Perceptive Beauty

Beauty from the inside out.

October 3, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Week 1.2 ~ Time To Change The World Within

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The World Within

1-36. This system will bring you into a realization of power which will be yours when you understand this relation between the world without and the world within. The world within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause.

1-37. You will at once see that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change effects by working with effects. They fail to see that this is simply changing one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.

~Charles Haanel

Time to change the world within.

We are back at the Master Key Experience course and I am so excited! This year I am guide and I could not be more honored. I am ready to help my tribe navigate and expand through this course. To be honest I did let some exercises fall to the wayside over the summer. And it is time to take the bull by the horns again! I look back to my original Week 1 post last year and I can already see how far I can come, but I feel I have only peeled off the first layer.

When I initially started this course last year my world within was a dangerous place. My thoughts were filled with fear and negativity. Oh how I had wished that someone would have explained these potent facts to me when I was a child. As I was taking a shower this morning I was contemplating Haanel’s words in 1:36 and 1:37.  I remember people saying “Hope for the best and expect the worst!” The has to be the worst advice/way of thinking we could possibly ever do! We do have the power to change the world around us. And yes at first it may be a scary thing to go inside, because some of us have never even taken a peak. But once we face ourselves and learn to love our demons we can start creating the life we deserve.

I am definitely not perfect at this task and I still have some old blueprint residue that I had allowed to rebuild over the summer. But I am ready to take my world within head on again and clean it up so I can forge new paths of my reality.

The first and I feel the most important task of all others is “the sit.” I have committed myself again to this daily ritual. Because in the silence comes your greatest answers. Welcome to the new class of 2016/17 MKE! 6 months from now you will not even recognize yourself! May the force be with you! PEACE.

September 22, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Phthalates… Another hidden toxin in your products!

Phthalates… What the what?

Pronounced:Phthalates (THAL-ates)

The more I do research on the toxic chemical that are hidden in our personal care products, food, and well it is seeming just about everything; the more irate I become. And phthalates are a scary one because we have little or no control in having contact with them. But the best we can do is educate ourselves and change in our lives what we do have control over.

So what are they? They are widely used chemicals. They are used to soften plastics and can be found in plastic toys to shower curtains, hair care to cleaning products. They bond color in cosmetics and nail polish and the biggest thing is that they are also hiding in fragrances ( I will be posting about fragrances soon so stay tuned)- common in air fresheners, detergents, and cleaning products. A significant loophole in the law allows phthalates (and other chemicals) to be added to fragrances without disclosure to consumers. What is even scarier is that they even can be found in our food- fatty foods such as milks, butters, and meats. And unfortunately it is not easy to avoid them and you will rarely find the word written on the bottle unless it is specifying that it is Phthalate-free.

They are linked to low sperm counts in adult males as well as malfunctioning or malformed reproductive systems in male children born of mothers who used phthalate- containing products. Two decades of research suggest that they disrupt hormonal systems, which can cause harm during critical periods of development. Phthalate exposure in pregnant women, has been associated a feminization in male babies and phthalates in breast milk have been shown to alter hormone levels. Like Parabens they are endocrine disruptors. (See pervious post about Parabens)

Other research in adult human males has found exposure to some phthalates is associated with poor sperm quality and infertility. Further research in male animals has shown that exposure to various phthalates causes birth defects of the genitals – such as hypospadias (an abnormal location for the opening of the urethra on the underside of the penis) and undescended or small testicles – resulting in low sperm counts and infertility. Female laboratory animals exposed to phthalates also have been found to have alterations in sex hormones and experience fetal loss.

Phthalates can reduce the levels of sex hormones, which are critical for development and functioning of the sex organs . Additional research suggests that these same mechanisms may link phthalates to breast cancer . They have also been shown to cause proliferation of breast tumor cells and renders anti-estrogen treatments, such as tamoxifen, less effective against tumors.

Phthalates are also linked to lower testosterone levels, decreased sperm counts and poor sperm quality. Exposure to phthalates during development have also been linked to malformations of the male reproductive tract and testicular cancer. Young children and developing fetuses are most at risk. Phthalates also have been associated with obesity, reduced female fertility, preterm birth and low birthweight, a worsening of allergy and asthma symptoms, and behavior changes.

