3 Things Confident People Have In Common

We covered what is NOT confidence last time. So, let’s talk about what confidence is today.

What IS confidence?

One thing you have to remember when it comes to confidence is that Being Confident Is Different for Each Person. Oprah’s confidence might not be my confidence. Finding your own confidence is a road to explore throughout our lives. Although everyone’s confidence is different, there are some common grounds you will find.

Confidence is:

1. To know yourself. They know what they are good at. Also know that what they are NOT good at. I may be confident speaking in public, but this may scare some of you to death. Confident people know what they can or can’t. They know their limits. They know what they should do and what to give to other to do. The most important question here is ‘Who am I?’ Describe yourself in details and find yourself. There’s no right or wrong, but the truth. Just accept who you are and be proud of yourself. One thing you have to be careful is not to come as bragging yourself. That’s a total turn-off and a spell to repel people which is the opposite of what confidence does.

confident woman quote

confident woman quote: image from pinterest.com

2. To know when to say sorry or thank you. Confident people apologize when they’re sorry. They recognize when they make mistakes and know how to apologize. Just like saying thank-yous to people who support them, just like they ask others to help them, just like they offer to help others, etc. Confident people know they don’t live alone, and they cherish friends and families and communities around them. Saying sorry does not mean you lost or are defeated. It’s NOT hard to say sorry. Saying thank-you doesn’t mean you owe someone either. Realize you cannot do everything yourself. Remember to help and get helped too.

3. To be honest and speak your mind. So many people can’t do it. Confident people can express themselves in one way or another. One thing they do differently is to be open-minded to accept others’ opinions too. Nobody can be always right. Confident people do make mistakes too. Accepting who you are means you are comfortable to be yourself in your own skin. When you’re comfortable to be yourself, you can look at others in different ways too. You’ll open yourself more and talk to people more freely without being worried about how they judge you.

AFTERWARDS:

Being confident is the key to life. Don’t be afraid to be you. Be confident and stand tall. Whatever you can do, own it and SHARE it with others. Keep your mind open which can leaf you to overcome your limit. You CAN do more than you think. Believe in yourself and just be you!
*a useful article I found about confident women:

Jewelry of the Month No.6: Message Jewelry

With Modern Jewelry we wear, we express who we are, what we believe, what we like, or what we want to be. Message Jewelry is great accessory to boost the wearer’s confidence or support her in spirit, that’s why it’s often selected as a gift for yourself or someone you love. We PinKixx thrive for confident women, and we’d like to help them in any way we can, so Message Jewelry is one of our favorite pieces for our members to wear.

It’s easy to find varieties of charms with words these days. Especially on metals, it’s great to engrave words that people love to remember or live by.

Your message can be just one word or a phrase or a short sentence. It can also be combined with other symbolic charms that will strengthen the message, such as angel wings for protection, four leaf clovers for good luck, or wish bones also for good luck. Adding a birth stone is also fun to create a different color onto it.

sterling silver message necklace with angel wing for protection and clover for good luck at pinkixx jewelry

< sterling silver message necklace with angel wing and clover >

Another wonderful thing about Message jewelry is that you can customize it and create your own one of a kind. Any special words your parents left for you, a phrase that saved you from a dark time, any significant number that means to you so much… You can create your own jewelry with your own message.

metal message bracelets

< metal message bracelets: image from pinterest.com >

The message you are conveying can also be secretive that you (and your lover or best friend or family) only know. If you’d like to confess your love to someone, Morse Code Jewelry can be the perfect one for you. If you have a memorable sentence from a movie or a book or someone you admire, you can put that into the Morse Code and wear it with you at all times.

morse-code-necklace from pinkixx jewelry

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What is your favorite message you like to wear on your jewelry? Please share with us in the comment.

 

Benefits of Traveling Solo

“I’ll be lonely.”

“It’ll be boring.”

“It’s dangerous.”

These are the most common excuses people come up with when they talk about traveling solo.

I personally love traveling solo. I’m an advocate of female solo travels and strongly believe women should travel alone internationally at least once in their lives. It could change your life. If you’ve done it, you know what I mean. These are good reasons why you should try traveling solo.

