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Future of Tourism in Colombia

Thanks to new hotel offerings, direct flights and a global focus on responsible travel,
Colombia is ushering in a new era of tourism.

Colombia has been named the number one trending destination for tourism in 2020 by the United States Tour Operators Association, and the experts at True Colombia Travel and Cannúa say this is only the beginning, as new hotels, flight paths and mindsets are driving change in the country’s tourism industry. 

For the latter half of the last decade, backpackers have dominated the tourism scene in Colombia – typically younger travelers with ample time yet modest budgets. According to Brian Schon, co-founder and director of True Colombia Travel, a locally-owned and led tour operator offering custom cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout Colombia, the next five years will see incredible changes in the way travelers can experience Colombia, giving way to a different type of visitor. 

“From the type of hotels being built, to the increased accessibility from North America and what’s opening up within the country, it’s really incredible to see Colombia’s tourism growth unfolding in front of our eyes,” Schon says. “The country is only just starting to realize its tourism potential when it comes to being upscale and unique, and it is on track to be a major destination this decade for discerning travelers, looking for more luxury options, quick getaways and responsible practices.” 

Here are several key predictions from Colombia’s travel experts for the next few years: 

Shorter Trips Packed with Punch

As airlines start to offer more direct flights to Colombia from Canada and the United States, more North Americans will take advantage of Colombia as a quick getaway location, opening up whole new realm of unexplored opportunities for northern dwellers looking for an accessible, warm-weather escape.  

“In the past, most visitors came for at least 10 days, with many of them staying 2 weeks, 3 weeks, even a month – in large part because it was so complicated to get here,” says Schon. “Now we are starting to get a ton of requests for week-long trips or even 4-5 days. People are recognizing that they can pop down to Colombia the same way they would to Florida, Puerto Rico or Mexico.” 

While longer trips allow travelers to see more of Colombia and get to know the culture, Schon says there is still a lot of value in a short visit. 

“The beauty of Colombia is you can go from the mountains to the beach within the same day, so there are lots of options to people who are short on time, especially if they stick to a specific geographic region,” says Schon. “In Antioquia, for example, guests can spend five days paragliding, hiking on pre-hispanic trails, exploring local caves, searching for wild hippos, and liberating endangered turtles.” 

“Cutting down on layovers and travel time makes a quick jaunt to Colombia a lot more accessible, and North Americans will continue to discover this.”

More Boutique Luxury Hotels in Rural Areas   

Colombia has seen incredible growth in its hotel sector, moving from a hostel-focused industry to one with luxury offerings in the big city centers of Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, and Barranquilla. But with the recent opening of the boutique retreat Cannúa – sister company of True Colombia Travel – on Dec. 1, 2019 in Antioquia, hotel development is now starting to extend to rural areas. 

“The magic of Colombia really comes from our rural areas – the Andes mountain towns, the Amazon basins, the unexplored Pacific Coast,” says Santiago Giraldo, General Manager and co-founder of Cannúa. “Typically, non-backpacking travelers base themselves in city centers, as there are lots of luxury offers there, and take day trips to rural regions; now, however, they can start to enjoy that same level of luxury in some of the most beautiful pockets of the country.” 

Giraldo predicts there will be a rush over the next five years to construct these types of rural, high-end retreats, allowing for people to base themselves in remote areas closer to small villages, pre-hispanic treks or rushing waterfalls – especially as there is proof this concept works. 

“We’ve seen this happen before in other countries with strong tourism sectors,” Giraldo says. “People are already latching on to what Cannúa offers, just as people latched onto the eco retreats of Costa Rica and the jungle villas of Thailand and the mountain lodges of Peru – and investors are sure to start taking notice soon, too.”

Responsible Approaches to Unexplored Regions

The past few years saw areas of Colombia open up to travelers and locals alike following the country’s historic peace accord in 2016, including the jungles around Puerto Berrio and the wild Pacific Coast, but some of it went too far: the Caño Cristales, a river known as the “melted rainbow” for its vibrant, multicolored hue, became such a popular, Instagrammable site that access to the area was restricted from visitor traffic in 2017 to give the overloaded ecosystem a break. 

