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Author: April Monterrosa
I’m April Monterrosa, the writer, social media influencer, content creator, & photographer behind shinebeautifully.me. My blog, along with my social media channels are my content collection that displays my life as a free-spirited career woman, entrepreneur, and auntie. As a true renaissance woman, my goal is to influence and encourage others (especially the busy professional like myself) to make time for family, fun, adventures, and self-care. My passion for writing as a young girl is what lead me to blogging and self-publishing my first book titled, “Shine Beautifully”.
Born and raised in the Southside of San Antonio, Texas, I am very proud of my Alamo city, the neighborhood I grew up in, and being an ambassador for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been featured in Good Housekeeping, SAXtreme Magazine, Chicano Life Magazine, a former member of the SeaWorld Wildside Bloggers , a Naturally Lindy and James Avery Artisan Jewelry ambassador and a currently a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.
In my professional life aside from writing, I have been in the beauty and hospitality industry for over 20 years and worked in some of the most luxurious hotel resort spas in San Antonio, such as JW Marriott, Marriott International & Hyatt; it’s what also influences me to share my experiences and recommendations. Unexpectedly building up my own clientele is what motivated me to start my own spa studio business where I offer skin care and waxing services. Due to all my experience in the beauty industry, I was brought on as a brand ambassador for Naturally Lindy, an aloe vera skin care company in Beverly Hills, California. I am very blessed that I can mesh my passions together and turn them into my full-time career, all while bringing my friends and family along on my ventures. Hope you enjoy all you read, share, subscribe, and shine beautifully! ~April Monterrosa
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Our past experiences can significantly impact our daily lives. Decisions are based on the events that occurred in the past and letting go is not an easy thing to do. It might be easier for some people, but it is very hard for others. If you are also one of the people who find it very hard to let go of the past, this article is for you. Read it till the end to know some tips and tricks to let go of the past.
Surround yourself with positive people
Do you know what separates the people who achieve their goals from those who don’t? It is not time or skill, but it knows how to use the law of attraction to achieve what they want. They are aware that what you focus on, you feel. It means that the energy you put out into the world is what you receive and back, and in addition to this, you become the same as the people who surround you. It is not easy to avoid the past, specifically if you stay around the people who continuously remind you of your past. So, in this case, if you think over the theory of peer elevation and apply it to your lives by surrounding yourself with positive people who are continuously committed to progress and growth, then you will find it very easy to move on.
Work on your personal growth
Moving on from the past is important, and the best thing is to work on a personal growth plan. You need to know that if you focus on learning and improving, it is not only a distraction from the negative thoughts circulating in your mind, but it is also very empowering. Once you identify the areas you want to work on, then pinpoint the obstacles you will be facing and collect the tools you need to succeed. When you collect all the tools, take the help of an expert who can guide you through this personal growth and journey.
If you are feeling frustrated and upset due to the things that happened in your past, you are unable to change your feelings; then, in this case, you should start meditating. It helps a lot when you find stillness, take long breathes, and remain calm. Meditation practices such as yoga and tai-chi will help you keep yourself away from the hustle-bustle of this busy world. If you are thinking about the best meditation options, then yoga can help control your thoughts. If you are thinking about the best mindfulness practice, then yoga and some other deep breathing exercises can help you to relax. Both yoga and meditation will help you concentrate on the present moment of your life instead of focusing on the events that had occurred in the past.
There is no doubt that exercise is an excellent way to improve your physical health, but research also suggests that it helps a lot with your mental health. Harvard says that exercise can help you avoid different negative emotions. Different chemicals associated with happiness, such as dopamine, are released when exercising. You can choose to exercise for at least 15 minutes daily.
Women are not only the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs, but also their businesses have been growing at a faster speed than those owned by men. The majority of these women are single mothers, balancing home and life as single career women. Balancing home life and work is not an easy task for any woman. Working mothers are faced with the daily challenge of balancing their time between home and work, which can be exhausting. The article will discuss the challenges women face in balancing their lives at home and at work with useful steps to overcome them.
