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How To Find Your Perfect Match

17 Jul

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 3.49.52 PMHeartbreak is something that everyone goes through, yet it somehow feels so personal. Choosing ME before WE is an important book for anyone who has experienced heartbreak. This book will help you learn to love yourself and identify the right partner for you.

Author Christine Arylo was inspired to write Choosing ME before WE because of her own relationship experiences – her engagement was called off by her fiance and partner of 15 years just hours before their engagement party. In the months that followed, Arylo resolved to turn her initial devastation into something that could help other women succeed in their relationships.

The happiness of so many women in relationships is dependent on their partner. What Arylo wants women to realize is that the only person you should depend upon for happiness is yourself! In her book, Arylo describes what she calls “the 5 vows” that you must promise to keep to yourself before committing to a relationship. Additionally, Arylo’s book will help you master how to pick the perfect person for you by teaching you how to not “settle” because you’re afraid of being alone, how to get past heartbreak, and the “core four” – Arylo’s method finding the partner that is right for you.

One reader says that “if [she] had the extra money, [she] would buy a copy of this book and gift it to every woman [she] know(s)”, while another says that she “collected more real, useful, tidbits from this book than [she] think(s) [she’s] ever gotten from therapy”. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “this exercise in intention-setting and manifestation will help any woman who wants a lasting partnership that reflects her own true self”.

So it’s clear: Choosing ME before WE offers invaluable advice for any woman looking for a healthy and fulfilling relationship. Get it now, and find yourself a partner that helps you be the best you can be!

When it Comes to Mental Health, You Are Not Alone

13 Jul

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Mental health is an affliction that too many suffer from, but few are willing to talk about. Unfortunately, many people who wrestle with mental health struggle silently. For any woman (or man!) who finds that she is struggling with her mental health, reading The Woman Who Thought Too Much can offer insight and guidance.

Written by Joanne Limburg, this memoir details the author’s lifelong struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which has plagued even her earliest memories. During her childhood, throughout her teen years, and into adulthood, her condition worsened until it took over her life and thoughts. While it took her many years to finally identify her problem, the book takes readers through her efforts to understand her disease and deal with its symptoms as best she could.

The memoir has received praise from many reputable critics. Author Hilary Mantel says that the memoir is so deeply personal that “at times you want to close this book to protect its subject from your scrutiny”. She praises Limburg’s “insight and rueful wit”, and says that the memoir is “interesting not only for her fellow walking wounded, but for writers and would-be writers”. The Jewish Chronicle describes Limburg’s work as “something most of us could benefit from in an egocentric world that expects airbrushed perfection” and as “a tale of self-acceptance”.

If you are struggling with mental health, The Woman Who Thought Too Much is an essential read. You are NOT alone!

Lacking Confidence? Here’s What You Should Read

12 Jul

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The Confidence Code, a book by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, is an important novel for any woman in the workforce. It tackles the question: why men are still the dominating force in the corporate world even though modern day American women are just as qualified as men? With striking statistics about gender in the workforce, the book analyzes many of the reasons for men’s greater apparent success, such as the fact that women are less likely to fight for higher salary than men or that there is a greater importance placed on competence than confidence in our workforce.

So how do women combat these issues they’re faced with? This book acts as a guide for women to understand the importance of having confidence and offers insight as to why so many women lack it. The focus of the book is to teach women how to build their confidence, and helps women develop methods for gaining confidence that they can pass on to their friends and daughters.

One book reader on audible.com describes the book as “life-changing”, saying that she “learned new things and old lessons sunk deeper” and that “it has truly changed the way I carry myself at work as well as in my daily life”. Another reader says that the book has encouraged her to “search within [herself] on and work to bring [confidence] out”. Yet another reader thinks that every woman, no matter the profession, can only benefit from reading this book”. So if you’re a woman looking to excel in the workforce, get this book now and unlock your inner confidence!

The Daily Mashup: James Taylor to Taylor Swift

8 Jul

#HASHTAGGING (1)James Taylor is an American folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known best for his famous songs “Fire and Rain,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Carolina in My Mind,” and his recording of “You’ve Got a Friend.” After Taylor came out with his breakout song “Fire and Rain” in 1970, he became and has remained one of the most recognized and well-liked artists in the industry. Taylor has battled with depression and drug abuse throughout his lifetime. Taylor Swift is an American country turned pop singer-songwriter, known for her narrative songs describing personal experiences. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time and the youngest person to make it on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list. She is a megastar in the music industry, owns four Guinness World Records, and is the first artist since The Beatles to stay six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums.

