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I’m a people person, and I love it when I’m hanging out with the people I trust and admire, but it’s always been my policy, that for one day in my busy social life, to just freeze up, go anti-social – short of saying, “leave me alone”.

Don’t get me wrong though – hanging out with other people is great, but there are also some added benefits to socializing with yourself.

You get to recharge. With a bustling social calendar you have or your work/study life getting too much to handle, you have to regain that energy you’ve exerted towards those activities right? This “alone” time you have is the perfect opportunity to invigorate yourself. Your dvd of Heroes – Season 1 remains unplayed? Perfect! You’ve got all day to watch several people save the cheerleader, and you in turn, are saving yourself from burn out.

Get Creative. Admit it – your friends can get a little bit toxic these days with all the rants you’ve been hearing from them, or your brain is mostly pre-occupied with the exams you’ll be taking to get into college. Get some alone time so you can clear your head of bothersome thoughts, and start getting those “crazy” ideas out of your head.

It’s YOUR time. Your alone time, is YOURS alone. You can do whatever it is you want – whether it’s spending a day at the spa, or trying out that new game at the arcade withOUT your partner. Play that Barry Manilow song you dare not tell anyone you love – you won’t hear any teasing or booing from anyone.

I also need time for myselfMy boyfriend completely understands my need for alone time, and I believe this is essential for relationships as well (remember that song which starts with, “everybody needs a little time away” haha corny I know, but I looove that song).

Giving yourself time to breathe, prioritize and get fresh ideas out of your head can do you, and the people around you, a whole lot of good.

How do you spend your “alone” time?

*this post was inspired by a rather relaxing time I had with myself during the start of the year(while listening to sappy old songs I really love). Try it yourself!

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Start fresh.

Breathe new life into a boring existence.

January is the perfect time for everyone to clean up their act. It can be trying to quit smoking – which is really difficult – getting your fat donque on the treadmill and start shedding the calories you piled during the holidays, or traveling to countries not regularly featured on the travel and living show. Everyone has a habit or two they can lose, or a new habit they can start practicing – to which everyone can relate to, no matter your age, or gender.

It’s been a habit of mine to start the year with resolutions. Last year, I wasn’t very successful so I’m very determined this year to, more or less, keep my resolutions not only last till January, but until the end of 2008.

  • Drink Enough Vitaminsfruits and vitamins for a better you

I don’t eat that much fruit or vegetables, and although I think I’m healthy – no diseases or sickness last 2007 – I still think I need to get enough vitamins. At my age, if I don’t want to go under the knife when I turn 25, I need vitamins to strengthen my cells – that in turn will show through my skin. On my list of vitamins to take are Vitamin C – for collagen production, and Vitamin E – for quicker healing of the skin and better hydration. GNC has Vitamin C with time release to pace the amount of Vitamin C released in your body, and a complete multivitamin with both Vitamin C and Vitamin E and other important vitamins.

schedule your annual check up

  • Annual check up.

For the women: when you start getting sexually active or you reach the age of 18, it’s a MUST to have a pap smear test. This helps detect the first signs of cervical cancer.

For men: prostate cancer exam, and std/hiv testing (if you have an active sex life).

For men and women: At home, you can do the stress test, the mouth test, a genital test, and a foot test(to check for athlete’s foot). Schedule an Annual Physical Fitness Test while you’re at it. Remember: your health is your responsibility.

 

  • Clean up closets

I have clothes that will never ever fit me again. I can be a bit sentimental, but my sentimentality has got to fit just 1 medium sized box, and not my whole closet. Get rid of old clothes (give them to charity if they’re still wearable), or make them into rugs you can use to wipe the stain off your kitchen counter. Jeans that are too tight can’t be salvaged so give them up as well. Can’t part with your old jeans? Keep them in your home gym or at the back of your door to remind you how thin you were back then and motivate you to lose the unnecessary pounds. Rule for throwing out/giving away clothes: if you can’t imagine wearing a piece of clothing this year or you didn’t wear it last year, then you won’t be wearing it in the next few years – put it in the bag.

If it’s not clothes keeping your closets full, and it’s all papers and bills, throw out unnecessary bills, and bills that you won’t be needing for any auditing purposes, etc. This year, go green and try to lessen paper print outs and keep most of your bills online.get more sleep

  • Sleep more

My eyebags are the size of Mexico, and as dark as coal – I’ve been successfully hiding them with concealer which takes up a lot of time so I resolve to lessen the nights I’m out, and try to crash my bed earlier. A good 8 hours of sleep does wonders for the mind and body – faster cell regeneration, and a more alert, creative mind (this doesn’t work for all – some tend to be more creative when living off 4 hours of sleep)

  • Start a conversation

Not all people are endowed with the charm to talk to anyone they meet, me included. I admit there’d been times in my social life I was a wallflower. My excuse: I’m tired, I’m shy etc. Being sociable can be developed – with practice you can get better and better. Start a conversation – a nod, a smile, a small hello – the person beside you might just be as shy as you and is only waiting for you to make the first move. What have you got to lose? It sounds scary but if you start a conversation with a stranger every time you’re out, you’d have added more confidence within yourself and a worthy network of friends.

