Single ladies that are marriage-minded, why do you want to get married? So you can have a two income household? Couldn't you get a roommate? No, you want someone to love on. Maybe you want to be loved. Couldn't you get that from friends and family. Or maybe you want stability and security. Can you find that in yourself? Have you tried?
Maybe you want lots of money? Why? To buy nice things? Why? Because they make you feel good and make you happy. Couldn't you find other people/things that don't require money to make you happy. Or maybe you're in debt and you want to pay it off, but why? So you can be free?
Have you ever just considered, really... just why? In finding your why, you might come to find that the thing you want so desperately is not what you want at all or maybe there are alternatives or perhaps it will increase your passion to reach a certain goal when you know the true meaning of your desires. Perhaps when you're clear on what it is that you really want, the steps will be clearer on how to get it. Or even better, maybe you realize that you already have exactly what you want.
It's great to have goals, but challenge yourself to ask why.
Why? Because I've seen it make drastic changes in my life. My life has been more efficient and more focused since I discovered my why. I don't have all of the answers, but there are specific areas I focus on at any given time. I think it would help you too. If big goals are too intense for you to question, start with something small and watch it work for you.
You can't have both, you have to choose one.
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If you're conservative, you might choose a subtle more natural looking red. You should look at swatches with a hair stylist and perhaps go to a store that sells hair and play with the different shades against your skin tone. Before you make a commitment to color, it might be a good idea for you to use hair augmentations to test drive a color or you might actually just want to wear hair augmentations to avoid coloring your hair altogether. Chemically dying your hair is very risky. If you're looking for a change, temporary hair pieces are a healthier option. Just be sure that you're taking care of your hair underneath and that you're avoiding too-tight-braiding practices.
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The recipe consists of combining equal parts dried indigo, dried lavender, dried black malva flowers and boiling water. Basically you'd grind all the dry ingredients into a powder and then add the boiling water until the consistency is a thick paste. You want to make sure to use a glass or porcelin bowl because metal will affect the color. Next, cleanse and rinse your hair, apply the mix with gloves. This will stain the skin so you'll want to avoid your scalp and skin. You might consider using a noncomedogenic oil or butter to line the perimeter of your hair and ears. Make sure the paste is in from roots to tips, apply plastic bag, leave on 30 minutes to an hour and rinse until the water runs clear. Cleanse and condition once more being sure to rinse with cool water.
I'll get around to trying this one day. It's just so hard trying to find all the ingredients. I know about all the henna sites that sell indigo, but I'm very intrigued by this recipe because it doesn't require the use of henna.
I'm actually on the fence about hair color. Some days I miss the ash blonde highlights I had in college or the blue-black hair I had when I moved to Miami. Lately I've been wanting to try a red because I've never been red (despite the red cast you've seen in my pictures), but I won't make any rash decisions.
You'll want to use a homeade mayo or a natural mayo that you can buy at a natural food store. You can google a recipe for mayo and it typically calls for egg yolks, vinegar, an oil and water. The eggs add protein, the oils are emollients, the water is for moisture and the vinegar helps to maintain the proper pH of your hair. Some recipes will call for other ingredients that you can skip when making mayo for your hair: lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper and mustard.
You can doctor up your natural store-bought mayo by mixing in an extra egg yolk, add honey, adding more oil or a little more vinegar (apple cider vinegar is best).
If you can find a store-bought conditioner that's salt free then good for you, but it's going to be hard. That's why if you're going to do the mayo deep conditioner it's going to be better to make it yourself. Salt can have a drying effect, but it is high in minerals and acts as an astringent and antiseptic so it isn't all bad. Just be aware of that when using store-bought mayo.
Once you have it all mixed up and it's all creamy, just maasage it into your scalp and apply from root to tip. Apply a plastic cap and leave it in for at least 30 minutes. You can also use the condition and re-condition method here. What's that? It's when you reapply the conditioner 3 times in 10-15 minute intervals and use a heat source: steamer, dryer, hot towel or conditioning cap.
You'll want to make sure your hair is detangled and sectioned off before applying.
You can do this on hair before it's washed or after. Experiment to find what method works best for you.
There are tons of synthetic ingredients that are classified as emollients like mineral oil and various silicones. Of course, we want to go the more natural route on Mane and Chic and would encourgae the use of natural vegetable oils, shea butter, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil.
