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Meet Ashley Griffin – CEO, Yah Roots Official

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  • What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?

I moved around a lot growing up.  I was born in Baltimore, MD but my mother moved us to Wilmington, NC when I was 4.  I lived there all the way through my later teenage years then BOOM, my senior year of high school my family left Wilmington and moved back north to Baltimore.  Imagine relocating as a senior, it was not fun leaving all my childhood friends.  I went to 3 different High schools, however, I was able to make new friends at all of them.  My family is spread out on the east coast so I don’t get to see them often, but when we come together it’s always a lot of dancing, karaoke, and laughter!

  •  How old were you when you knew this is your calling?

As early as 10 I begin to be conscious about hair care and would do my own hair for school.  My hair is curly, so I remember going to hair stores to find hair products that I thought were “good” for my hair, at 10!  By 12, I began to make my own hair serums by mixing oils that my grandmother had and would “deep condition” my hair once a week.  I didn’t think anything about what I was doing at that time until I had my 2 children, I noticed that hair care is my passion.  I gave my son dreadlocks and would make my own twist cream, and I would make deep conditioners for my daughter’s hair from natural and organic ingredients.  As my knowledge for hair care grew, people would come to me for hair care tips, and wanted to know what I was using on my family’s hair.  This is when I knew I wanted to share hair products with the world.

  • How do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise very competitive and sometimes unscrupulous industry, as a business at times can be cutthroat?

I believe that if you stick to your passion and maintain your values and morals then you can face anything that comes your way.  Never lose sight of what your drive is.  There are thousands of hair products out, but I don’t look at them as competition.  I focus on my own brand and knowledge of hair care, so, as long as I am providing the best hair products for my customers, I am happy.  I interact with my customers and I allow them to provide authentic reviews, I feature real everyday people on the Instagram business page @YAHROOTS_OFFICIAL, that’s what drives me to stay focused on my brand.   

  • What advice do you have for others who have the dream?

My number one advice is to invest in yourself!  Invest not only money but time into your goal.  Read, study, and educate yourself on what it is that you trying to accomplish.  Knowledge is power, and with knowledge, you can do anything you put your mind to do.  Second advice, do not be cheap with yourself, if you need a machine that cost $400 that will benefit you, GET IT THAT 400$ machine!  It will all pay off.  

  • What are some of the things you do to wind down and relax after grueling events and preparations for them?

I love music, so when I want to wind down I may play some smooth r&b or smooth Jazz music, it puts me in calming headspace.  Of course, a nice glass of wine is always good to “wine-down”

  • What is your definition of peace? What is your definition of success?

My definition of peace is the space that I call home, and the people I surround myself with.  I do a lot of work from home, so I like to invest in furniture and live plants and flowers, it makes me feel happy and peaceful.  I am very big on good energy from others, so I keep my few close friends around to spread good vibes also. 

Success to me is seeing your dreams become your reality.  Whether big or small, its so amazing to see your hard work and dedication pay off.  It’s not about money it’s about your accomplishments and that priceless feeling of “I DID THAT!”.

  • What is the one thing you want people to remember most about you and your work?

I want people to know that YAH Roots Official is what I prayed for, this is my gift from The Highest and I give all credit to God.  I promote a love of ethnic natural hair of all types.  It is my passion to provide the best products for natural hair.  Every ingredient used in YAH Roots is exclusively chosen by me and beneficial for all hair types.  I like to say its “Made with Love”.

  • What type of legacy do you wish to leave? 

We live in a world that it’s not appealing to love our ethnic hair.  Afros, tight curly hair, thick hair, wavy hair, thin hair, whatever your authentic hair maybe, we hide it with perms, weaves, and wigs.  I want people to know that our ethnic hair is beautiful and there are amazing organic and natural ingredients that God has put on earth for us to maintain and love our hair.  My legacy is to promote knowledge on hair care and beard care and to regain the love for our own natural hair.  YAH Roots is the face of bringing natural hair back in style.    

  • If there’s one thing you could change about your past, what would it be? 

This is a great question; my answer is very simple.  I would not change anything about my past.  My past experiences and tribulations are what make me who I am today.  I am at a good place in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am if I had not gone through life as God planned me too.  As I always say, “Turn your L’s into lessons”

  • If there is one thing you could change about the world what would it be? 

I would love for Black, Native Americas, and Latino cultures to have more opportunities and resources to become business owners. 

  • What advice do you have for the young ladies (teens to young adult age) who are growing up in today’s world with so much influence in music that is not always supportive of their best interests? What advice would you give young men? 

Ladies, I know how easy it is to be on social media and see other people “living their best life” I want you to know that its only entertainment and only believe half of what you see online.  Move at your own pace in life, set your own goals, and do not compare another person’s lifestyle to yours.  Remember you write your own book with your own story, be yourself always.

Men, you play such an important role in this world.  I know there is a lot of influence in our music culture that does not encourage healthy relationships or respect for women and promotes violence.  I encourage you to keep the entertainment separate from your actual goals in life.  Know that it IS cool to be a good guy, and it IS cool to want a healthy relationship with a woman, and it IS cool not to condone in violence.  We need our men.  

  • Are you single? 

Yes, I am single.  Might not be for too much longer though lol  

  • In your opinion why are relationships failing today and if you could remedy them, what would you do?

In my opinion, relationships lack communication and it causes long term issues between you and your partner.   I would say be open to expressing your feelings respectfully to your partner giving the chance to talk things out early on before situations become more complicated.

  • What are you looking for/from a relationship?

I am looking for a spiritual connection with someone.  Someone that will be on the same accord as far as our values, morals, and beliefs.  If we are grounded in The Most High we can get through anything in life. 

Who do you admire most and why?  

I admire my mother Valerie, my father Desmond, and my grandmother Shirley.  These three have been so influential in my life and taught me to never settle.  They are hard workers, true hustlers, and dreamers.  I gained a lot of my hustle and ambition from them.  I am forever grateful to have learned from them.


BIOGRAPHY 

Ashley Griffin is the creator and founder of YAH Roots Official Hair and Skincare.  Since a child, Ashley has grown a true passion for encouraging women and men to love their authentic ethnic hair.  She loves creating tutorial videos providing knowledge on healthy hair and beard maintenance.  People regularly come to her for hair tips and want to know what she uses in her hair.  This inspired her to create YAH Roots Official for the world.  Ashley’s love of math led her to pursue an education in finance and science, which helped her to become her own formulator for YAH Roots Official; making her own products in a personal lab.  Ashley gained years of extensive research on ingredients and formulating before releasing YAH Roots Official to the world in May 2020.  With a steadily growing amount of positive reviews, she has been able to stay connected with customers providing more than just her products.  Ashley’s goal is to influence people to embrace and care for their natural hair. 

Along with being a full-time entrepreneur, Ashley is also a full-time employee for an Insurance company and single mother of two amazingly intelligent children Jayden and Nyla. When asked how she handles all these responsibilities her answer is simple, “Balance”.  Though her busy schedule, Ashley enjoys making time for her family and herself. She loves planning weekend trips just to get away and enjoy her “me time,” as well as frequently taking road trips with her family to exploring new places.  Outside of traveling, two of her favorite things to do is trying new foods and furniture shopping.  Ashley is a true hustler and goal-getter, giving all credit to God first in everything. 

Demetrius G. Rainer-Advocate/Speaker/Columnist

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Demetrius G. Rainer-Advocate | Speaker | Columnist

Demetrius G. Rainer, JD is a former Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney that has been on both sides of the aisles in the courtroom, on one side defending citizens that had been charged with a crime and on the other as a defendant fighting for her life.
“Dee” as she is affectionately known, is an outspoken Criminal Justice Reform Advocate that focuses on collateral consequences of conviction and how they are hurdles to successful re-entry for returning citizens. Due to her being impacted by collateral consequences of conviction, Dee became Founder and Executive Director of My Meta Re-Entry Services.

Demetrius G. Rainer
Demetrius G. Rainer

Demetrius G. Rainer mission is to remove barriers for returning citizens, reduce recidivism, increase public safety and spur economic growth, by providing resources, information, wrap around services, advocacy and case management to returning citizens for successful reintegration.
Dee is an Executive Board Member for Scotland County Re-entry Council; 2019 Faces of Women Imprisoned Inaugural Co-short Member; Criminal Justice Reform Columnist for Hustle Mama Magazine; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Renew Life Group, LAC an Outpatient Mental Health Center for Adolescents and Adults;

Dee’s life mission is to see that states repeal all collateral consequences of conviction so that “Time Served” really means “Time Served.”

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Demetrius G. Rainer, JD is Wanting to Have the Say So and Last Word…

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oh and…On a Mission to Ensure that the Letter of the Law is to the Letter and that their Words Mean Exactly What They Say

HMAG: What was life growing up like for you?
Demetrius G. Rainer: Life growing up for me was easy. I have two older siblings, a brother and a half-brother. Both my parents were teenagers when I was born, and I am sure they had their struggles but me and my brother didn’t suffer. My mom spoiled all of us, including my dad. My dad made sure we were well provided for and disciplined us when necessary. My dad’s only requirement was for me and my brothers to go to school, study hard and make good grades. My parents just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

HMAG: When did you realize what you wanted to do with your life?
Demetrius G. Rainer: I knew early that I wanted to be a lawyer. Maybe by the age of ten. I was drawn to legal shows on TV. I was always opinionated, inquisitive and had to have the last word.
HMAG: Were you a dreamer in your younger years?

Demetrius G. Rainer: Yes, I was a dreamer when I was growing up. I still am. I dreamed about being Diana Ross!! I Loved Her. I can’t tell you how many times growing up I watched Mahogany and Lady Sing the Blues. I also wanted to marry Billy D. Williams.

HMAG: What did you want most to be from those dreams? Is it what you are doing today?
Demetrius G. Rainer: As I stated earlier, I knew early that I wanted a career in the legal profession. So, I went to law school and began practicing law. As for my profession now, being the Founder of My Meta Re-Entry Services, (will be up and running soon) and being a Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, I was thrust into this role due to my being adversely affected by the Criminal Justice System. For almost a decade, I was a Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer. I also practiced Real Estate Law. However, after making some unwise decisions in my law practice, I was ultimately disbarred and charged with Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud. I was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ultimately served 1 yr and tens days. I went from a successful up and coming defense and real estate lawyer to a defendant. I thought I would die. However, through this adversity, I had to reinvent myself. I had to think outside the box and do something different.

I became a Criminal Justice Reform Advocate more specifically focusing on Re-Entry services and collateral consequences of convictions because I have been adversely impacted by this system and collateral consequences of my conviction continue to hinder me, long after my release from imprisonment.

HMAG: What makes you do what you do?
Demetrius G. Rainer: What makes me do what I do, is because of my own personal experience and the experience of others that have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system.

Don’t BE AFRAID TO REINVENT YOURSELF

HMAG: What do you hope for your legacy?
DGR: As for my legacy, I would like to change the Game in the arena that I am in. I would like to work effectively to change laws in the criminal justice reform arena. I want to be a trailblazer in the game. So, when you hear my name it will be synonymous with changing laws and getting things done in criminal justice reform.

HMAG: If you were able, what would you change about the world we live in?
DGR: If I could change one thing in this Nation, I would like to see this Nation become a Nation of second chances where time served really means time served.

