Thoughts on Money, Blessings, and Happiness*

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I view money as a tool so we may do what we love.
Provide.
Travel.
Experience.
Help.

Others see it as a form of security, temporary happiness, object to flaunt, power.

Some are crippled by it.
Too much.
Too little.

My thought is this: How can a tool such as money bare so much control over our happiness?

What if we break free from the stigma that whispers, ‘If only I had more money/stuff…then I’d be happy/satisfied/loved.’?

An unfortunate occurrence:
Setting aside happiness today for our future selves so ONE DAY we will be happy…but not today. Today brings sacrifice, diligence, exhaustion. Not to say that hard work doesn’t pay-off, rather, is this hard work and sacrifice helping or hindering our happiness? Are we happily sacrificing/nose-to-the-grindstone/burning the candle at both ends? Or has our flame burned out?

I pose these questions to you:

Are you truly happy right now?
In this moment?
With the choices you’ve made?
Are you fulfilled?
Could you lose absolutely everything and still feel pure joy within?

Here's an example:

A dear friend shared with me that every day upon waking she expresses her deepest gratitude for all her blessings. She is thankful for every single opportunity she is given. Every moment she breathes.

Then she imagines all she has burning to the ground. Beautiful home, loving pets, favorite chair, devoted husband, business, car, clothes, photographs, books, everything. Gone. She focuses on what truly matters knowing she is totally ok without all the external additions.

Why visualize such a tragedy? Because we are each in this world on a solo journey, and what we ‘have’ does not define us.  Imagining losing everything (seemingly everything, anyway) provides perspective. All can be taken away in a heartbeat, but what lives within us remains.

What remains in her is love in its purest form. If all is gone tomorrow, her happiness prevails. She will feel blessed that she was given an opportunity to love and be loved by those around her.  Thankful for every moment, every memory, every lesson.

The key is, first find happiness within and you will want for nothing. @jen_evanson

My dear friend did not seek to attain all these ‘things’ in her life on a path to find the holy grail of happiness, her journey began in a state of true inner joy…and the blessing followed.

We each expresses gratitude differently.  It could be a mantra you recite to yourself to keep attuned to what matters most, sending a simple thank you, or paying it forward to someone in need.  

Whatever it is, we wanna know!   

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How do you express gratitude for your blessings?

@jen_evanson

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Thanks for reading, and remember if you have any questions about skin-care, self-care, or soul-care, give me a shout!
I am here purely for you.

Blessings,

Jen

*re-blogged from my Tumblr account. Original article written approx. 2 mos. ago. 

Posted on November 4, 2013 and filed under Life, Relationships, Spiritual Growth.

Keep Prescription Drugs Out of Our Drinking Water

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National Take Back Initiative 2013

October 26, 2013 from 10am-2pm The DEA in partnership with the US Department of Diversion Control will host its 7th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative inviting you to drop off any unused or expired prescription drugs.

Why?  Discarding these harmful drugs by flushing down the drain or garbage allows them to filter directly into our water table, filtration systems, estuaries, and eventually right back into our drinking water and into our bodies.  MANY of these drugs cannot be filtered from our city water, particularly synthetic hormones, toxins, and pollutants.  Studies show presence of these and other harmful toxins in our drinking water are causing numerous health problems in men, women, and children.

So what can we do to protect ourselves? 

1. DON'T flush or trash unused or expired prescription drugs.  Visit the FDA's recommendations on proper disposal here.  

2. Educate yourself on important issues affecting our drinking water here provided by the United States EPA (Environmental Protective Agency).

3. Use a charcoal water filtration system for your home.  These can be as large as a complete home system to a portable filter for on-the-go use.  Spending much of my day away from home, I use a charcoal filter water bottle.  My favorite? 

The Bobble Bottle is a simple charcoal filtration system in water bottle form.  Bobble comes in tons of fun colors and gives me piece of mind that I'm drinking pure, clean water everywhere I go.

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Learn more about the dangers of flushing prescription drugs and what you may already be consuming here.

Visit here to view local pick-up sites in Anchorage Saturday, October 26, 2013.

 

Here We Go!

This year has been quite a whirlwind filled with great changes.  Running a burgeoning  business pushed and pulled and ultimately lead me to pivot, examine my clients deepest needs, and focus my attention where I may make the biggest impact. 

In the passing months I've simplified and downsized the shop to make room for growth in new areas.  I've implored guidance as these changes occurred and found myself emerging ever closer to clarity.  I feel a strong sense of responsibility to share my discoveries and make known the divine nature of my journey. 

This is a voyage of self-discovery for all parties. 

Here you will find summation of my thoughts and ideas on life as we know it.  My hope is to inspire you to look inward and discover your truest self. 

After all, I am here...

...purely for you.

 

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Enter...a new breed of skin professional

 

Hello, all!

My name is Jennifer Evanson (formerly Moore), founder of Pure Skincare Boutique. I am a licensed esthetician, certified eyelash extensionist, and therapist of the soul. My [day] job is to provide spa treatments second-to-none, utilizing my knowledge and expertise in the field of professional skin care and medical esthetics. My [real] job? To move you. To make you laugh. To brighten your day. To shoulder your burden, even for only an hour. I am a new breed of skin care professional, focusing not only on the issues on the surface, but most importantly, what lies beneath. Some days, we all feel a need for a pick-me-up. A need for rest. A need for peace. To be cared for by someone who truly cares. I am here to fulfill that need.

The skin you're in...

Skin is the body's first defense against disease and external threat, making it extremely important to care for properly. Internal stressors, emotional burden, and physiological changes all effect what's happening within your skin every day. Environmental damage is a leading predator and can be detrimental to your health and even cause death. Something as simple as a sunburn can have exponential repercussions, so educating yourself about healthy skin habits is a must.

For frequently [or not so frequently] asked questions pertaining to healthy skin care habits, read my upcoming blog posts, or feel free to contact me directly to answer individual questions.

Purely yours,

Jennifer J. Evanson, LE

Posted on October 13, 2013 .