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Eight Habits to Make 2018 Epic

Happy New Year!!!!!!

2018 is here and we’re ready for a new beginning! You may have made (and broken) some resolutions, are gearing up for creating your vision board or decided that this is the year that you’ll have a theme for your year. We want to add to your awesome by giving you eight fresh tips to help you make 2018 epic.

  1. Have a sense of adventure. We dare you to try something new this year, experiment with something that can make you better. It doesn’t have to be a huge leap, either. Start small with a new hair treatment or try wearing a new article of clothing in color that you’ve never worn before.

  1. Carve out time for meditation or quiet time.  With so much going on in the world right now it’s easy to lose it trying to keep up. You may not be a fighter, but sometimes you have to fight for your peace.  Take time to get calm and allow your mind to rest. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out your app store for a tech-based option.

  1. Start a gratitude journal. Most of us don’t have any trouble finding our way to a pity party. Remember what you’re grateful for, it will help you gain perspective and realize how good you  really have it. Choosing to focus on what you’re thankful for can relieve anxiety and make the difference between a chill day and stressful one.

  1. 30 minutes of exercise, at least 3 days a week. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in US, 1in 3 deaths every year. Your heart is a muscle that needs to stay strong. Work it out!

  1. Make your bed. This may seem like a minor thing, but making your bed in the morning sets the tone for your day. You can build on that small accomplishment to be more productive throughout your day. If you don’t believe in the power of making your bed, check out this speech by ADM William McRaven.

  1. Take detox baths. With the combination of epsom salt & baking soda, we guarantee you’ll sleep like a baby. These two household staples can help lower blood pressure, increase your circulation and get your heart rate pumping (almost like working out). Check out this blog post for more details on the power of the detox bath.

  1. Get on a sleep schedule – and stick to it. Sleep deprivation leads to high blood pressure & diminished cognition. When you don’t get enough rest your body also produces more the the “hunger hormone“, causing you to overeat. Your body needs to reset, go to bed!

  1. Stretch your mind. Chances are we all know somebody that is willfully ignorant, just content with being out of know. Don’t be like them, continue expanding what you read, watch and stay intellectually curious in 2018.

We can’t guarantee you that your new year will be free from drama if you just follow these tips. BUT, we can assure you that these eight habits will definitely lead you in the right direction to having an epic 2018.

This is your reset, make it count!

 

 

Inspiring Confidence,

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7 Things to Leave Behind in 2017

The New Year is upon us, and everybody you know is claiming their “New Year New Me” mantra and posting on social media about all of the people they’ll be cutting off.

If you’re the kind of girl that plans ahead you might be thinking about your 2018 goals and how you’ll make the year amazing. Out with the old and in with the new, right? Except, we’re not making resolutions that we won’t keep this time around.

If you want 2018 the Year of your Glow-Up, here are 7 things that you need to leave behind in 2017:

  1. Negative Relationships. The days are over for chasing behind people, being a doormat, and interactions that subtract from your spirit. Let them go in 2018! Don’t be a participant in your own destruction. If you’re not sure how to tell if a person has your best interest at heart read this blog post for some clues on how to spot a toxic person.
  2. Not Doing. Planning is great, you should be in the habit of thinking before you act. BUT, the time comes when the best-laid plans should turn into doing the work. Decide that 2018 will be the year of action for you. While everybody else is talking about what they’re “going to do”, you’ll actually be doing.
  3. Regret. “To err is human”. Nobody is exempt from making mistakes in life, but the way you deal with your blunders is all about your perspective. Make a choice to appreciate the mistakes you’ve made; you’ve probably learned a lot from them.
  4. Self-doubt. The world does a good enough job of trying to convince us that we’re missing some secret quality that determines success. Hogwash! Leave those thoughts of inadequacy in 2017! You were created for a purpose, and all you have to do is confidently step over your doubt and into your 2018 destiny.
  5. Ex-Anything. Ex-significant other, ex-friend, ex-boss/coworker, ex-hookup…they ended up in the ex category for a reason. Don’t jeopardize your 2018 glow-up for old news.
  6. Comparison-itis. Jealousy is an ugly color. Instead of looking at what someone else has and hating on it, be inspired to shine yourself!
  7. Self-hate. If 2017 was the Year of the Woman, 2018 is the Year of the Woman that Loves Herself Unconditionally. If there’s anything that you have learned/will learn from us, it’s the importance of self-love. We inspire confidence by reminding you that you were fearfully and wonderfully made, everything about you was divinely created.

Whether your new year begins on January 1 or on your birthday, it’s a great time for a refreshing clean slate. We’re looking forward to kicking 2018 off on a high note by leaving everything behind the doesn’t serve positivity.

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Five Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

The holidays can be VERY stressful for many. Gift lists, mandatory work events,  lost packages, putting up the tree…it’s enough to make a woman crazy. When you’re stressed it’s difficult to think clearly, so you end up starting the year off with regret. We want you to have the BEST year ever and kick things off on the highest of high notes so you can be your most FABulous self.

