Self-care is more than “treating yourself.” It is showing yourself some love and recognizing that you need to take care of YOURSELF. According to Life Hacker, Self-care helps prevent burnout, reduces negative psychological and physical effects of stress and helps you refocus on what is true and important.
Are you feeling overwhelmed at work or stressed about the overdue tasks piling up at home? Well, that may be a sign that it is time for you to indulge in a big dose of self-care. Self-care is not a buzzword or a movement, it is vital to your mental and physical well-being.
Definition of Self-Care
Self-care is defined as,” the practice of taking action to preserve one’s own health or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.” (Source: Dictionary.com)
BENEFITS of practicing self-care
Reduces negative effects of stress
Better physical health
Improves quality of life
Improves resistance to disease
Helps you refocus
While there are many benefits to self-care, it is one of the first things to be overlooked or “put on the back-burner” when life becomes busy. There is a long comprehensive list of self-care ideas, but many of those ideas are tips that only take a few minutes.
Here are just a few self-care ideas for you to incorporate into your busy life:
Spend time outdoors
Do mindfulness breathing exercises
Listen to music that makes you smile
Do journal writing or make a gratitude list
Sip on hot herbal tea
Watch funny animal videos
Disconnect from social media for the day
Do a crossword puzzle or mindless coloring
Read the bible or positive affirmations
Take a hot bubble bath
There may not be a lot of time, but MAKE TIME. It doesn’t have to cost money to take a few moments out to show yourself some love or to give yourself a mental health break. The goal is to exercise self-care before you reach the level of BURNOUT, if possible.
It is so important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. There are times when we are so busy caring for the needs of others, that we find ourselves depleted. The fact is, if you gives others EVERYTHING you have, and then you have nothing left to give yourself or anyone else. Be kind to yourself.
Don’t wait until the perfect time on the perfect day. Get started right away. Which self-care ideas are you going to put into action right away?
In case you didn’t already know, I was one of the featured authors in the She Believed Volume III book anthology just released on September 28, 2019. This is the 2nd published book anthology where my writing was featured.
My chapter in the She Believed Volume III Book Anthology is titled,” Divorce Yesterday’s Pain, Marry Tomorrow’s Promise.” Writing a glimpse of my story was an emotional yet rewarding opportunity. My story discusses love, pain, disappointment, healing, and wisdom gained. The writing process forced me to push beyond the fear of judgment to unapologetically share my truth.
In the midst of my life’s challenges, I never imagined God would use my pain and disappointments for His glory. God is so faithful.
Excerpt from page. 65.
“All I know is there was purpose in my pain, and there is purpose in your pain. Lord knows there have been times I’ve asked God, “why me?” Each painful experience had me feeling ‘some type of way’ towards God. I’m just keeping it real. I was angry at God. Why would He allow me to experience such deep pain?”
Have you ever experienced emotional or physical pain that it had you wondering what you had done to deserve it? I sure did.
Sharing your story to one person can be scary, but sharing your story inside a book without having control over who reads it is insanely scary. I am proud of myself and the other authors who allowed ourselves to be vulnerable for our own healing and potentially to help inspire the healing of others. However, this anthology is proof that myself and 10 others were unapologetic, determined, and fearless in sharing our pursuit of destiny. If we did it, so can you.
It is my hope that you will purchase this book for yourself or someone else. You just never know how this book will bless someone else who may be experiencing challenges and cannot see beyond their pain. Reading the stories of real life women who have overcome may be just what the “doctor” ordered.
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You have probably heard the term “digital marketing” and wondered what the heck it meant or maybe you heard it and could not care less. Digital Marketing is a very popular term in 2019. Some people refer to it as online marketing or online advertising. In a few years, it will have another name. While it has significant value, especially for business owners or entrepreneurs looking to brand themselves in their niche, I feel like it will have a new name in a few years. The name may change, but the impact and influence of digital marketing. Simply put, digital marketing is using the internet or digital technology for marketing. It isn’t complicated, however, can be a bit time consuming for business owners. It is the promotion of products or brands using social media.
