Meraki Hair – Fall in love with your hair all over again

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Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while, and I’m sure you’re wondering where I’ve been!

Well, I’ve been busy working behind the scenes helping some friends start their new online business. Pretty exciting stuff for sure!

Basically, some of my friends in Whitby decided a little while ago that they wanted to start an ecommerce business. For those of you who may not know, an ecommerce business is one that sells products online.

Having been inspired by the achievements of Alex Ikonn (who I previously wrote a post about on my blog) and his wife Mimi, who started an online business selling hair extensions, my friends decided that there was nothing stopping them from doing the exact same thing.

So, after a bit of planning, they decided to launch Meraki Hair – a business that focuses on selling 100% human hair clip-in extensions.

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Meraki Hair was started not just to sell products and make a lot of money for its owners. It was started as a way to add value first. Value in the form of hair tutorials and guides that women can use to learn how to create beautiful hairstyles that make them feel sexy and confident.

As of right now, the main ecommerce site for Meraki Hair is still under construction. However, you can visit their blog at http://blog.merakihair.com/ to see the amazing content they’ve started to create just in the past few weeks for their subscribers.

I hope you guys check them out and, when the time comes, buy their hair extensions. I’ve personally tried their sample and I can say that they were definitely amazing quality, and by far the easiest way to get longer, thicker hair.

Also, be sure to stay tuned for (hopefully) more frequent updates for me.

Until then, ciao friends!

Watch the below video to see Meraki Hair’s latest tutorial video

How Great Hair Leads to Great Health

 

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In my last post I talked about how important personal health was, and in this one I’d like to continue with that theme.

 

People take their health for granted all the time even though they know better health means looking better and feeling better. Good health enhances every aspect of our lives! Specifically, I know many people that leave their maintenance appointments (i.e. hair, massage, personal training, etc.) for far too long and sometimes ignore them altogether.

 

In this post I’d like to zero in on hair maintenance: how important it is to get it done frequently (and why), and where I like to go to get my own done.

 

Many people don’t know how often they should get their hair cut; some of my friends go months without seeing their Whitby hairdresser. You would think that going to a hair salon in Whitby is such a horrible thing by how little they go! How often should you get your hair done?

 

The answer somewhat depends on the length of hair. If you have long hair (and you want to keep it long), it’s crucial to get regular haircuts to keep that long hair looking healthy. As with anything that ages, the older the hair gets, the more fragile it becomes. Long hair is thus more susceptible to splits ends, breakage, and sometimes even appearing thinner. If you have your hair coloured or highlights done, then it’s even more likely that there’s some damage. Regular hair cuts will keep your hair strong and healthy, so for long hair it’s recommended that it be done at least every 8 weeks, but for certain hair even every 6 weeks is a good idea.

The same principles basically apply to medium length hair; if you want to keep it healthy and at the same length then every 6-8 weeks would be a good hair maintenance schedule. For short hair you’ll need a trim more frequently, probably in the 4-6 week range. Again, if you regularly get your hair coloured or highlights put in then you need to make appointments with your hairdresser more regularly! Those chemicals are not good for hair health, so check in at the hair salon more frequently to keep that head of hair in tip top shape!

The most important reason (for me) to see my hairstylist regularly is because I want my hair to be as healthy as the rest of my body. I go to the gym multiple times per week, so why wouldn’t I go to my hairdresser regularly too! The second most important reason is because with a fresh cut, colour, and style I know I look my best.

Do you want to feel and look your best? Go see your hairdresser, and don’t leave it so long next time!

Oh and incase you were wondering where I go to get my hair done, check out The Hair Hive. It’s located in Whitby and I couldn’t rave more about the hairdresser there!

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Building the Body You Need to Live the Lifestyle You Deserve

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So, my past few posts have talked a lot about business and its importance when it comes to building your dream lifestyle. And it’s true: money is one of the pillars of success, and running your own business is an excellent way to generate wealth for yourself.

However, financial success is just one of several pillars of success. In fact, as talked about by one of my mentors, Tai Lopez, there are actually four pillars of success: health, wealth, love (family, friends, and your relationships in general), and happiness (the ways you find fulfillment in life).

Today I want to talk a little bit about the first pillar – health. Your personal health is a critical element when it comes to living the lifestyle of your dreams and actually enjoying your life for many years to come. What good will having a lot of money do for you if you can’t go out and enjoy the activities that money can pay for? How can you truly enjoy time with your family and friends if you’re constantly in a state of ill health?

