There’s so much noise everywhere in our lives. Sometimes, it amounts to just too much stress. The news regularly reports murder, rape, robbery and crime. We work 80 plus hours, some even more. We deal with family, friendship, and relationship issues. We try to keep up with social media and our finances, all while trying to remain sane on a daily basis.
At a young age, my mother taught me some valuable lessons such as to never depend on a man and to love yourself unconditionally.She was a single mother, raising two kids on her own. She had too much pride to ask others for help. She never felt the need to have a man by her side to make her feel complete, and I admire her for that. However, the most valuable lesson that she has taught me is to never allow a man to make you feel unworthy.
Amongst many others like myself, earlier this year I said goodbye to New Year’s resolutions and decided to take a different approach to making lifestyle changes. I found an amusing comparison to resolutions to that of the “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” tale. Resolutions are purely false alarms aimed to possibilities of failure.
Have you ever been dissatisfied with the current events in your life? Do you feel like your life is miserable and boring? If you are having these recurrent feelings of dissatisfaction, it's time for a change, because your life has become stagnant. It's time to chase after your goals and those things you’ve been desiring for numerous years. Change isn't easy.
While it's easy to get lost in the fun of travelling and get swept away by the places you are visiting and the things you are doing, it is crucial that you keep your health in mind. There are several things to think about in order to stay healthy when you're away from home: food, cleanliness, sleep, and for some people exercise.
We all know the familiar struggle of keeping up with a tight work-out schedule. Often times, a conflict in schedule inhibits the 30-minute workout session at the gym. Rushing in the morning to school or work leaves us with no time to exercise. Often times, pure laziness and procrastination prevents us from reaching our body goals. For starters, the gym may be an intimidating place, where seemingly everyone is in shape and “knows” what they’re doing.
For those who suffer from excessive oily skin, we all know the trouble and hassle of trying to maintain, well, “non-oily” skin. It took me a few years to finally find what works best for my skin type. I struggled finding a routine that minimizes that unnecessary extra shine that shows up in pictures and the overly greasy face that leaves your make up looking gooey by the end of the day. As someone who lives in Houston, where it practically feels like 100 degrees during the summer and the humidity is at its highest peak, nearly at all times of the day, trying to not look oily is almost impossible.
Yes, every day, even when wearing protective styling. Use a spray bottle mixture of water and Shea butter for protective hairstyles. The spray bottle is much more practical for protective hairstyles, as this allows moisturizing in all parts of the hair that are impossible to reach.
Are you feeling upset, angry, or depressed? Perhaps you’ve prayed about it, which you should. You bought out the Kleenex tissues and those old romance movies and listened to some of your favorite sad songs. And you cried about it. Now you’re walking around feeling down, thinking about that one person. You may be feeling disappointed because the job promotion you thought you’d get just didn’t end up working in your favor. The work out at the gym was good, but perhaps not sufficient enough. You’re up during the wee hours of the morning, and everything is quiet. You’re still.
What the heck am I doing with my life? I feel like I’m just here. Just here, looking at the clock every 30 minutes. If he sends me one more passive aggressive email, I will lose it. And, I won’t regret it.Can Friday come any faster?
I’ve decided to rejuvenate my mind by aiming to maintain a good balance, not only physically, but mentally as well. Since I’m in Europe, a switch to my routine has shifted a little bit, but I’m hoping to keep a good steady “Mind Diet” while I’m here. I’ve compiled a list on how I’ll try to exercise my mind the moment I wake up, until the moment I go back to sleep and resume my routine once again.
I believe we’ve all had at least one person in our life who has hurt us so much that we wanted to pray fire and brimstone down upon them and their entire household. You know the feeling. The hurt runs deep. It’s only when you slowly take the knife out of your wounded back and fragile heart that you begin to realize the depth of the pain you feel.
Over time I heard about this Maybelline SuperStayBetter Skin Foundation (long name, I know). I was quickly drawn to the fact that it is oil-free, sunscreen-based and great for the skin, I had to try it. After a quick minute, I ended up picking up the exact same color that I had in the Fit Me Matte foundation "Rich Tan." Only, the numbers obviously differed; 238 vs 80.
Life can be hectic, regardless of what season you are in. It doesn’t matter if you’re a college student, young professional, business owner, stay-at-home mom, artist or corporate senior leader, we all have our fair share of overwhelming moments. Still, despite the busyness in our lives, we must make ourselves a priority. And, we can only do that by taking care of ourselves. Here are 5 simple and practical things you can do to remind yourself to put yourself first.
Bad relationships are like weeds in a flower bed, you don’t really notice them until the damage has already begun. Weeds are generally plants that have absolutely no redeeming value as far as nutrition is concerned. They tend to compete with flowers for nutrients and space. Similar to flowers, we allow bad people, who bring no real value, to enter into our lives; bad people who come to compete with us for space in our own lives—our flower bed!
Is Monday your favorite day of the week? No? Well it’s not my favorite day either. But, Mondays are typically when many of us aim to achieve the various personal and professional goals we have set for ourselves, so why not start this Monday with a bit of motivation.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, still we so desperately try to avoid it. The most common advice when dealing with stress is simply, "do not stress" and I know first hand it is much easier said than done. Let us first get a clear understanding of the meaning of stress.
We eventually start to compare our looks and what we have or don’t have to others. We become attached to worldly things in hopes that it’ll make us look good. On top of that, people can plant a negative seed in your head about yourself that will forever remain a dilemma, which then leads to insecurities.
As a 27-year-old black female, I know personally how hard it is living inside your own mind while trying to keep up with the trends and times. To be desirable but not too forward; educated yet not too smart. There is so much pressure on women to be everything and nothing – only when it’s convenient for the rest of the world. So when do we make time to consider ourselves?
Waking up every day to go to that place felt like a chore. I was always ready to leave. Graduating was probably one of the best experiences of my life. I recall a dreamy-eyed me sitting in the audience, more than ready for the next breakthrough in my life.
Most girls worked very hard in the spring to look stunning for summer. Last year, my workout routines were a combination of cardio and weight lifting, making my mornings a bit intense. Now, with summer about 6 months away, how are we going to say fit throughout these months so that we're not scrambling for our summer bodies when the season comes?
Let’s talk about e.l.f. makeup brushes. I have had them for a year now. I was not particularly drawn to this brand as I had thought it was too cheap to be any good! But then, I kept hearing about how great they were. Reviews claimed the application process was no different. And plus, they are made cruelty-free & vegan. So, I finally decided to pick up a few, since they were only $2- $3.
I find that winter can generally put us all in a rut. It seems as if we just go to work, rush back to the comfort of our homes, eat and sit on the couch, watching television until it’s time to go to bed. Then we get up and do it all over again the next day.
The most successful people have an organized path towards success. They know exactly what they want out of life and they do exactly what they need to do to go after it. As our beloved Beyoncé so graciously stated: “I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it.” And, we all should follow suit.
Recently, Alicia Keys wrote an open letter for Lenny expressing her views on why she decided to no longer wear makeup. In it, she talks about the ongoing battle that echoes a struggle all too familiar for many women: the constant pressure to meet society’s standards of “beautiful” and to be the ideal “beautiful woman.”
In all of my social media applications I get bombed by countless articles and photographs of beautiful models with perfect bodies. And not going to lie, there’ve been several times where these images affect my self-esteem. However, I’ve learned over time that it is useless to let my confidence get weakened by unreal photographs and I’ve learn to filter what shows up in my social media engines.