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My New Nighttime Routine is Coconuts

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Dear Readers,


I have to admit. I love a good conspiracy theory. My newest obsession is reading about how chemicals in our makeup and skin care products will be our undoing...allegedly. There are some pretty scary theories out there! That’s why over the past few years I have transitioned to mostly natural products. Apparently, that’s still not enough. The struggle.


I transition my products one at a time. When I run out of something, I research and test a natural version of its replacement. What’s up next on my list? Makeup removal wipes. I love a good makeup removal wipe. The idea is genius. You come home from a long day or a fun night out and you can remove your makeup from the comfort of your bathroom, bed, or couch. Ahh, pure bliss. Then, I heard rumblings online that oil is an effective makeup remover. Yes, oil. So, I decided to give coconut oil a try. I even made a story about it on The Unsettled Path’s Instagram page. If you missed it, don’t worry it’s in the highlights section as a companion to this post. Here are the steps. 

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Step One: Grab your favorite coconut oil.


Step Two: Gently rub the coconut oil onto your face. You will notice the oil will begin to remove the makeup.


Step Three: Rinse the excess coconut oil off of your face.


Step Four: Wash your face for one minute with a foam cleanser. I used a tea tree oil cleanser and followed it with a natural foam cleanser.


Step Five: Moisturize. 

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I tried out this method a few times and it worked great every time. I didn’t experience any breakouts or clogged pores. Of course, use the products that work best for you and your skin. After I finish this pack of makeup removal wipes, I will be switching over to the oil removal method. What are your favorite natural products? Share them with the community on Instagram or Facebook!


Cheers to living your best life!


Ranata 

FREE RESOURCE: GOAL SETTING

Lingering goals are those small goals that never get the attention they deserve yet, have the power to shape our lives. So, before we really get into 2019, let’s lay a good foundation by accomplishing a few things in January. Happy planning!

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No is the New Yes

Saturday, January 19, 2019 

Dear Readers,


Wow. We’ve already come to the end of the second full week of 2019. How are your goals going? One of my goals for the year is to be more assertive. I wouldn’t say I’m a passive person, but I take the “you kill more flies with honey than vinegar” approach. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to be straight forward. As I thought about what I wanted to talk to you about this week, I got a little stumped. Did I want to tell you about the wonderful restaurants and neighborhoods in Paris that don’t make the popular to do lists? Don’t worry. That’s coming next week. Or, did I want to tell you 10 ways you can upgrade your bathroom and take your self-care routine to another level? That’s coming too. Then, I decided that I should write about saying no. 

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No is the new yes. That’s right. No is the new yes. When you say no to someone or something, you are saying yes to yourself. In 2019 let’s make a promise. Repeat after me. Ready? I will always make the decisions in life that are best for me. One more time with enthusiasm! I will always make the decisions in life that are best for me. There, how does that feel? Every day we are faced with decisions. And, every day we must ask ourselves, is this the decision that is best for me? If the answer is no, then we must say no to that thing and say yes to ourselves. Give yourself the permission to put yourself first.


Saying yes to yourself can be hard. It’s so easy to want to please your family, friends, coworkers, or partner. We all have had times where we ignore our own well-being in order to seek or maintain the approval of someone else. Let’s not do that in 2019. If you are in any type of situation where you are apprehensive about living in your truth, telling the truth, or openly communicating boundaries then I have to tell you this little secret. You should have left that person, place, or thing in 2018. Don’t worry, it’s not too late. Putting yourself first is a skill that needs to be cultivated and practiced in order to remain strong. The more you practice it, the better you will be at communicating your needs to others. 

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So, the next time you are faced with a situation, ponder on if you are being fair to yourself by saying yes. If the answer is no, let it go. Let’s start a conversation. Want to sound off? Join the  Unsettled Path community on Facebook and Instagram.