It’s clear then, that personal health is a cornerstone of creating a successful life. As most of us know, the fundamentals of personal health are seemingly simple: eat well and be active.

Unfortunately, in practice, this is much easier said than done. We live in a world that makes it easy to eat food that’s bad for us and hard to get the amount of physical exercise that we need to sustain our health.beach body

That’s why I decided to get a personal trainer. I knew that I needed to start eating better and working out. I’d like to say it was solely motivated by personal health reasons, but at the time, I also just really wanted to look sexy in my bikini.

 

However, I didn’t want to settle for just any trainer. I’ve been to the local gyms and seen some of the so-called trainers that walk their floors. Not for me, no way. Instead, I knew that I needed to choose from one of top fitness trainers in the Toronto area if I had any chance of getting in shape. At the time I was initially looking for a trainer, I was working in the Toronto area, so I decided to go on Google to search for the best personal trainers in Toronto. That’s when I found, fittingly enough, the website, Best Personal Trainers Toronto.

This site listed some of the best trainers in the Toronto area, who I contacted immediately. However, in the end, I decided to get a trainer in Whitby, which fortunately this site was also able to help me out with.

After finding an amazing personal trainer, my life hasn’t been the same. Before, it was incredibly easy for me to convince myself that an extra hour of sleep was better for me than actually dragging my butt out of bed to go to the gym for an hour. Now that I’m paying for a trainer, I don’t have that luxury anymore, especially since he charges me whether or not I go. However, it’s not even just the money. I know that if I dare to not show my face at a training session without a damn good reason, I’ll be made to pay for my error in judgement at my next training session. That’s what I call motivation.

So, has it been worth it? Well, you’ve seen my most recent profile picture. While I’m not going to be one of those girls that tells you just how pretty I am, I will say this: if I had taken that picture a year ago, I’m not even sure I would fit in the frame. That’s how much of a difference finding a great personal trainer has made in my life.

So if you want to live the good life, you need to look after the first pillar of success, which is personal health. Start now by doing a Google search for the best personal trainers in your area. Not only will they show you what to do if you have no idea about the difference between a dumbbell and a barbell, they’ll also give you all the extra motivation you need to ensure you achieve all of your fitness goals.

Starting Your Very Own Freedom Business

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As you’ve probably pieced together from my posts up until this point, the foundation that I’m building upon in order to create the lifestyle that I want involves running my own business. I’ve never been someone who’s wanted to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I’ve always had the deep, burning desire to call my own shots, and in my mind, the only way that I could ever do this is by working for myself as an independent entrepreneur.

However, a few problems arose when I first decided to start my own business. Number one, I didn’t have any formal training on how to start or run my own business. So that was a big issue. The second problem is that even if I was able to start my own business, many entrepreneurs end up being more enslaved by their businesses than people who work regular jobs.

Despite this, I never doubted that being an entrepreneur was my only option. Fortunately, thanks to a friend, I was introduced to something that opened the doors to living the lifestyle of freedom and adventure that I’ve always dreamed about.

Enter the Secret Society Mastermind, a program created by a guy called Timothy Marc. This mastermind touts itself as a program that teaches you how to build a business that funds a lifestyle of freedom, fun and adventure. After reading that headline, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.

This program, which only opens once a year, and which I was fortunate enough to join earlier in 2014, teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to build a business from the ground up. I touched on creating a laptop business in an earlier post, and essentially, that’s what the Secret Society Mastermind teaches you how to do. All the way from coming up with a product or service to base your business around, naming your business, building your first website for your business, and ultimately closing your first sale, this program walks you step-by-step through everything you need to know to run a successful lifestyle business.

Even better, it teaches you how to outsource the large bulk of the work which solves the problem of spending all of your time working in your business and being as enslaved as you would be at a regular “day job of doom,” as the program labels a typical 9-5 job.

I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am right now without this program. While I’m still only at the beginning of my journey to lifestyle, glamour and fame, this program has definitely helped me get started on the right foot, and set me up for a future of success.

Check out their video below to learn more about the program, and hopefully I’ll even see some of you guys inside the program when it opens up to the public again later this year!

Building an Online Presence: A Critical Step on the Path to Lifestyle Design and Fame

While in the past many people dreamed of becoming an astronaut, a firefighter, a singer, or an actor, it seems like the big lofty dream for our current generation is to start a business from your laptop and make money in the comfort of your home (even while you’re still in your pajamas, if possible). However, it also seems that the majority of people who find themselves dabbling in creating a laptop business think that it won’t be long until they’re on the way to getting rich quick and living the four-hour work week.

