Make plucking stray hairs effortless with this awesome tip: Do it right after you get done showering. Not only does the heat and steam from the warm water open up pores, it makes tweezing easier because it's less painful to pluck out hairs when the skin is moist. When doing this, make sure to pull the hairs out in the same direction of their growth. This will ensure that they come out cleanly. So have at it!
"Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
Sometimes, it hurts so bad to watch these films, because I know that I am the one to blame. Yes, corporations prey on insecurities, but I am the one consuming their goods and services. It's that simple. This documentary about the fashion industry is so painful to watch, because I know that we're all a part of this.
I've tried to stop. I'm working on one addiction at a time, and now it's time to tackle fashion. We're told that we are what we wear, and that our clothing tells our story. It wasn't always like that, but now it's a learned behavior. We consume things to feel better, and deep down that's what it's all about.
Many spiritual teachers will express that feeling good truly comes from within, and that the only way to change is by altering our beliefs and habits. So that's what I'm doing; I'm changing. I've been a minimalist for quite some time now, but it's time to do a lot better. Watching this film has opened my eyes, and I do not see things the same way anymore.
It's very sad, and this is real. Our planet is being destroyed, and we're losing our humanity. For what: A false sense of self and monetary gain? So I invite you to watch this movie as well, spread the word, and perhaps together we can make a difference.
Here's what I'm working on:
1. Be happy with less. All of my favorite characters just have one or two signature outfits. Captain Jack Sparrow is the perfect example of this: He wouldn't be the same without his costume. I'm inspired by them, and want a minimalist wardrobe with a few favorite options. How exciting!
2. Treasure vintage pieces. I've inherited many lovely garments from my mother and even my grandmothers. Not only are these items made exceptionally well, they're also extremely chic. I'm grateful for them, and it makes being eco friendly effortless.
3. Shop thrift. This is a brilliant way to refresh one's wardrobe, or replace worn out clothing all while reducing consumption of new resources. Besides, I have so many fond memories of thrifting with family. It's so much fun to make a day of it when needed.
4. Buy natural, organic, fair trade, or recycled items. I'm trying to only buy goods that are sustainable and natural. Not only is this better for the planet, but it's a healthier option for everyone involved.
5. Go naked. These days I spend a lot of time wearing as little as possible when I'm alone. This works out great because my skin gets to breathe, and it also prevents clothing from being worn out. Why wear much at all if no one is around? Right!
I've been using this contact solution for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. It took me this long to write about it, because I wanted to make sure that I thoroughly tested it out before I shared my thoughts. That being said, it definitely passed with flying colors and I'll keep purchasing it from here on out. The main reason that I switched over to this brand is because they do not test on animals. That is a big deal for me, and I'm really trying to change my ways and only buy cruelty-free brands.
It's a little expensive for solution, but as always with natural products that do things right, I'm willing to pay the extra. It means the world to me that companies are trying to do better, so of course those are the people that I love to support.
After doing more research about the brand, I found that most contact solution is made with terrible chemicals, like thimerosal (contains mercury) and chlorhexidine (raises ones risk of heart attacks), and on top of that they're irradiated. So let's put it in our eyes! Seriously, I don't know how these people can sleep at night. Clear Conscience doesn't do that, so it's a much better option for you, the animals, and the planet.
However, I am trying to heal my eyes, so cutting out products in general is the most eco-friendly, natural thing to do in the first place. A lot of raw foodists have found that their eyesight has improved or healed completely, and it's actually quite a common thing. So in the future, I might not even need to wear contacts as much as I do now. I still like to have fun with different colors, so in the meantime while I have a prescription, this is my new go-to product. It's really worth switching over.
"I know you. If I were blind I'd know what you are."
- Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), The Last Unicorn
At last... After a few opportunities throughout my life, I have finally come to know and fully appreciate The Last Unicorn. Years ago, I discovered that unicorns are indeed real, and since then, Life has been elevated in ways I had only yet dreamt of, and to heights that continue to surpass all I could hope to imagine. Only after being bestowen such fortune would come the realization of why those opportunities had passed me by; this experience was meant to be with Claudia. I have always desired to share in this tale with my Truelove since she first told me that it has the most significant of meanings for her, and as the Universe tends to align for us, the perfect time for our celebration came on her birthday this year.
This film is beautiful and enchanting. An ambassador for the time in which it was created, The Last Unicorn has a "true magic" that is rarely conveyed within the technical prowess of recent cinema. The art direction was rich, and the vivid use of color was one of the movie's strongest virtues. Music and voice performances were wonderful, featuring some well-known talent.
Unicorn: "I'm looking for others like me. Have you seen them, Magician?"
Schmendrick: "No, I've never seen anyone like you. Not while I was awake, anyway."
- Unicorn (Mia Farrow) and Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), The Last Unicorn
The story is one of longing curiosity that leads to self-discovery, for it is through our every adventure (both great and small) that we come to know ourselves more completely. Claudia and I have been most fortunate and blessed to have each other as part of this grand journey; our paths entwined the day we met, and we've known unfathomable growth since that glowing beginning.
Occasionally, who we are can be forgotten; our path changes us in ways that are unpredictable, and we transform into something new before it may become apparent. An entire lifetime or years may be required for certain changes, whereas others will literally occur overnight or in the blink of an eye. The only way is through, and if every turn, mountain, bridge, or bluff can be appreciated as a learning experience, then we are all free to expand; new heights await us in this timeless spiral of Life.
On this day, I celebrate another year of growth for you, my one and only beloved, Claudia Sutton.
It is throughout the Ages of this Cosmos that I have waited to reunite my soul again,
And thanks to you, my other half, I have found the true meaning of Light, Love, and Life.
The illumination you have granted me is infinitely brighter than any material gift I could ever give.
Meaningful gifts will come, but only one gift could duly honor all that you are:
I, Aaron Rhyne Hendren, do freely give to you, Claudia Michelle Sutton,
all that I am; my mind, heart, body, and spirit.
I give myself to you wholly, and do reserve every nuance of my being to you alone.
I promise to give you my very best, and through every challenge, great and small,
I promise to share with you the same Light, Love, and Life that you have bestowed upon me.
You are everything to me, and so I shall give you everything I am in return.