You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Foster Mindfulness at Home


Are you the type of person who likes to dream about all the fancy ways you’d upgrade your home if you suddenly came into millions of dollars?

I sure am. I’d redo my entire kitchen and build walk-in bedroom closets even if it meant putting an addition on the house.

You know what’s never occurred to me, though? Putting a reflecting pool in the backyard or stringing up a hammock in my own open-air yoga studio.

But those are some of the things Jeny Mathis built into her Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, house in her quest for circumspection and tranquility.

“When you build and design a house, you can design it in a way to cultivate mindfulness,” Mathis told The Wall Street Journal.

Mathis isn’t an outlier in the mindful-housing trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, architects are building similar spaces into luxury homes across the country.

For instance, the article also mentions a group of “wellness residences” under construction in Palm Beach, Florida, that include showers infused with Vitamin C, heated reflexology floors and more.

Other luxury homes around the country come equipped with perks like a meditation studio, bird sanctuary or massage room.

Those are cool amenities if you can afford them, but they’re vastly outside of my meager home- improvement budget.

Of course, if you’re a regular reader of The Penny Hoarder, you know we like to find ways to pamper ourselves and practice mindfulness without emptying our bank accounts in the process.

If you enjoy living like royalty on a provincial budget, give these relaxation and mindfulness ideas a try.

  • Vitamin C-infused shower heads can cost upwards of $ 100. For that amount of money, I expect it to be made out of hand-forged metal collected from a tiny mining village in the Alps. I’d rather make my own bath bombs for less than seven bucks and climb into the tub.
  • Meditation studios and massage rooms are cool and all, but why spend good money to build space in your house for something you’ll only use once or twice a day? A pair of earbuds and a relaxing adult coloring book will set you back only about $ 20. Take them into your closet, sit on the floor and you’ve got yourself a sensory-deprivation chamber — only less wet.
  • Fashion your own relaxation grotto for a whole lot less than it costs to hire an interior designer to create an expensive in-home spa. You could even rent it out to friends for a nice little side hustle. That is, if you don’t mind other people wearing your bathrobe.
  • A dedicated yoga studio? Please. All you need to get your down dog on is a yoga mat and six feet of floor space. Depending on the size of your bathroom, you could limber up right next to the tub before you jump in.

We know practicing mindfulness keeps us happy and healthy. And you can’t put a price tag on that.

Peace out.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. If you’re looking for her, she’ll be in her relaxation grotto.

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Soldiers of Fortune: How 3 Army Vets Allegedly Became International Hitmen

A federal trial that began this week in New York City will determine whether or not three former U.S. soldiers, including an Army sniper with Special Forces training, traveled as mercenaries to the Philippines to kill a real estate agent on behalf of a South African crime lord.

Joseph Hunter, Adam Samia, and David Stillwell are accused of participating in a 2012 contract killing for $ 35,000 each resulting in the murder of Catherine Lee, who the trio’s alleged boss, Paul Le Roux, felt cheated him in a land deal, according to the Associated Press. While Stillwell admits to driving the van Lee was shot twice in, the men deny actually planning or partaking in the killing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Egan begs to differ. “These men are criminals and they committed brutal murders,” the prosecutor said in the Manhattan courtroom Tuesday, according to the Daily Beast.

The prosecution alleges that Hunter, 52, was doing security for Le Roux — who globally trafficked drugs and weapons — when he recruited Samia and Stillwell from the U.S. to take part in the hit. Hunter equipped them with silenced firearms, Egan said, before they staked Lee out and contacted her pretending to be interested clients.

“If Paul Le Roux wanted somebody killed, these guys got the call,” Egan said, according to the AP. “For these men, more murders meant more money.”

Egan said that as Stillwell drove the van in a rural region outside of the Philippines’ capital, Manila, Samia shot Lee in the face with a .22-caliber firearm while she was seated in the back seat of the vehicle. Egan said the two men dumped her in a mound of trash on the side of a road.

In addition to admitting he drove the van, a photo of a bloody head wrapped in towel was found on Stillwell’s phone around the time Lee was killed, authorities found in an investigation, according to the AP. Prosecutors also say there is video evidence of Hunter discussing hits done for Le Roux, including a real estate broker in the Philippines.

Still, defense attorneys on Tuesday argue that Samia only agreed “to do legitimate, legal security work,” the AP reports. Stillman’s attorney says that he never participated in a murder conspiracy. Hunter’s lawyer said the government lacked enough conclusive evidence to prove his client guilty.

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Fortune has named the 50 most powerful women in business and they are incredibly inspiring

From tech CEOs to big time beauty names, these are the business women to look up to this year

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You would be forgiven for thinking that 2017 has been a bleak year for women in business, with sad revelations about the realities of the gender pay gap and sexual harassment emerging each week.

Thankfully there’s some good news – for the 20th year running Fortune has released their 2017 list, ranking the 50 most powerful businesswomen – and just looking at the list is getting us empowered.

From the CEOs of Pepsi and Facebook to the COO of Facebook and the President of Hershey, these influential women cover all spectrums, with Reese Witherspoon just falling short of a mention, ranking 51st for the launch of her Emmy award winning production company, Pacific Standard, and her lifestyle brand, Draper James.