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While I certainly don’t agree with the idea of a four-hour work week, or with the notion that the Internet is some magical tool that will instantly lead you to riches, I do think that with enough planning, determination, and hard work, it is possible to create a successful, profitable business using the tools available on the Internet.

I want this blog to be more than just something you read for motivation; I want it to be a source of practical advice that you can take and apply right away to start seeing the kind of success that will help you lead the lifestyle that you want. Because of that, in today’s post, I’m going to talk about some of the powerful tools and tactics on the Internet that are available for you to use to enhance your online presence and build a business that will get you started on the path to living your dream lifestyle.

1. A Website

A website is of course a fitting place to start, because your website is the cornerstone of everything else you do online. Whether you want to create a consulting business, an ecommerce, or a blog where you sell informational products, it all starts with your website.

But you may wonder, where do I even start when it comes to creating my own website. Fortunately, there are many options, many of which are relatively inexpensive. One option, and the option that I’ve chosen for my website, is to use WordPress. WordPress.com is the self-professed best place for your personal blog or business site, and apparently 23% of all websites are powered by WordPress. This option gives you flexibility when it comes to design and layout, it’s relatively easy for a novice to get the hang of, and, best of all, it’s completely free.

There are some limitations when it comes to building a site with WordPress.com, including an inability to extensively customize your site, but for someone who is just starting out, it can definitely be a great option.

2. Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) may sound like a very technically advanced term, but it’s critical to understand if you want to have long-term success with creating and growing your online presence. Basically, SEO involves using both on-page (meaning your website) and off-page (meaning other peoples’ websites) tactics to optimize your website and help it show up higher in the results for search engines like Google or Bing when someone types in a query on their computer or phone.

I’m fortunate enough to have a friend who owns his own local Whitby SEO company, and he gave me some helpful advice when it comes to optimizing your site for the search engines (advice which I have yet to implement on my own site):

  1. For every blog or article that you post, be sure to have one keyword as the focal point for that article. For example, if you have a fitness blog and you want to your article to rank higher in the search engines for “how to lose fat as a 50 year old woman,” you should start with having that term as the title of your article. Then, it’s important that you sprinkle in keywords and images that relate to that topic throughout your post. This helps search engines like Google understand that your article is a relevant result to display for a 50 year old woman who is looking for ways to lose fat.
  2. Getting links from other authority websites is very important, because this shows Google that you’re a credible source of information. Using the fitness blog as an example again, if you write an article for the Women’s Health website and they credit you for your contribution by linking back to your website, this is a huge vote of confidence for your site, and will help make sure that Google ranks your site higher for different search terms.

SEO is something that requires a lot of time and effort to really do right, so it’s important that you get started with this right away, as soon as you create your first website.

3. Social Networks

I won’t dive into this topic too much right now, as I’ll try to go into more detail on this in the future, but in brief, taking advantage of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest is a hugely powerful way to build your online presence and drive traffic to your business and your website.

These social networks had a combined user base of 1.4 billion users in 2012, so needless to say, there is a lot of potential to reach your target audience using these networks. Without going into too much detail, social networks like Facebook have powerful tools that let you craft a message and direct it to a very specific, targeted group of users – the ones who are most likely interested in hearing what you have to say. Many businesses have become hugely successful solely through the use of sites like Instagram and YouTube, and so can yours if you leverage them properly.

This article was meant to be a starting point to give you a few quick pointers about actions you can take right now to get started with building your online presence. If this post seemed simple at times, it’s because I didn’t want to get too much into the nitty-gritty. I’ve found from my personal experience that too much knowledge can be a bad thing sometimes. It can be very tempting to try to understand absolutely everything about a subject before you actually take action, so I’ve purposely given you only the bare necessities that you need to know to start taking action.

With that said, go out there and create a website using WordPress.com, optimize it for search engines like Google using the simple tactics I’ve listed above, and create your first social media profiles for your business. This will give you a huge jump start when it comes to building your online presence and getting started on the path to lifestyle design and fame.

The Difference in Habits Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

Even though the title of this site is “Lifestyle, Glamour, & Fame,” the real purpose of this site is to talk about success in all its forms, and what it takes to be a successful person. A luxurious lifestyle, glamour, and fame are just some of the outward, obvious symbols that many people associate with success, and that’s why this site is called what it is. But my true intention has always been to look at success at a deeper level, not just on the surface.

