Six Tips to Start Investing in Yourself in 2015

Six Tips to Start Investing in Yourself in 2015
By Peter C. Diamond

It’s easy to forget that you are your own best asset because so much time is spent reacting to the wants and needs of others. This is particularly true if you’re over 35. With the omnipresent demands of career and family, you find little time for yourself.

By not investing in yourself and your betterment, you are diminishing your personal value. Over time, you will find yourself feeling depleted, bored and frustrated realizing that you’ve done little to improve your well-being. Worse yet, you will be left behind as others are advancing and enhancing their career and life. A tennis instructor once said, “Either you are on a quest to continually improve your tennis game or you are getting worse, there is no staying the same.” The same holds true for your career and life.

As we ease into this New Year, take a moment to pause, reflect and reset how you live in the present, and what you want for yourself in the future. Creating a personal investment plan entails mindset, action and belief in what can be. Here are six tips to get you started:

Appreciate and accept what you have

Mehndi – Enjoy it, Don’t Make it a Nightmare!

By Fatma Mehendi & Beauty Salon

Mehndi is to enjoy and not to suffer. Mehndi night should be memorable and not a nightmare. As festivals like Eid, Navratri, Karwa Chauth and Diwali are happening, I believe everyone is eagerly waiting to get their mehndi done on these festivals.

I can understand being busy in today’s world, we don’t get enough time to spend for ourselves and hence many clients are interested to know if we, henna artists, have any henna that gives dark and fast colour result without leaving it for long hours.

VIFF: Bringing Fashion Back to Vancouver

This year at the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, we will be bringing a series of fabulously stylish films to Vancouver. Each film has garnered significant buzz throughout the world this year. This series of films showcases fashion, style, and art that will for sure please the en vogue community of Vancouver.

To help you fully enjoy the Style In Film series this year, VIFF is offering an exciting Style In Film Passport ($99). This passport gives you access to all six films, and access the most fashion forward events happening during the festival.
• Entrance into the six films in the Style in Film series
• Invitations for the first 100 Style in Film Pass buyers to attend a VIP post-screening reception at Holt Renfrew (Oct 2nd)
• Invitation to an advanced screening of the new Yves Saint Laurent film (Oct 3rd)
• Special Q&A’s and screening events hosted by Eco Fashion week featuring local artisans and fashion leaders (some exclusively for Style in Film Pass holders)
• Red Carpets and more!

The six Style In Film features this year are:
Advanced Style (trailer): A documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

SLAM 2014 Vancouver Press Release

Sep 6,2014: SLAM The Tour is evoking tremendous interest in Canada and especially in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Arrangements are in full swing for the Sep 27th show at PNE Coliseum in Vancouver starting at 7.30 pm. DBR Entertainment, the promoters are very pleased to announce that the tickets are selling fast and people from as far as Montreal, Toronto and Halifax are coming to enjoy this extravaganza.
However some of the fans are complaining that during the TOIFA celebration last year, ticket prices were reduced at the last minute and people fear that this practice will be followed this time also. But Rana Atwal, one of the promoters of the show is assuring the fans that there will be no compromise on the ticket prices. " We promise that the ticket prices will not be reduced at any cost and fans should not wait to buy the tickets till the last minute in the hope that prices will be reduced. Price of the tickets will remain the same", Atwal emphasises.
Atwal further says the people will enjoy a spectacular production where Shah Rukh Khan will be on the stage for more than an hour , which is the longest time he has been ever on stage in any concert or world tour. "This will be the biggest ever live in Bollywood concert people have ever seen in North America", assures Atwal.

Understanding Negative Influences in Children

By Peggy Caruso

In today’s society, our children are faced with many negative influences, such as bullying, social media, Internet, divorce, depression and many others. So, how do we know if our children are experiencing difficulties? Are they being bullied or are they the bully? Do they have a dark side?

First, we need to comprehend the developmental stages of children. From birth to seven, they are in the imprint period. This is the level in which sensory information is constantly imprinted onto the subconscious mind — in other words, information that is being absorbed from the environment.
The next stage is from age seven to fourteen. It is known as the modelling period. This is when children model and imitate behaviour from parents, family, friends, celebrities, movies and videos.
You see, we were at times left with confusion, requiring us to figure out why we do certain things or think a particular way. As children, we observed our peers (that is, family, teachers, parents, and the like), and this is how our way of thinking was formed. We even drew on the negative outlooks in life if they were our parents’ point of view.