 

Here are three tips for identifying products that have, or are likely to have, phthalates or another compound that has raised similar concerns and is found in similar products, Bisphenol A.

  1. Read the ingredients. According to the organization Pollution in People, you can identify phthalates in some products by their chemical names, or abbreviations:
    • DBP(di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in personal care products, including nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes and cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions. (BzBP, see below, is also in some personal care products.)
    • DEHP(di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.
    • BzBP(benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.
    • DMP(dimethyl phthalate) is used in insect repellent and some plastics (as well as rocket propellant).
  2. Be wary of the term “fragrance,” which is used to denote a combination of compounds, possibly including phthalates, which are a subject of recent concern because of studies showing they can mimic certain hormones.
  3. Choose plastics with the recycling code 1, 2 or 5. Recycling codes 3 and 7 are more likely to contain bisphenol A or phthalates.

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Interesting Fact:

We all LOVE that “new” car smell! Ugh unfortunately you can thank phthalates! Because phthalates are not chemically bound to products, they easily migrate or off-gas, making them easy to inhale.

In the wake of news today linking baby powder, lotion and shampoo to higher levels of phthalates in babies’ bodies, many parents are looking for answers about avoiding products that contain them.

Start reducing Phthalates in your home and environment. Luckily there are companies and products out there are Phthalate-free!

I am still researching safe cleaning products to use for my home. I thought that I had found some, but after doing even more extensive research today I am not so sure. I will post more on that as well as I find what I am looking for.

But luckily all of Arbonne’s personal care products are 100% phthalate-free! We have products for the whole family. You can check out our products  at: Arbonne.

Also check out the documentary The Human Experiment. Executive Produced and Narrated by Sean Penn.

Have a wonderful day!

~Sara.

Additional Links:

Tox Town

Baby Center

Huffington Post

July 18, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Loving Yourself & What It Really Takes

Loving yourself and what does it really take?

Since I made the decision to quit my day job life has been an interesting ride. Quitting a job is really not that big of a deal in the
grand scheme of life. But for me this became a learning lesson about myself on many deep levels. It has highlighted what I truly want out of life and helped me to find what will truly make me happy. I learned about the importance of loving yourself fully from the inside out.

The process became a roller coaster of emotions, decisions, and release. On one hand it was the most freeing decision I had made in a long time. On the other hand I was secretly beating myself up for not making an income for over 2 months. I felt a sort of Jekyll and Hyde. As my spirit trusted myself for take this leap of faith, my ego wanted to take no part in such liberations. But I brushed off all the negativity I had ingested for the past couple of years and continued to move forward. I kept my head held high as I listened to my higher self. I trusted that voice of where I was supposed to take the next step. And this journey has been a great gift from the universe.

Trust Yourself: Only you know deep down the direction YOU should go, what YOU should do next, and why.

What has been revealed to me over the past few years is that I have had a very hard time trusting myself. I did not believe in every Beautdecision that I made weather it was bad or good. As much as I would say that I did not care what other people thought of me, I really did. The truth is, deep down I overly valued the opinions of others. If one person expressed a lack of understanding or negativity towards my decision I let it affect me. I would let that opinion sway me from moving forward in what I had chosen. Being honest with myself in this great discovery really has lifted a weight off my subconscious. My honesty has helped me gain a sort of confidence that I did not even know I was lacking.

Meditation is one big daily routine has really helped me in developing trust. Or what we call in the Master Keys “The Sit”. Taking 15 minutes a day and calming the mind and focusing inward I have started to listen fully to my own voice. Also The Sit has helped me pay attention to the repeated guidance from my higher self. It is where I truly have gained the wisdom and knowledge of learning how to trust my decisions, my own unique voice, and myself.

Turning Negative Traits Into Positive Traits: What if you took every part of you that you silently beat yourself up over and found that maybe these perceived negative aspects of yourself really have positive attributes to your life?

