If you ask a guy what he finds attractive in a woman, the answer will probably be something between ‘nice butt’ and ‘pretty face’. Although ...

If you ask a guy what he finds attractive in a woman, the answer will probably be something between ‘nice butt’ and ‘pretty face’. Although not many are so direct, most of them still believe that all these things are among the most important in a girl. It will come as a huge surprise to both men and women that things work differently on a subconscious level. While all the above-mentioned traits do draw guys to certain types of women, there’s a bunch of other characteristics that play a much more important role. Subconsciously, guys are all about childbearing abilities! Yes, you heard that right. The study at the University of Newcastle in England also revealed that such traits as kindness and agreeability play an important role as well because back in the day women were relied upon in forming various social alliances. So, here are 10 surprising physical traits guys look for in women.

9 Surprising Physical Traits Men Subconsciously Look For In A Woman

High – pitched voices

It may shock many women that guys find high-pitched voices more attractive than deep husky ones. It happens so because high-pitched voices are associated with youth and high energy levels and are generally perceived as more feminine. Studies support that idea! It’s different for women who usually like men with deeper voices, which suggest bigger bodies and more strength.


Not only does smiling improve your mood, it also makes you look good. Men find smiling incredibly attractive on a subconscious level and are drawn to women who are not afraid to show that they are friendly and approachable. Smiling also indicates friendliness and agreeability, which is also attractive to men according to studies.

Less makeup

Makeup gurus will be sad to hear this one. It appears that guys find makeup-less ladies much more attractive than those who are clad in makeup armor. A study from the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology revealed that both men and women find faces with less makeup more attractive. Women shouldn’t focus on makeup so much – they can let their true beauty shine as it is!

Huge eyes

Girls with big eyes apparently look more feminine and gentle than the rest of them women. Bigger eyes are also linked to longevity, health and reproductive potential. How, you might wonder? Bigger eyes signal of higher estrogen levels, which means that it’s easier for such women to conceive than for those with lower estrogen levels.


Symmetrical faces may not be very common, but guys find them more appealing than others. It has to do with beauty and good genes. And the better genes women have, the healthier babies they will have. It works as simple as that! Lopsidedness is associated with bad genes and poor health, which is not so attractive for men.

It’s not about the butts

We all know that guys prefer big butts, but what we don’t know is that it’s not big fat bottoms they find so attractive, but butts created by spinal curve instead of fat. Turkey’s Bilkent University has conducted an experiment during which men had to select from women with different spine curvature. It turned out that the most attractive females were those with a curvature of 45.5 degrees, which did make their butts appear bigger. Guys who think they like big bottoms may actually be into spines!

Average looks

It turns out that guys find ‘average-looking’ girls more attractive than the super gorgeous ones. Why that happens? The answer lies in evolutionary biology. Scientists have determined that average-looking women have a more diverse set of genes, which is a good thing when it comes to reproduction. Men feel this on a subconscious level and get drawn to average looks.


We’ve all heard about pheromones, but what we don’t know is how much they affect our choice of partner. Men basically ‘sniff out’ the most genetically compatible mate that can give them healthy babies. Apparently, pheromones give out all kind of information about us, including the state of out immune system and the fertility levels.

Red color

Not only animals use color red as a marker for mating – it appears humans do too! Guys are biologically wired to react to red color in a specific way, so if women want to draw guys’ attention, they should just wear red dresses (or lipstick, or shoes). Studies show that most men have no idea about this effect and that color red doesn’t affect women as it does men.

1.  The best blog posts you’ve read the past week or month – with links. 2.  Writers (or authors, teachers, industry leaders, philanthropis...

