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Have You Heard?

A new pilot stands up to modern slavery in the Nigerian community

A new pilot campaign launched today will help tackle modern slavery within the Nigerian community in the UK. It will focus on helping those trapped in domestic  slavery, where victims are typically kept against their will, mistreated and forced to work long hours with no pay.

Leading local charities, community and faith groups including Celestial Church of Christ Manchester, Redeemed Christian Church of God – The Pathfinder and Nigerian Community in Manchester are working together to raise awareness and increase reporting within at-risk communities.

A short film, developed in partnership with the Salvation Army and child protection charity AFRUCA, is being launched to highlight how incidents of domestic slavery are happening under the radar in Nigerian communities across the UK, and to empower communities to report concerns confidentially and anonymously to the Modern Slavery helpline.

Slavery is a problem in every country which has tried to measure it.  There are an estimated 10,000-13,000 victims of Modern Slavery in the UK today.   No community is immune; we have encountered modern day slavery in nail bars, car washes, on fishing boats and farms and in people’s homes.   Nigeria remains one of the UK’s major source countries for victims of Modern Slavery, including human trafficking.

The ‘Have you Heard?’ film, produced by award-winning Nigerian film maker Ogo Okpue, demonstrates the devastating impact of being held as a domestic slave (also known as illegal househelp), underlines the potential consequences for perpetrators and the specialist support available to victims.

Young Nigerian women are particularly at risk – one such victim is Glory*. Thirteen year old Glory was trafficked to the UK from Nigeria by a woman who told her mother she could have a better life in London. In reality she was forced to work between 6am-9pm, and often beyond. Glory was shouted at and beaten for incidents as minor as not realising her Madame had finished her cup of tea, with the frequency of the beatings increasing as time went on. Sometimes her Madame’s husband would visit Glory in the night and sexually assault heri.

Anne Read, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery at The Salvation Army said: 

“Have you Heard? brings a very hidden crime to the surface and drives the message home that it’s the responsibility of all of us to spot the signs that someone is being kept in unfair conditions and report it. It may be a crime that happens behind closed doors but the signs are out there – we just need to look for them and do something about it. People should feel confident that anything suspicious they report will be acted on and anyone rescued from this kind of exploitation will receive the specialist support they need from The Salvation Army and our partners.”

Debbie Ariyo, Chief Executive of AFRUCA said: 

“There are many indicators which point to someone being kept in forced domestic servitude. If you have a suspicion, ask yourself does the person seem afraid and anxious? Do they seem to stand out from other family members? What conditions is the person living in? We’re hoping Have you Heard? will encourage people to report suspicions so victims can be get the crucial support they need.”

The Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism Sarah Newton said:

“Domestic slavery devastates the lives of victims and strips them of their basic human rights. We are proud to support the Nigerian community in bringing this terrible crime into the spotlight.”

“The Government is driving world-leading action to tackle modern slavery but we cannot do it alone.  Professionals, charities and the wider community all have a vital part to play as we work together to end this.”

To report concerns, seek advice or get help call the confidential UK Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700 or visit the website www.modernslaveryhelpline.org

The Have you Heard? film is available at http://bit.ly/2nhxL0i

 

Chicken Skin To Beautiful Swan In 6 Simple Steps

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Have you ever looked at your arms and noticed rough patches of dry skin? Did an itchy rash stop you from wearing your gorgeous sleeveless top again? You are not the only one! Unfortunately, almost 40% of us suffer from bumpy skin at the back of the upper arms, commonly known as Chicken Skin.

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Ketorasis Pilaris, which is the medical term for this ailment, can occur at any age, usually runs in families and often goes hand-in-hand with chronic dry skin. What causes this embarassing condition? When our skin produces too much keratin, it accumulates at the opening of each individual hair follicle, blocking pores. Theselittle bumps can make the surface appear irritated and inflamed, that’s why it’s so important to take special care.

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We asked Shona Wilkinson, Head Nutritionist at NutriCentre.com to give us her tips on what to do, to get your arms summer-ready and banish those bumps:

‘Make sure you exfoliate the area regularly with natural and gentle exfoliator. Avoid anything too abrasive though, as this can cause damage to your skin.’
‘Massage the affected areas twice a day with a natural gentle moisturiser to soften bumps. Some people have found a real benefit by using coconut oil to moisturise the area.’
‘Make sure you use a gentle non-harsh soap when you wash.’

‘Eat plenty of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are beneficial to skin.  Add oily fish to your diet such as mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies and salmon.  If you are a vegetarian eat flaxseeds or chia seeds.’

