Passion and business

February is the month of love and to end the month I thought I would discuss passion and business.

As a business owner there would have been a driving passion that led you to decide to start your business.

A love for your craft or skill set. A need to follow your dreams ….

Do you still possess that same level of passion?

A business woman with passion is a formidable force and has many advantages over business owners who lack a passion for what they do.

5 ways passion gives you an advantage:

  1. Your passion inspires others to believe in themselves.
  2. Your passion acts like a fuel,driving others forward and stopping them from quitting.
  3. Your passion gives others the courage to leave their comfort zones .
  4. Your passion is contagious, it will motivate those around you.
  5. Your passion acts like a magnet attracting the right people and network connections your business needs.

Passionate people also attract other passionate people.

Where does that kind of passion come from?

Passion is not something we learn. Passion is something we create ourselves. It is defined by the things we hold as important and place value in.

Passion is our hope and belief in a dream that we hope to achieve. It’s the willingness to work hard and sacrifice to make your dreams come true.

Dream big dreams. Convert the dreams into goals… then create a plan to make your goals a reality.

It’s impossible to overstate the positive impact passion can instill in your business and life.

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Random Acts of Kindness challenge 2018

This week we launching our 2018 Random Acts of Kindness challenge.

There are 12 challenges and if you break them down into the year, it’s one a month.

The idea is to set an example for our children, teaching them to empathize with others, appreciate what they have and learn to give back to society.

Let’s stand together and raise a kind concious generation for tomorow.

Self esteem -your success to business

Self esteem is the manner in which we value ourselves. It is an essential requirement for anyone who wants to succeed and a part of our normal healthy development.

Self esteem

Self esteem is how we perceive our own value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others.

Self esteem determines our trust in other people, affects our relationships, our work and almost every aspect in our lives.

Self esteem occurs through a conjunction of your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and actions.

Positive self esteem

Positive self esteem enables us to have the strength and flexibility to take control of our lives, endure mistakes, not fear rejection and grow.

Developing your own self esteem is the key to becoming a fully conscious leader of the future.

A woman with a high self esteem has the ability to achieve her goals and reach her dreams.

While she is not perfect nor does she always have it all together , she knows her worth, accepts her imperfections and knows there is still much for her to learn.

She has the ability to let go of things that add no value to her life and evolves through the process of her experiences and mistakes.

Self confidence

We gain confidence by being able to do something well.

Just because we have self confidence does not mean we have self-esteem.

A self confident woman has usually developed the skill set to accomplish something really well.

Her recognition is derived from others praising her accomplishments, how well she performs or how well she has developed her skill set.

Although she seems to be confident and successful, she could still be lacking self-esteem.

Developing self esteem

The key factor to developing a high self esteem starts with creating a set of daily routines.

There routines will soon develop into a set of habits that will assist you in becoming your own best friend.

Set your routine

💋CHANGE THE WAY YOU SPEAK TO YOURSELF

Continual negative self talk can make you depressed and will ensure that your self-esteem remains low.

Rephrase negative words.

Instead of saying “I CAN’T DO THIS ” try saying to yourself “IN SURE I CAN TRY THIS”

💋KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Most people concentrate on the negative things in their lives, the items they wish they had and the things they have not achieved .

By keeping a daily gratitude journal you begin to turn that around and you start to see all the positive things in your life.

💋LOOK IN THE MIRROR

Begin each day by looking in the mirror and see the person that everyone else sees.

Stand there and honestly look at who you are.

Look past your body image and think about some challenges you met and overcame. Remind yourself of how strong and courageous you are for doing this. Think of all the good things you’ve done for others, your achievements and the skills you’ve used doing these.

The strongest factor for success is self-esteem:

  • Believing you can do it
  • Believing you deserve it
  • Believing you will get it

Day 2 … you are so much more

I remember when I first got divorced just how little I regarded MYSELF, my abilities and my experience.

MY LIFE

Although I’d worked out the house over a period of 20 years, i had mostly worked for my husband and homeschooled my children.

I’d spent 20 odd years in service to my family. Sacrificing a career for them. Being told when I worked out of the home that what I did was meanial, not important and of no value.

So the little confidence I had could not see past the reasoning that I had nothing to offer a future employer.

Because if this I accepted positions way beneath my experience and pay grade.

WHAT CHANGED?

Then one day I met someone who looked at me and saw me with different eyes.

He rallied beside me on the campaigns that were important to me , pointing out my soft heart loyalty and passion.

He complimented my love of children by trusting me with the hearts of his little ones and commented on how lucky my children were to have a devoted, loving mother.

He encouraged my growth by dreaming with me. Listening to my ideas. Keeping me focused and holding my hand when my confidence was lacking to try the things I wanted to.

But most importantly he showed me that each position is held, every time I’d volunteered or worked at home … all of that counted.

I was much more than an unemployed, unskilled mom.

Tree of life App

Have you ever heard of a “brelfie”?