1. The best blog posts you’ve read the past week or month – with links.
2. Writers (or authors, teachers, industry leaders, philanthropists) who inspire you.
3. Your favorite blogs. Example: Belinda Pollard’s 4 useful blogs to get you started in self-publishing.
4. Helpful tools and resources you depend on.
5. Your favorite (or most-viewed, or a group of related) posts from your blog.
6. Who to follow on Twitter (Facebook, Pinterest, whatever) – and why.
7. The best free apps online.
8. Links to articles on a particular topic – “what people are saying.”
9. Best tutorials on a subject of interest to your readers.
10. A mash-up of all guest posts, interviews, etc. where you’ve been featured on another blog or website.
Essays – personal
Everything you think, remember, feel, or do is fair game – as long as your treatment of it entertains, inspires, or generates a positive emotion in your reader. Go ahead and tell the story about how you gave yourself a black eye with your knee while jumping on the bed (yeah, that was me) … BUT, if you want people to return to read again, avoid general downbeatery and do not rant, whine, or complain. Spare us; we have enough in our own lives. Be introspective, make a point, and while you’re doing it, make us laugh, think, feel, or want to get up and dance. Now that’s a great blog post.
Ideas for personal essays:
11. Childhood memories, like this: Training Wheels.
12. Critical life events or choices that have shaped who you are.
13. Places you’ve lived or houses you’ve lived in, and who you “were” at that time.
14. What you gained – and lost – by taking a risk.
15. What you learned from a big disappointment.
16. What inspires you, or what makes you crazy (no rants).
17. Share a goal and outline how you plan to achieve it.
18. Regrets and how you’ll avoid them again – funny or inspiring only!
19. Write the eulogy you aspire to be read at your funeral.
20. Write a letter to your child to read after you’re gone.
21. Give up something – TV? Wine? Starbucks? – and share how you handle it (or don’t).
General interest posts
This is the catch-all category. Anything goes here – put your thinking cap on!
Ideas for general interest posts:
22. Photo montages – from your past, from your hometown, from a family reunion.
23. Pets’ antics.
24. Travelogues – highlights, lowlights, hopefully with photos.
25. A free short story, novella, deleted chapter, character sketch, or book club questions for your work. YOUR work. Yours. Written by you. Again: don’t give away anyone else’s work without their permission.
26. Keywords visitors use to find your site – this could be entertaining!
27. Any and all projects you’re launching or involved in.
28. A song playlist for your novel, or tunes that correspond to the seasons of your life. You can share links to purchase the songs, or not.
29. If you’re an author, generate a series of articles that explore non-fiction topics you write about in your fictional work.
30. If you tried something new and wrote about it on your blog a while back, update readers and let them know the results.
31. True stories that would make great novel plots – but maybe not if you’re going to use them!
32. Link to inspiring TED talks and share your takeaway.
33. Infographics are hot on nearly every social media platform and I hear they get a higher percentage of shares than a regular post (especially on Pinterest, duh.) And okay, I have tried to use one of the free online tools designed to create an infographic, but my efforts bombed. Couldn’t figure it out. When I do, I’ll publish a post.
34. More ideas here: 52 Types of Blog Posts that Are Proven to Work.
How-to posts
Tips, tricks, cheat sheets, and tutorials rock. Your readers will be grateful if you can solve a problem for them and/or save them time. Educate others about what you’ve learned, and what you’ve tried that worked. Keep in mind you can also write about what NOT to do. In fact, if you use a catchy “what not to do” title, your how-to might get more reads. Add a list and get double points.
Ideas for how-to posts:
35. Any step-by-step guide. Example: How to set up a free WordPress blog.
36. How to approach high-profile bloggers to request a guest post.
37. How to navigate a specific social media platform.
38. How to create free Infographics.
39. How to make a killer cocktail – or enchilada, or vegan meal, or homemade dog food.
40. How to kill (fictional) people. Hahaha.
41. How to research keywords for effective blog post SEO.
42. Try a funny tutorial, or explain how not to do something.
43. For more ideas, check out Howcast, The best how-to videos on the web.
44. For even more ideas, check out Mashable’s how-to category.
Interviews and profiles
This article type is widely used and can be quite effective. Find a way to make your interviews fresh and compelling. How, where, and why an author writes may not grab readers’ attention anymore, unless it’s a famous someone (hey, good idea). Then we’ll be enthralled, myself included.
Ideas for interviews:
45. Interview readers and/or highlight typical readers/visitors to your blog.
46. Interview industry experts.
47. Interview individuals with a particular expertise.
48. Interview ordinary people who have mastered a specific skill.
49. Interview other bloggers.
50. Interview vendors who can explain their product or provide tips for its use.
51. Interview someone with an interesting position/opinion.
52. Interview people you interviewed as research for your book.
53. Interview and profile another author/writer.
54. Could be fun: Contact and interview a favorite teacher who thought you wouldn’t “make it,” or one who knew you would.
55. Interview partners and team members.
Readers love lists and checklist posts. Bulleted lists, numbered lists, lists, lists, lists. List posts are cool because they tend to be evergreen (and will be even more evergreen if they don’t include links). Here’s one I wrote in 2011 that still has legs: Ways to stay creative.
Ideas for list posts:
56. A list of 100 activities anyone can do when they’re bored.
57. A list of 100 blog topic or writing prompts – (lol!).
58. A list of your favorite books of all time and why they made the list.
59. A list of all the things that make you happy – this better be a long one.
60. A list of benefits gained by attending a conference.
61. A list of steps you’ll need to cover before you move (or publish a book, or start a blog, or open a restaurant).
62. A list of things to do to improve a specific skill.
63. Your personal lifetime bucket list, or your goals for the month or year.
64. List things you’ll never do again.
65. List your Life’s Most Awesome Moments.
66. A list of questions readers should ask before they ___________ (fill in the blank).
67. The pre-publishing, pre-move, or pre-back-to-school checklist you swear by.
68. Need more ideas? There are plenty here: The Big List Of 100 Tools, Tips And Tricks To Work More Efficiently.
69. This list + photo post is fabulous. Use your own topic and emulate it! 41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius.
Opinions, rebuttals, trends, debates, and predictions
Agree, disagree, question, challenge, predict, share your point of view. This type of post can be your take on stories in the news, popular opinion, or someone else’s blog post. Start a commentary or debate. Controversy sells, but be prepared for any potential criticism that may accompany it. You can also analyze current industry trends and try to explain what’s happening. Industry, genre, and/or business trends that are interesting to your target readers will get attention. Include surveys, polls, and statistics that you’ve uncovered, or even include surveys and polls in your article for your readers’ response.
Ideas for opinion and predictions pieces:
70. Link to a news article and share your opinion about current events.
71. Link to another blog post and offer additional info, or continue the discussion.
72. Pose a question, comment, or scenario designed to inspire debate.
73. What will your industry look like down the road? Example: 6 Publishing Trends That Benefit Readers & Authors
74. Does giving away stuff on your blog work to increase subscribers or readership?
75. Read trend pieces and write your take on one.
76. Interview several different peeps and post their opinions on a topic. Print Vs. eBook – What’s Your Opinion?
Recap posts
Any and every event you observe, attend, facilitate, or participate in is fair game. If you attend a conference, class, webinar, seminar, presentation, or training, take notes and provide your readers with a recap of what you learned. Spread the net wider and recap your acting class, your trip to Cleveland, your child’s music recital, your husband’s tryout for the senior softball team. Of course, recaps that venture beyond issues your readership has a direct interest in will probably fall under the heading of personal essays. When they do, spin them to be entertaining or inspirational.
Ideas for recap articles:
77. Recap a conference or a specific conference session.
78. Recap a free webinar you’ve attended.
79. Recap a class or training.
80. Recap what you learned from a personal coach or mentor.
81. Recap what you’ve learned about traveling – good and bad.
82. Recap your experience as a volunteer.
83. Recap your foray into a new field or skill.
84. Recap your recent job or residence move – what can you share that others will learn from?
85. Recap a social blunder – oops, wait, maybe this is a personal essay.
86. Recap your personal research on a specific subject.
Provide your commentary/opinion about anything you’ve purchased and used, observed, read, or participated in. Compare one or two and cite differences, benefits, delights, and disappointments.
Ideas for reviews:
87. Books and movies.
88. Free tool or resource reviews.
89. Product reviews.
90. Software reviews like this post about Scrivener.
91. Share Amazon reviews of your own work.
92. Vendor reviews of businesses involved in your industry.
93. Include a review in any recap you do of classes, trainings, conferences.
94. Review any how-to/tutorial post – and improve on it.
Media-related posts
Videos, podcasts, and recordings of any type. Another category I have yet to investigate. FYI, any of the blog post types above can be turned into a video or podcast.
Ideas for media posts:
95. Mp3 files, podcasts – example: Blog Talk Radio interviews.
96. Talks and/or roundtable discussions on Skype.
97. Narrative videos (you need to comfortable with the camera).
98. PowerPoint presentation video + commentary as you talk viewers through the presentation.
99. Video-taped interviews.
100. Webinars.
101. Google Hangout recordings – check out Fraser Cain’s Perfectionist’s Guide to Marketing Your Hangout on Air.