“I would like to be remembered most as a servant. I live to serve others…I serve with a Servant’s Heart. I am guided by God and I ask God daily to guide me and allow me to be a blessing to others.”
Dee Rainer

HMAG: Who were some of your life influences?
DGR: Nelson Mandela. Why: This is a man that was sentenced to life imprisonment ultimately served 27 years in prison in a country that wanted his soul, his spirit, his mind and body, a country that wanted him dead…And within 4 years of his released he became the 1st democratically elected President of that Country!!! That is remarkable. He had an indomitable spirit, the will to press on and persevere. How can’t you admire a person like that?

White Shirts and White Blouses

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White Shirts and White Blouses

White shirts and white blouses are the cornerstone, of my wardrobe. In fact, I believe they should be the cornerstone of everyone’s wardrobe. Just like a White T-Shirt or Black Turtleneck they’re clean and focused, yet have an amazing opportunity for interpretation and diversity.

The White Shirts and White Blouses can display poise, femininity, strength, professionalism and an official stance, in many eyes. It’s a basic beginner piece and finishing touch, all at the same time.

Just like the Little Black Dress, white blouses and white shirts are an essential item in anyone’s wardrobe.  Yet unlike the black dress, it’s appropriate for a picnic, disco, date night, carnival, interview, black tie event and even a funeral. It goes with jeans, a classic pair of pants in ANY COLOR, a skirt and even as an under pinning with vest, jackets, overalls or the right Little Black Dress.

If you haven’t been hip to this idea, I hope you’ll allow me the opportunity to change you mind.

TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED

It’s not all “Happy Go Lucky” with your white blouse. While there will be so many opportunities for you to wear it, there are so many obstacles out to get you.

STAINS:

a good stain fighting pen on hand is always helpful. Try to remain mindful so you don’t need the pen, but mistakes happen, so arm yourself accordingly!

COLOR TRANSFER OR BLEEDING :

Another form of stain, blue jeans, black leather and colored napkins can be out to get your white shirt. I find the best thing to do is just take a zen approach and know it may happen then be prepared to show your top some love afterwards.

CLEANING:

I always find it best to follow the cleaning instructions in any garment, but with white blouses and white shirts, we tend to panic. Spot cleaning is good (for stains) followed by regular cleaning as follow up.

YELLOWING FROM DRY CLEANING:

It’s just the way it is. Your white top will start to yellow, because of age, oxidation and chemical cleaning products, this is unavoidable.  Yellow happens very slowly and sometimes unnoticeable until you’re in a situation with a brand new white shirt; it’s like the tissue test for white teeth! Now you have a decision to make, ignore it (keep) or invest in a new shirt (toss).

NOW THAT YOU KNOW:

Now that we’ve gotten all the details out of the way, I urge you to make good investments, in this product. I’m my opinion, you can’t have too many. You can have so many types, fabrics and styles of white shirts, it’s mind boggling. Take this basic item and prepare to make it anything but basic. Think of different necklaces, pins, scarves you can wear with your white shirts and white blouses and experiment. You can essentially wear a different one everyday and make a statement .

ONE MORE THING: IT HAS TO FIT!

Now, this is a subject I’ve mentioned before, but it bares repeating for this important garment; it must fit well. If the blouse is too tight in the shoulders, squeezes your back, is too tight in the armholes or so oversized you feel swallowed, it’s not right. Make sure your top fits your body well. You should look and feel comfortable remember the fact that white highlights too many imperfections, to explain away.  Make sure it looks good across the bust and back and while oversized can be, fun make sure it looks like it was on purpose with the correct look in your bottom and accessories.

WAYS TO WEAR YOU SHIRT

WEAR IT: tucked in with a pin at the neck or collar
WEAR IT: untucked with a belt, scarf and skirt
WEAR IT: sleeves rolled up unbuttoned with another top underneath such as a lace tank or stripped top and jeans
WEAR IT: tucked with a large statement necklace and finish off with a classic pant or skirt
WEAR IT: completely clean no jewelry and an extravagant bottom, so the top is your support piece(Co-Star of the show)
WEAR IT: tied at the wait with a long flowy satin or sequins skirt.

Imagine these ideas with your basic white blouse/shirt, but then start to think how far you can go with a more elaborate top; one which is pleated, with an unusual neckline, such as a mandarin collar or bow, enormous sleeves or a grand bib detail. You’re white blouse can also be made of linen, lace, chiffon, knit or a mixture of several fabrics and details. You can even start to design your own blouse, by being creative with ties, ribbons, scissors, safety pins and/or trinkets; with these items you can be as basic or ornate as you wish!

It’s YOUR white blouse, make it express your unique style!♥️

Every Day is Different

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Every Day is Different

Sometimes you’re having a wonderful morning; the sun is shinning everything goes easy, your clothes look great and you are out the door with ease. Other days your alarm didn’t go off, your having a hard time getting that hair together and you just can’t figure out WHAT TO WEAR!Every Day is Different and a strong and solid wardrobe with proper options and big enthusiasm can help make this portion easier. Let me offer some help.

STAY READY

I am a VERY firm believer of a healthy wardrobe, meaning some clothes being stuck, in the dry cleaners or any event that pops up at the last minute doesn’t cause a complete melt down.  We recently had articles regarding “The Importance of Basics” and how “Accessories” can increase your wardrobe options. These concepts never go out of style and will keep you from be caught off guard, in any situation. Basic pieces in your wardrobe such as a clean white shirt or a favorite pair of grey pants, which can be paired back to items, in the closet or a great statement necklace can make all the difference in your morning, rain or shine, up easy or a hard time getting out the door.
Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; why wait until that morning to pull it together?  Laying your clothing out the night before make life so much easier!  Organizing your top, bottom, shoes and accessory is a time saver, less stress and lets you focus or more fun ideas. Maybe you can use your extra time to some experiment with hair and makeup.

NEW CLOTHES HYPE

While I love new clothing, I also love having items that can be pulled out of the closet, properly accessorized and go. With this in mind, think of your wardrobe as part of a functional concept meaning, hair, shoes, nails, handbags and even the right attitude can help you get it together.

Make sure you have several accessories ideas for each outfit/dress. Make it your business to have a couple of necklaces, bracelets, shoes and/or hairstyles for one outfit. This process will help you remain prepared, not only does it help you organize it helps you think, in a way that offers the opportunity for future outfits and the best “Put Together” possible.

WE LOVE A SELFIE

We’ve become a society full of picture takers. I can’t speak for others but most of the pictures in my phone will never be published or posted. These are the pictures I use to remember details of places and things; so why can’t you use the same exercise, on your clothing? You can photograph items, on the bed or floor adding in jewelry, belts, shoes or put them on and take pictures. Create your own catalog, which can offer a opportunity to refer to when your feeling “not” as motivated, going on

a business trip, out on a date or attending a wedding, meeting someone you want to impress, trying out a new color/silhouette or need to feel sexy.

PREPARATION IS GOOD

The more effort you can put in upfront the more you create a window of opportunity that can be pulled together quickly and with confidence. How great is it to know exactly how that blouse will look with those pants instead of “Gee, I hope that will look good together.”

Preparing removes doubt, builds confidence and allows for less effort when it’s time to wear the outfit (e.g.-I realized the long black beaded necklace looks better with that top than the short pearls.)

“SHE’’S ALWAYS PULLED TOGETHER”
“Wow, she always looked great.” and “She’s always so pulled together!” is just what everyone can say about YOU, when you display the right intent and focus in your wardrobe. It’s all  in your effort and visual goal.  By utilizing the ideas I’ve mentioned, use social media to offer you inspiration, excitement and realize while everyday is different there is no reason you can’t maintain your same cynosure. You hold the power to make everyday work, for you.

HAPPY OUTFIT!♥️

Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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taking accountability

Too many times, we find ourselves apologizing for things, and for what, half of the times we do not even know. Not just because it seems right, but also our conscious and inner being doesn’t want the stress from arguing to prove a point.

Today’s society seemed to have stopped taking accountability for their actions, and instead of owning their faults, they find a guinea pig and a way around being guilty of an activity that they partook in.

I, too, am guilty of the same. My spirit is so big, and my heart is so loving that I also tend to apologize quickly. To a point, I think the reason I apologize is in part because of my upbringing, whether it is something as far as not returning a call, answering a call, and keeping an appointment. One thing everyone knows “I Am A Woman Of My Word!” I do not say it unless I mean it. I do not accuse unless I have facts. I do not make an appointment unless I am sure it fits into my schedule. Yes, I, too, believe in “Fake It Until You Make It,” but I also am a firm believer that if you have nothing in life, you should at least have your word!

I wrote this piece to say to all those quick apologetic people who tend to apologize for being too kind; for being too good-hearted; for being a person guilty of giving the benefit of the doubt – don’t be sorry. Today, I want you to be Unapologetically. You! The beautiful spirit that God created. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same morals and way of thinking, but there is no need to apologize for everything. Yes, pick your battles and act accordingly, but there is no longer a need to apologize for being you.

There is truth in owning your faults and taking accountability for your actions and sometimes apologizing and meeting the other person in the middle, but you should not find yourself apologizing for everything you do. God created each of us differently for a reason. Yes, we can learn from others, and in no shape or form am I suggesting that you should change because of other people’s actions. I am merely saying, “Be You!” If today you choose not to apologize and that person decides that you are wrong for not doing so, although they know in their heart and spirit you are right, let them go. God does not remove people because He knows they are right; He removes them because He knows they are wrong. God knows your heart, and indeed, that is all that matters. Sometimes we have to allow people to lose us to see their wrongdoings. Sometimes we have to walk away to lessen the burden of the load we carry for others. Sometimes we have to be the one who says, “I Am Not Apologizing, Because I Did Nothing Wrong.”

Wedding Photo Vibes

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It’s Here! The Day Most Women Dream Of! Your wedding day is easily one of the most photographed days of your life. Traditionally, most people hire one photographer, because the great photos are usually of the bride. Honestly, if your photographer is good, he or she will know to schedule accordingly, so that you can capture those memorable moments of both the groom and bride. Yes!

 

It is important to catch those moments before the bride, but I think it is equally important to capture those memorable moments with the groom and his guys as well. Your photographer will likely have thousands of candids of the two of you as you tie the knot, cut the cake, and dance the night away. But before you walk down the aisle and hear the first click of the shutter, it’s a good idea to have a consultation with your photographer to ensure that every pose you want to be included will be there—because, after all, you only have one shot at your wedding day.

Here are 16 poses you’ll want to photograph for your wedding:

1.   Getting Make-Up Done:   Every moment before “I Do” is essential, and catching you getting glammed up is important too.

2.   Putting On Your Dress:    This is true when the magic begins. If you are lucky enough to have your mother present, this is true when the tears start to flow.

3.   The Men Sharing A Laugh:   As they sit around waiting, reminiscing and joking before they start to get dressed.

4.   Time To Get Suited Up:   All women want to see those special shots of them getting dressed, but they also secretly want to see how their groom looked, so it is also important to get pictures of the guys getting dressed.

5.   Putting Your Veil On All queens wear a crown, so it is fitting to get that right shot of you putting on your veil, as you prepare to go from Miss to Mrs.

6.   Let’s Toast To That:  It is essential to capture the shots of the bride and her ladies having a glass of champagne and saying a prayer, as well as the groom and his men, taking a shot of whiskey and a few puffs from a cigar.

7.   Bridal Portrait:  Time to take some candid moment of the future Mrs.


8.   Wedding Party Photos:   Let’s have some jokes, silly photos, and classic memories with the special people you chose to be a part of your special day.

