Using a Derma Roller for Cellulite

Using a Derma Roller for Cellulite

If you’ve been anywhere as of late, you’ve probably heard of derma rollers or micro needling as a skin treatment, but recently there’s been a lot of to-do about derma rollers being used to get rid of cellulite.  While I think derma rollers are a great skin tool for rejuvenating the skin, I want to be realistic about how (and if) it can work for cellulite.

The Truth about Cellulite

Here’s the deal about cellulite, most people think cellulite is simply pockets of fat under your skin. More recently however, several doctors, including plastic surgeons, have said that cellulite is really fat being pushed through pieces of tangled tissue know as fascia.  You know those stress balls that you squeeze

and all the goo goes through the holes… same concept. Unfortunately, doesn’t really matter if you’re fat or skinny either.  Cellulite affects a lot of women because it has to do with the makeup of connective tissues.

So how might a derma roller help with this situation?

Derma rollers work by leaving small micro-cuts in the skin.  Those small cuts stimulate collagen and tissue repair.  This is why the derma roller is so famous for making the skin look younger and repairing small scars and such.  However, because cellulite is caused from- essentially gaps in connective tissue at a deep level, there’s little to suggest derma rollers will work for cellulite reduction and I would be cautious in trusting claims that it works.

Other Options for Treating Cellulite

A couple years ago, before it became really popular, I learned of the Fascia Blaster. I was actually looking for a way to repair a sports injury when I found it.  A bunch of ladies had a LOT of success getting rid of the appearance of cellulite using it because it works on the premise of loosening bound fascia which allows it to go back to its proper place and thus the fat smooths out.  I tried it for several months and had some really amazing results with it for both my injury and getting rid of the appearance of cellulite.  With that being said, it took a lot of time and the results only last as long as you continue blasting at least a couple times a week (much like the results of a massage only last for a short period of time).  Did it work? Yes.  Was it worth the time and energy?  It depends on how bad you hate your cellulite! Obviously, do your own research if you’re interested in trying the blaster, but it did the trick for me.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend derma rollers for cellulite and I would be skeptical of any company that does as the science doesn’t really work.  With that being said, I haven’t tried it for myself, but after hearing of this trend going around I wanted to take a few minutes and write about why It sounds like one of those “too good to be true” situations.

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Cute Inspirational Quotes

Cute Inspirational Quotes

Everyone in my life knows that I’m a sucker for quotes.

So today I thought I would make some cute quote pictures with some of my favorite cute inspirational quotes for 2018!

1. “Life Is Like Riding A Bicycle, To Keep Your Balance You Must Keep Moving” – Albert Einstein

3. “Shoot For The Moon And Even If You Miss You’ll Be Among The Stars” – Donnie Simpson

3. “Like Shrinks Or Expands In Proportion To Ones Courage” -Anais Ninpson

4. “You’ll Never Have This Day Again, So Make It Count”

5. “Life Is Tough My Darling, But So Are You”

6. “She Believed She Could, So She Did”

7. “Coffee In One Hand, Confidence In The Other”

8. “Broken Crayons Still Color”

9. “It’s Kind Of Fun To Do The Impossible”

10. “I Can And I Will. Watch Me”

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The Benefits Of Being Vulnerable

The Benefits Of Being Vulnerable

This year I started a personal Youtube channel and boyyyy has it been a journey.

But, what initially attracted me to Youtube, wasn’t what you might think, it wasn’t the potential to make money, or fame or any of that.  It was  actually the vulnerability of many creators that I had watched.  Vulnerable people is why I think Youtube has become so mainstream.  People are tired of seeing perfect untouchable celebrities.

Up until I started watching Youtube though, I’d never really thought about vulnerability being a positive trait.  But, watching people not only admit their flaws, but celebrate their humanity, was really refreshing.

The vulnerability many creators offer, helps you see how absolutely normal your own issues are and what a relief that is!

Since this discovery, I’ve been thinking more and more about how being vulnerable and open with more people is actually beneficial for us to practice as well.

So, without further ado, here are some reasons being vulnerable is beneficial:

  1. Being vulnerable and being self-confident go hand-in-hand, so when you practice being vulnerable, you have to consciously be more self-confident.
  2. You’ll attract the right people into your life. When you fear being open with people you’re really fearing rejection. In some cases, rightly so.  But, isn’t it better to be rejected, move on and find people who you can have deeper, meaningful relationships with?
  3. You will be more empathetic. Accepting our own faults and limits enables us to better understand and empathize with others.
  4. You will discover more about yourself. When you become comfortable accepting that perfection isn’t possible and stop trying to live a perfect life, you open yourself up to discovering more about who you actually are.
  5. You’ll be stronger. Being open about your imperfections and flaws takes courage, time and practice.  Being vulnerable to the world takes a strong person, not a weak one.