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—t...

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).
In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 adjectives based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated adjectives had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive (innate characteristics). Instead, the top adjectives were sincerity, transparency, and capacity for understanding (another person).
These adjectives, and others like them, describe people who are skilled in the social side of emotional intelligence. TalentSmart research data from more than a million people shows that people who possess these skills aren’t just highly likeable, they outperform those who don’t by a large margin.
We did some digging to uncover the key behaviors that emotionally intelligent people engage in that make them so likeable. Here are 13 of the best:

1. They Ask Questions 

The biggest mistake people make when it comes to listening as they’re so focused on what they’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect them that they fail to hear what’s being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost.
A simple way to avoid this is to ask a lot of questions. People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening, you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking questions.
13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People

2. They Put Away Their Phones

Nothing will turn someone off to you like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all of your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

3. They Are Genuine

Being genuine and honest is essential to being likeable. No one likes a fake. People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. It is difficult to like someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel.
Likeable people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. By concentrating on what drives you and makes you happy as an individual, you become a much more interesting person than if you attempt to win people over by making choices that you think will make them like you.

4. They Don’t Pass Judgment

If you want to be likeable you must be open-minded. Being open-minded makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen.
Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace where approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require you believe what they believe or condone their behavior, it simply means you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what makes them tick. Only then can you let them be who they are.

5. They Don’t Seek Attention

People are averse to those who are desperate for attention. You don’t need to develop a big, extroverted personality to be likeable. Simply being friendly and considerate is all you need to win people over. When you speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, you will notice that people are much more attentive and persuadable than if you try to show them you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what—or how many people—you know.
When you’re being given attention, such as when you’re being recognized for an accomplishment, shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help you get there. This may sound cliché, but if it’s genuine, the fact that you pay attention to others and appreciate their help will show that you’re appreciative and humble—two adjectives that are closely tied to likeability.

