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We’ve all heard the phrase “Fake it until you make it,” but sometimes it can be easier said than done. If you’ve worked hard and waited longer than you would like to reap the benefits of that hard work, it can be hard to “fake it.” Sometimes life can put you in a situation where you don’t feel great about the way things are going and you’re struggling to get the ball rolling. And while you can’t pretend your way though every part of life, faking it until you make it in the following situations really can work. When it comes to these things on your “want” list, acting like you already have them in your possession can help to bring them your way.
We all know that people smile when they’re happy. But did you know that smiling can even make you happy? Studies show that cheesing even when you don’t mean it can actually help change your outlook.
Life can be stressful. And sometimes it puts us in a place where anger is hard to shake. At first, it’s easy to point the finger at who or what sent you into “I just can’t today” territory. But when the stress won’t let up, soon everything sends you from 0 to 100.
Thankfully, when life hands you salty lemons there are things that you can do about it. Stick to these techniques and you will not only find a way to relax, but even help take the power away from what’s disturbing your peace.
Slow breaths in and out can calm any situation down long enough for you to take a step back before you say or do something you will regret. Just breathe with this gif for a minute or so and you will feel those tense feelings slip away.
Before Jessica Pritchett became a business woman she was on a mission to get healthy.
The Connecticut native turned New Yorker had loced her hair, changed her diet and lost over 100 pounds. She also began paying closer attention to not only what she put inside on her body, but the products she put on it.
The lessons along the way would inspire Lynn to create LOVR, which is an online health and beauty marketplace specializing in organic and environmentally safe products.
Here is her story:
CB: Tell me about LOVR?
Jessica Pritchett: We’re based in Brooklyn. It’s a organic beauty online marketplace. I don’t hold any products. You deal directly with the vendor. But what I do is curate and source all of the products on the site. All the products are clean, green and not-tested on animals. My goal is to add one to two new products a week.
CB: So how long have you been in business and how did you go about sourcing the products featured on the site?
JP: We launched on August 9th with 18 vendors. And today, we have 39 vendors selling over 300 products. Everyday, people are sending me products. I also like go to trade and beauty shows. Recently I went to Europe and found a lot of great products over there. Generally I try to stay away from products that are readily available because I feel like they already have brand exposure. So I try to stick with the new and interesting products that I know people haven’t seen.
But admittedly, the curation process is really slow. I try everything that goes on the site.
CB: Besides the stuff that is readily available, what other products won’t you find featured on the site?
JP: This is really important because skin absorbs about 60 percent of what you put on it. So I decided that I won’t have products that have paraffin in them. Also, I don’t have nail polishes that have formaldehyde in them. Generally, I try to stay away from products, which contain products that are linked to cancer, reproductive issues or contain neurotoxins.
We do have some products on the shelves that contain beeswax. But all of the products with beeswax we source are actively doing something to address the dwindling bee population issue.
CB: So what inspired you to create this organic marketplace? In our previous conversation, you mentioned that your recent weight loss might have had something to do with it?
JP: Yes. But it wasn’t just my weight loss. It really all started as a hair journey. I’ve been loced for 16 years now and since then, I stopped using chemicals in my hair. When I started working in the field of consumer products, that’s when I really started learning and doing the research into organic beauty.
I was almost 400 pounds and I wanted to make changes.I started running and working out. I’m down to 301 now. I also read a book, “NO More Dirty Looks” and learned about all the chemicals in beauty products that can lead to cancer, etc. So cutting those chemicals from my skincare regimen was the next step.
It was during my weight loss journey that I started to seriously consider doing this as a business. As I see it, I’m customer number one. So I created a business around my new healthy eating and clean lifestyle. And while I’m starting out as health and beauty, I eventually like to turn it into a wellness company where I will do more than sell products.
CB: So how is business going?
