makers say men are a fast growing
are not just a woman's obsession anymore.
Sales of skin creams and other such
products to men rose about 18 percent
in 2004, an industry report says.
That's compared to a six percent increase
among women. All total, men account
for about $52 million of the $2 billion
annual cosmetics sales. While that
is still a tiny amount of the whole
pie, men are coming to the market
faster than ever, experts say.
Original news summary:
- Fucci swears by the high-end
department store brand, Clinique,
which in 1976 became the first
cosmetics company to offer a men's
- U.S. sales of men's skin care
products accounted for $52 million
of a $2 billion total in 2003,
according to Shiseido, a Japanese
company that employs 200 at its
New Jersey facilities.
- In the first half of 2004, men's
skin care sales grew 18 percent,
compared with 6 percent for women.
- Even the macho stalwart Old
Spice got into the act last year
by copying a trend familiar to
women, selling its Red Zone line
of body washes, sprays and deodorants
with matching scents.
- "There are still those guys
who send their girlfriend into
the department store, but they're
using the products," said Nancy
DiGaimo, assistant editor of Cosmetic
World, a New York-based trade
- DiSciascio said he thinks cosmetics
and beauty care companies should
appeal to men by telling them
the products will improve their
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It's Just Good Spousekeeping
Why women feel
compelled to clean, polish and moisturize
It's often said that behind
every great man there's a great woman. What
they don't tell you is that she's there
because she's either shaving her partner's
back, popping his hard-to-reach zits or
exfoliating the dead skin off his sunburn.
Such is the unsavoury but
almost universal behaviour of the fairer
sex behind closed doors. Just as primates
are predisposed to grooming their mates,
women feel inexplicably compelled to clean,
polish and moisturize our men until their
testosterone turns a pale shade of pink.
Ask any guy and he'll admit
- perhaps a tad reluctantly - that at least
one female in his life has prodded him with
tweezers, tugged at a stray eyebrow hair
or attacked a pimple on his back as if it
were threatening the state of democracy.
Some might call it obsessive.
We prefer to call it good
To be clear, the goal isn't
to turn men into women with these cosmetic
rituals. Who then would kill spiders and
We simply want a guy with
the body of Brad Pitt, the grooming of Prince
William, the hairlessness of a dolphin,
two separate eyebrows and the willingness
to buy us tampons on the way home from work.
Really, is that too much
Because men don't come
with warranties, their significant others
can't return them to the manufacturer -
namely, mommy dearest - when something malfunctions.
So it's imperative to perform regular maintenance,
which entails everything from monitoring
his cholesterol to overseeing his skincare
habits and preventing the unholy union of
socks with sandals.
Writing in the new issue
of T: The New York Times Style Magazine,
S.S. Fair issues a clarion call to women
who want to further this curious practice.
"It's time we divert those
queer eyes from our straight guys and take
over decorating and renovating the opposite
sex ourselves. It's time for us to rescue
the clueless hetero man from being bossed
around by anyone but us."
To our credit, we somehow
manage to control our compulsive grooming
urges at the beginning of a relationship.
Much the same way guys control urges to
clean the bathroom - their entire lives.
But as a comfort level
builds and the bathroom door is less likely
to stay closed, a female's desire to bust
out the hair clippers and channel Edward
Scissorhands becomes too overpowering to
Of course, straight men
would sooner watch a Highway to Heaven marathon
with Richard Simmons than submit to the
whims of a wannabe spousekeeper. But upon
realizing that a woman brandishing tweezers,
antiseptic and a safety pin is likely the
closest they'll ever get to S & M, most
Just days ago, a co-worker
confessed her husband gamely indulges her
need to pluck the wiry black hairs from
Another revealed a profound
sadness that her talon-like nails bar her
from attending to her boyfriend's back blemishes.
(If he ever needs a tracheotomy, however,
she's totally prepared.)
A third woman sheepishly
chimed in, exposing her secret penchant
for peeling the dead skin off her hubby's
arms and shoulders.
Not surprisingly, this
type of gritty discourse is lacking around
the water cooler, thus leading every man
to believe he's alone in being treated like
a science project in the bathroom. Each
feels that if anyone were to discover why
his nose hairs no longer runneth over, Maxim
would suspend his subscription and he'd
be denied entry at Hooters.
Today, we break the code
of silence and recognize those who have
suffered physical indignities in the name
of female neuroticism. Men, believe it when
we say you are not alone.
Just follow the trail of
The stories of Misty Harris
can be found in such high-profile publications
as the National Post, the Chicago Sun-Times,
Flare magazine, the Montreal Gazette, the
Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun and the
Edmonton Journal, among others. Misty lives
in Edmonton, where she is currently plotting
how to finance her next Chanel handbag.
Cosmetics not just for women anymore;
international market for men's products
growing every year
More and more men across
the world are using cosmetics these days,
and they're apparently not embarrassed to
admit it, new reports conclude. New skin
care brands such as Biotherm Hommes and
Clarins Mens have had good care brands such
as Biotherm Hommes and Clarins Mens have
had good success with their products intended
for men, and a recent industry poll showed
that 77 percent of men agreed that coloring
hair is a "masculine" thing to do..'
Original news summary:
- Men are increasingly seeking cosmetics
and coloring their hair...
- Men are increasingly seeking cosmetics,
according to a report featured by the
- The trend was said to begin a few
years ago but it recently began to increase
as a growing number of cosmetics and
skin care brands introduced lines for
- One beauty expert said male customers
are more regularly looking for manicure
and pedicure sessions.
- The international market for male
cosmetics grows larger every year -
whereas in the beginning it only encompassed
- Brands such as Biotherm Hommes and
Clarins Men continue to expand their
product lines to meet the increasing
- In a related story, a new hair color
survey revealed more men color their
gray A recently-released Just For Men
survey, conducted on behalf of Combe
Incorporated, found that most men are
not afraid of others knowing they color
their gray hair.
- The report, as featured by PR Newswire,
was a national Internet survey conducted
by Target Research Group and Decision
Analysts that asked 225 men ages 18
to 64 if they would be embarrassed if
others knew they colored their hair;
and if they thought coloring their gray
hair was a "femine" thing to do.
- Of the respondents, 43 percent said
that they would not be embarrassed if
others knew they colored their hair
and more than three quarters (77 percent)
of respondents agreed that coloring
their hair is a masculine thing to do.
care brands such as Biotherm
Hommes and Clarins Mens have had good success
with their products intended for men, and
a recent industry poll showed that 77 percent
of men agreed that coloring hair is a "masculine"
thing to do.'
Article courtesy of news
Men's cosmetics put a new face on
By DANIEL J. VARGAS
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
Blake Smith is a modern
man, and in this manicure-pedicure, metrosexual
era he feels comfortable using eye gel to
reduce puffiness and dark circles, and a
face scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells,
as part of his morning regimen. Occasionally
the pop singer, who was raised in Houston,
dabs a little concealer to hide blemishes
and pats some anti-shine powder on his face
when he's preparing for a live performance.
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Guys, we need to
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General lifestyle changes
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looks. We also ask men to consider the effects
of over exposure to the sun on their children,
to help them develop good sun protection
habits at an early age.
