9 things to share with your dermatologist at your next appointment

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One of the best things you can do as a patient is to arrive at your appointment prepared with information that will make the visit go as smoothly as possible. This is definitely the case when you are getting ready to see your dermatologist. We all want the best looking skin possible, which means seeing your dermatologist on a regular basis is very important.

Your skin doctor will do a check for any worrisome spots that could be cancer. She can also help you target specific skin issues, such as acne or greasiness. However, your dermatologist can’t help you get the best skin if you don’t tell her certain things.

Here are 9 things to share with your dermatologist at your next appointment.

1. Your Family History Of Skin Cancer 
Because skin cancer runs in families and can be partly blamed on genetics, you should let her know if anyone in your family has ever had melanoma or other types of skin cancer. That way she can keep an eye on your skin for similar issues.

2. Skin Changes 
If you’ve noticed any changes to your skin since your last appointment, make sure you tell your dermatologist about it. Some changes in moles are no big deal, but others can signify a health issue so it’s important to let him or her know any changes and/or new moles on your body. This could also be a scaly patch of skin you can’t get rid of. If you see the same dermatologist every year, she will probably have each year’s check up on record so she can make comparisons to detect these changes. However, you should always bring up any changes you’ve seen too so that you’re both on the same page.

3. Your History Of Sun Exposure & Tanning Beds 
Whether you tan without SPF or you spend time in the tanning booths, it’s important to be totally honest with your dermatologist. She won’t judge you, trust me. Your dermatologist has heard it all before and will appreciate your honesty. It might be embarrassing or make you feel you shameful, but let her know the real picture. She needs to know what kinds of things you’re doing that could harm your skin and it’s vital for the health of your skin.

4. Skincare Products You Use Daily
Tell your dermatologist about all of the products you put on your skin. That includes any cleansers, lotions, creams, serums or anything else you use regularly. You should also tell her about anything you only use occasionally. This will give your dermatologist a clear picture of why your skin might be doing what it’s doing. If you’re having issues, she can help determine if your products might be causing the problems.

5. Tell Your Dermatologist About Any Medications You Are Taking, Including Vitamins, Minerals And/Or Herbal Supplements
If your dermatologist prescribes something for you to take, it is imperative that he or she knows what you are already taking to avoid any potential drug interactions. Since some natural remedies can negatively interact with certain drugs, it is important to mention everything you take, even if it’s just a daily multi-vitamin or occasional garlic tablet. Your best bet is to take a bag containing all of your meds with you to the appointment so that she can see what you’re taking.

6. Tell Your Dermatologist About Your Lifestyle Habits 
You might want to skip this conversation, but many lifestyle choices can interfere with healthy skin, so be sure you are honest about this. You’ll need to tell your dermatologist whether you smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, eat a lot of junk food or skimp on sleep. All of these things have a solution, but you won’t know what that solution is if you keep things hidden.

7. Tell Your Dermatologist If You Are Pregnant Or Nursing
Your body changes in all sorts of ways when you are pregnant, and your skin will also behave in unusual ways when you are expecting. Knowing you are pregnant will help your doctor understand any skin issues you might be having. And again, if you need medication to treat a skin condition, being pregnant or nursing will definitely influence what, if any, medications can be prescribed.

8. What Facial Treatments Will Benefit My Skin
Few things are more luxurious than trip to the spa, but leaving with irritated skin ruins the whole day. Finding out if your skin won’t benefit from a facial (or that a facial will actually harm your skin) ahead of time will save you a lot of stress and money.

9. Discuss Your Environment 
Your dermatologist will probably want to know what kind of laundry soap you use, what pets you have and what your job entails. These things can contribute to your skin issues so it’s important to tell her everything. Write this info down and if she doesn’t ask you about it, hand her the list and tell her you want to see if any of these things could be at play.