Examples (Tools) of Digital Marketing
Content Marketing (Blogging)
Social Media Marketing
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Instant Message Marketing
Online Pay-Per-Click Advertising
Benefits Of Digital Marketing To Market Your Business
Reach Larger Audience & Target Your Ideal Audience
Observe the Competition
Increase Audience Engagement Ability
Build Rapport or Improve Online Reputation
Importance of Digital Marketing
Now that you have an understanding of the definition, examples, and benefits of digital marketing. Let’s discuss the importance of digital marketing to businesses. Digital Marketing allows businesses to market to their target audience with a smaller advertising budget, reach a global audience, and immediately measure the success and effectiveness of the digital strategy. Trends are shifting away from traditional marketing, so digital marketing is definitely a term you want to understand. Consumers are influenced by the reviews others have posted about your business or product. For instance, nowadays when consumers want to book a hotel or order a product from Amazon, considerable time is spent reading the reviews. So, it is important for companies to analyze reviews, understand customer preferences, and have a solid understanding of what works and doesn’t work for your customer and potential customer.
Simple Steps To Creating A Digital Marketing Strategy
Step One: Identify your ideal customer/target audience and their interests
Step Two: Define your goals
Step Three: Identify which digital marketing channels or platforms to use
Step Four: Create a content calendar
Step Five: Automate marketing
Step Six: Measure Strategy Effectiveness/Review Data Analytics
“First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber”
“The panel follows a workshop for college women to ensure that they are getting paid fairly at every step of their careers.”
SACRAMENTO – First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a discussion on equal pay and gender equality in the workforce hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus TONIGHT (8/27/19), joining New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Black Caucus and Vice Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
The event will also feature a “Know Your Rights Workshop” from Equal Rights Advocates, and the launch of #EqualPayCA: College Edition resources designed to help college students across California achieve pay equity at every step of their careers. A typical woman loses hundreds of thousands of dollars over her lifetime to the wage gap, but one study showed that negotiating a pay bump in your first job can increase lifetime earnings by over one million dollars.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm [6:30p per event flyer] Where: California State University, Sacramento, University Library, Carlsen Center, Room 1520, 6000 J St Sacramento, CA 95819 Who: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning journalist and author Elaine Welteroth, and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber.
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HOW MY BRIGHT IDEA TURNED INTO A BIRTHDAY CHARITY EVENT
I am only SIX days away from my 43rd birthday coming up on July 15th. Hooray!!!! So, while I was at work earlier today, I started thinking about creative ways I could celebrate my birthday? I knew I wanted to do something that would make me feel good and help someone at the same time. IN THAT MOMENT, I picked up the phone and called an organization that I became aware of many years ago – Sacramento Crisis Nursery. To date, I have yet to volunteer, but in the meantime, I wanted to do something that would benefit the babies and children who benefit from the nursery’s emergency services.
A BIT ABOUT SACRAMENTO CRISIS NURSERY
According to their website, the Sacramento Children’s Home operates Sacramento’s only Crisis Nursery Program. [Their] mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing support to families at times of crisis. The Sacramento Crisis Nursery Program is a family-strengthening program where parents can bring their children, ages 0-5 for emergency child care or overnight care during stressful or difficult times.
Voluntary, confidential and free
Care provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Children are cared for in a safe, loving and homelike environment
Age-appropriate play and learning activities
Crisis Intervention services and case management support for the family
Two locations: South Sacramento & North Sacramento
Care provided to children newborn to five (ages 0-5)
[They] are here if [individuals] need help caring for [their] children for any reason.
A sudden illness or accident
Feelings of desperation or helplessness
Emotional distress or frustration
Drug or alcohol treatment
A medical or mental health situation
Employment or housing situation
Children may stay at the Nurseries for up to 30 days.
Each child has his or her own bed and is provided with all the essentials while they are staying at the Nursery, including clothing and shoes, diapers and formula. Nutritious homemade meals and snacks are served family style. Scheduled age-appropriate learning activities, playtime, mealtimes, and bedtime assist in stabilizing the child’s daily experience. The ultimate goal of [the] program is to keep families together and reduce the number of young children that enter into the foster care system.
The Crisis Nursery Program provides FREE emergency childcare for children age 0-5, as well as case management services for families during a crisis.
ABOUT BIANCA LATRICE’s BIRTHDAY CHARITY GIVEBACK
I’ve decided to turn my birthday into a good deed. So, I’m asking friends, family, social media pals, and more to JOIN me in giving back for something so special in the form of charity. Please join me in donating tangible IMMEDIATE NEED items to benefit the Sacramento Crisis Nursery. “One Good Thing Can Change EVERYTHING.”
