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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

Barbie Scott
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

Grow Herbs and Vegetable in your Own Backyard

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Growing herbs and vegetables always has part of many cultures. It is especially true in older times when making your product is very common. However, in recent years, fewer people are growing their farm or garden products for personal use. The common causes can be a lack of land and private farms and lots into corporate farms. Since the emergence of the many corporate farms, smaller farms have been bought by the big corporations, thus, bringing on a small amount of product for personal use.

Those who advocate the many excellent farming benefits for personal use, even in small lots, backyards, and gardens. We can now be thankful to those who encourage this type of farming to assure us of healthier products and promote self-sufficiency. If you have done toying with the impression of creating a small garden or farm for vegetables and herbs in your garden, then here are the top advantages you can get.

1. Vegetable and herb gardening assures you of better, healthier, and cleaner production.

If you produce your vegetables and herbs, you can control how you want them to grow. You can decide not to use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, thus giving you and your family (and even your neighborhood) local produce, which is much healthier and safer to consume.

2. Vegetable and herb gardening are economical.

Not only are you assured of healthier and more natural products, but you can also save a significant sum of money by not being reliant on the market. When you do not have your work, you have to adjust to the big corporations’ prices, making you a slave to market movements and supplier demands.

3. Vegetable and herb gardening is a productive hobby.

Growing herbs and vegetables in your backyard or garden can be an excellent hobby. Not only is it practical, but the time and energy spent on planting, growing, and harvesting are very worthwhile and satisfying.

4. Vegetable and herb gardening can provide you with a good income.

If you want to have an additional income source, you can have it while having fun and while being healthy. You can sell your local produce or even transform to finished products such as medicinal herbs, spices, preserves, and even herbal soaps. These products are not only fun to create or produce, but it is also in-demand in the market.

5. Vegetable and herb gardening is easy and enjoyable.

Even without a green thumb, you can make your gardening goals achievable. Thanks to technology and those supporting growing herbs and vegetables for personal use, you can easily access important information through the internet. You can learn different processes of planting, preserving, and even making herbal products. You can also get used to the many networks on-farm suppliers that can provide you top quality soil, fertilizers, pesticides, gardening tools and equipment, and even farm or garden ornaments at much lower prices.

Surviving Jet Lag

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No matter whether your journey is lengthy or short, it is always wearying when traveling for business. The job of going through airports, dealing with delays, handing your things, getting transportation at your destination town, and going to the meeting is much greater stress than you usually go through doing business at home. But when you add the obstacles presented by jet lag, you face physical discomfort that can almost feel like you are getting sick as your body responds to the long-distance trip.

It is good to have some ways to stop jet lag when traveling abroad or across several time zones. Yes, you can get jet lag just going from the east to the west coast domestically. Jet lag begins from the shift in time zones, and the change your body has to execute to deal with the new periods in that time zone.

We are not conscious of it, but our bodies are finely harmonized to work at their best in our homes’ time zone. Our body clocks are tuned to respond to the time of day, the morning and evening cycle, environmental circumstances, and the local conditions’ influence. We have an internal monitor informing us when we should rest or be alert based on that internal clock.

When we go to a new time zone, while our brain finds it strange that it is a particular time of day that is out of sync with what we recognize, our bodies go into quite a tense adaptation to adjust to the new environment. That is why you may not be capable of sleeping in a new time zone when it is 11 p.m. 

The signs of jet lag are fatigue, lack of appetite, shortness of temperament, and even a sense of mild nausea that arises from an internal system that has been driven for a loop. So the best medicine for jet lag is good preparation so you can ease into the change of location without too much stress. By decreasing the jet lag results before they even occur, you make the potential that your business meetings will go well much more possible.

  •  Start adjusting in advance. If you can set yourself on your address’s time frame a few days in advance, the jet lag won’t be as critical. Start fixing your sleep times, and when you get your meals even before the trip starts, you are already “being in that time zone” before you even start the journey.
  •  Keep a clean diet. Jet lag experts advise that you simplify your diet significantly for several days before the trip. Begin to reduce the number of fatty foods, carbs, sugars, and oils in your diet and enhance the level of fruits, greens, and fluids you consume. It will make your system more active and able to adapt to change.
  •  Provide yourself time on the other end. Try to make adjustments to reach a day before your meetings, so you have time in your hotel room to relax and plan for business purposes.
  •  Reduce physical stress causes. During a stressful time, try to lower down on physical stresses such as drinking or intense physical exercise, so your body has more resources to handle the jet lag signs.