I hope, if anything, you take some time today to think about ways you can be more open and vulnerable and honest with yourself and the people in your life.  After all, we only have one life to live! Cheers!

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Fashion Resolutions

Fashion Resolutions

For a lot of people making a “fashion resolution” might sound sort of silly.  Especially if like me, you grew up in a home where materialism was frowned upon.  To this day, I still feel guilty spending money on new clothes because of the starving kids in Africa.  Which is no jest. There are starving kids in Africa and it IS silly to spend money on new clothes, because there are starving kids in Africa… see what I mean?

In addition to that, I’ve never loved my body.  I was never skinny enough to be happy with how I looked when I tried clothes on. Even when I was skinny I had boobs and a butt so in my mind I wasn’t skinny enough. So, I never enjoyed shopping for clothes.

Needless to say, I’ve always struggled with buying clothes unless I needed them for work to look professional. A necessary evil… at least I thought so.

Over the last couple of years as I became a full time blogger and social media influencer I stopped needing to dress at all.  Some days I literally would just stay in my PJs all day. Other days I would put a top on so I could live stream or take a photo, but I would be wearing sweat pants with no underwear.

Living the dream.

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that if you look good you feel good.  It took three years of progressively dressing down, but let me tell you- that saying is no joke.

When I first started blogging I would still put on comfy clothes, you know, that dressed down, but still cute college look?

But eventually, I started not even wanting to do that.  Like I would try to shove everything into one day so I only had to get dressed up that one day. On all the other days, I would literally wear comfy not cute clothes or stay in my PJs. On those days I started neglected vlogging, snapchat and generally speaking to people… which are all a part of the job. There were even days a sponsor would want a last minute video chat and I couldn’t take it because I wasn’t put together enough. If that wasn’t bad enough, I also neglected my schedule… if you don’t have to get ready, there’s no real beginning to your day. I avoided last minute invitations to go out with my friends because I wasn’t ready. I also gained more weight than I ever imagined possible because I ate too much … but also because my stretchy clothes didn’t notify me like jeans do.  I could go on and on because there were so many ways not dressing up impacted my life negatively.

But the result is that this year, I decided to make a fashion resolution… a simple resolution to just dress better. Get up, get ready, buy things I don’t “need” and find clothes that make me, feel like me. 

If you’re in a spot where you’re neglecting your appearance, I’m going to challenge you to make the resolution with me. Because even if you don’t believe it matters, trust me, it does.

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100 Life Goals

100 Life Goals

This time of the year always gets me thinking about the things I want to accomplish for the upcoming year and where I want to be in the next five or ten years. But, this year I’ve also caught myself thinking about my life goals and perhaps setting some. 

Why? Because too many times I’ve found myself setting up for the next career goal in a year or the next weight loss goal, without remembering all the small things I want to do in life. Like paint a picture that I’m proud to hang up.

There are so many little things like this that I want to achieve, but they never make it onto my yearly “goal list”. So, this year I wanted to write down all the little things, all the things that I always put off until “tomorrow” in pursuit of living.

So why should you join me? Making a list of 100 things you want to do in life will help you focus in on things that are important to you in the bigger picture of life.  I don’t think any of us want to get to the end of our lives and look back and say “Hey, I bought a house, but I never followed my dreams took painting lessons” or “Hey I became CEO, but I never traveled the world like I always wanted to”…

Today I’m going to take you through the process of setting your own life goals and also challenge you to actually do it!

When I set up my 100 life goals, I found that the best way to do it was to break my list up into categories. When I set yearly goals I like to use the Zig Ziglar wheel of life categories, which include:

  • Personal & Social
  • Work & Career
  • Family
  • Spiritual
  • Financial
  • Mind/Intellect
  • Physical/Health

If you’re setting yearly goals, I highly recommend giving those a try. 

BUT for the 100 life goals, I felt like I needed to go into dream mode a bit more.  So instead I used the following categories:

  • Fitness & Health
  • Finance
  • Experience
  • Charity
  • Knowledge
  • Spiritual
  • Career
  • Family & Social
  • Travel & Adventure
  • Creative

 

A lot of these categories are the traditional categories that other people use when defining their 100 life goals so they are pretty safe bets to use. 

However, you can add other categories or delete categories as you see fit. 

Perhaps you might add Quality Of Life to represent where you want to live or how you see yourself living. 