‘Make sure your digestive system is running properly. Digestive disorders can manifest themselves in poor skin condition. Lack of nutrient absorption can contribute to Keratosis Pilaris.  You may want to consider taking a digestive enzyme if you think you may suffer from lack of nutrients. Also make sure that your intestinal flora is balanced.  It is important to have enough good bacteria to ensure a proper digestive system.  Try taking a good quality probiotic.’
‘Remove any foods, which may be an allergen. Such foods may include dairy, gluten and sugar.’

To help you get rid of chicken skin, try:

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By: Shona Wilkinson

Losing Weight – Men vs Women

Is it just me or does everyone notice that men seem to lose weight far more easily than women? I thought it was time to look at the science ….black-man-and-woman
A study that compared male and female participants following a variety of diets (Atkin’s, SlimFast, Rosemary Conley and Weight-Watchers) showed that men beat the women hands-down for weight loss. At 2 months, men had lost twice as much weight as women – however, their weight loss slowed over the following months.

A recent review of 49 studies on the subject found only a small difference in weight loss between the sexes – but it was in favour of the men.
So why do men lose weight more easily than women? It’s not just one reason. In the same way that weight-gain is due to many factors, weight-loss is influenced by many different factors too and these may affect men and women differently…
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Men are bigger to start with.
Men, on the whole, are bigger than women – and the bigger you are, the more energy you burn just by moving around or, even just by sitting on the sofa, doing nothing much more than existing! Their basal metabolic rate is greater….and as basal metabolic rate accounts for about 70% of the energy we burn every day, you can see why they may have a head-start. All they need to do is cut down their intake a bit, and their greater energy-burning capacity means quick results.
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Men have more muscle.
Men tend to have more muscle (fat-free mass) than women – and bodies with higher muscle composition burn more energy. What’s more, as we get older our muscle mass reduces (by about 8% per decade over the age of 40) – a condition known as sarcopenia…which may help explain why our ability to lose weight is affected by our age as well as our sex. When we think of exercising to lose weight, we often think of aerobic exercise – pounding the treadmill, brisk walking, swimming. Studies show, however, that people who engage in mixed forms of exercise, adding resistance training to aerobic, tend to lose more weight…especially around the waist where it is associated with more health problems. It’s time for women to fight the men for the dumbbells and build a bit of muscle!
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Men are less involved in food preparation
A sweeping generalisation, of course, and I know many men who do all the cooking at home (not mine, sadly!)….but the fact is, it is often the women who prepare and serve out the food to children and partner, giving more time and opportunity to pick. Those ‘forgotten’ calories soon add up.
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Women are at home more
Women spend less time at work than men. Although over 2/3rds of women are now wage-earners, around half of those work part-time due to family and other commitments. We all know that there is plenty of work to do running a home and family..but it does also leave women more susceptible to snacking during that home time. In contrast, when busy at work with no easy access to the fridge, those hunger pangs may go unnoticed.
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Women are more likely to be emotional eaters.
Another generalisation, I know, but my years of sitting in clinic back up research that shows that women are more likely to comfort eat, snack out of boredom or frustration or eat for many reasons other than hunger. Many men, in contrast, seem to just over-indulge in pints and portions! It can be easier to address simple habits than the underlying stresses and emotions that may drive over-eating – and most diets fail to do anything other than restrict food intake.

At the end of the day – male or female – what can we all do?
We can’t fight our XX chromosomes but we can make some changes to maintain a healthy weight. Our basal metabolic rate may account for 70% of our energy expenditure but that leaves 30% in our control…and that comes down to activity. Keep on-the-go, taking every opportunity to move, and the energy burnt will soon clock up. Add in some muscle-building exercise too and you will not only look slimmer, but burn more calories even whilst you put your feet up afterwards! Finally, look at ‘when’ and ‘why’ you are eating as well as ‘what’. Is it guilt-eating or stress from trying to juggle a job and family…and failing to do both as well as you think you should? Take steps to address those underlying issues as well as ensuring you have covered the basics of portion control and eating real non-processed food.