With international travelers concerned with their environmental and cultural impact more than ever before, the next five years of travel in Colombia will see stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry focus on responsible growth. 

“There’s a lot of potential for tourism to make a positive impact in these former ‘no-go zones,’ but it’s important that it’s developed in the right way,” Schon says. “We want to help make sure these communities are directly benefiting from opportunities created by tourism, and the ecosystems of Colombia – the second-most biodiverse country in the world – are protected.” 

In an effort to ensure these newly accessible regions do not become exploited or overcrowded, True Colombia Travels partners with local communities in every region they operate within to build thoughtful experiences focused on small-group, low-impact travel. 

“Our guests want to engage with nature, but they are also highly educated about the impact that travel can have on local communities and on the environment,” says Schon. “Colombian operators, especially those who see the potential for growth in these newly-accessible regions, are going to have to answer to international travelers who are focused on these issues and make responsible travel practices top-of-mind across the industry.”

For more information about True Colombia Travel’s fully-customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours in all corners of the country, visit www.truecolombiatravel.com

About True Colombia Travel 

True Colombia Travel specializes in offering fully customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout the rural and urban regions of Colombia. Owned and operated by locals who are passionate about their community, the TCT team is made up of bilingual artists, nature-lovers and world travelers committed to sharing Colombia’s secrets with visitors as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Welcoming families, groups, solo travelers and adventurers of all ages, True Colombia Travel creates personalized itineraries designed to showcase the people, heritage, culture and natural treasures that makes Colombia one of the most promising destinations in the world. 

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TYLER JACOB × SLINGSHOT

Written by Tyler Jacob

Edited by Vaughn Lowery

Photos/video by Karen Marseille

The 2020 new age, all improved, must-have Polaris Slingshot has been revealed in Vegas; and we had the exclusive chance to get behind the wheel. Not merely as beautiful on the outside, you can witness the time put into the fabrication as the interior matched the exterior. It’s the perfect blend of luxury and sport with the comfort of a compact vehicle but the ride thrill of a motorcycle.

It’s Automatic – New AutoDrive Transmission Allows More Drivers to Join the Slingshot Community 

New Polaris ProStar 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder Engine Delivers up to 203 Horsepower at 8250 RPM

Available with the New AutoDrive Transmission or Manual, each with 2 Drive Modes for a Customizable Drive

Fully Redesigned Interior and Upgraded Finishes Brings Refinement and Style Into the Cockpit

Revised Chassis and Suspension Improves Handling and Vehicle Dynamics

Musician turned model, Tyler Jacob took us behind the scenes to get a look at the stylish yet avant-garde 2020 Polaris Slingshot. This is the introduction of their four-cylinder engine featuring 70 percent new vehicle content, the 2020 Slingshot SL and Slingshot R take the Slingshot experience to a whole new level. 

“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” asserts Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”

INTERIOR

As we entered the cabin, we took note of the new premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-function controls and integrated cruise control which immediately redefines the personal connection between the driver and vehicle. The redesigned cockpit was purposeful in its execution. Keeping the driver and passenger top-of-mind, 2020 models featured the following enhancements: a padded center console, added storage compartments for mobile devices, enlarged and repositioned cup holders and LED interior lighting. 

TECHNOLOGY 

For 2020, Slingshot introduces exciting updates to its Ride Command infotainment system with a completely redesigned display featuring a new quad-core processor to provide a faster, more responsive interaction. Talk about driver intuition. The seven-inch display receives an improved viewing angle and even brighter screen, allowing drivers and passengers to easily view and interact with the system in broad daylight. Available as standard equipment for both models, Ride Command provides convenient access to key vehicle information and mobile phone pairing via two USB ports or via Bluetooth®. Drivers can access AM/FM radio or listen to their favorite music with crystal-clear audio thanks to the 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system. This system delivers a decent sound for lengthy road trips while the wind whisks pass your helmet.

Standard with the Slingshot R, and an optional upgrade for the SL, are Ride Command’s connected services featuring turn-by-turn navigation with an intuitive search system. The GPS offering includes special routing options to locate the shortest, fastest or most scenic route. Drivers can also build a route with multiple waypoints and access real-time traffic and weather overlays to ensure clear roads for the most enjoyable driving experience. By utilizing the Ride Command mobile app, drivers can remotely access key vehicle data and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time. 

