Thursday, February 17, 2011

Creating Success In Life

Most of us seek they key to success and contentment in sources other than ourselves. We get tired, frustrated and complain the horrible conditions in which we live , not realizing that for every successful person, they will tell you that it is solely up to you to achieve success in whatever form we seek.

Too many of us do not demand anything from life, require little,settle and are happy with the minimum. If you want to be successful in your life you need to do a plan and visualize your success. Below you can find 15 ways to help you achieve your goals and be successful in life.

1. Be active and not passive

People have the desire to be active in their lives and control their environment (family, other people, work, etc.) and not being controlled by it. Self confidence and the strength to take the right decision for your self (and not do what will please others) are important parameters that can help you overcome stress, beat passiveness and be successful in your life. Take your decisions and stop feeling sorry for your self. If you need to mourn for a loss or a bad situation do it, but do not to be consumed by it. Accepting the real facts and doing a realistic assessment is the starting point to set targets and to change your life.

2. Set your goals

The ability of personal leadership begins by setting specific goals for your self. Usually people have broad and vague desires, but they do not develop a specific plan or strategy to achieve what they want. It is very important to start by setting specific targets and learning to focus on your goals, avoiding and bypassing any destruction. This enables better concentration and focus productivity that will eventually lead to success. This personal success will help you overcome your fears of failure and enable you to take the big step to change your life and meet your goals.

3. Set priorities

There is a need to become a manager for yourself, which means that you must learn to organize and implement your activities so as to align with your objectives. It is important to set priorities, because normally you cannot manage everything at once. Evaluate your goals and decide what is truly important to spend time and effort to achieve them.

4. Positive thinking

Think and visualize your personal victory. This is the best way to face every situation i.e. as a personal victory, not defeat. Instead of thinking that everything in life is like a cake and whoever takes a piece this will make the remaining pieces smaller for others, think that in life there is plenty for everyone. Rather then start thinking that you will not succeed or that there are insurmountable obstacles, adopt a realistic attitude and believe that you can accomplish your goals, even if you have to experience some difficulties.

5. Come closer to other people – cooperate

First understand others and then try to understand what is the best recipe for your personal and professional relationships. What others think and what they want, what they fear and how you can reach them better? These questions should guide your behavior in order to free from the fear that «others cannot understand me» and to develop functional, successful relationships.

One can achieve more through cooperation. You need to take care when you select the people to co-operate with, but also you need to set the strategy you will follow to handle the cooperation and relationship with other people. However, this is better than to hide it in your shell and believe that you will make it all alone, without any cooperation or help from others.

6. Renew your self

Your self has many dimensions: emotional, social, intellectual, physical and mental. It is necessary to try and improve your self in all those dimensions and to cultivate the potential in each of these areas. You need to find your personal pleasures and not to always follow what others do or want. This means that everybody should put their fears aside and be renewed, giving personal meaning in life.

7. Be Persistent

If you refuse to abandon the effort every time and at any cost, if you continue to be persistent but not intolerant, if you keep your eyes up and not around then your can be successful in your life and your name can be added to the endless list of successful people. Those people who refused to quit in the first hitch. There are many cases of people who did not give up despite the difficulties and failures.

Did you know - Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a very harsh prison. Once released, he was elected president of South Africa and received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Michael Jordan was excluded from the basketball team of his school.

Conrad Hilton had bought some hotels, but lost all of them during economic recession. His accountants advised him to declare bankruptcy. He refused and with perseverance and determination has become one of the largest hotel chain owners, bearing his name and worth several million dollars.

There are many people who refused to abandon the effort even when they were faced with unbeatable difficulties. The list is endless, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, Aristotle Onasis, … If you want your name to be entered in this list of people then your persistence should set aside your weaknesses and help you achieve your goals. Unfortunately, few are those who continue despite the difficulties, most people when they encounter a minor setback they give up and fail.