By considering jet lag, you take the steps you need to take to reduce a threat to your business goals’ progress on this trip. So if you can reduce the impact of jet lag, your business trip will be a lot more prosperous.

How To Save Money Choosing Energy Efficient Appliances

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Energy-efficient appliances are now getting fame with every passing year as people realize the importance of energy and the harmful effects of these devices on our environment. Energy-efficient appliances seem expensive, but in the long run, they will pay for it.

They are also environmentally friendly in one way or another. Appliances that are durable and use less operating energy are significant savings in all respects, i.e., saving money, saving energy, and low emission of CO2.

With energy-efficient appliances, you will save money each time you use it, and these savings add up over time. An energy-efficient dishwasher can save you £15 a year; an energy-efficient washing machine is also a jackpot as it uses two-third less energy than an ordinary washer.

Similarly, an energy-efficient refrigerator can save £35 a year for you and £350 over the lifetime. By replacing all the appliances with energy-efficient devices, you can see a considerable reduction in your bills, and also it helps you save energy.

Whenever you buy an appliance, it remains with you for about ten or maybe 20 years. It is always important to keep this factor in mind before purchasing any big appliances. Most energy-efficient appliances are expensive. Don t think of the current expenditure; think what will save you fro the next 10 to 20 coming years. You will find it expensive in the short run, but it will pay you for it in the long run.

There are so many ways that you can use to reduce energy consumption. You can still save energy without having energy-efficient appliances. But following these tips along with energy-efficient appliances will be a plus point to save as much energy as you can. The amount of energy consumed depends on how and where the machines are used. By keeping small things in mind, you can save energy.

– You are using a washing machine or dishwasher, always try to wash full loads, i.e., avoid using these appliances for short intervals – they consume too energy on each startup.

– Never leave your freezer or refrigerator open for a long time.

– Avoid refrigerating hot foods.

– Regular defrosting will enhance the efficiency of your refrigerator.

– Never leave your appliances unnecessarily in standby position for long.

Diverticular Disease Affects Over 2/3’s of Seniors

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You can’t manage to disregard the details that these disturbing statistics should increase your warning meter and take it to new elevations. Three dangerous reasons for this illness are:
– Diverticulosis
– Diverticular Bleeding
– Diverticulitis
What it is and how you can control this condition is within your hands. Let’s take a look at what is and how it hits you or your loved ones.

First, the illness starts with small deposits of little pockets. Sometimes, these pockets are infinite, also called diverticula, and they grow in the bowel wall. These formations can be as short as low-dose aspirin, or they can be more tangible.

When internal stress rises in the bowl and presses against the walls, liquid, waste, and gas move along the colon’s length and force them out. Much like a backyard hose, if you extended to push water through a vulnerable spot, eventually, it’s going to bulge. Did you know Diverticula to forms while straining to have a bowel movement? These pockets are seen mostly in the lower portion of the intestinal walls and the large intestine (sigmoid colon). Something you should know:
– Diverticulosis is Common
– Occurs in 10% of the Population Over Forty-Years-of-Age
– Occurs in 50% of the Population Over Sixty-Years-of-Age
– Diverticulosis Complications Occur in 20% of People with the Disease
– Rectal Bleeding (Diverticular Bleeding)
– Diverticular Infection (Diverticulitis)

What is of particular concern is the lack of symptoms. There is a noticeable tenderness reported by people. Some feel sensitivity in the area or speak of abdominal cramps. You can be feeling perfectly fine and experience an attack, consisting of:

– Diarrhea
– Alternating Diarrhea with Constipation
– Craps
– Tenderness in the Lower Abdomen
– Chills
– Fever
Your doctor may test for Diverticular Disease by recommending one of the tests below to diagnose you. They are:

– X-rays
– CT Scanning
– Ultrasound Testing
– Sigmoidoscopy
– Colonoscopy
– Blood Tests
– Angiography (to locate the bleeding source)
Most people don’t know they have Diverticular Disease until tested for another reason, completely unrelated. If you struggle one or more of the earlier symptoms, it may be time for you to lock up, take note, and take care of your digestive health.

