What 5 years of blogging taught me.

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That feeling of new beginnings is in the air… Can you feel it? 5 years ago today, I took a leap of faith and hit the “Publish” button for the very first time on my very first blog post. It was a very nerve-wracking yet exciting start. For so many reasons, I have tried to talk myself out of starting a blog; but eventually, I started it and I never looked back. 

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It hasn’t been easy; but easy has never been promised. I’m excited to see where this new milestone takes me; but I’ve also learned to trust the process and enjoy the journey as challenging it may be. 

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So you may be wondering what’s next? Well, there’s no big announcement or exciting news today; but what I can tell you is that if you stay the course with me, you may just enjoy the ride and appreciate the experience. Most importantly, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you all. 💗

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I wish I had a blog anniversary post, or visual to share with you all, but this throwback will have to do for now.🙂 I have been extremely busy in the last month working towards a dear goal of mine and creating content just hasn’t been easy; but I’m working on it. 

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What I’m trying to say is,  with all new starts, fear may creep in, you may need to step out of your comfort zone, you may face criticism and challenges, you may lose friends (and gain new ones along the way), you may realize that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be; the thought of quitting may even entice you… but this is all normal and part of your new chapter and your new growth. It’s all meant to be; and if your desire to make your life learning journey a life-changing one is strong enough, you may become the absolute best version of yourself in every possible way. 

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The resounding “No’s” are one step closer to a big yes or many “yesses”. The temporary defeats are not failures. They are setbacks for a greater comeback; and failure will never overtake you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.  If you will take anything away from this post, remember to greet each day with love in your heart, for that is the greatest secret of all success in all ventures. Cheers to a happy and prosperous August!

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My Journey To Healthy Living!

Hello Beauties, 

I hope you’re having a great start to the new week.

One of my goals in 2019 is to practice a lot of self-care and reclaim my health.

Most of the time, when we hear self-care, we ultimately think of the day at a spa, a good massage, a great manicure-pedicure… all of which are really important for any women’s sanity.

However, for me, self-care is also making sure I’m reading at least once a day. Self-care is following through my commitment of saving more money. Self-care is giving myself permission to have some alone time, during the day, to reflect, pray, meditate, or to just quiet my mind… And last but not least, self-care is taking good care of my body, my mind, and my soul.

Our health is more important than anything on this earth; and if we don’t take care of our body, treat it like a temple, our health will certainly deteriorate.

Sometimes, we even neglect our own health in the effort of taking care of our loved ones and the people we are serving; but before we can do that to its full extend, we must take care of ourselves first; because we just can’t pour from an empty cup, as it would only lead to our ruin.

One way I decide to take care of me this year, is to invest in a safe and beneficial nutrition line that will help me boost my energy and cleanse my gut while choosing the right food to put inside my body.

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Trust me, I’ve done a lot of cleanses, diet programs, you name it! Some were a total waste of time and money. Some of them did work to the extent of only reaching a plateau weight. However, after the many trials and errors and some extensive research, I’ve discovered a new healthy living lifestyle program that is amazing; and I’ve decided to share it with the world!

So the first of April, next week, some amazing women have decided to trust and join me on a 30-days cleansing and healthy eating challenge.

We are reclaiming our health by investing time, knowledge, money, and intentional actions in ourselves. And if you ask me, no amount of any of these is truly worth our health!

While most people think of healthy eating and cleansing as the solution to a weight gain, that is only partially true.

The right cleansing program and products will detox and cleanse your body from toxins and impurities; but it will also help you get your mind right. It basically gives you more clarity, more energy, a clear vision, better sleep, a brighter and tighter skin, a better digestive system, a better performing liver… and the list goes on! If that isn’t a huge step toward a healthier and happier you, I don’t know what that is!

As I mentioned earlier, one of my biggest goals this year is not only to commit myself to a healthier lifestyle all around, but to also empower and help other women to do the same. I can’t tell you enough about the awesome feeling that I have knowing that I can or I am actually doing that.

I’m super excited to have these incredible and amazing women joining me on this journey; and my mission is to inspire and help as many women as possible (and men too) to reclaim and build their health, to invest in their personal and career growth and to see themselves transformed into their absolutely fabulous and best selves!

It all starts with making the decision to make a change, and to bet on yourself.

I can’t tell you enough, how proud I am of these amazing ladies that are joining me, for loving themselves enough to say “yes” to this 30 days -and beyond- journey to a healthier lifestyle!

It may not be easy, but we know that together, we can do it, and we are looking forward to the amazing transformations. – I will document mine here – We’re giving ourselves the power to love and improve ourselves because we are worthy of a healthy life.

Would you join my tribe? Would you commit to a healthier lifestyle? Would you let me help you? Send me an e-mail at hypnozglam@gmail.com and I will be more than happy to assist you.
Remember, it starts with YOU!

Love & Light,

Edwige

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Do these 3 things before Instagram shuts down again

Unless you have been living under a rock or you actually use social media to market, sell or promote your products or services, you are well aware that Instagram , Facebook AND What’s app have shut down earlier last week.