6. They Are Consistent

Few things make you more unlikeable than when you’re all over the place. When people approach you, they like to know whom they’re dealing with and what sort of response they can expect. To be consistent you must be reliable, and you must ensure that even when your mood goes up and down it doesn’t affect how you treat other people.

7. They Use Positive Body Language

Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice (and making certain they’re positive) will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who’s speaking are all forms of positive body language that high-EQ people use to draw others in. Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation.
It’s true that how you say something can be more important than what you say.

8. They Leave a Strong First Impression

Research shows most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction. This may sound terrifying, but by knowing this you can take advantage of it to make huge gains in your likeability. First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language. Strong posture, a firm handshake, smiling, and opening your shoulders to the person you are talking to will help ensure that your first impression is a good one.

9. They Greet People by Name

Your name is an essential part of your identity, and it feels terrific when people use it. Likeable people make certain they use others’ names every time they see them. You shouldn’t use someone’s name only when you greet him. Research shows that people feel validated when the person they’re speaking with refers to them by name during a conversation.
If you’re great with faces but have trouble with names, have some fun with it and make remembering people’s names a brain exercise. When you meet someone, don’t be afraid to ask her name a second time if you forget it right after you hear it. You’ll need to keep her name handy if you’re going to remember it the next time you see her.

10. They Smile

People naturally (and unconsciously) mirror the body language of the person they’re talking to. If you want people to like you, smile at them during a conversation and they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good as a result.
11. They Know When To Open Up
Be careful to avoid sharing personal problems and confessions too quickly, as this will get you labeled a complainer. Likeable people let the other person guide when it’s the right time for them to open up.
12. They Know Who To Touch (and They Touch Them)
When you touch someone during a conversation, you release oxytocin in their brain, a neurotransmitter that makes their brain associate you with trust and a slew of other positive feelings. A simple touch on the shoulder, a hug, or a friendly handshake is all it takes to release oxytocin. Of course, you have to touch the right person in the right way to release oxytocin, as unwanted or inappropriate touching has the opposite effect. Just remember, relationships are built not just from words, but also from general feelings about each other. Touching someone appropriately is a great way to show you care.

13. They Balance Passion and Fun

People gravitate toward those who are passionate. That said, it’s easy for passionate people to come across as too serious or uninterested because they tend to get absorbed in their work. Likeable people balance their passion with the ability to have fun. At work they are serious, yet friendly. They still get things done because they are socially effective in short amounts of time and they capitalize on valuable social moments. They minimize small talk and gossip and instead focus on having meaningful interactions with their coworkers. They remember what you said to them yesterday or last week, which shows that you’re just as important to them as their work.

Bringing It All Together

Likeable people are invaluable and unique. They network with ease, promote harmony in the workplace, bring out the best in everyone around them, and generally seem to have the most fun. Add these skills to your repertoire and watch your likeability soar!

When I first made plans to go to college, I noticed an immediate difference in the way people talked to me. Every time the subject came up, ...

When I first made plans to go to college, I noticed an immediate difference in the way people talked to me. Every time the subject came up, people applauded my decision to go to school with encouraging comments:

“Once you have your degree, you’ll have no trouble finding a great job.” — “Employers will be eager to interview you.” — “By the time you graduate, you’ll have a career already waiting.”

Regardless of the words used to say it, the message was always the same: Having a college degree would make a remarkable difference in my future. Interestingly, this was an atrocious lie.

Of course, I didn’t know it at the time. I naively took their recommendations as truths, got on the college conveyor belt, and earned my degree. Armed with my ticket to easy street, I looked forward to having my pick from the large selection of employers who handed out jobs to recent college grads.

As I’m certain you’ve guessed, I never managed to meet up with those employers. In fact, many friends of mine had similar difficulties. Though we were all under the impression that our degrees would guarantee us great jobs with great salaries, nothing could have been further from the truth.

Following graduation, I submitted my resume, application, and cover letter to over 100 employers over the course of two months. I interviewed for nearly a dozen positions — but wasn’t offered a single job. Where did I end up working? For the organization I interned at — doing a job I could’ve been doing without my coveted degree.

My friends were in the same boat. They earned their degrees but ended up working jobs they could’ve been working right out of high school. One works as a food runner at a restaurant. Another deals cards at a casino. Yet another works as a laborer for his father’s masonry business. In every case, it was a simple matter of dollars and cents: Starting salaries in their specialized fields offered less than what they made at their previous jobs.

How did this happen? We believed that our degrees were supposed to help pave the way to a better future — but that’s not what happened for any of us. So what were we doing wrong?

We were failing to see our degree for what it actually is.

