First off, let me apologize for skipping out on posts for these passed THREE Saturday’s! I am sooo sorry! I’ve been super busy with school and preoccupied with Noah being sick and overall it’s all just been an overwhelming last few weeks. That being said, all is well with me and mine now and I pray that you all are doing great too!
My class is coming to its end in its Earth phase with the stress waves of finals rolling in. There’s so much crucial information to learn/memorize — I never knew there was so much medical terminology! But it makes sense since estheticians work with the skin. In a couple of weeks the girls in my class and I will finally be on clinic floor providing services for actual guests and gaining the experience of what it’s like to actually be real estheticians. I can’t wait! I truly feel that I will thrive in this phase (Water Phase) of our curriculum because it’s more hands on than theory. As of right now, Earth Phase consists of mostly theory days (book work) which can be quite exhausting for ten-hour school days. That’s not to say that standing on my feet for ten hours won’t be exhausting but I honestly feel it will suit me better. I know I’ve said this before but I honestly can’t wait to graduate and become a certified licensed esthetician! I’m so excited to see where this career will take me, both location-wise and profession-wise. There’s SO much one could do with Esthetics and I really want to try my hand at it all! Even medical (even if it is short-lived since my heart is more in the spa side of esthetics.) Ultimately, when Noah’s old enough to be on his own, I’d like to pursue a career as a Spa Reviewer! Until then, I just want to accumulate as much experience I can in various spas throughout California. I’d love to wind up in the San Diego County area if I can but it really depends on where God places Aaron too. We shall see!
Now, on to slightly more pressing matters!! EARTH MONTH 2014!!!
People REALLY don’t know how incredibly bad and scary it is at how endangered our water supply is! The Colorado River provides water to not one but SEVEN states in the Western Region of the United States and it’s running dry. That’s 36,000,000 Americans who require water. In 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the United States! Can you believe it?! It is essentially the lifeline of the west and simply put, our way of life. In Utah, each person uses 245 GALLONS of water EACH day! Crazy!! Compare THAT to the rest of the world — Japan: 100 gallons, China: 80 gallons, France: 76 gallons, Germany: 51 gallons, England: 39 gallons. Where is that water being used? The average faucet: 3 gallons per minute, average dishwasher: 15 gallons per load, average shower: 7 gallons per minute (7 gallons of water times ten minute showers, times 7 showers per week is 490 gallons of water!), average washing machine: 40 gallons per load, average toilet: 7 gallons of water per flush — and that’s NOT just the water we use in our homes. It takes water to produce EVERYTHING. Food, clothes, and other daily items. An apple requires 18.5 gallons to produce, your lattes: 53 gallons to produce, paper requires 80 gallons to produce, a pair of jeans: 1,800 gallons to produce, and lb of beef requires 1,850 gallons of water to produce. And these are just the little things! Farmers need water for livestock, energy production also requires the use of water, and extreme temperatures evaporate water straight out of the river.
To protect our rivers & lakes and sustain wildlife and defend the beautiful landscapes– from Colorado to Arizona, across Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico– we have to work together! Here’s how you can help! My school, Aveda Institute Provo is working together with Western Resource Advocates to raise money for clean water! Western Resource Advocates specifically focuses on benefiting the Colorado River, thus your/our donations are going straight to your/our own backyard!! Are you aware that a simple donation of $10 can go a LONG way? It provides 300 people with clean water, removes over 450 tons of industrial waste out of the Great Salt Lake!! It also helps provide education on water conservation, water quality monitoring that protects drinking water for over 700 families! Your $10 will help keep 2 million gallons of water in the Colorado River!
Here’s how to donate! Go to our fundraiser on CrowdRise.com and make sure you are donating to Aveda Institute Provo. Click, “Donate to this fundraiser” and select “Priscilla Torrance” as the person you’re sponsoring — selecting someone to sponsor isn’t required but it certainly helps me out a little 😉 Then just put how much you want to donate, $10 being the minimum, and whether or not you’d like to have your name on our wall of donatees and a message if you want. When you’re all done just click “donate” and enter your card information! It’s that easy!
Now if you’re feeling EXTRA generous! Or don’t feel comfortable making a donation via online but still want to help, Aveda Salons, Institutes, etc. are also selling “Light the Way” candles for $12 where 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Global Greengrants Fund to help protect and provide clean water in countries like India! 😀 Feel free to watch the short video below if you’d like! The candles come in 90% post-consumer recycled paper, a portion of which is made from reclaimed carton stock. 🙂 Over the last 7 years, Light the Way candles have provided over $7.6 million to aid Global Greengrants fund hundreds of water projects like the one in India which has helped the same children who inspired the artwork for this years Light the Way candle boxes. 🙂 The scent is organic ginger and ginger lily from India– these candles smell soooooo wonderful and are soy wax based so they’re not harmful to the environment. 🙂 For more info on how to help please visit http://www.greengrants.org! ❤