). A lagom mindset is all about balance and anything that tips that scale heavily to one side or the other (not too much, not too little) can be considered a form of stress so the mindset continually re-calibrates itself (just right) by trimming excess and unnecessary things – be they physical, relationships, or tasks.

Hector: I like to thing in terms of individualism(independence) vs collectivistic mindset. As you say U.S culture is very individualistic and that leads everyone to be always in a mindset of continuous competitiveness. Japan is a very collectivist society, there is competition but at group levels. If you try to be individualistic here and stand upon the group you will most probably fail here. You have to be much more careful and mindful about others by default just by being here embedded in the culture. So, how do you implement a wellness mindset in a place like the United States? I believe it all starts with having an awareness of things. It seems easy but is not. One way to gain awareness is by asking ourselves WHY are we doing certain things. Many times we will realize that we are just doing things to show off or to gain the approval of others (for example checking smartphone first time in the morning is a reaction of wanting to know if we have the approval of others on Facebook, Instagram etc.). Once we have the awareness that we are being driven by a very “independent” mindset the next step is to start finding what we really want to do in life, our IKIGAI. This is also not easy, but one of the first steps is to start by eliminating bad habits from your life. A simple one is to not check your smartphone during the first 2 hours of the day. When you start eliminating bad habits, you will naturally tend to start doing more of the things that you really like and love. Your life will start shifting naturally to your IKIGAI--your reason for living.

Lauroly Q- One of the things I found when reading your books, is both cultures value ‘simplicity’ and ‘nature’. It seems in your cultures, you do not separate the home from nature. In other words, your ‘interdependent’ mentality extends to nature as well. Share with us, how this leads to happiness in the home and the community in your culture…

Lola: Indeed. The Swedish love for nature is rather intrinsic and has been cultivated since youth (as early as kindergarten). Kids are bundled up under layers of clothes and left to play for hours outside regardless of weather (barring full blizzards). Many schools follow an active outdoor program. Babies sleep in strollers outdoors. There are several government policies in place (including Allemansrätten – every man’s right) that allows you to fully enjoy nature, camp. pick berries/mushrooms and use any public land as freely as possible. So Swedes see nature as their home and are proactive in terms of cleaning and taking care of it, just like our physical homes.

Hector: Simplicity is key in Japan. When I arrived here with my European mindset I found Japanese shinto shrines so simple that I was not impressed at all (I was used to European cathedrals and churches). But with time I came to appreciate more and more the beauty of Japanese shinto shrines precisely because of how simple they are. I learned that simple does not mean easy. We humans tend to get attached to all kinds of objects or possessions. Training our minds and souls to be happy with as less as possible is not easy, but once done we will feel freedom in our souls. I will use the same analogy with nature. Japanese shinto shrines are almost always surrounded by nature, even when found in cities, the shrines are filled with trees that cover them in green. Japanese know that nature is not part of life, they understand that nature is life.

Lauroly Q- Daily rituals are a big part of both cultures. Which rituals do you think are driven by the cultural values of your country? Can you connect the value with the ritual? Which ones do you think can translate and work in any culture?

Lola: One of the most notable rituals is the daily act of observing fika – which is breaking several times a day (3-4 times even) to enjoy coffee and a sweet treat with colleagues, friends, or family. While on the surface it may seem like just a sweet tradition, it is a form of re-centering to keep that internal lagom scale balanced. Working too much is an antithesis of lagom. Work-life balance is collectively pushed within the Swedish psyche through lagom. Partaking in fika is an act of re-calibration, so you can carry on processing the day from a point of balance and harmony. The tradition of fika is firmly rooted in lagom.

Hector: One big daily ritual in Japan is to bath in hot water. It is done most of the times before going to bed. It has been shown lately that both hot water baths and saunas 3-4 times per week have many benefits to our health. This is just one of the most common rituals, but Japan in general is a ritualistic culture, in which “micro-rituals” embed the life of everyone. For example, before starting any business meeting there is always the same business card interchange ritual with very precise manners that sets the mood of the meeting. It is not about specific rituals that will change your life, it is more about using rituals or micro-rituals to do things daily without having to be stressed to make decisions or be stressed about doing something. Rituals automate many things in our lives and help us to focus on what is important.

