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Nourishing Your Crowning Glory

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Time for some hair talk.

Have you ever heard the saying that your hair is your 'crowning glory'?

I used to take this for granted until one day when a hairdresser severely damaged my hair just by cutting it!

I don't know what he did, but something went wrong and my hair went from healthy to rough, dry, and unmanageable within two weeks of getting a trim.

It was unforgettable because I went for a trim for my college graduation photo.

Needless to say, it was a nightmare.

I've since learned to take better care of my hair. Here are some of my top tips for helping you take care of your own crowning glory!

1. Choose a good hairdresser.

Unfortunately you figure this one out after hair has been cut, colored, or permed; but this is one of those things that you need to shop around for. Ask for feedback from others; and go for a hairdresser who listens - particularly about what you want, what your lifestyle is, and what your needs are.

Don't go for someone who forces what they want on you.

I go to: Celeste Tuviera, at Symmetria Salon

2. Do hot oil treatments

My scalp is oily but that doesn't mean the tips of my hair are too.

In fact, tips are usually prone to drying because they're the oldest part of the hair on our heads.

Nourish your hair by doing home hot oil treatments. Just rub the oil in, keep in a shower cap for a few hours, and shampoo off. Some are better than others so shop around to choose what works best for your hair.

I use: Watson's Volumizing Treatment Wax

3. Let your hair down when you sleep

When you have long hair, it can get tempting to keep your hair up when you sleep - I tend to do this myself.

Unfortunately this means you hair gets unnecessarily tugged and pulled on which could contribute to falling hair.

Let your hair loose instead and let your scalp relax.

For hair fall problems, I take Nutrilite's Hair, Skin, Nails

4. Wash Gently

There are so many chemicals used in everything and your shampoo doesn't have to be one of these chemical-laden items.

A natural shampoo isn't just gentle on your hair & scalp - it also helps ensure that you don't contribute to chemicals from shampoo flowing out into our rivers and seas.

I use: Avalon Organic's Biotin Shampoo

Taking care of hair can be a wonderful and rewarding experience.

How do you nourish your crowning glory? Share in the comments below!

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Brands I Trust: Nutrilite

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Work hard, play hard:

It's a constant struggle trying to find a balance between productivity, fun, and health.

Many times it gets so busy that the #struggleisreal to sleep early, eat right, and exercise regularly.

For me - and you - to do the things we do and keep up with demanding schedules and workloads, we need to take care of our health.

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One way I'm able to do just that, and keep my health in check, is by taking Nutrilite by Amway.

With Nutrilite, you know the quality is top-notch. Everything from planting in their own farms to packaging in their facilities is done in-house and undergoes the strictest quality standards.

And it's not medicine; it's food. From Double X's vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to Omega 3 capsules from real salmon; you know what you're taking helps you eat a balanced diet, and not just consume something made up of chemicals from a lab.

You and I - we've only got one body, so we've got to take care of it.

If you'd like to learn more about Nutrilite and how you can avail of it, you can contact the Thinkwell group through this link: http://www.main.thinkwellasia.org/careers/

Here's to a healthier 2018!

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Brands I Trust: Burt's Bees

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I'm not a makeup connoiseur, although I do like to keep things tasteful and classy!

One of the easiest ways of doing that is by switching up my lipsticks.

I once read that women end up eating so much lipstick in their lifetime simply because they put it on their mouth.

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Because of that, I find it very important to use lipstick which isn't just safe to use on my skin, but one that doesn't have toxic chemicals in case I end up eating some of it!

I decided that the best way of going about this was by going the natural route, and that led me to being a loyal user of Burt's Bees Lip Products.

From lip balm which I use before I sleep at night to lipsticks which I use during the day, Burt's Bees keeps my lips looking hip or classy and totally hydrated.

My favorite shades are lipsticks in Blush Basin (a pinkish nude) and Juniper Water (a deep mauve).

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Treat People Right

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Interpersonal relationships are one of the foundations of a personal brand.

It goes without saying that we need treat others well, but it's also something often taken for granted.

Treating people right may be a fair and just thing to do, but even when they treat us poorly, treating them well speaks highly about who we are and is reflected in our personal brand.

In fact, it's sometime wiser to avoid those who treat us poorly rather than go into retribution mode.

We sometimes get tempted to act superior since it makes us feel mightier and more powerful.

Unfortunately, this can badly backfire.

When we behave in a superior manner, we may earn fear from those around us, but rarely their loyalty, support and respect.

It also communicates that we have a need to feed our ego, instead of communicating that we that are professional; as well compassionate and kind.

Kindness and empathy help us connect with others on a heart level.