By Dr Sally Norton
UK leading health expert
Founder www.vavista.com lose weight: live life: DIET free
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Jai Fears (Singer, Songwriter, Actress) — The Story of a Survivor

Jai Fears is on the cusp of superstardom. A multi-talented Pop & R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model, Jai’s tenacious work ethic is the result of overcoming many obstacles in her childhood. From being homeless with her Mother at the age of 16, to being diagnosed with a rare skin disease, Jai has persevered to make quite a name for herself. Born and raised in Detroit, Jai developed an appreciation for the Arts at a very young age. Her Mother would play old school R&B records at home all the time, unknowingly predetermining Jai’s future dancing gigs with Motown greats Aretha Franklin and Charlie Wilson. At the age of 14, Jai flew to Los Angeles to compete in a national talent competition. With her first win under her belt, she was “bit by the bug.” Since then, she has danced with Nsync, Aretha Franklin and Charlie Wilson. In 2006 she performed at the Super Bowl 40 Pre Show with legendary Stevie Wonder and R&B sensation John Legend. She has opened up for Keyshia Cole, K Michelle, Ryan Leslie, Diggy Simmons, Charlie Wilson, The Gap Band and Melissa Morgan.

Performing at numerous sold out festivals and events hosted by Radio One’s Hot 107.5 and BET in Los Angeles, Venice Beach, Detroit and Chicago, Jai’s breakout performances were both in 2012 on BET’s 106 & Park “Wild Out Wednesdays” talent competition. Winning both times to a standing ovation, she snagged the coveted “ALL STAR FEMALE HIP HOP/R & B” title.

In 2012, she won “Best Female R&B Artist” at The Indie Music Channel Awards in Los Angeles. Other credits include being featured in national print ads for Nike and Degree Deodorant and on screen in major feature films “The Wood,” “MVP” “Oogieloves Big Balloon Adventure” and “Crossover.” Her explosive portrayal as Eboni in “Crossover” co-starring Wayne Brady and Eva Pigford has earned her several nods from movie critics. These days, Jai can be found on tour gracing the stage as a background dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award winning R&B singer Charlie Wilson – the former lead singer of the Gap Band. In between shows, Jai spends time recording new songs for her upcoming EP, teaching dance lessons to kids, and performing at local venues throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area.

On September 27th 2014, Jai was requested to put on a high-energy performance at the 2014 Fashion In Detroit event hosted by DODGE and Project Runway’s alum Joe Faris. Jai and her dancers did not disappoint. She performed Top 40 Pop hits by Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. At the conclusion of her performance, like so many before, Jai received a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd Jai Fears has had quite the journey. Looking back on the series of trials and tribulations she has endured, Jai understands she could not have made it without her unyielding determination and strong faith in God. Here’s what she had to say:

“I am a woman that has been through so many hardships in life. I literally feel like I can empathize with just about anyone dealing with any unfortunate situation. Growing up, I didn’t realize the reasons why I was going through so much heartache and experiencing life-altering situations. It wasn’t until later that I understood that God was preparing me for something greater. I was being tested. And because of that, I am a survivor. My purpose is to share my story with others to assure them that no matter what they have ever been through, they are not alone!”

#1 IF YOU HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE…YOU ARE NOT ALONE

“I can remember one early spring morning, at the age of 10, my grandmother entered my bedroom and fell to her knees near the edge of my bed. She stared in my eyes, and in panic told me to help her because she couldn’t breathe. She was drowning. Her lungs were filling up with fluid due to Pulmonary Edema disease… “… I remember screaming out loud for help. She laid her head in her hands, slid off my bed to the floor, and in a matter of seconds she died right there in front me. It was one of the most traumatizing experiences I’ve ever had. She meant so much to me. Also, the loss of my brother and step-father had a big impact on me. By the age of 20, I had lost several important figures in my life.

#2 IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN HOMELESS…YOU ARE NOT ALONE

After failing to meet a security deposit deadline on an apartment we were supposed to share with a friend, my Mother and I were left without any place to stay. During my senior year of high school, we spent nights sleeping in the car and filthy motels. It was a horrible experience. I remember one motel in particular was infested with roaches. It was so bad that the sounds of my Mother killing roaches in the morning served as my alarm clock to get ready for school. I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to get us out of that situation. I hated it. I didn’t tell many people about my living situation. Eventually, things did take a turn for the better. Through it all, I managed to graduate from high school with Honors. I believe our strong faith and determination is what helped us make it through. Looking back, it only made us stronger. Sometimes, my Mother and I sit and laugh about it, but back then it was no joke!