“The 2020 lineup embodies what Slingshot stands for – a creative escape to enjoy the road ahead,” said Dougherty. “We are unveiling a vehicle that truly embodies the adventurous spirit the brand stands for, the social nature of our customers, and the stand-out attitude only a Slingshot can deliver.”

PERFORMANCE

At the heart of the 2020 Slingshot is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L. Tuned to perfection and put through an exhaustive track and on-road testing program, the ProStar 2.0L was designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. The SL packs 178 horsepower at an incredible 8500 RPM, while the new R model redlines at 8500 RPM and puts out a jaw-dropping 203 peak horsepower at 8250 RPM – an increase of 30 horsepower when compared to the previous powertrain. With an all-new tuned exhaust, the ProStar engine roars down the road, ensuring everyone within ear-shot will take notice. In addition, it possses better cornering and braking than it’s predecessor.

With an improved suspension and chassis, the 2020 Slingshot is a game-changer – offering a driving experience in-line with its bold, look-at-me styling. The 2020 Slingshot exterior features a refreshed frontasia with a bodacious new signature look that only Slingshot can own. Upgrades include: new front accent lighting; new LED headlamps and signature taillights; all-new wheels and wheel options and stand-out paint as well as graphic schemes.

Accessible via the Ride Command system, or right from the steering wheel, are Slingshot’s all-new drive modes. Whether standing out during a comfortable cruise downtown or embarking on a weekend adventure through the twisty backroads, each mode provides a personalized driving experience with the ultimate connectivity between vehicle and road. “Comfort” mode is best suited for leisurely rides, while “Slingshot” mode delivers a sporty, connected, high-revving driving experience. Perfect for grabbing attention while cruising on the beach or Las Vegas Strip.

DESIGN

Slingshot owners celebrate life in their own way, and customize their Slingshots to match. That self-expression is amplified with Slingshot Engineered Accessories. New for 2020 are 23 new accessories curated into inspirational collections, including a Design, a Weekender and a Premier series. The Design series makes a statement at every streetlight with a variety of colorful components options from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. The Weekender series features overnight bags and added storage options – allowing drivers to hit the road packed for adventure. Additionally, the smartly-styled Slingshade and Ripper Tinted Wind Deflector provide improved driver comfort and protection from the elements. The Premier series combines the best elements of function, style and comfort, including Ride Command navigation, premier wheel set, interior LED lighting, and a rear fender. Each series is specifically designed to inspire personalization, as all parts are sold individually – allowing drivers to mix and match to create the ultimate piece of self-expression. 

PRICEPOINT

Starting at $26,499, the SL with AutoDrive is available in Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive. Both R options are available in Stealth Black and Miami Blue paint colors.

The 2020 Slingshot lineup will ship to U.S. dealers this spring.

Pre-order.  

About Polaris Slingshot

Polaris Slingshot, a wholly-owned brand of Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), continues to define the category through style, ride experience and community with our three-wheeled autocycle. With AutoDrive and manual transmission options, an open cockpit, side-by-side seating, 5” ride height and a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, Slingshot comes in a variety of models that are sure to make a statement. Step into a Slingshot for an adventurous and unrivaled ride experience. Learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.  

*Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile.  It does not have airbags and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT-approved full-face helmet and fasten seatbelts. The Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.

**In the state of California, this vehicle can be operated without a helmet because it contains a steering wheel and foot brakes.  

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PEARL JAM – GIGATON

Pearl Jam has released the tracklisting for their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton which is set to be released via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl JamGigatonfeatures 12 tracks including the first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”. See the full tracklisting below. 

Gigaton is available for pre-order now at www.pearljam.com

Gigaton:
1. Who Ever Said
2. Superblood Wolfmoon
3. Dance of the Clairvoyants
4. Quick Escape
5. Alright
6. Seven O’Clock
7. Never Destination
8. Take The Long Way
9. Buckle Up
10. Come Then Goes
11. Retrograde
12. River Cross

About Pearl Jam
2020 officially marks 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live. Eleven studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful — with over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Stunna 4 Vegas – Rich Youngin

Rich Youngin — the new album from fast-rising North Carolina rapper Stunna 4 Vegas. Released via Billion Dollar Baby/Interscope Records, Rich Youngin includes appearances from Grammy Award-nominated rapper DaBaby (Stunna’s frequent collaborator), as well as Offset, Lil Baby, and Blac Youngsta. 