We don’t want you to be stressed out during the holiday season. We want you to be healthy, happy and whole while you drink and be merry. So let’s handle this business right now, okay?

Five Tips to Manage Holiday Stress

Luh yourself first/enough – Remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made; and you’re probably surrounded by people that make withdrawals from you (family, co-workers, friends, etc.). It’s especially important to make yourself a priority during the holidays, because you have thangs to do.

Receive – Allow others to pour into you as you pour into them.

Let your yes be yes, no be no – Don’t succumb to pressure of being (or doing) anything you don’t want to do, and say don’t feel guilty about doing the things you love. No is a complete sentence. So is yes.

Don’t try to change ’em – With the exception of the children that you may be responsible for nurturing, you can’t make anybody do anything. Stay away from the Twitter beefs and resolve to accept folks as they are; you just change the way you all them to affect you.

Protect ya newsfeed – Social media can suck. Guard your online spaces like you would your home.

 

Everybody around you will benefit when you manage holiday stress. The bar may have been set very high for you (at your own doing), but we don’t want you to suffer from negative vibes. Use these tips to manage stress and enjoy your most confident holiday season yet.

 

Merry Happy!

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The Confidence to Be Your Own Beautiful – Women’s Confidence Night Recap

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Women’s Confidence Night at Barnett Salon Suites was AMAZING! The team at Barnett coordinated speakers to cover a variety of topics that are of interest to women of all ages, including finances, makeup & hair care, sexuality and confidence.

As your Confidence Pusher, Mo did her signature, “The Confidence to Be Your Own Beautiful” talk where she went over 8 affirmations that would inspire the women in the audience to transform. Mo defines affirmations as “positive statements that help us deal with negative stuff”, and she had an answer for those in the room that tended to believe that affirmations aren’t worth it.

She said, “Words have power; otherwise you wouldn’t get mad when somebody calls you something other than your name.”

We had a room full of laughing, clapping, high-fives and many YAAASSSSS! comments in the room.

Take a look at this video snippet from the event:

WOMENS CONFIDENCE NIGHT

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As The Confetti Collective grows and evolves, we hope that you are inspired to do the same. When you know that you’re becoming a better version of yourself, your confidence increases and you’ll begin your own personal revolution.

 

 

Inspiring Confidence,

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Raising Confident Girls: Five Tips for Grown-Ups

“Be nice.”

These two words are ingrained in our girls from very early in their lives. We remind them over and over and over again that niceness is important. We teach them that niceness is valuable. We tell them that if they’re nice, everything will be wonderful.

We don’t (as often) encourage them to be confident. If we aren’t as intentional, are we really raising confident girls?

In case you missed it, confidence is what we do. Through our blog, our Youtube channel, live events and our apparel we inspire confidence in women and girls. Confidence matters.

We believe that our girls (we take responsibility for being positive examples for girls, so they’re ours) are the next generation of leaders. As they grow to become future educators, entrepreneurs, executives and parents/caretakers, we should be girding them up with confidence and self-esteem.

 

Mo did a live chat about this topic, inspired by Taylor Swift’s mother. Check it out here.

Challenge her. Nothing helps our girls build a solid sense of esteem and self-value than trying (and finishing) something that they once believed was difficult.

Compliment specifically. Comedian Chris Rock once said that women need food, water and compliments….he is SO right. Girls needs to hear compliments as well, but if we want to really make an impact on their self-awareness, those compliments should be specific to them, instead of a blanket “You’re great!”, offer praise based on progress that she’s made on a challenging task.

Encourage assertiveness. The whole “be nice” thing can be dangerous because it sends a message to our girls that other people’s needs and wants are more important than theirs. “Be nice” tells them not to say or do anything that makes other people uncomfortable, without balancing that message with the important of their own needs. Make sure she knows that it’s okay to stand up for herself.

Change her language. Going back to this post, words matter. Encourage her to have frequent conversations with herself, and speak positive words.

Show her better than you can tell her. When she sees girls, young ladies and women doing amazing things, she believes that she can do amazing things. Surround her with role models that show her the possibilities, not the limitations.

In our society that seems to value selfies over self-esteem, it’s important to remind our girls that what REALLY matters is seeing themselves as valuable, worthy, strong and confident.

 

Living in Confetti,

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Words Matter: Confidence and Self-Talk

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

You don’t have to believe it, but it’s true – your level of confidence is affected by your self-talk.

Whatever you believe (and say) about and to yourself shapes how you feel about yourself. When it comes to raising young girls, it’s a MUST that they know the power of the words they speak to themselves. Self-talk has a tremendous impact on confidence, and we use our BYOB® and EmpowHER message to spread self-esteem and confidence in women and girls everywhere.

We recently had the opportunity to participate in a 3-day girls camp hosted by Barnett Salon Suites in Sierra Vista, AZ, and it was revolutionary. 42 girls between the ages of 10-18 learned about team building, how to make healthy food choices, art, wellness, fashion/style, hair care, financial management, fitness and how to be their own beautiful.