One of the most crucial areas you have authority over is your diet. A Diverticulitis Diet with the best Diverticulitis Foods in the correct orders can make all the variation in how your intestines process food. Why would you stay to endure if you had a choice?

Meet someone who knows how impairing this illness can be, meet Mike Hohlweg, a person who isn’t satisfied to keep a proven solution to himself. His purpose is to elucidate pain for others like himself, who endure from this illness. Mike is an average guy. He was exhausted from fighting to get into his days of pain-free. Finding the Diverticulitis Diet, including Diverticulitis Foods, and his whole world changed. He saw fellow patients of this condition and determined he had to reach out to as many people as he could to assist them too. Sure, he could have lived pain-free and kept all the gains for himself, but that is not who he is. He found something else: He began smiling more and seemed like he had a completely new body, one working with him, not opposite him. You can see this for yourself. Mike has done the Diverticulitis Pain-Free Diet possible to fellow patients like himself.

Note: The remarks enclosed herein have yet to be assessed by the Food and Drug Administration and can not be changed for or interpreted as a qualified medical aid. People with low well-being, including those with Diverticulitis, should ask a medical doctor’s guidance before beginning any change in diet or lifestyle. The author is not a medical professional member and does not give this data as medical advice. The learning included in this article is from expert study and personal experience. Consider this research as the input of a researcher or trained layperson.

Teach Young People Self-Discipline With These Activities

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You should develop the trait of self-discipline at a young age. It is crucial to all societies because it overflows with mixed emotions, pressures, and trials. If you want to become a strong adult, you must develop self-discipline as young as your teenage years. What are some of the exercises that build youth self-discipline?

A lot of people think that it is hard to teach old dogs new tricks. It is true, but there are still ways to teach the youth self-discipline. How can you say that a particular individual is disciplined? Well, that is easy to tell, and excellent examples are little kids. Examine kids when parents or caregivers are not around. Well-disciplined kids will still perform reflectively and thoughtfully, even without the appearance of parents or caregivers.

When you finally enter your teenage years, more is anticipated by the people who surround you, even your family. You must be ready to show others that you’re self-disciplined and capable of all your endeavors.

If you’re a member of a specific youth group, you can join in the group activities. If you find yourself unacceptable by other peer groups, your best alternative is to join a youth organization. The youth organization will not say no to you, and they will embrace you with open arms. But to stay in the group, you must allow the group members to assist you with your queries.

You have to acknowledge that you want self-discipline because that is the only time to support you. You must be ready to help yourself so that you do not abuse the efforts of the group. Some of the activities provided by the youth group can influence the member’s self-discipline. You must practice an active part in these activities so that you can see some changes.

The group usually plays group games. It’s ok to have some relaxation and play kids’ sports once in a while. It can help all the members relax and rest. Through kids’ sports, the members will learn to manage themselves. If you don’t want the group to deny you and want to be trusted, you must never show counterproductive practices like impulsivity. Negative thoughts often result in unbounded behavior, aggressiveness, and violence. It would be great if you learn to manage yourself, and different youth games can help a lot.

Sports games can examine the self-discipline of youth group members. As a disciplined person, you will not make anything that can create misunderstandings or disputes. You will not cheat to win. You will only do appropriate actions so that other group members will not deny you.

So if you can’t find a peer group that can accept your flaws, it is time that you begin searching for a youth group. Youth groups are popular nowadays, and it’s all up to you to locate them. Guarantee that you take a youth group that you like to not feel any trouble attending their activities.

You can even ask for support from their parents. That way, they will know what you’re doing. Becoming a youth group member will help you become a better person in the future.

Rights of Pregnant Women in the Workplace

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported a yearly increase in pregnancy discrimination cases received since 2006. In 2008, the EEOC received 6,285 pregnancy discrimination cases; Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination attorneys can help women who are victims of this type of discrimination in getting damages and resolving their issues. According to EEOC, of the 6,285 cases, 5,282 of those have already been resolved. The monetary benefits recovered for pregnancy discrimination victims total to about 12.2 million dollars.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act or PDA protects women from discrimination based on pregnancy and childbirth. It covers all employers with more than 15 employees that include state and local governments.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects women in the following:

– Hiring – A woman cannot be refused employment based on her pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, or the prejudices of other employees, clients, and customers toward pregnant women.

