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22 Last Minute New Years Resolutions Every Woman Should Make

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2014 could be your year for fulfillment, happiness and prosperity. As we begin prepping for a new year and a second chance, here are a few more resolutions every woman should be adding to the list.

1. Start feeling comfortable with less makeup. Embrace your natural state more than you did last year.

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2. Stop feeling guilty every time you eat something bad or hazardous to your diet. Be disciplined but know that it's okay to live a little!

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3. You know that little booklet that allows you to travel internationally? Yea, get one.

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4. Limit down on reality shows. Have you read as much as you should have in 2013?

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5. Stop feeling pressured into attending every party and social event. Feel comfortable with staying in or saying "no" more.

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6. Write down your career goals and personal experiences. Keep a journal or blog of it.

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7. Start giving the nice guys a chance. Revisit your "list" and make some alterations to your requirements of the perfect guy. Perhaps it's time to open your eyes and expand your horizons to the ones who typically wouldn't fit your type. You just never know, so stop limiting yourself.

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8. Pay it forward by giving back, volunteering or assisting someone in need. Volunteer at a local hospital, join an organization. Do something that genuinely gets you in the habit of helping others.

 

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9. In fact, stop living your life on Instagram. Cut out the whole "look what I'm doing" mentality.

 

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10. Throw your phone in your bag or put it away when you're out living life. Engage in the world around you. Meet new people, strike up meaningful conversations and refrain from checking in on your social media accounts.

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11. Do more activities solo dolo. Create a "me" day once a week for you to treat yourself to the movies, a play, spa, cooking class or dinner for one! Enjoy quality time with you.

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12. Develop a stress relieving method. Whether you adopt meditation, or attend yoga classes—make it a goal to master the art of clearing your mind from the day to day noise.

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13. Make one extremely courageous decision per week. Try something as big as sky diving, and as small as talking to your boss about a promotion.

 

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14. Avoid men who one word text you back.

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15. Start forgiving and cleaning your heart from any bad breakups or resentment that you've held onto in the past.

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16. Do more things you normally talk yourself out of doing.

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17. Retire the "fake" drunk texting your ex after a wild night move. Either let it go, or work it out with him.

 

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18. If you're miserable at a job, leave it. Simple as that. Money will come, and closing one door will open others. Trust yourself, have faith and do what makes you happy.

 

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19. Reach out to an old friend or a relative and check in on them. Don't use twitter or Facebook, but opt for a pleasant phone call, a friendly text or a meetup. Let people know on a daily basis that you care and you're thinking about them despite all that is going on in your own world.

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20. If you're attracted to a guy, introduce yourself. Be bold!

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21. Cook more! Buy a recipe book and experiment with one new meal per week.

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22. Be comfortable and confident in yourself and decisions. Stop looking for validation and second opinions.

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Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

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"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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