9.   The First Look:  I am not a fan of the first look unless it is still a hidden moment, where we can capture the picture of both of us standing on opposite sides of the door. Most people like it, because it gives them a moment together, away from the crowd, and a moment to get most emotions out.

10.   The First Walk:   After you have said the I Do’s, he has kissed his bride and the nerves have settled, have the photographer take a picture
of you two from behind…. the new couple taking their first walk.

11.   Best Man/Maid of Honor Toast:   This moment is not just for photos, but it is vital to get this on videotape. If you did not hire a videographer, then hope someone videotapes it. Childhood stories, many jokes, and so much more.

12. The First Dance: This moment is so beautiful, between the shared looks, the smiles, the kiss, and the hold, so much sentiment is shared between the newly married couple. At this moment, no one else is in the room but them, well so it seems when you look at the happy couple.

13. You and Mom:  Mothers hold their babies safe through their life, but these photos show how proud they are of the man and woman their child has become and how happy they are of the person they chose to share their life with.

14. Cutting the Cake:  Make sure the photographer takes a few pictures of the cake before the couple stands beside it; a few with the couple and of course, a few when they feed each other.

15.   Throwing the Bouquet:   From the throwing of the bouquet to the removal and catching of the garter. The inner stripper seems to come out of the groom when it’s his time. 16.   Thank You From Bride & Groom:   As they stand to give their final thank you, and they share a few kisses. No better way to end the day, but with some more candid pictures of the newly married couple.

The Creative Mind

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Creative Mind

We have all heard stories and witnessed the unraveling of creative people living wild, uncontrollable lives of madness, being genius, and yet still selfish with the thoughts that go on inside their heads. The ‘artistic temperament’ has now entered the cultural mainstream. While their work may be admired, creative people are sometimes dismissed as non-recognizable and non-relatable. In some circles, the term “creative” is tinged with contempt. That is far from real. A creative mind is sometimes misunderstood as anti-social and weird, but a person living with a creative mind seems to have the most fun.

The upside to having a creative mind is that you are always entertained because most times, your brain never sleeps and is also active with thoughts and ideas. When you have a creative mind, your wheels are still turning. You never get a rest from the commotion inside of your mind. Unlike most people, who work a nine to five job, you are unable to stop thinking about work once your head hits the pillow at night. You are inspired to create at odd hours. You wake up in the middle of the night with ideas on your mind. You do not get well-needed breaks during holidays and birthdays. You work through celebrations. Even if you have stepped away from your pencil or paintbrush to spend time with your loved ones, your mind is elsewhere. You are never fully present because you are always thinking, always planning. To me, the best part is being visual with conversations. I still have my coworkers dying with laughter, because we could have a chat or a joke, and within seconds, I respond via email with the visual aspect to that conversation and joke. They are always amazed at how I came up with that so quick or so precise. In my head, there is never a dull moment.

Now, the downside to a creative mind is that sometimes you may tend to think deeper into things, analyze more than usual and/or you are never satisfied with a project, until it comes across just right, wherein you give the person reading and/or watching, the feel of being in the shoes of the creative mind. When you have a creative mind, you are never satisfied. You never think you are doing enough. You push yourself towards the brink of exhaustion. You criticize yourself even when you are trying your hardest. You could get a million compliments on your work and will ignore them to dwell on the one negative comment. Yes, the creative mind is always striving for better.

As for me, my creative mind has taken me many places. I can travel the world and never get on a plane. My creativity started me out and has continued with my love of the arts, writing, and dancing. Still, I sometimes tend to think that I missed my calling and probably should have been in marketing, which was what I majored in high school, but had so many jobs, that I diverted away from it. Life teaches us lessons, and although I may not have followed my dreams of being a dancer and marketing, I still have had the opportunity to do so. With regards to dancing, the many years that I took, I can now teach a young woman or man the skills of perfecting the art of dancing and give criticism and compliment from the director’s eye. With marketing, I can entertain those around me with my visual aspects of the conversation, and I have been blessed to land the opportunity to write for this great magazine and contribute monthly to the meat of the meal when preparing the magazine’s content. I also self-teach myself in whatever field or hobby that I take on, and I am proud to say that I use my many skills to help others.

Conclusion

As the excellent quote says, “Pay It Forward.” I truly believe God has not blessed me with so many great stories, opportunities, and skills to keep it to myself. He is using me to teach and to empower, and I welcome every old and new face that I encounter. No complaints here, I love it! To those of you raising children, never stop them from their life interest, allow them to explore. You will be amazed at what their inner creative mind is thinking. Give them that white sheet or blank canvas and will enable them to paint their picture.

Author Barbie Scott

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Author Barbie Scott

A “Hood Romance Author” is how she likes to be described. Hustle Mama Magazine introduces to you, Barbie Scott. A California based writer who is using her God-given talents to the fullest.

Get to Know Barbie Scott

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Barbie Scott

Growing up in a Trap has been bittersweet for this young author. However, it was a life lesson. Overcoming her suspenseful life in a gang, Barbie Scott has taken a more positive turn. “Barbie Scott, you have been through so much you need to write a book!” Those are the words Barbie normally from people that knew her stories (or better known these days as her truth). In 2016, Barbie was introduced to the ‘Authors Game.’ Adjusting her crown, The Queen began to write a very anticipating book series entitled ‘Trap Girl’ that reflects on her own life. The self-published author has written over 30 novels in such a short time and has over 20 published on Amazon. She has also sold thousands of copies street-wide from the trunk of her car. Her motto is “From Bricks 2 Books,” and she’s blessed to say she has made it this far and has become so passionate about her craft. Now stepping into film, she recently shot a sizzle for “Trap Girl,” in hopes of being picked up as a television series. The book game is no more accessible than the rap game and the TV/movie industry. It starts with a manuscript, but the hard work comes with creativity and drives to make these publishers recognize your skill.

“Street Chic With A Vision!”

HMM:   Tell us a little about your most recent book? What is the title, and what and who inspired you for this story line?

BS:   My most recent book is titled “A Boss Got Me In My Feelings, But A Savage Got My Heart” It’s a story about a girl who’s abandoned by her mother and went from foster home to jail. When she was released, she meets a young guy who takes her in. This guy is cocky, a true savage but lovable. Anyhow! He takes her in and provides for her. He has dreams of becoming a rapper, but he’s so consumed with his mother’s drug addiction he puts his life on hold. After some time, the girl “Lyric” becomes a stylist and lands a gig for a major producer. She sleeps with the producer to get Royal Kane a deal but then regrets it. I don’t want to give up any more of the book, loll. The story is inspired by life experiences as far as how people let fame change them. That’s what happens in this book with money and fame – Royal changes.

HMM:    Are you independently published? Yes? No? If no, please advise who are you published by?
BS: Yes, I am both. Miss Shan publishes me at Shan Presents, and I am also an independent author as well. I believe in the great words by Malcolm X, “By Any Means Necessary!”

HMM:   Where were you born, and where do you currently live?
BS:   I was born in the heart of Los Angeles, California (South Central). I currently live in Los Angeles, California. Although American born, the majority of my family is from Cuba.

HMM:     What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
BS:    Life growing up was rough only because of the violence I had to escape. Other than that, I had a crazy but dope family. My grandmother is a full-blooded Cuban, so we spoke Spanish around my home. Spanish was the first language I learned. My family is very close. At a very young age, I was caught up in a gang, and I was also raised in the Trap. Nothing to be proud of, but I’m proud of my accomplishments. I did not let my past life deter me from becoming a positive role model.

“From Bricks to Books!”

HMM:    How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were possibly going to do for the rest of your life?
BS:   When I was in junior high, I always wrote poems. I didn’t expect to become a writer professionally. About the age of 24, I picked up a pen and began writing my first book. Everyone that knew me always encouraged it. So finally, I gave it a shot. At the time I was an avid reader, I knew what would excite readers. When I got to about chapter 7, I tossed it to the side. Years later I picked it back up, only this time I used a laptop. I completed it. I got discouraged due to editing issues, and I almost quit (again). One of my friends checked the hell out of me and said: “You better write something else, but you better not give up!” So, I started writing “Trap Girl,” which is my best and favorite book written. I found another editor, and since then, I have not stopped.

HMM:   Are you involved with any workshops, and as an author, how do you help others accomplish their dreams, and what advice do you have for new upcoming aspired writers?
BS:   I’m not in any workshops or anything, but I do consultations via Facebook or Instagram. I want to tell any writer that’s up and coming never to give up. Make every story you write, whether its fiction or real, as realistic as possible. The goal is to capture your readers and make them feel like they are in the character’s shoes. Another thing, especially for male authors, no matter what, there should always be some love story in your novel. Remember, women are your biggest supporters, and women love a damn good love story. I am speaking as an author, a reader, and, most importantly, a woman.

HMM:      What books have you written? Have any been done as a playwright? BS: I’ve written tons of books, but my favorites are the “Trap Girl” series, there are five parts to the series. I’m also in love with “Me, U & Hennessy” and “Stealing The Plugs Heart.” “Trap Girl” is being pitched for a television series. I’m praying it gets picked up. So far, I only shot a sizzle reel. It’s going to be dropping soon. Another message for authors, “never be afraid to invest in yourself.” I took every dollar I had to my name and shot the sizzle. I spent $12,000.00 for 10 minutes. I don’t worry about the money, because if I put my heart and soul into it (which I normally do), I believe one day it will pay off. “Believe in your craft.”

HMM:     Would you consider yourself a driven person? What makes you a “Powerhouse”? What is the source of your strength?
BS:    The source of my strength is my life; my past life motivates me. The crazy thing is most people do not realize that your past can either make you or break you. I chose to allow my past to drive me to be who I am today and become better tomorrow.

“Turn Your Pain Into Your Greatest Purpose!”

Barbie Scott
Barbie Scott

HMM:    Are you currently working on any new books?
BS:     Of course, my pen does not stop! By 2020, I’ll have about 60 books. Loll. I’m working on a novel now called “A Hot girl Summer” that comes out in September, and I’m releasing “Heartbreak In The Hood” on or about August 10, 2019. HMM: What can we expect from you in the future?
BS:   TV shows and movies on the big screen and Netflix, whatever I can get my hands on, and whoever is willing to give this street-chic a shot.

HMM: How can they purchase a copy of this book?
BS: All my books are available on www.amazon.com, and for paperbacks, visit www.authorbarbiescott.com .

To follow Ms. Scott, see her social contact information below:

Website: authorbarbiescott.com
Twitter: autbarbiescott
Instagram: @authorbarbiescott
Facebook: Author Barbie Scott

Art Prodigy Tyler Gordon

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THE PAINTING PRODIGY WHO IS MAKING A BIG SPASH

PAINTING PRODIGY MAKING A BIG SPLASH – TYLER GORDON, a San Jose, California born, 13-year old young man, who has impressive painting skills and is making a name for himself around town.

In fifth grade, while many of us were running around on playgrounds, Tyler Gordon (“Tyler”) of San Jose, California, had just discovered his endless supply of painting talent. Tyler, who is now 13, paints black, white and gray portraits of celebrities he finds on television, or of people who want a portrait of themselves. He has painted Kevin Durant, Jay-Z, Beyonce, the Beatles, Oprah, and many more famous people. “His paintings are shadows and negative space,” said Nicole Kindle (“Kindle”), his mother.