Consider what I’ve done with my degree since receiving it: I framed it and hung it on a wall. A few years later I moved, so I packed it into a box. It never met the wall at my new place, and remained stowed in my attic for another few years before I moved again. Currently, it’s hidden in a filing cabinet.

In other words, the degree is a piece of paper. It’s not some magical entity that grants the holder immediate and undeniable success. This claim is not to suggest that a college education is worthless, I’m only suggesting that a college degree is nothing more than a ticket to competeIt puts you in the running for a better future, but it provides no guarantees.

That was not what my friends and I thought we signed up for. We thought college would be the answer to our problems. Once we had our degrees, we would be coasting down easy street with fifty thousand dollar starting salaries at every turn. But when our graduation dates arrived, what we imagined would happen wasn’t anywhere near what actually happened.

We walked, shook some hands, accepted our degree, had our picture taken, and then looked around for the employers that were supposed to be handing out jobs — and they weren’t there. Though we were promised they’d be there, they weren’t. We were lied to — and the harsh truth stood before us:

The degree wasn’t the final answer, it was just one factor in a much larger equation. It was the starting line, not the finish line. Now that we had our ticket to compete, it was up to us to make something of it. The problem is, most of us didn’t understand that.

Some of us still don’t. I say this because of the new trend among my friends: Since they have found little success with their undergraduate degrees, many have decided to attend graduate school.  Again, I don’t mean to deny the value of education — I simply believe they’re falling into old habits:

They’re still in search of a piece of paper that can solve all of their problems. Although I’d love for them to prove me wrong, I fear that they are making a poor investment. I suspect that upon receiving their new degree, they will discover that they’re still not at the finish line — they’re just at a different starting line.

My point is that people often attribute too much value to the degree itself. Don’t expect it to do all the work for you — because it can’t and it won’t.

As for the true value of a college degree, it tells employers only one thing: Since finishing college is relatively difficult, then you must be relatively intelligent. So remember, a college degree is only a ticket to compete. Everything else is up to you.

Originally published on lifereboot.com

Are you ready to start your own journey toward becoming fearless? Take a look at our top 10 tips for becoming fearless below! 1. Make ...

Are you ready to start your own journey toward becoming fearless? Take a look at our top 10 tips for becoming fearless below!

10 Tips For Becoming Fearless

1. Make time to nurture yourself.

Hard work is important, but don’t wear yourself out! You’ll feel more creative, productive and satisfied if you take some time for self-care. Whether you choose to meditate, practice yoga, go for a run, have a night out or drink a glass of wine on your couch, you need to spend time taking care of your body and mind. Make sure you have your head on straight, so you can wake up every day renewed, refreshed and ready to hustle! The more you take care of yourself, the more you’ll be able to take care of others.

2. Build a positive community.

Surround yourself with like-minded #bossbabes, both in real life and online. Build a community of people who will lift you up instead of tearing you down. With a group of supportive friends, you’ll have plenty of sources of ideas, inspiration and energy to help you thrive. Fill your world with positive, uplifting people, and don’t leave any room for the negative ones.

3. Have a positive impact.

Be aware of how you’re influencing people. Your network has their ears and eyes open, so always keep in mind the way you can impact the real world. Making others feel good is one of the best ways to boost your own happiness!

4. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Don’t be afraid of vulnerability. Nothing worth having comes easy. Success takes hard work and perseverance. You’ll have to step outside your comfort zone, take risks and explore new possibilities to achieve your goals. You’ll have to get used to a bit of struggle. Embrace it and accept it as a step on the road to success. Your hard work and discomfort will eventually pay off!

5. Learn to say ‘yes’ to yourself.

Seize the opportunities that come your way. If you dismiss an idea because it seems too impossible or too risky, but you still can’t get it out of your head, try saying ‘yes’ instead. Don’t hold yourself back by playing it safe! Learn to take risks. As they say, you’ll never know if you don’t try. Keep yourself open to new ideas and opportunities. You never know what might happen!

6. Be authentic.

Always stay true to yourself. It’s not worth pursuing a goal if you lose sight of who you are along the way. So, be unapologetically you every step of the way on your journey to achieving your dreams.

7. Know your values.

What matters to you? Family? Security? Authenticity? Your values will influence your choices and decisions and help shape your personal brand. Do some soul-searching, and make a list of your values. Let those values guide you. Knowing your values and pursuing your true passions are vital to a happy life.

8. Set goals.

Always give yourself something to strive for. Journeys are ongoing—you’ll never truly reach the end, and that’s OK. When you achieve one goal, set another. Keep setting goals continuously, no matter how large or small. Knowing you have a goal to achieve will help you find the energy and motivation to keep hustling every day!

9. Don’t measure your success against the success of others.

We’re all our own biggest critics, but comparing yourself to someone else won’t get you anywhere. Another person’s success doesn’t make your own success less valid. Success looks different for everyone. Celebrate your triumphs! Always strive to be the best ‘you’ you can be, and encourage others to be their best selves, too.