JP: We had sales the first day, which I am really proud of. What I am finding now is that people are staying on the site longer, but the buying has been slow. This is particularly true for my U.S sales. Here, people are really skeptical of the word “organic” and “natural,” particularly from companies that are not readily available here. So we’re thinking about launching a shoppable magazine where you can learn about organic beauty while referring back to products that are on the site. We plan to launch that in January.
I also find that people respond better to brick and mortar stores. So we are going to have a couple of pop-up shops here in New York where people can come in and actually touch and sample the products themselves.
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As the Bible verse goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And while you should do nice things for people because the Bible says so, you should also try to because recent studies show that there are benefits that exceed just being a good person (although everyone should want to be a more positive person).
It turns out that being kind to other people is actually good for your health. Men and women who go out of their way to be kind and nice to people (even when they don’t have to be) live longer and happier lives.
So the next time someone throws some shade your way, throw a little kindness back in return. You will win in the long run by incorporating a little more positivity into your life.
We’ve all heard that money can’t buy you happiness. But if you spend that money on the right things, sometimes it can. Happiness isn’t about getting more stuff, but some things can brighten up your day and even bring some more joy to your life.
The trick is knowing what to spend your money on (and when not spending it is better). We’ve put together a list of little things, big things, and great investments that keep giving back long after you make your purchase.
So the next time you have a little extra cash burning a hole in your wallet, consider spending it on these things. Or saving it. Whatever works for you…
Looking for love and a new place to live? You’re not alone. When you’re looking to move on up in love and your professional life, sometimes a change in scenery is the key. We’ve gathered a list of the best cities for single African-American women in the United States. Black women who live here are not only doing well in work, but find more options in single, employed men.
So if you’re looking for good culture, great jobs, and single men, be sure to keep scrolling. We’ve asked friends and family, researched the job markets and what fans of these places have to say. And they agree that these are the places to be.
Is everything that’s “all-natural” necessarily good for you? It seems like more people than ever are opting to go natural, from organic parenting to organic food. Of course taking care of your body and the environment are great things, but not every natural move is the right one.
Even when something says that it’s 100% safe, it’s always a good idea to do a little extra research just to double-check. So we’ve looked into these natural products, foods and trends. And we found that it’s a better idea to skip out on these natural moves — or at least pause to make sure that they’re the right ones for you.
We all wish that summer would last forever, but it will be over before you know it. I mean, we’re almost halfway through July, folks. That means it’s time for everyone to get on top of their summer bucket list. From beauty musts to summer beach reads, these are the things and items everyone should have on their must-do summer lists to make the most of the great weather and countless activities available.
Work may be calling, and there are errands to run. But if there’s any time to give yourself a little leeway to celebrate the season, it’s now. So enjoy these things while the weather is warm and you will make sun-kissed memories that will last you through the cold-weather months.
Do you have any summer traditions that you would like to tackle while the weather is good? We’d love to hear about the things you are hoping to accomplish before fall in the comment section.
Thick hair can be a blessing. It can pull off styles that look pretty amazing, it looks luxurious when well managed, and it’s the envy of everyone with thin, fine hair up there. They may not say it, but it’s the truth.
Still, having really thick hair doesn’t always feel like a blessing. In fact, it can feel like quite the burden. Every girl born with more than enough on top of her head has experienced everything from waiting forever for it to dry it after a wash day, spending hours upon hours at the salon getting it untangled, cleaned and dry, to struggling with home styling.
Like anything worth having, thick hair takes work. And even though your arms are exhausted and your neck can feel heavy, having thick, healthy hair is a great thing. It just doesn’t feel like it when you’re going through these struggles that only women with thick hair understand.
Asking for what you want always sounds like it should be simple. Sometimes it is. But when it comes to tough topics, whether it’s asking for a raise, or for what you really want in bed, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Or, better yet, how to ask the right way so you come out of a potentially awkward situation with what you want.
While getting what you desire isn’t always a piece of cake, there are ways of going about asking for it that could increase the possibility. And, as with everything, practice makes perfect. So don’t be afraid to get your foot in the door. Start speaking up for what you need now and soon you’ll be getting more of what you want later.