He has sold dozens of paintings, started a Facebook page to promote his art, and has also appeared on Steve Harvey’s show, “Little Big Shots.” A budding entrepreneur, Tyler also promotes his art on other social media platforms,

June 2019, Tyler was at San Jose’s Juneteenth celebration at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, where he live-painted for several hours, fueled only by a bologna sandwich. He sold more than 40 paintings that day, he said.

Tyler’s living room in San Jose is filled with his painting supplies and the art he has made. He paints many free-art from images from tv or movies, and then there are some he paints while sitting on a stool. Lately, he said he’s been at it for about four hours every day, to fulfill the orders that have come pouring in since he appeared on “Little Big Shots” and at the Juneteenth festival. Despite Tyler’s accomplishments, his mom said that he is still a normal kid who plays outside most of the time, thinks he’s Superman, and always has to finish his homework.

“His school comes first,” Kindle said. “If I see a grade slipping, that’s a priority; the painting will have to wait.” Kindle was the one who encouraged Tyler to start painting, and she instantly recognized his talent. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Kindle said on Oli Pettigrew’s TV show, “Right This Minute.” “I’ve been painting, and she instantly recognized his talent. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Kindle said on Oli Pettigrew’s TV show, “Right This Minute.” “I’ve been pushing, trying to get him everything he needs.” Tyler’s accomplishments come despite life-changing hardships. For a while, he was in a wheelchair after breaking his hips, and he is nearly deaf, Kindle said. On Steve Harvey’s show, Tyler got a big surprise when one of his heroes, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, appeared in a video. “Keep inspiring,” Durant told Tyler. And undoubtedly, Tyler will.

Hustle Mama Magazine takes pride in featuring kids of “Our Future” and this month, we feature 13-year old Tyler Gordon. Here is his story.

“I love painting because it keeps me calm and makes me happy!”

HMM: What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
TG: Life growing up for me is excellent. My family is very close. I’m growing up in a fun family. When not in school, my family gets together to play games, go to the beach, church, and every Tuesday, my family has a movie night. Another thing I like to do is help feed the less fortunate.

HMM: How do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise very competitive and
scrupulous industry?
TG: I stay true to who I am. My mom taught me always to be humble and treat the janitor with the same respect that you treat the CEO with.

HMM: At such a young age, what makes you a POWERHOUSE? What is the source of your strength?
TG: I paint from my soul, from deep down. I guess you can say that I paint my feelings. I put some of me in every piece I do. My style of painting, as well as my speed, sets me apart from the other artist. When I did my first painting, which unbeknownst to my mom (I had it in me), I shocked her by the fact that I could paint, let alone the fact that I finished it in approximately 20 minutes.

“I love painting because it keeps me calm and makes me happy!”

HMM: Who are some of your earlier influences?
TG: My earliest influence is my mom. She paints good too. She also started painting at a young age. I like her style, it’s like mine, although the truth is I get it from her. I’m also influenced by Floyd Norman, Basquiat, and Bob Ross.

HMM: You have painted many celebrities from Kevin Durant, Jay-Z, Beyonce, the Beatles, Oprah, and many more famous people. Who is someone you would love to paint and sell a portrait to?
TG: I would love to sell a portrait to Former President, Barack Obama.

HMM: What advice would you offer to kids with a “DREAM”?
TG: I would say, “Never stop going after your dream!” I know, first hand, with determination, it will come true. I’m living my dream right now.

To follow Tyler Gordon, see his contact information below:

Facebook: Tyler Gordon Young Artist
Instagram: Official_tylergordon

The Importance of City Parks

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Parks are probably the most underrated place for beautiful memories. Even before the theme parks that our children now enjoy, parks used to be a place where a simple swing gives so much happiness for free. To some extent, we’re probably aware that the parks in the neighborhood where you grew up impacted who you are today. It turns out parks are an essential piece of any local area. They fundamentally affect the improvement of youngsters and the satisfaction of everybody in the room.

Little did we know, parks are much more important than we think. In America alone, America has a collection of fascinating city parks. There are so many parks that earn recognition as either the Oldest, Most Visited, Largest, etc. There are also many specialty categories for city parks with great amenities – basketball hoops and pools. Some studies call for other creation for parks in America. City parks and open spaces improve our physical and mental wellbeing, fortify our networks, and make our urban communities and neighborhoods more appealing spots to live and work. Various investigations have shown the social, ecological, monetary, and medical advantages parks bring to a city and its kin. For instance, they pull in vacationers, fill in as local area signature pieces, offer a promoting instrument for urban areas to draw in organizations and shows and host celebrations, shows and sports occasions, similar to the case in Minnesota’s Chain of Lakes Park, which is the state’s second-greatest fascination. Furthermore, parks draw in sightseers, occupying lodgings and carrying clients to neighborhood stores and eateries. Parks offer an advertising device for urban communities to pull in organizations and shows. Parks can hold celebrations, concerts, and sports occasions, carrying extra lifts to the nearby economy. Let’s explore more on the importance of having parks:

Smart Growth

Parks are usually considered as the scene “for the sake of entertainment and games,” however that is just a single job they play in a metropolitan climate. Metropolitan parks, which comprehensively incorporate parkland, courts, finished lanes, waterfront promenades, and public nurseries, essentially characterize the format, land esteem, traffic stream, public occasions, and our networks’ city culture. Our urban communities and neighborhoods take on structure, excellence, room to breathe, and esteem with open spaces.

Promote Public Health

Individuals esteem the time they spend in city parks, regardless of whether strolling a dog, playing ball, or having a cookout. Alongside these everyday relaxation conveniences, parks can give quantifiable medical advantages, from furnishing direct contact with nature and a cleaner climate to favorable circumstances for active work and social association. A phone overview led by the American Public Health Association tracked down that 75% of grown-ups accept parks, and diversion should assume a significant part in tending to America’s corpulence emergency.

Green Infrastructure

Just as growing communities need to improve and develop their built infrastructure of roads, sewers, and utilities, they also need to improve and expand their green infrastructure; the interconnected system of green areas that keeps natural ecosystem conditions and functions provides clean air and water and produces a wide array of advantages to people and wildlife. Green infrastructure is a community’s wildlife support system that is required for environmental and economic sustainability.

Community Revitalization

Parks are mind-boggling components of a city. They can serve various uses, have practical experience in their capacity, or give occupants visual appeal. Anyway, they work. They act to characterize the shape and feel of a city and its areas. They additionally work as a conscious device for rejuvenation.

Strengthening Activity in Kids

It’s one thing to have children run around inside a gym. However, when kids get outdoor, the positive outcomes of physical activity increase. Kids who spend time outdoors have better test scores, fewer behavior problems, fewer signs of ADHD, better cognitive functioning, and improved self-discipline.

Reducing Crime

A study conducted by North Carolina State University and Clemson University found converting an abandoned railroad right of way into a high greenway called The 606 lessens crime in nearby neighborhoods. The trail installation in Chicago resulted in lower-income neighborhoods next to the greenbelt experiencing the most significant crime reduction, mainly from property crime levels falling. The trail’s renovation also came with heightened police presence, more reliable lighting, and security cameras.

Creating Social Equality

Urging all gatherings to utilize parks implies empowering individuals from each pay level to exploit the conveniences. Offering free projects may tempt individuals to visit the recreation center if they, in any case, wouldn’t—regulated projects likewise related to higher sensations of wellbeing by park clients.

Through creating a park, space for community members to congregate is safely established. By giving kids a safe place to play and parents to bring their little ones, cities can enjoy more beautiful areas surrounding the parks. Inhabitants get a protected spot for actual work, notwithstanding raised property estimations in the immediate area. Ultimately, for your local area to receive the rewards of parks and entertainment territories, these spots should have alluring plans and play regions for everybody.

 

The Beauty of Living On Purpose

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Human development and growth of personality and character in development as a medical icon of health as a tree with branches and green leaves in the shape of a persons anatomical body on white.s

Every one of us has the freedom on how we live our life. Based on our priorities, we schedule our day-to-day function, and sometimes, the break is not part of it. To maintain the lifestyle and the relationships we have to keep, we make an extra effort always to make ends meet. Life, as it has never been fair, is also meant to be lived wonderfully. Everybody aims to live a purposeful life. It’s part of being a human being, as we don’t like the feeling of standing still. We need to move forward to some goal or purpose constantly. If we don’t, we are less happy. It’s easier said than done, though. Sometimes, we confuse living a purposeful life with just getting our paychecks and crying ourselves to sleep. But really, what does a purposeful life mean?

At some stage of our life on earth, we might wonder what our lives’ meaning is. If you have ever had this feeling – then rest assured that you are not alone. There is sufficient anecdotal data that people are looking for means to live a more meaningful life. Life isn’t just about staying alive. It’s about living for something more significant. To connect with your desires, emotions, and things that matter. To touch, smell, and feel the awakening of every cell in your body. What is a purposeful life? A voluntary life is when you are leading towards a big goal in your life that aligns with your values, passions and makes you happy. This is more difficult than it sounds because finding your purpose in life is not always easy. 

A few groups accept that the reason for life is to acquire accomplishment using any means. They measure achievement as far as notoriety and material abundance. Be that as it may, there is a whole other world to life. For instance, if you are asked, “For what reason do you need achievement?” Your answer may be, “Because it satisfies me.” So there you see, you sincerely look for the joy that you accept achievement will bring to you. However, accomplishing external acquisitions gives momentary bliss that disappears as we set our locales on getting to an ever-increasing extent. According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, happiness is the highest gain that humans seek. We also know that serving and giving bring happiness. This leads us to the belief that helping and sharing is the purpose of living. Therefore, Purposeful Living is a life of serving and giving. However, to serve and provide meaningfully, you must first be of sound body, mind, and spirit. But what do we get from living a purposeful life?

Self-Knowledge

Carrying on with an existence of direction and enthusiasm will empower you to develop personally. It will open ways to interests and organizations that will extend you intellectually, sincerely, and, conceivably even, genuinely. As you follow these new ways, you will find more about yourself, your inclinations, and necessities. You will appreciate the way toward making objectives and assessing them as you progress to making the existence you want.

Trust / Faith

It’s like the Universe is compensating them for the mental fortitude to live consistent with their motivation. With this comes an extending in trust and confidence for the majority of these individuals, as they understand that without a doubt, there is a more prominent power in the Universe than themselves, and they are a fundamental piece of that power.

Self-security

If somebody is carrying on with wildlife, he/she is profoundly helpless against feeling unreliable. Why? This is because aimlessness consistently brings about lower achievements. I mean, on the off chance that you keep your head straight and spotlight on one thing for quite a while, even with limited average ability, you can secure the authority of the expertise. This, at last, results in some accomplishment in your field, which gives you colossal fulfillment.

Anxiety Management

As you know, life inevitably involves obstacles and difficulties. But if you don’t have a purpose in life, you will inevitably develop an attitude of avoiding pain and difficulty in life. The only way to get rid of pain is to get used to it by increasing your pain threshold and realizing that pain comes to teach you stuff and broaden your horizon. Without a purpose in front of us, we are unable to learn these things.

Enhanced Happiness

Having objectives and motivation to get up in the first part of the day are incredible assets and help you feel fulfillment, support, and achievement. These positive feelings will help you understand that you are the expert of your predetermination and have an outstanding ability to transform yourself. And that makes us happier.