– Pregnancy and Maternity Leave – If a pregnant woman is not able to perform her duties as a result of her pregnancy, the company must treat her situation as they would treat any other disability case.

Pregnant women must be allowed to work until they can. If she is absent from work because of pregnancy-related concerns and recovers, the company cannot require her to take a leave until childbirth. The company must also keep the job open for pregnancy-related issues the same length of time when other positions are held open for an employee on disability leave.

– Health insurance – If a company provides health insurance to its employees, then it should also cover all pregnancy-related conditions the same way it would treat costs for other medical conditions.

Abortion is not required to be covered by the company and health insurance unless to save a mother’s life.

You should be reimbursed for pregnancy-related expenses the same way it covers costs for other medical conditions. It does not matter if it is on a fixed or percentage of reasonable-and-customary-charge basis.

The amount to be paid by the insurance provider can be limited to the same extent as those for other medical conditions.

– Fringe Benefits – All employees must include pregnant women, and pregnancy-related benefits should not be limited to married couples only.

If a company provides benefits to employees on leave, then the same should be given to women on pregnancy-related concerns.

Pregnant women should also be treated the same way as temporarily disabled employees are treated in terms of accrual and seniority crediting, increase in pay, vacation, and other disability benefits.

Discrimination against a pregnant woman, or an individual who is witness to any form of discrimination, you can contact your human resources department about the process of filing a complaint.

You can also seek legal help.

Los Angeles pregnancy discrimination attorneys can help women uphold their rights as a pregnant woman in the workplace. They can also protect women and other individuals who oppose discrimination from retaliation from employers, the company, or even fellow employees.

Tips in Choosing The Ideal Perfume For You

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It can be hard to pick the right perfume that suits your taste, personality, occasions, and other factors knowing there are many fragrances in the market. Check out the following fundamental tips that you may find helpful when choosing and even using the perfect perfume.

1. Prepare your budget.

Perfumes vary in pricing from very inexpensive colognes to luxurious designer brands. Determining a budget or the money you want to spend beforehand will help narrow down the options and keep you a lot of time.

2. Know what specific fragrance you want

Settle on what sort of scent you want based on what the smell would be to you. For example, is it for special events? Is it to please or attract a partner? Is it for everyday wear? If you intend to please someone, be sure to examine the specific scents they like. If you want to use it every day, you may want to get a brighter and more refreshing fragrance. If it’s for big events and formal events, pick a perfume that offers a more real impact by mixing well with your body chemistry.

Other factors, like the weather or season, also should be considered. For example, if you live in a very humid environment, floral scents with a woody or musky foundation usually complement the hot weather. If you are near to others, don’t take a strong scent because not everyone loves the scent of fragrances. Citrus, sea breeze, and other herbal and flowery scents are usually new and rejuvenating, perfect for someone who is always on the go. Suppose you will be out on a date and need to increase the passion, like a scent that is a little heavier but not overwhelming. Normally, oriental relishes project poise and elegance. Meanwhile, aromatic mixtures are ideal for individuals who want to smell like a true man oozing with machismo and confidence.

3. Check meticulously before purchasing.

When you’ve narrowed down your options and ready to go to a fragrance shop, don’t forget to thoroughly check each perfume you like before going ahead of yourself and purchasing. Take note that your nose can only work so much, and trying 20 perfumes can prove to be ineffective. Before you start spraying a scent on your wrist, spray it first on a paper or card and determine if you like it. If not, move on to the next. Once you find a fragrance you think is absolute, begin examining it on your body. Use a small number on your wrist or at the back of your arm. Seldom the saleslady will try to use some to her skin and have you smell it, which is a no-no since each of us responds to scents in different ways. Make sure that the perfume is ideal for you by putting it on your skin. After using, you should wait for a few seconds to let the scent spread on you as it is absorbed.