Cheers to living your best life,


Ranata Reeder 

New Gym, New You? 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dear Readers,


Welcome to 2019! I’m so glad we made it. Shout out to 2018 for the lessons we learned, obstacles we overcame, and dreams we discovered. If no one has told you yet, I’m proud of you. Now, let’s get to it. Most of us have new year’s resolutions. And, most of those resolutions include a fitness goal. To be honest, I have the same goal every year. Hey, it doesn’t matter how many times we fall down, it only matters how many times we get up, right? Right!


Our goals tend to get a lot of attention. Our action plans do not. One very important part of meeting your fitness goal is where you decide to put in the work. That’s right. Your gym is a huge part of your success. Caveat, this post is for anyone looking for or possessing a gym membership. If you work out at home, I admire your strength. If you have a great gym at your home or job, I’m so jealous. If you have your go to specialized fitness studio, I’m happy you’ve found your thing. For the rest of us, let’s talk about the gym. Right about now every gym is running a new year’s special. But, all gyms are not made the same. There are a few things to weigh out when selecting a gym as your work out home. Here are ten things to consider when choosing or evaluating your gym membership.

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1. Location: What’s the saying? Ah. Location, location, location. There are a couple of ways to evaluate if a gym location is right for you. Is it close to your home? Is it close to your job? Is it convenient to get to? Does your membership permit you to workout at multiple affiliates? Hopefully the answer to one of these questions is yes.


2. Price: Only you can decide if the specific price of a gym membership works for your budget. When comparing memberships be sure to compare prices and what you receive for that membership.


3. Equipment: Your gym should have all the equipment you need to complete your ideal workout. This is very important. Be sure to get a guided tour of each gym you’re considering and take notes on if each gym contains the equipment you need to complete your workouts. Also, be sure to note the condition of the equipment and any upcoming improvements.


4. Amenities: Amenities make all the difference. Are there free towels? Is there a steam room? Is there a sauna? Is there a temperature-controlled pool? What’s the status of the locker room? Is there coffee? Is the building mobility accessible? Some, or none of these things may be important to you. But, you don’t want to be three months into a membership and find that you’re not getting as much value as you would like out of your membership.


5. Hours of Operation: We all operate on different schedules. Your gym should be open at a time that is most convenient for you. 

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6. Free Fitness Classes: Group Fitness classes are a great way to shake up your fitness routine. Not only do they allow you to try something new, they allow you to build a supportive community of fit friends. Look into free course offerings and the frequency of classes when picking your gym.


7. Paid Fitness Classes: I have been known to try a specialty fitness class or five. Hot yoga, check. Belly dance, check. Martial arts, check. Boot camp, check. Swimming lessons, check. Get the gist? Luckily, all of these were offered at my gym for a low additional fee.


8. Services: Different gyms offer different services that appeal to the varying needs of their clients. These can include child care, personal training, event space rental, and healthy living courses. This may or may not be important to you when making your gym decision. But, check it out anyway. 


9. Staff: A great staff makes the difference for any business. Enough said.


10. Quality: Quality is one of the most important things I evaluate when it comes to where I work out. What is the quality of the building? What is the quality of the equipment? What is the quality of the staff? What is the quality of the offered amenities? It all makes a difference.


Well, there you have it. Those are my 10 things to consider when selecting a gym and evaluating your current gym membership. Do you have any additional tips? Share them with the community on Instagram or Facebook!


Cheers to living your best life!


Ranata 

The Motto 


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LINGERING GOALS

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

I love to plan. I always have. There’s something so soothing about writing everything down and organizing it just the way I like it. 2019 is just around the corner. I know! That happened fast. Before I start planning for 2019, I want to get rid of some lingering goals. What is a lingering goal? I’m glad you asked. It’s that goal you’ve had forever that you never get around to completing.

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Lingering goals are those small goals that never get the attention they deserve yet, have the power to shape our lives. So, before we start planning for 2019, let’s lay a good foundation by accomplishing a few more things in 2018. There are few things more rewarding than achieving a goal. Similarly, lingering goals are the worst. So, let’s complete a few of them together before 2019. Using the worksheet, identify seven lingering goals in at least one goal area and detail two action steps needed to achieve that goal. Let’s get to work! Join the Facebook Group.