Better Health

As you improve your circumstance and standpoint by making a good move every day, you will start to see that you feel incredible and that your pressure and tension levels decrease. By recognizing your motivation, you will find that you need to care more for yourself and your well-being to keep running after your objectives and accomplish the existence you eventually want.

This is high time that you stop settling for an ordinary life, and you must create a focused and purposeful life if you desire to experience authentic living. And today is the perfect time to start it.

Gaming Addiction

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The man addicted to computer games

With the advent of technology and the availability of smartphones, games are readily available. Gone are the days that one can only play video games through personal computers and play stations to kill time. While many studies have been done concerning the potential adverse health effects of video gaming, it is not usually highlighted the positive impact of video gaming, what is so interesting about games, and why we play and continue to play. However, many studies have been done showing the essential factors of what drives us to play games.

Added to that, there are also many benefits of playing video games, as backed up by studies. For kids, computer games may get a little help to their reading skills. This is true even for kids who strive with reading and even when playing action games. Scientists think that this may happen because children need to sort out text commands to play. There’s likewise a pleasant factor. Children who are reluctant to open a conventional book may race to read a site or web forum to get the most recent on their number one game. For adults, computer games relieve stress. Play is fun and can trigger the arrival of endorphins, the body’s common feel-acceptable synthetics. Endorphins advance a general feeling of prosperity and can even incidentally alleviate torment. These are some of the benefits of video games but getting addicted to them is a different story. It’s incredible to do things you appreciate. However, would you be able to go excessively far with a pastime? Furthermore, when does it become a habit? That is the issue specialists are attempting to reply about playing computer games. Even though gaming has been around for nearly 50 years, it has learned about its damages in the beginning phases. Various gatherings have arrived at different decisions about whether issue playing ought to be called a habit. But when it becomes an addiction, it’s never okay. Let’s know about the facts:

Before it becomes a problem, prevent it

To keep the measure of time spent gaming leveled out, attempt these tips for grown-ups and kids the same:

Set time limits for play and stick to them.

Keep telephones and different devices out of the room so you will not play into the evening.

  • Do other exercises each day, including training.

This will bring down the well-being dangers of sitting and playing for extended lengths of time. Nobody knows whether particular sorts of games are bound to prompt issue gaming. For the present, ensure that your kids were playing games for their age.

There are signs before claiming game addiction.

Of course, not everyone who plays a lot has difficulty with gaming. Some specialists say that it’s harmful to label people who might be very enthusiastic about gaming. But to be sure, these signs should be looked out for: Thinking about gaming or a lot of the time; feeling regretful when you can’t play; wanting to spend more and more time playing to feel great; not being able to stop or even play less; not craving to do other things that you used to fancy; having difficulties at work, school, or home because of your gaming; playing regardless of these problems; lying to people close to you about how much time you waste playing and using gaming to ease bad moods and attitudes. In case you’re a parent who’s bothered about the duration of time your youngster spends gaming, take a gander at how well they are getting along at school and with friends. Having passing scores and a decent relationship with guardians are indications that a kid’s video gaming will not be an issue.

There’s help

Treatment for computer game enslavement is like that for different addictions. Directing and conduct adjustments are the essential methods for treating dependent gamers. Together, individual and family advising are incredible treatment devices. Some treatment offices consolidate drugs in their projects. Notwithstanding, in contrast to medications or liquor, computer games are attached to PCs, which are a critical piece of life for a great many people. In that manner, dependence is like a food habit. Subsequently, some treatment communities investigate controlled use instead of restraint. No general remedy for computer game enslavement exists. Likewise, with liquor abuse and chronic drug use, the key is to enter therapy and to remain mindful of triggers while proceeding to take an interest in recuperation gatherings, like Online Gamers Anonymous. Visit a therapist today!

Gaming is an entirely fitting diversion and one that can genuinely help you self-improve! Recess is an essential piece of our advancement as people stop when we arrive at adulthood. Gaming can encourage our various abilities and give our cerebrums a genuinely necessary exercise, so continue doing what you love and creating practical skills simultaneously. The important thing is that you would know where to strike a balance between making it a hobby and considering it as an addiction.

Dogs as Protectors & Companions

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Cliché may seem, but dogs are still and will always be considered man’s best friend. Emotionally speaking, having dogs as pets relieves many uncertainties we have in our everyday lives. Most pet owners are clear about the quick delights that accompany imparting their lives to partner creatures. Studies have also shown that taking care of dogs has therapeutic effects. One of the reasons for these therapeutic results is that pets satisfy the essential human need for touch. Even hardened criminals in prison display long-term changes in their behavior after interacting with pets, many of them undergoing mutual affection for the first time. Stroking, cuddling, or touching a loving animal can immediately pacify and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also reduce loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can essentially boost your mood and ease depression.

Kids have an exceptional relationship with canines. They pull on their tails, rub in reverse on their hide, and sit down directly on their midsections when tired. Most dogs calmly endure this maltreatment, and many even ask for more when their “treatment” closes. This is an apparent difference to what exactly canines will suffer from one another or their adult human colleagues. Aside from being sweet and lovely, dogs as pets can also serve as your protectors. All puppies have a pack sense, which implies that somewhat every canine usually is defensive.

Nonetheless, a few canines have some insurance expertise, have many more grounded impulses for assurance, and are delicate in seeing dangers. Defensive varieties change in size, character, and propensities, yet all usually are gallant, steadfast, and attentive. Considering that there is a long list of dog breeds that best suit the criteria of protectors and companions, it is essential to realize the benefits of having one:

Dogs seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to compassion and understanding. Dogs can tune in without judging. Yet, when you’re vexed, they know. They twist up close to you and lay their head on your chest, gazing at you with their large, honest eyes, transmitting love. While they can’t talk, they realize their people so well and get it when something isn’t right. What’s more, more than that, they attempt to fix whatever isn’t right, the best they know-how.

They’re loyal. They’re not called man’s closest companion in vain; canines are extraordinarily steadfast animals, which is why they are such famous house pets just as watchman creatures. With this dependability comes a defensive quality – a blend coordinated in other creature species once in a while. Canines are incredible for individual security and property security, just as a location because of their uncommon feeling of smell. There’s no uncertainty that they make phenomenal allies for pet proprietors, and police watch the same.

They are naturally intelligent. Dogs are staggeringly clever creatures. They can get on our voices and forms of non-verbal communication dialects to decipher a circumstance or feeling and are considerably more able when they’ve been prepared appropriately. They set out to utilize this expertise and detect when things are not exactly right, regardless of whether with an individual or with a circumstance. Canines can recognize peril, and the varieties that are picked to be security canines aren’t hesitant to take care of business.

They are happy pills. Another obvious benefit of being a dog-handler is the stress relief achieved by simply having a dog around you. Just petting them can increase endorphins in your body, improving your mood and lessening your stress levels. It’s not only the comfort of feeling safer with them on a lead by your side, but dogs are also proven to reliably aid your health by lowering your blood pressure and reducing your cholesterol too.

Natural weapons. There truly is no uncertainty that canines go about as compelling obstacles to hoodlums. Not exclusively do these canines look and sound very scary. However, prepared security canines are additionally fit enough to out-run a great many people. There’s next to no reason for endeavoring to flee from a security canine as this will improve their doubts and maybe their hostility, and they will run quicker.

Dog owners now realize that taking care of dogs requires time, exertion, and persistence – everything that is valuable in different parts of our lives. However, that isn’t the solitary thing having a canine instructs us. From getting a charge out of nature to valuing the more modest things throughout everyday life, our pups genuinely realize how to show others how it’s done regarding life.

Choosing the Best Hotels

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When you’re up for holidays or vacation, the first thing that comes to your mind is about the places you’ll go. How many touristy spots will you visit, what kind of food are they going to offer, or what weather do they have so that you can decide on the type of clothes you can wear. Traveling alone or with family gives us a breather from the daily hustle and bustle of life, and that’s something one should be given much attention to. By traveling, people tend to forget who they are and what they are. There is no time to ponder and wonder. They tend to forget the values of life. Traveling is a time when people relax, reflect, and consider. After a pleasant trip, most people return home with a fresh outlook, new zeal, and a better determination.

Having an excellent place to stay after a long day under the sun is sometimes essential for some travelers. Depending on what type of traveler you are, having peace around while recharging your body for tomorrow’s adventure is another thing. When arranging your excursion, it is essential to consider what your necessities are from the lodging. Each explorer has various conditions. Do you intend to dwell at the accommodation for your entire stay? Will you be going out to tour? Hotels you voyaging alone, with companions or with family? If you remain in the lodging for your entire stay, a few requirements, possibly a pool, web association, a spa, and perhaps some satellite TV association. If you have youngsters and are with the family, you may need changing rooms and maybe a room with an interfacing entryway. The inn you pick should have the option to address your issues. Choices are great. But too many choices can get overwhelming. When booking a hotel, there are so many to choose from, so it’s essential to plan to select the right hotel for you. Thus, consider these things when booking your place:

Decide what’s necessary for a hotel

A few groups need lodging with complimentary breakfast, while others like to eat their morning supper at a neighborhood café or bread shop. If complimentary breakfast isn’t essential to you, don’t allow that to turn into a deciding element. If you need a spot with WiFi, read to check whether it’s free or for an expense and accessible through the lodging or only in the regular zones like the anteroom. Additionally, decide whether the place has just WiFi, just a PC with web access for use, or both.

View

Is the view essential to you? Consider how long you need to spend in your room and the event that it is excellent to pay for a top view as you pick an inn. A few customers wouldn’t fret paying more to appreciate nightfall over the Caribbean from their private gallery, while others would prefer to get a good deal on the room and invest more energy in the seashore.

Check the hotel’s website.

While the reviews online are exhaustingly comprehensive, sometimes it takes us a limited time to update them when hotels change policies, add facilities like a new establishment or a spa, or undergo a renovation. It’s a good idea to double-check a hotel’s website. Calling a hotel directly doesn’t hurt, either.

Look at a map to determine a hotel’s exact location.

Traveling is about area, area, area, and if you don’t have the foggiest idea where your lodging is according to where you need to be in the city, you’re not going to be upbeat you show up. You most likely shouldn’t confide in the lodging’s portrayal of their area. They regularly make statements like “The Louver and the Eiffel Tower are not difficult to reach from our lodging.” Many individuals expect this implies they can stroll to the fascination; however, the inn may be saying that you can “without much of a stretch” stroll to a metro stop 15 minutes away, at that point “effectively” require a 20-minute metro ride to a station close to these attractions.

Budget

It is given that the inn should accommodate your spending plan. The cost of the inn relies upon the area and conveniences it offers. Whenever you have settled on an inn, it is ideal for cross-checking the rates at three/four of your confided-in gateways and check every one of the continuous arrangements on lodgings. Try not to book at booking gateways that are not dependable. Booking straightforwardly with tiny and obscure lodgings may end up being precarious and distressing, as the inn may not react if there should be a date change.

An agreeable convenience during your excursion is quite possibly essential parts of a cheerful and paramount get-away. The previously mentioned tips will help you track down the correct inn to satisfy your requirements during the excursion.