Some other categories you might consider adding might be Parenting, Emotional/Mental Health, or Personal Character.  

You can really have as many or few categories as you’d like, but it’s easier to break down your life goals if you have at least 5 categories.

Curious how this should all work out?

Here’s a list of 100 popular life goals broken down by the before mentioned categories.

Fitness & Health

  1. Do Yoga for 60 Days In A Row
  2. Give Up Coffee For A Year
  3. Complete A Tough Mudder
  4. Give Up Sugar For A Year
  5. Complete A Cleanse
  6. Run A 10K
  7. Cut Out Any Non-Water Beverage For A Month
  8. Be A Vegan For A Year
  9. Cut Out Fast Food For One Year
  10. Get A Six Pack

Finance

  1. Make A 10K Investment
  2. Save a 10K Emergency Fund
  3. Have No Personal Debt
  4. Build A Six Figure Business
  5. Have A Credit Score Above 720
  6. Create Multiple Streams Of Income
  7. Become A Millionaire By 30
  8. Purchase A Rental Property In Cash
  9. Purchase A Vacation Home In Cash
  10. Earn 50K Gross A Year

Experience

  1. Go Skydiving
  2. Live Abroad For A Year
  3. Meet My Favorite Authors
  4. Vlog My Life For A Year
  5. Meditate With A Monk
  6. Go On A Mission Trip
  7. Go Scuba Diving
  8. Meet Oprah
  9. Attend Mardi Gras
  10. Live One Month Without Technology

Charity/Giving

  1. Sponsor Someone Through College
  2. Volunteer At A Clinic
  3. Help A Family In Need
  4. Spend 30 Days Helping Others
  5. Buy A House For A Single Mom With Kids
  6. Create My Own Foundation
  7. Rally 1000 people For A Cause
  8. Make 100 Donations In A Year
  9. Help Build A School In A Developing Country
  10. Physically Volunteer To Help Dig Wells In A Developing Country

Knowledge/Skill Set

  1. Graduate From University
  2. Learn How To Speak Fluent Spanish
  3. Become A Graphic Designer
  4. Become A Professional Photographer
  5. Learn How To Dye Fabric
  6. Become An Award Winning Winemaker
  7. Learn Fluent French
  8. Learn How To Code A Website
  9. Learn How To Make Latte Art
  10. Learn How To Bake

Spiritual

  1. Mediate With A Monk
  2. Read the Bible In A Year
  3. Go On A One Month Spiritual Retreat
  4. Meditate Every Day For A Year
  5. Pray Every Day For A Year
  6. Visit The Paro Monastery
  7. Do A Solo Trip Into The Mountains
  8. Learn Enough Wilderness Survival To Go Camping Without Modern Conveniences
  9. Practice Positive Self-talk For 3 Months
  10. Manifest Something

Career

  1. Launch A Company
  2. Generate 100,000 In One Year
  3. Develop A Product That Makes Over One Million In Sales Every Year
  4. Work For Google
  5. Get A Job That Allows Me to Travel
  6. Make Money As An Influencer
  7. Become A Team Leader
  8. Write A Book
  9. Get My First Job After Graduating
  10. Make Passive Income With A Business

Family & Social

  1. Take My Parents On A Trip Abroad
  2. Be Home For Christmas With My Family Every Year
  3. Be In A Long-term Loving Relationship
  4. Travel The World With My Sisters
  5. Take My Brother To Greece
  6. Pay For My Niece To Go To College
  7. Pay Off My Mom’s Debt So My She Can Retire
  8. Buy My Parents A House
  9. Travel The World With A Friend
  10. Take My Parents Out To Dinner Spontaneously

Travel & Adventure

  1. Backpack Across Europe
  2. See The Pyramids
  3. Compete In An Adventure Race
  4. See The Mayan Ruins
  5. Eat Dinner In The Eiffel Tower In Paris
  6. Backpack Through New Zealand
  7. Fly First Class Someone Internationally
  8. Sail To A Destination In A Small Craft
  9. Learn How To Kayak
  10. Raft The Grand Canyon

Creative

  1. Paint A Picture I’m Proud To Hang In My House
  2. Make A Short Film And Publish It To Youtube
  3. Compose And Record A Song
  4. Write A Song For Someone You Love
  5. Learn To Play The Guitar
  6. Take Ballroom Dance Instruction For Three Months
  7. Create A Coloring Book
  8. Perform On Stage
  9. Learn To Draw A Human Face
  10. Learn How To Burn Wood

 

There you have it!

Hopefully you’re inspired to go make your own list of 100 things you want to do in this life!

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