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Upgrading your dreams… Beautiful and Bright Women

This week I’m part of an Instagram Challenge with Kelsey Abbott from  Find Your Awesome.

Kelsey is challenging her followers to do one thing a day that scares them… in order to step WAY outside of their comfort zone. Why? Because that’s where the good stuff happens… the really good stuff.

As part of this challenge Kelsey is giving away some awesome prizes…including a distance Reiki session with me! I am part of a women’s Facebook group that Kelsey leads and each week I offer two distance sessions that members can scoop up. It’s been a really fun ride to offer these sessions and be able to add in Kelsey’s life coaching.

Now what does this have to do with Beauty??? Well….what’s more Beautiful and Bright than a confident woman who’s making her dreams come true?!?! Know what I mean!?

You can follow Kelsey on Instagram to join the challenge (be sure to ask her how to sign up for it!) : Kelsey Abbott and of course you can come follow me as well: BethanyLeigh44

If you’ve been feeling the call to make some moves…. come join us on IG!

A goal sometimes seems so far off, and


 A lifetime is comprised of days strung

Now think of a single day as a building (1)




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Yo! Happy Valentine’s Day…….

Although some people can’t stand February 14th…. I LOVE  Valentine’s Day!!

In full disclosure… it’s one of my favorite holidays. I think I just love to celebrate Love in whatever form that may take. And for some reason I LOVE all the pink and red stuff that’s everywhere.

Anyway, there’s no reason not to have FUN today….go out with your best friend, or significant other. Go to one of those anti- Valentines party. Heck go to the shooting range and do target practice on a picture of cupid! Whatever will light you up … have fun with this day full of LOVE.

You don’t’ have to buy into the idea of needing chocolates and flowers and fancy dinners (although they can be very nice to receive!)… switch your perspective and see it as a day to celebrate all the LOVE that’s already in your Life. What if that was what Valentines Day turned into… a day to look for all the ways LOVE is already here for you! Or maybe it totally turned into a day of Self-Love.

Every week I do distance Reiki sessions for a women’s group  called “Beauty, Balance and Badassery” and last Sunday we came up with a huge list of ways you can show Self-Love…which was perfect for this week! The list included; taking an Epsom salt bath, doing some restorative yoga, going to get your nails done, or going to a get a massage. Which those are wonderfully straightforward. But then the amazing Ladies in the group came up with some ideas of Self-Love that were pretty creative; buy yourself the more expensive coffee or tea, take the time to listen to your favorite podcast, invest in some nice new makeup or skincare (which I LOVE that idea!),  up the amount on your monthly savings or investments, clean out your wallet or purse, sleep until you wake up on your own without an alarm clock or invest in some nice sheets or pillows. It was an awesome list of ideas to show your self some Love.

So whatever you plan on doing today….see if you can look for the ways Love is already here in your Life or take few of the ideas listed above and make this a day for you!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year..however you’re going to celebrate it!


Cupid is my Homeboy


A few of my top “Love Songs”…  actually, I don’t know if they’re categorized as Love songs…but enjoy!







Hey! Are you still reading this post… wanna know more about what goes on in “Beauty, Balance and Badassery”…. it’s a Facebook group just for women! And it’s led by an amazing coach; Kelsey Abbott. You can find out more about what she offers through her website Find Your Awesome.

“Beauty, Balance and Badassery” is only opened up at certain times through out the year…but I would highly encourage you to find out more about what goes on in this amazing group by contacting Kelsey or myself!

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Skincare…… Nurdle Knowledge!

To continue our Nurdle Knowledge journey… I invited a special guest “speaker” to answer questions about the topic. Kelsey Abbott is a woman of many (many) talents with a Masters Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. I asked Kelsey a few questions so we could get to know her a little better before we jump into the Nurdle Business…. her fabulous answers are as follows:

1) So Kelsey, before we get into that Nurdle Knowledge… share with the Lookin Good Girl audience a little bit about yourself? How do you even know about Nurdles?  

Well, I’m a marine biologist—err, a non-practicing marine biologist—and a lover of funny words (like brouhaha, haboob, rapscallion…and nurdle). I used to be a “real” marine biologist and then I found that my real passion was in teaching people about science so I became a science writer. As a science writer I get to write about cool* things like the Pacific Trash Vortex, which is an enormous collection of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Trash Vortex is filled with a wide variety of garbage, but a lot of that garbage is plastic and a lot of that plastic is in nurdle-form.

