Everybody knows that physical exercise is an important part of being healthy. However, if you want to stay healthy, it’s not enough to just exercise and eat healthier – you have to take care of your mind as well. Your mind can affect your body just as much as your body can affect your mind. Therefore, here are a couple of things you should know about the holistic approach and how it can benefit your lifestyle.
It can help you de-stress
In this day and age, avoiding stress can be quite a difficult challenge. This is why you should have ways of coping with it whenever it starts affecting your well-being. Exercising, in general, can be great for that purpose, but you don’t need to run five miles every morning in order to relax. A peaceful meditation can do the trick as well. Depending on how much free time you have, you can do it in the morning, before bed, or just a few times per week when needed.
As one of the most common holistic exercises, meditation does have many benefits. Besides helping you deal with stress, it can also make you feel better by calming your mind. Consequently, you will become more patient, emotionally stable, mindful, more energized, and more confident about yourself in general.
It can change the way you think
Many of us tend to impose stress on ourselves by worrying about things we cannot change, criticizing our own appearance, feeling guilty about what we eat, etc. Most of us know that it is unhealthy, but not many people know that our thoughts can affect our body. So, what can you do about it?
For starters, you need to recognize situations that make you anxious or stressed out. Once you know what it is that triggers your negative emotions, you should look for coping mechanisms. For example, you can try to shift your focus to positive things or write down the good sides of everything that might seem bad at first. By improving your perception of the world – and yourself – you can improve your health as well.
It can make you fall in love with exercising
Once you start seeing the results on your body, it’ll be much harder for you to go back to the unhealthy lifestyle. Your metabolism will improve, your immunity will be stronger, you will have more stamina, etc. Moreover, improving your physical appearance can help you improve your self-image as well. The truth is, we all feel better when we look good, so it’s an endless positive circle of feeling good and looking good.
This is when you also might start looking for different environments and ways to practice mindful exercising. One of the best places to do so is, unsurprisingly, in nature. So, get your camping gear, and spend a few days meditating near a calming waterfall or doing yoga while surrounded by greenery and sounds of nature.
It can motivate you to eat healthily
You’ve probably heard of the famous quote that you are what you eat, and this is very true. The holistic approach is not just about exercising – it’s about health in general as well. After all, you can exercise all day if you want, but the results won’t be as obvious if you don’t adjust your diet as well. So, enrich your diet with healthier foods like fruits, vegetables, and fish. There are also many healthy snacks that can replace your usual chips and chocolate, like nuts, popcorn, and berries. This also implies that you should learn how to prepare healthier meals and not rely on takeout. This way, you will have more energy, and you will feel good about yourself knowing that you’re providing your body with what it needs.
That being said, you shouldn’t feel guilty about satisfying your cravings from time to time. So, don’t hesitate to enjoy some hot pizza when you go out with your friends. Also, if you’re organizing a movie night with your loved one, feel free to buy some less healthy snacks. The thing is, as long as you keep working out and eating healthy most of the time, there is nothing wrong in indulging in some delicious, a bit less healthy food choices that make you feel good.
There are many ways in which a holistic approach can improve your life, from helping you deal with stress to making you enjoy every meal. So, make sure to give it a try, and have no doubt that the results will show sooner than you might think.
Is there so much on your plate that you feel you don’t have time to take care of yourself – and hence would feel guilty if you took the time?
It’s a common problem – one I hear from my clients often. And it arises from a bunch of interconnected beliefs that are difficult to separate and deal with. Beliefs that limit your ability to take care of yourself even though you want to do so (and believe you should be able to).
Why You Feel Guilty About Self-Care
Conventional wisdom says that acknowledging the necessity of self-care will help you get over the guilt. But that’s not enough. I’m guessing you understand the necessity of self-care – but it’s not doing much about the guilt you feel.
Self-care guilt arises from many different – yet interrelated – factors. And to shake it, you must identify and deal with each one. Today I want to focus on 5 common reasons why you feel guilty about prioritizing self-care and what to do about them.
Reason #1: You don’t understand what self-care is.
Self-care isn’t about doing something to make you feel good, to escape, or to indulge. Yet that’s what most people think that it is. And it’s also not about putting a bunch of to-dos on your list. In fact, it’s often about taking things away from your to-do list.
