I had always considered myself relatively healthy. I didn't eat fast food daily, I exercised, and I took vitamins...once in a while. At 35 years old I was (naively) shocked to learn that the things I put on my body and my kids' bodies could affect our health. A few appalling facts had me hunting. Around the same time, Beautycounter came across my path, and thankfully became the gateway to my education (turned passion) about a cleaner lifestyle. I flirted with the idea of switching to safer for a while. My ultimate turning point was when I was bathing my babies. I looked at the label of their bath wash and saw ingredients on Beautycounter's Never List. When I considered that, even the products I had trusted on their delicate skin -and hence systems- contained ingredients not fully safe for them was when I confirmed that we would make a change. That was in April 2017 and we haven't looked back! Joining a movement for safer has opened my eyes to the world of toxins we expose ourselves to and lit a fire in me to learn how I can give my family a safer household.
We are learning how to use essential oils in many new ways and finding recipes to enjoy healthier options, among other lifestyle changes. But my favorite part of the journey is being a small business owner in partnership with a women-owned certified B corporation that is actively advocating for change in the American personal care product and cosmetic industry. I still cannot believe that I am able to create income doing something so fun and so very important. I am proud to not only show my sons that I can create success in a way that suits me best, but also that we each have a voice that matters and we must use it for good. The end game? Live learning how to have a clean healthy household, instill these habits into my kids at a young age, all while making a difference for generations to come as an educator and advocator for safer.
We have a long way to go. We haven't got it all figured out yet. But I absolutely love that we've learned there's a better way. To know that each small change we make brings us closer to our best health is incredibly valuable. So I'm excited. This isn't a fad for us but it sure isn't a sprint. I'll take this journey one day at a time, one swap at a time, and share the message one person at a time. I'm looking forward to all of it.
Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.