#3 IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A DISEASE…YOU ARE NOT ALONE

On October 5th 2005, I woke up to what I thought was a case of the Chicken Pox. Little did I know, it was something so much worse. My entire body was covered in red bumps that would burst, leaving open sores of all different sizes. The sores caused excruciating pain. They would turn into scabs and my entire body would itch. I can remember years ago, when I was a hostess at a restaurant, I would uncontrollably scratch myself while trying to seat people. It was really embarrassing! Just wearing everyday clothes was painful. To make matters even worse, the University of Michigan Hospital – one of the top hospitals in the country – couldn’t even provide a diagnosis. All they could tell us was that I was suffering from a type of rare skin disease. Over the years, my skin condition has significantly improved and has practically healed completely on its own. These days I feel so much better, so much more alive, and I’m so blessed to have made it through. I owe it all to God!

Helping Young Girls, Visualise, Protect And Empower Their POSSSIBLE

Helping young girls, visualise, protect and empower their POSSSIBLE – the I’mPOSSSIBLE girl summit in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Trust

 

  • Social enterprise, I’mPOSSIBLE puts on a day of workshops for young girls to
  • realise their POSSIBLE
  • Partnering with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to empower the local youth
  • Media literacy workshop run by Guardian Women’s leadership editor
  • BBC 1Xtra presenter, Sarah-Jane Crawford to make an appearance

LONDON – On May 7, I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC in partnership Stephen Lawrence Trust held the I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit. A day full of dynamic workshops for local schoolgirls to help them visualise, envisage, empower and protect their POSSIBLE.

I’mPOSSIBLE is a UK based social enterprise with a primary aim to educate and empower women and girls of colour globally by celebrating, highlighting and promoting the achievements of this dynamic group by showcasing their achievements, successes and life stories. Following on from the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation youth edition, held last year at the House of Commons in partnership with Diane Abbott MP. The I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit was an extension of this event which helped the girls put into practice ideas around what being POSSIBLE means to them, realising their dreams, being able to read media wisely as well as engaging in other empowering activities.

Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC, Simone Bresi-Ando said: “It is the core of what I’mPOSSIBLE was set up to do – to help young girls achieve their potential by defining success on their own terms. I’m delighted that we’ve partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to make this day happen. To all those who gave their time to speak to the girls, Sarah-Jane Crawford from BBC 1Xtra, our New York based friends, the Young Women of Colour Health Advocacy Coalition, I’mPOSSIBLE conversation alumni, barrister Sheryl Nwosu and Harriet Minter, Guardian Women’s leadership editor – a big thank you for believing in the strength of these young girls possibilities and leading by example.”

Rachel Wicks, Programme Officer at the Stephen Lawrence Trust commented: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with I’m POSSIBLE to put on this event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. There is a lot of synergy between I’m POSSIBLE and the work of the Trust in seeking to empower young people and open up opportunities that disadvantaged young people may not have access to.”

At a time where some parts of the world, educating girls can bring harm. I’mPOSSIBLE is ensuring that young girls understand their worth, value their ideas and dreams and put a viable plan in place to make them happen. This work is important, now more than ever as more than a third of girls aged 7 to 21 have felt patronised or been made to feel stupid because of their gender (36%), rising sharply to 60% of 16- to 21-year-olds (Girls Attitudes Survey 2013).

In addition to its work with young girls, the organisation has helped create conversations, provoke thought and uncover trailblazing women of color who reinforce an often under-represented experience of women of colour through its successful event series; the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation powered by Mizani. Having just returned from New York where the first international edition was held, the global ambitions of the organisation is being driven by the demand for a better story to be told of women of colour. By presenting these rich stories, it helps to drive positive change as well as balance the negative rhetoric around this dynamic, illuminating group of women.

 

Palace of Versailles Says Non To Kim K & Kanye

Non non non! Looks like money can’t buy you – your wedding location of choice. News just in on KIMYE; the Palace of Versailles have refused Kim Kardashian and Kanye West permission to marry in the national historic French monument as they are viewed as not being distinguished enough. Having set their hearts on marrying at the former abode of France’s pre-revolution kings and queens, this must have come as a disappointing blow for the couple who will now tie the knot officially in Florence. However in every cloud there is a silver lining as palace officials have agreed to the hot couple, family and friends being granted a tour of the Palace after closing hours.

 

Looking slightly downcast the couple spotted today in their workout gears, did not crack a smile for the paps who have been on their tails since they landed in the French capital Paris ahead of their 24th of May wedding. Cheer up KIMYE, the world and his mistress would be watching avidly on your big day and you are guaranteed front page insertions the day after.

FGM: THE UNBIDDEN PAIN By BERHANE RAS-WORK

A pioneer in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has revealed the experiences of African women facing this controversial practice in a captivating new book.

Berhane Ras-Work has released The Unbidden Pain, taking the reader on a moving journey through her 27-year campaign against female excision, towards a culture where this tradition might finally be eradicated.