Lauroly Closing- I am so honored to share both your books as ‘Book Wise’ picks at World Wise Beauty. Both books are inspiring and together create a healthy cultural cocktail we can all enjoy and digest. I would suggest including each of them in a loved ones stocking for Christmas. Or each can be given on days of Hanukkah!  Here is to a lovely holiday season full of wellness ideals like slowing down and spending time with family and friends. we have to find a way to make this more of a daily experience in our lives.

Lola Closing: Thanks so much Laura. The beauty of observing how other cultures work and what they do exceptionally well is that we can pick and choose which elements of their mindset we can adopt to make our own lives richer in many ways. Lagom doesn’t hold all the answers in life but what it does hold is the mental key to free us from overt and needless consumerism by paring down what we truly need to be focusing on, buying, or maintaining in our lives.

Hector Closing: Totally agree Laura. We have to slowly shift our awareness from always trying to stand out, be successful and compare ourselves to others to being more present to our friends and family. The more we listen to the people we love, the more they will start also listening back and forgetting a little bit about getting more likes on their social networks. We humans, we are social beings, let’s be together in our lives and not alone and “individualistic”. In a way it can also be something to make us better, since the more love we give the more supported we will feel by the people around us, and the more love we feel, the healthier we will be and the longer we will live. This is what we discovered when visiting Ogimi, the village of the longest living in the world to write our book about IKIGAI. They live in very close communities in which they all support each other. Thank you for featuring us!

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WWB Ideal Finds: What’s in the Box? How to be Wise Selecting a Subscription Beauty Box & WWB’s Ideal Find…

May 2, 2017 by

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Beauty connoisseurs may already be familiar with subscription sample boxes but for  many of my wellness focused readers, it may be something new.  Simply described, sample subscription boxes are a great way to try new products. The beauty category is filled with options to subscribe to.  Since I am not your typical beauty blogger I thought I would share a quick excerpt from ConsumersAffairs here, and if you’re really interested you can review some of the beauty boxes that receive high ratings at their site. What I appreciate about the guide by Consumer Affairs is they do an excellent job educating you on how to select the right subscription box. Of course as I always encourage, the first question to ask is ‘What are my values and how does it effect my health, animals and the planet?”.  I highlighted the criteria I would consider first in green below. It is a lot to think about but why not aim for an A+ Life! One of my WWB icons wrote a book called ‘Little Changes’ and it’s an excellent book that will help you become savvy about personal care products, home cleaning products and ingredients.

What I’m passionate about at World Wise Beauty is focusing on wellness culture–wellness for us as individuals and wellness for the beautiful planet we live on. Below are the savvy tips from Consumer Affairs, and just beneath that is my ‘Ideal Find’ for the subscription sample box category. My choice is focused on conscious beauty and personal wellness which satisfies my values criteria. I hope you get to know this company, as they are well established, and very committed to curating the best in green and conscious beauty. What I also like is they are seasonal and you won’t be overwhelmed every month with product. After reading the savvy tips, scroll down for WWB’s Ideal Find!

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WHAT FEATURES MATTER MOST?

Excerpt from Consumer Affairs

Price

When ordering a beauty box subscription, consider the total cost of each box. Perhaps start with a subscription without a long-term commitment to see if you find the box to be a good value.

  • Per box: Most subscription boxes are available on a month-by-month basis with no commitment. However, subscriptions are typically billed and shipped automatically until you cancel them.
  • Annual savings: Some companies offer a discount if subscribers commit to a multi-month subscription with the largest savings available to those who sign up and prepay for a year’s worth of boxes.
  • Promos: Some companies offer discounts for new customers. Search for a promo code before making your purchase.
  • Shipping: Make sure the shipping is included in the subscription fee, or factor the shipping fee into the total cost of the box.

Samples

Although most companies do not reveal what products will be included in future boxes, their websites should give you a sense of the types and number of products you can expect. Look at their previous boxes to see if they usually include products you’d like to try.