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ROADTRIP: ASHEVILLE 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Got wanderlust? Sometimes all you need is a quick road trip to make everything better. Let's face it, sometimes a big trip isn't feasible. Local trips are a practical and easy way to satisfy a travel bug. Someone once told me to explore my hometown as if I was a tourist. Exploring your own backyard can yield some pleasant surprises. There's something so satisfying about finding a new favorite shop, restaurant, or bar. There's a beauty in taking time to learn something new about the familiar. That's exactly what happened to me this trip to Asheville.

Below are some trip highlights. Check out the full recap in the Highlight section of my Instagram under the story called Asheville. 

Ranata Reeder, Asheville, Wall Street, Blog, North Carolina

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Cheers to exploring the ordinary like it's extraordinary! 


xoxo


Ranata

Travel Motto 


Explore your own backyard with the tenacity of a tourist. 


RoadTrips...Take One

How to Take a Road Trip!

​Step 1:

 Pick the Location 

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Step 2:

 Grab a Friend 

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 Service the Car 

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Select a Playlist  

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Step 5:

Have a Ball 

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Self-Care...The Struggle

Tuesday, June 6, 2018

 I started this post about a month ago. Honestly, it was nearly done May 5. Then, I decided to step away. Every day I would think to myself, it's time for me to finish that post. Yet, something held me back. The weight, the duality, the dichotomy, of selflessness and self-care is real. After a month of contemplating, I hadn't found the answer to balancing both. So here we are a month later, with nearly the same post. What did I learn? Sometimes you have to move forward with what you have. The rest you can figure out along the way. Here goes nothing.

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It was in that moment I had a realization. I say "I'm sorry"...a lot. I say "I'm sorry" in person, via email, on phone conversations, and through social media and text messages. What's funny is, most of the time, I'm actually not sorry.  Rarely, am I ever truly sorry about something. So what's up with my over use of this phrase? And, how is my using this phrase holding me back personally, professionally, and from being my most authentic self? First, I had to take a look at why I was using this phrase. I found I use sorry to ease tension, as a reminder for others to keep tasks moving, or as a power negotiation tactic. I believe my southern roots are also a contributing factor to my overuse of the word because, being too direct was an indicator that you didn't have manners, home training was very important, and I didn't want to be one of those people who just weren't smart enough to realize that "you catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Yes, that previous sentence was my childhood in a nutshell. 


So why is this so important to me now? And, why should you care? Well, I want to live my most authentic life. And, I want you to live your most authentic life, too. Part of that is telling the truth and, being more conscious of words we use. If I'm not sorry, I don't want to say I'm sorry. If someone else is responsible or at fault for something, I no longer want to apologize to appease their ego. If someone hasn't responded to an email or a request, I don't want to apologize for resending information that benefits or helps them. And, I most definitely don't want my competence to be challenged because I rather be perceived as polite than pushy. No more. I am not sorry. And, I am not sorry about not being sorry. 


So here's the challenge. Stop using the phrase "I'm sorry" when you don't mean it. Take the risk. Say what needs to be said. I've already started. Let me tell you, it's incredibly freeing. Live your truth with every word, every day. Let me know how it goes! In the meantime, check out a few of my favorite songs that keep me motivated to say "I ain't sorry."


Cheers to speaking your truth with every word, 

xoxo

Ranata 

Self-Care is not Selfish

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I Ain't Sorry

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

This blog took a little longer than anticipated. But hey, I ain't sorry. Life happens to all of us. I've learned to take setbacks in stride and to just keep going. Hence, this late, yet perfectly on time, blog post. And, yes, before we officially begin, this post was indeed inspired by Beyonce. I was driving in my car listening to the radio when Beyonce's song "Sorry" came blaring through my car speakers. I sang along to every word. After the song was over, I switched radio stations and began singing along to Demi Lovato's song "Sorry Not Sorry." Listening to these songs back to back was so motivating. 