Here’s how you can balance your life and home as career women step by step:
Step 1: Prepare a Plan of Actions
Work-life balance has become a serious issue for career women. They are often put in the dilemma of how to balance their work and home life. The initial step to solving this problem is to plan your time and actions accordingly. First, plan your week ahead of schedule, then divide your week into days and finally allocate tasks for each day. Second, set up a routine that can help you manage your time more efficiently so that you can have enough time for both work and family. Third, find out what are the things that are important to you so that you can prioritize them in order of importance.
Work-life balance is an important aspect of every woman’s life. Women often face the dilemma of choosing between work and family. It is important that we prepare a plan of action to manage our time and energy in order to get a healthy balance between work and family. If you have children, it will be hard to find time for yourself or for your career. Consider whether you want to take care of them yourself or hire someone else such as a nanny. You can also talk with other women who are also struggling with the same challenges as you are. This will help you feel less alone and like you’re not the only one going through these things.
Step 2: Make a Priority List
In this modern world, we are expected to be perfect in every way. We have to juggle our career and family life and be perfect wives and mothers. We all know how challenging it is to balance our personal and professional lives. Women are usually the ones who take care of the home and children. Sometimes, they have to work too. And when they are in a position where they have to juggle both, then there are some things that they need to keep in mind when it comes to balancing home and work life as a career woman. The following is a list of things that you can do in order to balance your life and home by making a priority list:
1) Be flexible: Don’t be rigid with your schedule. Make sure that you’re able to adjust it as needed so that you can maintain a strong work-life balance.
2) Avoid the chaos of having to remember everything by investing in a productivity tool like an agenda, planner, or calendar. These come in physical form or digital form and provide you with an organized schedule for the day, week, or month.
3) Make use of technology: Technology has made it possible for people to save time and stay on top of their work with ease. For example, many people use Google Calendar or Trello as a way to schedule and manage their workloads.
Step 3: Find a Partner in Crime to Help You Keep the Balance:
It is always good to have a close friend or partner in crime that can help you keep the balance in life and home. A good friend is someone who will always be there for you, no matter what. They will always be there when you need them most. They are not judgmental, and they will listen to your problems without judging.
A partner in crime will always be your biggest supporter, cheering you on through life’s ups and downs. They will be there to help pick up the pieces when things go wrong, and they will celebrate with you when things go well. It is very necessary to have the best partner for creating balance in home and life as a career woman
Step 4: Be Prepared to Give Up Some Things Along the Way
We can’t have it all. We need to be prepared to give up some things along the way. What we need to do is make sure that we are not sacrificing what we love in order to get ahead. It is important to be prepared to give up things that you love and that you are passionate about. It’s hard to give up time with friends and family, but it’s a sacrifice that will be worth it, in the end, to balance your life as a career woman. Aim to keep your family time, sleep time, and personal hobbies intact by not neglecting them for work. You should also stay away from toxic people and unhealthy habits.
Step 5: Protect Your Sleep Time
When you are a career woman, sleep is something that is often forgotten in order to balance home and work. You can create a routine for when you need to go to bed and when you need to wake up. This routine should be followed every day, even when you are on vacation or sick. The next step is to make sure that your bedroom environment is conducive to healthy sleeping habits. This means keeping it dark, cool, and quiet at night time.
There are many women who have to take care of the house, the kids, and their careers. It is not easy to balance all these responsibilities. However, there are some ways that can help them balance their work and family life. One of them is to make a schedule for themselves. They should also prioritize what they need to do first and make sure that they don’t overbook themselves. In this blog post, we have covered all of these. For more blog posts and similar articles, please keep visiting our website.
A person cannot heal another person, we can pray together, direct positive energy flow while in deep prayer and meditation. Healing only comes from one source which can only happen within. Guidance come from many sources, we decide which information we want to accept or ignore”, mentions healer & blogger Michelle Espinoza.
She offers services such as: cleansing (body, spirit, mind, homes, vehicles and business offices) and card reading.
Michelle has been a blogger for over 10 years on her blog, Permanent Expressions where she expresses real talk, living with absolute truth, learning from flaws and failures, and gaining strength from struggles.
She is not only open with expressing her own emotions, she also encourages others to express their individuality. She also shares that her family is extremely silly and have found humor & laughter=magic for~ positive daily living.
After spending many years of spending her time with the wrong type of people, she makes it a point to spend her days with people who remind her to laugh; and enjoy pure happiness from laughter.