  • Size: Beauty boxes may include trial-size or full-size products. Unless the website specifically states that all products in their boxes are full size, assume that the majority will be in trial sizes.
  • Quantity: Consider how many products come in each box. Check to see if the website lists the number of samples or the minimum manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the items included. A box with a minimum total MSRP might offer more consistent value.
  • Brands: Look at the beauty box websites to see if partner brands are listed, so you’ll know whether you’ll likely get prestige or drugstore brands. If a box includes both, you can also look at past boxes to see the ratio of prestige to drugstore brands.

Gifts

Beauty boxes and beauty box subscriptions make excellent gifts for makeup lovers, selective consumers and discerning loved ones. Most companies make it easy to send their product as a gift.

  • Subscriptions: Some companies allow you to set up the subscription so the recipient’s first box simply arrives in the mail.
  • Gift cards: Some companies offer gift cards. Once the recipient has received the card, she or he can order the box online.

Product ingredients

If you have sensitive skin or have ethical concerns about the beauty products you purchase, determine whether the ingredients in the products included in each box will meet your needs and standards.

  • Cruelty-free: If you avoid products that have been tested on animals or that contain any animal by-products, look for boxes that include only cruelty-free products.
  • Natural: Those with sensitive skin or who worry about chemicals in their beauty products and cosmetics should look for boxes with hypoallergenic or organic products.
  • Labeled: Regardless of your preferences about ingredients, make sure you will be able to view a full ingredient list for every item in each box. Products should be labeled clearly in case you have questions or concerns.

Tutorials

Because beauty boxes are designed to help you discover new products and brands, look for ones with tutorials so you can learn how to use all the items in the box.

  • In box: Most boxes contain written instructions and photos in each subscription box.
  • Online: Some companies offer video tutorials online, so you can watch a professional use the product.
  • In store: Companies that also have retail locations may offer free in-store tutorials.

Customization

Because your skin is unique, you want to know the products you receive will work for you. Look at whether a company customizes its subscription boxes to match consumers’ tastes and needs.

  • No customization: Some boxes are not customized based on your preferences. These boxes typically include products that work for a wide number of people and a variety of skin types.
  • Limited customization: The majority of boxes are somewhat customized for different consumers. For these boxes, you usually need to fill out a profile detailing your skin needs, beauty concerns and preferences. Boxes may be customized further after you begin to review products included in your boxes.
  • Full customization: A few companies allow customers to choose all of the products included in their box. These usually include fewer samples and may be more expensive.

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The World Wise Beauty ‘IDEAL FIND’ for the beauty and personal care subscription box category is ‘Yuzen’.  They also have a very price-conscious gift box you can send to loved ones on Mother’s Day! Click the image to discover what their box offers. Here is the selection criteria straight from the founders of Yuzen…

What are our criteria for inclusion?
“We always look to quality, mission, and integrity before we put it to our Yuzen test. We evaluate its performance, experience the benefits first hand, and then we share our favorites.  The selected companies are the highest of quality, transparent in mission, and beautiful.”

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WWB Celebrates ‘The New Passioneers’ of the 21st Century–Economy is the Art of Making the Most of Life…

Jun 29, 2015 by

 

Welcome to World Wise Beauty’s Passioneer department! I love the quote streaming out of the typewriter because it speaks to my spirit and my mission at World Wise Beauty. Each week I will share quotes that speak to the soul of ‘Passioneers’ today. Pursuing your passion isn’t just about starting a business or becoming an entrepreneur, it is really about engaging in an activity that taps into a state of flow, bliss and sense of purpose. We feel the most energized when we are doing what we love. Not all of us are going to start a business, but we still can take our passions and talent and make a living doing what we love. It is possible, even if some people close to you say ‘you have to be practical’. Well, there are practical ways to pursue your passions, and we will explore them here…

I just recently saw a movie called ‘Little Bit of Chaos’ and it was so inspiring! It was absolutely one of the most beautiful films I have seen in a long time. Romance, Botanical Beauty, France and Wisdom. It was like I died and went to heaven! Okay, enough of my drooling, and back to the inspiring part and how it makes me think about today’s ‘Passioneers’.

