A Moment to Rise Up: Body Shaming For Business

A Moment to Rise Up_ Body Shaming For Business

I am fat. This is not a secret. Aside from the pragmatic fact that I can’t hide this reality, it is something I have accepted about myself. I recognize the health risks, the lack of clothing options – I am painfully aware of weight limits on rides, of my hips on airplanes, how I choose to stand on subways. I am extra cognizant of sweat, of keeping my hair long, and avoiding sleeveless dresses like they’re the plague. I can tell you how many points, calories, carbs, sugars, and the fiber of nearly every common food.

Growing up as a fat child, I grew a very thick skin… pun intended. I was “baby beluga,” “fat ass,” “piggy,” and everything in between. I have been told “But you have such a pretty face,” “maybe if you lost weight,”  and what I shouldn’t be wearing more times than I can count. I have avoided reunions and social gatherings; I have exercised until I vomited. I have tried juicing, drinking shakes, gone carb-less, went Meditteranean, counted everything under the sun.

The very topic of weight is my Kryptonite, but I have embraced this reality.  That being said, it’s not something I want someone to offer to “fix” unsolicited.

It should be as equally socially unacceptable as if someone suggested, WITHOUT BEING ASKED, acne medication, hair growth treatment, anti-aging cream, deodorant, breast augmentation…. you get the picture. Nonetheless, people view my weight (and based on my conversations, not just me) as a gateway to promote their health business to me.

Exhibit A
The top message is a private message I received to my business Instagram, and the bottom message was my response:

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When I initially received this message, I was hurt, shocked, and quite indignant. While the hurt and shock dissipated, I remain indignant. As a professional and as a business owner, I was tempted to just reply “no thanks,” but I am tired of being considered broken. I am tired of being considered less worthy of respect than anyone else with an issue.

So many thoughts ran through my mind – Who is this person to think she has the right to believe she is better than I am? What level of arrogance does one need to impose her lifestyle on mine? Does she have any idea of who I am?

I am a friend, a daughter, a granddaughter, an aunt, a sister, a niece, a wife, a teacher, a soap-maker, a business owner, a colleague, a network leader, a community member, a dog-mom, a New Yorker, a home-owner, a tax-payer… I am so much more than my weight.

Yet, in one fell swoop, everything that embodies my identity came down to my body. My body that is not acceptable. My body that others believe I should change. Do I recognize all the repercussions of my weight? – Absolutely. Do I walk around and point out how others are flawed and recommend I should change them? – Absolutely not.

Body shaming in business, sadly, is nothing new. While not all marketing uses tactics that are so direct and personal, all body shaming approaches are equally grotesque. Every day we are blasted with before-and-after photos, with photoshopped images of celebrities, with idealized caricatures of people.

Even the champions of body image, like Melissa McCarthy, Chrissy Metz, and Ashley Nell Tipton have all suddenly embarked on a weight-loss journey. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier, and even wanting to be thinner (I know I still want to be thinner), there is something dreadfully wrong with the concept that we, as fat women, are not enough – as who we are, where we are.  There is something dreadfully wrong with the idea that the solution for weight loss is as simple as eating less and moving more – even science has proven that the psychology runs far deeper.

There is something even worse with the movement for inclusion and “fatness” is still something to be ostracized, separated, and unaccepted. The idea that all “fat” people are lazy, sitting around eating fast food. I am fat and I work three full-time jobs and I haven’t had fast food in over ten years.  When it comes to business, I should want to buy into whatever you’re selling, not be shamed into buying it.

But “It’s about health and living a healthy lifestyle” – yes, true, but it should also be about living life in the current moment. It should be about loving who we are at this very moment and not just what we could be, and more so, what others think we should be.

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A Moment to Give Thanks

A Moment to Give Thanks

While I encourage everyone to practice gratitude every day, Thanksgiving is specially set aside for us to give thanks, appreciate, and fill our hearts with graciousness for what we have. On this Thanksgiving, I would like to share little moments of gratitude that I have for 2017, hoping it will bring you joy and help you to remember the little moments, too.