10. Never give up.

Success takes more than creativity and talent—it takes hard work, perseverance and grit. There will be bumps in the road; the journey won’t always be easy. Don’t give up! Keep working, and your dreams will become realities.

Have you ever wonder how fun it is to be a voice artist?  Do you think you got what it takes to do voice overs? I believe that everybody ha...

Have you ever wonder how fun it is to be a voice artist?  Do you think you got what it takes to do voice overs? I believe that everybody has a talent or a skill that is developed over the years. If you think that you have a very good talking voice, If you people often tell you how nice your voice is,  And if you feel like Voice acting and voice over jobs would fit you. Then, here’s another way to make money online.
Now, Before I proceed I just want to emphasize that people who made a career out of their voices. Didn’t always start as a professional, I know someone who started as a wedding and events host before he decided to give his voice a try in this field. People who sing well have the potential to be a voice actor. But, to make you feel better, There are a lot of voice actors that aren’t great singers.  Sometimes, all it takes is passion and willingness to learn more of course.

Do I have what it takes?

This is something that you could easily answer on your own.  Do your friends tell you that you have a very nice voice over the phone? Your family always tell you that you can make a fortune out of your voice? Can you easily imitate different voices of actors? As well as their different accents? Did you enjoy acting classes or joined theater club at school? Answering yes to all these questions means you have the potential. But, like what I mentioned above if you have a good talking voice you definitely have a chance. Voice acting can be developed. With practice and patience, you never know what the future is in store for you. You can also take voice classes if you’re more serious about it.

What are the sample gigs?

This is the fun part. You can choose from a variety of gigs. Like voices for cartoons, English dubbed movies, Children’s audio books. Narrative documents, Voice overs for commercials and so much more. There are times that a client would want a specific kind of voice for the job. For example, The client wants a young female voice to read his document. If that’s you then good. You don’t audition on gigs that aren’t calling for your voice. Unless you can imitate the voice they want. Now that’s voice acting.

So how to get started?

1. Get the proper equipment.

Especially if you want to take this work seriously. You can’t just rely on your typical headphones. And don’t need to get the most expensive ones. Grab the basics and then upgrade after you landed some jobs.
A. Computer with music editing software/ Voice recording software.
B. Microphone- a good microphone is needed to have great quality recording,
C. Headphones- Companies send materials when you’re chosen for a job. Headphones are need not only to hear those materials but also you need to hear yourself.
D. Mic stand and pop filters – It’s tiring to hold your microphone the whole time. Just imagine holding it while recording. artists shouldn’t hold their microphone Unless you’re singing live on stage. The mic needs a fixed position, thus, making the recording sound even. Pop filters are the ones that we often see in front of the mic. They help reduce too much “S” and “P” sounds. It transmits the sound evenly. If I have to buy all these equipment. This will be on the top of my list.

2. Sound proofing your room.

 Yes. The sounds around you are recorded too. So better sound proof your room and don’t let the chirping birds get in your way. And if you got Benjamins better set up an acoustic room. You can check out more of acoustic treatment here

3. Getting that job.

As a beginner, you have to start at the bottom, of course. You have to get those gigs coming at you. But how? Make sure to send your demos to companies and while waiting, create accounts with the following freelancing companies so you can build your profile then you can work your way up. This is also a good way to complete your portfolio.

1. Freelancer– Sign up and get ready to send some of your sample recordings to a bunch of lists here.

2. Upwork Just like freelancer, You just need to create an account and build up your profile and apply to as many projects you like. You can check their list here.

3. Fiverr This is one of the best sites for people who have talents and skills or just about anything they could offer to the world. You could offer your voice over services here for $5. Every service offers here starts with $5 then you can work your way up once you’re established.

You can also take voice over/ acting lessons to hone your skills. Unless you sounded like Liam Neeson already. You can check the following:

1. Voices

2. Edge studio

4. Creativoices

5. Philippine center for voice acting

Don’t be afraid to audition, apply, send sample recordings to different companies and projects. Everybody started as a noob and developed their skills and made a career out of their voices. An average rate of voice over actor is $20 to $200/ hour. Just check out how this woman quit her job and earn $9k just by doing voice over.

As you all know osteoporosis is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts. Since we successfully reversed Mira’s osteoporosis 10 year...

As you all know osteoporosis is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts. Since we successfully reversed Mira’s osteoporosis 10 years ago, we have been working extremely hard to share our knowledge about this devastating health condition and its link to micronutrient deficiency with people around the world. October 12 through the 20th in Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week, culminating with World Osteoporosis day on October 20th. In honor of this World holiday, and in the hopes that this information helps those suffering from osteoporosis/osteopenia we want to share with you 7 Micronutrient Miracle Tips to Help You Build Stronger Bones.

Remember, even if you don’t currently have osteoporosis or osteopenia, your bones are at risk if you do not provide them with the essential micronutrients they need to stay strong. If you know someone who suffers from osteoporosis or osteopenia please share this information with him or her – you can be part of the solution.