Self-care is simply about taking care of yourself physically, mentally/emotionally, and spiritually so that you don’t feel a need to escape your life. The point of self-care is to take care of your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
What’s selfish about that? Here’s your answer: nothing.
Self-care isn’t about adding a bunch of stuff to your to-do list. It’s primarily about your mindset, what you believe about yourself, and how you live your life.
And all this worry about being selfish? If you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll become needy. And needy people are always selfish. So, by NOT prioritizing self-care you’re actually being selfish. How about that for a big “aha” moment?
Reason #2: You believe that prioritizing something means you must do it at the expense of something else.
There’s a common belief that prioritizing something means that something else won’t get done. That it comes at a cost. But that’s not necessarily true. And it’s especially not true when it comes to self-care.
Here’s the equation most of us work from:
To-Do List Obligations = Work Obligations + Family Obligations + Chores + Friends + [Other Obligations]
There’s no room for self-care because we believe that adding it means taking something away from the equation. But if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll have more stress and less energy. And your ability to get stuff done decreases. You won’t do a good job – and you might even drop the ball entirely.
So, self-care is necessary if you want to do all the things in the equation above. And it’s especially necessary if you want to do them well.
Here’s the thing: self-care isn’t even a part of the equation above. It comes into play before the equation ever comes into the picture.
Reason #3: Your self-worth is determined by your external achievements and how productive you are.
Is your self-worth determined primarily from what you achieve – and even how productive you are? Is it determined by your outcome? The problem with this is a lack of control. Although you have control over your input, you don’t have control over much of what affects the outcome.
Wouldn’t you rather base your self-worth on how you live your life – how you behave and treat others and whether you honor your deepest values? These are things that you do have control over – and it’s ultimately what will make you happy.
For help with how to clarify and honor your values, grab my Inner Compass Values Assessment workbook here:
For obvious reasons, self-care is a necessary component to your self-worth. You’re more likely to treat others well and have clarity around (plus be able to live) your values when you’re taking care of yourself.
But there’s more to it than that.
Self-care is about self-respect. If you respect yourself then you’ll take care of yourself.
And there’s no shame in asking for help. People are here for a reason – to connect with and care for others. This isn’t a one-way street. You too are meant to be cared for. So, let other people care for you by asking for help from time to time.
Reason #4: You don’t say “no” even when you want to.
This one is a biggie for the majority of my clients. They feel “obligated” to say yes – especially if being asked to use a skill or talent that they’re good at. Please don’t let others use your talents and skills against you (it’s not a requirement that you do everything you’d be good at).
Learn to say “no”. I know this is hard – I coach on it often. But start rethinking what it means to say no so that you can create strong boundaries for yourself. Because when you set and uphold strong boundaries you’re respecting yourself.
Saying “no” is really saying “yes” to yourself and those you love most. When you say “yes” to things you know you shouldn’t (and really don’t want to be doing), it’s limiting the amount of time you have to do the things you love – including serving those you love most.
One reason it’s so difficult to say “no” is because you’ve been convinced that you’re supposed to do “it all”. I’ve talked about this before: not only is doing “it all” impossible, you don’t even want it. Go back and read (or re-read the article) if you need to. It’s the biggest “should” of all time. And it’s time to drop it.
Reason #5: You treat your time as though it’s not yours.
News flash: your time is yours. No one else owns it. Act like it.
This is so simple – and obvious – yet often not fully appreciated. Stop giving your time away as though it’s endless. Because it isn’t. You won’t ever get it back once spent.
People spend a lot of time focusing on time-wasting (especially through social media). And rightly so. But just as important is how you waste your time by giving it up freely to others when you could be doing something much better for yourself.
Use your time wisely, guard it, and treat it as the precious commodity it truly is.
Practicing Self-Care is the Best Way to Honor Yourself
The best way to love and honor yourself (and treat yourself as the worthy human that you are) is to practice self-care. When you learn to prioritize it, it’ll become natural to you and a part of who you are. And you’ll be happier, healthier, and feel more you – without the guilt.
Each spring, come tax time, we have the opportunity to take stock of how much we’ve made, how much we’ve spent, and overall, how we’re doing with our money. If, as the saying goes, “Money talks,” – what is its message to you after this year’s tax season has come and gone and tax returns have been signed sealed and delivered?
