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Don’t Sleep Your Day Away: 5 Benefits Of Getting Up Earlier

In lifestyle, productivity on January 15, 2021 at 8:30 am
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As a child, I never had trouble getting up early – and I mean super early.  Like 5 am early.  This was not a problem during the week when I had to go to school.  The weekend, on the other hand, was a different story.  My mom, after having worked all week, looked forward to getting some extra shut eye – at least until 6:30 but there I was – padding into her bedroom, waking her up, wanting to eat and play.  At 5am.  On a Saturday morning.

Not wanting to stifle all that young energy and realizing that I might just be one of those early risers, she would set up my snacks, toys, books and showed me how to turn on the television so I could entertain myself until she awakened from her slumber.  She also purchased dark blinds thinking they would keep the sun out of my bedroom and make me sleep a little later.  Those didn’t work.

Fast forward to my adult years.  I still wake up between 430 and 6am – depending on what my schedule is.  Do I occasionally fall into a pattern of hitting that snooze button and sleeping later?  I sure do.  But since I don’t like feeling frenzied or like I don’t have any control ever my life, I usually get up when I wake up.  Waking up early helps me to be productive, focused and punctual.  I like the feeling of easing into my day and having a good amount of time to do things like workout, review my day, get dressed – all without arriving at my destination all batsh*t crazy.

But then there is you.  Maybe your internal clock doesn’t go off that early or you get up 45 minutes before you have to leave your house.  Perhaps you are a shift worker who gets off work at 1130pm so waking up at 5am is out of the question.  You might be a night owl and find yourself to be more productive later in the day.  Cool.

If, however, you are looking for reasons why getting up before sunrise/ 5am-ish can be beneficial, continue reading…

Fewer Distractions.  First off, when you get up earlier, you get the opportunity to reflect in peace.  This is particularly important if you have a family or roommates.  You will also have free range of your entire living space before everyone else gets up.  Serenity is a beautiful thing.

Gain More Time.  If you are an entrepreneur, student or even someone who is working on a particular project like writing a book, you can gain an extra 5-10 hours a week (or more) just by getting up 1-2 hours earlier.  This can be a good thing especially if you have a full time job.  You will have more mental clarity when you get up earlier and when you get home from work (or wherever), you can focus on other things that require your attention – like your family and friends.

Peak Energy, Creativity And Better Organization.  Assuming that you have had a good night’s rest, you wake up with better mental clarity and you will have more energy to actually start your day.  Those ideas that were on your mind before you went to bed are more likely to be executed.  You can also do things like get ahead of traffic and make sure you have everything you need for your day before you run out of the door.

Wellness Habits Are Put Into Practice.  How many times have you said you want to work out, eat a healthy breakfast, pray/meditate or even take the time to look nice before running out of the door?  Well when you get up earlier, you can actually do all of these things.  When you are able to put these habits into practice, it can enhance your overall well being, focus and confidence.

Sets The Tone.  Getting up early helps to set the tone for your day.  Doing so can foster a sense of accomplishment which can be the foundation of your day, making you feel in charge, able to make solid decisions.  Imagine feeling like a boss before you even leave the house?

Interested in learning how to get up earlier and take charge of your day?  Try the following:

  • Know your why.  Figure out why getting up early is important to you or why you think you should.  Do you have a specific goal you are trying to reach like start a business, write a book or workout and can’t seem to find the energy to do it after a long day? Do you want to feel more focused and in control of your day.  Knowing your why can help you stay committed to you goal or focus.
  • Start small.  If you are used to sleeping to whenever, abruptly trying to get up earlier can be painful.  Start by setting your alarm for an earlier wake up time in small increments.  If you usually wake up at 7am and you decide you want to start waking up at 5am, the thought alone is agonizing and chances are you won’t make that transition.  Instead, start by setting your alarm 10-15 minutes earlier and once you adjust to that time, then you can add on another 15 minutes or so until you are accustomed to waking up at your new time.
  • Plan to go to bed sooner.  Simply put, getting up earlier can be related to getting in bed sooner and getting a full night’s rest.
  • Put the alarm away from the bed.  Having your alarm clock by your bed can encourage you to keep hitting the snooze button and sleeping longer than you planned.  Instead, put your alarm clock on the other side of the room.  But please, when you shut the alarm off, don’t crawl back into bed.
  • Leave the room.  After shutting off that alarm, turn on the lights and leave your room and don’t look back.

If waking up earlier is something you are interested in and you aren’t successful at first, be gentle with yourself and give yourself some time to adjust.  Also, getting up early is not always about being productive.  Sometimes it’s about being able to take your time which is the most relaxing, loving thing you can do for yourself.  At the end of the day, you have to do what works for you.

Are you an early riser or do you sleep in?  What reasons for getting up earlier resonated with you?  Share your thoughts below.

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11 Hair Ideas To Inspire Your Next Look

In hair on January 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

We’ve all been there:  You look in the mirror at your reflection and wonder what to do with your hair.   Should you cut it short or completely shave it off?  Should you color it? And if you color it, what color should it be and will you have it done professionally or will you do it yourself?  Or should you buy some hair from your favorite beauty supply store/online site and keep it moving?  Whatever the case, although you might have many questions, there are also many solutions available to you to bring some hair excitement back into your life.

There are many outlets (magazines, celebrities, social media) that provide countless ideas of hairstyles that one can try next.  Whether it’s a new cut, color, style or accessory, changing your hair is one of the quickest ways to switch up your look and put an extra pep in your step. Many hair looks, regardless of the length, texture or color your natural hair, can also be achieved with enhancements such as wigs, weaves and hair pieces, especially if you don’t want to do too much with your hair.  Keep reading to find out what hair looks, although not necessarily new, are still going strong for this season:

Bobs.  I love the various looks/styles that bobs offer.  The look can work on various face shapes since the cut and color can be customized to compliment one’s particular features.   Bobs also allow for maximum styling versatility because you can wear it bone straight, wavy or curly.  Consider a blunt cut bob, middle part, wavy, choppy or even a lob.

