Friday, April 8, 2011

Secret Millionaire

I am loving the new show Secret Millionaire. I think it is amazing the power that money has in people's lives. For good and for bad.

I am so blessed to have been raised by awesome parents who instilled in me a positive attitude about money. I have been so temporally blessed in my life and I believe that will continue to be the case. Like I mentioned money is very powerful. Bill Gates is choosing to spend some of his billions to cure the world of! On the flip side I think we can all relate to the stress that we can create in our life when there is a lack of money.

I would encourage everyone to choose a positive connection and attitude with money. Choose to speak positively and focus on what you want with money and that will create more of it in your life. One of my most favorite affirmations regarding money is something my mom recently posted on her blog. I have been repeating this for the past couple weeks and now I want to get it tattooed on my forearm...okay maybe just write it down on a paper - so I can really soak in the words and feelings!

"I love and appreciate money and how it supports me in doing what I love.”
“I appreciate all the money that flows to me and I share it with others to show my appreciation for the gifts they offer.”

“I am free to do what I love and be supported.”
“I am making this shift gradually and gracefully.”
“I am receiving appreciation in the form of money and sharing appreciation in the form of money.”

So, back to Secret Millionaire, basically on the show they pick a really wealthy person to go to a really poor part of the country and find people that are doing good to better that community and then they donate up to $100,000 how they please.

It is so touching. I was bawling during an episode where one wealthy business man gave $75,000 to a man and his wife who have created a free girl's basketball camp to keep them off the streets and hopefully get them into college. I was inspired by both men. The one giving the money and the other giving his life to serve these girls.

While watching I told Tanner that I want to be a Secret Millionaire and share our money to others that are in need. That would be awesome!

So the other night at work I was talking with a customer after an event. I won't mention her name, but she is someone that I have come to admire. She is only 18 and on her own purchased the Dressing Your Truth online course after saving up her money for a while. While talking she expressed that her family doesn't have much money and was worried how she was going to get the things she wanted to really step into dressing her truth.

Well earlier that week I was awarded a $50 gift card to our Dressing Your Truth store for doing great work. Even though I work for the company, I buy all my makeup, jewelry, and hair care here - so the $50 was a great reward and I was excited to use it. But while I was talking with this sweet girl I had the feeling to offer the gift card to her.

I was a little nervous of how to deliver this news to her and in my Type 2 nature I questioned if I should really do it. But I did. I simply told her I wanted to give her my gift card and she started crying and so did I. 

It was an amazing feeling! (Like they say on the show, it's addicting!) It was such a precious moment that I will treasure forever. She was so grateful for the gesture and so excited to get a some things to support her in bringing out her true beauty. I was so grateful for the opportunity to share. The experience was priceless. 

I was the Secret Millionaire! I am excited for more experiences like this! Giving is so much fun!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What really matters.

General Conference weekend is one that I always look forward to! It is an opportunity to hear from the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - the Lord's Prophet and Apostles. Each message has a unique theme, but overall I am reminded about what matters most in life.

And it's not food, or clothes, or money, but ultimately what I believe matters most is being kind.

That is everything that I want to be. KIND. A kind wife, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker. To me kindness means qualities of gentility, understanding, patience, love, non-judgmental, and caring.

All I ever want to be is a kind person. Someone who reaches out with love to those in need close and near. Jesus Christ's life was the perfect example of a kindness. He took time with those that were in need and sought comfort. He had patience and understanding. I am grateful for my Savior and His perfect example and His eternal kindness and love towards me.

I am grateful for the reminder this weekend and hope that kindness continually emanates from my thoughts, words, and actions.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Who do they think they are?

In a recent post I mentioned that there were 2 things that really got to me in the food world...well here's the 2nd thing that is pretty unbeLIEvable.

If you have ever watched Food Inc. you have been introduced to the company Monsanto and what they do. If you haven't watched Food Inc. I highly recommend it. It is a movie that will open your eyes to the world of food and support you in making better food choices.