Nothing, from feeds down to Insta stories, was refreshing or uploading; and let’s just say it was like an online apocalypse. Though temporary, this shut down has created a huge outrage! Business owners, influencers, and entrepreneurs were really mad, because, well you know what that means for their profits. We are all glad that our accounts are up and running again, but I would like to share my two cents on the matter. I have had this conversation in the past with some of my clients and it was an eye-opener for most of them… If Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, or any of these social media channels shuts down today, what will become of your business marketing?

These platforms are rented entities. Meaning we do not own them. I have friends who have had their Instagram and Facebook account deleted in the past… Gone, just like that for one reason or the other. And there was nothing they could do or could’ve done about it, because these platforms do not belong to them.

I’m not saying by any means that social media is not a great place to market or promote your business or services; in fact it’s important and it’s needed. However this shouldn’t be your only avenue. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Here’s what you should do today to prevent the madness (at least on your side), the next time Instagram or Facebook shuts down ๐Ÿ™‚

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1- Create a website or a blog:

Like I said earlier, social media marketing is great, but professionals only use social media accounts to support what they own online. The only way to own your slice of the internet is to buy a domain name and set up your website or blog on it.

I hear people say that blogs are dead, because of social media, but that cannot be farther from the truth. Social media may be trending right now, but websites and blogs will remain the digital real estates that professionals own unless you stop paying for your hosting upon renewal or decide to suspend your ownership… but that’s the price of doing real business online, right?

2- Start Building An E-mail List. 

Just like your website, you own your e-mail list, but we cannot say the same for your social media accounts. Your e-mail list is the bread and butter of your business as an online entrepreneur, and here’s why:

Beside you having 100% ownership of your e-mail list, you also have complete control over your content. Your content isn’t being filtered or restricted by social media company guidelines and you don’t have to worry about your content being taken down, or your account being suspended and/or removed at a moment’s notice without your discretion.

Knowing that you connect directly and intentionally with people that actually gave you the permission to do so is reassuring.

These people are YOUR tribe and are actually inviting you into their gated community; and statically, less than 6% of your followers on social media actually see the content you post as opposed to 100% of your subscribers who receive your e-mails, and upwards of 60% of them who will open them. And oh, 91% of people check their emails daily, so in my opinion, as an entrepreneur, you need to put more emphasis on your e-mail list because that’s where “the money is.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

That been said, have you subscribed to my newsletter? go ahead and do that now. I promise not to spam you. ๐Ÿ™‚

3- Create your own app.

Though, creating your own app may sound like a big investment, in my opinion it’s worth it. At least it will serve a good purpose of having users having access to your content directly from them phones, no matter what.

I hope this post helps you realize how important it is not to only rely on social media to run and promote your business. What are your thoughts on this matter? Share them with me.

XO,

Edwige

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One day at the time.

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Happy Black History Month,

This is one of these “I have to confess” moments; and I hope you can relate and hopefully sympathize.

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Just like any other normal and ambitious human being, I had high hopes for the first chapter of the new year. I laid out plans and goals that I wanted to tackle, as we all know, they say how you start is how you end. But I have to say, not this time! At least not for me.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I have been relatively quiet… or quieter. Especially in my stories. I took a small break a couple of days into the new year; and when I returned, it was at my own pace. No pressure whatsoever.

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If I’m being honest though, I didn’t come to this decision on my own terms. Sometimes, the universe has its way of telling us to slow down, to listen to our body and mind; and ultimately to take it easy. And that is what I literally did.

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I didn’t take a complete hiatus, as I’m still creating content to the best of my ability. Slowly, but surely, I’m still grinding, as we all obviously do… and I still have to-do lists and goals to meet. New year or even new seasons are moments that press us into believing that we have to “keep up with the Joneses”.

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We don’t have to run any race but our own; and if that means slowing down at times to take a breather to recharge and refocus, so be it! I had to remind myself that, yes, the first chapter of a brand new book has just ended, and it’s ok to take it easy and re-center myself, so I can advance and progress better… one step at the time, one day at the time!

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p.s Yesterday marked the first day of the Chinese new year, so if it’s any consolation, your new start can be right now. Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading.

Edwige

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Always remember your “Why”!

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As I stood in these cold streets trying to get these shots for Ethyl clothing, an up and coming brand I’m collaborating with, thousands and millions of thoughts rushed through my mind!

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There will be times when you will be confronted with the resounding question of “Is this all worth it?”; and that is normal… and that is totally ok. This means we are humans; and as such, we, every now and then, question our steps.

However, whatever your answer to that million dollar question may be, pause for a quick second and remind yourself of your “Why?”. The  “What got you to embark on this journey in the first place”.

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Remember that you owe it to yourself and to your vision to bypass or overlook your physical reality and current understanding. They’re always subject to change until “it feels right!”. Also, keep in mind that your “Why” is YOURS and YOURS ONLY to understand, believe in, cherish, and go after!

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Now, ask yourself again if your “why” is strong enough to get you through all those challenges you’re facing and the uncomfortable moments and circumstances you go through. Only then will you realize you are in perfect alignment with your purpose!

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These gorgeous pants, top and cardigan are courtesy of Ethyl clothing.

Thank you so much for reading, and for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam.

Love & Light,

Edwige

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