Today, My Life Changes.

Today, my life changes.

I struggle to find the next words, even though I know what I want to say because this is hard for me.

The other day I looked in the mirror and I didn’t like what was looking back. I could make every excuse for putting on weight. I’ve made every excuse. That is, when I would even acknowledge it.

I have become lazy and depressed. And it’s a vicious cycle because it is one for the other and the other way around. The more depressed I become, the lazier I become. The more I just want to hide behind my computer screen, my children, my job, my excuses.

Food has become a comfort, an entitlement, something I can control. Food has become the only constant in my life. The thing I can count on. When my life is chaos and confusion, food is there. Food has never let me down. And if I want it, I should have it, I mean, why not?

As I read, ‘Little Changes’ these past few days the author brought up a point I hadn’t thought about. Treats, like candy or a soda, were no longer treats, but they were what people ate and snacked on, it was always in the cupboards. There’s nothing wrong with treats when they are just that. When you enjoy a nice piece of cake on a special occasion. Not everyday. Not every week. Look forward to it. Enjoy it. And appreciate it.

I no longer appreciate food. I expect it.

I know I’ve got a long road ahead of me. I’ve said it before. I’ve made a declaration to get fit and then a few months into it, I get lazy. Well, something has to change. I want to like what I see again.

I want to make better choices. I want to think more about what’s on my plate and where it came from. I want to become more active. I’m not putting a number on it. I’m not setting goals that if I don’t meet will upset me and send me into a downward spiral. I am taking it one step at a time. I am making little changes.

So please feel free to hold me accountable. If you have some great recipes, send them this way! If you have some nice words of encouragement or any advice to help me get through the hard days, my ears are wide open. If you could just pray for me, that’d be great too. Or if you’d like to join me, we could do this together.

Oh and I do have one goal. By next Thanksgiving I would like to run my first marathon. Like I said, long road ahead of me, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t excited for the challenge.

XXOO

Black Friday Free Gift

It’s here! Beautycounter’s Black Friday Special!! This is an amazing deal! Our Nourishing Cleansing Balm is my number one must-have. This is a 4 in 1 product! Cleanser, eye makeup remover, highlighter and an overnight mask. I add a drop of my Lustro Face Oil and I’m in heaven! Order directly at http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com.
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Opportunity Call Giveaway

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Because it’s the holidays and I am in the mood to give things away, when I get 10 people to listen to this call, leave a comment sharing what they found most surprising, I will give away a FREE Lip Balm, your choice of Peppermint and Calendula (retail, $18).
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Must listen to the call by Sunday evening. Drawing only takes place when there are 10 participants, so if you like what you hear,share it with your friends and family!

No purchase necessary. Offer ends 11/30. Drawing will take place at a later date.

Black Friday Holiday Facebook Social

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Join me, this Black Friday weekend for an Online Beautycounter Social.

This holiday season give the gift of safety. We shouldn’t have to compromise our health in the name of beauty, and now we don’t have too.

Why is this so important? Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S. WILL BE diagnosed with Cancer in their lifetime? Or that our children’s generation is the first generation to live sicker and die younger than the generation before? Genetics hasn’t changed that much in the last 50 years, but something has, and I believe it has to do with the toxins in our environment that we are exposed to every single day.

I’m not suggesting that we should live in a bubble, and there really is no way to avoid these toxins completely, but let me help you make an easy switch. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress.

Beautycounter has created a line of safe, stylish, and chic products. Products that you will love using and products that you will love recommending to your friends and family.

So this weekend join me from the comfort of your own home, or from your phone while you are waiting in line, do a little shopping, and be entered in to win up to 4 products at 1/2 off with my Mystery Host Giveaway!

Also, I will be giving away over $100 in products, so be sure to join me on Friday and find out how you can win!

This event will start at 12:01am EST on November 28th and will last until 2:59am EST December 1st

All orders must be placed by 2:59am EST December 1 to be eligible for any giveaways or contests. No exceptions.

Whether you’ve been using Beautycounter for months or you want to learn more about our mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone, you won’t want to miss this event!

For more information, please visit http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com or email me at Lefalber@gmail.com

Please RSVP to Lefalber@gmail.com so I can be sure to send you an invite to the event.