Why Pasta Dishes Are Important for Your Body

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Pasta meals are not just delicious but also very good for your health, easy to prepare, and very affordable. Although there has been controversy about whether eating pasta is good or bad for your health, recent studies show that pasta contains proper nutrition for your body’s needs and can reduce the risk of breast cancer and diabetes. If you desire to be on a healthy diet by eating foods containing proper nourishment, then pasta is excellent for you.

One fitness features worth analyzing is that pasta is low in fat. It suggests eating pasta will not make any weight gain, as long as you do not overeat, which is typical for any meal. Many diet specialists urge their clients to eat pasta, as 100 grams only includes 2 grams of fat. Pasta also is low in saturated fats that add to heart disease. The complex carbohydrates in pasta are necessary for your body. Without carbs, your body will not have energy given by consuming carbohydrates as the primary power source. The carbohydrates content in pasta is enormous, about 54 grams per 100-gram portioning. It means that it will be useful to eat pasta an hour or two before visiting the gym since your body will be full of energy.

While eating pasta after a workout is also good, it replaces the energy released during working out. The content of vitamin A in healthy pasta dishes is too high, contributing to the skin’s health and vision and bones’ growth. Vitamin A is also the primary agent against infection, and therefore its supply into the body is crucial. Vitamin B9 is in pasta. This vitamin is essential to get during pregnancy, as it helps to prevent miscarriages. Pasta also contains potassium, an essential mineral for your cardiovascular health. Besides, potassium also plays a vital role in keeping your muscles functioning properly.

All of those elements found in pasta dishes are what give the pasta a healthy food. If consuming a slice of bread provides you a small number of carbs, then why not try pasta, which is essential in carbohydrates and other necessary minerals and vitamins for your body. Furthermore, pasta can be a delicious meal if served with vegetables, fish, meat, beans, etc.

Some Helpful Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

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There are times when you suddenly think of a creative idea that you think can be very useful. You don’t know if such an image will be your key to starting a business venture. But you know that the idea you have in mind is so innovative and so revolutionary that you want to make sure nobody steals it from you. However, how can it be stolen from you if nobody knows it’s there, to begin with? This is where intellectual property comes in.

Intellectual Property or IP is a legal notion about things our mind produces for which their sole rights. The term ‘intellectual’ can refer to intangible assets like musical and artistic works, inventions, and even words and symbols. Although discovering a new idea can be very exciting, they are only of value if you can protect them as your own. Here are tips to make sure the product of your eureka moment is protected:

File for protection – You can face various choices when filing it: patent, trademark, or copyright. A patent for something you created doesn’t grant the right to make, use, sell, or import. But, it prohibits others from using them. A trademark is simply a name, a word, or even a symbol that is used as a sign of the origin of goods to recognize them from others’ interests. Copyright, on the other hand, protects the author or creator’s original work.

Get a lawyer – It’s worth your money to hire the assistance of an attorney that specializes in this matter. Look for someone with extensive experience in the area. Ask a friend or someone you trust for his/her recommendation.

Be familiar with intellectual property – Whether or not you’re getting the services of a lawyer, it’s also right to explore information on the subject. Read everything you can regarding intellectual property and your benefits. Particularly read on local laws that govern IP in your state or country.

Don’t present your idea half-baked – Just like you don’t want to eat a half-baked cake, you also don’t want to give an idea that’s not complete. Be sure to fully develop whatever great idea you have before presenting it to the world. Please don’t get carried away by that eureka moment by immediately launching it. Aside from determining your work’s strengths and weaknesses, you should also know exactly who your target market is, and if there’s a similar creation out there that may challenge yours.

These are just some of the steps you can take to ensure that the great idea you have is protected and remains yours for as long as you want it.

Understanding Quarantine and Isolation

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Today we have been experiencing many different and strange diseases, some of which science has no understanding of. It is very likely that if such an illness were to surface within our neighborhood that the federal government or even the state, for that matter, would either place us in a quarantine status or isolate us from the rest of society. Although this response may not be conducted out of malice but rather for the safety of the population, it still does not make us a happy survivalist. If this took place, it would behoove us to understand a little bit about what quarantine and isolation are.

Quarantine is essentially the separation and eventual restriction of a person or group of people in their free movement, even though those individuals may not display an active illness. The key here is the word exposure. They may have been exposed to a communicable illness type but may not show progressive signs of infection. The main objective of quarantine is to prevent the transmission of the disease.

