Sunday, 19 April 2015
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
This thought may not automatically mean something to you. But it should.
Think about your current state of mind, your happiness, your sanity. If you are feeling sad, lonely, without purpose or unhappy, read on for your own selfish reasons.
VOLUNTEERING BURNS CALORIES
Are you feeling a little overweight? Want to get that summer bod? I know sometimes these things drill down to a slow metabolism, but a huge part of weight problems tend to be too much focus on the self.
Exhibit A. Eating to feel better
When you are only focused on your own sadness and despair, you are going to do what it takes to feel better. Unfortunately, for emotional eaters, that comfort can be found on a plate of fresh baked cookies. One becomes two, becomes a couple servings. This can usually be followed by an evening of regret cuddled up on the couch.
Instead of eating, think about the people that do not have anything to eat. It's really true when you hear the quote "Half the world is starving, while the other half is trying to lose weight."
Read an article about someone outside of your typical economical standard, like a starving child or a family lost to war, and suddenly, you may realize that you do not have it as bad as you think.
Baby steps, donate to their cause or share the story and you may feel even better!
Exhibit B. Coming home to a sedentary activity, like watching TV
Watching TV is a double edged sword. It takes away productivity on something you could do that would be meaningful, and at the same time, quickly burns so much of your time that you feel like you cannot get anything done.
I think, if we all stopped and imagined we were in our ederly years, we would look back and battle with the fact that we spent so much time staring at a screen, rather than actively participating in our own lives. Heck, how do you think you make a life worth watching? You get off the couch and live it.
Not moving is not going to burn the calories away, but going to play with cute puppies that need some affection, or taking a walk with an elderly person who feels alone will get you off the couch (- calrories burned) and replace that sedentary evening with some fat-melting action + potential for a few warm bubbly feelings on the side.
HEAR THE COMPLIMENT YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HEAR
You feel overworked, underpaid, and not appreciated for your hard work and creative ideas. You come into work early, leave late and go above and beyond in every area of your job. So why does your manager not show his appreciation enough? Why won't he give you credit for your ideas?
All you need is for someone to tell you you're doing an amazing job, that you're getting a promotion and a raise.
The feeling is mutual. So does everyone else.
We have figured out the way to hear the recognition and complimentary words that you have been dying to hear. The catch?
It needs to come out of YOUR mouth.
Do not depend on any outside sources for your happiness. You should decide that YOU are going to be the one to bring that spirit into the work place. When people like what they hear from you, they tend to want to listen to what you have to say. GIVE THE COMPLIMENT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE. The look in the eyes of the recipient of that message will make you feel just as great as receiving that compliment yourself. And who knows? Maybe you'll start hearing that appreciation come back your way!
And keep in mind: You need to take what you can get out of your job, learn and grow in ways you haven't before, and do not let anyone demotivate. You kick ass. And if where you work cannot see it, then entrepreneurship may be for you, or another position at a different company.
BEAUTIFUL SOULS GET FURTHER THAN PRETTY FACES
If you are pulling your hair out (but not) trying to ensure that you have the right face cream, eye liner, lip plumper, hair dying, nail polishing product to ensure you are prettier than the last post on your instagram feed, I urge you to stop.
We all know that the majority of these products do nothing other than take up space in our bathroom cabinets and deplete the money in our accounts.
You are born how you are born. Make the most of that rather than trying to get a hold of what everyone else has. It's insane and unrealistic, and studies show that the collection of material goods does not make you happier!
Focus on making healthy choices and treating your body like a temple. Attempt to make those around you feel as beautiful as you would want to feel. This is how you cultivate a beautiful person deep down, and that goes way further than a pretty face.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
These stars are not just beautiful! They're powerful, strong women and they have some advice for the rest of us. This advice is for the 'young women' of the world but I think it can resonate with all of us.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
So rare to find a product that actually does what it says it's going to do. I've had brittle, weak nails all my life and thought it was something I was cursed with no matter how careful I was to not be rough with them, and to eat especially healthy. I was spending about 100$ a month on getting gel manicures to get the look I wanted, but when I accepted a new job that was a great opportunity, but a little bit of a pay cut, I knew that I had to start budgeting again.
I went to get my nails removed and it left them paper thin, weak and flimsy. They actually hurt to the touch and there was no way that they could grow without splitting. I went on the search for nail hardener and stumbled upon Nails Inc. NailKale. I'm SO glad I did.
After just a week of applying on my weak think nails, they had already become stronger than my nails were pre-gel. Better yet, they haven't been breaking, and have been growing so well, they look like how my nails looked with the gel top! I usually get so bored with my nail color so after 2 weeks, the color I chose would drive me crazy. I started only getting black and white nails so that it would go with anything. Now I can paint my nails whenever I want to change the color.
So, after realizing how great nail kale was, I went on the search to find out more about the company and how they got to be where they are now! The owner Thea Green is a definite NMY story. She was married with three children and was so passionate about her idea that she quit her job to start it! With a strong vision and brand in mind, she was able to get 200,000 pounds in backing from investors.
Here are the three steps we took from Thea's story to get started on your own big business.
Find a Problem that Has Yet To Be Solved
Thea dreamt up her idea for Nails INC. on a business trip to the States. She noticed that every time someone in her circle went to the states, they would get their nails done at a salon on the cheap.
When she looked for a similar place in the UK she quickly found out that there were none of the sort! It seemed too good to be true so she swooped on the opportunity.
Check for Competitors
Now we're not saying that just because someone else is doing something, that you can't do it too. However, how cool would it be to grab hold of a monopoly on a market that is looking for something that your product can fill the void of?
That's what happened when Thea got back to the UK. She did her research and found nothing of the sort of thing she wanted to do. So she got busy.
A little healthy competition can be good, but when the industry is super saturated, it can at times be difficult to get ahead and stay there. Find something that sets you apart and go at it full strength.
Don't Let Your Current Situation Hold You Back, No Matter What It Is
Thea had a great job at a leading fashion magazine. For many people, having a good enough situation things would hold them back from starting on a new endeavour. But Thea knew not to settle and to follow her passion. Even now, Thea is married and has 3 kids but she doesn't let things like 'time restraints' get in her way.
Monday, 23 February 2015
I am in awe of the amount of people that ask me if I have seen Beyoncé's leaked pictures from the L'oreal campaign that happened to show her wearing a LOT of makeup, with absolutely no retouching.
People go from one extreme to the other, either saying "She's so ugly without makeup" to "I can't believe she looks like that". At the end of the day, it all boils down to the fact that she is a human being, like you and me. I think people get too caught up in the worship factor of our biggest stars. They forget that they are imperfect.
More importantly, you forget that you were born with the same opportunities as them. The ability to determine what your talent is, and hone that skill to make it something that makes you happy.