LovingThis is where loving yourself really starts to take shape. I had an epiphany a couple weeks ago that I needed to take these “ego beatings” and find the gifts. I asked myself “For each perceived flaw what could I do to use that positively in my life? And what might I be missing that this flaw could actually be one of my greatest strengths?” I decided make this a mission, to take these newfound strengths and put them to good use. I will report later on what I discover.

Follow Your Dreams: Maybe cliché, but actually you WILL increase your happiness.

RegretsIf you read my past blogs you can vividly see week after week my spirit being squandered. The longer I was not following my dreams
and the longer I was shackled to that desk the more my unhappiness increased. I had my dreams screaming at me daily, but I continued to silence them for the sake of a paycheck. To follow at least one dream, you do not have to go to the extremity that I did. Because the moment you take a single step your heart will soar! I felt my mood continually increase with every little step I took to move towards what my heart was calling for.

When we oppress our deepest dreams we become increasingly unhappy and when we are unhappy we are not loving our true selves. Meditation is another great place to discover your dreams. You may not know exactly what they are and that is ok. Just take some time and get quiet and honest with yourself. Dreams do come in all sized so don’t discard even the smallest of ideas that make your heart flutter.

Never Stop Learning: Just because school may have ended doesn’t mean that your spirit wants to stop learning, growing, and expanding.

Loving youself1I never went to actual University so I still have a thirst for learning. Not to say that people who went to college no longer want to learn. I just feel some days that my lack of a formal education fuels me to constantly expand my mind. I also have a need for seeking out constant personal growth. But what I have found in myself is that when I am sitting idle and not expanding my mind, my thoughts, or my experiences my self worth starts to diminish. I challenge myself constantly to learn something new whether I am interested in the subject or not. I will also continually say yes to new experiences or doing activities out of my comfort zone. The point is the simple experience, you do not have to like everything that you try.

Abraham Hicks talks a lot about our experience here (on Earth) is simply the contrast, constantly navigating through our likes and dislikes. So really I cannot be so hard on myself that I just did not like my job or that I spent over 2 years doing it. I gained a new trade and expanded my mind. I found that I disliked the work and challenged myself to find work that I love.

Put down your phone, turn off the TV and pick up an informational book or enroll in a fun class you have always wanted to take. Try out a restaurant that you would never eat at. Or take a trip to a place you have never been. This could even be a city or town near the one you live in.

Your Body Is Your Temple: Another cliché statement, but it holds more truth that you may realize.

Loving PeaceI LOVE to have a good time! And I rarely will ever turn down a glass of wine. But as I become more in tune with my body I have also
learned how insanely sensitive it is. I was not in tune and did not listening to what my body was trying to tell me for many years. So for more years that I would like to admit I did not feel the greatest and missed out on many wonderful experiences. Because my insides were screaming at me to pay attention and stop the abuse. The more I have started to listen to what my body needs my spirit has began to jump for joy. When I take care of my body, my body takes care of me. And you are truly loving yourself in return .

Side note: If you would like more information on a detox plan and healing your body visit: 30 Days to Healthy Living and contact me for any questions or order placing.

Letting Go Of The Past: This is another big one. You have to let it all go! We can only change the past by changing our future.

Letting GoWe have to let it all go to truly stop the cycles. I spent the past 2 months of unemployment reflecting on every move that I had made in the past. I found I was creating another cycle because I had not yet forgave myself for the decision I had made back then. And I was trying to relive this old life in a new one. I was not loving myself and for my choices that I made back then. I was still subconsciously beating myself up and I was living my future from my past mistakes. But I have realized that changing my future and how I handle all of life’s trials and tribulations changes the past. Because I am loving myself and letting go of the illusions that I have let stand in my way.

Taking Charge: Loving yourself truly is about taking charge of your life!

Take chargeStand up for your beliefs. Stand up for your heart. Stand up for your goals and soar. If you allow the universe to take care of you, it will. If you allow your higher self to take care of you, he/she will. If you believe in God, Jesus, Buddha or any other faith, it will. You must be true to yourself and your heart and find the love it is longing for. And once you allow yourself to love yourself you will begin to find love in all walks of life. PEACE.

