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The Most Powerful Exercise You’ll Ever Do For Yourself

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Creating your Perfect Day Itinerary (PDI) may be one of the most powerful exercises you ever do for yourself, so make it count. I’ve coached many wandering entrepreneurs through this exercise, and most of them have told me it changed their lives. I wasn’t surprised—when I did it for the first time years ago, it literally set me up for creating the life I always envisioned and living it every day.

In this exercise, your job is to map out what your perfect day looks like along the path to achieving your vision. There are two parts to this exercise: the macro and the micro.

Part 1: The Macro Part
In this first part, you’ll figure out what your perfect day would look like at a general level. Not every day is going to be exactly the same.

Each day will look a little different depending on what happened the day before. It should look a little different; otherwise life would get boring and monotonous. Still, you want to have a broad sense of what each perfect day feels like. This starts with a series of questions:

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7 Unexpected Benefits and Usage of Aloe Vera

When people hear about aloe, they often will think immediately of the bottle of green gel that gets brought out every time someone has a sunburn.  While aloe is indeed a fantastic topical aid, treating red and peeling skin isn’t the only purpose this incredible plant serves.

Having been used medicinally for thousands of years, aloe can be traced back to ancient Egypt where pictures of the plant appear on pyramids and alongside the Pharaohs buried within.  Due to it’s ability to remedy so many maladies, aloe was once referred to as “the plant of immortality”.  To this day the plant is often grown, purchased, and used to treat a wide variety of issues.

Let’s take a look at seven scientifically based benefits that this gift from nature can provide.

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3 Makeup Tricks To Make You Look Less Tired

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Some nights you just can’t get any. Sleep, that is. Insomnia, jet lag, late nights out, and staying up with a sick child are just a few snooze-time thieves. Inevitably you wake up the next morning looking just as blah as you feel. The telltale signs stare back at you in the mirror: lackluster skin, dark circles, and droopy eyes. Since hiding under the covers usually isn’t an option, follow these surefire makeup tips to look awake and to perk up your looks when you’re pooped.

For Lackluster Skin

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The best way to wake up skin is to hydrate, both inside and out. Start your day with a big glass of water; then focus on your skin care routine.

When you’re tired, a loss of lipids can allow water to evaporate from your skin, leaving it feeling dry and tight and looking dull. The solution: Lube up with a richer, denser face moisturizer than you normally use (“petrolatum” on the ingredient list is a good sign), or just switch from lotion to cream. Wait a few minutes to let the moisturizer sink in, and reapply if your skin still feels dry.

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3 Signs You’re Stuck In A Beauty Rut

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Recently I unearthed old video footage dating back to the ’80s and was amazed at how many looks I went through, from vampy lipstick and a perm to supertan skin and surfer-girl blonde highlights. Change has always been easy for me, but I know that’s not the case for many women. So here is advice for the three most common beauty ruts I see. If you’ve found yourself longing for a new look, read on for instant makeup tips.

1. You look like you’re in a time warp

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Symptom: Your beauty routine is the same as it was in high school—and it’s been 20 years since you graduated. Not only are you bored with your looks, but you’re also feeling a little out of step with the times.

Solution: Recognize that your looks have changed and your makeup should complement, not fight, your age. If you’ve been wearing pinkish foundation thinking that it gives you a youthful glow, it’s time to switch to one of the newer foundations with more natural-looking yellow undertones.

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7 Simple Ways To Keep Your Nails From Breaking So Much

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Whether we see our nails as fun or functional, we want them strong. Since nails dry out easily, protecting them means keeping them well moisturized, says Phoebe Rich, MD, a dermatology professor at Oregon Health & Science University. These top tips will get your nails ready for any task at hand:

1. Keep moisturizer at-and on-your fingertips. Put a lubricating lotion by every sink, beside your bed, at your desk, and even in your purse.

2. Soak before clipping. Dry nails are more likely to crack and split when clipped, so trim with nail scissors after a bath or 15-minute hand soak.

3. Choose the right file Avoid metal files, which can split nails; emery boards are better, but the gentlest ones are padded files in a fine grit.

4. Go for size, not shape. Oval or square tips can be equally strong—just remember to file in one direction; keep them at about ¼ inch.

5. Wear polish or a clear topcoat to help nails retain moisture.Be sure to avoid anything with formaldehyde (it could cause nail separation or, in some cases, allergic reactions) or toluene, which can be drying. Clinique, Barielle, Almay, and Revlon all sell polishes free of both ingredients.

6. Touch up more, remove less. Don’t remove polish more than once a week. Acetone-free removers are kinder to your nails but still contain acetate, which can also be harsh and drying.

7. Learn to love gloves. To prevent moisture loss, wear them when it’s cold, when doing dishes, and at bedtime (apply lotion first for an over-night treatment).