  • Help Others

An act where both parties benefit – you and the one you’ve helped. You can volunteer at a nearby adoption center and teach once a month, or save enough money to contribute at the end of the year. Donate clothes or furniture that you have no need for. A little act of kindness goes a long way.

  • Take the time to reflect

Everyone seems so busy. Everything seems so fast these days – fast food, tivo, broadband internet – sometimes it pays to slow down and smell the roses. In your busy day, devote 5 minutes to reflect. Reflect on where you are in your life, what you are doing in your life, and what you can do to keep improving. There’s always room for improvement and through these reflections, you can discover what works for you and what doesn’t. It also gives you time to breathe out all those negative emotions you’ve incurred during the day, and prioritize what’s important in your life.

 

It’s never too late to start fresh and make resolutions. It doesn’t matter if it’s January or the middle of September – what’s important is the effort you’ve put into writing down those resolutions. Writing them down is half the battle, and that half you’ve already won – the other half is sticking to those resolutions.

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Are all your gifts complete?

Is Nana, even on your list and Jack, your dog, in it?

Well if you haven’t bought any gifts for your love ones yet, here is a list of Personalized Gifts you might want to consider. The idea and greatness of personalized gift is to give a gift that definitely fits the character of the person you’re giving your gift to. I will also include guidelines on how to make this Personalized Gifts.

Here are the following Personalized Gifts perfect for Christmas or on any occasion:

1. Personalized Scented Candles – select the scent that you think your receiver (let’s call the person who’ll receive the gifts as receiver, ok?) loves the most and color, design, style that best suits their character.
Here are the guidelines for making scented candles:
• Prepare the items needed. Such as wax, wick, scent, color, thermometer, and kitchen skewers.
• When all items were set, cover your entire work place with newspaper, magazine or paper. This will lessen your work when it’s clean up time.
• Put the wax into the container then place it in a pan filled with water. Place the pan on the stove, medium heat only and gently boil. Boiling water so hard for it may splash into the wax.
• As the wax melts, that means it’s time to ready your mold. If the wax has completely melted, put a thermometer into the container. If it reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit, that means the wax is ready to pour.
• Add the desired color chip.
• Then add the chosen scent. Put only half a teaspoon.
• Stir it very well
• After stirring, your scented candle wax is now ready for molding.
• Slowly lift the container from the pan of water, and then dry the container.
• Pour the wax into the chosen shape molder to your desired height (either square, round, star, heart shaped. Which ever you choose. Tip: Choose the shape that you think best resembles or fit the character of your receiver). Put the wax back to the water to keep it hot until the candle is done as desired. Having the desired shape, scent and height.
• Lastly, insert the wick. Dip the wick into the liquid wax, then put it in the candle.

There you have it the first gift that you’ll be giving out with your personal touch.

Watch out for my other posts about Personalized Gifts. They are as follows: Personalized Shirts, Personalized Picture Frames, Christmas Cards and Letters, and Personalized Toys. These gifts are perfect for any occasion. Good luck and happy holidays.

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All About Nails

To a woman, it’s very important and appropriate to have healthy and clean nails. It’s as important as our hair. So in order to achieve this healthy and clean nails here are some tips on how to care for our nails and how to give ourself a manicure.

Important Notes About Nails

• If nails are weak, brittle, splitting like our hair, and are fragile, it mean that wdetergent.jpegater intake is insufficient and inadequate.
• The most common nail spoiler are harsh detergents and water. Detergents and water stresses nail fibers. Always put on rubber gloves whenever assigned to clean and wash the dishes or do the laundry.
• If nails are brittle, lessen or avoid using perfume lotions that contains alcohol. This will only worsen your nails.

Do It Yourself Manicure Tips:manicureset.jpeg

• First, wash your hands in soapy water.
• Leave your hands, especially your nails, dipped in the water for 3 minutes.
• After washing of hands, dry them up.
• Begin shaping your nails by using a double-sided emery board. Gently strokemanicure2.jpeg ends of your nails, only avoiding the corners for this can weaken your nails.
• Check if your nails are smooth. Run your nails on a pantyhose, if it snag on the pantyhose, then do the procedure again.
• Apply a softener to your cuticles.
• Before applying color or nail polish, clean your nails by using orange stick with cotton wrapped around it.
• When polishing or applying colored polish, only pick up a small amount of polimanicure.jpegsh on your brush and paint one stroke down the center of your nail. Stroke the sides of the nail, and that’s it. Let it dry for a bit, and then apply the second coat.
• If the polish is already dry, apply the top coat.

So now, you’re ready to have a beautiful and clean nails.

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