All posts filed under: Voice

5 Ways to Spring into Total Happiness This Season

Smell the flowers? Hear the birds? Feel the glorious sunshine? Spring has arrived, and with it, joy should be blossoming. There is a beautiful freshness in the air during this season of rejuvenation. Take advantage of this time and amp up your mood with these easy spring-oriented steps: #1. Embrace Positivity Happiness starts with attitude. Adopt a disposition as bright and cheery as the blue spring sky. Look at the beauty around you and remember how lucky you are to be alive, enjoying the warmth and splendor of the springtime. An optimistic outlook is essential. It allows you to persevere in the face of challenges. Be hopeful this spring; start smiling. #2. Add Color to Your Wardrobe Say goodbye to those dark hue outfits you were obsessed with in winter. It’s time to add some brighter color to your wardrobe. This isn’t only a fashion decision, but a decisive mood changer. According to Constance Hart, a color therapy expert, “color has an effect on our psyche,” where our mood is directly influenced by the clothes …

Building Peace in a State of Chaos with Kate Alexander

Peace, love, and acceptance; these are all terms that seem like a pipe dream to some of what we are facing in society today. Humans are scared and desperate for any sign of relief or security. To some of us, it is just a hope that this wild concept of “peace” will someday be achieved. And then, there are the forces behind the movement; those who have set their life goals on that exact idea. Kate Alexander is one of them. Involved in activism since the age of twelve, Alexander has worked in peace activism and community organizing for ten years and is now Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State. Alexander’s passion for peace is something that anyone could admire, especially in present day where the fight for justice is more eminent than ever. Alexander’s voice gives us all hope that “with a strong group of activists, anything is possible: peace included.” YHM: What inspired you to get into peace-building and public policy? Kate Alexander: Peace is essential because war is …

5 Ways to Stop Body Shaming During the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with joy, thanks, and giving to others; however, this is also the most popular time of year for ridicule, judgment, and shaming towards our bodies and others. It is important that we recognize this epidemic of body shaming so we can properly avoid it and make our holidays as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few tips for making this year an even memorable time with family and friends. #1. Stop feeling guilty. This season is a time for celebrations, which leads to lots and lots of good food. So why do we need to feel bad about it? Rather than enjoying the celebrations going on around us, we worry about what’s on our plate—and that is how body image becomes a problem. Have fun in the presence of those you love and stop feeling guilty. #2. Don’t let the words of others influence your image of yourself. You are constantly surrounded by people during the holiday season. No matter what kind of diet they are on, …

5 Ways Bloggers Changed the Entrepreneurial Game Forever

Typically, we think of an entrepreneur as a person who organizes and operates a business. But in the past decade, the Internet has challenged both meanings of “entrepreneurship” and “business.” With the rise of blogs, beauty, fashion, and food bloggers have turned into entrepreneurs, responsible for creating businesses out of their websites. Here are five ways digital influencers have changed the entrepreneurial game forever and how you can follow suit.

Letters to Hillary: You Are Our Champion

The 2016 United States presidential election results have left a bitter, cold, and sad feeling amongst many. While it might feel too soon to move on and accept what has happened, we can cherish the monumental movement Hillary Clinton has started for women in America. Whether you agreed with her stance or not, you cannot deny the success she has obtained: professionally and socially. She has changed the standards. She has transformed the game. This was more than politics for women and for that we thank you, Hillary. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. My team and I strive to make Young Hot & Modern a place where the voices of women can be heard and after the election results were announced our job has never felt more meaningful. Below are notes from young women expressing how Hillary Clinton has inspired and impacted them. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO SHOWED ME TO BE STRONG. THIS IS FOR THE WOMAN WHO TAUGHT ME TO STAND UP FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN. THIS …

Dear Young Voters, It’s Your Future

Dear young voters, it’s your future that is on the line! It’s tough—as a student, you’re balancing fifteen or more credits, working, and planning your life after graduation. It’s not always easy to make time to prepare for each election. However, it is an important task. In fact, voting is a civic duty. Young people are known for having strong voices when it comes to opinions on social and political issues, yet they are some of the hardest people to get to the voting polls. The choice is in the people’s hands on who will oversee their government and make major decisions for the population. Electorates in all branches of government make pertinent decisions which affect young people of America: minimum wage, taxes, college tuition, health care, human rights, and new jobs. These are important issues university students—Millennials—should be focused on and concerned with. In the recent generation, statistics show that on average only half of citizens age 18-24 participate in elections, and voters of the same age make up 19% of the voter population. …