A lot of people find that making a list and/or jotting down the information above is really useful—a lot of people develop “white coat syndrome” when in the doctor’s office and end up forgetting most of what they want to say. Write down the information suggested in the 9 topics above, and it will make your appointment go that much faster and smoother.

Are you established with a dermatologist? Do you think it’s important to see one? Why or why not? Share in the comments section below!

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10 tips to help you to get promoted

Hello beauties!

I’m so excited to share with you a great news – I’VE BEEN PROMOTED!!! Last Monday, my office coordinator and our site coordinator called me to their office and asked me if I will be interested in taking a coordinator position at Otolaryngology office. I was ecstatic!!! My first thought was, my hard work and determination finally paid off. Proudly, I accepted the position. As many of you know, and for those who don’t I work for a big medical group with over 80 physicians. I worked for the company for almost 4 years. I admit, that I left to work for another company for 2 months, but quickly realized that it wasn’t for me, so I went back. The truth is, I enjoy the place and people I work with. I love interacting with patients that come to the office. My goal was to become an office coordinator one day and it’s finally happening. The truth is, the promotion didn’t come easy. I had to work very hard for it and like I said before, the hard work paid off. I can proudly say now that I’m officially an office coordinator!

Are you ready to move up? If you want to get a promotion, you’ll need to be patient team player while also being an ambitious self-promoter. It’s a difficult balance to strike, but I found that these 10 tips can help you to get promoted. It worked for me and I know it will work for you too! So, let’s get started.

1. Develop New Knowledge And Expertise
One of the best ways to succeed in getting a promotion is to expand your knowledge and skills sets in areas that are critical to the organization. It’s not enough to be great at your job; you also have to develop skills that prepare you for more responsibility. When you gain skills and qualifications far beyond what your current job requires, your employer may see keeping you in that job as a waste of your talents.

2. Ask For More Responsibilities
Volunteering to help out other departments or teams — or simply asking for more responsibilities — increases your value within the company. Asking for more work shows your interest and desire to help your department and company to succeed — as well as putting a spotlight on your value to the organization.

3. Present Yourself Professionally
Earn a reputation for being dependable, professional, and cooperative. Dress professionally and neatly — even on business casual days. Ask questions when you aren’t sure how to do something. Dare to be different — make yourself stand out from the pack. Keep a positive outlook on things, even when in tough situations. Don’t whine or complain – or blame others — when things don’t go your way. Make a name for yourself in your industry through conferences, articles, speeches. Don’t be a clock-watcher. Be a problem-solver. Don’t go to your boss with problems. If a difficult situation arises, be sure to come up with at least one solution before seeking your boss’s blessing for dealing with the situation. Problem-solvers get promoted. Complainers who expect the boss to solve all their problems don’t.

4. Be A Team Player
Because so much of work is now accomplished through teams — departmental or cross-functional — it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures. And by being a team player, you only build your reputation and increase your value to the organization.

5. Be Drama-Free
In an office environment, we have to work closely with different personalities and in less-than-ideal situations. Unless there’s a real problem (you feel unsafe or can’t complete your work), keep complaints to yourself. Your job is to make your boss’s life easier, not plop your drama on his or her lap. Save that for your friends and family or your diary. If you gossip a lot, it’s a problem.

6. Smile
Smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Working in the medical field I find it very important to smile. You don’t need to blind every passerby with your pearly whites, but remember that no matter how close your deadline or how heavy your workload, other people will take their cues from you. If you’re snapping at co-workers and frowning, they’ll snap and frown right back. Instead, take a breath, put on a smile, and show your boss you appreciate the opportunity.

7. Take Notes
Taking notes is an incredible way to show respect to people. It shows you’re listening and that you think what they are saying is important. Your notes serve as your guide to doing your job better, too; you can easily refer to the important information you need to succeed whenever you need it, without delay. Taking notes actually makes you smarter. When you have a collection of thorough, thoughtful notes all in one place (that you actually revisit from time to time), you start to see connections between things you otherwise wouldn’t have seen and have information that other people don’t retain. This is how you’ll get great ideas, form new connections, and become the kind of innovator and leader who makes things really happen on your team.