Ras-Work’s personal narrative touchingly shows how global attention was gradually secured around the issue, and how positive changes were achieved through the encouragement of community responsibility, offering hope to women throughout the world.

She extensively records experiences of victory in the face of daunting challenges, doubts, crises and the grotesquely odd situations faced by women and girls. Through her words, Ras-Work demonstrates how self-assertiveness and bonding has helped to resolve this sensitive issue.

By acknowledging the place of discourse within the community, among youths, leaders and technocrats, she shows a practical and refreshing way of ensuring women’s rights within an evolving Africa.

About the Author: Berhane Ras-Work has been instrumental in the fight against harmful traditional practices, especially FGM. She is a pioneer in encouraging community responsibility and helped form the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) where she has dedicated her entire life to supporting women and girls. Her commitment to the campaign against FGM has earned her several national and international awards, including The Netherlands Medal and the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria and she says her life’s ambition is to see a world devoid of practices that harm the integrity of women and girls. The dossier on FGM would not be complete without her. She is married to Terrefe Ras-Work and has three children.

10 Ways To Make The Rest Of Today Amazing

 1.  Loosen your grip.

Trying to micromanage every little thing every moment is stressful.  Life should be touched, not strangled.    Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement.

Starting now, let go before you squeeze too tight.  Take a deep breath.  When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward.  You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going every single second to be headed somewhere great.  Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not.  It just takes some time to connect all the dots.

2.  Focus forward.

You can’t go back to how things were, or how you thought they were supposed to be.  All you really have is now.  The smartest thing you can control in life is your reaction to what’s beyond your control.  Dwelling on negativity from the past simply contributes to its power.  So stop focusing on what happened and start focusing on what’s going to move you forward.

Everyone’s life has positive and negative aspects – whether you’re happy and successful or not depends greatly on which aspects you focus on.  The best thing you can do now is to let go of what you can’t control, and invest your energy in the things you can.

3.  Check one lingering task off your to-do list.

Putting something off instantly makes it harder and scarier.  What you don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow; and there’s nothing more stressful than the perpetual lingering of an unfinished task.

You know that thing you’ve been meaning to do, but you keep putting it off and it keeps nagging at you from the back of your mind.  Stop the nagging by taking action now!  (Read Getting Things Done.)

4.  Spend an hour working on something that moves you.

When you strike that fine balance between the challenge of an activity and your skill at performing it, when the rhythm of your work feels in sync with your purpose, when you know that what you’re doing makes a difference, you become absorbed in the task at hand to the point where time ceases to exist.  This is what true passion and happiness feels like.

So is there anything you do on a regular basis that makes you forget what time it is?

On your average day, flow experiences like these are those flashes of intense living when you’re engrossed in a meaningful task that makes you feel more alive.  These optimal experiences can happen when you’re engaged in work, paid or unpaid, that move you.  Work like this is something you should be pursuing for at least an hour on a daily basis.

5.  Try something totally new.

Step out of your comfort zone and try something totally new.  What have you wondered about doing, but haven’t had the courage or time to try?  Aim for something small that you can accomplish in an hour or less.  It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience, such as talking to a stranger.

Variety truly is the spice of life.  You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once.  As a result, first time experiences often lift our spirits and our consciousness.

So what’s new to YOU?

6.  Help someone smile.

There is no exercise better for the improvement of our world than reaching down on a daily basis to lift someone up.  Don’t wait for people to smile.  Show them how.  Do something nice for someone who has no way of paying you back.  Do it because you can, and because it makes the world a happier place.

When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life.  Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less.  I promise, it will be an extremely rewarding experience.  And your small gesture just might touch a wound that only kindness can heal.  (Read The Happiness Project.)

7.  Spend time with a friend who improves you.

You can go through life and make new friends every year – every month practically – but there is no substitute for the few who truly improve you.  These aren’t the people who are simply nice to you; they’re the ones who help you uncover the things that are holding you back.  In subtle ways, they bring ideas to your attention that change your life.  These friends don’t just sit beside you unknowingly; they shake your world up, reveal your obstacles and weaknesses, and remain a part of your life because they care.

Friends like this are the most important people you will ever meet because they tear down the invisible walls you have built in your mind.  In other words, they come into your life and reveal new, valuable layers of yourself that you would never have discovered without them.

Spend some time chatting with one of these people today.