With that having been said, today I want to talk about an infographic that I came across on Facebook recently. This infographic, pictured below, highlights the differences in behaviors and characteristics between successful people and unsuccessful people.

In general, I think this is a great summary of the traits that separate those who are successful from those that aren’t, but I wanted to briefly talk about my four favorite success habits, as mentioned in this infographic:

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1. Reading every day

This definitely sits at the top of my list, because as I’ve mentioned on my reading list page, I believe that there are a ton of benefits to reading on a daily basis, one of the biggest benefits being the ability of a good book to act as a mentor that teaches us valuable life lessons, for those of us who don’t have the benefit of having real-life mentors.

2. Accepting responsibility

As this article in Psychology Today discusses, being mature enough to accept responsibility for your actions, instead of blaming others, can both empower you and bring you closer to others. If you look at those who have found success in life, it’s easy to notice that the majority of these individuals take full responsibility for the outcomes that they experience in their life, both good and bad.

Personally, I subscribe to the belief that everything that happens to me in life is ultimately my responsibility, so, to the best of my ability, I never lay blame on anyone else.

3. Setting goals

If you don’t set specific, measurable goals and put them down on paper, it’s very likely that you won’t get the things you really want in life. Heck, without written goals, you may not even have a very clear picture of what it is you really want in life.

Brian Tracy wrote a great book on the importance of setting goals that I highly recommend. The book, called “Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible,” explains why some people achieve all their goals, while others simply dream of having a better life. You can find it on Amazon here.

4. Embracing change

This is a trait that’s very near and dear to my heart, so-to-speak. I’ve been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to see from first-hand experience the negative effect that an inability to accept and embrace change can have on a person’s life. Some of my closest friends have such a fear of change that they just want to live in the same small town, working the same entry-level job, for the rest of their lives.

While some people might say that it’s a good thing to be “content” with what you have in life, for those of us who strive for greatness in life, our only option is to embrace change, as the very nature of success involves growth as a person, which is synonymous with change.


 

So there you have it – those are my four favorite success habits. If you start adopting some of these habits in your own life, as I have in mine, I can guarantee you’ll immediately start to notice a positive shift in both your lifestyle and mindset. And if you find it really difficult to start new habits (or break old ones), stay tuned, because in a future post I’ll talk about some ways to more effectively change your habits.

Until next time…

“How To Make Money $$$,” and other gems from Alex Ikonn

Well hello there! As I mention in my profile page, I want this blog to a melting pot of all the different things that go into lifestyle, glamour, and fame – also known as success. Whether it’s a motivational video or story from one of my many virtual “mentors,” practical, actionable advice on how to build your personal brand and develop yourself, or commentary on the latest fashion trends and lifestyles of the rich and famous, my goal is to share the best information possible on living the good life.

In today’s post, I want to talk a little bit about motivation and inspiration. Over the course of my life, I’ve personally found that before you can take action towards achieving your goals, you need to get motivated. One of the best ways that I’ve been able to get motivated and inspired to improve my own life is by looking to the examples of others who have climbed and fought their way up the ladder of success.

One such person is Alex Ikonn, one of the founders of Luxy Hair, a company that makes clip-in hair extensions that I personally use and love. I’ve been using Luxy Hair extensions for a while now, and it was because of this that I found out about Alex and his wife Mimi. To me, this young married couple is the perfect example of a modern success story.

Alex and Mimi come from a city just outside of Toronto, Ontario, not far from where I live. Several years ago, just before their wedding, Mimi came home crying after buying some hair extensions that just weren’t very good. Alex, seeing an opportunity, asked Mimi all kinds of questions about hair extension, and decided that he could create a product that solved some of the problems Mimi had with the hair extensions she bought. Sure enough, within a year, Luxy Hair was not only born, but was a massive success, making over a million dollars in revenue.

Alex attributes a lot of their success to their unique form of marketing, which is primarily done through their YouTube channel. This channel started with a simple video reviewing a hair straightener, and has grown to feature hundreds of videos that teach women (myself included) amazing and unique ways to style their hair. Without ever really pitching the product or being overly sales-y, these videos have helped drive a ton of traffic to their business, and has made Alex and Mimi relatively overnight successes.

In Alex’s interview on London Real, which I’ve posted below, Alex talks in detail about the concept of always looking to add value and solve problems with your business. For someone such as myself who wants to grow their personal brand and business, this interview gives a lot of practical advice. It’s also extremely motivational, as it shows how having the right mindset and work ethic can lead to success.

I highly recommend watching this interview with Alex. If you have any thoughts you want to share, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…