Life today, has us taking
stock of how we look. Recently a survey
in Europe of teen age school boys reported
that over 70% were not happy with their
looks. While this is unfortunate in some
respects, it does indicate that the shift
of males paying attention to how they look,
has occurred. Our competitive work force
demands us to remain young and be change
agents. With so many divorces, many men
reenter the dating scene in their 40’s
and 50’s, (and things are a bit different
from the last time they dated)! The line:
“Men age like good wine” doesn’t
cut it any more. We think the ad for L’Oreal’s
new men’s skin care line, Expertise
sums it up perfectly: “You think lines
add character, she thinks lines add years.
L’Oreal, because you’re worth
it.” Well, aren’t you?
We’ve noticed an
increase in services catering to men’s
health and looks: Magazines, Spas for men
and even Barbershops are now offering specialized
services and products.
We will be coordinating
national events to promote men’s cosmetics,
fragrances, travel, spas and image building.
Now is the time to start
looking as good as you feel…..
Michael j hollis
49 AND HOLDING!!!!
By the time I was closing
in on 50, I started to notice quite a few
things changing, and they weren’t
for the better! It was slow at first, but
telling signs started to surface one by
My clothes just didn’t
seem to feel as comfortable, despite the
fact I was obsessed with running and walking
anywhere and everywhere. The scale lied
and said, “Hey, you’re looking
pretty good for your age, but the reflection
in the store windows didn’t lie. Who
was that middle aged, rather “rounded
looking individual – certainly, it
could not be me! I have to admit, though,
that despite my shock and horror, I was
still able to out eat my teen age sons!
Now what is THAT all about?!( I have to
admit I have a sweet tooth - deserts are
to be enjoyed,right?
The next trauma came when
our main shareholder where I was working
at the time made the innocent (right!) comment;
“This project is turning Sean Grey”.
Later that month, things got even worse!
During a fishing trip, I was advised by
a contemporary that I should wear a hat
to keep my thinning scalp from burning.
What thinning hair, had my hair stylist
kept something from me? Oh, the shame!
The ladies at the office
were very helpful, giving me advice on how
to look a bit trendier with my clothes if
I was going to play the nights!!! ( I still
don’t understand what was wrong with
that blue shirt – it was one of my
Hmm, well if nothing else,
I was certainly getting a lot more respect
from the younger generation of females;
they readily addressed me as “Sir”.
If anything is a reality check, that is!
Cruising the bars was not
my scene, nor was it working – took
me a while to realize that the attractive
brunette sitting at the bar at 2 am with
her umpteenth cocktail was not likely to
be my “one and only”!! It was
also quite evident to me that hangovers
were not something brag about (or live through)
at this age!
Even my car was looking
tired - an inheritance from the last big
One night, we were all
talking about our favorite subject: “women”,
when the topic of online dating came up.
“Do you mean you could just specify
the age, city, height, hair color personality,
lifestyles and search for your true love?
Well, that was all I needed to put the late
night bars behind me. Online I went; there
were several recommended sites to choose
I had to fill in my profile,
not a problem for this part time racing
driver, astronaut and now retired top tennis
pro (yah, right!). Hmm - now to age. I am
sure I can drop a few years with a stroke
of the keyboard - everyone says I look younger
than my age. I am told that most people
keep their real age to them selves. The
site says pictures will more than double
your hits and responses and it is true!
So, I ask my son to take
a few pictures. Well, after repeated complaints
against the lighting, his poor timing and
his inability to capture my “youthful”
image, I realize the mirror is the biggest
liar of them all. I was shocked by the bland
hair color, the fuller face, dark circles,
the middle aged, suburban hair cut - not
to mention that and I am heavier than I
ever realized. That can’t be me! “Wow,
I really DO look my age, or older”,
I could hear my self say. We gradually get
used to seeing ourselves and living in the
denial that we “don’t look so
bad “for our age, ignoring the effects
that over exposure to the sun, aging, stress
and life style has had on our appearance.
Thanks to the beauty digital photography,
I was finally presented with the truth.
I was not in a good place.
I do not want to look my age. Simple as
Reading the latest men’s
magazines, I sought sage advice and then
put my master plan into effect.
Need to drop a few pounds;
cut out deserts and bad carbs, watch the
processed foods,get more sleep, exercise
at least 4 -5 days a week, get a new hair
style and finally get the courage to ask
for augmentation to the color of my hair.
Off I went, to the men’s
clothes shop; now, even my boys borrow my
shirts - so I was obviously on the money
with my choices.
I decided to get a facial;
the last one was a gift certificate some
years back. My specialist was very informative
on all the crèmes, serums and cleansers,
especially helpful with recommendations
for my dark circles and crowsfeet.
You know, I started to
feel better; look better, I even spent some
money on the car.
Call it mid life crisis, I call it reality:
I do not want to look my age, so, I wanted
to do something about it. Judging from the
growth in men’s skin care and cosmetics,
it would appear that I am NOT alone!
Free lance writer
THE ARRIVAL OF MR. BINXS.
Fall was upon us once again.
Coming home at the end of the day, I always
felt like I was entering my own special
retreat. Living on one of the most beautiful
properties on the water, is so tranquil.
I was getting settled into a very comfortable
routine after raising my two boys and seeing
them leave home. Rituals could now be enjoyed
with privacy. Like many others, I had downsized
into a manageable place once the family
Time on the internet was
all mine. I could blast my stereo with music
I actually loved; no high fat snack foods
or sodas in the house; walking around in
the raw, workouts in briefs, a choice that
was all mine. My clothes, hair care and
skin care products were finally safe I could
entertain with all the freedom and indiscretion
my heart (or body) desired! Finally my place
looked great and should I say, neat and
Then, the call came; "Dad,
can I move back home for about 3-4 months
before I leave the country?" Well of
course, the answer was automatically yes
- it has been a while since he was home
and besides, it means that he still needs
me! In some respects, I really treasured
the opportunity to bond with my son once
more before he left the country, possibly
for good. I felt that the dynamics of living
under the same roof again would be somewhat
different than when I was a single parent,
trying to raise a family on my own. My boys
are both single, so fortunately, there was
no “baggage”. Well, so to speak
of, except for Mr. Binx, my son’s
one year old, ginger tabby. I have made
a conscious effort to not have any pets
at home since the dog left town a few years
ago along with my ex.
Once my son moved in, I
could recognized a distinct maturity level
since he left home four years ago- it was
quite a rewarding feeling, knowing that
could see that I had done a really good
job in raising him. I look back on my days
of "motivation", ( discipline
if you could call it) - sleepless nights,
waiting up till all hours, cooking, laundry,
housekeeping, school, Saturday soccer and
shall we say, dealing with their "friends"
and everything associated with that!
My 24 yr old son and I
(the quintessential baby boomer) have many
common interests. We now both have a bond
with Mr. Binxs, love to play loud music,
like the internet, TV, food, like to wear
stylish clothes, and our taste in magazines
is very similar – the only difference
is the issue of smoking – DON’T
get me started on that one! You would think
that this generation would have learned
a thing or two!
I knew things had truly
changed, when my son offered to cook dinner,
a BBQ delight. It was a great help having
him assist me with all my music downloads
for my i-pod. He’d studied graphic
design, web design so having him as a resource
was invaluable, given that I am working
on a few online businesses.