Quarantines can be broken down into several different designations, such as absolute or modified quarantines. An absolute quarantine places limits upon the movement of those being quarantined for some time consistent with the disease’s incubation period. On the other hand, modified provides a partial limitation upon the person or groups’ freedom of movement with the risk factors involved.

When we speak of isolation, we refer to the separation and ultimate restriction of movement involving an ill person who has contracted a contagious disease. Once again, the intent is to prevent transmission of the illness to others.

An example of quarantine took place in September of 2014 when defense secretary Chuck Hagel initiated a 21-Day Ebola Quarantine upon military members returning from West Africa. These measures served as a safety value to prevent possible exposure to others of the deadly disease.

An example of isolation brings to mind the illness of TB. Isolation is a standard procedure typically employed in hospitals for tuberculosis patients as well as other infectious diseases. This process permits patients to receive the necessary care that they need while containing the potential spread of a dangerous illness. The goal is to control and prevent the unnecessary spread of an infectious disease.

I would now like to discuss the issue of trust as associated with quarantine and isolation. To effectively combat health-related matters, the public health departments must foster a measure of public confidence in their expertise and judgment while making decisions and taking actions. This issue poses a crucial challenge to public health officials.

During significant epidemics, public health professionals must rely upon expert knowledge to correctly identify and manage the population’s health requirements in an as accurate manner as possible. The primary aim is to maximize the external influence with accurate data accompanied by professional judgment. All decisions should be comprehensive and as objective as possible. The problem seen here is that not all of their expertise is viewed by the public as inspiring. This brings into play the need to embrace the political process, which weakens the impression provided towards professional neutrality.

This is important because even though the health agency may possess coercive powers by law to be successful, it must depend upon voluntary public compliance. There are not enough enforcement officials to implement and insist upon compliance. Compliance without enforcement is an essential aspect of public health. To achieve this result, it is necessary to establish firm credibility for the health department involved. Without the proper trust and confidence in our health departments’ ability to detect and monitor infectious diseases, the programs would be in dire jeopardy.

Getting Your Organization Ready For E-Learning

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Today, E-Learning has become a need for almost every organization. Companies allocate the right proportion of budgets for training and development of employees majorly through online learning courses.

But, many professionals do not consider workplace learning as a business-relevant activity. Before initiating learning through an e-course within the organization, it is essential to ensure that this initiative should be regarded as a business activity and aligned with the business objectives.

Any learning initiative would be funded by business leaders only if it is business relevant and supports an organization to achieve its goals. And, once the budget is allocated to any learning activity, then it becomes a business activity. For example, if an automobile company’s learning department wants to develop an e-course to train their internal sales force and their dealer sales personnel, then the top management would fund this initiative because it will fulfill an immediate business need of the company. This means that the activity is business relevant; hence it’s a business activity.

Once a learning activity is accepted as a business activity, the second aspect is to align it with business. Here comes the real challenge for learning professionals, and they fail to discourse both relevances and alignment. The learning process needs to be beneficial for both learners and organizations. Right learning professionals who create learning strategies keep in mind the need for business and business objectives and generate better ROI from teaching activities. They align learning techniques with changing business priorities.

It has been seen that professionals develop a relevant e-course and then expect employees to align learning solutions with business objectives. By doing this, learning professionals do not get any credibility from the business leaders. And ultimately, business leaders turn down to fund for online learning courses. Top business leaders set business targets for learning programs and measure the outcomes at the end of the program. Business leaders need a commitment to ensure skills development and effective utilization of these skills to achieve their goals.

For example, an IT networking company wants to retain its position in customer satisfaction. Their learning department will train its customer care team on product features and services and align the learning process with the customer satisfaction business objective. So, it is ensured that the learning process would meet customer expectations. This happens by including real-time skills assessments so that employees are on explicit performance expectations.

Before recommending any learning activity, learning professionals must ascertain that activities are relevant to the business and are aligned with business objectives. Business goals determine the learning strategy of any organization. A learning professional’s role is to develop a learning strategy to drive the organization towards achieving its goals. Before suggesting online learning courses to the organization, the Learning & Development team must first analyze business problems and then formulate learning strategies that can add value back into the business and generate optimum ROI.