8. Demonstrate A Strong Work Ethic
Know what others need from you, and deliver on time and accurately. If you are not sure, ask your boss and the people who count on you at work. The “powers that be” need to know that you are a dependable, “go-to person” and an expert in your area; master your position. Stay current in your area by reading articles, and noticing what competitors are doing.

9. Find A Mentor
Mentor relationships can be formal or informal. Mentors are people with whom you can talk openly and honestly about work-related issues. A mentor should be more experienced than you, and good mentors can point out your blind spots, offer suggestions, applaud your successes, and guide your career. Think about whom, besides your boss, might be open to spending time with you to help you grow. A mentor can also be instrumental in spreading positive press by championing your skills, talents and abilities throughout the organization to the right people.

10. Ask Your Boss About Growth Opportunities
If you don’t talk to your boss about growth opportunities and your career trajectory at the company, your boss might not even realize you’d like to get a promotion. You should make it clear to your supervisor that you’re looking to take on a bigger role so that you won’t get passed over for a promotion simply because no one knew you were interested. Even if you don’t think you’re ready to outright ask for a promotion, talking to your supervisor about your goals and ambitions is still a good idea. If you’re lacking in certain areas, your boss can tell you what you need to work on in order to be considered for a promotion or a pay raise. Not only will it give you an idea of changes that you need to make in your work and your behavior, it will show your boss that you’re actively trying to improve, which will definitely get you noticed in a good way.

Obviously, there are zillions of tips out there on how to get promoted. These are some of those I implemented myself. They worked for me and I know they can work for you too. Putting these into practice would greatly increase your chances of a promotion.

Have you been promoted recently or in the past? What tips do you have to help others to get a promotion? Share in the comments section below!

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things that made me happy #10

Hello beauties!

I hope all of you having a great weekend so far. “Weekly Recap | Things That Made Me Happy” is another series where I will be sharing all the things that made me happy. My goal is to spread some happiness and gratitude of little or big things that are happening in my life, and encourage others to share their happy/grateful things of the week.

Sometimes all it takes is gentle reminders of things that make us grateful or appreciative. I mean, we live in a world full of senseless violence, poverty, famine, and tragedy – reflecting on the positive, I find, makes me open my eyes a bit more to appreciate the little things…Don’t you agree?

Feel free to share things that made you happy this week. Here are mine ♡

Celebrating My Mother-In-Law’s 66th Birthday
My lovely mother-in-law Barbara turned 66 years old on Friday. This was our first time physically celebrating her birthday, since she now lives close to us. It’s so amazing to have her and my father-in-law near. Her son Alex came from Orlando to celebrate her birthday with all of us too. We all decided to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. This was mine and my husband’s first time dinning at this restaurant and we loved it. Great food, great atmosphere and most importantly we were all together. We all had a wonderful time! The best part about it was looking at Barbara’s face and seeing hiw happy she was to be among her 2 sons, grandchild and me, her daughter-in-law.

Being Promoted At Work
Monday, August 1 – the day I got a promoted to be a coordinator at Otolaryngology office. Truly, my first thought when I was offered a new position was, hard word finally paid off and I’m so honored that they picked me from many other employees that work in our medical office. It wasn’t easy, I worked very hard to get where I am today. I still have a lot to learn and I want to do my best as an office coordinator. But, I’m ready to move forward and I’m ready to face new challenges. Bring it on!

Angelika Coming Back Home
My oldest daughter, Angelika was away for a month in Virginia. She was visiting her dad and our family who still live there. She had an amazing time. She got to do a lot of fun things and see those she loves the most. It was her first time flying. She said the experience was mesmerizing. I missed her a lot and I’m so happy to have her back with me here in Florida. She made great memories and looking forward to see family again soon.