 

‘Passion is in our Nature’

A LITTLE CHAOS follows Sabine, a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Schoenaerts). Yes it’s about a romance, but it was really about so much more than that.  The main character is a woman, and a women of that time would have been considered mere ‘decorative objects’. But ‘Sabine’ was an architect/landscape designer who runs up against the assumption that a woman isn’t up to the task. What else is new right? In this story she proves them wrong! Won’t tell you anymore, because I want you to go see it!

In my eyes, Sabine was a Passioneer. She loved what she did and had her own creative vision of what could be. To use an overused cliché, she was ‘thinking outside of the box’. Today we elevate “Steve Jobs’ (the creator of Apple) to a superpower status, because essentially he was a ‘Passioneer’. He had a vision, and while he intuitively knew it would please us, he wasn’t creating solely for that reason. In some ways he didn’t care what we thought. He had a vision and a passion for design, aesthetics and technology. This ‘passion’ drove his work. Sabine was driven the same way, and you pick this up in nuances throughout the movie. She was naturally wise and brave because she ‘shared her truth’ when asked.

Today we use business expressions like ‘disrupters’ and sometimes I am not entirely sure if all of the so-called ‘disrupters’ are truly passioneers, but I’ll leave that for others to argue. Passioneers don’t aim to disrupt, they just have a vision and are compelled to bring it to life with passion. I believe we all are passioneers in some sense. The challenge for you is to ‘know what it is’! Not always an easy task when we are told early on to become a doctor, lawyer and corporate chief!

The reality of today is we live in a world of shifting marketplaces, economic upheavals, and a technology driven world where change is happening faster than we ever thought possible. Ironically, the title of the movie “Little Bit of Chaos’ does describe the world we are living in, as we are experiencing change at the speed of light! And because of this, what you need to be is incredibly adaptive to survive in today’s world economy. This sadly sometimes translates for many to having three and four jobs just to get by. But it is also just a reality of today’s marketplace where we are all ‘free agents’ and don’t necessarily have the security of working and retiring with one company like our parents did.

So, whether you are just entering the workplace, or are out on a limb forced to reinvent at 50, I hope you can embrace with me the ‘Passioneer’ philosophy. We are not all doomed to work at Starbucks forever! ( not a bad gig, but often part-time work for most) There are rewarding and exciting new job opportunities in the new economy, that exist both in the small business world and with emerging international entrepreneurial driven companies. To give this idea more potency, it is predicted that more than 50% of our workers will be engaged in some form of entrepreneurial work by the end of this decade. Why not be a ‘Passioneer’? Remember they can’t bottle your ‘passion’ because it is unique to you! 😉

 

Follow World Wise Beauty and my Passioneer department, and be inspired by women ( and men)  who are following their passion and mastering the ‘art of making a living’.  Just in the last two years I have profiled the most inspiring people (and not all women) who didn’t want to sell their ‘soul’ to their jobs. Instead they followed their passions and used their natural talents to create a ‘living’, while also making a unique contribution to the world at large. Below are just a few posts I have shared to inspire you, but you will also find practical posts that offer ‘real world tips’ on following your passion.

‘How to Get There From Here’ A conversation with Financial Advisor Galia Gichon

Two College Kids Who Wanted to ‘Clean Up’ the World Q&A with SoapBox

Beauty Editor Finds her calling and follows her passion for inside beauty and becomes Holistic Health & Beauty Coach and Author Q&A with Author of Eat Pretty

Multi-Talented Artist and Singer creates a CD/Book Set created for Women With Hardship  Q&A with founder of ‘I AM WOMAN’

Hairstylist couple pursue healthy lifestyles and become inspired to create hair-care line made with safe ingredients. Profile of Founders of Innersense Organic Beauty

Young Man gains weight, loses a ton of weight, becomes a Certified Health & Fitness Instructor, writes best-selling book and creates a wise weight loss program for all  Q&A with Author of 5 Skinny Habits

These are just a few examples of the “Passioneers’ I have been featuring. Yes, many are in the beauty, health and wellness sector, which is really no surprise. Wellness inspires “Passion’ because we have to feel well to live well! There is more to come here at World Wise Beauty and you can count on me to present practical and inspiring posts for all you budding Passioneers!

