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Self Care: Coffee Face Mask

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Self Care: Coffee Face Mask

Do you ever look in the mirror and see nothing but bags under your eyes, a tired complexion and perhaps some wrinkles? I am a regular user of a face moisturizer every morning and before I go to bed at night to add some temporary softness to my skin, but I have recently started using a Coffee face mask to help tighten my skin and add more life and color to my complexion.

I usually write articles about self-improvement and motivation, but I believe that there are so many levels of self-improvement. One of which is ‘self care’. Drinking enough water, exercise and a balanced diet and many other factors make up self care. I have found that if I wake up in the morning looking tired, it can have a negative effect on my mood and energy levels for the rest of the day. However, if I wake up looking fresh and full of vitality, I feel more positive, confident and full of energy. Using a coffee face mask is also a wonderful way to give yourself a well deserved treat at the end of a long day. Try using the following coffee face mask for a few days and see how it will make you look and feel.

Coffee Face Mask

This is a simple, fast and effective face mask. I will give substitution ingredients for different skin types below.

What You Need:
1/2 Cup ground coffee beans (you can grind your own or buy pre-ground)1 Tbsp of honey (for acne prone or oily skin use additional lemon juice here instead of honey)
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Cup of unsweetened whole milk (if you are not a dairy person, substitute for almond milk)
1 Tbsp of lemon juice (for dry skin, try olive oil or almond oil)
A Bowl

Benefits of the Ingredients:

Coffee Beans Reduce inflammation, redness and the appearance of under eye circles. Coffee also acts as an exfoliator, removing dead skin and literally “wakes up” a tired complexion.

Honey – Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down the aging process. Honey is also extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow and give your complexion a boost.

Cocoa Powder – cocoa powder helps repair skin cells! That’s because it is packed with antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Cocoa can also improve your skin complexion, making it brighter and clearer! The flavonoids in it nourish the skin, boost its elasticity and help reduce blemishes that make skin dull.

Milk – Milk contains antimicrobial properties, so it makes a great cleanser for the skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid that naturally eats away dead skin cells. Amino acids contained in milk will also help to keep your skin hydrated.

Lemon Juice – Acts as an exfoliant. Contains natural vitamin C to help lighten, tighten and brighten your skin.

Directions:
In the bowl, mix the finely ground coffee beans with the cocoa powder. Add in the milk, and stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, simply use less milk. Then add both a tablespoon of lemon juice and honey. Apply the face mask to your skin and leave to dry (up to 20 minutes). Wash off face mask and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days

Extra Boost: Use a Jade Roller

 

Self Care: Coffee Face Mask

 

For an extra boost to your skin, I highly recommend using a Jade roller.

This wonderful little tool will help to increase circulation in your skin, reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. The Jade Roller will also stimulate collagen and improve elasticity in your skin. Regularly using a Jade roller will also flush toxins from your body and promote lymphatic drainage.

Before you start rolling, make sure your skin is well cleansed and apply some hydrating serum

1. Start under the jawline and roll downwards.

2. Once you have completed your neck, roll from your jawline up towards your ear.

3. Next, from the middle of your chin make broad strokes with the roller out towards your ear, where the lymph drains from your face.

4. Continue with the broad strokes and gradually move up your face, under your nose and then from your nose out to your ear using the small end of the roller to get the more sensitive skin under your eyes and eyebrows.

5. Finish by rolling from the middle of your forehead out towards the temples.

Bonus Tips

  • Store your jade roller in the fridge or freezer before using.
  • Repeat each stroke three times.
  • Always roll upwards & outwards, never back & forth.
  • Using a Jade roller is a wonderful morning ritual to wake up tired eyes and energize your skin.

I hope that this week, you take the time to treat yourself with a nice face mask, or that you make the small investment in a wonderful Jade roller.
You deserve it!

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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