Be Empowered

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1. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.
2. To equip or supply with an ability; enable: “Computers … empower students to become intellectual explorers”(Edward B. Fiske).

Take the reins of your own destiny. Drive your own ship. You have the power to make a difference in your life– Really you do. How? So how do you live the life you have always imagined when so many around us don’t. Here are five tips to living a successful life!

  1. Where are you?: Gather baseline data. Where are you in your life? Where do you live and what do you do for a living? What is your relationship like with loved ones? What do you do for fun? Think about all the things that matter most in your life.
  2. What is your vision?: It may sound simple but think about it thoroughly. What do you want out of life? Where do you want to be in the next 5 or 10 years? What kind of relationships do you want? Write down your list.
  3. Discrepancy Analysis: Look at your two lists in tandem. Where are you now compared to where you want to be? This is where the work begins. If you want to be a wife and mother, how close are you to that vision, are  you dating seriously? Is the wo/man you are dating have the qualities you need in a partner?
  4. The Plan: How will you get where you want to be given where you are? You say you want to own your own business, you’re taking business courses but have no financial resources or plan. Develop one! Seek out financial advice. Partner with someone who has a better handle on finance. Plan our your steps for the next year.
  5. Just Do It: You have a plan now so take the steps to achieve. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. Start small and each step you take will lead you to where you want to be.

Passion

Steve Jobs

“You’ve got to love it and you’ve got to have passion and I think that’s the high-order bit.”- Steve Jobs

Passion. A word so infrequently thrown around. It rears its head on occasion, like a pimple, only to remind us we are (or aren’t) marching toward our goals. A much needed reminder if you ask me, but stirs up feelings of anxiety and stress for others.

It’s a tricky thing to pursue your passion and dreams. Many generations have been groomed to live appropriately and in order. Perhaps to go to college, land a full-time permanent job– and if it’s a union job, even better. To somehow, someway meet your significant other. If you are female then the sooner the better, “Get ’em while you’re fertile girl!” some might say. For guys, at some point someone other than your mother will need to wash your clothes. Or perhaps you would agree with common opinion that turning 60 when your daughter turns 18 is simply not an option. Either way, guy or gal, get a job, get married and have some kids, right?

WRONG!

In age of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” and Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”, perhaps instead of having brunch with your girlfriends wondering why you are “40 and single”, what if you were boldly “40 and fabulous!” and ready for whatever life throws your way? And perhaps instead of worrying whether or not you will have the stamina at 50 to play a game of one-on-one with your son, what if you were just happy he wants to be an athlete like dad? And just maybe, if one day you can relate to those scenarios (or if you fit them now), perhaps you can say, “I’m 40 or 50 or whatever age, and I accomplished something most people spend a lifetime avoiding. I pursued my passion, achieved my goals, and made my dreams come true.”

See, life may throw us curveballs but we all know life never throws a foul ball. So if you don’t start swinging, you’re bound to strike out. I could share “10 Steps to Achieve Your Goals”, but there really is only one things that matters: Commitment.

Spend time discovering your abilities, what you like and dislike, and most importantly what makes you feel great! Once that has been identified, warm-ups are over, you’re in the game and it’s up to you how well you play. So be passionate and…

“Play ball!”

Letter from the Editors

U Blush Team

WE DID IT!

Welcome! The U Blush team wants to thank you for your support as we transition into our new site. It has been quite the process deciding on color schemes, icons, and so much more. We hope you love it as much as we do!

So why are we here? What is U Blush Magazine about? How can you benefit from subscribing to our articles? Well Lovelies…

As young women ourselves, we live and breathe in the same world you do. We are ambitious and hardworking, stepping foot into our adult lives and creating a wonderland around us. In doing so, we realized there was a need for a platform providing young, fun, sassy, intelligent and inspiring information. With this new realization came the desire to create U Blush Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the modern woman.

The same way we are developing into mature women taking in what the world has to offer, we want to share it with you as you embrace your beauty and uniqueness. While there are several positive messages constantly whirling around us–especially with awesome social media!– we add our hip and sophisticated twist of loving and inspiring energy to the world. Join the positivity, love, and inspiration from our magazine–our connection to you.

We are often asked how we came up with our name, U Blush. Let’s take the acronym BLUSH: Bold, Luxurious, Unique, Sophisticated, and Haute. These adjectives describe the well-rounded and well-balanced woman–but, let’s remember she is still human. By “human” we mean she makes mistakes, she can be selfish, and sometimes can even be too independent and shut people out. The difference is she strives to improve and be her best. She’s not up against a timeline, nor does she compare herself to others. She just is. And we love her just like that.

We can all relate to some aspects of this woman. And the truth is, we can relate because we all have different facets as people, similar to a diamond. From emotions and thoughts, to style and interests–we are living and breathing chameleons, better known as humans.

This is where our magazine content comes into play. We wanted to show the different facets of the U Blush Woman, representing all the qualities she exhibits. Some days she struts Downtown in pumps headed to a meeting, and other days she is lounging watching the Style Network or a Sex and the City marathon. She can order a glass of wine and a light meal at dinner, or have a beer with the boys at the game. But she is still always true to herself.

What type of information can you find in our magazine?

There are tons of goodies for you and your friends to enjoy within U Blush. We cover the following: love and relationships, food and travel, arts and entertainment, health and wellness, and fashion and beauty. We even provide you with cool events in some major U.S. cities under “The Happenings”. The best part? Everything comes from us, a young woman’s perspective. We realize we all have different interests and one size doesn’t fit all, so we offer a variety of topics to cater to your needs and taste– you will surely find your golden nugget somewhere. And let us know what it is! We are always open to feedback.