1. Send Sugar Packing.

Sugar is one of the biggest roadblocks on your path to micronutrient sufficiency because it can deplete your body’s micronutrients as well as block the micronutrients you do ingest from being absorbed. While sugar’s sweet flavor may be appetizing, its depletion of the bone builders calcium and magnesium (as well as chromium and copper) is not.
When your body ingests sugar, your calcium and magnesium levels can become diminished. And guess what scientists discovered happens when those levels fall short? You crave sugar! That is why one bite leads to another and then another. 

And with every bite, your levels of calcium and magnesium are further reduced, increasing your desire for more sugar. Your internal “cravings monster” calls out louder and louder, and there are only two ways to quiet him. First, you can continue on the path to deficiency and obesity by eating more and more sugar (with every bite making it more likely you will get osteoporosis and other deficiency diseases). Or you can send the cravings monster packing by becoming sufficient in calcium and magnesium and kicking those sugar cravings to the curb for good.

2. Whack the Wheat.

Wheat contains lectins, which are a plant’s natural self-defense mechanism. While lectins are good for plants, they are not good for humans to eat. Their stickiness causes them to bind to your intestinal tract, and because we require a clear intestinal tract to properly absorb vitamins and minerals, lectins have been shown to reduce micronutrient absorption and should be avoided.

Additionally, wheat also contains something called phytic acid. Phytic acid works similarly to fiber, in that it binds to substances in our intestinal tracts. However, unlike fiber, which lowers cholesterol by binding to cholesterol-like compounds in the digestive tract, phytic acid reduces micro nutrient absorption by binding to vitamin B3 (niacin), calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Additionally, phytic acid accelerates the metabolism of vitamin D. Rickets, caused by a vitamin D deficiency, as well as osteoporosis is common in populations with high phytic acids intake.

3. Don’t play the Cardio Queen.

Remember, the more time you spend sweating in the gym, the more micro- nutrients your body uses and needs to recover. Most of the clients who come to us with bone issues like osteoporosis or osteopenia tell us that they spend a lot of time doing long cardiovascular workouts at the gym. All this time, they had no idea they were actually starving their bones of the very micronutrients that they needed to be healthy.

That is why we recommend doing a short interval program, like our ZMT (Zero Movement Training). This creates an environment where you are not sacrificing large amounts of micronutrients with excessively long & strenuous workouts, while getting the following health benefits in just 20 short minutes:

You will improve your cardiovascular (aerobic) capacity. A 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting found that just 2 weeks of high-intensity interval training, like ZMT, improved participants’ aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training. Aerobic capacity refers to the functional capacity of your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. More simply put, the higher the aerobic capacity, the greater the level of aerobic fitness, and the better shape your heart will be in. Talk about quick improvements!

You will increase calorie burn and fat metabolization. ZMT makes you a fat-burning machine—even long after your brief workout is over. There is a 2-hour period following a workout that is referred to in the world of exercise science as EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). It is the period when the body works to restore itself to preworkout levels. And this uses a lot of energy (i.e., calories). 

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, when individuals participate in intense interval training, such as with ZMT, the EPOC lasts longer than after normal workouts; research by the organization suggests that you can burn up to 15 percent more calories overall. So while you’re watching your favorite television show or reading your new book, you are still burning calories because you exercised smarter—not longer.

You will decrease fat production. Not only will you be burning more fat with ZMT than with long, drawn-out cardio programs, but your body will also be simultaneously turning off its fat-producing mechanism. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reported that subjects with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes who followed a 16-week intense interval program, like ZMT, had a 100 percent greater decrease in fatty acid synthase (a fat-producing enzyme), proving you can blunt your fat production while burning more fat.

You will increase production of human growth hormone. Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland—a pea-size structure at the base of the brain—to fuel childhood growth and help maintain bone, muscle, and organs throughout your life. The higher your levels of HGH, the healthier and stronger you will be. However, once you hit the age of 30, you enter what’s called somatopause, at which point your levels of HGH begin to plummet. This dramatic decline drives the aging process, and it causes things like decreased muscle and bone mass. Intense interval training, like ZMT, turns back the clock by stimulating your production of HGH by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout.

Your joints, bones, and muscles will be spared. Marathon runs on the treadmill cause mayhem for your knees and joints. These longer bouts of cardio also cause the body to utilize muscle as fuel, and when you want to lose weight, muscle is key to your metabolism. ZMT allows your body to spare the hard-earned muscle you will gain from weight training, while ensuring that your weight loss is fat loss.