Enjoying a Once In a Life Time Trekking Break While You Raise Money for Charity

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More and more avid trekkers are opting for exciting trekking challenges all around the world, and they’re raising money for charity as they do it.

Trekkers are able to choose their dream trekking locations, like the base camp at Everest or opting to do a charity climb of Kilimanjaro.

These types of trekking challenge stretch the talents of experienced trekkers, and by raising money for charity, they are not only helping others as they climb, but they are also giving themselves a goal and a reason to make it to the summit!

Many individuals opt for joining pre-organized charity treks where the trip is pre-planned with set routes and experienced guides. All the trekkers have to do is choose their charity and gather their sponsorships. Most of the reputable trek organizers don’t have minimum fundraising criteria in order to join. There will a set price for the planned trek, including your travel and accommodation, and then what you raise for the charity is your responsibility.

Thousands of trekkers successfully raised significant sums of money to help charities all over the world. Some chose charities close to their hearts, like cancer research charities or organizations that support certain illnesses that are meaningful to their families. Children’s charities are particularly popular amongst trekkers too.

The sense of individual success and happiness that can be gained from having reached a difficult peak after a deep, difficult trek is made even more meaningful when you know every step you take is aiding someone less fortunate than you.

It is an amazing way to present yourself something while you give something back. Many trekkers choose charities from their home town or give the money they raise to local schools or church groups.

If you are a keen and experienced trekker and have always dreamt of reaching Everest base camp or reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, why not add an extra special dimension to your trip by making it special for a deserving charity too.

A charity trek to Everest base camp will give you the most amazing views of the world’s highest peak. This trek will lead you through the world’s highest, most breathtakingly beautiful mountain range – the Himalayas in Nepal.

Or, if you prefer the stunning views of the African plains when you reach the summit, a charity trek up Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is the choice for you. With amazing 360 degree views you will never forget and a tough climb to achieve, the addition of raising much-needed funds for your favorite charity will make it the trip of a lifetime and life-changing for you and the recipients of all the fundraising you do.

Take pictures as you trek so you can share your epic journey with your chosen charity. Many charity trekkers have shared their experiences in blogs, photo diaries, and some have even written books about their experiences and the personal challenges they faced to make it to the top.

A charity trekking holiday is not for the faint-hearted – they are for the dedicated and determined trekker who wants to make a difference to their own life and the lives of others.

How To Deal With Unpacking When Moving Into A House?

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Packing and moving is a humungous task that can easily take a toll on anyone. However, the story does not end here. What most people fail to realize is that only packing and moving is not enough. The most challenging part of the plot happens to be unpacking. So, if you are thinking of shifting or have recently gone, here are a few tips on unpacking your stuff that will help you keep a cool head in the turmoil.

Time Allocation – Most people think unpacking is an easy chore and does not take much time. However, this is not true as unpacking takes just about the same time as packing, and thus, you need to allocate proper time to it. To do this, you need to consider several factors like the number of boxes you have, the number of items that need unpacking, etc.
Hire professionals – It is best to hire professionals for this job as they are not only well equipped to do the job better, but they are also fully capable of putting back intricate pieces of furniture together and assembling items that you may not be able to.

Sort your priorities – What you must unpack depends solely on you. However, it is highly recommended that you start with your bedroom and move towards the bathrooms and the kitchens next. Items belonging to the living room and guest room can be saved later as they do not require any immediate attention, like the other rooms.

Label the boxes – To unpack effectively and efficiently, the first and foremost thing you should do is label your boxes. You can do this by using a marker pen easily. Labeling the boxes helps a great deal as it allows you to know which item is packed where. It also helps to determine which boxes can be stored away for later and which are the ones that need unpacking right away!

Do not procrastinate – Packing and moving is a tiring job, and thus, by the time one starts to unpack, one gets immensely tired and starts to procrastinate. You must not do this and start unpacking right away. This is because it will help you keep order in the new house and settle down quickly. Thus, do not give in to your lazy thoughts and start unpacking right away!

Now that you have read the above tips on unpacking make sure you follow them when you move into your new house!

