Re-discover the beautiful you
Beauty is a big word.Â For many people, it is a word that is not used often enough.Â Whether youâ€™re talking about the world around you, the way you look in your new outfit, or simply passing it along to a co-worker -include the word “beautiful” in your daily vocabulary.
The norm among FilipinosÂ has beem toÂ strive to be western-like and as a result we have taken our own unique beauty for granted. We have dismissed those darker skinned Filipinos throughout our culture and weâ€™ve celebrated those who posses the least tropical features uniquely representing who we are ethnically.
It’s about time that we discover that beauty all over again.Â The truth is we are all beautiful andÂ we alone can define what that means to us personallyÂ but more importantlyÂ however we see what is andÂ isn’t beautifulÂ plays a great part inÂ our level of happiness.Â I’ve got some ideas that can help youÂ make this yearÂ your best.
1] Confidence Can Be Sexy.
It’s not enough to fakeÂ that confident exterior.Â That attitude will come-off as being arrogant, but the esteem that exudes when you know youâ€™ve done your homework and you can speak withÂ authority, can be calming toÂ people and itâ€™s #1 on my list.Â More than likely, if youâ€™re Filipino, you are your own toughest critic.Â Don’t second and third guess yourself, raise your head high and speak your mind freely.Â More than likely, you’ll discover that people have been waiting to hear what you have to say.
2] Love Yourself.
This is a very hard thing to do for many of us.Â It stems from the subconscious awe that we have with theÂ western style and mentality.Â The PhilippinesÂ is one of the world’s most beautiful places, our culture, food, values, hospitalityÂ and tropical beauty are adored everywhere in the world.Â So, the second biggest change you can have in your life is to love yourself.Â Beginning with a healthier lifestyle that will get you on the road to looking, feeling and being a beautiful person.
3]Â Give Back.Â Philanthropy and community supportÂ is a beautiful thing.Â Â Donate some time toÂ your local Boys and Girlâ€™s club and know that the good you are passing on to these kids willÂ somehow help shape them forÂ a better future.Â Another way isÂ to patronize local businesses and Filipino entrepreneurs who provide equally or even better servicesÂ or products thanÂ American counterparts.Â Itâ€™s wonderful to see that many of us are in businesses withÂ our children involvedÂ andÂ thrive as a peopleÂ showing the world the values of our culture.Â Last year we sent billions of US dollars back home fueling the Philippine economy, spurring business growth and employment.Â The world has taken notice of who we are soÂ take pride that youÂ have contributed toÂ this renewed image.
4] OwnÂ YourÂ Style.
Don’t feel like you need to be someoneÂ thatÂ you’re not.Â In our culture for example, it is common for us to not mention or make fun of certain obvious situations.Â We tend to gloss over them or just move on to the next topic.Â In actuality, we may have strong and educated opinions that could benefit the situation.Â Today, quite and passive is out, the beautiful woman is one that can communicate well and who can harnessÂ true passion for her careerÂ and family’s growth and enrichment.Â For men, it is no longer charming to just maintain the status quo.Â Your individuality, creativity andÂ fearless ambition draw people to you and woman take notice these days.
5] Reward Yourself Often.Â Demolish the idea that taking care of yourself is a chore.Â A haircutÂ should beÂ at the top ofÂ your to-do list.Â That’s time youâ€™ve set aside and prioritized for yourself.Â A person’s to-do list says a lot about that person.Â Ask yourself, is your beauty appointment the first thing in the morning or the last thing of the day?Â Â Take care of yourself first and give and you will haveÂ an entire day to run errandsÂ looking and feeling confident.
Make this your bestÂ year ever! Marlou Colina is an award winning celebrity stylist. Please forward comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like toÂ make an appointment please visit us:Â www.MarlouColina.com, 562.988.3101 3848 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 1, Long Beach, California, USA.