Listen to Rich Youngin by Stunna 4 Vegas HERE 

Featuring production from the likes of Bankroll Got It, Rvssian, and DJ Lil Sprite, Rich Youngin includes “Up the Smoke,” Stunna’s recent collaboration with Offset. The album arrives on the heels of BIG 4x — Stunna’s first project since signing to DaBaby’s Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment earlier this year. Soon after its release last May, BIG 4x shot to #50 on the Billboard 200. Last week, DaBaby joined Stunna in announcing the release date for Rich Youngin online. Along with opening for DaBaby on his recent North American tour in support of his chart-topping album KIRK, Stunna accompanied his mentor in DaBaby’s October appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Backed by The Roots, DaBaby and Stunna tore through three powerhouse tracks from KIRK: “INTRO,” “REALLY,” and “BOP.

Check out the performance HERE

Vaughn Lowery, Armon Hayes, Beyoncé, IVY PARK, Adidas

Adidas × Ivy Park

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

“These barriers are not going to stop me,” is the opening line of the latest #Adidas×IVYPARK campaign.

The highly anticipated collaboration with Beyoncé and ADIDAS made the world stop this past weekend. Like her music, the lifestyle brand is inclusive, evoking strength and identity. Gender fluid with neutral color pallets for effortless layering during the time of year. On trend. It’s aesthetically pleasing athleisure with the intended functionality backed by the workmanship of an apparel powerhouse.

The collection includes footwear which will entice any sneakerhead. Four sleek vibrant designs starting at $99 coupled with accessories and branded grillz.

In activation of the release, this week the Beyhive sent orange care packages to various celebrities: Megan Thee StallionReese WitherspoonCiaraCardi B and Diplo. Rolling racks, trunks and boxes were chosen by the superstar herself with ‘love and respect.’

360 MAGAZINE teammates rocked the unisex cargo sweat ($85) paired with matching sweatshirt. The Nite Jogger sneakers ($159) were enunciated with a branded key chain.

And, if you were one of the lucky handpicked few, you received a luggage tag alongside of an inserted note from the Queen Bey herself.

With many of the items being SOLD OUT within hours of its online discharge, this launch is sure to be one of the most successful drops in both brand’s histories. Definitely a strong departure from Topshop (originally a partnership with British billionaire Sir Philip Nigel Ross Green, she’s now the sole owner).

Buy HERE.

Available in select stores.

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The Disadvantages of Buying a New Car: The Ultimate Guide

One of the many disadvantages of buying a new car is the fact that the value immediately depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Each year, people buy over 17 million new cars in the United States. 

If you’re thinking of getting a vehicle, there’s a good chance you have considered buying a new car. You should always take into consideration the disadvantages of buying a new car. It’s a big decision, and you don’t want to rush into it.

Buying a car can be a great experience, and it can make you feel better. A lot of people avoid used vehicles because they have a stigma of being unreliable. That is not the case, with most used cars lasting for years before needing any work done. 

Disadvantages of Buying a New Car

One thing that most people don’t think of is the disadvantages of buying a new car. They believe that once you get a new car, it’ll run like perfect forever and won’t have any problems. The reality is that modern vehicles have disadvantages too. 

1. The Value Drops the Moment You Drive It 

The second you take your new car off the lot, the value of the car drops. Many new vehicles come with rebates and incentives that also immediately lower the value of the car. This means that while the car may cost you $30,000, it won’t be worth that the second you drive it off the lot. 

In general, a new car will lose 60 percent of its value after five years. That means if you purchased a new car for $20,000, It wouldn’t even be worth $10,000 after five years. Cars never stop depreciating, but after the five-year mark, the rate of decline slows down. 

2. New Cars Are Expensive 

Owning a car can be very expensive. One of the disadvantages of buying a new car is the upfront price that you’ll have to pay. There’s more to consider than the cost of the vehicle upfront, but that can be daunting by itself. 