Stay connected!

Not only have we opened up our minds to you in written form, but you can also listen to us chat it away on our online radio segment, Lifestyles and Art Forms. Our team delivers a weekly bundle of fun and laughs while we discuss the latest in arts, entertainment, and popular culture. Be sure to check out all the fun under “U Blush Radio & TV”.

So there you have it, U Blush Magazine in a nutshell. From the bottom of our hearts, the ambition in our blood, and courage deep inside, we invite you to be a part of our family. We promise to be transparent in our journey with you. Let’s make each other better! A sincere thank you.

With Love,

U Blush Magazine

Picture Credit: Juarez Santiago 

Loving Support for Newtown

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I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Newtown. Yet again, another news story of innocent lives being taken away; this time heartbreaking, the loss of the innocence of childhood. Not only have children lost their lives but those who have survived have to endure living with the memory of such tragedy at a young age. I was truly moved by the President’s speech, “I react not as a president but as a parent.” I have yet to have the pleasure of bringing my own children into this world but the amount of pain and anguish the families of Newtown are experiencing is inconceivable, just thinking about it hurts badly. I can’t help but wonder, “What’s next for the families and this country? Why do these senseless acts of violence persist? How can this stop?”

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So today I speak for humanity. The media has been fluttered with stories about this tragedy. Notably, about how mental disorders and gun control impact such tragedies, the needs of people diagnosed with mental disorders, and vehement calls for tightening gun control. People are amped to understand why this happened and generate solutions to stopping it from reoccurring—as they should. Perhaps the most profound quote I have encountered comes from a fellow classmate:

“The focus should not be concentrated on the inanimate gun; it should focus more on the people who control the gun. Without the change of the people’s heart, murder can happen even without any weapon.”

This is not a statement for or against gun control. This conversation is beyond that. It is about the hearts, minds, and souls of people. The saying that goes: “Hurt people, hurt people” rings so true. When people are sad and wounded, their pain can harden their hearts and lead to terrible consequences. Many times they may not even recognize the connection of their inner pain to the pain they inflict on others. What’s more, are the mental issues many people face, often without acknowledgement and proper treatment. An untreated mental disorder can wreak havoc on an individual’s life, leading to dire consequences. Pain and mental distress can be like a cancer, if it goes undetected and untreated, it may spread, and can literally kill you.

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So what’s the solution? How do we stop these violent acts? I am a firm believer that humans are made to be social, to be connected to others, to give and receive love, some of the most basic components of healthy living. Beyond this, mental illness is real. It’s as important as physical health. It impacts our lives and everything we do. Emotional, mental, and behavioral issues can lead to instability in all other aspects of life. We can no longer stigmatize mental health. We can no longer leave it untreated. We must pay attention to our hearts, our minds, and our souls. Care for the inner aspects of who we are, for these things that are core to us. Love. Simply, I believe the solution starts with love. Love for ourselves and love for one another.

We must all do our part to end violence. We must all take a stand. We must all take action. Unify. Make a difference.  I am dedicated to being a healing presence in the lives of others providing support, encouragement, and love to the hurt and wounded. What’s your contribution? How will you help?

Our hearts, prayers, and love are with the families affected by this tragedy and to all those who have lost loved ones to senseless acts of violence. May peace be with you. 

Allow us to reintroduce ourself (Jay Z voice)

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Last year my friends and I went to Vegas to celebrate our friend’s birthday. As we enjoyed the Strip, the parties, shopped, and sat poolside, we discussed our lives and the transition we all were in. We came to a consensus. We felt stuck. We had done what we were taught, to get an education. We had countless letters behind our names to prove it but what they didn’t teach us in school was how to use what we learned to live our dreams. All the education in the world is futile if you’re not living purposeful. We had seen so many people in our lives go through this machine only to be in jobs that they really didn’t like. Was this our fate? Something was missing from our lives. We wanted more, but what?

It’s easy to loose sight of who you are if you are working so hard to be who others want you to be. In our case, like many others, we knew what it meant to be a good student, even to be a good worker, but what did it mean to be truly who we were meant to be? I am a firm believer that everyone on this earth has natural talents, abilities, and innate passions that when met with skills and education push us into living a purposed life. Unfortunately for many of us we aren’t taught this. It’s something we just have to figure out.  

For me and my besties, under all the flashing Vegas lights we decided we were going to follow our hearts. We were going to engage in activities that were true to who we are. So we decided to mesh our passions with our skills and our experience. We birthed U BLUSH…

 

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U Blush Magazine is the platform for the young, professional, sytlista who is exploring the world, learning new things, and incorporating her experiences into defining who she is.

She is BOLD in her quest for love and relationships. LUXURIOUS in her enjoyment of fine dinning, getaways, and all other luxuries of life. UNIQUE in her appreciation of and connection to the arts and entertainment. SOPHISTICATED in her commitment to bettering herself through self-care and being a lifetime learner. HAUTE with her beauty and stylish abodes.

The U BLUSH woman is empowered to live a purposed life as she pursues her passion and new experiences- fierce all the while doing it.

If you are like us, figuring out who you are and what you are going to do in life is not easy. It’s a life long process of trying new things and learning from each experience. We invite you to join us in this process. Join a community of women who are dedicated to being true to ourselves by living our passion and purpose, and connecting with others who are doing the same. “Lifting as we climb” is our mantra here at U BLUSH. Pursuing your dreams can be difficult but we hope that you will choose to lift and climb with us. We believe you will find that it’s easier to use your passion to produce your purpose when you have other women around who can support, encourage, and identify with your pursuits.   

Cheers to the U Blush Woman in You

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