Is Beauty A State Of Mind?
Jul22

Is Beauty A State Of Mind?

 So many people believe that beauty is on the outside. That you have to look like the next top model or somebody out of a magazine to be beautiful. This isn’t true! The truth is, beauty comes from within. It might sound cliche, but if you feel beautiful on the inside, you’re going to look even better on the outside. There are many people out there who don’t quite fit into society’s standards of beauty, but believe they are beautiful. These people have large followings on Instagram and social media, all because they have an infectious attitude and inspire others to feel the same way about themselves. Beauty is definitely a state of mind! So, how can you get into the same state of mind? Read on to learn more… Focus On The Things You Love About Yourself Instead of obsessing over the things you don’t like, start focusing on the things you love. Many of us zone in on the things we hate each day, stopping us from seeing the bigger picture and those things that make us unique. Make a list of things you love about yourself, and the things you’re grateful for. This could be your dimples, sense of humour, or great nails. Make the list as long as you can, and add to it regularly! Read this list every day. You can easily reprogram your brain to think more positively and focus on the good things by doing this. It should only take you a few weeks! You can also try to turn negatives into positives. If you don’t like your legs, you could change it to a positive by being thankful for how they take you everywhere you need to go. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Amazing Some people say the things we wear don’t matter that much, but they actually do when you’re hoping to change your mindset. If you wear clothes that you don’t really like each day, you’re not going to have the best outlook. By making sure your clothes are flattering and a style you really like, you might just begin to see the world as a better place. Science has shown they affect our mood, so don’t hesitate to have a wardrobe overhaul! Make Your Health A Priority Start putting your health first. Far too many people focus on beauty rather than health. Focus on making your body and mind as healthy as possible, and beauty will naturally follow. You can do this by getting exercise where you can, and eating foods that the body craves. Pamper Yourself Take the time to pamper yourself. You’re worth it! Do...

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#SerSinNumero Me Inspira
Jun22

#SerSinNumero Me Inspira

 A finales de Marzo de este año justo para la época de mi cumpleaños me topé con un video en Vivo de María Marín donde Lynn Ponder era una invitada especial ese día. En ese episodio Lynn mencionó un #Secreto que iba a revelar Abril 7. El #Secreto me llamó mucho la atención, ya que me hizo pensar en la Película el Secreto y la Ley de Atracción la cual llevo muchos años estudiando. Su peluca rosada y el #Secreto me llevaron a buscar más acerca de Lynn Ponder y a seguir a WebCityGirls, no tan solo en Facebook sino en Instagram, Twitter y Snapchat. Cuando vi que Gaby Espino estaba apoyando a Lynn Ponder en el #Secreto, me interesé aún más ya que Gaby Espino es una hermosísima mujer la cual admiro mucho. Abril 7 llegó y cuando descubrí que el #Secreto era el movimiento de #SerSinNumero me sentí muy inspirada y muy identificada con el movimiento, ya que a pesar de que tengo un espíritu joven y considero que apenas comienza mi vida, me di cuenta que al pasar del tiempo la gente comienza a juzgarte por tu edad. Una vez uno llega a cierta edad te miran diferente, te ponen en una caja cuadrada de expectativas basadas en una opinión ajena y ahí fue cuando empecé a esconder mi edad. #SerSinNumero me inspira porque considero que nadie debería ser juzgado por su edad, ni por su peso, ni por ningún otro número que pueda ser atribuido. Todos vinimos a este mundo con talentos, y con un propósito en la vida que va más allá de un número. Mi pasión Another Mind Magazine surgió de un sueño que tuve hace 13 años, cuando buscaba ayudar a otras personas como yo a buscar su identidad propia. Pero no fue hasta 10 años más tarde que pude ver mi sueño tomar forma con la ayuda de Vinicio Henríquez Photographer cuando juntos creamos la idea de lo que es hoy en día esta revista. Nosotros somos dos personas de generaciones diferentes unidas con un mismo propósito, y ha sido esa necesidad de sobrellevar el estigma, de ser ya sea muy viejo o muy joven que nos llevó a buscar una manera alterna de superación mientras ayudamos a los demás. Ya que esta sociedad nos ha limitado nuestras oportunidades de trabajo en base a nuestra edad. Y ahora que mis hijas están ya hechas unas señoritas me siento en la necesidad de pavimentarles el camino y buscar la manera de contribuir a la sociedad creando un lugar donde pueda darles las herramientas a ellas y otros jóvenes a que tengan otras...

