Friday, March 30, 2007

Sunlights effect on Acne

As someone who has suffered from extreme acne during the teenage years of her life, I can tell you that sunlight was more of a friend, than an enemy. Sunlight has a positive effect on acne, as well as, acne scarring and I will you why.

I would break out constantly during my teenage years due to stress and hormonal changes in my life. In fact, I was going through a lot changes, that highly contributed to acne. This excluded genetics, of course which also play an immense role on breakouts. When exposed to sunlight, I've noticed that my acne would go away and the scars would fade daily. Of course, I did other things, but in my mind, I didn't understand why the sun was actually helpful and beneficial towards my skin.

One evening, I decided to log online a few years ago and research "Is the sun good for acne?" and found out that when we are exposed to the sun, we are exposed to vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important, as it prevents a variety of illnesses and cancers. Our skin is the largest organ we have. What I found out recently is, vitamin D from UV-B Rays some how enters your body and some how transforms into your entire body, effecting all of your organs including our skin, our largest organ. This includes everything from your bones to your blood to your liver to even your hormones.

Then it hit me. Hormones are a big contribution to acne. Stress and environmental factors also contributors to acne too. Then it hit me, sunlight is important to treating acne the way a plant uses photosynthesis because it releases a vitamin that triumphs all organs and benefits them, including hormones, stress and any problems caused from the environment.

I think that is why some individuals believe the sun is responsible for acne when it fact it is more helpful than hurtful. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Well, it looks like I am being impersonated. Why? I have no idea, but this looks like the first time I actually have someone using my identity and pretending to be me. At least to my knowledge. When I took the initiative to write to this person, they actually had the audacity to block me. I reported them for abuse. I am not sure if this is someone I know personally or just someone trying to make a joke and/or mockery of me, but it isn't funny. In fact, it is indirect cyberbullying (maybe even cyberstalking) and really pathetic. 

You will not believe this, but I saw a comment on Myspace bashing some guy and making comments about my lips. This is from the actual fake profile. What makes matters worse is that I saw the actual profile online as they were posting in the forums (it showed the active alert sign and said they were online). Based on the language, it sounds like someone who is uneducated and they are really making me look bad. The truncation looks like the person impersonating me is some attention starved low life.

I am a 26 year old woman who works two jobs. I have a full-time office job which I work during the day in Athens, GA and in the evening, I work at the Georgia Square Mall at a kiosk. I live with my pets and live across from the Wiggly Field (dog park) in Athens. I am really not that interesting for you to steal my identity. I am not a celebrity. I don't get it. Perhaps I won't ever "get it" as I cannot relate to the person doing it. And if you are actually reading this post (which I will assume you are) grow up.

What I find funny about it is they are using pictures of me from 2004. I don't even think I have those pictures on my computer anymore. I don't know whether to laugh and find this as a form of flattery or cry at the fact that some psycho is literally using my identity and I have no idea what they are doing, while using my name and image. I saw they created a few weird pages too while linking back to this one, so they definitely are reading this blog, including this blog post. I have contacted all platforms via email and am waiting on a response from them.

I have used ExoticSarah before, but not ExoticSarah1980. They are literally linking to my blog it looks like also, attempting to make it look like it is me which I previously addressed in the paragraph above. I've reported the profiles for abuse and impersonation/identity theft, so hopefully they are deleted and as I said previously have contacted the platforms directly by email. If nothing is done, I will definitely look into contacting some sort of litigator and getting everything they are posting taken down. If you see anything, please report them and send them links to this blog so I can contact them.

The whole thing is bizarre.

Friday, March 9, 2007

How to develop an integrated project plan

In college, I've had the pleasure of learning more about integrated project plans than the average student quo. In fact, one of my first projects consisted of developing an integrated project plan for a make believe company. How did I do it?

I wrote down several ways to start a project. This could be anything from a visual module to an experiment based on surveys and statistics to actual ideas in chronological order based on importance and relevance. In fact, I refreshed myself with marketing knowledge and created a huge outline of project ideas, as ideas are the starting line. Lets face it, it is crucial to be a visionary in this world. I wrote down questions I would ask someone, in terms of projection and connection. In order to create an integrated plan, you must possess knowledge of any type of project you tend to use or the company tends to use, but you must be original and offer commentary to support your idea.