I am thankful for…

  1. Lucy, our little, mushy, sweet-as-pie pittie. Something about her caught Frank’s eye, and he knew she was meant to be with us. We’ve had a few rough moments – like when she ripped up our brand new carpet or chewed up $600 worth of sea sponges, but the joy she has brought to our lives will always outweigh those moments. Her happy little tail, how she purrs like a cat and snorts like a piggy, how she is such a good girl and always sits for her treats. She’s the little lady of our house and I can’t even remember life without her.

     

  2. A VERY successful first annual Holiday Shopping at the Hilton event! My team and I spent nearly a year planning this shopping event, trying to make the best show possible for vendors and shoppers alike, and with nearly 700 visitors, it was clearly a huge success. I am so grateful, and looking forward to future Vine events!
  3. My amazing and loyal customers who shop with our small business, who support our shows, who spent all night voting for us as the best online shop in Staten Island (even though we didn’t win). Our customers are the most genuine, sincere, thoughtful people in this whole world. I would be NOTHING without them, especially my VIPs!
  4. Being invited to speak at Maker Mastermind for the Indie Business Network and the Evolution of Marketing seminar with the Small Business Development Center. It has been just such an honor to help other makers and entrepreneurs grow!
  5. My friends and family who are just so supportive of any wacky idea I come up with. I may be the luckiest person on the planet because I have just a strong, willing, and loving support network.  Especially my parents, Aunt, and grandmother, who make every effort to come to every show.
  6. My students who bring me joy, laughter, inquiry, and intellect every single day.
  7. My Principal, Mark, who is always encouraging me to grow and giving me opportunities to become the best self, understanding I will bring that to my classroom.
  8. Handwritten notes from my friends Pam and John. Always random, these little moments of finding notes in my mailbox bring me joy and fill my heart with love.
  9. My Vine Vendor Network family who has taught me so much about what a true team looks like. Especially Sandra, RoseMary, and Brooke.
  10. My friend Jackie who is my biggest cheerleader, one of my closest friends, and always working to help me improve.
  11. The Thankful Candle! Because it took FOREVER to find the perfect ripe cranberry fragrance that I absolutely love!

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  12. My consultant Barbara, who believed so much in my mission for Bath, Body, Candle Moments that she took the dive to become our Hawaii consultant! (Go shop with her!)
  13. For everyone who takes the time to read my blog posts!
  14. For my morning gigantic coffee, which has picked me up, comforted me and been there through all the roughest alarms.
  15. And my amazing husband, Frank, who is my rock, my soul, the love of my life.

On this Thanksgiving, I wish you all moments of love, happiness, comfort, relaxation, and joy.  From our family to yours!

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

Different Ways to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Life

Different Ways to Incorporate Aromatherapy into Your Life

You’ve heard the term “aromatherapy” thrown around quite a bit since the resurgence and rediscovery of essential oils in the last fifteen years. I say resurgence and rediscovery because using aroma to create mood and atmosphere has been around for centuries, and using essential oils for various purposes has been around for millennia!

“Aromatherapy,” as the term connotes today, implies that using different fragrance can elicit different positive moods, feelings, and emotions for people. Some common scents found in aromatherapy include lavender and chamomile for calming and relaxing, eucalyptus for air-freshening, peppermint for awakening and relaxation, and citruses for concentration, but the power of aromatherapy doesn’t stop there, nor is it the same for every person. Because our sense of smell is directly linked to the olfactory area of our brain, the area used to store memories, different fragrances can have varying effects on people. For example, if your grandma always baked delicious apple pies, then the fragrance of apple pie could have an aromatherapy effect of nostalgia, calming, and joy.

In this blog, I would like to offer different suggestions for how you can incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life to bring you joy, relaxation, comfort, and elicit life’s ideal moments.