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Let us be our Humanity, NOT a Number! #BeNumberless -Rosario Dawson
Jun20

Let us be our Humanity, NOT a Number! #BeNumberless -Rosario Dawson

 Originally published on The Huffington Post Blog.  Be Numberless was created to change society’s perception of and focus on what an age number means. It is NOT based on hiding your age. Rather, it encourages us to be proud of the years we have lived in this world and of all of our accomplishments. Sadly, though, society does not view age in a kind manner. I can list tons of examples of how women of age are being cruelly treated and are being forced to hide their age because they are afraid of being discarded like a broken object. Many are not getting jobs and they are constantly being criticized for how they act and dress. What I find detrimental to our evolution and growth as professionals is that society does not compliment or encourage women—young or old—who fight for their dreams. Instead, so many obstacles are created that women become scared of reaching for their dreams, defaulting to whatever age timeline society has determined they follow. Since its launch, the #BeNumberless Movement is resounding with women across the globe. I am grateful to those extraordinarily kind and remarkable women who are supporting it, such as Arianna Huffington. She not only invited me to share my voice on The Huffington Post blog, but she sent out a tweet to be viewed by her 2.34MM followers. From @ponderful: do not let a number define your life #BeNumberlesshttps://t.co/l7RNnkrK89 — Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) May 2, 2016 I am also extremely proud to share the support of beloved actress, singer and activist Rosario Dawson, who echoes the movement with powerful and beautiful eloquence. “Let us be our humanity, NOT a number” quote Rosario Dawson. As the Rising Star of Social Media Honoree of 2015 National Puerto Rican Day NYC Parade, I had the privilege to attend this year as a volunteer and meet Rosario, who was named 2016 Queen! Last but not least, I have been receiving compelling stories of people like you and me who identify with the movement because they have been subject to society’s cruelty regarding their age. You wouldn’t think that women who are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are facing this discrimination, but they are. Everyday!!! For example, entrepreneur Violet Alexandre, who connected with me and the#BeNumberless Movement through the power of social media, dealt with age-related adversity when she was a teenager. Now in her 30s, she entered college when she was just 16 years old and was forced to hide her young age in order to fit in. While professors and adults praised her age, her peers judged her for it. Moving into a male dominated...

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How To Stay Looking Youthful As You Grow Older
Jun03

How To Stay Looking Youthful As You Grow Older

 There are some lucky women who still get ID’ed at 35, even though they are toting three children and jangling a set of car keys. However, for some of us, we look our age and reflect the age that we are as we grow. If this is the case with you, you may be looking for a few ways to keep looking young even as the years pass by. Well, you’re now in the right place! Here are a few ways that you can stay looking youthful as your grow older. First up, your face. We are wrinkle-free as children, but over the years they start to appear. Being more gentle with your skin can make a huge difference. Whether you are applying makeup with brushes or removing products from your face, go steady. Dragging your skin around will make it age quicker. Also, find an anti-aging cream that works for you. When applying, don’t forget your neck! Anti-aging creams can really help your facial features and cheeks but sweep downwards too. Be sure to cover your neck and all the way down to your collarbone. There are a number of ways to spot if hair loss may be a part of your future. So, signs of hair loss include if it falls out when you are stressed. It may also become thinner, and you may spot some small bald patches. If these things have been happening to you, you may want to start taking preventative measures. Avoid things that damage hair- it just doesn’t need the extra stress! So, put down that bottle of hair dye and go back to your natural hair. Let your hair dry naturally after washing and avoid heated tools and tongs. In general, just be more gentle with your hair. No tugging it with your hairbrush, no letting it get super knotty. You may also wish to research ways to promote hair growth before the problem gets any worse. You also need to be thinking about what you are putting into your body. There are certain foods that help keep you youthful. Sadly, these things are not chocolate and potato chips! Anti-aging food includes things like Pomegranates. Thanks to their high Vitamin C content, they plump up your skin up and protect it from sun damage. On the topic of sun damage, this is another thing that will age you far faster than usual. Avoid the midday sun, wear a hat and keep yourself topped up with a UVA and UVB sun lotion. There is also something to be said for your mental attitude. Some say that psychological health is about how you...

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Be Unabashedly You!
Jun02

Be Unabashedly You!

 Hello my name is Violet Alexandre a passionate entrepreneur who connected with Lynn Ponder’s movement online #BeNumberless, through the power of social media. I can’t say I ever gave it any real thought or did I ever let it stop me, but the reality is that my age has almost always played a role in my professional life and accomplishments for better or for worse. It all starts back to my starting college early. At the age of 16, I found myself surrounded by other students who were 18 or older. I tried to hide the fact that I was young. Many of my professors and other adults praised me for my age and accomplishments, while the people that I wanted to like and accept me, other college students, made judgments about me. It made it hard for me to fit in. The way I handled that was to throw myself in knee deep into my studies and work career. This ended up further contributing to the impact my age would continue to have on me. By the age of 20, I found myself working in a male dominated environment where I was literally the youngest person who had ever worked for the company. I had landed a job as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly. While to this day I am extremely proud of this accomplishment, it was also a really challenging environment for me to thrive professionally. The environment is one where credibility is often judged by your age and sex, and on both fronts, I was on the losing side of these markers. What I found though was I was able to differentiate myself. I positioned myself as a young and exceptionally hard working woman who knew her stuff inside and out. I studied constantly to find ways to be more knowledgeable than others around me. I fully owned my youth and femininity and it paid off. I won multiple sales awards during my time there. The rest of my career path has continued to be one where I put myself in challenging environments were inevitably being a young woman could hold me back, but instead I used that as a motivating factor. I wasn’t ever going to let anyone stop me. I went on to several other positions in which I proved my ability to achieve as well as exceed expectations. The funny thing is, now that I am a woman in my 30’s with a family, I face different challenges. I face different stereotypes and no longer struggle with credibility in the way I did before. I love being a mom and embrace...

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