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From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From Victoria Secret To Kora Organics: How Miranda Kerr Transformed Herself From A Model To An Entrepreneur

From a small farm in Australia to the world’s stage as the coveted Angel! Meet Miranda Kerr – Victoria Secret’s first Australian Angel at the age of 22. She was reportedly the second highest paid model at VS a few years ago. Miranda grew up on a farm in Australia completely ignorant of the world of modeling. It was by chance that a friend entered her in a modeling contest at the age of 13 and she won. Kerr has never looked back since then. She started out slowly in the modeling profession, but here she is now rocking the modeling world. From a super model to a mom to a savvy business woman, Miranda seems to have it all and do it all! Not to mention, she is just 32!

How does she do it all, one can’t help but wonder.

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She transitioned from modeling, to opening her own line of organic skincare products as an entrepreneur. Her line called Kora Organics is made from organic ingredients to address a wide range of skin concerns. Her foray into the skin care world arose out of her own need. She was not happy with the chemicals in the skincare products she used on herself. And decided to look into creating her own line without chemicals. She worked on it for four years with her organic pharmacist. Out of the results of the hard labor was born the Kora line, made from certified organic ingredients.

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There are a few valuable lessons to learn from Kerr’s journey.

  • If you are thinking of setting up your own business but struggling to figure out what product or service to offer, do what Kerr did – solve a need or problem that you have personally! You have the best insight into the problem and you will strive to find the best solution as well! Since you are emotionally vested in the problem, you will ensure that your service eliminates the same pain for others. Facebook was started in a similar fashion. Mark Zuckerberg created a social network to connect with fellow students in Harvard. It soon expanded to other colleges and now literally connects the world!
  • During the solutioning phase of your product/service, draw upon your own experiences to identify a possibly unique solution. In Kerr’s case, she was introduced to the potent Noni fruit at the age of 12 by her grandmother. Touted as one of the super foods, Noni has 170 vitamins and minerals! Ever since, Noni juice has been a consistent part of her diet and skincare. Kerr uses Noni in her product line as well. Steve Jobs is a perfect example of this principle. The Apple products that Steve created were designed with his touch and flair. His obsessiveness about clean and simple has led to world-class products like the Mac,iPhone, iPad.
  • Juggling her own company, her work and her family has helped Miranda better her time management skills. She is involved in the day-to-day operations of her company. Know your priorities in every area of your life. Structure your time to meet those priorities. Planning and scheduling even the minutest of things has helped Miranda. She plans and schedules every hour of her day and trusts her phone to remind her to call her mom or grand mom because she has already scheduled it in. Julie Morgenstein, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, recommends planning your schedule 3 days ahead.
  • Kerr is not only passionate about her own product line but is also committed to raising awareness about using organic products and ingredients. She blogs about all things organic and more on her Spread the Light blog. As an entrepreneur, as you build your products and services, it is essential to share your passion with others. Think about how your knowledge and expertise can benefit others and share it.

In the midst of being a supermodel, a mom and a business woman, Miranda has also found time to author 2 self-improvement books – Treasure Yourself and Empower Yourself. Kerr is a strong believer in the saying “Change your thought to change your life.” She advocates embracing forgiveness, saying ‘thank you’ and choosing one’s emotions.  When she is feeling low or down, she jumps up and down and thinks of everything she is grateful for. She would like to start a ‘Jumping for Joy’ movement to help others snap out of their negative emotions.

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A spiritual person by choice, a certified health and wellness coach and advocate, super model and business woman by profession and above all a mom – multifaceted Miranda Kerr is a force to reckon with!

Featured photo credit: Discutivo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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