Getting Off From Work Early On Friday
I didn’t expect to be off early on Friday, so it was a nice suprise. I’ve been working late lately and I’m sure with being at a new position I’ll be staying even later. It was nice to get a little break and get off from work earlier then expected.

Recognized At Work For A Being The Best At Customer Service
Our company decided to implement customer services classes for all the employees and physicians in our group. It’s a great way to remind everyone how important customer service is for the company because of potential complaints. I was honored to be recognized someone who has an exceptional customer service skills in front of the class. I see myself teaching a class in the future and encourage everyone to deliver the best customer service experience to all of our patients, staff and physicians.

What things made you happy this week? Share in the comments section below!

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top 10 blog posts

Hello beauties!

Happy Friday! I hope all of you had a great week. “Weekly Reads | Favorite Blog Posts” is a series where I will be sharing my top 10 favorite blog posts I’ve read through out the week. I love to read different variety of posts, so expect a little bit of everything. So, with that said, grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, maybe something to snack on, relax and let’s unwind together.

Happy reading!

1. Do you have those days when you feel stressed after a long day? These days it seems everyone is living and breathing stress. Trying to undo the tension can just add more stress if you take the wrong approach. But there’s no need to do that; there are ways to get stress relief. Here are “10 Ways To De-Stress After A Bad Day”, a post written by Paula. Remember, you don’t have to live with tension. In fact, not only is tension unpleasant, but it is unhealthy. Keep trying out stress-relief techniques until you find the ones that work for you.

2. Have you ever sat on the couch convincing yourself to get up and go to the gym? It can go on for hours on end, and then by the time you’re almost motivated enough, you’ve probably frittered away enough time that you’ve got things to do. Then the guilt sets in. Then the cycle continues. Well, there is hope. I’m sharing with you today a great post, called “How To Get Motivated To Get In Shape”. It was written by Jasmin, a woman behind a blog “Macarons & Mascara”.

3. Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back. It holds you back from seizing your opportunities. It makes getting started or finishing things harder than they need to be. So how can you get around that, how can you overcome those times of self-doubt and fear so that you can move forward once again? Here are “5 Tips For Overcoming Fear And Self Doubt”, a post written by Jasmine.

4. Here are “64 Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas To Kick Bloggers Block In The Butt”, a post written by Kirstie. There are many ideas to choose from when you have a writers block.

5. It’s not uncommon for employees to have a bad day or two — or week. And it’s pretty common for the average person to gripe about a boss or co-worker from time to time. While leaving a job can present an inconvenience to your personal life, it may be the best option for your long-term satisfaction. Today, I’m sharing a great post, written by Jen Donovan, called “When Quitting Your Job Could Do More Good Then Harm”. This post was featured on “Hello Hustle”.

6. I can’t believe that summer is almost gone. Even though we have one month left, there is still plenty of time to do fun things. Here are “Fun Ways To Make The Summer Awesome”, a post written by Jasmine. Enjoy it while it lasts.

7. It’s a question we get regularly. How do you manage to keep up with all the travel blogging and social media when you are traveling? It can be a daunting task keeping up with social media, pushing out quality content and editing photos and videos while traveling. But it can be done. Here are “Blogging Tips: How To Blog While Traveling”, a post written by Nadia. She is an awesome blogger, so make sure you check out her blog “Miel And Mint”.

8. Pinterest is a visual feast of all sorts. I often find myself getting carried away swooning over incredible images, inspired by amazing quotes and pinning great business and blogging articles to read later on. Have you ever wondered how you can harness the power of Pinterest to make it really work for your blog? Here is “Bloggers Guide To Pinterest”, a post written by Beth.

9. When people start to love themselves more each day, it’s amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships either improve, or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin. Today, I’m sharing an inspirational post, called “10 Steps To Self Love”, written by Jemma.

10. Many people have trouble with their habits because they don’t follow a morning routine “system” for sticking to them. It’s easy to forget about a new routine when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations. Today, I’m sharing a very helpful post, called “What Does Your Perfect Morning Looks Like?”, a post written by Catherine. Back in December, she asked in survey; what the perfect morning would look like for her readers. You can read some of the answers in her post + some of her own tips.