8. Understand that failure is a temporary situation

There are no exceptions to this rule. Some people know this due to the experience they have with persistence. You should not accept any defeat as something other than a temporary situation. Your desires and objectives have to be persistent so as to convert the temporary defeat eventually into victory. You should become one of those people who stand on the edge of life and watch other people give in to defeat and not ever rise again. Those who understand that failure is a temporary situation.

The society recognizes the genius and talented but it compensates economically and socially those who refuse to stop the effort. It recognizes and compensates perseverance.

9. Keep trying until you finally win

Perseverance is nothing but a mental situation, and like all other mental states can thus be cultivated. Life can give everyone a plate of dinner and a glass of wine. It requires persistence, however, for those who seek much higher goals and want to be successful. So set your price and move on with your life. The basis of persistent is the basis of desire and occurs as a result of defined goals. To achieve that you should:

Determine your purpose. After setting the goal of your life you must define the purpose of that goal, this knowledge will help you overcome all the obstacles you will face in the way, and is a very powerful incentive.

Do not ever doubt for yourself. There is no room for self-uncertainty in your intention to become successful. Keep your courage high; do not to return to your old limiting beliefs with the first difficulty.

Persistence. It is easy to obtain and maintain perseverance for your goals if you can create feelings of passion and desire for that goal. Do not give up, be open to amazing opportunities and always look for a miracle. Even better you should become this miracle.

Be honest with yourself and clearly define on what needs to change. The change may be necessary and safe to bring success, so be flexible, open and honest.

When something is not working, get rid of it and renew your decision to move on. Do not focus on what goes wrong, concentrate on how to do it well. This is one that many people do far too often and end up in worse situations than they need to be. I'm by no means saying that you must be a quitter and give up on the first whim that something is wrong, but we as humans know distinctly when there is a real issue that should be corrected.

Do not interpret your mistakes as failures. The failure is a source of invaluable education. When you see what is not working properly you can see what works well and should move in this direction and closer to your dreams.

Live with gratitude. Acknowledge and celebrate for all that you have this moment in your life. The sense of the unfulfilled extents and multiplies, so look carefully around you and be happy and grateful.

Habit. Perseverance is the direct result of habit, repetition and courage. Take risks, do something new, different and challenging. Get rid of your fears and risks. Really believe that the best way to live your life is out of the ordinary.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

~Basic Makeup Artist's Essentials~

Any aspiring makeup artist needs a kit including basic essentials to achieve a variety of looks and to compliment any skin tone that he/she may encounter. When going on a professional appointment, one wants to appear just that. Professional. You don't want to lack the supplies needed to complete a certain job, thus losing time, clientele, money and worst of all, sabotaging your reputation as a reliable, competent and efficient makeup artist.

There are thousands of people out there who can quickly replace you, should your client dislike your work. First impressions as well as consistency in this field is the key to making a positive name for yourself and having your services recommended to others.

To start off, every artist should have a kit large enough to include the following essentials:

Foundation: You can purchase a palette with different colors or just get Light, Medium and Dark in order to mix and match when needed.

Powder: Get a Light, Medium, Dark and a Translucent powder.

Eyelash Curler

Sponges: Lots and lots of sponges (I like the wedged kind)

Lip Gloss/Lipstick: You should get an empty lip palette so you can break down your lip colors in order to mix and match and it's also a lot easier than carrying around a ton of lip glosses or lipsticks.

Makeup Remover: makeup wipes, liquid is just as good.

Eyeshadow: It's good to have a variety of neutral and brighter colors. You can get empty palettes so you can depot all your shadows, this makes it easier to carry them around. Or a larger palette with at least 25 basic colors.

Blush/Bronzer/Highlight: You should get a few colors that will compliment all skin tones and also so you can mix them. Bronzers are great for contouring. You should also get an empty palette and fill it with these.

Concealers: A lot of companies now sell concealer in a palette with a variety of colors, also get one with the corrective colors (pink, blue, green, yellow).

Disposable Applicators: Mascara wands, lip applicators, sponge eye applicators, etc.