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6 Weird Things That Are Making You Anxious

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I consider myself an anxious person. Sometimes it serves me well—like when I’m walking home alone at night, keys wedged between my pointer and middle finger in case I have to defend myself. Other times? Let’s just say I’ve left my share of overcrowded parties in anxiety-induced tears.

So what gives? Why are some people at ease shopping in a swarming grocery store while others are searching for the nearest exit? When it comes to anxiety, there’s a lot more at play than whether or not you inherited your mother’s nervous-Nellie tendencies. Here, 6 surprising reasons why you just can’t seem to relax.

1. You really, really like your couch.

If you’re still sitting all the time even though you know it seriously ups your risk for developing diseases like cancer and diabetes, maybe this news will get you off your tuchus: Sedentary behaviors—like sitting for work, travel, or TV time—may increase your risk of developing anxiety, according to a recent review published in the journal BMC Public Health. Of the nine studies included in the review, most of them found at least one association between the time spent sitting down and the likelihood of anxiousness. Researchers believe poor health and decreased physical activity is at play, as exercise often eases anxiety.

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7 Essential Vitamins You Need After Age 40

Think of vitamins and nutrients as an army that will fight off age-related ailments. And the best way to build this army is by eating a healthy, well-rounded diet, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, manager of wellness nutrition programs at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. While it’s always important to eat well, it becomes especially essential around age 40 because that’s when the rules start to change, she says.

“Your body probably isn’t working the same way at 40-plus as it was at 20,” she says. Muscle mass starts to deteriorate, we’re much more likely to put on weight, menopause may (or may soon) start, and risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes begins to increase—which means your battle plan needs to start looking a little different.

One solution is getting enough of the right vitamins and nutrients, which is possible through healthy eating—and food sources are typically (but not always) a better bet than supplements because they’re better absorbed, Kirkpatrick says. Below, the key nutrients to look out for, and the best ways to get them.

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5 Ways To Save $3,064 A Year

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We did the math: You’ll save $3,064 per year with these 5 wicked-smart changes.

1. Brown-Bag Your Lunch
Calories saved:
About 200 a day, which could amount to a 20-pound weight loss in a year
Average $ recouped: $1,121 in takeout tabs
Health bonus: Saves about 10 g of fat and 300 to 415 mg of sodium per meal

(Lose up to 15 pounds WITHOUT dieting with Eat Clean to Get Lean, our 21-day clean-eating meal plan.)

2. Break Your Diet Soda Habit
Calories saved:
0
Average $ recouped: $515
Health bonus: Stronger bones, fewer migraines

3. Quit The Sugary Lattes 
Calories saved: 150 per day
Average $ recouped: $767
Health bonus: Lower risk of depression and heart disease

4. Replace A Pound Of Ground Beef With A Bag Of Dried Pinto Beans Weekly
Calories saved:
About 153 a week
Average $ recouped: $161
Health bonus: Reduced cancer risk

5. Grab A Helmet And Bike To Work
Calories burned: Up to 500 in an hour
Average $ recouped: $500 or more
Health bonus: People who bike 3 times a week have lower blood pressure and 20% more energy.

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It’s Not Food Causing Your Heartburn—Here Are The 5 Real Culprits

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Onions, spicy dishes, and fried foods have gotten a bad rap. While there’s some evidence these foods can trigger heartburn, experts say how you eat is more important than what you eat when it comes to controlling painful flare-ups.

“The old adages about onions and fruit juice and things like that—those foods are not as problematic as we used to think,” says Michael D. Brown, MD, a professor of medicine and digestive diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “When I talk to patients now, we talk about how much they eat and how they eat it, not what they eat.”

Other experts agree. “The evidence to support eliminating certain foods to reduce the symptoms of heartburn is not strong,” says Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance at Drexel University.

So what is causing your heartburn? Brown says heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, or the bubbling up of stomach acids into your esophagus. Your esophagus—which connects your throat to your stomach—isn’t designed to handle those acids, so reflux creates a painful burning sensation.

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6 Gross Grooming Mistakes Your Guy’s Making

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The men I know fall into one of two camps when it comes to appearance: Some are clueless about grooming; others spend as much time in the bathroom as I do. I’ve found that those in the first group think that asking for advice is girly. If this sounds familiar, do the man in your life a favor and casually drop these grooming tips for men. When he thanks you, pat yourself on the back. After all, who doesn’t love a well-groomed guy?

His way: Licks dry lips
Why it’s bad: As saliva evaporates, it takes with it natural oils, leaving lips feeling more chapped.
Have him try: A clear, unscented lip balm that moisturizes without looking shiny. ChapStick Lip Moisturizer SPF 15  and Aveda Lip Saver SPF 15 are both “unisex” and offer the added benefit of sun protection.

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