 

All About Adriana Lima

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is always making people’s jaw drop. With its beautiful angels and model, people all around the world are following their whereabouts. To those who need enlightenment, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was a yearly limited-time occasion supported by Victoria’s Secret, a lingerie brand. From 1995 to 2018, Victoria’s Secret utilized the show to showcase its merchandise in prominent settings. Models under the agreement to the organization, known as Victoria’s Secret Angels, were vital members at the occasion. The design show was dropped in 2019. That same year its coordinator, Edward Razek, surrendered under open pressure. At its pinnacle viewership in 2001, the style show had millions checking out a watch and was known to be a pamper occasion with expound costumed unmentionables, music by driving performers, and set plan with changing themes. Many of the world’s top design models chose to act in it every year. The design show pulled infamous people and performers and routinely highlighted uncommon entertainers and acts.

As of the moment, Victoria’s Secret brand has angels and models. Being an angel have special contracts with Victoria’s Secret, meaning they have obligations to the brand that a runway model may not. This is why you’ll see the Angels in Victoria’s Secret campaigns, on talk shows, and in nearly every major runway show, including the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Let’s learn more about one of Victoria’s Secret Brand’s most famous angels who was tagged as the most wanted Angel: Adrianna Lima. She began displaying her toned body for Victoria’s Secret lingerie in 1999 and became an Angel in 2000. She has started the show numerous times and has had the privilege of wearing the luxurious Fantasy Bra twice. But there’s so much about Adriana Lima that remains unknown to many.

She wanted to be a doctor.

Adriana guaranteed that she got into the demonstrating business excessively youthful to understand how she needed to manage her life. As we presently know, it was to some degree that she sought after modelling. So would could it be that she truly needs to do? In 2006, Adriana Lima supposedly expressed in a meeting that she might want to turn into a pediatrician. In any case, that may have now changed since she turned into the mother of two dazzling girls, Sienna and Valentina.

She never went to the gym before her first child.

A few groups indeed are sufficiently fortunate to have great qualities on their side. Adriana asserted that before introducing her first child, she had never been to the exercise center. Presently, she remains dynamic by boxing at any rate double seven days during the hour and a half meetings with her fitness coach, Michael Olajide Jr. He says he prepares her as he would a real fighter and closures every conjunction with strength preparing practices that attention on the whole body. These meetings guarantee that Adriana just necessities to do 10-minute jump rope meetings every day to remain fit. It’s protected to say that it has unquestionably paid off.

She Holds A Superbowl Record

No, she didn’t play football, yet she showed up in some lovely noteworthy plugs. In 2008, Lima’s independent Victoria’s Secret advertisement turned into the most seen promotion of the game, with 103.7 million perspectives. In 2012, Adriana Lima turned into the primary VIP to show up in two Super Bowl advertisements during one game. One business was for Kia Motors, and another was for the flower administrations organization, Teleflora. The promotions sure aided the company as Kia saw deals for their Kia Optima, which was advanced during the business, increment by 138% from February 2012. It seems like anything with Adriana on it builds deals; the April 2006 issue of GQ magazine, which highlighted Lima on the cover, turned into the year’s most elevated selling issue.

She was a virgin until marriage.

Adriana has been highly vocal about her point of view on sex before marriage. In a meeting, she expressed that sex was after marriage (for her). Thus, she asserted she held up until she was hitched, at 27 years old, before losing her virginity to her now ex, Marko Jaric. Indeed, even Lenny Kravitz, whom she dated, said after their separation, without referencing her name explicitly, that he hadn’t engaged in sexual relations in three years (a similar measure of time he had been with her). In this way, it appears as though Adriana was not kidding. Adriana is likewise supposedly strict and goes to mass each Sunday. She even peruses the Bible before her shows. It bodes well since most of Brazil’s populace is Roman Catholic. Presently it doesn’t appear to be so difficult to accept that she wanted to be a nun when she was younger.

She Does A Lot Of Charity Work

Not exclusively does this Angel stay consistent with her title through her excellence. However, she does as such through her caring heart, also. Adriana has done a great deal of good cause work for the shelter, Caminhos da Luz, situated in her old neighborhood of Salvador, Brazil. She purchases garments for the vagrants and gives cash to help grow the structure. In recent years, she has likewise assisted with raising assets for St. Luke’s clinic in Haiti, which offers expecting moms admittance to clinical benefits. There are also numerous other cause occasions that she has participated in, including those held for Novak Djokovic’s Foundation and Brazil Foundation.

While Adriana Lima may have resigned from Victoria’s Secret, she has no plans of leaving modeling any time soon. In a 2019 meeting, after she was granted the Fashion Icon of the Year Award, Lima wondered about her long-term vocation.

ALIGNING WITH THE RIGHT MINDSET

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Fixed Mindset

People with a firm mindset think that people are born with a particular mix of skills, abilities, intelligence, and character. No value of work or effort can turn these basic facts about a person. 

When someone has a fixed mindset, they tend to see the world in a binary fashion. There are winners and losers, smart people and dumb people. For example, Susan assumes that the midterm test has assessed her abilities and found her wanting in the story above. There’s nothing she can do, so she might as well give up. 

People with a fixed mindset often: 

  • Believe effort is a sign of stupidity (because smart/talented people shouldn’t have to try)
  • Believe that success or failure defines them
  • Are reluctant to try challenging activities (in case they don’t do well and thus prove themselves to be not smart/talented/gifted)
  • Ignore feedback (because they can’t change anyway)
  • Feel that feedback is a personal criticism 
  • Feel threatened by others’ success 

When someone has a fixed mindset, they are eager to demonstrate their good qualities. A child with a fixed mindset wants to show how smart, talented and useful they are. After all, if these qualities are fixed, they want to be on the winning side. 

Ironically, this need to demonstrate their skills can lead to rejecting opportunities to improve. For example, Dweck’s research has shown that when children with a fixed mindset are given a choice between repeating an easy puzzle they’ve already mastered and tackled a new mystery that they could learn from, these children generally choose to repeat the easy puzzle. Why would anyone redo something easy? Because if they try the new puzzle and fail, it might reveal that they aren’t smart after all. 

Growth Mindset

In contrast to those with a fixed mindset, people who have a growth mindset believe that one’s talents, intelligence, skills, abilities, and even character traits and interpersonal skills can be developed over time. In this world view, challenges are embraced, and setbacks are viewed as opportunities for learning and growth. 

People with a growth mindset don’t see the world as divided into success and failure, winners and losers; they see setbacks as a sign that more effort and perhaps a different strategy is needed to achieve their goals. Of course, setbacks can still sting for a person with a growth mindset, but they don’t see setbacks as failures – just as a sign that they need to work harder. 

People with a growth mindset recognize that everyone has a different mix of skills and talents, and they understand that not everyone can become Mozart or Einstein. But they do believe that with time and effort, skills in any area can be improved. People with a growth mindset tend to: 

  • Embrace challenges
  • Enjoy learning
  • Try various strategies to solve a problem
  • Ask for help when they need it
  • Listen to feedback
  • Believe that effort is essential for gaining mastery
  • Understand that errors are a part of learning
  • See mistakes and setbacks as learning opportunities
  • See others’ successes as inspirational

Because people with a growth mindset embrace life-long learning, their achievements over time often eclipse those of people hailed as “natural talents” who don’t put in the work to reach their goals. 

What You Can Gain with the Right Mindset

What can you accomplish by cultivating a growth mindset? Well, the quick answer is anything you want. If there’s an area of learning or skill that you are interested in, you can learn, grow, and improve your skills if you apply a growth mindset. 

Whether you want to improve your intellectual skills in logic, math, rhetoric, or astrophysics; develop your creativity in music, drawing, writing, or film; or boost your athletic ability on the court, on the trail, or the yoga mat, you can improve in any area you wish. 

To understand why this is true, it’s helpful to know the concept of neural plasticity. 

Neural Plasticity

The human brain has around 100 billion neurons, which are a special kind of nerve cell. These neurons connect through connection points called synapses to make approximately 100 trillion connections. 

This vast network of neurons controls everything about our bodies and minds, from our digestion and breathing to our mental functions such as memory, knowledge, thoughts, and emotions. Crucially, this neural network allows us to take in information, process it, remember it, and make new connections between things we know (animals with big teeth can bite) and new things we encounter for the first time (I’ve never seen that animal before, but it’s got big teeth! Run!). 

Started a few decades ago, scientists believed that the neurons in our brains grew rapidly in childhood but then stopped growing as we reach maturity. The lack of new neural growth, it was thought, limited how much adults could learn and change in later life. In essence, the scientific understanding of our brain was, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” 

However, recent developments in neuroscience have completely changed this understanding. With new tools that allow us to look inside the brain, scientists have discovered that neurons can grow and change throughout our lives. For example, after a stroke, humans can relearn skills such as walking, speaking, and delicate hand movements, even if the original part of the brain that controls that function is damaged. The ability of our brains to change and grow is known as neural plasticity. 

One moving example of neural plasticity is actor Christopher Reeve, known for his role as Superman. Reeve turned out to be a real-life Superman after a horse-riding accident left him a person with quadriplegia. Before Reeve, the established medical wisdom was that people with spinal cord injuries might continue to improve and regain some function for months after their accident, but, by around two years post-accident, no more improvement would be possible. Reeve, however, was determined to beat the odds. 

Shortly after his accident, Reeve began physical therapy. Around five years after his accident, he regained the ability to move his index finger. Inspired, he started even more intensive training. While he would never walk or gain control over some parts of his body, he could dramatically improve his health and regain some movement and sensation. 

Perhaps most importantly, his example opened up new avenues of research. Since built on these early findings, scientists have made great strides in helping people with spinal cord injuries regain function, sensation, and movement. 

While Christopher Reeve might be an extreme example, his story illustrates an important truth: we can learn and grow at any age. In other words, a growth mindset isn’t just an excellent idea; it’s the scientific truth of how our brains work. No matter what you wish to improve, with strategic effort, growth and learning are possible. 

Dr. Eloise M. Fulton-Taylor

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Dr. Eloise M. Fulton-Taylor asks women to re-examine the truths of how they are portrayed in society.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Dr. Eloise M. Fulton-Taylor aims to expose patriarchy as the root of problems between women (and girls), encouraging women and girls to change this narrative and create a true sisterhood in her new relationship guidebook, “The Lies We Were Told: From Foehood to Sisterhood” (published by Archway Publishing).

Serving as

  • a conversation starter,
  • a conflict revealer,
  • a thought provoke
  • and a mind changer, “The Lies We
    Were Told” challenges anyone who reads it to see that disharmony among women and girls happens so often and easily.

Fulton-Taylor argues that if pioneering female leaders want to continue to transform society, they must be willing to agree on the concept that women should respect and treat others nicely because they share similar experiences and circumstances regardless of their friendship.

“It offers insight into the subtle trappings of competitive rivalry, insecurity, beauty standards and comparisons often exhibited between us that causes certain adverse behaviors among us on all of society’s playgrounds: Businesses; Schools; Churches; Civic Organizations; Political arenas, entertainment industries and Church environments,” Fulton Taylor says of her book, adding, “It also shows the realities of the outcomes in society if not dealt with immediately.”

Key Notes/Speaking Topics:

  • The negative effects competitive rivalry places on society’s playgrounds
  • Unleashing the benefits of aggregate Sisterhood-global problem/global challenge
  • Developing and Cultivating lasting positive self-images
  • Revealing The Ugly Truth-The historical origin of how Patriarchy created opposition among women and girls
  • Unity of the Sisters!- The Crucial Stance

Contact 267-463-7038 or 1chinacat@comcast.net

THE INFLUENCE OF ROUTINES IN OUR LIFE

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Each day, we are required to make thousands of choices – from what to eat, what to wear, and what to buy. By trimming some of those decisions into manageable, repeatable routines, we can save time and energy to do things that mean to us. Read on to learn more about the influence of routines and how they can help you be more productive and less stressed.