Maybe money is urging you to start an emergency fund; invest more in your 401K; cut back on take-out; or do a much-needed kitchen remodel. Or maybe money has a far more profound question for you…how does your relationship with money reflect the way you value and care for yourself?
In her book, Women & Money: The Power To Control Your Destiny, financial guru, Suze Ormansays paying attention to money is a critical part of our self-care. “We have to develop a healthy, honest relationship with our money,” Orman explains. “How we behave toward our money – how we treat it – speaks volumes about how we treat and value ourselves.” Orman also notes that money is an important part of self-empowerment. “If we aren’t powerful with money, we aren’t powerful period,” Orman says.
So how do you care for yourself by caring for your money? Do you have a “healthy honest” relationship with money? Do you feel empowered when it comes to your finances?
For many women, a “healthy, honest” relationship with money is still a work in progress. The Financial Behaviors & Experience Among Women Study, conducted by Prudential in 2014, found that the women surveyed had not been actively seeking to expand their financial literacy. The study’s findings highlighted the fact that women felt they were no more comfortable or informed making big financial decisions than they had been a decade earlier.
Amanda Steinberg, author of Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms and founder of Daily Worth, says that gender roles can play a part. “As women, many of us were raised to believe that finances should be a man’s job,” Steinberg notes. “Men approach finances as if it should be their responsibility, while women hesitate because we’re not so sure it’s a good thing to get involved.” Steinberg identifies the biggest hurdles standing between women and financial confidence as guilt and shame, and Camille Gaines, of the website Financial Woman, agrees. “Guilt and shame play out as avoiding our money, underutilizing our skills, and giving away our power around money to the men in our lives,” Gaines says. “The first step to confidence is knowledge.”
Lack of knowledge plus anxiety around money can keep women stuck and often embarrassed about reaching out for financial advice. It’s been humorously bandied about that women would rather discuss their weight or sex lives than talk about money, and the findings in the Money FIT Women’s Study bear that out. The study, published by Fidelity Investments in February 2015, found that eight in 10 women avoid conversations about money because the subject is “too personal” and they feel “uncomfortable” when the subject is broached. The majority of women in the study felt that money was a “taboo” subject – which makes sense, since so many of us were taught that it was “gauche”/ “not proper etiquette” to talk about money as we were growing up.
It may seem daunting to start wading into what seems like an ocean of financial do’s and don’ts, but Amanda Steinberg suggests starting small. “Money can get a bad rap, so start reflecting on how you think about and language money,” Steinberg says. “Maybe there’s a belief that ‘money is evil’, or that there’s ‘never enough’. Think about your opinions about money, and ask yourself, ‘Are these beliefs serving me, or should I reconsider them?’”
Our beliefs about money, often planted at an early age, can have a profound effect on how we view and handle money in our adult lives. In next week’s post we’ll continue the ‘Money Conversation’ with tips for excavating down to the heart of your beliefs about money and abundance.
Is Bread Vegan? What Types of Bread Can Vegans Eat? Is bread vegan?
Is bread vegan? The question usually emerges in a panicked tone, from the mouth of a newly transitioned or prospective vegan, or even more often, a stressed-out friend or family member trying desperately to prepare a vegan-friendly meal for their loved one. Most of us have been there, or know people who have.
So, is bread vegan? The answer is: yeah, usually. But not always. Is bread vegan?
Never fear though, here at Happy Happy Vegan we are dedicated to presenting you with as much information as possible to safely feed yourself and your loved ones a vegan-approved meal! We’ll dive more into the different types of bread, which ones are vegan and which ones are not, below, but first…
Bread: an overview
Most of us have been eating bread for as long as we can remember. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, rolls as a precursor to dinner. The basic ingredients of bread are wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt.
The most basic of breads, made only from these four ingredients, is definitely vegan. However, things get tricky when people begin to add other ingredients.
Before we talk about vegan and non-vegan options though, let’s get an idea of how exactly bread is made and what makes it so different from other wheat products and baked goods. Is bread vegan?
What is yeast and how does it work?
Yeast is the ingredient that gives bread its soft and fluffy rise. It’s what makes a loaf of bread very different to, say, a tortilla. Yeast is essentially a small fungus – like a mushroom or a mold – which means it’s okay for vegans to eat it.
It reproduces by budding off, like branches off of a tree. The scientific name for baker’s yeast is Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which literally translates to sugar-eating fungus. The name is fairly self-explanatory for what the yeast does in bread.