“People who are happy are attracted to others who want happiness and share the love to laugh the day away.” ~ Michelle Espinoza
One of my guilty pleasures is taking bubble baths. Happy Bubble Bath day, by the way! Nothing relaxes me more than creating a spa like atmosphere at home with calming new age music, candles, a bath pillow and soaking my stress away in warm bubbly aromatherapy.
Enjoying a glass of wine during bath time is nice too. Bubble baths do more than just relax the mind, body, and spirit; they are also great for our skin and soothe achy muscles. The warmth of the soak is extremely relaxing and is a natural way to boost your immune system and hydrate your skin. As for the aromatherapy part of my bubble bath, I like to find scented foams that are floral and herbal. Here is one of my favorite bath recipes:
Instructions: Mix lavender oil, milk, & honey in a bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar & pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Great for 2 baths.
Bath ingredients you can add from your kitchen cabinet:
Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent
Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness and its clarifying
Peppermint: Energizing and clarifying
Chamomile: Extremely, relaxing, and calming
Green Tea: Energizing, and clarifying
Other ingredients you can add to your bath:
In Ancient Rome, bathing at a public facility was part of the daily routine for most citizens. A trip bathed once a week for personal hygiene. A trip to the Roman baths might include a dip in a hot tub, a brief break in the sauna, and a refreshing swim in the cold pool. Up until the late 1940’s, the average American bathed once a week for personal hygiene.
Being in the Spa industry for many years, one question I get frequently asked by clients is “what can I use at home for a mini-spa bath experience?” Here are a few items that can enhance a mini-spa bath experience at home.
Today, a daily shower is standard, but it’s nice to indulge in a luxurious bubble bath every occasionally. Bubble baths can help open your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax muscles. Enhance your bath time with a few fun accessories like a bath pillow, facial mask, shower cap, body brush, and a book. Enjoy!
Assisting clients with transformations from the inside out are Body by Sasha’s words. She shared with us a bit about her entrepreneurial journey and what inspires and motivates her as a business owner.
Body by Sasha is owned by certified trainer and fitness coach Sasha Cervantes. Through her business and inspiration of her own personal transformation, her mission is to guide clients to transform their own lives through physical fitness, mental wellness, and boosting confidence.
The biggest goal of Body by Sasha is to help others reach their fullest potential physically and mentally. She works one on one with her clients as well as hosts boot camps and group workouts.
Believing in challenging the mind and body, she strives to get results without the restrictions and strict non-sustainable diets on the current market and most importantly to assist clients develop a fit and sustainable lifestyle they can commit to in the years to come.
When not training clients, she enjoys discovering and networking with other local businesses in her community and surrounding areas, and spending quality time with her 2 children.
Body by Sasha Mission:
– Get results without the restrictions
– Improve overall health
– Create a sustainable lifestyle
– Empower clients to develop a fit lifestyle
– Ability to enhance self confidence
List of services:
– Weight Training
– Personal Training
– Strength Training
– Glute Training (Build a Booty)
– Build Endurance, Flexibility
– Weight loss
– Muscle building
– Firming and toning
– Group Training
– Mobile Workouts
A new year has begun; I always look at the beginning of a new year (day, week, month) as a new start, a fresh one to do things in my life even better than the previous one.
Think of some things you would like to do better and/or more of for others, yourself, or change during this new month/year. Here are a few things I try and be better at this myself. We are all a work in progress and all we can do is keep trying. Hugs to you and yours on your new beginnings…
Appreciate Life: Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Choose Friends: Wisely Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.
Be Considerate: Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.
Learn Continuously: Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or even sky-diving.
Creative Problem Solving: Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right. Do What You Love: Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.
Enjoy Life: Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.
Laugh: Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)
Forgive: Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.
Gratitude: Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.
Invest in Relationships: Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive. Keep Your Word: Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.
Meditate: Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.
Mind Your Own Business: Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying, get caught up with gossip or name calling, or be so quick to judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.
Optimism: See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.
Love Unconditionally: Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them. Persistence: Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.
Be Proactive: Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.
Self Care: Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.
Self Confidence: Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.
Take Responsibility: Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake. Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.