What Is a Routine?

A routine is any actions that are recurred, habitually, and without much attention. Routines come in various dimensions. They can be as small and simple as the need to shift on and open your laptop or as large and complicated as the daily calendar that puts you and your family filled, cleaned, dressed, and attending your work, school, and recreation activities.

To some of us, our days started up of different routines, sewed altogether. We started our day with a routine upon waking up in the morning. We have a routine when we go to work, a routine we do when we go to the office, a routine at the gym, etc.

Examples of Routines That Work

Many successful and creative people have harnessed the power of routine to get their work done.

Early to Bed, Early to rising, Early to Create a Bestseller.

While many writers disdain the tyranny of “office jobs”, some of the most successful writers in the world maintain stricter schedules than most bosses would ever hold them to. For example, Japanese writer Haruki Murakami gets up at 4 am every day and writes for five or six hours. In the afternoon, he runs, swims, or both then reads and listens to music. He then goes to sleep every day at 9 pm. Murakami maintains this schedule for six months to a year while he is working on each book.

Even more disciplined than Murakami is American novelist Danielle Steele, who has written 179 books and counting. Steele is at her typewriter every day by 8:30 am, nibbling on the same breakfast each day: toast and a decaf iced coffee. She keeps typing for hours, claiming to work as much as 24 hours straight when the words are flowing. Note that while this particular schedule may work well for Steele, sleep experts recommend that adults get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to be as healthy and productive as possible.

Boring Outfits, Creative Minds

While many creative professionals and entrepreneurs take wild risks in their work, they trust in a routine to relieve stress and free up mental space for more critical decisions in their personal lives. Choosing a daily uniform is one common way that creative people limit the decisions they have to make each day.

We mentioned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, famous for his limited wardrobe of grey t-shirt, jeans, and a hoodie. While he has been seen in a suit on rare occasions, he mostly sticks to his uniform. He claims that by always wearing the same thing, he reduces the number of decisions he has to make in a day to focus on more important matters.

While Mark Zuckerberg’s wardrobe is minimal, he isn’t alone in limiting his clothing choices. Designer Vera Wang, despite creating some of the most beautiful and extravagant wedding dresses in the world, limits her wardrobe to a handful of basics, all in black. Designer Michael Kors also keeps to a sleek black wardrobe of blazer, t-shirt, pants, and loafers.

Simple Meals Save Time

Many people eat the same breakfast and lunch day after day, but Norwegians take “boring” meals one step further. In Norway, almost everyone brings precisely the same type of lunch to work each day, and this habit may be one reason why Norway has one of the highest scores for quality of life in the world. Every day around noon, almost all Norwegians reach into their packs for their matpakke, a stack of several slices of brown bread with a thin layer of butter and a piece of cheese, meat pate, or smoked salmon. This stack of open-faced sandwiches is always wrapped in brown paper.

This basic lunch has many advantages: it can be made in a few moments; it can be carried in a backpack without harm or mess; it doesn’t require refrigeration or heating, and it can be quickly eaten. This last point is vital. In Norway, lunches last only 30 minutes. These short lunches help keep Norway’s working hours among the fastest in the world, an average of just 38.5 hours per week, which helps boost their quality of life.

The Many Benefits of Following a Routine

As the examples above show, routines can be an effective way to maximize your day. Here are some benefits of following a pattern:

Avoiding Decision Fatigue

Every day, we have to make thousands of decisions. Our brains are always making choices, from the small (which shirt to wear) to the big (which company to award a contract to). Every time we ponder the options and choices, it uses a little bit of mental energy. Our mental energy store is finite, and as it runs out, it becomes more and more challenging to make decisions. This can result in procrastination, snap judgments, and poor decision-making, on top of unnecessary stress.

This is true even when we make fun choices, such as vacation planning or picking items for a registry. For example, one study showed that volunteers enjoyed choosing fantasy items for a hypothetical wedding registry for around four minutes. By minute 12, making decisions — even fun decisions — was exhausting.

Of course, making decisions is an integral part of life. After all, making decisions is how we choose our education, jobs, and life partners. So, how can we escape needless decision-making and preserve energy for those choices that matter? The answer is to set a routine you don’t need to think about for the simple things so that your decision-making abilities are saved for the essential things in life.

Time Savings

Have you ever lost your car keys or even your wallet, or your work badge? How long did you waste looking before your items turned up?

Everyone misplaces something from time to time, but developing a routine can save you time if you regularly lose essential items. Create a place for all the daily things you need and return them to their home every day. Likewise, if you lose track of important documents at work or frequently forget items on your to-do list, developing a routine for organizing and keeping track of your important papers will save you time and energy and let you get your work done faster.

Money Savings

Do you eat lunch out every day? Or grab a daily latte and a muffin from the coffee shop for breakfast? A habit of eating out is a routine, and it could be costing you a lot of money. Instead, develop a routine of buying groceries and prepping simple breakfasts and lunches once a week. You’ll save time and money in the long run.

By a similar token, developing a consistent look can help you spend your clothing budget wisely and avoid impulse shopping for clothing that doesn’t suit you or your lifestyle. It can also save time getting dressed each morning. Of course, a consistent uniform doesn’t have to be all dull black. Think of Angela Merkel’s signature colored jackets, Diane Von Furstenberg’s brightly printed dresses, or Kanye West’s color-coordinated sweatsuits. The idea is to pick something that works for you and stick to it.

Boosting Health

According to CDC, only 23% of Americans get the suggested amount of exercise each week. Adults should perform strength training exercises twice a week and get 150 minutes of brisk movement each week, equal to a 25-minute walk per day.

Even fewer Americans get enough fruit and vegetables each day, with just one in ten eating the suggested four to five cups of fruits and veggies per day. If you aren’t the sort of person who wakes up feeling motivated to hit the gym and eat broccoli (and really, who is?), a routine can help.

The key to a routine is that it doesn’t depend on motivation — you do it out of habit. If you want to get healthy, make fitness and healthy eating part of your routine. For example, add a serving or two of fruit and vegetables to every meal, and when you get home from work, walk around the block a few times before you go in the door.

Helping You (and Your Child) Sleep

Another essential benefit of routines is their ability to help you get the sleep you need. If you struggle to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep each night, your pre-bed routine could be the culprit. If you spend the moments before bed reading stressful news articles, answering work emails, or watching action films, it’s no wonder it’s hard to relax and sleep.

Experts recommend turning off TVs, computers, tablets, and phones at least an hour before bedtime and developing your soothing ritual for the best sleep. Whether you stretch, drink warm milk, read a relaxing book, or listen to a calming podcast, find something that relaxes you and do it every night. Before long, your brain will recognize your bedtime ritual and help you drift off faster and sleep more deeply.

Getting a good night’s sleep is even more critical for your child. Studies show that starting in infancy, performing a bedtime ritual helps children fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Good bedtime rituals include a bath, brushing teeth, storytime, and gentle cuddling or a massage. Studies show that such a consistent bedtime routine can help children (and their parents!) sleep better in as little as three days.

GALLSTONES AND PREGNANCY

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Gallstones and Pregnancy

Gallstones can occur at any time, but they are particularly prevalent in pregnancy. This is because the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy can vastly affect how it works. 

Here, you’ll discover some critical things about gallstones and pregnancy to help you understand whether or not you need to seek treatment.

How Does Pregnancy Affect the Gallbladder?

During pregnancy, the body produces a lot more estrogen. The more estrogen there is in the body, the more cholesterol there is present in the bile. It also reduces the gallbladder’s contractions, which means the bile can’t escape as quickly as usual. 

The trouble is, this, in turn, can lead to several pregnancy complications. Some of the difficulties that can arise include premature birth, passing stones before delivery, and stillbirth. 

It is important to note here that these complications are rare. Most gallstones in pregnancy will resolve themselves without the need for treatment. However, it is still worth being aware of the risks. After all, you can never be too careful with the health of your baby.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

If you develop gallstones during pregnancy, you can expect to experience the following symptoms:

  • Intense itching
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice

These are specific pregnancy-related symptoms. Intense itching is widespread and one of the only pregnancy-specific symptoms to watch out for. You can also experience general gallstone symptoms such as pain in the upper abdomen and nausea. The latter can be hard to spot due to the morning sickness often presented during pregnancy.

If you notice you have pain for more than a few hours at a time, it could indicate a more severe gallbladder issue. So, any symptoms that you do experience should be thoroughly checked over by a doctor.

Can You Prevent Gallstones in Pregnancy?

There are some things you can do to reduce your risk of developing gallstones during pregnancy. These include:

  • Make sure you gain a healthy amount of weight
  • Cut back on refined carbs and sugar
  • Eat a high-fiber, healthy fat diet
  • Ensure diabetes is managed correctly

It’s typical and indeed crucial to gain some weight during pregnancy. However, it’s easy to gain too much when you’re “eating for two.” So, try to monitor the amount of weight you’re putting on. Make sure you talk to your doctor to discover how to avoid gaining too much weight.

Eating a healthy diet that is full of fiber and healthy fats is also going to help. Both of these are known to reduce the risk of gallstones generally. As diabetes can also increase your risk, you’ll want to make sure the condition is managed. Like gallstones, diabetes is a common condition that pregnant women suffer from. So, if your risk is high, talk to your doctor about how to manage it properly.

So, while gallstones are a more significant risk for pregnant women, there are ways to prevent them. There are also treatments you can try out if you are diagnosed with them. However, it would help if you always talked to a physician before attempting to treat gallstones when you are pregnant.  

MARKETING YOUR NON-PROFIT

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Marketing Your Nonprofit

Now that you have set up your charity, it’s time to let people know about it. Marketing your nonprofit is crucial to its success. You’re going to need to spend a lot of time marketing, so it’s essential to understand what it involves.

To help, below, you’ll discover a brief guide to marketing your nonprofit.

Know Your Target Audience

The key to any successful marketing campaign is knowing your audience. So, before you start, take time to understand who it is you are targeting.

What is the age and gender of the people you’ll be targeting? Which social media platforms do they typically use, and what issues are most likely to pique their interest? The more you know about your audience, the more comfortable you’ll find it to market to them.

Look for nonprofits that are similar to your own. How are they marketing themselves? Researching the competition is a great way to learn what works. 

Set Up on Social Media

It is essential to set your nonprofit up on social media. Boasting millions of daily users, social media platforms give you the chance to connect with and reach a vast audience. 

Setting up on social media is free too. You can use it to market your fundraisers, attract more visitors to your website, and even run donation campaigns directly through the sites. 

You’ll find social media platforms also have a ton of marketing features you can utilize. These include targeted ads, which allow you to tweak advertisements using a considerable number of parameters. 

Set Marketing Goals

Another important thing you’re going to need to do is to set marketing goals. These should be measurable, too, so you can see how well you are doing. 

Some marketing goals include aiming to increase donations, gaining email sign-ups, the number of people you want to help, and attracting new members. Think of your primary goal, then split it down into smaller, actionable goals. 

As you progress throughout your goals, don’t forget to monitor how well you did. This will let you know whether you need to change anything to achieve better results. 

Ensure You Have Marketing Materials Ready

To market your nonprofit, you’re going to need to have a few marketing materials to hand. These include business cards, thank-you notes, and mail brochures. 