The yeast feeds off of the sugar present in the flour and is added to the bread dough for a quicker rise. When the yeast digests the sugar, it gives off carbon dioxide gas. This gas is trapped by the big stringy gluten molecules in the wheat flour, that give bread its spongy texture and allows it to keep its shape, which results in the fluffy loaf that we know and love.
This interplay between yeast and gluten is the reason why unleavened or yeast free bread products, like pita bread or tortillas, are flat, and why gluten-free products are always much denser and much less spongy than their gluten-containing counterparts.
For these reasons, when you are making bread you first mix all the ingredients together and knead them really well to activate the yeast and the gluten molecules. Then you let it sit so the yeast can work its magic!
Want to know more about the science behind yeast and bread? Check out this awesome video!
What would make bread not vegan? Is bread vegan?
Ingredients which can be added to bread that would cause it to be non-vegan include honey, eggs, and milk products. Therefore it is always important to check labels thoroughly when buying bread, and check recipes thoroughly when making it.
For example, challah bread which is a traditional bread in the Jewish faith is made with eggs and therefore is not vegan. The good news is that there are plenty of little tips and tricks to tweak recipes and make them vegan. For example, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water is usually a suitable replacement for an egg in a recipe, and vegan milk substitutes can generally replace dairy products in a pinch!
Some types of bread and whether they’re vegan or not Is bread vegan?
Next we will talk a bit more about specific types of breads and explore whether or not they are suitable for those following a plant-based diet:
Sourdough bread is usually vegan.
The only difference, in general, in sourdough bread from regular bread is that sourdough bread is made with a fermented “starter”. This is a mixture of flour, water, and a specific bacteria (usually lactobacillus), that has been fermenting for a while.
An instance in which a sourdough bread would not be vegan would be if the baker had used milk products in their starter. This is unlikely, but it does happen. To be sure, just read the ingredients carefully if you are buying commercially, or ask your baker if you are buying fresh.
Pita bread is another type of bread that is usually vegan.
Pita breads tend to be made from the same basic ingredients as regular bread – flour, water, yeast, salt – although since they are flatbreads they have less yeast than other breads.
Similar to sourdough, however, be on the lookout, as milk, eggs, and honey, can all be popular additions to pita bread for taste reasons.
Ezekiel bread, the brand, is produced by the company Foods for Life. All of the Foods for Life products are egg, dairy, and honey free.
Ezekiel bread is also a wonderful, completely vegan, source of protein. It is made from wheat, beans, barley, spelt, lentils and millet, all sprouted, and then combined into the bread. It contains all nine essential amino acids as well.
Here’s a fun fact for you – the word ciabatta literally translates to “slipper”, probably because of the traditionally flat and elongated shape of this bread.
Ciabatta is distinguished from other types of bread by its hard and brittle crust, and its soft and airy interior. The great news is that ciabatta breads are also usually vegan. The only time you’ll need to be careful is with the variation “ciabatta al latte” – this version of ciabatta bread is made with milk.
Naan is a traditional Indian flatbread, that is often served with Indian cuisine. Naan is delicious, but alas, it is often not vegan!
Traditional naan is made with eggs, yogurt, or other dairy products, and then usually brushed with ghee, or clarified butter. The good news is that there are lots of vegan options on the market, and sometimes even in restaurants. Just always be sure to ask about ingredients!
Remember: vigilance is key.
Rye is a cereal crop that is closely related to wheat, but is not actually wheat. It has a different, stronger taste, and is often used to make a heartier bread.
Rye breads are very popular in traditional Scandinavian and Germanic cuisine. Similar to the other types of bread, rye breads are usually gluten free, but occasionally will have milk or eggs added to try to lighten up the bread a bit. Always check the ingredients or ask your baker!
Focaccia is an Italian flatbread. It is usually baked in large flat pans, and topped with olive oil and herbs. Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs for making focaccia.
The nice thing about focaccia bread is that since it is made with olive oil instead of butteror eggs, it can usually be counted on to be vegan. It never hurts to ask and check though!
Garlic bread is a rich bread which has usually been brushed with a mixture of butter and garlic, and occasionally also topped with cheese. It doesn’t take much working out, then, that most garlic bread you buy in supermarkets, or at restaurants, is not going to be vegan due to the dairy content.