In order for any integrated project plan to be successful, one must understand the individuals functions and contributions of the project. It is extremely important to assign tasks (unless your goal is to complete a singular project with no help at all) to different individuals participating in the project. You want to decide who is in control (or who are, as it can be more than one person). You want to decide who is in charge of organizing the project, as well as, analyzing the advertising and promoting of the project. You also want to focus on who will be responsible for the presentation, as well as, questions asked by individuals who you will present this project to.

When creating each individual project, several important factors come into play. In fact, these things are truly relevant in terms of developing a successful integrated project plan. Some of them include: actual idea or subject of the project, cost of the project, the risk of the result of following the project, how much time devoted to the project, time to complete the project, the benefit of the project, and the overall effectiveness and quality of the project. This excludes what the end result will be.

After you discovered answers to the actual idea and subject, you want to work on the project itself including the end result. That includes the content, as well as, overall presentation. Focus on the idea you choose, instead of flopping onto another right away (in fact, starting off with one idea is highly recommended) and if that idea doesn't work or make any sense, move onto the next idea. As you continue, work on connecting with your project by sharing it with others.

Believe it or not, developing a successful integrated project plan is hard work. You want to make individuals believe what you say and be interested and motivated in your integrated project, as they are your audience and most of the time, your capital and/or funding which will support the project and allow it to grow.

Once you have finished, it's important to analyze your project leaving no stone unturned. Once your project is analyzed, it can be finalized with additional editing from a third party source. Finally, you can present it to the appropriate individuals.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Overcoming the fear of selling

For many of you the fear of selling anything is a huge challenge and obstacle for you from day to day. The first thing you need to do is find out exactly what it is you're afraid of. It is crucial to identify what is holding you back.

Are you afraid of success? Believe it or not there is an actual fear of success, as with success comes consequences and sometimes those are extremely hard to endure let alone deal with. Are you afraid of failure or rejection? Everyone gets rejected as everyone has failed at something. Does that mean to not try and to stop? Giving up is as good as losing, as not trying is basically losing already. This leads me to the question - do you fear being perceived as being pushy or persistent? You shouldn't care what others think of you, as it is your work that will do the talking. Do you fear that your product may not meet the expectations of your customer? There are billions of people on this planet. There will be many who love your work, some who will hate it, but in the end those who appreciate it will be those who are willing to help you grow.

The fact is, you can't come up with a solution if you don't know what the problem is. There's a huge misconception in direct sales being that you think you're 'imposing' on your friends, family or just a customer in general. As long as you feel as though you're are. You need to love your product and feel as though you are offering a service. You're filling a need not a want and in the end, you need to be true to yourself and your product, as the rest will sell itself.

The reality is this - people are natural-born sellers. We just don't realize it when we're not making money from it. Let's say you go to a movie that you loved. And you have a friend who would enjoy it too. Wouldn't you recommend it to him/her?

So why is it that as soon as we go into sales we automatically feel as though we can’t recommend the products we sell? Especially if we possess knowledge about them and are confident about them. Wouldn't you want to recommend those to others? Why is it that we tend to feel guilty because we’re going to make a profit off of it?

If you are one that has a fear of selling, take some time today to figure out the cause of your fear, and take action to fix it. Don't think hypothetically, think practically. It is that simple.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

DIY: Sarah's Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo isn't something I see on a daily basis. In fact, I am unsure it exists. I am sure the concept has been looked at and examined thoroughly. Imagine not having to use water and using a product that will soak up the oils in your hair without stripping away anything. Recently, I decided to create my very own dry shampoo using only a few ingredients.

For my dry shampoo, you will need a half of cup of cornstarch. Preferably something organic. You will also need a quarter cup of baking soda. You will also need a tablespoon of clay (preferably bentonite clay), a tablespoon of flour (rice flour works fine) and a tablespoon of collagen powder.

In addition to these ingredients, you are going to want to add five teaspoons of your favorite fragrance oil to the shampoo. Why? To make it smell amazing, of course.

Combine all ingredients. Make sure all ingredients are blended accordingly and complete diluted into the container of choice. Then, apply the dry shampoo lightly to your hair, starting the top where your hair tends to be the oiliest.

This is literally the perfect, pick me up for your hair and a great refresher for those days you simply don't want to wash your hair.