Well, as is always true
with life, there are things that we must
endure with great patience. Turns out my
son’s music taste is not compatible
with mine- as a former musician, I like
to keep current as I can. I am a big alternative
music fan. My son, however, is into hip
hop, rap, reggae and a limited amount of
Our TV habits are also
completely different. Magazines: While I
like to read my Coastal Living, Men’s
Health, Men’s Fitness and Details,
we both have an appetite for Maxim. While
I greatly appreciated my son’ thoughtfulness
with the surprise lunch that he brought
home this weekend, (delicious, huge sausage
sub, dry roasted peanuts and a pop) it didn’t
quite fit my recommended Mediterranean diet
Back to the cat - by now,
I could tell Mr. Binxs was settling in quite
comfortably. Why not? I believe that in
this new environment, he was getting more
attention, not to mention regular food and
water. I am sure my son’s long hours
at work, late nights out and staying over
night at friends may have left Mr. Binxs
alone and lonely many nights. Having said
that, I am quite taken by the bond between
my son and Mr. Binx. This cat hangs on his
every word, watches his every movement and
comes instantly when my son calls him. It
is very heartwarming, indeed.
Of course, we clash over
the domination of my laptop. My son’s
computer had crashed – he was now
living with me and my brand new laptop,
so why buy a new one just yet?!
On the subject of wardrobe, it was quite
interesting; my jackets, shoes and jeans
where more than acceptable for him to “borrow”.
Well, I do have good taste for an old guy
- DKNY, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and
Liz Claiborne. However, shirts were another
issue altogether. (I think that’s
a good thing!)
Most interestingly, was
the amount of cosmetics we both had. My
son, while still having very youthful looks,
did have crèmes with sun protection,
as he spent a considerable amount of time
outdoors these days, he took particular
care in choosing shaving crèmes and
lotions. He has sensitive skin, so specialized
shaving crèmes are a must. He also
has good quality shampoo, conditioner, face
scrubs and aftershave/fragrance. I have
to say that I have learned a lot from his
collection and realize how the new generation
of men have bucked the “stigma”
of men’s usage of cosmetics…and
that’s a good thing!
While we had very similar
toiletries and cosmetics, mine focused more
on a very different “life stage”;
read: “anti aging”. My products
focus on skin repair, wrinkle and line management
and most importantly eye repair cosmetics
which incomprehensible to my son in his
selection of products.
One of the most notable
differences was that my son was drawn to
large, multi-national brands found in high
end pharmacies and department stores while
I am interested in the new “boutique”
lines which focus solely on men’s
I am sure over the next
few months; we will no doubt try each others
cosmetics and continue to learn from each
One thing that I can definitely
predict about this experience is that I
will truly miss my son when he leaves, after
connecting with him again in such a special
way. To Mr.Binxs, I can only say that I
am grateful to have had the pleasure to
have enjoyed and bonded with such a wonderful
guest. He too, will be greatly missed.
Michael j Hollis
President and CEO
I knew as soon as
I woke up: this was going to be one
of those days! The night before was
pretty rough on my body. Used to be,
that all it took was a quick shower,
a bit of the hair of the dog, a few
aspirins, a lot of water and I was
ready to start all over again...
In about 4 hours
I would have a lunch date with that
elusive female I had been chasing.
I have this great opportunity thanks
to the evolution of on-line dating,
so I am doing everything possible
to make myself look like my photos
and not the 10 years older that I
look this morning! Ok, let’s
see; dark circles to go along with
those puffy, blood shot eyes –
I guess the flights,
air-conditioning and alcohol added
the finishing touches to my skin to
make it look this dry. Desperate times
call for desperate moves!!! Years
ago I am sure I would have snuck into
one of my date’s cosmetic bag
for something to save this face—come
on, guys, we know we’ve all
done it!!! I asked the concierge for
the nearest department store and off
There I was, faced
with a sea of cosmetic counters, a
million choices and about 20 female
staff, not a guy in site. This should
prove interesting! “Good morning
do you have anything for black circles
and puffy eyes…uh …for
me?! Then the worst happened; I have
a trainee who promptly calls (I swear),
half the cosmetic consultants over
to assist me. Of course, the store
has just opened and here I am the
first customer - the one time I could
have done without such ‘attention’
to service. Well, I have to say, they
were most helpful in explaining all
the products they have for the eyes
and what each one does. I almost forgot
that I was at a women’s counter
buying cosmetics, until I notice this
gorgeous woman who happens to be standing
next to me, also shopping for cosmetics.
Now, the macho side kicked in: let’s
see, perhaps if I were to say “Could
you gift wrap this?” or something,
it would not too look so obvious.
But no, having killed a brain cell
or two last night, before I could
speak, our helpful trainee suggests
exfoliating my skin before applying
any lotion. “Is this the men’s
line of cosmetics?”, I ask (trying
to be clever). “No, sir, they
don’t have a men’s line
but this will be very good for your
skin and we do have many men who use
it”. I knew now, that it was
time to lick my wounds, focus on the
mission on hand, get the goods and
get out of Dodge! With a thank you
and paying more for the product than
I had on my partying the night before
(which had put me in this position),
I plodded back to the hotel.
I the privacy of
my hotel room, I laid out my new purchases
and followed the directions with careful
precision. I drank tons of water,
put my feet up and just chilled. Later
that morning, before leaving for my
big ‘date’, I started
to read the newspaper and came upon
a most enlightening article.
There, in black and
white, I find someone describing me
as a ‘metro sexual’. What
have I done to deserve this? What
have I become, overnight? Will it
be obvious to her when we meet?! Reading
on, I realized that this is a description
of guys, like me, who take great interest
in their looks, hot trends and fashion.
Well, the date went well. “You
look just like your photo”,
I am sure I heard her say!
We’ve had such
a growth in men’s cosmetics
in the last 12 months and it is evolving
daily. Specialty spas, salons, barbershops,
drugstores and department stores have
introduced men’s cosmetic lines,
hiring experienced professionals to
help in the selection process. Top
international cosmetic companies,
famous for women’s products
have recognized the need and the desire
by men for products suited specifically
to mens’ needs and skin types.
For those who prefer to shop online,
manufacturers and other sites also
offer that option with great expertise.
Times have changed;
you can look as good as you feel…
Free lance writer Miami
If this doesn’t indicate the enormous
shift to men’s interest in looking
good, nothing will! The first thing we noticed
is the prestigious, powerful appearance,
similar to their iconic magazine for women.
We found the advertisements to be very polished
and classy. The magazine is uncluttered,
which we found very refreshing and enjoyable
to read. We were glad to see several men’s
cosmetic lines featured and advertised in
the magazine. Most men’s magazines
seem focused on jamming in as much news,
articles, gossip, females and advertisements
in as small a space as possible.
George Clooney is most
certainly an interesting and appropriate
choice for the cover of the Men’s
Vogue launch issue. The target for the magazine
is clearly a more sophisticated, mature
reader than many men’s magazines (it
certainly appealed to this writer!). Articles
were cleverly chosen to reflect the upscale
image of the magazine. We would like to
see, however, more of a focus on articles
about health and skin care. It appears to
us that their target is the sophisticated
male boomer who has a keen interest in health
and skin care issues. Very wise, as this
is the target with the greatest desire and
means for maintaining a youthful and healthy
Vogue, well done, we think you have set
your self apart from the competition.