Once I got the BRIGHT IDEA to celebrate and give back to a charity. I had to think of the best way to collect your donated items (I will list the organization’s immediate need list below).
So, if you would like to participate in my birthday give back and contribute donations,
please stop by
1820 Tribute Road, Suite L, Sacramento, CA 95608 on
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
5 pm to 7 pm
IMMEDIATE NEED DONATION WISH LIST
“The Sacramento Children’s Home relies on support from generous and talented community members. Your donation of goods or services will directly benefit children and families in need.”
Immediate needs for the following items:
Note: All items must be NEW, except for gently used clothing for children age 0-5 in our Crisis Nurseries
(or where noted).
Water shoes (sizes for boys ages 5 and up, and adult sizes)
Medical supplies (body temperature thermometers, cough drops, hot/cold ice packs, Pedialyte popsicles, Pedialyte drinks, Gatorade)
Medical gloves, latex-free (small, medium, and large)
Hypoallergenic body wash/soap (such as Dove or Aveeno)
Cream of Nature Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner
Mattress protectors (twin size, vinyl/waterproof)
Bike helmets (boys ages 6-10)
Men’s sweats [no solid red or blue] (sizes small-XL), no-show ankle socks, crew socks, shoes (sizes 6-12)
Clothing (boys and girls; newborn, toddler 2T-5T, and children’s sizes 10-16)
Underwear (boys and girls sizes 3T-5T, boys 8-16)
New books ages K-12
Sunscreen (children’s sensitive skin), bug spray (children’s), reusable hot and cold packs
Children in our programs are always in need of the basic necessities we so often take for granted. Your donation of clothes, hygiene products, food, diapers, medical supplies, art supplies, and other much-needed items from the Sacramento Crisis Nursery Wish List go directly to help a child in need throughout the year. Please note, we can only accept new items, except for gently used clothing for children age 0-5 in our Crisis Nurseries.
NEED TAX ID INFORMATION?
Did I mention I’ve never done this type of major charitable opportunity event that gave community members the opportunity to GET INVOLVED? So, I don’t know what some of you may need or desire to participate. So, just to cover all basis, if you need the TAX ID Numbers for my business, Destiny Inspired Consulting or the Sacramento Crisis Nursery, please see them noted below.
DESTINY INSPIRED CONSULTING TAX ID #83-2979258
SACRAMENTO CRISIS NURSERY/SACRAMENTO CHILDREN’S HOME TAX ID # 94-1156588
It’s late and my eyes are burning so if I think of anything else, I will post updates here through http://www.biancalatrice.com. To be a charity giveback I thought of earlier today, I think I’m off to a great start if I must say so myself.
RANDOM FINAL NOTE
It’s after 1 am and I’m going to be sleepy at work, but I cannot express just how excited I am for the FIRST OF MANY opportunities to GIVE BACK. Thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday by HELPING OTHERS!
If you have any questions, please submit them through the contact forms on this page or email email@example.com with the subject BIRTHDAY CHARITY GIVEBACK
Can you FEEL my birthday excitement???!!!!
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
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According to their website, “…DG Natural Essentials Corporations – A family owned business. [They] were previously known as Daisy’s Girls. DG Natural Essentials is a tribute to [their] mother “Daisy Lee Jennings”. She was a phenomenal woman, the essence of the virtuous woman – the vision of natural beauty…”
My Product Review
I was blessed with three products (Virtuous Body Butter, Let’s Get Crackin’ Foot Cream, and Baby Fresh Lotion Bar) from one of the DG Natural Essential co-founders, Portia Green.
I was excited when I first learned that their products were natural with ingredients like, cocoa butter, soy bean oil, essential oils, etc. It took me about a week to try the products. The results have been positive.
At times, my skin can be a bit sensitive, so I proceeded with caution.
The foot cream and body butter have a nice light fragrance with just enough thick texture.
The body butter, like the foot cream, is Rich and creamy with light essential oil fragrances like peppermint, sweet orange, and more.
The lotion bar is not as thick and has more oil. So, if you struggle with the occasional ‘ashy ankles syndrome’, like I do, then try the lotion bar.
This is not a sponsored paid blog post. I was blessed with these amazing natural products, so I NATURALLY had to write a product review of my wonderful experience with DG Natural Essentials.
Thank you DG Natural Essentials for blessing the world with your amazing products.
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