New cars cost a lot of money, usually in the tens of thousands of dollars. Add to that the interest cost of a loan and finance charges, and you could end up spending a tremendous chunk of your income on a new vehicle. 

3. Insurance Is a Killer

The cost to insure a new car is based upon the value of that car. While the value continually decreases, your insurance does not go down as fast. If you’re carrying a note on the vehicle, you’ll have to pay for full coverage insurance, even if you don’t want or need it. 

The average monthly premium for a new vehicle can reach as high as $136. That comes out to over a thousand dollars a year that you’re spending on insurance alone. Insuring an older car can cost less than half that. 

4. Model and Year Dependability 

Car manufacturers are always adding and changing things on their new line ups every year. This can be a great benefit, but there’s something that most dealerships won’t tell you about. A harsh reality of the car market is that not all years and models are made as well as others.

New lines of vehicles and modified older ones can have reliability problems. While many cars undergo various tests, that doesn’t mean you’ll get one that could pass those tests. With the addition of so much digital technology, the potential problems increase exponentially. 

While a used car has reliable data from consumer reporting groups and reviews on dependability and performance, you won’t have the same luxury with a new vehicle. The reviews that come out have been paid for and don’t always reflect the quality of the car you’ll get.

5. The Cost to Tax and Title Your Vehicle

The cost of registering a vehicle varies based on state, but one thing that is true in every state is that the higher the price, the more taxes you have to pay. When you go to renew your tag, it will cost you more money. 

Some states even require that you pay tax on a vehicle you didn’t purchase in their state to get it tagged for that state. This means that the phantom costs of a new vehicle can be increased at every step of the car ownership process. 

6. New Cars Take A Long Time To Pay Off

Paying off a car loan that is worth $20 or $30 thousand will take you far more time than paying off a loan for a few thousand dollars. Most car loans are made out to be paid back in five to seven years. This means that you could be paying for that new car from the time your kid is in 5th grade until they graduate high school. 

Having a lot of debt will also make you less likely to be able to get another loan. If you want to buy a house or do anything that requires a loan, you’re going to have more trouble with a massive car loan out. 

Buying A Used Car 

A lot of people dream of buying new cars. This has been true for decades, for about as long as cars have been around.  For most of us, however, buying used cars tends to be a better investment and cost us a lot less. 

Used cars used to have a bad reputation because of dependability, but since the early 2000s, cars are more reliable than ever. That reliability does not magically go away because the car is resold. You can benefit from the same modern reliability from a vehicle that is ten years old or more. 

Don’t Be Fooled By The New Car Shine

The disadvantages of buying a new car are many, yet there are some advantages. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that you’re going to be coming out ahead. You won’t. 

Do your research and purchase a car from a year that is dependable and well maintained. Saddling yourself with almost a decade of debt doesn’t have to be the price of owning a vehicle.  

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How CBD Oil is made: The Ultimate Ethanol Extraction Guide

Recent medical research shows that Cannabinoid (CBD) has the potential to ease symptoms of various ailments such as cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis and more. CBD, which is one of the 85 different compounds that naturally occur in a cannabis plant, is growing in popularity for its medical applications. 

CBD products act as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatories

The users cannot gain these benefits from just buying a hemp plant from a supplier. The compound that offers these excellent benefits must be extracted and transformed into a consumable product by a professional. 

Ethanol extraction is one of the best methods to extract CBD oils. 

How Ethanol Extraction Process Works

The ethanol extraction method involves introducing a solvent (ethanol) to the hemp plant to extract the cannabinoid. Ethanol then helps dissolves the natural chlorophyll of the hemp plant along with essential oils and cannabinoids. This results in a green-colored CBD oil. A simple filtering process helps remove the green discoloration. 

Additional steps after extraction

The CBD extract must pass through a few other processes before it is ready for pet and human consumption. 

  • Decarboxylation

This is the process that helps activate CBD oil. Before this process is done, the extract is still in an inactive form, and the CBD and THC present in the plant haven’t reached their full potential. 

These phytocannabinoids are in an acidic state, which is better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). The elements must pass through the decarboxylation process to make the inactive components active and get a high-quality end-product.