To all you amazing and influential
To all you amazing and
How to get your man to take care of his
skin….you have the power!
Ah yes, we all know the resistance/fear/stubbornness
faced with broaching this subject; man,
if I were to suggest to any of my female
connections they should do something about
their make up or cosmetic choices it would
be curtains for me. Fortunately, for us
men, most women are far more diligent about
taking care of their looks than we males
have ever been!
Women, for centuries have
enjoyed the pleasure associated with pampering
themselves and their skin.
So how do you get your
man to indulge himself? Despite all that
macho stuff we like to project, we men love
to be pampered. Here’s an idea –
take a trip to the cosmetics department,
or order the men’s cosmetic products
you will need for a night of pampering:
Perhaps a specially formulated shampoo for
his hair type, exfoliating scrub, masque,
shaving cream, after-shave lotion, moisturizer,
eye cream, emollient body lotion, massage
oil, and bath oil. Purchase a new razor,
if your man uses those throw away blades.
Buy some teeth whitening. Ask for help in
making your choices, you will find most
department stores and men’s websites
are very knowledgeable and helpful. You’ll
probably also find the prices to be more
reasonable than women’s cosmetics.
Book a special evening
with your man and prepare to set the stage.
Tell him you are going to pamper him all
evening: Light some candles, line up his
favorite relaxing tunes, some wine and tell
him you are going to give him a very sensual
bath. When he sees that French lingerie
you will be wearing, he will do exactly
what he’s told to do! During the bath
you will “maintain your focus”
on the mission at hand. Let him shave himself
by holding a mirror for him. Show him the
men’s products you you’ll be
using and then begin the relaxing facial,
applying the cleansers, masque, moisturizers
Remark how great he looks. Then comes that
awesome massage with the lotions and oils.
(Trust me, he doesn’t need you to
be an expert just your touch is enough for
After you rub any excess
oils off in whichever way you deem appropriate,
you can now take care of the finishing touches.
That sensual fragrance you bought at the
counter for him smells even better now when
you apply it.
Let him know how sexy and
relaxed he looks. Trust me, he will feel
good - very good. Any man who would turn
down that night doesn’t know what
he’s missing! Chances are, he’ll
love the results and will most likely continue
to use those products afterwards.
If you think your man’s
hair needs a bit brightening or intensifying
you might suggest that he would be even
more irresistible with a little less gray,
a little richer hair color or a few brightening
highlights in his hair. After so many years
of knowing about haircolor, you’ll
be able to explain the different ways his
color can be enhanced. In the mood he’ll
be in after his evening of indulgence, he’ll
Mission accomplished! Best
of all, in addition to introducing your
man to the benefits of pampering himself
a little, as a bonus – You’ve
enjoyed a romantic and intimate evening
Free lance writer
The phone rang; I think
it was around 10.30 pm, I'd just finished
updating my profile one more time. Every
time I looked at it, I couldn't help thinking
something was missing. Only 10 responses
this week, hmmm… better make some adjustments.These
latest changes to my profile have got to
improve my response rate!
Hi, is this Mike?
Yes -(hmmm great voice she has)
Mike, the former astronaut, racing car driver,
musician, navy seal and jet pilot?
Ah sure, who is this?
Oh, your profile came up in my searches
and I find you so interesting!
Thank you, who is this again?
The girl of your dreams Mike. Love your
picture, is that your jet?
Had to sell it this year.
What I like about your profile Mike, is
that you seem so caring, very witty, trustworthy,
intelligent and nice.
That, I am.
What really turns me on though, is that
you are comfortable in jeans or a tuxedo
- can have fun living in a tent, or at the
Ritz. Your adventurous side is really something
- did you really paddle up the Amazon for
8 weeks by yourself?
You look so young for 40, what is your secret
I take good care of myself.
I see you that you like to salsa, so do
I! It's nice to find someone who also loves
to dance - you must have learned that on
some of your covert missions to South America
that you mentioned.
That was a while ago, I am afraid.
You know, Mike I really would like to meet
you, perhaps for coffee; I'd love to hear
all your stories. Mike, honesty is so important
to me and I am glad you wrote that it is
important for you too.
That's great, I am out of the country on
assignment now and will not be back for
awhile, I'll let you know when, thanks for
Let's get real here guys.
Make it simple, upbeat, and most importantly,
honest. You will have to meet eventually,
so just be yourself! A few recent photos
along with your profile are what is needed.
For you guys who don't post a picture, don't
be surprised if your success rate is much
lower. More and more people are meeting
on line; it is the place to meet women.
Read a few profiles of others to see the
different styles that people use, then make
it your own. Your on line personals service
usually provides tips, so give them a read.
A short profile will not generate as much
interest as a more detailed one. Share your
interests, your passions and most importantly
be real about who you are! Stay open - don't
restrict yourself by putting to many demands
on the type of person you want. Remember
that in the end, you want to attract someone
who is going to like you for who you are.
FOOD AND WINE — Making You Look Good
Imagine yourself…You - the confident
and comfortable entertainer both at home
and in restaurants. Talking intelligently
about food and cooking, demonstrating your
keen sense and appreciation of wines helps
you to exude the confidence everyone loves
to be around.
would it feel to be able to choose a good
wine at a restaurant without hesitation
(or intimidation)? Cooking a meal for family,
friends or that hot date? Well, we have
the perfect resource for you. Food411 offers
great shopping, recipe and ingredient tips.
And for you guys who can’t boil an
egg, or forget your lady was coming over
for dinner, Food411 provides you with terrific
last minute ideas. Take a look through their
site. Knowing your food is powerful and
this is one great resource.
When it comes
to wine appreciation and knowledge, there
is no better resource to help you with your
“education” than Wine Spectator.
The world’s greatest experts can help
you select the perfect wine at the right
price for any occasion. Impress your guests
as you coolly select the most appropriate
wine for the meal. Wine Spectator has endless
resources for the beginner (“help
me to avoid embarrassment”) or the
your knowledge of wine and food you will
give you a new confidence and appreciation
of the finer things in life. We cannot promise
that you will get more women, but sure will
impress the ones you are with!!!
is the ultimate food resource for everything
on the Web related to online food shopping
opportunities; gourmet foods, ingredients,
recipes, cooking, and dining, food blogs,
unique gift ideas, meals delivered--each
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Visit their site at www.winespectator.com.
Toro: Canada's Magazine for Men
While men in the United States and England
have had upscale magazines such as GQ and
Esquire published in their countries for
years, Canadian men have never had a magazine
to call their own. In April 2003, Toro set
out to change that. Combining the intelligence
of the best American men's magazines with
the wit and irreverence of Britain's "lad"
magazines, Toro charged into the Canadian
marketplace, garnering an impressive number
of accolades for its unique vision and style.
Presenting a compelling
range of topics, including sports, entertainment,
health, fashion, food, travel, grooming,
gear, and, of course, women, Toro quickly
established itself as the ultimate destination
for the discerning Canadian male.