  1. Wear Your Aromatherapy as Jewelry! Popular and fashionable, Aromatherapy Necklaces allow you to interchange the fabric insertion of the locket. The insertion is fabric so you can drop a few drops of your favorite essential oils, fragrances, or perfumes and wear it around your neck all day long.
  2. Light a Soy Candle! Candles are a classic way to bring aromatherapy into your home. Burning a favorite scented candle for a few hours could enliven your space with a fragrance that makes you particularly happy. Plus, the candlelight is soft and relaxing to watch flicker.
  3. Scent Your Linens! Spraying your favorite aromatherapy blend on your linens can be a fantastic way to elicit calming feelings. The Rest Easy Aromatherapy Spray is blended with Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and German Chamomile essential oils, and is said to create feelings of serenity and harmoniousness. Plus, because of these particularly gentle essential oils with our natural blend of witch hazel with benzoic acid, you could also spray baby’s linens and your medium-large-sized dog’s linens!
  4. Use Your Body! With all the choices of perfumes and fragrances, wearing your favorite fragrance on your body is one of the most popular ways to create aromatherapy in your space.
    1. You could also use your body with a beautifully scented natural deodorant! As you move throughout the day, you’ll get delightful whiffs of your favorite scents.
    2. Lotions, creams, and body butters are another amazing way to wear the fragrances that bring you comfort.
  5. In Your Shower! Shower Steamers are specifically designed to create aromatherapy while you shower. From a bright, freshening, cleansing breath of greens (like eucalyptus, basil, tea tree, and peppermint), to everyone’s favorite relaxing scent, lavender, you can turn your shower into an aromatherapy spa.
    1. Don’t forget how much revelry a deliciously scented soap can bring to your shower day after day! Fragrant soaps can help you relax or wake you up, and mixed with the heat from a hot shower, it’s like taking 15 minutes for simple bliss.
  6. In Your Bath! The popular bath bomb can turn any bath into a luxurious and exciting experience! With so many varieties of fragrance (plus all the pretty colors), bath bombs are an amazing aromatherapy retreat. The same for bath salts! Bath salts make your bath water soft and moisturizing, plus with all the different fragrances, you are sure to find something that brings your mind and nose merriment.

Whatever way you choose to bring aromatherapy into your life, it’s a natural, safe, holistic approach to living a life of joy. Remember, any scent can function as aromatherapy, as long as it’s a scent that you just absolutely love to smell!

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

Shop Our Cyber Monday Specials 2017

Shop Cyber Monday!

It’s Shopping Season! We’re so excited to offer you some amazing specials on our natural, cruelty-free certified, vegan products!

We ALWAYS offer special deals when you shop with us in person, so if you want to visit our next pop-up shop, click here to see where you can find us next.

If you can’t make it to shop in person, we’re offering this special Cyber Monday Discount! Take 25% off your entire order with code MONDAY2017 on Monday, November 27th from 12am-11:59pm EST. Exclusions: Cannot be combined with any other discount or code. Not valid on previous purchases. Cannot be used on Soap-of-the-Month Club or Mystery Boxes.

November Special Cyber Monday 2017

If you want to get ahead of the line so your favorite products don’t get sold out, join our email newsletter by subscribing right on our website, and/or join our VIP Facebook Group (free). These customers get a special code and can shop for TWO days, starting Sunday, November 26th!!

We can’t wait to help bring you amazing handcrafted gifts for you and your loved ones!

Holidays are for Grown-Ups, Too!

Holidays are for Grown-Ups, Too!

Today we were vendors at a Holiday Fair geared for children. Santa was there taking photos with all of the kids. LOTS of toy vendors, kids jewelry, arts and crafts for…kids. What we saw: A lot of happy children with parents who were so giddy to make their kids happy that they denied themselves moments of relaxation.

“I would SO want to buy these bath bombs, but my kids would want to use them… I’ll take two, one each for my daughters.”

We were thrilled to serve this Mom, honored to be a part of her moment to bring her children happiness, but I was struck with a twinge of sadness that Mom didn’t get a moment for herself.  I like to get to know my customers, so I struck up a conversation. I learned that she has two daughters, ages 2 and 4, she’s been a nurse for 12 years (just coming off of a 12-hour shift), married for five, went to school at the College of Staten Island for her nursing degree. She grew up and lives in Staten Island, New York, but works at a hospital in Brooklyn in the Intensive Care Unit. She has a mixed-breed dog named Snoopy who sneaks table food.  I asked her when was the last time she took a moment for herself – she laughed and said: “Probably before I was married.”

