A Constant State of Growth

Recently I presented a talk at ASU to a group of students in their undergrad senior year. They are attending a Political History and Leadership program. 
As much as I try to read my audience when speaking, the best confirmation of their connection to the subject and presentation is afterwards, when they ask questions. Several raised their hands. 
One of the students asked what keeps me motivated and inspired. Although I gave him an answer that at the time made sense, I kept thinking about the question days after. What does motivate and inspire us as we grow older?

And as ‘chance’ would have its way with me, days later I received my favorite monthly magazine, American Essence, in which an article, "A Constant State of Growth, The pursuit of curiosity and its key to a happy life" by Poppy Richie, confirmed what we know about motivation and inspiration.  

According to author Hector Garcia, featured in the article, who advises us, “Be led by your curiosity and keep busy by doing things that fill you with meaning and happiness.” In his book, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, he learned the secret when visiting and researching centenarian communities in Okinawa. It came down to the usual formula; healthy exercise and diet, keeping busy doing meaningful activities, being socially active, and continued learning (curiosity) stimulates happiness, motivates and inspires us into a constant state of growth. 

The article encourages us to explore and learn, whether through online courses from The Great Courses (, affordable online courses, with presentations by award-winning professors on a variety of topics, including art, history, music and science or by listening to podcast, radio programs and literally every subject is available to us in the palm of our hand with smartphones. 
Albert Einstein described; “Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is not enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a ‘holy curiosity’. In fact, we can cultivate the holy aspect of lifelong learning through prayer, meditation, study of scriptures, and service, as a means through which to get in touch with our spiritual energy and capacity for love.”

On this first day of my birthday month, I am committed to a constant state of growth and a healthy dose of ‘holy curiosity’ to keep me motivated and inspired. I have discovered that the less we fear, the more we love, the more curious we become about life. 

Join me and let’s celebrate the divine nature of our lives. Let us release the past without condemnation, appreciate and enjoy the present, and affirm a future of a healthy and happy long life. 

Grateful for all of you.

With love,

Eufora Product of the Month

Nourish, Moisture Solution Conditioner, Maximum moisture for dry, stressed and damaged hair. 

Snip Tip:

How often should we apply a moisturizing conditioner to our hair? Every time after shampooing. We live in a dry desert. Just as we apply a moisture cream to our face and use body lotion, our hair requires moisture as well. Ask us about our weight-less conditioners at Pluma. 

Welcome back Samantha and a big welcome to Beverly Barre' and Ruby Cabrera! We are indeed in a constant state of growth. 


Team Pluma

Beverly Barre'
Ruby Cabrera
A Very Special Thank You to our Mary Petrich
Thank you, Mary, for the 11 years as a stylist at Pluma. It has been our pleasure to have you with us for your talent with hair, your gentle and creative nature, your free spirit inspiration, and the music you have brought into our space over the years. We will miss you greatly. And we shall see you at your gigs as you pursue your musical career full time.  Best wishes to you. 

Quote of the Month

When death finds me. Let it find me living! - Sabra House

We are stronger in the places we have been broken. -Ernest Hemmingway 

Pluma Goes to School

We enjoyed a master haircutting class with Eufora in April.

Yes, We Wax!

Are your eyebrows a little out of control? A nicely shaped eyebrow adds lift to your face and makes the eye appear larger and more youthful. Contact us for an appointment.

Pluma Book Club

Personal development: 
Ikigai, The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
by Hector Garcia

Novel: The Pilots Wife by Anita Shreve 
Culinary Creations by Connie
Recipe of the Month

Chef Connie shares her delicious recipe for Asparagus Soup, a lovely Spring Recipe.

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