After just two issues,
Toro received both platinum and gold Folio
Awards in New York City for its highly original
design. Toro also improved upon the four
National Magazine Awards it won in 2004
with six awards in June 2005, including
gold for investigative journalism and fashion
photography, a category the magazine has
dominated since its launch. Now in its third
year, Toro continues to offer an enriching
experience to sophisticated males across
Visit their site at www.toromagazine.ca
Thoughts To Help You Lose Weight
Everyone knows that the benefits to being
fit are numerous; now, sure, we'd all love
to have that perfect washboard six pack,
but you don't need that to be fit to look
good. Eating a healthy diet and regular
work outs will make you feel so much better.
Never underestimate the power of endorphins!
Having trouble losing weight? Peter Liu
examines the problems we face when trying
to shed unwanted pounds and gives you tips
on how to lose weight successfully.
Weight loss seems to be everyone’s
favourite and least favourite topic. We
are inundated with reports on the obesity
epidemic plaguing North America, but the
scales aren’t changing. The reason?
It takes a lot more than talk to get rid
of excess weight. And it’s not easy!
We’ve all got a lot on our plates
– literally. Our hectic lifestyles
aside, there is a lot of unhealthy food
out there and portion size is getting out
Good news though – it’s not
hopeless. Many people are becoming more
health-conscious and want to make a serious
effort to eat right and exercise. However,
this doesn’t mean that weight loss
is easy and many people end up frustrated.
So what can you do? Let me give you a few
ways to lose weight without losing your
Get Your Mind in Shape
We’ve all heard of the battle of
the bulge but that’s nothing compared
to the wars you can have with your mind.
If your mindset isn’t in the right
place, then you might as well stop right
You know you have to improve your overall
health with the proper foods and exercises,
but if you let little problems get you down
you’ll never be able to keep the weight
off. If you’re looking for progress,
remember that it’s a process that
takes some time – weight loss doesn’t
occur overnight. Cravings for sweets can
be killer, and if you find yourself reaching
for the Krispy Kremes, you’re just
proving to yourself that you are willing
A positive attitude is the key here; learn
to love your body, even the flabby parts.
To make your body more flexible and fit,
you’re going to need a flexible routine
as well! Incorporating healthy choices into
your lifestyle may require changing your
schedule, your habits, and your life.
People have set routines that they adhere
to and it’s hard to change that. However,
to lose weight properly requires a serious
commitment to your goals. That means you’ll
have to change your routine and follow the
new one just as stringently! Change your
eating habits and your daily schedule. Set
aside time to make food, buy healthy groceries,
and exercise several times a week.
No More Excuses!
Do you use your busy life as an excuse
to avoid exercising? You’re late for
something and you haven’t eaten yet,
so you grab something greasy and fattening
to tide you over?
Getting lazy and using excuses will never
help you lose weight, because it’s
clear that you haven’t made a real
commitment. People are always looking to
lose weight as fast as possible, but I’m
sorry to tell you, there is no magical secret.
If there were, we’d all be at our
ideal weights, right? Buckle in and get
ready for a long process that you will actually
benefit from. Don’t use the excuse
that you don’t have time. Make the
If you’re sitting for most of the
day, remember that weight gain occurs when
you eat more calories than you use. Try
to exercise whenever you have time –
just don’t let people catch you doing
Tai-Bo in the office! Fit in some time for
working out and you’ll be fitting
into those skinny jeans in no time.
As I stated above, there is no healthy
method for rapid weight loss. Losing weight
and keeping it off is a slow and gradual
process. Many people expect immediate changes,
and when they don’t get them, they
give up. It’s best to aim for small
goals. Take it slow and steady, and plan
One day you may decide to eat a salad instead
of that swiss mushroom burger that drips
fat. Or you may plan a week ahead for your
meals. The point is to set achievable goals
and be sure you can achieve them. Patience,
patience, patience: lose no more than 0.5kg
per week (1-2lbs), or 10kg (22lbs) in six
Forget About Numbers!
People have to start training themselves
to understand that their weight isn’t
always the best indicator of their fitness.
Sometimes people gain weight when they start
working out and get freaked out. This is
the misconception that weight has been gained,
leading you to think that your weight loss
program isn’t working. It’s
more likely that you are starting to gain
muscle, and even if the scale isn’t
saying what you’d like, you may notice
that your clothes are actually fitting much
looser. There is less fat in your body and
you have more energy to spend, so rejoice!
Another possible reason for a stagnating
scale is the possibility you’ve reached
a plateau. When you exercise, your body
can adapt and there will be no change as
long as you keep doing the same exercises.
Try switching up your routine to throw your
body off, or add more weights.
Weight loss is for everyone!
Whether you have a hectic schedule or the
wrong mindset, remember this: you can do
it. It’s possible for everyone to
lose weight and keep it off. It just requires
some major but meaningful changes to your
You may have a rough time getting started,
but once you get going I’m sure you’ll
be happy that you did. Get out there!
Guide to Table Manners
From sitting up straight to passing things
accross the table, there are some things
people still don't know. Edward Fenner writes.
In Part I of this article, we learned a
bit about table manners. Now we'll focus
on the finer elements of civilized dining.
(click here to read Part I)
Table manners exist for
a reason. Good manners show a civility and
respect for your tablemates. While manners
vary from culture to culture, good conduct
is still the norm. Acting like a barnyard
animal at the trough won’t take you
very far, nor will it garner you much respect.
Besides, gentlemen just don’t do that.
Dinner is Served
Once dinner is under way,
remember that it’s not a race to the
finish. Pace yourself. Likewise, if you
are last and holding up the next course,
or perhaps dessert, maybe you are talking
too much. Be aware of the scene and how
In respect to posture,
there are only three things to remember:
- Don’t slouch
- Keep your elbows off the table
- Keep your feet still and flat on the
- Serving Order
Children may be served
first, something small to get them started
and to keep them occupied, but nothing messy.
Otherwise, senior guests at the table should
be given first opportunity at whatever they
like. This shows respect and deference.
Follow their cues.
Some people like ketchup.
It goes great with fries, burgers, and hot
dogs. However, few things will break a host’s
heart like asking for ketchup when a special
dinner is served – or worse, you then
drown your meal in the red goop.
Mustards are often available.
Standard yellow mustard is not the way to
go (think ketchup, only yellow). Dijon mustard
is a common dinner counterpart. Whole grain
mustards come in a wide assortment. Try
Horseradish is a common
addition to beef. Chutneys are sometimes
served with chicken or pork.
Salt, pepper, and a few
items like nutmeg, paprika, or parsley flakes
are also commonly available. Salt and pepper
should be moved together even if only the
one is asked for and they should be put
onto the table, not into someone’s
hand. This prevents the opportunity for
it to be mishandled and dropped. Pass the
stuff along and ask the person next to pass
If something you like is
missing from the table, you may ask the
host if they have what you are looking for
available. Don’t ask for something
unusual you may have at home, but may not
be something your host would have. It suggests
that you are not satisfied with the way
the food tastes and could be interpreted
as insulting. It may be deliberate on the
host’s part to NOT have certain add-ons
available so as not to change the intended
Forks and Fingers
For most proper sit-down
meals, tools are used. Forks, knives, and
spoons are pretty much universal. If chopsticks
are presented, use them if you know how.