A few other great movies that will educate about the American Standard Diet and industry-driven foods are:

  • King Korn
  • The Future of Food
  • Food Matters. 
You can get all of them at your local library.

Monsanto is a multi-billion dollar company that biologically engineers seeds to make it "easier" for farmer's to farm. Basically, what they do is change seeds from their natural form to make them better for the industry and the growing population. Sounds harmless, right? Wrong.

If you go to their website you will see that they claim to provide the fastest, cheapest and safest food on the planet. Well, I agree with some of that. Fastest - yes. They change the seeds so that they grow faster, closer together and larger. Cheapest - yes. Because they grow so much of it. Safest? No way.

What Monsanto (and other companies) is doing is very dangerous and very deceptive. Taking anything from it's natural form and then consuming it is dangerous. If you think about it our bodies are made up of all natural organisms and if you throw a genetically modified organisms in the mix our bodies will not know what to do with it. It doesn't know how to store it, release it, it becomes a harmful toxin lurching in the body. I believe that is the very cause of most illness in America today.

This is a diagram of what happens when you modify DNA.
You add to it or take away from it's natural state.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are anything that have been taken from their natural state and transformed to something now man-made. Organic, whole, and local food companies take pride in producing non-GMO foods. GMO foods are faster and easier to produce, but it they dangerous to our health.

Why do they modify seeds? Efficiency. The seeds are modified to resist heavy weed killers, so the farmer can spray the weed killer on the whole crop but only the weeds die. Umm, that sounds bad to me - what kind of killer toxins from the weed killer are left on our food? Even if they clean it, what kind of superman crazy plant are we now eating?

And you know what really stinks? They don't have to label food when it contains GMO's. In most countries in Europe they do - to protect the consumers. But in America they don't, because as one man put it, "If we put GMO labelling on the package we might as well put a skull and cross bones on it." What??? And you aren't telling us? Why not? Because it would affect sales - and for Monsanto and other multi-million dollor food companies it's not about food, it's about money and industry!

It goes on...Monsanto screws over small farmers. If their seed somehow blows over to a non-GMO field and there team of spies finds it they will sue the farmers for all they are worth, take their farm and plant GMO in it.

In the 1970's only 25% of farms used GMO seeds, now 75% are and it's only increasing. How does a small town farmer have a chance against a huge industry?

In King Korn the farmers are asked, "Do you eat your corn?" I was surprised by their response: "No way! This stuff is the lowest quality crap you can get!" And I don't blame the farmers, they are at this point salesman not the real food growers.

Where does all this GMO seed go? Most of the GMO seed Monsanto distributes is corn seed and it goes into soda and other processed foods as High Fructose Corn Syrup and another huge portion goes to feed the cows, pigs and chickens people eat everyday. SICK! It's a vicious cycle. But really GMO seeds are in a lot of stuff - even baby formula. Click on this article to see what has GMO and how to avoid it.

How can I avoid foods that have GMO? 

  • Avoid processed foods (basically most things in a wrapper)
  • Buy items labeled "non-GMO
  • Learn the fruit/veggie secret code in the article mentioned above. (That was news to me.)
  • Eat clean meat (100% Grass-fed Beef, Free-range Chicken, Wild Fish)
  • Spend more time in your kitchen - know where your food comes from
  • Move to France (my personal favorite)

Michael Pollan in his book "In Defense of Food" had a powerful point when he talked about the economics of food. If you want better food then you are going to spend more time in your kitchen and more money on the foods that you eat. It's an interesting fact that most people that are sick are middle-class America make up the majority of the sick and over-weight people. Why? Because fast-food (aka highly processed, modified, nutrient-lacking) is so darn cheap? And it's so cheap because of companies like Monsanto. I would like to be able to thank them for their amazing efforts and inventions, but it the damage they do far outweighs the benefits.

I would love to hear your stance on this topic. What you do you think about Monsanto, GMO's, and what can we do about it?

Here are some ways you can get involved to stop the use of and laws regarding GMO:

Here are some more resources if you are interested in this topic:

Donate to the cause here.