 *Obviously, the fact that there’s a giant mass of garbage in the middle of the ocean is horrible, but scientifically, its existence is fascinating.
2) Marie Foleo has a term I love… “Multi-passionate entrepreneur”… I hear you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur…. what do you do for work? 
I really like how you worded that. Yes! I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur. In addition to the science-writing gig, I’m a personal trainer and a USAT-certified triathlon coach. I teach some fun classes (like core strength, TRX and indoor cycling), coach a big group of awesome female triathletes and coach individual athletes.  
3)What do you like to do for fun? Do you do any cooking? Blogging? 
I’m kind of hyperactive so I love doing anything that involves moving. I like to play outside and I like to play in the kitchen. If I had an outdoor kitchen, I’d be very happy….if I had an outdoor kitchen with a pool and a zipline, I’d be very, very happy. And yes, I blog occasionally. I have a food blog called Healthy-ish where I post recipes and the occasional race report.  
4)How do you feel about a) Marky Mark and b) The Funky Bunch?
Ummm, I LOVE them! Or at least I love them together and I love Marky Mark alone. Honestly, I’ve never thought about The Funky Bunch without Marky Mark before, but they’re Massholes and I’m a Masshole so I’m sure we’d get along quite well.

Marky Mark (without the Funky Bunch)

5)I’ve heard you dabble in Triathlon events… care to expand upon this? 
Yeah, as I mentioned earlier, I’m hyperactive. I swam and played water polo throughout high school and college and once I got to grad school I found that I desperately needed something (other than my Masters thesis) to focus on. Triathlon filled that need and now I’m addicted.
(Kelsey is actually a World-Class Athlete… Like flew to New Zealand last Fall to represent the United States sort of Word-Class Athlete….)

Kelsey Abbott -TEAM USA World Triathlon Series

Ohh…Hey… Here’s Kelsey now… finishing as the 2nd (!!!!!) American in her age group (15th overall in her age group) and the 5th American Woman in the whole damn race in the 2012 World Championship !
Yes. That’s a big deal. She finished the triathlon in an Hour and 19 mins! 
Okay…. It’s Nurdle Time…..What are they?
Nurdles are tiny bits of plastic and they serve two different purposes. First, nurdles are pre-production plastic. Instead of shipping huge slabs of plastic all over the world, nurdle-makers ship more than 250 billion pounds of nurdles to processing centers each year. Here they are molded into plastic toys, plastic chairs, plastic bottles—every shape of plastic we’re used to seeing. Nurdles are also used as exfoliators in cosmetics.
AND, here’s an interesting factoid: That perfect wave-like shape of toothpaste depicted on most toothpaste packaging is known as a nurdle.
Why do they pose an environmental threat?
1.) Nurdles rarely stay put. They’re small and light and just generally hard to wrangle. (Last July, a shipping vessel caught in a storm off the coast of Hong Kong spilled 150 tons of nurdles into the sea.)
2.) They’re plastic. Plastic never really goes away. Even “biodegradable” plastic bags, which manufacturers claim will take 49 days to degrade in salt water, take at least 3 years to break down.
3.) They’re toxic suckers. Nurdles are super-absorbent and when they’re surrounded by chemicals like pesticides and PCBs, as they are in the ocean, they eat that sh*t up. A single nurdle can be one million times more toxic than the water in which it floats. 
4.) They get eaten. Seabirds, fish and marine mammals accidentally or intentionally eat tons of plastic every year. (Nurdles look like fish eggs.) And every year, up to one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and loads of fish die from plastic. And, umm, some fish that eat nurdles don’t choke or starve from eating plastic. They survive…at least long enough to land on your plate.
How big are they? 
Technically, nurdles are plastic resin pellets. They can be as small as a grain of sand and as big as a chickpea.

Naughty Nurdles

What is the technical name for Nurdles… because readers probably won’t see that word on the back of their products when they go to look, right? 
Nurdles are found in shampoos, toothpastes, body washes and all sorts of cosmetics. Companies will typically advertise their nurdle-use right on the front of the bottle, but they often use the term “microbeads.” On the back of the bottle, you might see the word “polyethylene.”
What are the biggest culprits for housing Nurdles? 
Anything that claims to scrub or exfoliate is likely to house the little buggers.
Any suggestions for our readers as to how they can start eliminating Nurdles from their lives?
Plastic is everywhere. It’s really hard to avoid it, but if we all become a little more mindful of our plastic usage and try to reduce our use wherever possible, that’ll certainly be a step in the right direction. And when it comes to skincare, well, does rubbing plastic beads on your face really sound like a good idea?
To Recap this awesome post:
  •  If you’re at allll interested in working with Kelsey …. she gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! But don’t take my word for it… go ahead and get Kelsey as your coach and watch yourself kick butt in all your athletic endeavors! Kelsey can be contacted by emailing her at: kelsey @thesustainableathlete . com
  • Or check her out at Healthy-ish
  • And… if reading all these interesting facts about Nurdles makes you want to go Nurdle Free… you can check out  the previous Skincare in a Flash post: Nurdles . There are several Apriori items that are totally, 100% Nurdle Free!!

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