****The Founder of the Master Key Experience Mark J is coming out with 2 new books that I highly recommend. Click on the side bar and opt in for your free chapters of Standing Tall and Joey!**** 

May 17, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Stop being a VICTIM… How to be more CONFIDENT

Victim & Confidence

How to stop being a victim and become more confident.

Before I started the Master Key Experience I had a victim mentality. Things in life felt like they were not working out for me not matter what I did or tried and deep down I was blaming everyone in my path. My self-esteem and self-confidence were at an all time low and my dreams were fading into the night. I would sit at my desk job day after day dreaming of a life that felt so far away. The more I expressed to the people closest to me of how much I was not being fulfilled their answers only contained one thing, “Sara, it is a good job and it pays your bills.” I would get so frustrated and on certain days completely infuriated with those types of answers and would think “What about dreams, passions and goals. What about waking up every morning and loving what you are doing? What about being the biggest person you can in this life, touching others and changing their lives? What ever happened to reaching for the stars, dreaming big and going after those dreams with all you have?” 

Untold Story

Do we reach a certain age where we feel we are no longer allowed to live with spice in our lives? Where mortgages and a pile of responsibilities pile up. Our corporate jobs take over and we become all for a paycheck we are at the beck and call of our employer. Where we are expected to “grow up” and just exist? Day after day, week after week, my soul was dying in that office. I was living a life I that my 20-something self swore we would never live. Did she have it all figured out more than my 30 something self? And the truth was that I had sold my soul for a paycheck. And I had lost my confidence and trust within myself to find a way out. I learned how to power pose and would stand tall and feel a glimmer of confidence, then the thought of rent, bills and responsibilities would flood back into my brain and I would slide back down the office chair, hunch back over my desk and watch my spirit shrink into nonexistence.

I remember clearly the first day of the course when we got our Blueprint Builder which is an excerpt from Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill and number 3 on the list stated, “I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE.” And I thought how in the world and am I going to build my self-confidence and what do I do for 10 minutes a day to make that happen?

Just Do It

Cut to 7 months later from that day. The course had ended, my subconscious was still sifting and sorting all of the information and restructuring that had taken place all the months’ prior. I finished shedding the old and putting on my new coat of armor. I went to sleep one moonless evening and when I awoke the next morning I emerged from my bed a whole new woman. That fateful Monday morning I walked into that office and with full confidence I put in my 2 weeks. I took a stand for my life and for my dreams and I have not looked back since. To the rest of society it did not look like I had a true plan in place, but my plan had become something deeper then just jumping to the next job that would lead me to the same place of quiet desperation. My plan started with changing my thoughts within, finding the confidence to take a leap of faith, and trusting that the universe wants me to live up to my highest potential. I got this and I am free. This is your life and your dreams if you do not like where you are it is no one’s fault but your own. Take control, take responsibility and make a change! No one can do it for you. Do it now!

To jump start your experience opt-in to “7 Days To A New You” on the side bar. You will not regret it! PEACE.

I you have never read Think and Grow Rich, I highly recommend listening to the audio version!

May 11, 2016
by Sara Sorensen
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Toxic PARABENS! Are they hiding in your products?

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     I actually had never heard of Parabens until I became an independent consultant with Arbonne just a little over 3 years ago. Back then I never even knew that our beauty products, every day lotions, shampoos, toothpaste, etc. were even toxic. I mean I had a little suspicion since I would pass natural alternatives constantly in the vitamin aisle of Whole Foods and natural food stores. But honestly I didn’t think twice to look further into it. I spent many of my early 20’s researching, studying, and obsessing over what I was putting in my body. I felt I was so educated on holistic answers for so many dis-eases. Years ago, when the deodorant scare came to light I sort of learned that aluminum was BAD and that I should find a deodorant that was aluminum-free to save my breasts! But at this time my ears still weren’t graced with this toxic word… PARABEN.

You may have heard before that our SKIN is largest the largest organ, but have you really ever contemplated what that actually means?
It takes 16 seconds for chemicals to be absorbed into skin!
– The skin draws ingredients into bloodstream (like birth control patch,nicotine patch, etc. but we don’t think about it with everyday products). So slathering chemical filled lotions all over your skin is practically mainlining it right into your blood stream.