If you plan on attending events, you’ll want to have branded marketing materials clearly on display or ready to hand out. Similarly, it’s common for donors to want to see information packs before deciding whether or not to donate. So, figure out what marketing materials you are going to need.

Marketing a nonprofit is just like dealing with any other type of business. The above are some of the best methods you can use to sell your charity quickly and easily. Just keep in mind that marketing can take up a lot of time. Therefore, you might want to consider hiring a professional marketer to help. This would free up time to take care of matters that only you can deal with.

LEFTOVER RECIPES

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Five Leftover Recipes

If you’re worried about the level of food you are wasting, you can start looking at ways to reuse it. Did you know that most of the food you throw away can be used in leftover recipes?

Here, we’ll look at just five leftover recipes you can use to cut down on food waste at home.

1. Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread is one of the most common foods to get thrown away. It tends to have a relatively short shelf life, and you get quite a lot in one batch. If you find you are continually throwing away leftover bread, why not use it for baking?

You can make a great bread and butter pudding with leftover bread. It might not sound overly delicious, but this dessert can be surprisingly tasty. There are all kinds of variations you can cook up, including classic bread and butter pudding, alongside marmalade and whiskey, or banana bread and butter pudding.

Take a look online for hundreds of bread and butter puddings you can create. 

2. Citrus Cheesecake

Do you throw away a lot of fresh citrus fruits? There are so many uses for leftover citrus, and creating mouth-watering cheesecakes is just one of them. 

Cheesecakes are extremely easy to make, and you’ll often have the ingredients you need already in your pantry. You can create orange cheesecakes, lemon cheesecakes, and even grapefruit flavor cheesecakes if you want to experiment. 

You could use this idea for any leftover fruit you have. 

3. Banana Bread

Another leftover fruit idea is banana bread. Bananas can ripen very quickly, so if you notice them starting to turn, using them up in this recipe is ideal.

Whether you create a classic banana bread recipe or go for something a little more exotic, it’s a great way to use up leftover bananas. You could eat it as a healthy breakfast or as a healthier dessert. 

4. Mini Turkey and Cranberry Pies

Turkey is a classic staple of Thanksgiving, and there is usually a LOT leftover. You already likely know some leftover recipes you can try out. However, if you’re looking for something new, why not cook up some mini turkey and cranberry pies?

These aren’t just great for the family; they can be ideal for entertaining during the holidays too. All you’ll need is some shortcrust pastry, leftover turkey, and a few ingredients from your pantry. 

5. Mayonnaise

Finally, if you have a lot of leftover eggs, you could turn them into mayonnaise. The great thing about this recipe idea is that it will taste so much nicer than the store-bought stuff you are used to. It also needs vinegar, mustard, and oil – ingredients commonly found in most pantries. 

These are just a small number of leftover recipe ideas you can try. If you carry out a quick online search, you’ll see thousands of leftover food recipes. No matter which foods you typically throw away most, there are leftover recipes you can use to cut down your waste. 

THE FUN OF FITNESS

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Making Fitness Fun

The solution to staying fit and healthy as you mature is to guarantee you enjoy exercising. While it gives many incredible gains, let’s face it, exercise isn’t always fun to do. This is very true when you’re older, and your joints ache more than they used to.

If you find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise, here, we’ll look at some of the ways you can make it more fun. 

Look into Exercise Classes for Seniors

If you find working out by yourself a little too tedious, why not look into exercise classes for seniors? There are many various types of groups out there, including swimming, aqua aerobics, and yoga. 

When you attend a class, you’ll be surrounded by other seniors. This helps to combat the effects of loneliness, as well as helping you to get fit. You may even find you start to look forward to your group classes each week.

The great thing about classes specifically for seniors is that you know the exercises will be tailored to suit you. Instructors also tend to make their lessons more fun, ensuring you come back for more.

Organized Activities

As well as exercise classes, you could also partake in organized activities. This could include walking, orienteering, and even day trips. These activities aren’t something you do every week, which makes them more exciting. 

You’ll find a lot of meetup groups for seniors which focus on exercise. Even just going on an organized day trip can help, as you’ll be walking around more than if you were sat at home.

Team Game Sports

You might not have thought of taking part in team sports now that you’re older. However, did you know there are a lot of teams made up of seniors? No matter which sport you are interested in, there will be a senior group you could sign up to.

Team sports make adding exercise into your daily routine a lot more fun. However, if you’ve been out of fitness for a while, you may want to build up your endurance a little before joining a competitive sport.

Try Something New

The best way to make your workouts fun and interesting is to try something new. When you’re doing the same exercises day in and day out, you’re going to get fed up with them pretty quickly. Trying something new keeps you interested in working out while also teaching you new skills.

Take a look in your local area to see what new fitness activities are out there. You can also follow online videos of different types of workouts to try them out first. Just remember, with anything new, it is crucial to build up your fitness gradually and not try too much too soon.

Exercising at an older age doesn’t need to be boring. There are so many fun activities you can do no matter what your age range. The above are some of the best ways to make fitness fun that you can try today. 

DEALING WITH DRINK AND DRUG ISSUES AND YOUR TEEN

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Tips for Dealing with Drink and Drug Issues

Their worst fears are that their teen will get into trouble with drink and drugs for many parents. It is a prime time for them to experiment and try new things. Peer pressure, wanting to fit in, and having fun can all lead to drink and drug issues.

If your teen has developed a problem, it can be heartbreaking. However, there are ways to address the issue. Below, you’ll learn some of the best tips you can follow when dealing with drink and drug issues.

Don’t Panic and Do Your Homework.

It’s common to panic when you learn that your child has been around drink or drugs. Often the terror comes from knowing very little about drug use in teens. Before you over-react, please do your research to learn about the different drugs, their effects, and the level of addictiveness.

It’s essential to be in a calm state when you talk to your teen about these issues. If you aren’t and react purely with anger, they will start hiding things from you. So, if they have openly told you about the issue, praise them for being honest. Even if you have found out from somebody else, flying off the deep end will not achieve anything. 

Talk to Them

It’s critical to talk to your teen about the issue. How long have they been drinking and taking drugs? How often do they do it, or was it just a one-off? It would help if you established the facts before you can figure out how to deal with it.

It would be best if you stayed calm as you discuss the issue too. Let them know trying things is a normal part of being a teen and explain the negative impact of drugs. This is where your homework will pay off. You can teach them why drugs and drinks can be harmful and their effects on loved ones. 

Make sure you sit down and talk to them when they have time. Trying to do it when they are in a rush or watching their favorite TV program isn’t going well.

Seek Professional Help When Needed

If your child has only experimented with drink and drugs as a one-off, they may only need a chat about the dangers and effects. However, if the problem has developed into a more severe addiction, professional help may be required.

Getting your teen to seek professional help isn’t going to be easy. However, depending upon their age, you may be able to force the issue. When you move anything onto a teen, the only trouble is it makes them even more defiant. 

There is no denying that dealing with drink and drug issues with your teen is exceptionally challenging. However, remaining open and understanding is one of the best ways to address it. As tempting as it might be to explode and shout, this is going to do very little to deter your teen from drinking or taking drugs. 

PROS & CONS OF TAKING VITAMINS AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

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Pros and Cons of Taking Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

It is estimated that more than half of Americans take vitamin and mineral supplements. While vitamins and minerals are crucial for the body, supplements aren’t always as healthy as you may think they are.

Like everything in life, there are pros and cons of taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Here, we’ll look at some factors that you need to be aware of.

The Pros of Taking Supplements

Vitamin and mineral supplements can deliver a lot of benefits in the right circumstances. For those who are deficient in certain types of vitamins, alongside pregnant women, supplements can prove invaluable at boosting the health.

Some types of minerals and vitamins are more difficult to consume in healthy amounts naturally. Vitamin D is an excellent example as we get most of it from the sun’s rays. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the sun (say if you work from home, for example), you might not be getting the proper level of vitamin D that you need. So, taking a supplement would help top up your levels, preventing you from developing a vitamin deficiency. 

Supplements can also potentially help kids get the nutrients they need. A lot of children can be very fussy eaters. This can mean they don’t get the right level of nutrients they should. So, kids’ supplements can help parents ensure their children are getting a healthy dose of vitamins to aid their development.

These are some of the benefits you can experience when taking the right supplements. 

What Are the Cons?

It’s logical to think that taking vitamin and mineral supplements can only be a good thing. After all, surely the more you have, the healthier you will be. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

If you take too many vitamins and minerals, it can harm your health. For example, too much vitamin C can lead to diarrhea and an upset stomach. Too much vitamin B6, on the other hand, can lead to a loss of feeling in the legs and arms. So, you’ll want to avoid taking too much of a particular vitamin or mineral.

There is also some risk when it comes to mixing them. If you take multiple supplements, they can interact with one another, causing a range of problems. Zinc, for example, is known to impact how the body absorbs iron and copper. 

Things to Consider

When you’re trying to decide if supplements are right for you, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor. The majority of people who take supplements don’t need them. It would help if you also were careful of fake vitamin and mineral supplements, ensuring you only buy from a respected outlet.

Overall, vitamin and mineral supplements can be a great way to keep your levels topped up. However, you need to make sure you actually need the accessories and take them correctly. 

SHOULD YOU TELL OTHERS ABOUT YOUR PLASTIC SURGERY?

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Should You Tell Others about a Cosmetic Procedure?

If you’re undergoing cosmetic surgery, you may be wondering whether or not to tell other people. Eventually, it is up to you whether you want other people to know or not. However, there are some things worth considering before making a decision.

Here are the main things to think about when deciding whether you should tell others about a cosmetic procedure.

Do I Need to Tell Other People?

Whether you choose to tell other people or not is entirely your decision. Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice, and it’s down to you who you mean about the treatment. 

Due to how natural the results are from today’s cosmetic surgery methods, the work you have done won’t necessarily be easily identified. You’ll look different, but it won’t be obvious that surgery was the reason for the change. This allows you to keep the procedure as secret as you want it to be. 

Why Might It Be Useful to Tell Others?

There are times where telling other people about the surgery can be useful. For example, all types of surgery require some level of downtime. This can be weeks for specific procedures. During this time, you may need help with daily tasks. So, having somebody you can trust there to look after you, particularly during the first few days after surgery, is a good idea. 

As the results tend to be natural, others may not notice the changes you have had. So, if you want to receive compliments on your new look, you may need to let them know what you’re having done in advance. 

How to Cope with People’s Reactions

When you do tell people about your surgery, there are several ways they could react. Ideally, they will be supportive and accept your choice. However, some may not agree and could respond in a negative way to the surgery. So, how can you cope with people’s reactions if you do choose to tell them?

If you have a lot of bruising or swelling after the procedure, others could comment on how you look. This means you’ll need to have thick skin until the bruising and swelling have gone down. 

If people criticize you or disagree with the surgery, remember it is just their opinion. Nobody has the right to tell you how to treat your body. Not everyone will agree with your decision, and that’s OK. 

What If You Don’t Tell and They Notice It Anyway?

If you decide not to tell others, but you are asked outright whether you have had work done, what should you say? Well, you could accept it as a compliment and coyly state you’ll never tell. Or you could admit it. 

These days, having cosmetic surgery is much more accepted in society. So, you don’t need to be ashamed of going under the knife. Whether or not you tell people is your choice, just like it is your body. If you do face adverse reactions, brush them off and remember it’s nobody else’s business. 

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