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It was in that moment I had a realization. I say "I'm sorry"...a lot. I say "I'm sorry" in person, via email, on phone conversations, and through social media and text messages. What's funny is, most of the time, I'm actually not sorry.  Rarely, am I ever truly sorry about something. So what's up with my over use of this phrase? And, how is my using this phrase holding me back personally, professionally, and from being my most authentic self? First, I had to take a look at why I was using this phrase. I found I use sorry to ease tension, as a reminder for others to keep tasks moving, or as a power negotiation tactic. I believe my southern roots are also a contributing factor to my overuse of the word because, being too direct was an indicator that you didn't have manners, home training was very important, and I didn't want to be one of those people who just weren't smart enough to realize that "you catch more flies with honey than vinegar." Yes, that previous sentence was my childhood in a nutshell. 


So why is this so important to me now? And, why should you care? Well, I want to live my most authentic life. And, I want you to live your most authentic life, too. Part of that is telling the truth and, being more conscious of words we use. If I'm not sorry, I don't want to say I'm sorry. If someone else is responsible or at fault for something, I no longer want to apologize to appease their ego. If someone hasn't responded to an email or a request, I don't want to apologize for resending information that benefits or helps them. And, I most definitely don't want my competence to be challenged because I rather be perceived as polite than pushy. No more. I am not sorry. And, I am not sorry about not being sorry. 


So here's the challenge. Stop using the phrase "I'm sorry" when you don't mean it. Take the risk. Say what needs to be said. I've already started. Let me tell you, it's incredibly freeing. Live your truth with every word, every day. Let me know how it goes! In the meantime, check out a few of my favorite songs that keep me motivated to say "I ain't sorry."


Cheers to speaking your truth with every word, 

xoxo

Ranata 

Ranata Reeder, Marketing, Consultant, Blog, Expert, Podcast, Author, Speaker

Why I'm Going Back to the Gym...Again

Friday, March 30, 2018 

In October, I broke my foot. I was devasted. I couldn't believe this happened to me. I had plans, goals, things I wanted to accomplish. To top it off, I just recommitted myself to my health after a few months off. Before that, work became my priority. The time and energy I previously allocated to self-care became dedicated to working on a "big" and "important" project. Bumping wellness down on my priority list was a huge mistake. But, it was the choice I made or, felt I had to make in order to keep things manageable. I, like many others, chose to sacrifice "me time" for my job. Looking back, I wish it was something I hadn't done. 

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Not being 100% healthy quickly put my life into perspective. During the months after my foot break, I experienced reduced mobility. I soon realized the importance of personal health and wellness. Every day I longed to walk, run, and dance again. Sadly, it just wasn't possible. It was during this time, I promised myself that I and my health would come first. 


On Wednesday, I went to the gym for the first time since October. It was rough. Even after months of recovery I still wasn't able to finish a workout routine I was accustomed to completing with ease. I received glances from gym patrons. My insecurities told me the glances were because of my foot and my weight gain. In all actuality, they were probably because of my outfit. I looked like I stepped out of an 80's music video: neon yellow sports bra, neon pink shirt, bright blue and white pants. What can I say. The Finesse video left a lasting impression. Going back to the gym taught me a few things. Here they are. 

  • Our bodies are powerful and wonderful. Treat them as such. 
  • It doesn't matter how many times you fall down. It matters how many times you get up and try again. 
  • Get the help you need to achieve what you want. Give yourself the tools and resources necessary for your success. 
  • You are the only one aware of your insecurities. Don't let them run your life. 
  • Give yourself grace. Respect your journey. 

Sometimes setbacks are just setups for comebacks. What appears to be a pit is really an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and create the life you want from scratch. Always be encouraged. A lesson will repeat itself until learned. What are the patterns in your life and what are they trying to communicate to you?  


Cheers to living your most authentic life,

xoxo 

Ranata 

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