The good news is that vegan garlic bread is super easy to make on your own. You can easily replace the butter in the garlic mixture with olive oil, brush it onto a fresh baguette, pop it in the oven for a few minutes, and voila! You have your very own, easy, vegan, garlic bread. Tasty!
If you want to try and make your own bread at home, take a look at my roundup 19 Brilliant Vegan Bread Recipes: Everything From Focaccia To French Loaves
A note about breads
Holy Cow Vegan also boasts a killer vegan brioche recipe for the sweet-bread lovers among us. This recipe replaces butter and eggs with olive oil and aquafaba – so much better for your arteries and your conscience! (Aquafaba is the water in a can of chickpeas. What else were you going to do with it?) You can find the recipe here. Try eating it with some cashew cream cheese and raspberry jam. Incredible!
Also, don’t be afraid to experiment! Lots of culinary breakthroughs were made by fearless cooks going nuts in their kitchen. If you can’t find a vegan recipe you like for a certain kind of bread, make one! Go crazy. As stated above, flaxseed and water make a great egg replacement, most oils (especially coconut oil) can substitute for butter, almond milk or oat milk is a solid stand-in for cow’s milk, and maple syrup will do where honey won’t.
Get in the kitchen!
A quick “is bread vegan?” recap
So, let’s summarize what we know about bread.
Bread, especially simple and freshly baked bread, is often vegan. However, we need to be on the lookout for sneaky extra non-vegan ingredients that might be tossed in!
Common offenders are honey, milk, butter, and eggs.
Flatbreads, drier or crustier breads, and savory breads are much more likely to be vegan. Breads that are usually not vegan include any bread brushed with a buttery sauce, brioche-type breads, or challah bread. Remember that the most important thing is to always read the ingredients, and if you don’t know, ask!
Do you have any favorite kinds of vegan bread? Maybe a great vegan bread recipe that you’d like to share? Feel free to leave it, or any other questions, thoughts, or concerns, in the comments section below!article by Lisa williams
Get Closer with Your Partner in 45 Minutes Get Closer with Your Partner
Check out this tool to improve the connection with your partner (or friend) via Greater Good in Action. If you are seeking more closeness with anyone in your life, set aside some time together (45 minutes is the suggestion) and follow the steps below:
- For 15 minutes, take turns asking one another the questions in Set I below. Each person should answer each question, but in an alternating order, so that a different person goes first each time.
- After 15 minutes, move on to Set II, even if you haven’t yet finished the Set I questions. Then spend 15 minutes on Set II, following the same system.
- After 15 minutes on Set II, spend 15 minutes on Set III. (Note: Each set of questions is designed to be more probing than the previous one. The 15-minute periods ensure that you spend an equivalent amount of time at each level of self-disclosure).
Set I Get Closer with Your Partner
1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Set II Get Closer with Your Partner
13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?
14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
16. What do you value most in a friendship?
17. What is your most treasured memory?
18. What is your most terrible memory?
19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
20. What does friendship mean to you?
21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?
22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.
23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?
Set III Get Closer with Your Partner
25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling…”
26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”
27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.
28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.
29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.
30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
31. Tell your partner something that you like about them [already].
32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?
34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.
The most important first step in increasing the closeness and connection in your relationship is to prioritize it. That means setting aside time for it. This tool encourages a deeper understanding of the person you care about.article by lisa brookes kift
How to Be Pitch Perfect
Ready to get your pitch on, but not sure what you should say? Pitching Your Brand
While there is a definite art to pitching, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating (or impossible) task.
Rather, your job is to figure out how to position your brand, product, or service so that the value to your target audience is highlighted.
Dos and don’ts Pitching Your Brand
If you are aiming to reach a budget-conscious shopper, tailor your approach to focus on the value and durability of your offering.
If your focus is higher-end, draw your target customer’s attention to the fact that the product is hand-sewn and can be ordered in luxurious cashmere.
Are you eco-friendly? Then mention that your product is organic cotton and that 10 percent of proceeds are donated to an Earth-friendly charity.
Make it easy for your target customer—or a member of the media—to see exactly how your product, service, or story will apply directly to them.
Then, especially if you are pitching your story to the media, give them easy access to information, images, and quotes so that writing an article featuring your brand is enjoyable and easy to write.