Quotes:

“I believe musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others.” -James Taylor

“I hope you know that who you are is who you choose to be, and that whispers behind your back don’t define you. You are the only one who gets to decide what you will be remembered for.” -Taylor Swift

Here are a few similarities:

Turns out, Taylor Swift was named after James Taylor. Swift’s parents were fans of James Taylor and Swift’s mother thought giving their daughter a gender neutral name would help her make a business career for herself. Swift’s parents introduced her to James Taylor’s music at a young age and he turned into one of Swift’s largest role models.

Swift and Taylor both got their start in the music business at a young age. In fact, they both noticed their talent and enjoyment of music at age 14. James Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at age 14 and started a band with his friend Danny Kortchmar who immediately recognized Taylor’s talent. When Swift was 12, she learned how to play three chords on a guitar and wrote her first song, “Lucky You.” As an eighth grader, Swift made a artist development deal and traveled to Nashville multiple times. When Swift was 14, her family moved to Nashville to help her pursue her dreams of being a country music star.

These talented people moved from their hometowns as teens to pursue a music career. James Taylor checked into McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts during his senior year of high school for his depression. Taylor was grateful for the time he spent there making strides towards being mentally healthy. Taylor finished out his schooling in the hospital and after graduating at age 18, he checked out of McLean and headed to New York City. His friend Kortchmar convinced him it was the place to form a band. They called themselves The Flying Machine and they only lasted a year before the band broke up and Taylor went solo. At age 14, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee to get serious about making it in the music business. Her parents were huge supporters. Swift says of her parents, “They knew nothing about the industry and had no involvement in entertainment, but I was obsessed with it and so they did their research and read up about it to help me in every way they could. They’re amazing people.” Her big move from her home in Pennsylvania to Tennessee paid off and Swift got signed to a record deal that same year.

Speaking of record deals, James Taylor and Taylor Swift both completed firsts when signing at their record companies. James Taylor, at age 19, was connected to Peter Asher, the head of The Beatles’ new record label, Apple Records. Asher showed Paul McCartney some of Taylor’s music and McCartney immediately noticed his greatness. Taylor became the first non-British act signed to Apple Records. Taylor Swift, at age 14, was signed to Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. Swift was the youngest songwriter ever signed by the company. However, Swift left the Sony/ATV Tree at age 15, unhappy with the company wanting her to only record other artist’s songs until she was 18 and would be ready to release her own album. Swift felt she was already ready to do so and a year later she signed with the new independent record label, Big Machine Records. Swift was one of the very first artists to be signed with the company. At age 16, she immediately started writing her debut album, Taylor Swift, released a year later.

These musicians might have very different styles and audiences, as well as a large age difference, but they both fought for the #1 Billboard spot in 2015. James Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, his 1971 album, reached No. 2 in the album charts and was his most popular album. That’s until 2015, when he released Before This World at and it skyrocketed to the top. Before This World replaced Swift’s 1989 at the #1 Billboard spot.

Talent is something neither of these artists lack. They each lay claim many grammy awards. James Taylor is a five-time Grammy winner, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 200, and was named Person of the Year by Grammy Award-sponsored MusiCares. Taylor Swift is a seven-time Grammy winner, was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010, and is the only woman ever named twice for Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Taylor Swift listened to James Taylor growing up admiring his music greatly and he quickly became one of her idols. With Swift’s rise in fame, she reached out to Taylor to perform with her. James Taylor and Taylor Swift have performed together on two separate occasions, once in 2011 during Swift’s Speak Now World Tour and once in 2012 when Swift appeared as Taylor’s special guest during a concert at Tanglewood. James Taylor said of Swift, “She and I worked together, and we just hit it off. I loved her songs, and her presence on stage was so great. She told me that her mom had me in mind when she named her Taylor. When she called and asked if I would join her at the end of the last tour to celebrate the end of a successful tour on her part, I jumped in.”

 

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The Daily Mashup: Michael Jackson to Michael Bublé

2 Jul

go exploreMichael Jackson is the “King of Pop” and his album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson has won hundreds and hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in history. He is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Dance Hall of Fame. As the The New York Times describes him, “in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.” In other words, he’s a big deal. Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer who has made a name for himself in the music industry. His 2007 album, Call Me Irresponsible, making it to the number one spot in the UK, Canada, US, and several European charts. His voice and persona have repeatedly been compared to Frank Sinatra and he remains one of the most well-liked singers in the industry with fans of all ages. Bublé has been quoted saying Michael Jackson was the singer who had the biggest impact on him growing up.