It’s THAT time of year again. Time for fresh starts, new beginnings, setting goals, and re-evaluating your personal growth. At least that’s what bringing in the New Year does for me.
One of the things I’ve gotten in the habit of is creating a list for each of my “resolutions”. Each new thing that I want to tackle has its own list of “things to do” to get them achieved and having a check-off list helps you get to that point.
Task tip: Your brain actually works better when you focus on just one job at a time, rather than trying to be a multitasking master. You don’t always need to eat while you’re writing emails or check your email in the middle of prepping for a presentation. Put the phone down.
Speaking of cellphones, I have become so glued to my phone for work purposes, it’s easier (for me) to make these lists on my phone’s calendar. Using a planner is great too if you are one to write things down.
Here are a few things to try this new year:
Change your daily routine
Add something different to your routine that you know makes you feel good and remove what you feel doesn’t inspire you anymore. Sometimes we need to kick it up a notch and get out of the everyday norm. Trying new things is always fun too.
Social media cleansing
If you have people on Facebook who don’t ever comment anything nice and are always ready to comment negatively…DELETE (or unfollow) them! Same goes for all your other social media platforms. Keep in mind you are not obligated to keep anyone (that goes for family too) on your friends list. Another great idea is to move your social media apps off of your phone’s home screen if you feel you spend too much time on social media apps.
We all have different lifestyles and occupations however, if you were feeling the “burn-out” this past year, maybe it’s time to get a little more balanced in both your personal and professional life. Try not working so many extra hours, trying to please everyone in your life by saying “yes” all the time, and taking some time out for yourself. Schedule at least one thing a week that you love to do.
Keep a Clean Home
I get it, you’re busy… and the last thing you feel like doing is cleaning up your house. Instead, you ignore the mess and watch as it builds up to the point of not knowing where to start when it comes to cleaning up. Try spending at least ten minutes each day cleaning and tidying up. You’d be surprised how little things like wiping down coffee pots, wiping down countertops, or changing your sheets once a week will help keep your place neater.
Plan a Vacation
Even if it’s just a short road trip type of weekend in a nearby small town you’ve never visited, a getaway can help you reset and refocus when you’re back at work. Stop thinking about vacation as an indulgence (which it certainly can be) but more of a well-deserved break.
Healthy dates and outings
Make time to catch up with friends and family members a couple of times a month. Try out new restaurants, host a potluck, take a walk in the park, or attend an event together. Check in with old coworkers that you don’t see as often as well.
Invest in Yourself
Mental and physical health is highly important and we tend to put ourselves last. Joining a gym, seeing a therapist, and buying healthy foods all cost money, yes, but you could argue that they’re all money well spent. Plus, when you take care of yourself, it’s that much easier to take care of your family and friends around you.
Besides eating your veggies and making sure you use SPF everyday, get that skin glowing by getting monthly facials or getting on a good skin care regimen.
Get more sleep
We need sleep. How are we supposed to conquer the world if we are tired? A good place to start is establishing a tranquil sleep environment by making small changes, like setting a bedtime for yourself (no devices allowed afterward!), investing in blackout shades for your bedroom, or adjusting the thermostat to a comfortable temp to ensure more restful sleep.
Write down accomplishments
Remind yourself of the great things you’ve achieved and accomplished. It’s good to be proud of yourself and can also be motivating for your next venture.
Start the new year with a “bang” and focus on that self-care. Happy New Year!
Having a passion for something sounds easy… but, that’s not the case for everyone. Here are some tips on how I personally found my own passions. I hope they guide you to yours.
Ask someone who knows you well to tell you what they think your passions are. Sometimes it takes someone else to see things in us that we don’t see ourselves.
Think of things you have done in your life that make you feel alive and excited to do again. Often we do things repeatedly that make us happy no realizing its a passion.
If money and time and were not an issue, what would you do? Maybe scale it down a bit, work with what you have. A smaller approach to what these things are may put you in a direction to working towards the bigger goal.
Analyze your surroundings, the people you are around regularly, and what interests you have in common. Being near those that have similar interests can be motivating and inspiring to us in our own endeavors.
Meditate (or pray). Life will keep us busy and can keep our minds clouded with the everyday hustle. Take time out to sort through your own thoughts. A little bit of clarity goes a long way.