Make sure to never send the exact same pitch to all your media contacts. Just as you would like every person on your outreach list to take the time to reach your pitch, they also would like you to take the time to know who they are, what interests them, and what their name is
Also, be careful with copy and pasting or making small adjustments to multiple pitches, as many email programs will alter the color and font of forwarded messages. Anyone in 2018 knows that if this is the case, you’ve copy and pasted without a second thought to what you were doing.
If you are sending out a general update all at once, make sure to blind-copy everyone’s email address. It is incredibly sloppy to share contact details for multiple people or media outlets by mass pitching on the To: line.
No matter your target audience, here are some ideas to kick-start your creativity and begin to develop multiple pitch angles for media:
- Connect your product to a current trend.
- Show a celebrity in a look that is similar to yours.
- Create a visual that connects your product to an upcoming or iconic film.
- Pitch how different versions of your product are perfect for traveling, business, gifts.
- Show your product as the perfect accessory for an event, like a music festival, first date, or wedding.
- Watch the red carpet at award shows and pitch how to get one or two looks for less.
- Create your own gift guide tailored to a certain publication or demographic.
Pitch takeaways Pitching Your Brand
In the health, fitness, food/beverage, and lifestyle industries, most companies are interested in product placement.
This means having specifics products photographed by the magazine and/or used in an editorial spread.
It’s important to note, however, that there are multiple angles that go beyond just the product itself when trying to place it. Examine the different kinds of angles that could be written about your offering.
Remember, even at the most basic level, there’s always a business and brand story to tell.
When pitching a story, focus on what makes yours unique. What makes your brand newsworthy?
How does your brand tie into current events or seasonal trends?
Finally, rely on your collateral pieces and product photography to do the heavy lifting around product placement for you.
Ready to get started? Put your best pitch forward by downloading these helpful pitch scripts.
Trust the process Pitching Your Brand
It might seem nerve-wracking, but there is a time-honored tradition of back and forth among the person doing the pitching and the one accepting the pitches that leads to what we read in magazines and watch on The Today Show.
Simply put, the media knows why you’re calling (or emailing— when in doubt—assume you should always email first).
Remember that your job is to make the editor’s lives easier.
They have a story to write, and you have the information they need to write the story. They need a pair of boots like those Beyoncé wore last Saturday night, and you’ve got them.
The media’s job is not, and never will be, to make you famous or to get people to buy your shoes, however. Approach your outreach from that perspective, and you will increase your chances of becoming a media darling.
These days media outlets are more pressed for time than ever before, and it’s amazing how often parts of your email pitch will make it into the actual article.
Use this to your advantage.
Write the pitch you want to read about your brand! Emulate the tone of the magazine in your pitch and focus the information on what is most relevant to that publication.
For a celebrity weekly, do your best Gossip Girl impression. For a business publication, lead with statistics or quotes that demonstrate thought leadership from your CEO.
If you are struggling, pretend you had to describe the magazine to a friend, or even your grandmother. Notice what words you are using, and incorporate those into your pitcharticle by KJ Greenwood
The Power of the Mind The Power of the Mind
The blessing of being human is the fact that we have a consciousness. Unlike animals, we have the ability to choose and to act upon our free will. Animals do not have free will. A horse cannot become a painter or violinist anymore than a rose can choose to become a tulip. A tree is rooted to where its seeds have been planted. If ants wish to invade the tree, there is little the tree can do. And even a horse, if a man wishes to tame a horse and breaks its will to be free, he can.
Man has dominion over the land and in the end, in spite of the horses wild and free nature, man can do what he wishes to the horse including killing it if he chooses to do so. The Power of the Mind
The human mind is not stuck inside its skull like the tree is rooted to the ground that supports it. Our mind is NOT like the horse, in that, ultimately there will be a force greater than our own that can control it. Although adult abuse survivors may feel they are being controlled by others, the truth is, it is only the belief that others can control them that is holding them back.
The mind IS like a horse and a tree in that it can get stuck and run wildly at the same time. Adult abuse survivors feel like their minds are running all over the place while their bodies, spirits, relationships, careers and alike make them feel stuck. We are vacuum sealed wild spirits who have been enslaved by the abusive and dysfunctional beliefs created by others that have been stored in the subconscious mind. The Power of the Mind
The only way out is by going within. The Power of the Mind
You are the horse and you are the rider as well. And in addition, you are the consciousness wishing to learn how to tame the horse that is your mind. You are everything and everything is you.