These 50 women prove that when it comes to business, women are right there at the forefront, so if you’re feeling disempowered, give this a read…

1. Mary Barra
Chairman and CEO, General Motors
2. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
3. Marillyn Hewson
Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin
4. Abigail Johnson
Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments
5. Sheryl Sandberg
COO, Facebook

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6. Ginni Rometty
Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
7. Meg Whitman
CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
8. Safra Catz
Co-CEO, Oracle
9. Phebe Novakovic
Chairman and CEO, General Dynamics
10. Ruth Porat
SVP and CFO, Alphabet

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11. Lynn Good
Chairman, President and CEO, Duke Energy
12. Helena Foulkes
President, CVS/Pharmacy
13. Angela Ahrendts
SVP, Retail, Apple
14. Susan Wojcicki
CEO, YouTube
15. Tricia Griffith
President and CEO, Progressive

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16. Cathy Engelbert
CEO, Deloitte
17. Pam Nicholson
President and CEO, Enterprise Holdings
18. Ann Marie Campbell
EVP, U.S. Stores, Home Depot
19. Geisha Williams
CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
20. Debra Reed
Chairman, President and CEO, Sempra Energy

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21. Karen Lynch
President, Aetna
22. Sandra Peterson
Group Worldwide Chair, Johnson & Johnson
23. Heather Bresch
CEO, Mylan
24. Marianne Lake
CFO, JPMorgan Chase
25. Margaret Keane
President and CEO, Synchrony Financial

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26. Amy Hood
EVP and CFO, Microsoft
27. Mary Callahan Erdoes
CEO, JPM Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase
28. Judith McKenna
EVP and COO, Walmart
29. Barbara Rentler
CEO, Ross Stores
30. Leanne Caret
President and CEO of Defense, Space & Security, Boeing

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31. Denise Morrison
President and CEO, Campbell Soup
32. Vicki Hollub
President and CEO, Occidental Petroleum
33. Shari Ballard
Senior EVP and President of Multichannel Retail, Best Buy
34. Debra Crew
President and CEO, Reynolds American, British American Tobacco
35. Kathleen Murphy
President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments

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36. Lynne Doughtie
Chairman and CEO, KPMG U.S.
37. Mary Mack
Senior EVP and Head of Community Banking, Wells Fargo
38. Julie Sweet
CEO, North America, Accenture
39. Carolyn Tastad
Group President, North America, Procter & Gamble
40. Bridget Van Kralingen
SVP, Industry Platforms, IBM

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41. Crystal Hanlon
President, Northern Division, Home Depot
42. Shira Goodman
CEO, Staples
43. Jennifer Taubert
Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
44. Anna Manning
President and CEO, Reinsurance Group of America

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45. Michele Buck
President and CEO, Hershey
46. Deanna Mulligan
President and CEO, Guardian Life Insurance
47. Bonnie Hammer
Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, Comcast
48. Mary Dillon
CEO, Ulta Beauty
49. Margo Georgiadis
CEO, Mattel
50. Anne Finucane
Vice Chairman, Bank of America

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How Seeds of Fortune Creates Economic Empowerment Opportunities for Young Women of Color

As a high school senior, Nitiya Walker, was met with a challenge that many students face—”I have dreams of getting a college education, but I can’t afford it.” 

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“I met a young lady who earned $ 150,000 in scholarships to Spelman College. Her mom assisted her, so I asked her mother to work with me. She helped me win $ 250,000 in scholarships. I thought to myself “What if I never met the young lady in my Girl Scout troop?” It sparked a desire to want to help other girls gain access to free money. From this experience, Seeds of Fortune was born.

Seeds of Fortune is a scholarship program focused on creating the next generation of financially empowered young women of color. With more than 40 young women enrolled in the program, scholars have garnered $ 6 million in scholarship offers from top universities across the country and accepted more than $ 1 million in scholarship offers.

Black Enterprise: When it comes to being successful, what do you think is the most undervalued skill? 

Nitiya Walker: The ability for people to communicate their story and decisions behind their future goals and dreams. We help our scholars prep for interviews as well as intensive college essay development so they can share their stories with stakeholders. We also teach them critical thinking skills. This helps them decide which colleges are more cost effective, the career paths that align with their interest, and how money can be used as a tool to make it happen.

BE: Why did you decide to include an entrepreneurship component to your program?

NW: Entrepreneurship is the No. 1 way to build wealth in America. It is the third pillar of our values, as we believe that young women of color should be able to control their destiny and use their resources to create opportunities for themselves.

BE: Can you share one piece of advice to financially empower young women?

NW: It’s important to build savings, as savings brings security, and it will help to start your investment capital. In turn, investments build wealth. Also,

  • Pay yourself first. Then divide your accounts between a short-term savings account and a long-term savings account.
  • Select a second savings account that is difficult to access like credit unions, small banks, or digital banks.

 

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Worst ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Guess Ever?

This may not be the worst “Wheel of Fortune” guess of all time. After all, there was the guy who had every single letter turned and still got the answer wrong.

But it’s up there.

The category was “song lyrics,” and the board read: “S_RF C_ _Y _ERE WE COME.”

Obvious, right? Well, not to this contestant. Watch the clip and see what he came up with… and then wonder how in the world he came up with it.

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