  • Winterization

Winterization is the process used to remove unwanted fatty acids, chlorophyll, plant materials, terpenes, and cannabinoids found in the CBD extract. This act helps dissolve non-polar substances (such as hash oil) into a polar substance (in most cases, ethanol) at sub-zero temperatures. 

The process forces lipids (fatty acids) and waxes from the crude extract to the uppermost part of the mixture. Then, they are removed through a simple filtration process.

Downsides of Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol readily mixes with water which breaks down water-soluble molecules such as chlorophyll. Unfortunately, chlorophyll is one major “undesirable” ingredient. The ethanol extraction method can produce a green, grassy product which is also undesirable. 

Some industry leaders like Capna Sytems have invented ways to reduce the need for additional processes during the ethanol extraction method. For example, by using multiple ethanol extractions, they mitigate the presence of chlorophyll among other undesirables.

Why Ethanol Extraction is the Safest Method

According to the FDA, ethanol is the safest method of extraction and is already being used in the extraction of many other conventional medicines and foods. 

The main aim of extraction is to produce cannabinoids that are not just pure but also highly concentrated for pet and human consumption. Unlike other methods of extraction, ethanol extraction provides a high-quality end product with up to 99% purity. Also, it is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods available.

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How To Stay Healthy the Easy Way

At the beginning of the year many people may make resolutions, whether it is going to an e cig shop instead of buying another pack of cigarettes, or vowing to lose 20 pounds. However, many may also find that it is easier to make a resolution than to keep it. That doesn’t mean, though, that getting or staying healthy needs to feel difficult. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to try to get healthier the easy way.

Eat More

While some may focus on what they can’t eat when they are trying to improve their diet, focusing on what you can eat may make the process easier. By focusing more on including foods that are good for you, it may help you to keep your mind off of the things that you are trying to eat less. 

Work Out Less

Sometimes, intense workouts can put undue stress on the body and ultimately lead to weight retention and gain. Although working out may be a healthy decision for most, if you find yourself dreading workouts or feeling overly exhausted after you’ve exercised, reevaluating your workouts may be a good idea. Also, many health benefits may still be gained from more relaxed types of exercise, such as nature walks or yoga. 

Sleep In

Although sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it may have a significant impact on your overall health. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body is often unable to undergo the healing processes that it normally would during the night. Even if you find it difficult to get the full recommended eight hours of sleep, simply aiming for an extra hour or two could potentially make a difference in your health. 

Go Easy on Yourself

Even though some may feel bad about not being able to stick to resolutions, the reality is that it may not be worth it to stress out if you’ve veered off course. Stress can be damaging to health, and feeling bad about not reaching or sticking to a goal often won’t make it any easier to reach it. Because of this, learning to go easy on yourself when it comes to resolutions could be a better option. 

The Takeaway

Making a resolution to improve your health can be admirable, however, it isn’t always easy. Just because it may not always be easy to stick to health goals doesn’t mean that you should just give up on them. By being patient and understanding with yourself, your goals could potentially be more attainable than you might think. 

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Tips on Getting Brooklyn Tattoos You’ll Love

Getting a tattoo is a big decision. Especially if we are talking about your fist one. Because you are stuck with it for life (yes, you can laser remove it later, but that is way more painful and expensive than getting a tattoo), you want to make a good choice. Here are some great tips on getting the tattoo you love when in Brooklyn.

Think it through 

Don’t rush it. I mean it, do not ever make a hasty decision when thinking about getting tattooed. Don’t even think about getting one while drunk, because you might regret it the next day. So, take your time. No one is rushing you; you have all the time in the world to choose your perfect design. And another piece of advice – do not get tattooed while young and never ink your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s name.

Find the perfect idea

The process of finding the perfect tattoo can be lengthy, especially if you do not have something specific in mind. Some know that they want dragons, others the picture of their favorite pet or flowers. Even then, when you know what you want, you should take your time and do your research. Let’s say, for example, that you want to get a rose. Because there are so many stages of a rose, you should look up all of them and see which one suits you best. Don’t forget about the color – although red is the most frequent choice, you might want to go with pink, yellow or even blue. You will get some good advice on finding the perfect tattoo idea right here: https://tatring.com/getting-tattooed/TattooAdvice-2

The size always matters

The size of the tattoo is also very important and no one can decide that other than you. Think about how big you want it to be. If you do not want it to stand out so much, go for a small one. Do not exaggerate and do not just imagine how it will look like. Find a drawing you like and print it to see how it looks like on your body.