Studies showed average teenage girl already has 11-16 chemicals in their bloodstream! I am going to share more about mineral oils and phalates later. Right now lets tackle this first toxin.

From a few different “Livestrong” articles:

Parabens are a class of man-made chemicals used in the manufacture of a wide range of cosmetics and personal care products, including makeup, moisturizers, shaving gels, shampoos, personal lubricants and spray tan products. Concerns about the potential health risks of parabens began to emerge in 2004 when one study suggested they may increase the risk of breast cancer, leading some organizations to caution against their widespread use.

Parabens in Nature: Parabens are prevalent in such naturally occurring vegetables and fruits as barley, carrots, strawberries, black currants, peaches, onions, cocoa beans and vanilla. To ensure product effectiveness and consistency, however, parabens found in cosmetics, food and drugs are synthetically produced.

Parabens in Men: Parabens can also adversely affect the male reproductive system. In a study by the Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health, researchers administered parabens to three-week-old rats. After four weeks, researchers examined the rats and found their sperm production significantly decreased in relation to the amount of parabens they had received. The rats who received the highest dose of parabens, which was consistent with the daily acceptable intake of parabens in Europe and Japan, showed a significant decrease in sperm concentration.

Parabens in Teens: The ability of parabens to mimic other hormones makes them endocrine disruptors, substances that adversely affect the endocrine system. The endocrine system releases hormones into the bloodstream and is involved in a number of functions related to reproduction, waste elimination, digestion and metabolism. Endocrine disruptors such as parabens can lead to early puberty in adolescent girls and boys, as reported by the New York Times. Endocrinologists have observed the average age of puberty decreasing in the past several decades and have seen girls as young as eight exhibit breast development and pubic hair growth. Endocrine disrupters can also lead to testicular enlargement and breast development in young boys.

From a “Why Don’t You Try This” article:

Sources and Dangers of Paraben Deodorants and Antiperspirants are some of the primary sources of parabens, but the fact that even those who reportedly never used them still had parabens in their breast tissue clearly demonstrates that these chemicals, regardless of what products they’re added to, can, and apparently will, accumulate in breast tissue.

It’s important to recognize that whatever you spread on your skin can be absorbed into your body and potentially cause serious damage over time, as this research demonstrates. Parabens inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds, and are used as preservatives. On the label they may be listed as:

Aluminum/ Antimony/ Arsenite/ Barium/ Cadmium/ Chormium/ Cobalt/ Copper/
Lead/Mercury/ Nickel/ Selenite/ Tin/ Vanadate

These chemicals are commonly used in:

Deodorants/ Antiperspirants/ Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Shaving gel/ Toothpaste/ Lotion/
Sunscreen/ Make-up/ Cosmetics/ Pharmaceutical drugs/ Food additives

Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like the estrogens, which can lead to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth). Other studies besides the one featured here have also linked parabens to breast cancer. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has linked methyl parabens in particular to metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
FOUND IN: Shampoos, conditioners, lotions, facial and shower cleansers, scrubs, processed
WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, other ingredients ending in –paraben
HEALTH CONCERNS: Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: Pregnant women and young children
REGULATIONS: Some forms of parabens are banned in Denmark (propyl and butyl paraben, their isoforms and their salts) in cosmetics products for children up to 3 years.

From “The Cosmetic Cover-Up by Judith Berns in Human Ecologist vol. 43” Article:

The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products, and the results were as follows:

• 884 of the chemicals were toxic
• 314 caused biological mutation
• 218 caused reproductive complications
• 778 caused acute toxicity
• 148 caused tumours
• 376 caused skin & eye irritations

Check out David Wolfe’s latest article and check out the video on his page: David Wolfe Breast Cancer Article.

Here is another great video full of information

For pure, safe, and beneficial products that do NOT contain PARABENS and other harmful ingredients please visit ARBONNE

Please leave a comment or let me know if you have any questions!

Have a beautiful day!

~Sara.