WHAT IS A “BRELFIE”?

A BRELFIE is a selfie chosen to make breastfeeding even more beautiful than what it already is.

How does it work ?

The app allows you to add a magical Tree of Life to their pictures, and the effect is nothing short of stunning.

You can either download pictures from the internet or use the app’s Tree of Life sticker pack.

You can also add other magical effects.

How to use the App

Moms have been sharing their BRELFIES on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtags.

#TreeOfLife

#brelfie

Why share this ?

Moms are sharing not only to highlight the beauty of breastfeeding but also to reduce the outdated stigma of breastfeeding in public.

Tips to Help Prevent Stretch Marks

Stretch marks look like indented streaks in your skin and can appear red, purple, or silver in appearance.

Stretch marks most often appear on the:

● stomach

●chest

●hips

●bottom

●thighs

Stretch marks are common in pregnancy, but anyone can develop stretch marks at any phase of life.

Even if you’re at increased risk of stretch marks, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk and treat the stretch marks you already have.

How to reduce and treat stretch marks

1.Control your weight…

One of the most helpful things you can do to prevent stretch marks,whether you’re pregnant or not, is to maintain a healthy weight. Stretch marks occur when your skin pulls apart quickly due to rapid weight or loss.

Some people develop stretch marks during growth spurts, such as during puberty.

2. Stay Hydrated…

Drinking enough water may help keep your skin hydrated and soft. Soft skin doesn’t’t tend to develop stretch marks as much as dry skin does.

3.Eat a nutrient-rich Diet…

Stretch marks can also occur if you lack nutrition in certain areas. Eating foods that boost skin health may help.

Your diet needs to include foods rich in:

●vitamin C

●vitamin D

●vitamin E

●zinc

●protein

One way to make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients is to choose unprocessed foods in various colors.

4.Include Vitamin c in your Diet…

Collagen plays a large role in keeping your skin strong and elastic. It helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and it is important for preventing stretch marks.

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for the development of collagen and can be found in many fruits and vegetables.

5.Soak up some Vitamin D…

Results suggest that maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D may reduce your risk of stretch marks.The easiest way to get vitamin D is through exposure to the sun.

6.Eat Food Rich in zinc…

Zinc is an important nutrient for skin health. It helps to reduce inflammation and plays an important role in the wound healing process.

7.Treat Fresh Stretch Mark when the appear…

If you can’t totally prevent stretch marks on your skin, you can work to minimize their appearance so they are not as noticeable.

RISK FACTORS

Some people are more likely to develop stretch marks.

Risk factors include:

  • being female
  • having a family history of stretch marks
  • being overweight
  • being pregnant
  • gaining or losing weight quickly
  • using corticosteroids
  • having breast augmentation
  • having certain genetic disorders

STRETCH MARK IN PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is one of the most common times when women notice stretch marks. In fact, it’s estimated that 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women will develop stretch marks before delivery.

Some experts believe that hormones during pregnancy may make you more prone to stretch marks. The hormones may bring more water into the skin,relaxing it and making it easier to tear when stretched.

The best way for pregnant women to prevent stretch marks is to gain pregnancy weight slowly.

If you do develop stretch marks during pregnancy, you may be glad to know that they will eventually fade.

TREATMENT

Preventing stretch marks may be difficult, but there are many treatments that may lessen their appearance.

■Retinoid cream

Retinoid cream is a topical medication. The cream helps rebuild the collagen in your skin.

■Laser Therapy

The lasers can help stimulate collagen or elastin in your skin to grow. There are various types of laser therapy.

■Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid creams and chemical peels work to help lessen the appearance of current stretch marks, but they do not keep new ones from forming.

Stretch marks often fade to become less noticeable with time.

Preventing them can be difficult but keeping your weight in check, staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and seeking treatment soon after the marks appear may help.

Day 1 … why i cant love myself

Todays challenge is started a day late, because this was a hard one to answer.

I wanted to list something that didn’t open me up so much but the truth to this question can be found in two word ….

SELF IMAGE

Pre baby I was alot smaller than i am now by almost 3 dress sizes.

The weight wasn’t an issue when I was pregnant and I was so motivated to lose my babyfat after bear was born that I booked my first run 3 weeks post partum.

Then I broke my leg and I was not mobile for almost 6 months and then learnt to walk again and regain my balance for a further 8 months.

None of this has helped my weight issue nor has it done much for my self image and confidence .

Where once I loved posing for a camera I’m now more concerned about the fat rolls,double chin and chicken wings.

Nothing prebaby fits and I hate shopping as its like a physical slap in the face shouting out “Hey fatty.”

I do have a plan ….

My exercise routine is finally able to start and I’ve cut down the amount of feel good snacks I consume.

My mind knows that my weight is no reflection of me as a person, wife, mother, friend. I know it doesn’t impact what I do for a living and it bears no relevance to happiness.

But I loose all confidence when it comes to how I feel , especially in photos.