1. Luxury You Can’t Experience Anywhere Else

Solo Travel can be the ultimate luxury and self indulgence. You are in a place you’ve never been to. Everything is new and different to you. And, you’re the only one to decide what to do about that each day. You can rest when you want, you can walk when you want, you can do exactly what you want to do. All the time. No one to sigh over your love of art museums in Paris. No one to whine when you take as much time you want to taste all the beers you can find in Munich. Always wanted to try sky diving in Hawaii? Why not? Not particularly want to see Niagara Falls? Just pass by.

You have your own schedule which can be changed any time you want when something unexpected comes up or when your mood just changes. Never will you feel guilty for missing that train from Florence to Rome. Never will you have to apologize to anyone for sleeping in late at your hotel. You don’t have anyone else’s feelings to take into consideration, and that is sometimes the most encouraging reason to travel alone too.

benefits to travel solo for women from pinkixx

julia roberts’ eat pray love: image from pinterest.com

2. You Can Create Your Own Achievement / Find the New You

You can go all the way in any way you want to. When you’re out, at where no one knows you, you can be different. You can be more courageous to challenge yourself.

Dining out alone. Spending some money without worrying. Talking to a stranger who is eating next to you. Putting pictures on your social media pages is nice too and can be fun doing if you don’t usually do it. If you are on your FB all the time, then maybe this time you let go of it and just enjoy the trip without any tech-y thing around you. With your own fun plan each day, you can create your own unique plan to challenge yourself. For example, when my friend traveled alone to Europe last time, He took one selfie everyday and made a scrap poster. In each selfie, He tried to make a funny face, not just smiling which is what he usually does. For me, I made myself walk 10km each day to challenge myself once since I hate exercising (haha).

Sense of accomplishment at the end of the trip is really the best. Finding yourself you didn’t know before is awesome.

3. You Can Connect More

When traveling alone, you’re more likely to connect with locals in a deeper fashion. You’re up front and personal with the people and the culture. While these interactions can make travel challenging sometimes, they’re also what make it interesting, life-impacting, and memorable. So instead of fearing it, jump in with everything you have.

I meet locals and talk to them all the time when I’m traveling. They don’t usually like talking to strangers, but if I’m alone, they’re more open to it. Of course, a lot of them didn’t speak English at all, which is even more fun communicating with them with few words.

Smiles and body languages can go a long way. A long time ago, when I was in Germany, there was this a bus driver who helped me with my bag. I don’t remember why (it could’ve been the last stop), but the bus stopped, and he was taking a break. I got him a ice bar as a thank you. He took off from his bus and waved at me for a long time when I was leaving the bus, while the passengers in the bus waited for him to get on back again and leave the stop. It’s one of a few things I remember from that trip.

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Wow, just talking about traveling makes me exciting. I’d like to go somewhere again! How about you? Which city/country is the first one you went solo to? Please share with us in the comment. :-)

Why Branding Yourself Is Important

What is Personal Branding? I’m sure you hear this a lot these days. This comes easy for some, and hard for some others. Either way, personal branding is necessity in your every life, and I’ll tell you why.

I got a question once. She was looking through our jewelry on the booth. When I asked if she was looking for something particular, she said, “Do you have something to make me look better?” How do you think I answered to that?

“I don’t think I do. I do have some that would make you look ‘you’ if you want to try.”

I make jewelry for confident PANKs. Good accessories bring YOU out, not making you look better. That can make you FEEL better and more confident. My jewelry is not loud because I want YOU to show, not covering you up with pretty things.

Cindy Crawford said, when we feel beautiful, we have confidence and self-assurance. True. That’s not the only time we have confidence and self assurance, but it’s one example. What do you do to feel beautiful? Buy a new dress? Go out on a date? Volunteer for non-profit organizations?

Some people have fun going to clubs every weekend. Some others save money to be happy. And, some, they buy things for their nieces for their own fun. Everyone has a different way to have fun or feel happy. Everyone has different ways to make them feel beautiful. Everyone’s different. Period.

personal branding for women from pinkixx jewelry be yourself always!

“be yourself always!” from pinkixx jewelry

Personal Branding is what defines YOU. You don’t have to have a business to try ‘personal brand.’ It’s something that makes you ‘YOU.’ You brand yourself no matter what you do. Lady Gaga is a brand. She also happens to sing. Oprah is a brand. She also owns a production company (along with other things of course). You are your own brand.

