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Seeing Green: from celtic ancestry to green beauty

Jess Arnaudin

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, eco-beauties! Today is the day for whipping up matcha green tea DIY face masks, unironically drinking green juice (and the occasional green beer), and avowing love for all things verdant! It's also a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture --  which for me, means taking a look back at my ancestry. 

There's beauty found in a sense of belonging. It's empowering to know our history. To feel connected to our ancestors. To find kinship in this magnificent tapestry of the world. My family came from Celtic lands. They traveled from Scotland to Ireland thanks to the British government's initiative giving away plantation acreage to anyone willing to uproot their families for the sake of expansion and promise of abundance. 

Fast forward to the 1700's. Times were tough in Ireland. My family immigrated across the Atlantic to ports in Philadelphia & New York. Historians describe this voyage as arduous and daunting, but thus, they endured and later found their new home in the swampy southern states of America. 

View from inside Lady Liberty's crown. If you're interested in seeing the statue from this vantage, sign up in advance! It took us three months to secure one of the limited spots!

When I visited the Statue of Liberty last summer, I wept. She loomed above me, patina green and iron strong. I saw her through the eyes of the hope-filled immigrants who sought new beginnings on a new shore.  How courageous they must have been! No matter what your heritage, we are all sons and daughters of immigrants (of the human race!). Through their stories, timeworn wisdom is passed on through the ages, and we stand united.

Cheers to St. Patricks day, green beauty goodness, gratitude, and (of course!) Guinness.