This sounds all too familiar. It inspired me to write this poem:

Twas the night before work, when all through the house,
Every creature was stirring, even the spouse.
Who needs dinner and help with homework,
Clients still calling and piles of housework!

“Mom needs a break!,” you finally say,
Dad nods, agrees, and takes the kids out to play,
You fill your tub, grab a book, and candlelight,
Some time to relax, you squeal with delight!

Whirls and swirls of red and green,
Creates a bubbly bathroom scene.
A bath bomb awaits, oh such a treat,
This is your moment to put up your feet!

As the holidays come around and you spend your time and money to make sure everyone has a joyous season, please remember YOU deserve a moment to relax and recharge, too! When you’re happy and calm, you can be the best-of-the-best for everyone else. Your best-self starts with self-care.

We appreciate YOU so much and want you to feel comforted and pampered. You really, truly, sincerely deserve it.

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

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Why You Should Try Bath Salts

Why You Should Try Bath Salts

We love our baths around here – obviously, that’s one of the many reasons we run our business – but even more fun (for us) than taking baths are creating different products to make your bath more enjoyable! Taking hot baths have been proven to relieve muscle aches and create relaxation. As quoted by Dr. Foxman from the Reader’s Digest article: ““The benefits that come from heat from water—which is an opportunity to relax—and the benefits of heat on capillary dilation at skin level, for some relieves pain,” he says.”

While simply soaking in hot water will definitely make you relax – think of yourself like a tea bag just expanding and floating in the hot water – hot water alone isn’t very fun. Add some pizazz to your bath with fragrance, color, and water softeners, and you can take an already relaxing experience to spa-level indulgence.

That’s why we just launched a line of bath salts. Our bath salts are comprised of Dead Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salt, Menthol Crystals, Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 80, fragrance, and colorant.

So, what are each of these ingredients and what are their benefits? We’ll start with the most “scientific-sounding” term on our ingredients list:

  • Polysorbate 80 – Polysorbate 80 is derived from polyethoxylated sorbitan and oleic acid; essentially, it is a polymer of sugar alcohols and fatty acids, like those found in olive oil, sunflower oil, etc. We use this ingredient because it’s an emulsifying agent and dispersing agent, allowing the oils from the fragrances we use to disperse properly in the water you’re soaking in (so you don’t see droplets of oil at the top of your tub while soaking).
  • Dead Sea Salt – Said to be rich in minerals because of all the natural light at the Dead Sea in Israel, salt (and mud) from the Dead Sea is especially water-softening. According to a study conducted in 2005 published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information: “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin.”
  • Pink Himalayan Salt – While there are no studies that prove Himalayan Salt has any more benefits or properties than, say, regular table salt, it is really pretty to use in bath salts! Himalayan Salt has sodium chloride, potassium, and magnesium at slightly higher levels than table salt; all of these minerals do act as water softeners, making the bath feel smoother, and such can be perceived as more relaxing.
  • Epsom Salt – Epsom salt is not really a “salt” at all, just has similar chemical properties to salt, which is why it’s given that name. Epsom is actually magnesium sulfate, named after Epsom, England, where it was first discovered. While there is a lot of hype around Epsom Salt, especially if you ask your grandmother, there is no actual evidence that the magnesium-deficient will be able to absorb the magnesium transdermally in a bath.  Again, however, like Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salt does act as a water softener, which makes bathing much more pleasurable.
  • Menthol Crystals – Menthol crystals serve aromatherapy benefits as the perception of breathing menthol and menthol-like scents (i.e. peppermint, eucalyptus), create a feeling of breathing greener, fresher air.
  • Baking Soda & Citric Acid – Combined, these create a fizzing action in the water. Only used in small amounts in bath salts, these will not create the same fizz that you would find in a bath bomb, but still, produces fizzing results as the carbon particles are released into the water. In a phrase – tiny bubbles! The combination of the two also neutralizes the pH of general tap water by alkalizing it.