If you don’t, do give them a try.
If you cannot manage them or are concerned
about making a mess, it’s okay to
ask for western cutlery.
Some foods are meant to
be eaten with your fingers. Chicken fingers
can be eaten either way. Regular chicken
is borderline. Proper dining calls for tools
– picnics call for fingers. Burgers,
fries, dogs, ribs, subs, bread, sandwiches,
cookies, hors d’ouveres, and stemmed
fruits are all finger friendly. Sates and
kebabs are okay to hold in your hand, but
the items should be removed to your plate
with your fork.
Finger bowls are coming
back into style. They are common at restaurants
where a lot of finger-foods are served (chicken,
ribs, etc.), but are not very common at
private dinners. More recently, these accessories
are finding a place at the table again.
Finger bowls usually contain a bit warm
water and a small chunk of lemon. Dip your
fingertips in the bowl, but don’t
use the bowl as a mini sink. After dipping,
clean off your fingers on your napkin.
It happens sometimes. Things
don’t go according to plan and dinner
will be late. Go with the flow. Good hosts
already know what’s going on, so don’t
ask. If the meal is going to be delayed
more than 15 minutes, the host will likely
put something small out to tide things over.
If you have a particular dietary requirement
to eat by a certain time, privately ask
the host if there is something you can have.
Good hosts will accommodate.
Delay or no delay, the
host will give the go-ahead to eat. If people
are slow to respond and you are alone at
the table or buffet, do not go ahead. Wait
for at least one other person. If nobody
comes, invite someone to get the process
started. Unless it is a cold buffet dinner,
the host will not appreciate going through
all the trouble of preparing a hot meal
only to have it go cold and uneaten.
Gadgets and Gizmos
Cell phones, PDAs, Blackberries,
iPods, and other toys and personal entertainment
devices are not cool at dinner. Only a few
professionals and laypersons really need
to be available during dinner (doctors,
etc.). If you must be available, keep your
phone on vibrate and if it does go off,
excuse yourself from the table.
The elements of fine table
manners are subjective and should not be
taken too literally. Just be kind and courteous
– always remember that food is a social
event and should be treated as such.
Benefits of working with image consultants
The first-ever “Image Research Study”
from Central Michigan University, commissioned
by the Association of Image Consultants
International (AICI), reveals that image
consultant services give people more than
just a “superficial boost”,
they also improve self-esteem.
Dr. Joyce Knudsen, Chris Ward, Evangelia
Souris, Carla Mathis, Julia Rushing and
Dominique Isbecque make up the team of experienced
image consultant members from AICI who designed
the pre and post surveys.
The study has validated the work of image
consultants and proved that it is important;
not only on a superficial level, but that
it has a positive influence on a client’s
ability to recognize and appreciate his
or her own self-worth. Image consultants
also have a significant impact on personal
and professional development skills which
relate to the areas people deem most important
in life: self-confidence, career, promotion
and performance and interpersonal relationships.
It is now evident that
the work of image consultants influences
both the “inside”, as well as
the “outside” human element.
This will become the characteristic that
most differentiates the image consulting
industry as it grows in the future.
The study also proves to the general public
that image consultants do not have to perform
“extreme makeovers” or work
with their clients for extended periods
of time in order to impact their self-confidence.
Magazine - Latest Issues
29th August 2006
The October issue
of Arena Magazine is out this week on Thursday,
As ever, the smartest and
most stylish men’s magazine is packed
with sensational pictures, intelligent features,
cutting-edge fashion and piercing insights
into the modern world.
Included in this
month’s issue are:
- Hearts FC – Arena
tells the extraordinary inside tale of how
Russian money and meddling saw Britain’s
most dysfunctional club get through five
managers in a year and make it into Europe
- Holly Valance –
Sensational pictures and an exclusive interview
with the erstwhile pop star and Aussie-soap
sex symbol who is back to kick arse in Hollywood.
The actress discusses her upcoming films,
future business plans, meeting Paris Hilton
for the first time – and reveals what
really gets her going: “I’m
a big food chick – schnitzel sandwiches
are so good. Just a big lump of meat …
it’s the small things that excite
- Q&A With Ridley Scott
– The director on retarded audiences,
paper unicorns, moshing and finally a definitive
answer on whether Deckard is a replicant.
“Oh yes. The clues are there. The
first one is where he’s drunk at the
piano and he looks at all the photographs
of his past. And of course this is a history
and a past of an android who has no past,”
- Girls of Indie –
Spectacular pictures and interviews with
indie music’s sexiest shining lights
– Abi Harding from the Zutons, Charlotte
Hatherley (formely of Ash), Liela Moss from
the Duke Spirit, Carina Round, Juanita Stein
from Howling Bells, the girls from the Donnas
and Ana and Maya from Sohodolls. “We
create a fantasy world for freaks and voyeurs,”
says Maya. “So much expression isn’t
allowed because someone somewhere deems
it dirty. But were not stabbing people –
we’ve just got a provocative edge.
We take risks.”
- Bryce Dallas Howard –
Ron Howard’s daughter and star of
Lady In The Water tells Arena about her
admiration for George Clooney, “I’d
like to do what George Clooney’s doing
where he acts in films, but if there’s
a story that’s particularly important
and intriguing to him, he tells it as well,”
and her relationship with her father, “I’d
love to work with him…I am doing a
short film called Orchard at the moment
for which Dad’s giving me the most
important kind of support, ‘You can
do it’,” she says.
- Welcome to your most
frightening childhood moments – Arena
works through an intense session of regression
therapy and recalls the nightmarish images
that shaped our warped world view. Playground
intimidations, demented TV characters and
even seeing your Dad drunk for the first
time are some of the highlighted traumas
of those early years.
- James Morrison
–The singer-songwriter on eco-jeans
and being compared to Chris Martin and Richard
Ashcroft. “I don’t see myself
like them,” says Morrison. “But
they’re both great songwriters so
if people put me in that category then …”
- Ricky Gervais and Stephen
Merchant – The Brit comedy legends
talk to Arena about the new series of Extras,
offending the disabled and the price of
fame and fortune. “The word celebrity
makes me feel sick. I don’t want to
align myself with people that love waving
on the red carpet and having free champagne
and falling out of places drunk,”
- Yunjin Kim (Sun Kwon
from Lost) – Arena helps Lost’s
most under-the-radar pleasure become a true
sexpot for the first time with a sensational
photo shoot. “I was really nervous
about looking sexy, but when I saw [the
pictures] I was so happy … I don’t
think I’ve ever been so satisfied,”
she says of the session. “I don’t
think my Lost character will ever be a sexy
woman. But it’s surprising what a
little bikini can do.”
- Will Self – The
acclaimed author and journalist reveals
his lighter side. When asked what he would
like written on his gravestone he jokes,
“Just the names and dates. At this
point in my life I’ve written and
published getting on for three million words
so I don’t need another seven.”
- Arena in Columbia –
In South America’s most intractable
civil war, a group of unarmed volunteers
are all that stands between civilians and
murderous paramilitaries. Arena joins the
human barricade in fear of ‘the men
who cut off heads’.