Today, consider the power you hold within you to be able to tame your thoughts, confront your beliefs, and direct your life where you wish it to go.
Coming face to face with the enormous power we have over our lives can be overwhelming and especially after a life lived believing we were powerless to the will of others. The Power of the Mind
Change does not come in one giant step. Like learning to talk, we make the sounds ‘da da’ and ‘ma ma’ first. Tame one thought–tame one emotion–tame one belief today and you are on your way to being able to claim and even say, I Am ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, which means, ‘I Am extraordinarily good’.
And you are Dear One…you truly are.article by lisa a. romano
The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge and Special HackARTICLE BY WHITNEY HANSEN
If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest searching around for money saving tips or money saving challenges, I’m 99.9% certain you’ve come across the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge.
It’s fun, fairly easy to implement and helps you save $1,378 in 1 year.
For most people, $1,378 is a lot of money. If you are just starting your financial life out, that basically becomes your starter Oh Shit Fund. If you are past your Oh Shit Fund, you can use that savings to help you pay down debt. Or this can be used as extra savings to help you travel the world.
Whatever your goals are, almost $1,400 can go a really long way.
HOW IT WORKS
The whole goal of the 52-week money saving challenge is to keep it so simple that anyone can save money. When you first begin the challenge, you start at week 1.
During week 1 you transfer $1 to your savings account.
Then, as the week’s progress, you’ll transfer the same amount in dollars as the week you are on. For example, during week 5 you’ll transfer $5.
Told ya this is easy!
The cool thing is by the end of the challenge, you will have saved $1,378! That’s a nice chunk of change, right?
A lot of people criticize this savings challenge. Isn’t it better to take equal amounts of money every month and put that automatically in savings?
Yes. And no.
If you are the kind of person who would much rather see the same, consistent amount of money go into your savings account each month and never worry about it again, the 52 weeks money saving challenge may not be the right challenge for you. If this is you- just take $1,378/12 and schedule an automatic savings transfer of $114.83 to your savings account once a month.
But if you are the kind of person who loves to gamify your finances and find a lot of joy in the challenge aspect, then this is a ton of fun and gets really exciting towards the end. Keep in mind that if you started this challenge in January, you’re looking at saving quite a bit of money around the holidays which can cause some potential problems.
HOW TO AUTOMATE THIS CHALLENGE
If you are trying to manually remember to save that money every single week, you might not actually do it or it might get a bit cumbersome that’s why I like to hack this method through automation.
I haven’t tried to do this with my bank, mostly because it seems like a giant pain in the butt.
And, thankfully, you don’t have to.
There are lots of apps that can help you increase your savings, but my personal favorite for this type of challenge is Qapital.
Qapital is a free app, that allows you to set up rules for your financial life. For example, one of the pre-set rules you can use is the 52 week challenge. All you do is link your current checking account with Qapital and it will pull the correct amount of money for each week that you are on. It’s so easy to do!
I’m currently saving for a trip to Machu Picchu. The idea of exploring around this world wonder makes me so anxious and unfortunately, it’s not a cheap trip. I anticipate needing $2,000 for the trip.
I set up a savings with Qapital, selected the 52 week challenge AND the roundup rule (every purchase gets rounded up to the nearest dollar with the roundup being saved) and I just watch the account grow.
I started this in 17 weeks ago and am currently sitting at $249.42. The best part of this is I really don’t miss the money at all. It has not had a negative impact on my life in the least bit and stacking the rules is helping me hit my goal of $2,000 for Machu Picchu even more quickly.
- Try Qapital out today, make your first deposit and we both get $5 deposited towards our savings goals
MY PERSONAL QAPITAL ACCOUNT
You can select your background picture to be something that inspires you. Apparently, I think a ridiculous llama is inspiring. Haha!
But you can really do some cool money challenges with Qapital like setting a budget for eating out of $50 per week and if you come in under budget, it will automatically save the difference. I suspect I’ll cover that in a future post or video.
ALL IN ALL
The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge can be a great way to help you save more money, achieve your financial goals, and start to become a master saver. It takes time to build up a really big savings account, but if you use apps like Qapital or just schedule automatic transfers from your bank account to your savings account, you’ll start to see progress soon!
Take action today and good luck with the money saving challenge!ARTICLE BY WHITNEY HANSEN