Mascara: Black and brown

Brush Cleaner

Brushes: I recommend just getting a brush set because it comes with a variety of brushes and most of the sets are basic brushes.

Anti-bacterial wipes/Hand sanitizer

Bobby pins: to pin clients hair away from face

Gum/mints: When you're in clients faces all day you don't want them to smell your breath.

Business Cards: Always carry these just in case


False Eyelashes/Eyelash Glue

Moisturizer: For sensitive skin


Eyelid Primer

Eyeliner: Black, brown, white..basic colors

Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter, Model in a Bottle



Hand Held Mirror

Makeup Spatulas for mixing colors


Train Case


Most of these items can be found at drugstores and department stores cosmetic sections. You can buy them piece by piece if you're on a tight budget until you have all your basics.

There you are. With these essentials, you should be well on your way to establishing a career in Makeup Artistry. Remember, have fun, and think outside the box, when appropriate, to stand a cut above the rest and create a signature for your creations so that when one sees your work, the say "Oh! That is beautiful, looks like one of .........'s works!"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

When do you know it's time to move on?

♥ Most of us have a subliminal/common sense which tells us when something is wrong. Just as this is so in general situations, it is so in relationships. We can sense tension brewing and sometimes two people can't help but to aggravate the drama by wearing their egos on their sleeves and causing sheer pain for their partners.
No matter how 'in love' you were at one time, things change in life and so do the dynamics of your relationships. Some changes take place gradually and other do immediately. Some you are willing to compromise on and try to ameliorate and then others, are cardinal sins that you can neither forgive nor forget.
When do you know that it might be time to move on and find happiness within yourself, rather than with someone else? In my opinion, your gut tells you what the right thing to do is. These are the top reasons, to me, that two people should call it quits:
  • Infidelity - Although one might forgive a partner if he/she made a mistake and confessed to it apologetically, there's just no forgetting when it's more than once and the guilty one shows no sign of change or remorse. You will only be hurt again, who knows how many more times and with what consequences. Or, if you are with someone who is already married and there is no sign of them leaving their spouses.
  • Abuse - Should never, under any circumstances be tolerated. Whether it's physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or psychological. Many abusers are quite apologetic and merely do this to not seem like 'the ultimate bad guy' and to keep his/her victim until next time. Two people ought to have a certain level of respect for each other and when that respect diminishes, it's time to saddle up and head out!
  • Incompatibility - Is as serious to me as the above. When two people are so incompatible that there's a constant battle over the slightest issue, then it's just not worth it in the long run. The bickering and turmoil that encompasses the your time spent as a couple can lead to dreadful outcomes. When you fight so often that each and every time it is taken to a new level of rage, then that spells T R O U B L E!
  • Meddling family/friends - If one partner is allowing it by spreading information and you disagree and think that others not only have no right to know the intimate details of your relationship and/or that they should not be involved. This tension can be overbearing when you are looked down upon by people and have no clue as to what they may have really been told.
  • Non-commitment - Unless you want to be single for the rest of your life, a relationship, to me, is pointless if your partner is not willing to commit to you and settle down, unless both of you agreed to be 'friends with benefits' from the beginning.
  • Addiction - This really speaks for itself.  Who wants to be the life-long victim, nurse and psychiatrist of an alcoholic or drug addict? I sure don't!
  • Faded Attraction - When someone says that they don't feel the same way about you or are not really that attracted to you any longer, then it is time to say "Bye,bye,bye" because I have never known that to return once you get a new hairstyle or dress. What they're saying is "it's not you, it's me" but deep inside, it is YOU that they've lost the attraction for. Not your hair.
Of course there are many other reasons that people split up, however, these are the most common and ones most important to me. We may choose to forgive countless times but that is totally up to you and based on a case by case basis.
We must value ourselves more than we value others at some point. Many people stay in horrible conditions for far too long because they have lost their sense of self and self esteem and hopes in ever finding love in a sincere and genuine companion again. We were all created for love and to love. As long as we are alive, there is hope for love.♥

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