- Plus loads more…
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be reproduced by prior arrangement against
agreed credits for magazine through Ian
Monk Associates. Spokespeople are available
for broadcast interviews and print comment.
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Rock Climbing for Fitness: It's Not Extreme
Indoor Rock Climbing for Fitness:
It's Not Extreme Anymore
Once an activity labeled as an “extreme
sport”, rock climbing has in the last
few years become a very popular workout
activity as the use of indoor climbing walls
in fitness facilities, community centers
and health clubs has increased and made
the sport much more user friendly. Not only
can it be fun and exciting, rock climbing
is one of the most effective strength training
workouts a person can ever have, providing
fitness and strength benefits that are difficult
to match with any other single activity.
If you want to work out every muscle in
your body in the shortest amount of time
possible and get quick results in strength,
body shape, toning and muscular endurance,
there is no better thing to do. It burns
a tremendous amount of calories as well,
assisting with weight or fat loss. And did
I mention that it is fun? Participants sometimes
have such a blast that they even forget
to feel tired!
Around twenty years ago,
the very first climbing gyms started appearing
around the United States. One of the first
was The Vertical Club in Seattle, Washington,
and that is where I first took a lesson
and learned to climb. My experience walking
in there in 1993 was TOTALLY different than
a new climber would have walking into the
average climbing facility now. Back then,
climbing gyms were primarily the domain
of serious rock climbers who needed a way
to stay in shape during the bad weather
months or in between trips to outdoor climbing
locations. Climbing as a general fitness
activity hadn’t arrived yet.
When I entered the facility that day, I
was first greeted by a man on crutches who
told me he had just broken his ankle in
an outdoor climbing fall. He seemed pretty
intense. There were several men climbing
near the front without shirts on, their
bodies seemingly made of nothing but muscle
and sinew. One of them was attempting a
climbing move just a few feet off the ground
right in front of his buddies, who stood
no more than arms reach from him, shouting
him encouragement and prepared to break
his fall if he came off the wall. He was
exerting himself fully while trying the
move, and I was struck by his effort, while
all he had to do was literally put his foot
down and he would have been standing directly
on the ground.
I felt somewhat intimidated by the atmosphere.
The place was definitely filled with people
who climbed seriously, and at that time
I was definitely someone who did not. I
was glad I was there to take an actual lesson
because I would have absolutely no idea
how to start for myself. My teacher was
the owner of the club, and he was very friendly
and helpful. It was almost like having my
own personal trainer. By the end of the
2 hour lesson I knew my way around the gym
and the equipment and knew how to belay
another climber and tie myself into the
rope for safety. And I had climbed from
the bottom of the walls to the top several
times successfully. I was officially a climber,
albeit a very enthusiastic beginner.
In the present day, a first trip to a climbing
facility for a beginner will be a completely
different experience. There are many more
climbing gyms around, and like I mentioned
above, many fitness centers and health clubs
have climbing walls now. These climbing
gyms and fitness center walls are used much
more now by the average fitness enthusiast
who is looking for a fun way to workout
or have some recreation, and beginner classes
abound. The look and feel of the facilities
is usually very family friendly. Birthday
parties and social events for kids, corporate
outing and team building for adults as well
as family recreation outings make up a huge
percentage of the business for climbing
walls nowadays. A first time visitor will
be greeted by an enthusiastic staff wearing
matching t-shirts and typically watch a
safety video that gives an overview of the
procedures of the facility. Then in a small
group or individually, they are led out
to attempt a few climbs before they are
cleared to use the place on their own. The
extensive orientation I received at The
Vertical Club is mostly a thing of the past.
The equipment and safety set up is much
easier for the average person to learn,
which gets them climbing and having fun
sooner. This has greatly increased the number
of people who participate in climbing and
has led to the serious climbers that I saw
on my first trip to The Vertical Club frequently
being the minority in the gym at any given
Getting your exercise while climbing indoors
usually involves you making your way from
the floor toward the ceiling of the facility
using plastic holds for your hands and feet
that have the same look and feel as real
rock. These are attached to a wall that
is textured to resemble a real cliff face.
As you make your way to the top, a cable
attached to an automatic belay device or
a rope attached to your partner and tied
to your safety harness that you wear keeps
you safe from a fall. Most indoor facilities
have walls for roped climbing that go up
to about 30 feet in height, though some
in the United States go from 60 to 90 feet.
Most facilities also have a version of climbing
called bouldering where the climber is not
roped but never climbs more than 10-15 feet
off the ground, protecting against a fall
with large gymnastics pads moved around
on the floor underneath. Snug fitting climbing
shoes with specially made rubber soles are
worn for incredible grip against the footholds.
Indoor rock climbing requires exactly the
same fitness and muscle strength and enduranace
demands as doing it outdoors. And the benefits
are awesome! Unlike traditional weight training
which involves lifting weight in a controlled
movement in a gym or home setting, rock
climbing is “strength training with
a twist”: you as the climber are now
the weight going up or down and rather than
an arbitrary number of repetitions to be
performed to complete a set, the goal of
climbing is to get to the top of the wall.
It doesn’t matter how it is accomplished,
either. Climbing doesn’t have to look
pretty to be effective. The result is a
change of focus away from the effort of
repetitions to the effort of working toward
the immediately achievable goal of reaching
the top. This can result in a very empowering
feeling of accomplishment for the climber,
because each trip up the wall holds a challenge
that can be overcome and a goal that is
achieved. This is what has been known to
be addicting and can lead you to want to
do more. And when you want to do more, you
will keep doing it. And that is the biggest
secret for long term success in fitness:
keep doing it! It is amazing what consistency
Chuck Carter is a personal trainer and President
of LiveLeanToday.com. To read more from
Chuck and learn more about how activities
like indoor rock climbing can be a successful
part of your fitness program, visit www.LiveLeanToday.com.
rock climbing strength training muscle endurance
tone weight loss fat personal trainer. Once
labeled an extreme sport, rock climbing
has moved indoors and anyone with a sense
of fun and adventure can use it to improve
Balance: More Harmony, Less Stress
Finding balance between work and life
in today’s fast-paced world is not
easy. You most likely spend more time
at work than at home. Also, when you are
facing challenges in your personal life,
it becomes tough to concentrate on your
job and vice versa. If your personal life
and work life feel out of balance, this
can result in harmful effects. Wellness,
after all, is a balance of all the dimensions
of your life. To take control of this
imbalance of work and life, consider how
work has changed, then reevaluate your
relationship to work, and apply strategies
for creating a more healthy balance.
Work Invades Your Personal Life
A while ago, people worked Monday through
Friday, eight to five. At that time, boundaries
between work and life were clear and easy.
Things have changed, and boundaries are
no longer apparent. Here are some reasons
Work continues 24 hours around the world.
Longer hours. Changes
in family roles. Married workers in
today’s world are dual-career
If you are an hourly employee, it is tempting
to work overtime. This way you can earn
extra money for those special things or
just keep up on finances. If you are a
salary-based employee, working overtime
can help you keep up with your workload
or could later result in a promotion or
Here are some results of taking
Fatigue. Your ability
to think and your eye-hand coordination
decrease when you are tired.