While there is not much scientific evidence to suggest that any of these salts have properties beyond softening the water, the salts all do act as water softeners which make the skin feel softer and more moisturized after bathing.  Plus, the combination of fragrance and/or essential oils act with aromatherapy benefits – pleasing scents = happier people.

Why try bath salts, then? Because bath salts have been used in various forms for decades to produce a joyful, elegant bath. Unlike their bath bomb counterparts, our bath salts can be used for many baths as they’re stored in plastic jars, with cork tops, and wooden scoop spoons. We recommend about three scoops per bath, but go ahead and use as much or as little as you would like!

 

 

 

 

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Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

 

Perfect Gifts for Everyone You Might Forget

Perfect Gifts for Everyone You Might Forget
Perfect Gifts for Everyone You Might Forget

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner, and as we all know, the older we get, the longer our lists become!  When we have so many gifts to buy, planning can become cumbersome. The worst situation would be to find ourselves forgetting someone we definitely should have bought a gift for, even if it’s just a little something. If you could use an extra checklist with some suggestions, this is the right place!

Your Mail Delivery Person
Through rain, sleet, snow, or hail, your mail delivery person ensures you receive your packages (and bills) on time! Why not say thank you with some calm and relaxation? We recommend one of our lavender and chamomile blends:

Your Secretary/Human Resources Person
She/he makes sure you get your checks on time, processes your sick days, and buffers to the boss when you need to run out and grab your kid from school. A little thank you goes a long way. We think reminding this person of how deserving they are of a vacation will do just the trick:

Your Pet Groomer
She/he keeps Fido looking fabulous even when he’s been playing in the mud. Scratches, nips, no matter, your pet groomer brings out your pooch or kitty with a beautiful bow and wide smile every time. We definitely think this person deserves a drink…

Your Kid’s Teacher(s)
They love your kids for 8 hours a day. They stay up late to write curriculum, write the recommendation letter, manage the school play, facilitate clubs, coach a team, and your kids are better people because of them. As a teacher myself, I highly recommend you opt for the pampering:

Your Boss
She/he makes your workplace somewhere you want to go because you respect what she/he is doing for the company. She/he gives you personal time to manage your life, and guidance when you need assistance. A great boss is hard to find. A little appreciation to show you know how rough it can be being the boss says everything about you:

Your Co-Worker BFF
They cover for you when you run out of the office, bring you a cup of coffee when you’re down, and share lunchtime laughs over the shenanigans that happen at work. No one else can understand what you go through at your job quite like your co-worker BFF, make sure he/she is appreciated with a little something to say thanks:

Yourself
We get so wrapped up in caring for others, we sometimes forget to care for number one – ourselves. You work hard every single day by managing your job, your friends, your family, your pets, often putting your own needs aside. Remember the love you bring to yourself multiplies into more joyful moments you can share with others:

Who else should we add to our list?

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

Meditation for Everyone: A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice Meditator

Meditation for Everyone- A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice MeditatorAdd heading

In our busy lives of working, learning, care-taking, chauffeuring, cooking…the list goes on, finding an extra 20 minutes in the day may seem impossible. Especially for those of us who may be critical of the idea of meditation – “There’s so much more I can get done in 20 minutes than to sit there and breathe!” – meditation may seem like wasted time, but it’s exactly the opposite. Meditation is the practice of clearing your mind for a mindful moment to reduce our stress, minimize our anxiety, regain clarity and focus.

But HOW do I meditate?  If you Google this question, you’ll get thousands of hits with different ways to practice meditation. There are essentially five steps to meditation:

  1. Preparation – Clearing your mind for a focus.
  2. Contemplation – Deliberate your focused thought.
  3. Meditation – Focus.
  4. Dedication – Who is this for?
  5. Subsequent Practice – Bringing this into your daily life.

When I first started meditating, I really had no idea what I was doing. I read and read…AND READ and I still didn’t seem to understand. Some advice explained I have to sit cross-legged, some said I had to have absolute silence, some said extreme deep-breathing. The conditions never seemed to work for me – my legs cramped, there’s ALWAYS noise around me, and I was yawning-to-death from all the deep breathing. I eventually gave up believing I was incapable of meditating.