Where do you want it? 

After size, there’s placement. It’s not the same if you get your tattoo on your back (which will be covered most of the time) or your wrist. How visible do you want it to be? Think about other aspects such as your job – in cases such as teaching, for example, tattoos can be frowned upon. Also, the pain level when getting a tattoo varies depending on the area.

Find the perfect Brooklyn tattoo artist for you

Once you’ve decided that you really want a tattoo, you must start searching for a good artist. You do not want it to be made by an artist friend who does not have any experience in the field – no matter how nice of you that would be, remember that your tattoo will stick with you forever. This is why you need the best tattoo artist in town. Even if you are not from Brooklyn, you can travel there to check out tattoo shops like Hand of Glory Tattoo. You need an experienced artist, open to answer all your questions.

This is why you should first think about booking an appointment with the artist. Tell him about your vision and if you have only some sketches, he might help you get the drawing done. He will help you with any questions tattoo and pricing-related, but it is not his job to choose the final variant of the tattoo. That is totally up to you.

Take good care of your new tattoo 

When you leave the tattoo shop, make sure to ask for some tending advice. To heal properly, a tattoo must be taken good care of. You should neither expose the tattoo to sun rays nor bathe while it is still healing. You can also read some more on the subject here. It’s important to know how to attend to your tattoo from the very beginning. If you believe that it is not healing properly, you can revisit your tattoo artist to get his opinion on the matter, but if you follow his advice and take good care, everything should be alright. It’s time to enjoy your new tattoo! 

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LA DESIGN COMMUNITY

LA Architect and UCLA Professor Abeer Sweis designs (and remodels) homes to better withstand fires. She also uses sustainable materials.

Changing seasons have increased fire hazards, so she uses the latest fire grade materials to better prepare homeowners. A home designed by Sweis in Ojai’s fire zone survived. When the Thomas Fire blazed through, it reached the property, but it didn’t burn it down. https://www.sweiskloss.com/fire Feel free to ask questions. Sweis is available on the phone and on location here in LA. About SweisKloss

Abeer Sweis | design partner

At heart, Abeer is both an architect and interior designer. While she also has intimate knowledge of construction and structural engineering, it is her innate ability to look at a potential project and see the myriad of design possibilities that has helped make her company a success.

Abeer knew at a young age that she wanted to be an architect. When she was 10, her family moved from her native Amman, Jordan to Los Angeles, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University. While working as a designer at a small architecture firm, she acquired the technical knowledge and business skills to build her own company. In 1998, she started her own design firm, and in 2006 she partnered with her husband Jeff Kloss to create the construction side of the company, fulfilling their design + construct vision.

Since 1995, Abeer has taught at UCLA Extension, Cal Poly Pomona, Pierce College, Woodbury University and other Los Angeles area design schools. A leader in her community, she is a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and an involved parent of two rapidly growing children.

Jeff Kloss | construction partner

A licensed general contractor and go-to guy for all things construction, Jeff has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University where he and Abeer met. While he was pursuing his degree, he worked for a local construction company and discovered his appreciation for building.

Jeff went on to manage the construction of exclusive restaurants, high-end retail projects and custom homes for the Marshall Group before leading institutional projects at CW Driver such as The Cerritos Public Library, Jewish Home for the Aging and the Torrance YMCA. He also oversaw multiple modernization projects for the La Crescenta Valley and El Segundo School Districts.

After learning all aspects of construction on a variety of large-scale jobs, Jeff started to miss collaborating with a team and working on projects that were more intimate and personal for the end user. Thus, the perfect opportunity presented itself to join forces with Abeer to create their full-service design + construct  firm. Jeff is an active parent, coach and mentor in Boy Scout Troop T2 and AYSO Soccer. From leading a hike or canoe trip, to refereeing soccer games, he enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.