It's cold outside and for a lot of us that means dry skin, hair and scalp. Here's a tip, use an emollient-based product on damp skin right out of the shower. I like to use an oil based in sweet almond and jojoba. A little goes a long way. This also works for hair. Right after you've washed and your hair is still damp or wet, apply a small amount of an emollient to your scalp and hair. You really want to be light-handed here because too much product can wreck your finished look.
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True inner transformation will come to you when you practice gratitude. Follow these steps to develop an attitude of gratitude. THE best way to raise your vibration and attract what you desire.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to practice gratitude when you are following your path to personal development growth.
Think of it not only as a tool for transformation but as a way of life.
Now, if you have wrapped your mind around the fact that we are all energy then you realize there is no separation and we are all connected. Everything is energy with it's own rate of vibration that attracts things of like vibrations to it. That of course includes our thoughts. And thoughts, feelings and words of gratitude are some of the most powerful and they allow for great positive shifts to occur.
THE TOP 2 WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE
#1. BE THANKFUL IN ADVANCE: It has been said that the most powerful form of gratitude is the kind which you express in advance of your actual experience. The expression of faith that this requires allows for the most effective type of vibrational shift.
#2. FIND THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR IN BAD SITUATIONS: Focus on someone you have a conflict with or on a negative emotional situation in your life. You then look for things to be grateful for in those situations. They may not be obvious, but they are ALWAYS there.
Be grateful... that you only have to deal with this person once a month, that if it weren't for this situation - you wouldn't have met a new friend, that this situation now offers an opportunity for growth...
A newer, more positive energy will be come from this especially since you had to look deeper into yourself to find the gratitude.
OTHER WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE
KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL: It's a good practice to take 10 minutes a day to write down things you are grateful for and that bring you joy. They can be big or small as long as you tune into the feelings of gratitude for having them in your life right now.
Be grateful for: a stress-free commute to work, a call you got from an old friend, a delicious meal, a hug from your child, a compliment you received from your boss, a great night's sleep, an invigorating workout...
DO A GRATITUDE WALK: As you're strolling with the kids, walking the dog, or doing your chores, look around and rattle off as many things as you can think of to be grateful for. Tell the Universe out loud what you love about your life.
HAVE A GRATITUDE ROCK: This is something I first saw in The Secret movie. Find a small rock and keep it with you throughout the day and let it remind you to state something you're grateful for whenever you touch it.
WATCH A GRATITUDE AFFIRMATION VIDEO: Go to Wealthvibes.com or YouTube.com and watch free affirmation videos. Make it part of your daily ritual and a powerful gratitude exercise.
WRITE A GRATITUDE LETTER: Write a mock letter to someone very important in your life who would be excited for your news. Tell them how grateful you are about this wonderful thing that has happened in your life. Doing this exercise will bring about intense emotions and will put you in a joyful, grateful vibration.
"Hi Julia, The most exciting thing happened to me... I couldn't wait to tell you about it. I went to the gym a few weeks ago and was working out and got to talking to the girl next to me. I told her about the new web business that I just launched and she was so interested that she interviewed me for a local newspaper article. It created tons of traffic to my website and I made some big sales too. I am SO grateful that I met her that day."
TIP: You can even write this "as if" that something happened to try and attract it into your life.
DO THE MIRROR EXERCISE: Talk to yourself out loud while looking into a mirror. Express your gratitude and appreciation. If you use EFT, tap around at the same time. Later on, you can use this image of yourself tapping in a visualization for a quick, enhanced gratitude refresher.
Just make sure you practice gratitude every day. Create a routine that's easy and sustainable.
When it comes to creating and experiencing the kind of life you want, it's a law of the Universe that it will always deliver in the right time for the right vibration of your body.
So if you practice gratitude, you will energetically raise your vibration and speed up the process of attracting what you desire.
There is truly NO BETTER WAY to do that than when you have an attitude of gratitude.
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Taupe is a neutral color and it will go with any color you pair it with. For this post I'm using lots of earth tones and classic fall tones, but you can use whatever you have in your closet or whatever colors speak to you.
The easiest way to go with taupe boots is to wear something all black. Here I chose a long sleeve black jumpsuit, but you could also do a black dress or black separates. Add a layer that compliments the shoe, here you see a fur jacket and gilet. Top it all off with a statement bag in a bold or muted tones, depending on your taste. You can also easily recreate the same look with navy, brown and certain shades of grey/gray.
Knee high boots look great with flirty relaxed dresses, if it's chilly out you'll want to cover up. I choose these blazers.