For people who have businesses, branding their selves are even more obviously critical. When you see someone who sells Samsung phones uses Iphone for himself, would you trust his product? If you find out the owner of blue jean store wearing a flowery dress everyday, would you buy her jeans? If you find out your coach who teaches self confidence are seeing a doctor for depression, would you keep going to her session? You are what you sell for business owners. I remember what people asked me over and over when I started my jewelry business, and I couldn’t understand why. “So, is that necklace you are wearing yours?” Why does it matter, I thought. Now I know why.

If I cannot define you, I can’t be friends with you because you confuse me. I don’t know who you are. I cannot trust you. It’s simple as that.

What people would say when they think about you? How do you want people to remember you? Or feel about you? Shy and quiet but determined? Strong, confident, and loud? Bright, smart, but lazy? How do you define yourself? Think about three(3) things that define the current you or the ‘you’ you want to become. This trick also helps you to define yourself in fashion and guide you what to buy and what not to buy.

Underneath each of those three(3), write a short description of what you mean by that word you chose. Like a sub-title under a title. Read these out loud every morning when you get up. Try to be that person every day. Plan a small things you can do to be that person and execute it. Read it out loud when you go to bed every night, and think about what you’ve done to make those definitions you that day. This might seem silly to some of you if you never tried this, but trust me. It works. Ask others who tried this too. They’ll tell you, it works. It all starts from your mind, and it ends with your mind.

Now you feel it? Personal branding is that important. Please share who you are in three(3) words in the comments, and don’t forget to be YOU everyday! Cheers!

How to Wear Colorful Jewelry

It’s SUMMER! It’s the season of bright colors!

You say you’re not a colorful person? Still it’s not strange that you have some bright colors in your closet. So-called fashion has been changed, and many bright colors are seen everywhere in every design nowadays. I used to be afraid of colors as some of you may have been, and I’m not used to wear bright colors either. I’m more of a silver and gold person, but sometimes I find that it’s a good change of pace to mix some colors in my accessory, and it’s quite fun. If you’re not comfortable with your bright colors yet, just start with something small. It doesn’t have to be the huge statement necklaces you see often on the street now. Just a small accent can tell people around you out loud for who you are. If it’s a little different and unique, even better.

pinkixx's colorful cube necklaces for summer

pinkixx’s colorful cube necklaces for summer

“Colorful” can mean casual a lot of times, but not always. Cocktail dresses, semi-casual office outfits, or formal dresses celebrities wear to big events are very often colorful. If your dress is simple and modern, you can go louder with your accessories. If your outfit is figurey or patterned, or has mixed colors, then simple accessories show better and mix well.

Consider your skin color when you choose which colors to wear.  Tailoring the correct colors to your skin tone can intensify your eye color and bring luminosity to your complexion, and by enhancing your wardrobe with colorful jewelry, you create individuality with statement pieces and visual interest with vibrant accent jewelry.

PinKixx doesn’t go with ‘loud’ but ‘bold’ all the way. Bold colors can mean ‘confident,’ not afraid to show who you are. Wearing colorful jewelry is a uniquely personal form of self expression, and conveys everything from personality to mood and emotion. It would be an every day indulgence!

colorful gemstone necklaces from pinterest.com

colorful gemstone necklaces: image from pinterest.com

With colors, the possibilities are limitless. Playing with colors and shades can create different looks with the same outfit. Turn your lovely sienna cocktail dress into breathtaking elegance with a bronze bracelet and geometric necklace or jazz up denim jeans and a crisp white shirt with chunky red bangles and a vintage blue statement necklace. For a more classic style, white and red seem to be the staple colors to match with your black dress or pant-suit.

  • Yellow and Orange – Wear antique gold and something to cool down the yellow or orange such as a blue, turquoise, or grey
  • Red  – Red is already hot enough. Silver or gold is good. White-white or black will be great. Cream color, such as pearls, can also work well for classic persons.
  • Maroon – Try an animal print to make your outfit exotic. Yellow and orange work awesome too.
  • Purple – Similar to the styling for red, choose bright golds or hot pinks to pair with your purple wear.
  • Blue – Lighten it up with a coral necklace or bracelet to make the blue really pop. I personally like white or green along with blue to feel the summer ocean.
  • Green – A fun way to spin a green top or dress is with bright turquoise or teal jewelry. I love some yellow for the green outfit too.

There you have it. Try colorful jewelry and have fun this summer!