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15 Struggles That Eternally Pale Girls Know Too Well

15 Struggles That Eternally Pale Girls Know Too Well

Are you a pale girl? Pale skin may be beautiful, but it can be pretty annoying too — the risk of burning, the costs of sunscreen, and the labors that come with fake tan. We may love our pale skin, but it isn’t always easy – check out these 15 struggles that eternally pale girls know all too well.

1. You Haven’t Experienced A Natural Tan

For others, spending time in the sun means a nice tan, but for you it just means freckles or burnt skin.

2. Your Experiences With Fake Tan Haven’t Been Great Either

Because you can’t get a natural tan, you’ve experimented with every possible fake tanner going. From self-tanners to spray tans to tanning tablets, you’ve tried it all. And most of it didn’t work – or it gave you stripy orange skin.

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3. You Spend An Ungodly Amount Of Money On Sunscreen

For you, sunscreen is an essential purchase. You buy multiple bottles a year, and you spend every sunny day covered in high-SPF goop.

4. You Still Hate Sunscreen

Even when you buy the strongest sunscreen, you always miss a bit and end up with a sore, red patch – and that’s when the dreaded peeling starts.

5. You Often Feel Secretly Jealous Of Your Tanned Friends

Every time summer rolls around, all of your friends turn into tanned, summer goddesses – making you look even paler. Thanks, guys.

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6. You Fear Being Embarrassed

Every time you get embarrassed, you blush – and your whole face turns a blotchy red. You can actually feel the warmth radiating off your face. Must the shame be so obvious?

7. You Turn Red After The Smallest Amount Of Exercise

Just running down the stairs to answer the door can result in your whole head turning as red as a tomato – it’s like your skin loves to embarrass you.

8. You Can’t Wear Anything Flesh Colored

Anything labelled “flesh-colored” tends to look a little strange on you. It is definitely not the same color as your skin, and the tights make your legs look around 4 shades darker than the rest of your body.

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9. You Fear The Sun

You have a healthy respect for the sun – you know it can burn you, and if you sit outside for too long you’ll end up with a tan line from your outfit.

10. You’re Constantly Asked If You’re Coming Down With Something

No, I am not. But thank you for assuming my pale skin means I must be ill.

11. You Look Like A Member Of The Addams Family When You Wear Black

You love the color black, and you wish you could wear it more often, but you don’t always want to look like Wednesday Addams.

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12. You Wish Pale Was The Beauty Standard

Why does everyone have to love tanned skin? You’re contemplating moving to Asia because pale is the beauty standard there.

13. You’re Still The Palest, Even In The Dead Of Winter

How is this possible? Where is everyone else getting their tans from? There isn’t even any sun around!

14. You Struggle To Find A Foundation That Matches

Most foundations are far too tanned for you to wear, and sometimes even the pale ones are too dark for you. The only other choice is gothic foundation, which is the only thing in existence that can actually make you look paler.

15. You Become A White Blur When Photographed With Flash

You love a picture with your friends, but you hate nearly all pictures of you taken with flash. Your whole face turns white, and you kind of look like a happy ghost.

What did you think of this list? Share this list with your pale friends and see what they think!

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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