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Nude-Faced Women Are Definitely Amazing Lovers.

Nude-Faced Women Are Definitely Amazing Lovers.

It’s been a few months since former supermodel Tyra Banks posed for People Magazine “nude-faced.” She was praised for being brave enough to smile on the cover of a magazine without makeup on her face. She is very brave. This post is a tribute to her and to women like my wife who know how to light up a room with or without makeup. I respect these women because…

1. They’re confident.

Confidence is sexy, and it persuades people. Rock a day with no makeup like it’s the new thing, and don’t be surprised if others follow along.

2. They create more “wow” moments.

We all love a good transformation scene, when a lovable girl gets dressed up and captivates an entire room. We saw it in The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, A Cinderella Story, and other classic movies. These breathtaking moments are made possible by girls who don’t go to the grocery store dressed like they’re going to prom.

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3. They’re more kissable.

If you’re looking for five words to kill romance, try, “Don’t mess up my makeup.” On a similar note, my wife is a big fan of lipstick, which looks great on her but not so much on me. Sometimes, this spoils opportunities for a romantic kiss.

4. They’re not afraid to sweat.

I love it when girls join in a game of volleyball or soccer — the whole experience is way more fun. Similar to the kissing argument, it makes me sad to see a girl opt-out because she’s afraid to sweat off her makeup. Go for it!

5. They don’t monopolize the bathroom.

When we first got married, my wife and I lived in a tiny apartment with one, single-sink bathroom. Getting ready was a lot simpler on days when she didn’t wear makeup.

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6. They put less pressure on my appearance.

Hey, don’t judge me! It’s nice to have a day when I can dress casually and relax without feeling like a total slob.

7. They’re not afraid to be authentic.

Attraction is certainly important in a relationship, and we all have occasions when we want to put our best foot forward. But equally crucial to a healthy relationship is intimacy, feeling like you truly know a person. I find it refreshing to share life with a woman who’s comfortable in her own skin.

8. They save money.

I didn’t put this one first because I didn’t want to sound naggy, but I’m perpetually shocked by how expensive makeup is. If you can make mascara last longer by giving it the day off now and then, you won’t hear me complaining.

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9. They’re free to be more spontaneous.

When a fun opportunity presents itself like last-minute concert tickets, sometimes you have to hop in the car and go for it. Memories like these never happen if you refuse to leave the house without an hour to get ready.

10. They know the value of inner beauty.

Not all beauty is obvious. Many precious forms are hidden in qualities such as kindness, bravery, and perseverance. It’s hard not to be attracted to a girl who knows there’s more to beauty than a moment in a mirror.

11. They help others feel accepted.

Life can feel like one big competition as people constantly vie for power and popularity. It’s so relaxing and inspiring to be around someone who’s brave enough to drop the act and just be herself.

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12. They have more inner peace.

Some people run themselves ragged trying to impress others through their appearance, and according to Australian Instagram star Essena O’Neil, it can be exhausting. “Without realizing, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance…I was surrounded by all this wealth and all this fame and all this power and yet they were all miserable, and I had never been more miserable.” Props to the girls who reject the game and save some energy for more meaningful pursuits.

13. They demonstrate maturity.

Life’s not perfect. Some days you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, and others you’ll just want to crawl back into bed. When life throws a curve ball, it’s the people with the right priorities who have the chance to shine. I deeply respect women who can conquer a day without makeup and who practice, as Michele Cushatt beautifully puts it, “making peace with an imperfect life.”

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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