 

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During our “Confidence Course” workshop, Mo talked to the girls about the importance of speaking positive words to themselves as a way to boost confidence and improve self-esteem. The “small tinies” (elementary schoolers) received the “Beautiful Like Me” affirmation card, and the middle and high schoolers received a copy of the Confidence Code of Conduct. These documents were created to help our next generation of leaders build their personal practice of positive self-talk to feel good about themselves, and support others to do the same.

 

Click below and sign up to receive your very own copy of our newest confidence boosters for FREE!

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Is it Time to Quit?

“Quitters  never win.”

“Knowing when to quit may be the best strategy.”

Which one of these is true?  What if both are true? What if neither are true?  Do you know if you’re purposed to do something else in this life, and the thing you’re doing now is preventing you from getting started?

How do you know if it’s time to quit?

  • when the long-term costs outweigh the short-term benefits
  • when your priorities have changed
  • when you’re doing it for the wrong reasons
  • when you’re no longer passionate about it
  • when you don’t see a future worth pursuing

Sometimes quitting is an act of self-preservation; sometimes you just have to do it. But there is a lot of fear and doubt involved in making the decision.

I had this conversation with myself recently, and the answer became crystal clear to me as to what I should do.

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Watch this video to get the scoop:

You’ll find a lot of advice out there about how to know when it’s time to quit (including this post), but the bottom line is the decision is yours to make.

Whether it’s from a job, a business, relationship, etc. you have to be VERY CLEAR about what you really want in order the make the final decision.

Because confidence comes from clarity.

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Small Business HERStory: The Confetti Collective

Picture it: southwest Georgia, early 2013.

We’ve featured several small businesses on the blog, it was time you knew the complete Confetti Collective story.

After being stationed at Fort Benning for almost 5 years Uncle Sam told my family that it was time to go. Go to Arizona.

The move to Sierra Vista, AZ was pretty uneventful, after about 10 moves over the past 14 years I’d mastered the art of packing up my life into boxes before the movers actually arrived. Since I’d started my natural hair journey in 2008 and I couldn’t find any information online for resources where we were going, I hit up the World Natural Hair Show to snag as many deals as I could.

I was moving to the desert, remember???

Since then we’ve hosted events, returned to the ATL for the World Natural Hair Show to do some networking, sold natural hair products, introduced the brand from the stage, been featured in the local newspaper and magazine, written hundreds of blog posts, launched this apparel collection, then this one, and most recently, rolled out our digital magazine newsletter.

What is The Confetti Collective?? The #business HERstory here! Click To Tweet

I decided it was time to make things official and share the story for real – and make a small upgrade  to the website in the process. We recently published a new video for the About Us page where I made things official and shared The Confetti Collective story. You can check it out here:

We’re sliding into 4 years since the cross-country move that sparked this brand. I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and I’m excited for what’s to come. There have been valleys that I’ve had to learn from, and peaks where we’ve celebrated. Whether you’re an OG reader or just got on board yesterday, I’m grateful to have you here.

I’m looking forward to more confetti on this journey, I hope you are as well.

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Ten Minutes + One Pan = DINNER!!!!!

I’m busy, you’re busy, everybody is busy!!

I’ll be honest, I’ve threatened bodily harm to my husband if he takes our child to (insert neighborhood fast food joint here) again….

As the HCIC (Head Cooker in Charge) in my house, that means I have to be more creative and manage my time better if I want to save his life and make sure they have dinner ready  when they get home. So over the years I’ve learned how to master the easy weeknight dinner, and when it only takes one pan to make, that’s even better.

When you’re running multiple businesses, managing a family, or coaching the neighborhood sports team in your spare time, you don’t always have a LOT of time to plan balanced meals so you can avoid the burger joint drive-thru lanes.

I consider myself to be “healthy-ish”, meaning I try to eat the rainbow most days and make sure my family eats most of the right things, but I can inhale a pepperoni pizza by myself every now and again…#dontjudge.

This ten minute, one pan meal is no-fuss, mostly no mess, and requires two ingredients!! Check out the video below:

 

If you want to make this dish meatless, you can substitute your favorite vegetarian-friendly protein and get your grub on!

This is the kind of fast food I like…… 🙂

Do you have a favorite one-pan dinner? Share it so I can add it to my recipe box!

Living life in confetti,

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PJ Getaway Recap

When was the last time you had a night out to let your hair down? In your pajamas? We hosted our first (definitely NOT the last) PJ Getaway in Sierra Vista, AZ and we had a blast!

We partnered with Atlanta-based brand, Hips4Love, to create an evening of fun, socializing, pampering, a little shopping with select local vendors. West End Wellness served as our venue, we managed to turn a normally serene, relaxing space into a lively headquarters of hijinks and ruckus!

Did I mention that we had a blast???

With DJ Driveline on the 1’s and 2’s, we danced the night away while enjoying massages, brow waxing, and other services!

Oh, and the food was “interesting” to say the least….LOL

Check out the recap video here:

Based on the feedback from this event, from vendors and guests, we’ll definitely be doing this again! Make sure you’re on the Insiders list to be the first to know!

Living life in Confetti,