While we would like to believe that humans are logical creatures, studies have shown that we're really still more emotional ones.

So treat people right not to build a great personal - and professional - brand (let that be the secondary benefit); but because you owe it to others and to your emotional and mental well-being to do so!

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Be #superwithcooper from Head to Toe

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New Year; new life - we often say.

But how can we really start to take better care of ourselves?

Here are the ways I make it a point of giving myself some quality self-love:

1. Take care of your hair

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Since I don't usually have the time or patience to work with bad hair days; I go with the route of preventing them from happening.

I proactively help my hair feel lighter and look better by going to a great hairdresser; using a lighter and natural shampoo for my hair type; doing home hot-oil treatments twice a month; and avoiding hot styling tools.

Try: Avalon Organics Shampoo

2. Your skin needs tlc, too

My skin type is oily and that means white heads and break outs. Apart from using a skincare line for my skin type, I also make sure I get a monthly facial to clear my pores. It hurts, but it's worth it!

Try: The Belo Clinic for their facials

3. Comfy shoes bring you to places

I don't know how my younger version did it, but I now have 0 tolerance for uncomfortable shoes. In fact, I choose wedges over stilettos and go for the more expensive yet comfortable for my daily shoes. I walk a lot and I only have one pair of feet, so I'm making sure they get treated the way they deserve!

Try: Fitflops

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4. Express yourself the best way using the clothes which fit you best

When clothes are uncomfortable, it shows. In fact, you'd love much better with something older if you're comfortable in them, as opposed to something newer you're fidgety in.

Make sure you choose clothes which bring out the best you; instead of trying to fit into clothes which make you feel like you're trying to be someone else.

My go-to outfit?

A cotton tank top which is around $3 (I have it in multiple colors but my favorites are black and white), and high waist pants or a flattering skirt. I usually accessorize with large earrings which I get for around $6 from stores like Forever 21.

Try: Forever 21 for costume jewelry and basic tees

5. The right gadgets make living even better

I'm known for lugging around medium to large sized bags for a reason: I like having everything I need with me.

Although I carry bigger bags around, I don't want to be bringing unnecessary weight around which can hurt my shoulders and arms.

This is why I prefer great quality all-in-one gadgets like my Smart Phone.

If I can have it all in one place, well, why not?

Try: Samsung Note 8 for phone, camera, Microsoft Office, a note app, and much more.

Hope these lifestyle tips help make 2018 your #bestyearever!

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Morning Habits Matter

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What's the first thing you think of when you wake up?

What's the first thing you do?

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Chances are, it's to reach for your cellphone to turn off the alarm and to check for messages which came in while you were asleep. (Like Me!)

Do you know that your morning habits matter?

Do you know they help shape your day?

Do you know you should pay close attention to your morning habits and how much time you spend doing your routine?

Here are my recommendations of things you should have as part of your morning habits to have a positive, productive day!

1. Drink Water. Start the day with a glass of clean, hydrating H2O. It'll give you the hydration boost you need after sleeping for hours and also help cleanse your system before you start putting food and other kinds of liquid into it.

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2. Meditate. Nothing beats a moment of silence to feel present and thankful for the day. If you are practicing a particular faith, this is the perfect opportunity to feel grateful for all that you have and do; and to be centered as you begin to face the challenges of a new day.

3. Eat Breakfast. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast isn't the healthiest way to live. Eat healthy to be healthy and to face whatever comes your way with a satisfied tummy!

4. Mind Your Loved Ones. Human, Plant or Dog, this is a great chance to bond. From attending to needs to enjoying each other's company; this is a great way to feel loved and share love before you head out into the craziness that you might need to face today.

The way you spend your mornings shapes how you deal with your day. Use it to feel gratitude, joy, and to enjoy life to its fullest!

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(Featured photos are from GoRaydar)

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Things You'll Want To Do This Year!

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1. Think like a winner

Do you know people who believe they're going to fail at something before they even start doing it? I do.

Does it help them? Absolutely not.

As much as you want to help someone, if that person believes that he or she will fail or disappoint, then they'll most likely take actions to prove that they WILL fail or disappoint since they're already conditioning their mind to behave that way!

It's just how things work.

In the same way, if you realistically assess a situation and how you can succeed; then take concrete action steps towards achieving those goals, then you will, in one way or another, SUCCEED!

One of my mottos is "If you shoot for the stars, you at least land on the moon."

If you reach your goal, AWESOME! If you don't, you'll at least get farther than if you never tried at all, or believed you would fail.

2. Learn from the best

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There's something intimidating from being around the best.

I've met a crazy amount of people who've told me that the Toastmasters* club I attend is intimidating.