Which posts you enjoyed reading the most? Please share some of your thoughts with me in the comments section below!

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questions to ask yourself before chopping your hair

Hello beauties!

In the beginning of this year I have decided to cut my hair short, shoulder length short. Yes, I did and I’m so happy I did it! I always had my hair long as long as I can remember, and I just simply got tired of it. I found myself wearing it in a pony tail or up in one of those donut/top knot-wirey-mesh-things due to the fact that my hair down made me hot and dewy. Plus, I was always afraid to cut it short. I always thought that because I have a round face it would look unattractive, my face will look more fatter and I will hate it. After some thinking, looking through million of photos of women with short hair and similar face shape as mine, I just went for it. I also would like to advise you that I have consulted with my hairdresser before cutting it. I have been her customer for over 3 years now and I most definitely respect and honor her opinion. I’ve seen her work and I know that she is very knowledgeable and most importantly truthful.

You probably take more chances with your hair than I do, which means that you are better with the thinking that ‘hair grows’ and nothing has to be permanent. That being said, not every haircut is a winner and you should ask yourself the questions below before you go any further!

Do You Really Want It?
Sometimes the idea of doing something new and different can be appealing if you’re bored and looking for something to do, which is where the idea of getting a haircut comes in! Make sure you truly want a haircut because as you know, there’s no going back once it’s done! This is especially worth thinking about if you’re a super spontaneous and spur-of-the-moment kind of girl!

Is It Going To Suit You?
Not everyone considers if a certain hair cut will suit them and only realise this after it’s been done and they’re having trouble styling their hair the next morning! It’s true that different haircuts suit various face shapes, so determine which you have and see if it’s a match made in heaven or best to opt for another style instead!

Do You Trust Your Hairdresser?
You may think that if you ask any hairdresser to cut your hair they will all do the same thing, however this isn’t always true. Going to a hairdresser that you know personally or have been going to for a decent amount of time is your safest chance of getting the haircut you want and not ending up with anything else! If you’re thinking of going to someone new who’s never cut your hair, how do you know you can trust them to do a good job and achieve the look you’re after?

Do You Have A Celeb Hair Example?
Another great thing to consider before you get a haircut is finding a celebrity (in a magazine that you can bring it or just a photo on your phone) that has the haircut you’re after. A visual image will help your hairdresser out heaps by showing them exactly what you want, especially if they don’t quite understand when you try explaining it to them!

Do You Want A Change
You should only get a haircut if you really want a change! If you’re undecided or are still considering the idea, wait until you’re 100% sure you want to have it done to save yourself any regret you may have later on. Be certain that this is what you want!

Do You Have A Realistic Expectation?
Some people raise their expectation when it comes to getting a new haircut, thinking it will solve lots of their problems and make their lives way better! While it’s true that you may feel heaps better and more confident with a new haircut, keep a hold of realistic expectations that it may not change much else – you’re still going to be yourself and not your fave celeb!

Are You Comfortable With Haircuts?
This might not cross everyone’s minds but it’s still worth thinking about! If you’ve gotten your hair cut many times before, you’re probably familiar with having shorter hair and the actual process of getting it cut than someone who has never, ever had theirs cut and is considering doing it for the first time. Only get yours cut if you feel totally comfortable!

Did You Consider Your Hair Texture?
Choosing a short hairstyle should be based not only off of your face shape, but your hair texture as well. While thin and straight hair work for cuts, he says, hair with a slight wave or texture can be the best since they require less maintenance. Extremely curly hair, however, tends to behave better longer. It can look good short, but you’re going to need to get the right kind of cut. Consider getting lots of layers and thinning out the hair to make the transition easier to maintain.

So what’s the verdict? Will you be chopping your hair? Share in the comments section on my blog!

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