8.  Muse on life’s goodness.

You deserve some time every day in which worries don’t get in the way of your happiness.  Moments when, even if some people are insensitive or unkind around you, you’re not going to mind because you realize that the blessings you have received are far greater than the burdens you are dealing with.  You can create time like this for yourself today.  There is power in positivity.

Think about the goodness.  Be grateful for all the blessings you already have.  We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.  What if you gave someone a gift and they neglected to thank you for it?  Would you be likely to give them another one?  The daily events in your life respond the same way.  In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must be grateful for what you already have.

9.  Give yourself some “me time.”

Yes, you have battles out in the world to fight, insecurities to overcome, loved ones to contend with, and goals to achieve, but a break from it all is necessary.  It’s perfectly healthy to pause and let the world spin without you for a while.

Go ahead and set aside some “me time” to be alone with your own thoughts today.  Enjoy the space between the commotions.  Say nothing, think quietly, just be and breathe.  Give yourself an opportunity to discover who you really are, and to figure out why you truly are always alone… and why that’s perfectly OK.  (Marc and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” and “Happiness” chapters of “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.”)

10.  Be right here, right now.

I purposely left this point for last because it perfectly encompasses all the previous points.  Be present.  It’s being here now that’s important.  Don’t let your life slip by.  Pay attention to what’s happening in and around you; don’t just hurry through to the next thing.

You can’t stop the future.  You can’t rewind the past.  The only way to live is to press play.  So instead of dwelling on what happened earlier today, or worrying about what might happen later on, just practice being and living in this moment.  This moment, after all, is the only time guaranteed to you.  Right now is all there ever truly is.  Right now is life.  Open your eyes so you don’t miss it.

Afterthoughts

 You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.  The rest of today is a brand new day – a fresh start.  Replace negativity with positivity.  Think happy thoughts.  Exercise your mind and body.  Healthy is happy.  Inspire yourself.  Create.  Laugh.  Run.  Play.  Love.  Learn.  Give someone a compliment.  Perform a random act of kindness.  Take a chance on an idea you believe in.

You have the opportunity to do these things every single day – to make the necessary changes and slowly become the person you want to be.  You just have to decide to do it.  Decide that today is the day.  Say it: “This is going to be my day, starting now!”

Your turn…

What would you add to the list?  What’s one way to make the rest of today amazing?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

By Angel Chernoff

Beauty From The Inside Out!

A happy New Year from us all here at DivaScribe. After the over indulgence of the Christmas period, detox your body and get ready for the year ahead. There are so many ways we can maximise our health and beauty regimes, so start the New Year afresh and enjoy my top 5 tips to a better you.

1. Smoothies- You Are What You Eat

Heath enthusiasts everywhere have been raving about the benefits of smoothies, and if you haven’t tried them yourself, start now! Packed full of vitamins and minerals, smoothies are an easy way of boasting your immunity and leaving you with radiant skin from the inside out. Try the recipe below for a refreshing start to your day.

1 head of organic romaine lettuce(chopped)
1/2 bunch of organic spinach
3-4 stalks of celery
1 organic apple(cored and chopped)
1 organic pear
1/3 bunch coriander
a juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cup cold water

2.Exercise

Exercise, and exercise more. This gets your cells going this year. The benefits of exercise are endless, and your body will look better for it. If you can’t get to the gym there are a number of DVD’s available to help you along the way. Stay focused on your fitness and you won’t regret it. Try Kelly Rowland’s sexy abs DVD and make fitness fun!

3.Dry Brushing

Stimulate your circulation and lymph system by dry body brushing. It’s a simple way of giving yourself an inexpensive treatment from the comfort of your own home.  Always use natural bristles, and brush towards your heart in circular motions all over your body. Perfect just before your step into the shower.

4.Facials and Massages.

Facials and massages are not just for those special occasions.  Make it a must to unblock your pores, create some me time, and invest  in healthy skin this year! Charlotte Vøhtz, Founder of Green People gives us an amazing massage technique you can try at home.

Use gentle upward strokes with your hands around the collar bone, jawline to the top of the cheeks and out towards the ears.  Use your thumb and forefinger to gently pinch off the ears, and then with the pads of your fingers gently tap your eyebrows and on the bone underneath the eye and then on the forehead, and finish by gently but firmly pressing the temples”.

5. Stay Hydrated

It’s been said time and time again, but drinking water is the perfect solution to clearer skin. Flushing out toxins, from your body and keeping hydrated. If you can’t stomach plain water, there are a host of wonderful herbal teas out there. So replace your cup of coffee for something caffeine free and see the difference.

By Teiko Dornor-Tagoe