My response: Take it as a challenge.

If you had a chance to learn, wouldn't you want to learn from the best?

If you had a chance to succeed at something, be affiliated with someone, or be mentored; wouldn't it strongly benefit you that it be with amazing humans?

No one is perfect; we're all just human beings who are working towards our dreams and goals. But if you have the chance to learn from the infinite knowledge, skills, and wisdom of those who are really good at something you want to be good at; you can't go wrong.

3. Be Wrong (Sometimes)

There's something immensely gratifying from being right. Read: EGO

But you learn most from being wrong.

I used to hate being wrong until the day I realized I was more relatable, more likeable, more human, and gaining wisdom from being wrong.

People like to be right, but it's rare to find someone who is happy to learn from being wrong.

So if you get to be wrong, embrace it; learn from it; and make sure you share the knowledge you gain with others.

4. Look Back

At the end of 2017, I did strategic planning for 2018 and did one things which turned out to be really good for me: I looked back at the year that was.

2017 was a challenging year. It was filled with twists and turns, challenge after heart ache. I felt like I was in the wrong place and achieving nothing with my life.

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And then the looking back happened and boy was I incredibly wrong.

I had learned and done so much since January 1, 2017!

We're usually singular in what we see: the here and now; that we fail to look at the bigger picture and how we've progressed.

So my suggestion is to dedicate an hour at the start of each month to look back at how you spent and what you did the month before.

You'll be inspired at how far you've come.

Which of these tips is your favorite? Share in the comments below!

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Be Visually Interesting

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I once heard someone say, "People look at what they like to see" in reference to how we style and present ourselves to the world.

There is something beautiful in our choice of how to present ourselves to the world.

Whether we consider ourselves stylish - or not, the effort or lack of it in terms of how we present ourselves speaks volumes about how we want to be perceived.

I grew up with a grandmother who valued her curls, heels, and red lipstick.

We may not all be professional stylists, but here are a few quick and easy tips to look and feel our best.

1. Low waist pants look best if you have a flat tummy. Otherwise, go for something that goes around the belly.

Pants can be tricky. High waist ones, like the one I'm wearing in the photo is more forgiving than the many low-waist styles out in the market.

Pants can be tricky. High waist ones, like the one I'm wearing in the photo is more forgiving than the many low-waist styles out in the market.

2. Tucking in your shirt = An instant way of looking more polished

Once you know which pants look good on you, a quick & easy way of looking more put-together is by tucking your shirt in!

Once you know which pants look good on you, a quick & easy way of looking more put-together is by tucking your shirt in!

3. Wearing two items in the same color instantly ups your style game.

The earrings I wore had blue and green beads. The blue beads perfectly mirrored the blue dress I was wearing!

The earrings I wore had blue and green beads. The blue beads perfectly mirrored the blue dress I was wearing!

Style is a fun, easy way to be visually interesting and express ourselves to the world. Hope these any-season tips making upping your style game easier!

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Brands I Trust: Avalon Organics

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I hate bad hair days - who doesn't?

So I take care to avoid them.

From getting my hair cut by an excellent hair dresser to minimizing the use of styling tools, I do what I can to protect my hair.

I'm also careful with choosing my shampoo.

I try to go for something that's natural and adds volume to my fine locks - I have plenty of strands but boy are they fine (pun intended)!

My go-to shampoo is Avalon Organics' Biotin Shampoo.

Putting some on my palm, I first dilute the already natural shampoo in a bit of water before lathering it into my hair.

It feels lighter than most shampoo products I've tried, it doesn't leave an oily residue, and I'm happy it's biodegradable - makes me feel good about how my daily shampooing ritual isn't as harmful to the environment as most shampoos are.

Avalon Organics products are available in the Philippines at Healthy Options and area available for under $10 a bottle.

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When You Feel Like a Failure

If you've ever felt like you've failed at something, this episode's for you:
Sometimes we devote ourselves to our work, but we still don't get promoted.
Sometimes we give a relationship our all, and it still doesn't work out.
Sometimes we fail even after working hard on something.
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How to Seek Mentorship

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Mentoring is one of the things which can help us grow exponentially in life and career.

Some of us have a notion that mentorship has to be a committed, long-term thing.

But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way, especially because not everyone wants to commit to that kind of set-up, and we are asking someone for a favor, after all.

You also don't have to have just one person as a mentor. It's great to have multiple resources to get different perspectives.

Ultimately mentoring is about getting thoughts and ideas from someone who is more experienced in a particular field than we are. It's also having a sounding board, having someone to test ideas with.

Mentoring is not at all scary. It's about having a hunger to learn and grow.

Mentoring is about being open to hearing what we can grow and improve in.