4. Timing and Type are everything.

Timing: We are still talking about exercise here! To reduce calcium loss from your bones during exercise, make sure to take your calcium-containing multivitamin (the AM nutreince contains all
 600 milligrams of calcium) 30 minutes before your workout.
Type: Yep—still on exercise. We want you to do weight lifting using our One Set to Failure (1STF) Protocol. Your bones will thank you. Often, when your bones start hurting or you hear, as Mira did, that you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, you stop lifting weights because you worry that you’re too frail. However, this is the opposite of what you should be doing. Aging brings about natural muscle and bone mass loss, and whether you’re already losing bone mass or simply want to avoid any loss in the future, lifting weights can help. 

Your bones react to lifting weights much like your muscles do. When you lift, the muscles adapt to the stress by becoming bigger and stronger. Your bones also perceive stress, and because of this, your body will respond by building bone. Therefore, we want you to think about your weight training as both muscle building and bone building.

5. Take out toxins

Both BPA and phthalates are synthetic chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. BPA can be found in reusable drink containers, toilet paper, DVDs, cell phones, eyeglass lenses, and automobile parts. In the grocery store, you are most likely to come in contact with it in its polycarbonate plastic form in water bottles and in its epoxy form in the linings of food cans. It is even in the thermal paper used for cash register receipts. Phthalates can be found in food packaging, plastic wraps, pesticides, many children’s toys, PVC pipes, air fresheners, laundry products, personal care products, and even in medical supplies. Each year about 6 billion pounds of BPA and 18 billion pounds of phthalate esters are created worldwide—that’s a lot of problematic pound-producing plastics!

Studies reveal that women with high levels of phthalates are likely to go through menopause earlier, and have estrogen disruption, which can then have an unhealthy effect on bone formation. Make sure to be keenly aware of eliminating all endocrine disruptors including phthalates, BPA, fragrances and pesticides.

6. Supplement smart.

Multivitamins: Most supplements do not contain beneficial quantities of the bone building nutrients (calcium, magnesium, and vitamins D3 & K2). Make sure to read labels carefully. Take a well-formulated multivitamin, like our multivitamin nutreince, each and every day. Our multivitamin was designed to treat Mira’s advanced osteoporosis. It includes all three forms of vitamin K (vitamin K1, and both forms of vitamin K2 (MK-4 & MK-7)), and beneficial quantities of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D3. Additionally, nutreince contains all eight forms of vitamin E, which is very important because new research suggests that delta-tocotrienol can completely prevent the erosion of the bone surface and was also effective in increasing bone formation and preventing bone reabsorption.

Protein: Taking your Micronutrient Miracle Triple Threat Shakes twice a day is especially important for bone health. Studies have shown that supplementing elderly patients and postmenopausal women with protein causes increases in bone density, improved clinical symptoms in patients, and reduced bone loss. 

Additionally, each scoop of IN.POWER whey or plant protein contains beneficial quantities of L-lysine, an essential amino acid that aids in calcium absorption and improves connective tissue strength. It is also critical for optimal growth and bone formation and may be particularly helpful at preventing osteoporosis in at-risk menopausal women. Taking two Triple Threat Shakes daily will also aid in lean muscle tissue growth, which is critical for balance and bone support in those with weakened bones. Try to take one Triple Threat daily as a pudding, as the extra collagen from the gelatin (in the pudding recipe) supports bone health.

Omega-3s: EPA and DHA from animal-derived omega-3s help to maintain or increase bone mass; enhance calcium absorption, retention, and bone deposits; and improve bone strength. Additionally, a deficiency in omega-3s can lead to severe bone loss and osteoporosis. We recommend looking at our Origin Omega supplement, it delivers 1520 mg of EPA and DHA per daily serving and separates the EPA and DHA into AM and PM doses to optimize absorption and utilization.

7. Take K-ontrol with K.

This vitamin is K-iller for your bones (in a good way). If it’s not already, Vitamin K needs to be in your arsenal of supplements for sure. And not just vitamin K1, you need to make sure you are getting vitamin K2 as well. (Make sure to check your supplements). Vitamin K is all too often omitted from multivitamin formulations, but it is essential for bone strength and heart health. It is important for a supplement to include both K1 and K2 and it is, even more, superior, and rare, if it includes both forms of vitamin K2 (MK-4 and MK-7). Vitamin K1 plays a role in blood clotting, while K2 is a more important inducer of bone mineralization in human osteoblasts (bone-building cells). Vitamin K2 has been proven in studies to be as effective as prescription drugs in reducing the incidence of bone fractures. Additionally, because K2 directs calcium out of the arteries and into the bones, where it is needed, K2 is essential for the prevention of coronary heart disease.

Wow, there sure is a lot to learn about bone health. And these 7 tips are just the “tip” of the iceberg. You can find out more and learn how to put together a lifestyle that will help you create strong bones for the rest of your life in our book The Micronutrient Miracle. We even have a complete bone building protocol right in the book. Let’s face it, our bones are the foundation of our body, and honestly, it’s never too early to start thinking about bone health. This month take a look at your habits and see if you can’t make a few changes that will improve your bone health – take it from us, the future you will thank you.