Quotes:

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.” -Michael Jackson

“I mean what I say when I say it, and that allows your audience to connect. That’s the number-one reason why any music is successful, because you make people feel something.” -Michael Bublé

Here are a few similarities:

Jackson and Bublé don’t just have singing in common, they were both raised Christian. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, a Christian denomination. As a young boy, Jackson was required to do missionary work and went from door to door distributing the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, Watchtower. Later in his life, he was excommunicated from the religion because he was becoming too “worldy” and they disapproved of his Thriller music video. Bublé was raised as a Roman Catholic. When he was a teenager, Bublé admitted to sleeping with his bible and praying to become a singer. Bublé’s interest in music came as early as the age of five due to his family playing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album at Christmas time.

Speaking of interest in music, these two talented singers realized their music ability at age 13. When Michael Jackson was eight years old, he starting singing in the Jackson 5. Jackson was seen as a prodigy and even though he was the youngest, he quickly became the lead singer of the group. Jackson evolved into a teen idol and he left the Jackson 5 to start his solo career at age 13. He realized he could make it as a solo performer and started straying from the “bubblegum pop” music of the Jackson 5 to a more adult and complex sound. Michael Bublé was 13 when he and his family first realized he was a talented singer. Young Bublé was in the car with his family at Christmas time and they were singing along to “White Christmas.” Apparently, he took his family by surprise when he powerfully sang the words “May your days be merry and bright.” His first singing shows started at age 16 and got a singing manager at age 18.

During their humble beginnings, the Jackson and Bublé boys were both talent show winners. A year after Michael Jackson joined the Jackson 5, the group won a major local talent show when they performed James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” This win gave them recognition and the Jackson 5 was being hired to play at clubs and as openers to distinguished stars such as Gladys Knight and Etta James. When Michael Bublé was 18, he entered a local talent contest and won. However, he was disqualified because he was underage. Bublé took the advice of the talent show’s organizer Bev Delich and then entered the Canadian Youth Talent Search, which he also won. Delich then became Bublé’s manager and the young singer took every gig he could get, from talent shows, to cruise ships, to malls, to bars. He was discovered performing at a business party by the Prime Minister’s aide at the time who then introduced Bublé to the big shot Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who had also worked with Michael Jackson.

It wasn’t long into either Jackson or Bublé’s careers before they started being recognized for their excellence. These men won multiple grammy awards. Jackson has recieved 13 Grammy awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He recieved 8 Grammys for just the Thriller album alone. Bublé was nominated for the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his first and second album, but won it for his third, forth, fifth, and sixth albums. Pretty impressive.

A nice similarity between these successful people is that instead of keeping all of their earnings to themselves, they both gave a lot to charity. Michael Jackson is known for his contributions to the less fortunate. In fact, in 200, Guinness World Records recognized Jackson as the most giving entertainer, contributing to a total of 39 different charities. He was also given an award from President Ronald Reagan to commemorate Jackson’s contribution to charities helping those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a Drunk Driving Prevention campaign. Jackson gave all of his share of the proceeds from his Victory Tour and all the profits from the single “Man in the Mirror” to charity. He even started his own charity for underprivileged children called Heal the World Foundation in 1992. What an amazing human being. Michael Bublé follows in Jackson’s footsteps by his $50,000 contribution to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia and continuing to support a number of charitable projects. One of these is called Children’s Charity Believe in Magic, for which he took part in their Believe in Magic Wristband Fundraiser.

 

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The Daily Mashup: Mark Twain to Mark Wahlberg

30 Jun

climb (2)Mark Twain is easily one of the most famous writers to ever walk the planet. His novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is called “The Great American Novel.” He is also known for his witty sense of humor in both his writing and speech. Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. He had a very close friendship with Nikola Tesla, completely fascinated by science and discovery. Mark Wahlberg is the bad boy of the Hollywood industry, a rapper turned model turned actor and producer. He has starred in multiple successful films, including Planet of the Apes, The Departed, The Other Guys, The Fighter (which earned him an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination), Ted, and Lone Survivor. He also produced the popular HBO series Entourage, which he based on his life in Hollywood.

Quotes:

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

“I don’t want to let my guard down and feel too comfortable. If you become complacent, you start feeling entitled. I’m ready to go dig ditches if I have to. Whatever I gotta do to provide for my family.” -Mark Wahlberg

Here are a few similarities:

These two big shots were part of a big family. Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was the sixth of seven children. His family lived in a small house in Missouri and only three of his siblings survived childhood. By the time Twain was six, he had already lost three of his siblings. Mark Wahlberg was the youngest of nine children. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and soon began a life of crime. With four of his siblings in and out of jail, Wahlberg was following the example he was given. He has since taken full responsibility for his crimes and said his upbringing wasn’t to blame. He knew right from wrong, and chose the wrong path anyway.