Before seeking out a mentor, consider these things:

1. What areas do you want to focus on in terms of growing?

2. What are your goals and priorities?

3. Who do you think would be a great person to learn from in those areas?

4. Why do you think he/she is a good mentor to have?

Make sure to mention those things when you reach out to your potential mentor. Wishing you all the best as you go mentor shopping!

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How Social Media may be Hurting you

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Love it or hate it, social media is here and here to stay.

As a kid born in the 80's, the closest thing I had to social media then was spending time on a landline at night and seeing my friends at school to talk about what they did after we called each other up.

It's no secret that social media offers a lot of advantages, yet more and more people look into the negative effects it has on our lives.

This blog entry is about that - and how it may be affecting your road to real life success.

1. You compare yourself to others (whether consciously or subconsciously)

Emma Stone described it best: "It seems like everyone's cultivating their lives on Instagram or on different forms of social media, and what pictures look best of their day," (http://www.instyle.com/celebrity/celebrities-who-dont-use-social-media#1232836).

It's very rare that we find people posting about their daily struggles and day-to-day life online. One reason may be because people do have an idea that anything that gets posted gets immortalized in one way or another.

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We can't blame ourselves for wanting to put a best foot forward. Unfortunately it also leads to unhappiness and dissatisfaction when all we see are the best things happening in other people's lives. Because those #couplegoals, #selfies, #goals and #yolo moments are often staged, at best; and yet they're mostly envy-inducing posts.

2. It takes up too much of your time

"The average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media, according to a study by influencer marketing agency Mediakix." (from http://www.adweek.com/digital/mediakix-time-spent-social-media-infographic/)

That's 5 freakin' years which could be used for study, work, and real life socializing! But it's not unrealistic. We go online in the early morning, during breaks, after work, and before sleeping. Others go online in between those schedules. And we're not just talking about Facebook - Youtube, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter all count.

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It's so easy to get sucked into the world of swiping, pressing and returning to the previous page that it reprograms how we think: I've met people who've tell me they've thought of going 'back' a second before they realized they couldn't because it was real life.

3. It distracts you from more important things in life

How much time do you end up using on Facebook before realizing you should've been asleep a long time ago?

How many times have you eaten out and realized you and your loved ones are all on your phones instead of talking to each other?

Social media can be so distracting - and tempting - that we sometimes forget that we're living through other people's posts instead of living our own lives.

4. You end up absorbing negativity from toxic people you follow

Admit it - there are guilty pleasures online.

It can be someone who complains online about everything, someone who keeps doing a #humblebrag, and someone who seems to have EVERYTHING he/she wants in life - things you wish you had.

All of these - I classify under 'toxic'. Why? Let's break it down:

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That person who complains about everything: Some people may feel like social media is an extension of their real lives, but that doesn't mean you should feel the space with toxicity. That person who seems to always find the glass half empty is looking for attention from kindred souls who want to talk about how much life sucks. I have bad news for you if you follow people like this: absorbing negative energy from them can have negative effects on you biologically. The solution? Unfollow.

#humblebrag: We know it's really just a brag. The way these people look for attention varies, but the bottomline is, they don't really want to talk about how #blessed they are; they really just want people to talk about how #amazing homo sapiens they are.

The I-have-it-all: These envy-inducing social media-lites use social media as a platform to show off how their lives are better than everyone else's. Different from the #humblebrag, the i-have-it-all is insensitive to the feelings and needs of others, except when it's to cultivate a desire to wish others were them.

5. You put too much of yourself out there

Did you know that employers are known to research applicants online? Same goes for potential business partners and service providers. Before you're hired, your digital footprint is checked.

It works best to keep some things private. Being authentic online doesn't mean you have to reveal every thought and share every video. It's always nice to leave a bit of who you are to face-to-face interaction.

Occasional unplugging is optional, yet healthy. Use social media responsibly!

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Brands I Trust: Fitflop

I walk - a lot.

I enjoy seeing my phone count my steps and get a thrill from hitting a minimum of 10,000 in a day!

It helps me keep fit and active and I do it by commuting instead of taking the car, going to the gym, and choosing to walk instead of riding some form of transportation.

Because I walk a lot, it's important for me to have comfortable feet, and Fitflops help me out with this.

Fitflops are a staple in my wardrobe, and I've been using them for years!

I use them to get around the city; I use them when I travel; and I even use them when I have work - before I change into work-shoes!

I choose minimalist designs which I can easily match with different outfits (I enjoy playing around with clothes!). Whatever clothes I wear, I take joy pairing it with Fitflops knowing I'm guaranteed with comfort in every step I take!

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