I hope the takeaway for you is, there are all kinds of ways to make a living, so it may as well be doing something you excel at, and have a passion for! Don’t forget the art of making the most of life may involve ‘a little bit of chaos’ but it will be so worthwhile…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Think Global, Live Local, ‘World Environment Day’ Reminds Us ‘Big Feet Can Tread Lightly’…

Jun 5, 2015 by

 

Happy Friday World Wise Beauty! Today is World Environment Day, and some might ask, what does this have to do with wellness culture? Well, I have to tell you, almost everything! One of the key words I often use at World Wise Beauty is ‘interdependence’, because life on this earth is really an amazing ‘interdependent’ network of living, breathing things! And guess what– we are part of that network. We are not so separate as we might feel sitting behind our computers everyday. Thought the word network might grab you though!

So please read on, and celebrate ‘World Environment Day’ with me because a healthy planet is crucial to our health, happiness and well-being. As the wise sage Buddha said,

“Nothing Ever Exists Entirely Alone; Everything is in Relation to Everything Else” ~Buddha

You don’t have to be a tree-hugger, environmentalist, conservationist or an activist to care about the planet. All you have to be is grateful and ‘conscious’. It all starts with understanding that we are not alone, and that we and all of nature on earth are interdependent. How simple is that? Apparently not so simple, depending on the beliefs you subscribe to. If you feel Man is superior and we have every right to ‘USE’ this earth as we please, I don’t think anything I share here will make a whole lot of difference to you. So feel free to check out. But if you believe we are part of this beautiful network called nature, then you just might be interested in what I share in this week’s ‘WRAP’. No lectures or proselytizing here, just some useful tips and informative stories on how to take care of this beautiful home called ‘EARTH’.  

 

 

 

‘Think Global and Live Local’ is not a new concept, consumers, governments and business leaders are all feeling the pressure to confront and act upon the fact that unbridled production and consumption comes with mounting pollution and at a significant human/animal/earth cost. Here is a great article to help you think about adopting the conscious lifestyle approach of living locally.

I’ll refrain from rehashing endless studies and scenarios on the planet’s future, and instead focus on how just being more ‘conscious’ can make you part of the solution and not part of the problem. Doomsday and hopeless apocalyptic gloom will never get us out of bed every day right?

Just to give this conversation some sobering context, take a look at this article from the International Business Times. I had to share with you, because it also describes the ‘World Day Environment Awareness’ movement from the United Nations Environment Program, and their message this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care“. Okay prepare yourself, because this is where the ‘conscious’ part comes in mentioned earlier in this post.

                    World Environment Day 2015: 21 aerial photos show                         humanity’s impact on Earth

 

Photo Credit: International Business Times

I find it discouraging when some articles are entitled “The Only 7 Things You Can Do to Save the Earth that Matters’. Only 7 things? Really? While some of these editorials are tackling the big challenges of ‘carbon footprint’, I don’t think suggesting you stay home and never fly in a plane, is realistic in today’s world. For those not really sure what carbon footprint really means, check out this short article from the San Francisco Chronicle to learn more. Essentially it means everything you do has a positive or negative imprint on the environment. Take a look at the two ancient quotes I shared from Buddha and Plato, and that word ‘interdependence’ will become more meaningful to you as you read on. The encouraging news is, even tiny changes can make a significant difference.

Check out WWB’s ‘Ideal Finds’ for Companies With Values

So what is the one important but easy ‘thing’ you can do to make a significant difference? Be Conscious! In Western societies we especially need to try to be a ‘conscious consumer’. Many of you already are protecting the earth by practicing ‘conscious consumption’. Maybe you are against animal testing, against animal cruelty and eating a vegetarian or vegan diet, against GMOs, or against harmful unnecessary chemicals in our personal care and home products. Some of you feel really strong about ethics and only buy ‘Fair Trade’ products, which I shared a lot about in a ‘WWB WRAP post last month’. The bright side is, collectively we are all ‘for’ protecting this beautiful planet, and all of the ”conscious lifestyle values’ mentioned can reduce our overall ‘carbon footprint’.