Then about a year ago I was dealing with something very frustrating; I shut my laptop in disdain, went to the bathroom and rinsed my face with cool water, and I looked in the mirror and said, “God, give me patience!” Then it hit me – meditation is YOUR own practice of calm. Meditation is anything you need to bring you to the point you want to be at that moment. For some people, it’s prayer, for others, it’s running.

Just because my form of meditation didn’t follow the “rules” of gurus, high priests, or anyone else who is far more enlightened that I am, didn’t mean that I wasn’t meditating.

I learned to turn meditation into picking a mantra; this is what works for me and this is what I teach others who struggle with finding a moment of peace and tranquility. These are a few great mantras to start with:

  1. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
  2. Small changes to make big results.
  3. I am enough.
  4. Kindness and compassion lead to happiness.
  5. This too shall pass.

Putting it into Practice

I. Preparation – Find a place where you feel at peace. This can be anywhere you’re able to focus solely on you and your thoughts. For me, it’s in my office (strange, right?). I need the space to be organized and neat; I cannot focus in clutter (for some people, clutter doesn’t matter). I also like to light a candle (if I have the time to let it burn), and if not, I spray some Rest Easy or wear my Aromatherapy Tree-of-Life necklace; these fragrances elicit calm energy for me. The next part of preparation is choosing the mantra you want to focus on for meditating.

II. Contemplation – Here you deliberate the mantra you chose. Why do you want to focus on bringing this energy into your world? What is giving you stress/anxiety/fear/etc. that is preventing you from making this practice happen? The practice of self-reflection helps to become cognizant of the barriers preventing the mantra to become reality. It’s okay if this phase is hard, or if you don’t have all the answers the first time. That’s why meditation is a practice; it’s not meant to be perfect the first time, the fifth time, or even the tenth time. It’s the art of mindfulness, and true art takes time.

III. Meditation – This is where you hone in and focus on what you want to bring into your life. You can simply repeat the mantra in your mind, or offer solutions as you allow your mind to focus on the mantra. For example, you keep repeating “This too shall pass,” until you recognize that whatever is making you distraught is temporary and you will overcome it. Again, if this doesn’t come to you right away, there’s tomorrow’s practice to look forward to.

IV. Dedication – In the dedication stage, you give your practice of meditation to its purpose. For example, if I am meditating to “I am enough,” I may dedicate my practice to myself. It may sound like, “I dedicate ‘I am enough’ to myself because I deserve love, honor, and respect as I am.” If you’re meditating for patience, it may be along the lines of, “I dedicate “God, give me patience” to all of those I have been impatient with and to everyone who I will encounter tomorrow.” On some level, this provides accountability because by giving your meditation a purpose you lead it to subsequent practice.

V. Subsequent Practice – The easiest stage to understand, but perhaps the hardest to manifest, is subsequent practice. This is where you bring your mantra into your everyday activities, so you can quickly bring your mind there when you need it. You’re waiting on an extremely long grocery line and the person in front of you needs a price check for every item, you say to yourself, “God, give me patience;” you breathe it in and feel yourself become more patient.

Along with the five steps, deep-breathing exercises throughout are extremely helpful. According to Harvard Medical School, this is because biologically our bodies see deep-breathing as a way to “quell errant stress response.” Try it right now – take one deep breath in through your nose, filling your whole diaphragm, and release – I guarantee you will feel a bit calmer than a moment before.

How do you bring meditation into your life? Have you tried any of the mantras suggested? I would love to hear more in the comments section!

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

For those of you who may not know, I am also a high school English teacher. This past summer our department asked rising seniors to read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I’ve read and taught the book before, many years ago, so I saddled up my sunscreen, flip flops, and my trusted copy of Siddhartha not expecting to be any further enlightened (pun intended) than I was the last time I read it. I was wrong and as an English teacher, I should have known better.

Ultimately, Siddhartha learns the path to enlightenment is one that cannot be taught and it cannot be bought, it must be achieved through spiritual fulfillment – what I now recognized and understood as abundance. With each passing year, month, even moment, we gain insight and experience – if we allow ourselves to be open to gratitude, learn from what was, not focus on what will be, but be at peace with what is.