Family. You may miss
out on important events, which may harm
relationship with your loved ones.
Friends. They are
an important part of your support system.
If you are spending time working, it
may be difficult to nurture those relationships.
you work those extra hours, you may
be given more responsibility, which
would in turn require more time out
If you are working overtime for financial
reasons or to climb that corporate ladder,
the key is doing so in moderation.
The Best Work-Life Balance
It is not easy to juggle all the demands,
and it is an on-going challenge to maintain
a work-life balance. Some ideas to help
you find a balance are the following:
Keep a log.
Take advantage of
your options. (i.e. flex hours, job-sharing,
compressed work week)
Manage your time.
Rethink your cleaning
standards. Not making your bed or leaving
dirty dishes in the sink will not impact
your quality of life.
Fight the guilt.
Set aside one night
each week for recreation.
Protect your day
Get enough sleep.
Bolster your support
help. A huge resource to you is your
human resources’ employee assistance
|Ty Howard's Questions and Anwers
1) We at menslooks are pushing guys to not only care about their outer self, but to take the time to develop their passions, self development, self esteem, to improve the whole package so to speak. Would you agree with this and why.
I agree that men do need to take care of both their outer-self and inner-self. The outer-self is often easy to fix and dress up with material things. While the inner-self takes more time to develop.
I strongly recommend to all men that they begin reading and listening to positive, motivational and self-help books, cds and dvds to begin a process that will put them on track to continuously improving themselves both inside and outside. I call this “The Whole Package Approach.” When you feel great about yourself both on the inside and the outside, you increase your passion, self development, and self esteem. You feel great about waking up, getting things done, and accomplishing your daily goals and tasks. It’s a known fact, if you spend the required time needed to develop the desired person you want to become—you can become that person.
2) There is a high divorce rate, relationships are harder, job security is not what it should be, faced with all this and just general getting older what would you suggest for the average guy to get his life back under control with more focus and confidence.
In today’s world of adverse turbulence due to situations like high divorce rates, tougher relationships, wavering job security, and the fact that we as men are only getting older, I suggest for the average guy to get his life back under control that he first increase his level of F.O.C.U.S.:
1) Faith – When you have a belief in a determined High Power or source that is outside of you it can keep you believing that your goals, aspirations and dreams are attainable. Your Faith can also help you to more quickly recover and regain your focus and confidence after turbulent times.
2) Organization – Successful, focused people do not operate in a bunch of clutter and confusion. They tend to organize their work areas, thinking areas, and life from the inside out.
3) Commitment – It will definitely take commitment from you — with yourself — to get your life back under control. With commitment you will be able to continuously drive yourself back to the passionate and motivated person you used to be. Remember, the greatest revenge is always massive success.
4) Unshakeable Spirit – Life will always be filled with turbulence and challenges. Successful, focused people have a spirit that will not be shaken or derailed should unexpected challenges come their way. They will promptly deal with challenges, then pick up their goal, right where they left off. You too can develop and maintain the same Unshakeable Spirit.
5) Service – Often times, when you have a sour taste in your mouth about life and/or yourself, helping others who are in need of your help can bring you back to feeling good once again about life and yourself. Find an organization today where you can begin giving of your time, money, material things, and service. You will be glad you did because this will be the day you began to “Tie Into A Better YOU” through servic
3)Where do you see the differnces in mind set (with respect to how they are approaching life) of the younger age group (18-32) versuse those 40 and older.
The men in the 18-32 years old age group tend to be highly social and risk takers.
This age group doesn’t live to work, they work to live. They want to live and work in a comfortable atmosphere and have the luxury to contemplate other philosophical issues besides the workplace. They want the freedom to balance home and work so that neither suffer. If married, they are usually two-income families. When children are born, they want the freedom to care for those children or they want daycare provided in their workplace.
They are smart, creative, goal-oriented and impatient. They have little tolerance for the "old" ways of doing things and the "old" people who are doing them. They want strong leadership but they don't want to be micro-managed. They often are perceived to show little respect for their elders yet demand respect from them.
They know their value and they want to make an impact on the companies they work for, but they have little loyalty to any employer. They feel there should be more people like themselves in upper management. They'll change jobs frequently to meet their ever-evolving needs for money, power and comfort. They hate office politics. They love a friendly environment.
The men in the 40 and older age group tend to be conservative and idealist.
This age group comes from the mindset of "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay." They believe in, practice and preach work ethic, loyalty and honesty. They provided their children with a more favorable growing environment than they had endured in most respects. Unfortunately, this group developed a higher divorce rate than their parents' generation and this further split the nuclear family.
The 40 and older age group says the legacy of social values they fought for are being squandered by their hedonistic, cynical children. The 18-32 years old group says the 40 and older age group ate up the planet and couldn't care less that they left nothing behind. The generation gap is widening not only due to economic differences, but cultural resentment as well.
4) We hav heard said the 40's are the new 30's --the 50's are the new 40's...do you feel there is any truth in this and why?
No, I do not believe that the 40’s are the new 30’s and the 50’s are the new 40’s. I see many older people looking back at what today’s 20, 30 and 40 year olds are accomplishing with technology and their driven efforts — and these older people are inspired and rejuvenated to think and act creatively again. The older people are refreshing and updating their vision, goals and dreams. The older people see what the younger people are accomplishing and they think and say, “With my consistent work either and commitment, I can take that idea much further!” — and they summon the newly rejuvenated energy to make “IT” happen.
There’s no fountain of youth and no turning back the clock. The one thing in life we cannot control is time and aging. If you’re 40 — you are 40, and if you’re 50 — you are 50. With that said, if you are a part of the “older group” and it takes you thinking and acting like you’re today’s 30 or 40 year old to bring you back to a point where you are feeling and acting passionate, motivated, empowered and productive in life — by all means do it. What’s the worse that could happen, you move closer and closer to you living and fulfilling your dream.
Ty Howard's, a.k.a. Mr. Untie the Knots, is an internationally respected authority on self-development and business-development. He is a habits intervention specialist, relationship expert, teacher, professional development consultant, and author who has dedicated his life to teaching knots-free living and relationship-building to organizations, individuals, and families around the world. His business acumen and easy-to-follow-and-apply strategies have propelled top organizations to frequently seek his counsel and advice. His admirable communication skills have helped him become one of America's most popular professional speakers on the circuit today. Ty’s solid research and practical strategies background have made him a trusted source for professional and personal development guidance on five continents.
Ty presents, worldwide, over 150 dynamic presentations each year to: corporations, government agencies, associations, conventions, sales teams, insurance groups, pharmaceutical groups, realty groups, graduations, college students, high school students, middle school students, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, youth, young adults, churches, and everyday people.
Ty Howard helps people and organizations to turn their obstacles into opportunities, their frustrations into empowered-motivations, and their setbacks into constant victories. If your organization is looking for a program with substance to improve performance, easy-to-implement strategies to increase productivity, and real-life results to better its current position, then call today to schedule Mr. Untie the Knots, Ty Howard.
Mr. Untie the Knots(TM),
Habits & Relationship Intervention Expert
Best-selling author of Untie the Knots That Tie Up Your Life
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