Different Cobblestones for your Home

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There are a lot of cobblestones that you can decide from for your home. Every style has its touch to suit your choices. With every cobblestone comes to its frame, and this can lead you with your patio design.

Cobblestones have been around for centuries and give off that English way feeling. Maybe before, it might not have been as pretty, but now it’s seen as an artistic pavement method. You will see that cobblestone is not usually symmetrical and is found in various sizes and surfaces.

Random Roma Cobbles is a perfect style for someone who loves asymmetrical texture. These paving stones are placed in lines and have a completely cozy feeling. A person could say that these are put together in the form of a puzzle to reach up to the ground.

Canterbury Cobbles are evocative of the era where roads were used to carry horse-drawn wagons. The heavy paving stones give the exterior being paved a fair amount of height without exaggerating it. This stone is often found in symmetrical shapes, but the soft sides have a delicate appearance. The sandy color gives your backyard an old look.

Cornwall Cobbles are a dark grey that appears to go flawlessly with a drizzly and cloudy day. These paving stones can often be cut into various sizes to match your choices.

Bastille Cobbles have the same features as the stones used in the fifteenth century. The design of a fortress works hand in hand with this stone. The polished look gives the idea of a sporting terrain for jousting.

Asymmetrical paving stone like Porto Cobbles is usually put in rounded designs. In the past centuries, most countries’ harbors were made with a stone that was hard to slide on. With that idea in mind, garden artists use it for their aesthetics and practicality.

Piazza Cobbles are, nowadays, used for prime yard features similar to how it was used during the old days. The Piazza Cobbles has a high-quality finish that gives a person to feel as if they were in a market place of the yard of a castle.

Oxford Cobbles are similar to the eighteenth century. They are often finished to be a darkened color that makes the terrain look like a lesser significant piece. When these are put in the contemporary home, they give the surrounding garden more meaning.

Cobblestones will give your driveway a classy look. Driveway concrete can be rougher and paved with asymmetrical stones for artistic and contemporary design.

Buy Travel Insurance For A Fulfilling Travel Experience

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Travelling is as important for development as it is for relaxation and rejuvenation. And in this frenzied and chaotic routine of ours, travel is not only a source of replenishing the lost verve but giving a completely new outlook towards life. A family holiday helps you to amass all the wrecked bonds of love and care with your loved ones and thread the pearls of affection and alliance with your dear ones.

But what if the much ‘sought-after’ vacation that you seek for revitalization and recreation becomes a string of bad memories laced with unfortunate events? Yes! Have you ever thought of and prepared for a situation when your hard-earned holiday surfaces with unfortunate inevitable instances like loss of baggage or passport and wallet theft or medical evacuation etc. And hence the need for risk coverage surfaces, and it becomes imperative to opt for the right kind of Travel Insurance.

The insurance sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the current era. There are a large number of players that have entered the industry and are having a tough fight to stay on top. To grab the apex position in this sector augmented with a greater market share, insurance companies are offering lucrative and exciting Travel Insurance plans to their customers. Information about different insurance plans is also available on the online portals of all reputed companies. Thus one can check out all the available options and choose the best one that perfectly fits in his/her budget and has all the services and risk coverage terms according to his/her need.

A travel insurance plan provides not only extensive risk coverage but also provides immediate help in an hour of need. Losing luggage might turn sour for anybody as it can mean losing the important documents and hence can create great trouble for him as foreign authority officials are very strict and particular about documents. Also, in case of an accident or a medical emergency, the insurance company takes every possible step to provide the traveler with the best treatment in the quickest time. Travel insurance is the right security tool that acts as a perfect support system when one is caught in trouble on foreign land.

Progress in technology has made things easier, and one can buy and replace travel insurance plans online. Online banking and credit cards have made the job more convenient as payment for the policy can be done using the same mode of transaction. All reputed companies have high-security standards and are SSL certified, so the investment is secure, and there is no scope for any malpractices to exist. This also saves you from going to the corporation office, carrying a bulk of cash that is risky.

Companies are also issuing digitally signed insurance policies that make it easy for the traveler to access this important document from his desktop, laptop, and even phones. Also, there is no limitation on the number of copies one can have in print. So keeping an additional copy for any kind of emergency won’t be a problem.

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