In addition to coming from big families, Twain and Wahlberg are both of English and Irish descent. Twain has ancestors of Scots-Irish and English descent. Wahlberg’s father is of Irish descent and so is his mother, who is also of English descent. Through his mother, Wahlberg is actually related to great American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for writing The Scarlet Letter. Looks like Twain and Wahlberg’s families both had some great writers!

Though they ended up extremely successful, these two were school dropouts. When Mark Twain was eleven, his father passed. The next school year, following the fifth grade, Twain decided to not attend. Instead, he became a printer’s apprentice where he worked as a typesetter and contributed to the Hannibal Journal, a newspaper his older brother owned. Twain also educated himself by spending time at public libraries, where there was a greater depth of knowledge available to him. At age 18, Twain left his brother’s newspaper and set out for New York to work as a printer. He married at age 35, became a journalist, and started writing his great novels a few years after. Mark Wahlberg attended Copley Square High School in Boston but never graduated. As a youth, Wahlberg was in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department and came into fame after being an original member of the boy band New Kids on the Block, of which his older brother Donnie was also a member. He only stayed in the band three months before quitting and he began recording with other rappers, with whom he formed the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. With the famous Calvin Klein underwear shoot, Wahlberg gained fame and got involved in the acting business.

Both of these men owe at least some of their fame to being humorists. Twain is a humor writer and Wahlberg is a humor performer. Twain started out writing light, humorous pieaces but his wit and satire mixed with solid narrative gained him fame with his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor is America’s premier award for humor and is given by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1998. Winners of this award include famous comedians such as Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Eddie Murphy. Though Wahlberg is not considered a comedian, he has acted in and produced multiple comedy films and TV series. One of his most successful comedies, Ted, was Universal’s highest-grossing film in 2012. The Other Guys, in which he starred alongside Will Ferrell, was a box office success and grossed over $170 million. His HBO series Entourage was the winner of six Primetime Emmy Awards for the acting, directing, writing and Outstanding Comedy Series categories. The series was turned into a feature film and debuted in 2015.

Twain and Wahlberg were born and raised Christian. Mark Twain identified as a Presbyterian and participated in religious discussions. He attended services, especially to deal with the deaths of those he loved and the prospect of his own mortality. Twain thought critically about religion and expressed his doubt in the goodness of God, who was supposed to be all-powerful for good or evil, yet let evil things happen on Earth. He contemplated whether God created the world with tortures for his own purpose and was indifferent towards humanity and its insignificance. Mark Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic, asserting that he starts his day by praying and after leaving his house every morning he stops at the church to thank God before continuing with his day. Though he is a religious person and admits to being impressed by the Catholic church’s Pope Francis, he doesn’t agree with the church’s view on gay marriage, something he supports.

These two men at one point in their lives have made racist comments but since have changed views on people of other races. Mark Twain was always a dedicated supporter of the abolitionist movement to end slavery and praised Lincoln’s Proclamation, saying it “not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also.” He felt that America was not fair to those who were non-white, stating that the Chinese were also mistreated and abused. However sensitive he was to race politics, he made some offensive claims about Native Americans in his early writings, calling them “the scum of the earth.” He later made an argument against his own statements, recognizing how these people had also been mistreated and detested how white men called them “savages.” Mark Wahlberg had his own run in with hate speech as a young boy, when on two separate occasions he harassed African American children by throwing rocks and yelling racial slurs at age 15. At age 16, he assaulted a Vietnamese man on the street using a long wooden stick and yelling racial slurs at him as well. For these crimes, he has been charged with attempted murder and served time. He has since apologized and asked forgiveness after reconnecting with the Catholic faith.

Twain and Wahlberg didn’t just grow up with similar family size, they also had similar families as adults. Both Marks had one wife and four children. Twain, when living in Buffalo, New York with his wife, had one son and three daughters: Langdon, Susy, Clara, and Jean. Wahlberg lives with his family in Beverly Hills. He and his wife have two sons and two daughters. Of his daughters, Wahlberg says, “Having two daughters changed my perspective on a lot of things, and I definitely have a newfound respect for women. And I think I finally became a good and real man when I had a daughter.” How sweet!

 

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By Molly Mae Force, Cool Girls Reporter. Connect with me on LinkedIn: Linkedin.com/in/mollymaeforce

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George Washington to George Clooney

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Ben Franklin to Ben & Jerry

Mr. Darcy to Mr. Grey

 

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