Sun Safety

By Dr. Linda Miles, D.O.M, Co-founder and Chief Formulator at derma e®

Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer. The ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun produce harmful free radicals, which damage cell structures including DNA. This photo-oxidation accelerates the aging process, causing lines, wrinkles, even melanoma. Protecting your skin from the sun is essential for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
Reducing your exposure to the sun is truly the best defense against sun damage. If possible, avoid spending long hours in the sun. Do your outside activities in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense. If you plan on being in the sun for long periods of time, wear protective clothing – a hat with a large brim, a lightweight scarf to protect your neck, a long-sleeve blouse to protect your arms and lightweight cotton pants to protect your legs. These will help shield skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
If you are going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, apply a natural broad-spectrum sunscreen made with nanoparticle-free Zinc Oxide as well as antioxidants. Apply skincare containing antioxidants after sun exposure to help skin recover more quickly from sun damage accumulated during the day.

Happy Mother's Day

By David McLauren, Ph.D.

A Spanish proverb captures the importance of Mother's Day: "An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." My mum passed away a few years ago and I miss her. When she was alive, I never connected with her. I wish I had more quality time to spend with her.

As South Asians, we cherish and are proud of our traditions. One of the languages I have been raised with in India is Hindi, in which the word for mother is “mata” and for father “pita”. That does not mean that you would call your mother mata or your father pita. Instead, your parents would always be addressed as mata ji or pita ji. Ji is a word showing honour and respect. I think it is about time that we honour our mothers and impart this truth to our mainline communities.

For many, their mothers have passed away and for others, they may not have a good relationship. There are many others who don't have any connection at all. As we celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, let us pray for and remember each other. Let us keep in mind those who, for various reasons, are not able to celebrate their mothers, and let us also keep in mind all those mothers whose children are not keeping any relationship with her. Finally, let us also remember and pray for those women who are unable to become mothers or who are struggling with fertility issues.

Vancouver Fashion Week 2014

Vancouver Fashion Week is once again returning to the catwalk and gearing up for its biggest season to date. They are delighted to inform everyone that they have now extended their program to seven days from the usual six (March 18th to 24th) and the event will take place at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Like always, Vancouver Fashion Week stays true to its mandate, which is to highlight emerging and award- winning talent from around the world.

This season’s designer lineup boasts talent hailing from a different array of backgrounds. Vancouver Fashion Week has confirmed designers coming from but not limited to Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Denmark, Peru, U.K., Australia and Zanzibar.
To give you a preview, VFW spotlight designer profiles include:

Martins Paulo from Brazil
His use of colours, prints and structured modeling are prominent in his creations along with cultural and artistic references. Having debuted his collection at Brazilian Fashion Week, Paulo was named as one of the upcoming talents in Brazilian fashion by critics and was the winner of the Premio Rio Moda Hype award.

Gabriel Lage from Argentina
Gabriel launched his career in 1990 using Haute Couture as the foundation of his work. His work showed close attention to detail and a predominant European style, inherited by his father and grandfather.

Simple Ways to Give This Valentine’s Day

By Kimberly Lock

February 14th, otherwise known as the “day of love” is almost here. During this time, we find the stores filled with cute little greeting cards, small boxes of neatly wrapped assortments of candy and balloons gingerly waving through the air like a cool summer breeze. But what is Valentine’s Day really all about if there isn’t a special “someone” to share it with? But oh, there is someone who would like to share this day and every day with you. And it starts with you!

The simple definition of love is that it gives and there are many ways to accomplish this:

Do Something Special for Yourself
You don’t have to be with a special someone to express love. Pampering is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to express love. It can be made affordable and does not require the first month’s rent to be handed over to the receptionist at the grandest of Spas. A nice warm bath with candles should do the trick. Why stress over dinner? Whoever said candlelight dinner required a 7-course meal? Pizza and a nice salad with all the trimmings, made by your personal chef (you), works just as well. At least you know the lettuce and trimmings have been washed and cleaned. And to end the evening’s festivities, unwind with your favorite cup of tea and one of the annual Lifetime Valentine’s Day movies that keep you glued to the television.

The 5 Gs to Having a Good (Virtuous) Holiday Season

By Kimberly Lock

The holiday season often brings out the best in people. It’s a time when we display more compassion and generosity to giving and caring for the less fortunate. However, it can also be a time that causes the most stress as we seek to find the “perfect” gift from our list of family members, the “secret Santa” holiday company event, best friends, organizations, club membership acquaintances, mail carrier… the family pet…the list goes on! Not to mention getting all the decorations up, all the baking done, attending holiday functions, etc…So then, how do you balance it all- retaining your sanity and happiness during this “wonderful time of the year?” Here are five steps to having a good (virtuous) holiday season:

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