Well in my last post I shared that I started a new business. First I want to give you some back ground about how I got here. I was working at a grocery store in Seattle until we had a new contract with our union. It was like putting a bull’s-eye on all of us who were journeyman. Which means $17.50 and hour and another half of that for Sunday’s or holidays.
Long Story short I lost my job and moved back to my home town to live with and help out my mom. At first I thought it was going to be a good time helping my mom who had been a great little cancer survivor. Then I had to start looking for work and then decided to go back to school. It was there that I saw a whole lot of people my age looking to recreate their lives just like me. I have had a few work-study jobs while in college.
But, while I was in college I had an environment science class that was really rocked my boat. I never thought of myself as a science major although when I was a hairstylist I worked with chemicals on a daily basis. But this class really got my attention. Like what our litter looks like on the side of the road. Or what our litter looks like from an airplane out on the oceans. Or what our pollution is doing to our ocean bed or our sea life for that matter. Or the pollution in our mountain streams that we always thought would be clear. As you can see it stirred up a passion in me that has not really gone away.
This new business is environmentally friendly and non toxic and fits right into what I learned in my environmental science class. I guess while I am trying to recreate a new life I also want to do something with my life that will make a difference.
to be continued:
Meet Ava Anderson…
by Jane Shin Park Follow @TeenVogue February 22, 2010
“She may be just 16 years old, but Rhode Island-native Ava Anderson is already a budding beauty entrepreneur. It all began a couple of years ago when Ava first heard about the potential dangers of using chemical-laden cosmetics and skincare products. “Mainstream knowledge is telling teens to eat well, be healthy, and take care of their bodies, but instead, we’re moving two steps backwards by using these unsafe beauty products. The chemicals in them are getting into our bloodstream!” she says. After doing months of research into “organic” and “natural” brands, she was disappointed to find that many of them still contained some chemicals. So, the ambitious teen took matters into her own hands and decided to create her own 100% non-toxic skincare line. And when she says it’s completely non-toxic, she means it. “Every single ingredient in every one of my products scores a ‘0’ on the Cosmetic Database’s 0 to 10 toxicity scale,” she assures, and she didn’t skimp on formula quality either: The products feel fantastic on the skin and smell really fresh, too, thanks to yummy citrus and spearmint oils. To learn more about Ava, her line, and how you can get involved, check out
A year ago I had a environmental science class at my local college.The class was a real eye opener. One day our professor gave us an assignment to look up our household skin care on the http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com. It was shocking to see what was in our skin care.
But, Ava took what she learned from the same database and started a company. How cool is that. I have known from the years I was a hairstylist that a lot of our beauty products were loaded with chemicals that no one knew how to pronounce let alone spell. So I am thrilled that someone stepped up to the plate and did something about it and I am especially excited that it was a teenager.
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I recently was introduced to a new product for skin care that is really hot right now. The story goes this young teenager started looking up all of the ingredients in all of her household skin care in the cosmeticdatabase.com and found out some of the ingredients were toxic. Then she discovered that in Europe they ban a lot of ingredients that are not banned here in the our country. Around that same time frame my professor at my local college gave us an assignment for that very same data base. Our assignment was to go home and check out our skin care products. It was a real eye opener. In fact the whole class on environmental science was kind of scary.
In 2009 Ava Anderson decided to do something about it and started her own Non Toxic skin care and make up company. My background is in cosmetology so I know a little bit about this subject in fact I have used straight Aloe Vera gel and organic grape seed oil on my skin for years now.To be honest it was the ingredients in this new product that sold me.
Ava Anderson was one of the five finalist in the Entrepreneur of the year in 2011. I think that this is really exciting and this new business is young who knows where this is going. This could change the face of our skin care products as we know it.
I have been studying Thomas Jefferson ever since I had to do so in a history class. With all of the republican debates going on there is this one thing that keeps coming up. That we are endowed by our creator with unalienable rights to pursue Life and Liberty and Happiness. I remember that phrase coming from Thomas Jefferson. I found that he was the one who actually penned the Declaration of Independence and the one who wrote that quote. I am on this prayer team for the president and this was in my e-mail yesterday.
Presidential Quote of the Week
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States
May that Infinite Power which rules the destinies of the universe lead our councils to what is best, and give them a favorable issue for your peace and prosperity. I shall need, too, the favor of the Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessities and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship and approbation of all nations. … We ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. March 4, 1805, from A National Prayer for Peace.
Anger. I have been doing research on anger for a long time now. I grew up in a typical Irish family where anger was a given. In my family you fight or you die. While growing up I tried every way I could to avoid this monster from what I would call the red lagoon. Red representing anger. So it was not until a few years ago that I discovered that stuffing the anger was not a very smart thing to do as I saw it as trying to sit on a ball under water. It will pop up somewhere.
It was not until I starting taking psychology classes at college that I learned of the many different faces of anger. And it was not until I found a christian psychiatrist who said that that anger should not be your enemy but a friend. Then I started looking at some other christian shrinks and they all seemed to make more sense than the stuff I was getting from my text books and professors.
This journey actually started for me a few years back. I knew that God was trying to get my attention on some things that were locked up inside of me. I said, “Sorry God, I don’t think so.” This went on for quite some time until one night I knew I needed to sit down and draw. I tried to get all spiritual acting like I am okay with this, when deep inside I was terrified.
I did my thing and it was life changing. I am also a musician and a song writer and when I play it is totally a sacred place that I feel really safe in. When I do my art thing, it feels like it too is a sacred place that feels really safe.
One thing my teacher said that really stuck with me and I am not sure if it was her own thoughts or something she got from her years of training. But, she kept saying this one line over and over again that seemed to echo as I was leaving class. “Art does not lie.”
I used one of the tools on how to write a good blog and it helped me to define what I have passion for. I recently took an introduction to Art Therapy at my college and it was life changing. At first I was not too sure what was going to come out of me in the form of art but we had a great teacher and the book we used for our class was very well written and really inspiring. Actually an old adviser that has since retired encouraged me to seek this career out so this has been an adventure and I am sure that I am only just beginning.