Don’t let naysayers knock your efforts and say they don’t matter if you are flying on a plane. It all matters and it all adds up! Below are four questions you can ask when consuming anything, and being ‘conscious’ will  give you a real sense of empowerment. I am going to add another important question to lead this list, because it can help you feel grounded in this pressurized consumer marketing world we live in. Always ask yourself…

 

  1. How was the product made?
  2. By whom?
  3. How did it get to its point of sale?
  4. What effects on the environment will it have after purchasing?
We are World Wise Beauties, so you know I had to give you ‘world wise’ perspective! Unfortunately research shows that the developed nations have the highest GHG emissions and the highest personal carbon footprints. And as you can see below, the United States has a BIG FOOT! But right below this infographic are 10 easy ways you can start making a difference right now!

 

Fabulous Post from Metro UK  Wednesday 22 Apr 2015 3:14 pm

1. Throw less stuff away

Stick your recyclables in the recycling, put your leftover food in the compost, and try to reduce how much you send to landfill, as landfill sites are kind of gross and look like this:

 

Earth Day 2015: 10 simple things you can do to help the environment - and save money

 

waste not, want not? (Picture: Getty)

2. Turn things off if you’re not using them.

Turning your TV off at the end of the day can a difficult and time-consuming process (*cough*) – but leaving it on standby overnight is not only a pointless addition to your carbon footprint; it could also add up to £86 to your electricity bill each year.

3. Only boil the water you need

Do you overfill the kettle when making tea? According to a 2013 study, three-quarters of all UK households boil more water than they need, adding a hefty £68m a year to energy bills. So stop doing that.

4. Get a bike

Bicycle use in the UK is among the lowest in the EU – yet bikes use no fuel, produce no emissions, keep you fit and help you live longer. Also, bikes are cool.

 

Gif: girlshbo.tumblr.com

 

 

5. Buy second-hand

Stop being a sheep-like slave to capitalism and look to eBay, charity shops and second-hand stores when you need to buy something. According to a 2009 report, if more people did this we could reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by ‘an average 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year between now and 2020.’

6. Reuse plastic bags

Stop killing so many dolphins. There are more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans – of which plastic bags account for a large proportion –  and they strangle sea animals and wreak havoc on the food chain. Worth bearing in mind next time you get a plastic bag to carry something that has a handle.

7. Don’t leave chargers plugged in

Another small way to reduce your energy consumption – phone chargers and laptop leads constantly left in the socket will continue to use a small amount of electricity, completely unnecessarily. Take a second to pull them out.

8.Think of the bees

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live,” Einstein supposedly said (but almost certainly didn’t). Bees are massively important to the food ecosystem, and it’s a huge cause of concern that their numbers are declining. You can help out by making your garden bee-friendly, with plants such as lavender, roses, sunflowers and geraniums.

 

Gif: TBS

 

 

9. Reuse plastic bottles

If you must buy bottled water, despite the fact that there’s plenty of perfectly drinkable water in the tap, at least reuse the bottle. Plastic bottles use oil in their manufacture, they’ve got to be shipped around on carbon-chugging vehicles, they’re very rarely recycled and they take hundreds of years to biodegrade.

10. Eat less meat

Meat-eating is the second biggest environmental hazard facing the planet after fossil fuel vehicles, says the Union of Concerned Scientists. PETA point out that producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. If you’re not ready to go full vegetarian yet, why not cut down at least? The Meat Free Mondays site has some good tips on getting started.

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Happy Weekend! Thanks for taking the time to learn more about WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY with me!  We may have ‘BIG FEET’ but we can certainly tread lightly as we walk through life on this planet. It’s a wrap! Stay tuned next week for more on what matters in wellness culture.

 

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