Be sure to fill this Holiday Wish List out and send it to me by Saturday for your chance to win a FREE gift. (Must join social to win, no purchase necessary.)

Offers & Incentives

Super close to my November goals and I still have some amazing offers going on!

Purchase the Ultimate Countertime collection for $370 (a savings of $40) and get a FREE Beautycounter pouch (retail $30) and a FREE Lustro Oil #2 (retail $64)!
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The next 2 NEW clients to purchase $150 or more will get a FREE gift from me!

And finally, Mystery Host rewards. Shop under the Mystery Host social at http://www.laurenfalber.beautycounter.com and be entered in to win up to 4 products of your choice at 1/2 off!

Shopping for the holidays?
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Be sure to check out Beautycounter’s amazing gift sets and gifts under $50. I know I’ve got something for everyone!
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Free gift wrap (gift sets) and $5 flat rate shipping. Holiday shopping has never been easier!

Just Lay It Down

“I will continue to live this way as long as it glorifies Him.”

Of course I had been paying attention since she began speaking, but it was at this moment, when she spoke these 13 words that something happened to me.

He has never been that close before. No, I wasn’t looking at a burning bush, but this was something just as big.

He was there. He was so there. And everyone knew it.

Here was a woman who had been so broken. Abuse? Disease? Infertility? She was so broken, but sitting in the back, watching her, I didn’t see pieces missing, I saw wholeness. And fullness. It was in those missing pieces that you could see Him. I had never witnessed anything like it before. But he was there and He was very real. And you could see His power and strength all over her.

No, I’ve never been through what she had. Not even close, but it was during the aftermath of the affair, before I had given that over to God, before I realized that I couldn’t do that on my own, that I would never heal on my own, it was only when I let God fix me that I began to heal. I am a strong person, and I could tell that she was too, but we both knew that we couldn’t do it alone, it was something that only He could fix.

But it wasn’t just her and God. They had become a team. Much like God and I had become a team.

While she may have felt uncomfortable, I know I would have, it’s easy to share my story from behind the computer screen. You can’t see the tears that fall onto the keyboard. You can’t see me tremble and shake as I recall the memories that hurt the most, but while she may have felt uncomfortable, I couldn’t tell. All I saw in front of me was a beautiful wife, mother, daughter, friend and dancer.

He took her brokenness and made her beautiful. Did you hear that? He took her brokenness and made her beautiful. And while her story was much more than mine has ever been, we are still daughters of the same King, we are sisters too and so if He can do that for her, He can do that for us. He can take our brokenness and make us beautiful too.

“I will continue to live this way as long as it glorifies Him.”

Again, I haven’t been through anything close to what she has experienced, but I’ve had my own pain and my own stories, most of which star me.

I’m tired of the attention. I don’t want to take center stage anymore. Now it’s about Him.

And when He does things like He did on Saturday afternoon at HopePointe Anglican Church, well He deserves all the glory and everyone deserves to know who He is.

I will take every season of life that He has for me and I will take every blessing or lesson He has for me. Whatever it is I will do it as long as if glorifies Him because if this is what He does, if that is how He feels or what being immersed in His love feels like, well I want more.

I want so much more and I want you to have it too.

What I experienced Saturday afternoon will stay with me forever. I want so badly for you to experience it too. All of you. It was just THAT AMAZING. I wish I were doing it better justice, but I’m afraid I don’t know a word that would even come close to describing it to you, a word like that may not even exist, but I want so badly for you to experience it.

Finally, I’m going to change the format for a bit. I just have to share this because I believe that there is someone reading this who needs to hear this. I believe that God is speaking directly to you through this and He wants you to hear this. I remember thinking that I was too much for God. What do I mean? I mean, I felt like God couldn’t fix me. The enemy convinced me that my God, while, yeah, He was big, but He wasn’t BIG enough to fix me, to forgive me, to love me. I spent a long time believing the enemy, but all it was was a lie. That’s how the enemy works. He just lies and tricks us. God is much bigger than me. He can handle anything. And He’s is already one step ahead of me. So my point being, don’t let the enemy trick you. Whatever it is that you are holding on to, lay it down before Him. He already knows. And He’s not worried at all. He can handle it, just lay it down before Him and finally get to experience who He is and what it means to be loved by Him.

It’s so worth it.