Pixie Cut.  There is nothing like a short haircut to show off amazing bone structure. And, with the right length, you can still have styling versatility.  Depending on the length, you can experiment with a side part, soft curls, spikes, and finger waves.  You can even experiment with accessories such as barrettes and headbands.

Middle Parts.  Although not necessarily a style, switching up a current  hairstyle with a middle part might be the way to go.  Parting your hair in the middle can lend itself to greater  styling  versatility and can work on a multitude of hair styles such as wavy styles, braided styles, bobs, braid-outs, twist-outs and locs.  If you aren’t comfortable with a full on middle part, move the part slightly off-center or just do a side part.

Braids.  Braids re-appeared in the biggest way last year.  Reminiscent of many childhoods (including mine) as well as the 90’s – think Poetic Justice circa 1993, braids have shown up and shown out in the most intricate and creative ways.  From cornrows, box braids, feed ins, crochet styles, twists and even locks: the styling options are endless. We will also continue to see intricate parting designs and bold color displayed with these braided styles, taking one’s look to the next level of slay.  To understand the significance of this craft in African and African American culture/history, start by reading this and this.

Hair Accessories.  Who said gems were just for earrings, necklaces and shoes?  Well they aren’t.  Hair accessories have been trending for quite some time and don’t show signs of slowing down.  Gem encrusted accessories have taken the lead and shows up in barrettes, headbands and hair pins.  In many cases, hair jewelry will allow you to get your bling on without breaking the bank.

Ponytails.  From high, low, and various textures as well as gravity defying lengths, there is nothing like a ponytail – the perfect choice for a sophisticated, yet sexy look.

Half Up/Half Down.  Consider this the ponytails’s cousin, a style that will allow you the playfulness of a ponytail while still allowing texture to take center stage.

Straight and Sleek.  You don’t have to just wear this style just straight down in front of or in back of your shoulders.  Have some fun with a middle or deep side part, with accessories, or bangs (try clip in bangs if you aren’t ready to commit to a bang for real). You can even have a little bit of tousled texture or wear it slicked back with bold earrings for an edgy look.

Money Piece Highlights.  An updated take on the chunky highlights of the 2000’s, money piece highlights are way less dramatic and more complimentary for the shape of one’s face and over all color of the one’s hair color.  It’s also a great way to maintain the health of your hair because the highlights are not used all over the hair – just in the front.  Those front pieces are lifted in balayage and toned separately as opposed to using foils which results in a more natural blended look.

Wigs.  Whether made of real or synthetic hair, the wigs of today come in a variety of colors, lengths, textures and styles.  Furthermore, they have become a fashion accessory for many.  They allow you to create multiple looks based on how you feel or what outfit you are wearing.

Head Wraps.  Turbans and head wraps, which date back centuries, are not just for bad hair days.  They are a look in and of themselves and are the ultimate accessory which can add color to any outfit and elevates any look.

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7 Nail Trends To Try In 2021

In beauty, Nails on January 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

Nails continue to be recognized as the ultimate accessory that you allows you to experiment with new looks without major commitment. This season’s nail looks show that anything goes and that creativity is endless. DIY nails have also become more of a way of life and we are also seeing updated versions of styles we have come to know and love from seasons past. With so many options, there is something for everyone. Continue reading to discover the current nail trends of 2021.

Textured Nails. Creativity certainly has no boundaries as people become more creative with nail art. Toward the end of last year, cable knit or sweater nails started gaining more traction in various nail spaces. A textured, non shiny finish, sweater nails are created with gel polish and clear acrylic powder and can add a different kind of pop to nails.

Mix-match Nails (Indie Nails). These nails take multicolored nails to the next level. Going boldly where no other nail design dares to go, each nail not only has a different color but also a different design. In addition, each nail may have a different shape. For instance, consider one stiletto nail while the other nails are coffin shaped.

Stylized French Tip Nails. French tipped nails have evolved into extremely creative expressions of one’s unique taste. Once preserved for the minimalist and the “professional” with a basic white tip, French tip designs continue evolve with bold color and design combinations as well as color blocking. In addition, French tips will continue to be paired as an accent with other creatively designed and blinged – out nails.

Logo Nails. Brand logos are no longer reserved for clothing, accessories and footwear. A big trend in nails since last year has been nails designed with the logos of popular brands – luxury in particular. Whether meticulously created by hand or by applying a pre-designed decal to the nails, anyone will be able to show love for their favorite brand (or personality) on their nails.

Negative Space Nails. Negative space nails are still a thing and are a great way to update a basic manicure. This nail design is also a great way to subtly push the envelope in more conservative or restrictive work environments. Using any color and any design, negative space nail art can be used on all nails or used on a few nails for an accent. What’s also great about negative space nails is that depending on if the negative space is near your cuticle, it will be harder to tell when you need a fill.

Press On Nails. Press on nails may have become the alternative during quarantine, but they have been trending for quite some time. Press on nails offer major convenience, can be purchased almost anywhere, and can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can switch up your style at any given time with various colors, lengths, shapes, finishes and designs. With the right prep and application, you can continue to do your regular activities as well as keep them on for up to two weeks.

Basic Manicure. Nothing is more beautiful than well groomed and manicured hands. Basic manicures are coming back to the forefront as an option for nails, especially since people had to start doing their nails because nail salons were closed. And with all of the products and tools available for at home use, your nails can always be done.

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