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Have a Heart to Heart with Your Heart

Have you worn red yet in February? Not just for Valentine’s Day (one of my favorite holidays of the year!) but for women’s heart health? Sometimes we women get so busy, we don’t take care of our own health, or ignore warning signs of problems. February is a good reminder for all women to protect our heart health.

Your-heart-health.com has some sobering facts about women and heart disease, but not all of it is bad. For example, women’s awareness that heart disease is their leading cause of death increased from 30% in 1997 to 56% in 2012.

However, only 42% of women aged 35 and older are concerned about heart disease. After their first heart attack, 26% of women age 45 and older die within a year, compared to 19% of men.

Other facts to note from the article: Only 3% of women between 20 to 59 years of age engage in the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day that is recommended for your heart health. And at age 45, the lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease is more than 1 in 2 women.

So what can you do? Well, the article suggests talking with your doctor about your risk factors, make heart-healthy changes in diet and lifestyle to help your heart, and don’t ignore any symptoms you might have.

We celebrate February as the month of love, but take some time to love yourself and your health as well. Because you can’t take care of everyone else in your life, until you take care of yourself. And wear red to make sure your sisters, mothers, and girlfriends do the same!

Want to read more about women’s heart health? Read the article here.

 

Online is the New Line

Online dating is as old as the analog version of messaging for a mate—classified ads in the newspaper. Have you ever had a date that you arranged online? You’re not alone. The Statistic Brain Research Institute reports that more than 49.7 million Americans have tried online dating. And you have many sources from which to search: According to Forbes, the United States alone has 2,500 dating sites, and about 1,000 new dating sites are launched every year. It’s also estimated that there are nearly 8,000 dating sites available around the world.

The online dating sites seem to work: The Pew Research Center found that 66% of online daters have gone out with someone they’ve met on line, and 20% of couples who say they are in a committed relationship met on a dating site.

But not everything is what it seems online: According to eHarmony research, men and women are both guilty of lying, but they’re guilty of lying about different things. Men tend to lie about their job and/or how much money they make, while women tend to lie about how old they are.

And, no surprise, there are dangers. A Scientific American study shows 1 in 4 people said they had been messaged by someone on a dating site who made them feel uncomfortable or harassed. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a project of the FBI, online dating scams cost its victims, especially older women, millions of dollars each year.

This is, of course, the season of love, and you or your friends may be trying online dating. But before you start looking for love in all the wrong places, make sure you know what you’re getting into—and who you’re getting to know. And who knows, you could be one of the 20% who have a very special Valentines Day!

Want to read more about online dating? Read the article here.

Keeping Those Resolutions

Does it seem as if New Year’s Eve was so very long ago? Between decompressing from the holidays and (for many of us) shivering through snow and a deep freeze, it’s easy to forget we’re just three weeks into the new year—and, perhaps, into your New Year’s resolutions.

According to inc.com, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions but only about eight percent of us are successful in keeping them. Are you one of those who keeps resolutions, or by now, needs a reset? Whether it’s eating healthy, exercising more or learning a new skill, those resolutions show us that we have the desire to be a better person in 2019—but sometimes we need help keeping them.

An article on refinery29.com has some great tips on keeping those resolutions, beginning with the main question: Is this something you want to do for the rest of the year? If it is, then here are suggestions on becoming one of those eight percenters who keeps those resolutions, including posting about it on social media, so friends can support you, and letting yourself take breaks—don’t beat yourself up if you can’t keep a resolution every day, every week.

Whether you are keeping your resolutions or want to start making resolutions today (it’s not too late!), it’s a great goal to look for ways to benefit yourself and, as a result, benefit your friends and family. Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New, New Year!

Here is inc.com’s list of 10 top resolutions for success and happiness this year and here are more tips on helping you keep your resolutions.

You Gotta Have Friends

How many friends do you have? Now, I don’t mean your “friends” on social media, but I mean, really good friends who are your mentors, your confidantes, your buddies. Chances are, that number is quite a bit smaller than your social network.

And that’s fine, because the number of close-knit friends we have usually can be counted on one or two hands. There’s a good chance you have girlfriends from elementary or high school, more from your college days, and even more through your professional life. I always think, if my car broke down, who would I call? THOSE are your close friends!

There is scientific support that shows the benefits of having female friendships throughout your life. An article on healthline.com quotes studies from Stanford University and UCLA that show in times of stress, women tend to connect with other female friends.

The isolation that we face because of our technology makes it even more important to connect with friends, according to Alisa Ruby Bash, PsyD, LMFT. “Even 10 years ago, people would go out to a coffee shop and actually talk to people. We have to make those friendships a top propriety. Schedule girls’ nights and lunches with friends!”

So many of you know the value of “girl power” through the Pure Romance training opportunities and our Success Strategy Weekends going on now. You use those weekends not just to learn from our team, but to share ideas, help other Consultants work through issues and give advice on what works for you.

I’ve always been so proud of how we truly are a “team” at Pure Romance. Lifelong friendships are made through the company as no one is alone in this process–we help each other reach your goals.  It really shows the benefits of having friends who will help you succeed and share in your success!

Want to read more about the benefits of girlfriends? Find the article here.

New Dawn, New Year, New YOU!

Happy 2019! The dawn of a new year brings so many new possibilities for all of us, both personally and professionally. While we may be ready to turn the calendar to a new page, new month, new year, there are ways that all of us can make this year our best ever. And a lot of it starts with how we approach this new beginning.

Our friends at letsmovellc.com have some great suggestions on how to get ready to hit the new year running by getting organized. That way, you can start on your 2019 plans without being bogged down by clutter.

First, they say, look at how being organized will make your life better, including less stress and more energy, being more productive and being able to spend more time doing things you love to do (because you won’t be spending so much time running around trying to find things!!). Here are a couple of their suggestions on how to get organized and get 2019 off on the right foot:

  • Create morning and evening routines. Having your first 90 minutes of the day organized sets the tone for the rest of the day. Remember the old saying: If you sleep late, the day controls you but if you’re up early, you control the day. If you havethe first hour and a half of your day running smoothly, there’s a good chance the rest of the day will fall into place as well.
  • Organize one area of your home each month. Break down each room into tasks, then don’t move to the next job until the first one is done. There’s no rush, but keep to the one-month deadline. You’ll be amazed how the work speeds up once you see the results!

The new year is also a great time to get your business organized. As a small business owner, you know how important it is to keep bookings, sales and inventory organized to set you up for success! Pure Romance offers a number of online tools to help you do just that, and we encourage you to take advantage of all those resources. Here are some other organizational suggestions, courtesy of the website The Balance Small Business:

  • Take control of your papers and documents. Don’t we all get bogged down by paper? Some is necessary, of course, for our business, but some just isn’t. Figure out what you need and what you can recycle, then decide how to organize, whether it’s by files or digital scanning.
  • Clean up your computer, and yes, that includes files and folders you keep onyour desktop. If you can’t recognize the image you have as your desktop screensaver, then maybe it’s time to clean up some of those old files!

You can read more about the “No Fail Plan to Getting Organized in 2019” at here and how to organize your small business at here. Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy and profitable New Year!