Abundance, as I have come to understand it, is a richness that cannot be acquired by money, success, or fame. It’s found in waking up and watching the rising sun, tucking your kids into bed, walking with your dog, doing acts of kindness simply because it’s kind.

On a stringent path to discover true abundance, I questioned whether the appreciation and admiration of others would detract from our own abundance. As all quality ethics questions do, it comes down to sense-of-self. When it comes to “doing good,” the power of the goodness lies in intent. If someone happens to appreciate or admire your good traits and kind acts that stemmed from absolutely no desire to ingratiate others, this is abundance. Your drive to better your surrounding world must simply be to better the world for its own sake.

Abundance, first, comes in prioritizing. In the book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People* by Steven Covey, he states: “We must have the discipline to prioritize our day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.” While the most urgent duties of our life include necessary responsibilities which should not be dismissed, abundance is about looking at life for the big picture – your credit cards will not cry at your funeral because you paid more than the minimum every month, but the people (and animals) you’ve truly invested your time in will. Vis-a-vis, abundance stems from the love we put into the world.

Each moment of every day is an opportunity to add to your “bank” of abundance. Appreciating the perfect cup of coffee, enjoying music, even stopping to be thankful that you have the metacognition to be aware of your gratitude all leads to a life of abundance. It’s about appreciating the small steps.

Today, I got a call-back from BonTon retailers about their interest in carrying our candles and soaps. It’s just a call-back, but taking a moment to feel proud of this accomplishment for a small business, however small of an accomplishment it may be, is abundance. It’s one small step in a positive direction.

Fill each moment of your life with positive, small changes to gain abundance. Take the time to appreciate the positives. Be mindful of each of your actions – towards others and towards yourself. Feel gratitude. Feel forgiveness, especially for yourself.

When you find peace, you find abundance.

Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo

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How to Stay in Touch (Social Media & Contacting Us)

How to Stay in Touch (Social Media & Contacting Us)

Today’s blog post is a quick one just to give you information about how to keep in touch with us using the platforms you love to use every day.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter
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General Contact
Email* – This is the BEST way to reach us. We have quick and easy access to our email right on our phones, so we’re able to respond to all of your questions usually within a few hours. Our email address is info@scentsthemoment.com.

Phone – We do have a phone number, 718-667-3150, but our line is often unattended. If you prefer a phone chat, please feel free to give us a call and leave a clear message with a number to reach you. We make all call-backs within 48 business hours.

Social Media

  • Facebook Fan Page* – Like and follow us to get all the updates!
    • Our VIP Facebook Group* – This is our favorite method of staying in touch with you. We’re extremely active in our VIP Facebook group, and it’s a super-fast way for us to provide you with top-notch customer service.  Plus, being a member of our VIP Group gives you access to great benefits like weekly sweepstakes, birthday bonuses, and more.
  • Instagram*– We like Instagram because we try to be artistic photographers. This is not a great place to direct message us, though, because we don’t see it.
    • Tag us @bathbodycandlemoments
  • Twitter – Follow us on Twitter as we share and repost fun tweets from people we admire. Plus, Twitter is the first place where new products on the website are announced.
    • Tag us @bathbodycandlem
  • Pinterest – You can shop most of our pins! This is also a fun way to add some of your favorite Moments products to a board.
  • YouTube – We make all kinds of videos. Sometimes they’re instructional, sometimes they’re just us catching up.
  • Google Plus – A super-easy display of our blog content, videos, and some updates.
  • Tumblr – You’ll find a hodge-podge of our content on Tumblr, including our blog posts and Instagram posts.
  • LinkedIn – This is a general resume and profile of Kristen. All of her blog and business content goes to this channel.

Other Blogs

Kristen is also President of the Vine Vendor Network. If you’re interested in reading her blog about small business, click HERE.

*All the links with the asterisk are where we are the most active and most likely to get a fast response from us. These are also the best places to go for new content, new products, information, and more!