When it comes to dating, we should be more open to stepping outside of our dating box and comfort zone. Oftentimes we have in our minds that our soul mate looks like this, or he will be like that. The reality is he may come in a package that you never expected. He may come in a race that you didn’t expect, or may come in a height shorter than what you dreamed of, or whatever! Staying in your dating box is only limiting you. If you want to find true love, and not that superficial wishy washy stuff, you have to open up your heart and mind to the possibility of just being open.
You don’t have to put on a ton of makeup everyday to look your best. Your daily makeup routine should never take more than five minutes. Honestly five minutes is all it should take. Keep it simple and keep it quick. All you need is the three makeup essentials and you are on your way. Foundation, lip gloss or lipstick, and mascara. Voila, that’s it!
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Valentine’s day is not always about love for a man. I think we often forget that it can be about love for anyone that’s special to us. So this Valentine’s day why not show some love to the girl in your life? Your best friend!
You know the one you can tell all your secrets to. The one that has seen you walk around at home without your hair combed, and wearing tore up pajamas. The one whose shoulder you have cried on a million times. The one you have laughed with. The one who has seen you at your worst, and still didn’t judge you. Yes that one! Show her some love by making her a best friend care package. All you need is a cute box or gift bag and fill with some items that she will enjoy. Here are a few ideas:
- Nail polish, lip gloss, or her favorite beauty item
- The latest issue of a magazine she loves to read or a cute book you think she will enjoy reading
- A gift card to her favorite restaurant or a spa
- A coffee mug with a pack of hot cocoa or coffee
- A pair of earrings
- A picture of the two of you
- A pair of cute and cozy socks
A good friend is hard to find so cherish and appreciate her for being there for you when you need her most.
“I think the idea that you know who your inner self is on a daily basis, because… you know. What’s good for you 25 years ago may not be good for you now. So, to keep in touch with that, I think that’s the first ingredient for success. Because if you’re a successful human being, everything else is gravy, I think.” Whoopi Goldberg
“I say to those people who are desperately trying to get healthy, in those moments where you feel like you can’t go any further, you can.” Mo’Nique
“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it. ” Wanda Sykes
“The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was ‘do it scared.’ And no matter if you’re scared, just go ahead and do it anyway because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone.” Sherri Shepherd
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As women of color we need to stop waiting on the world to recognize the beauty and power that we possess. The reality is that it’s probably never going to happen. Once we begin to recognize it for ourselves, what others think of us will no longer matter! We don’t need validation from magazines or the media. From the array of our beautiful brown shades, to our curves and variety of hair textures, the moment we embrace our true beauty is the moment we become free.
“What I think is exciting is that, to a certain extent, there is a revolution happening where black women are owning their own beauty, despite the standard of beauty that in the past has not had space for it.” Tracee Ellis Ross brainyquote.com
The older we get as women, the more we need to realize the importance of taking care of our bodies. Eating healthy and exercising isn’t always easy but it’s something that must take priority in our lives. According to goredforwomen.org, “The African-American population also tends to have higher rates of obesity and diabetes, which puts them at greater risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.” As black women there are plenty of diseases that we are genetically prone to and get at much higher rates. Scary isn’t it?
Incorporating exercise in your everyday life is a good way to get started. Even if it’s just thirty minutes a day, getting more exercise in your life can do wonders. “Regular exercise helps prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, a number of types of cancer, arthritis and falls (mayoclinic).” Find ways to get yourself moving. Whether it’s joining a gym, or signing up for a dance class, there are plenty of different ways to incorporate more physical activity in your life.
The important thing to remember is that you only get one body. If you don’t take care of the first one there isn’t a store on this earth where you can go and buy a second one. That’s it. You only get one so it’s important to take better care of the only one you have.