5 Self-Esteem-Boosting Tips for International Nude Day
Today is International Nude Day (yes, it’s a thing) and to celebrate, we wanted to take some time to remind ourselves how badass our bodies really are. Even science says loving your body is the key to happiness. And while we love these confidence-boosting books, sometimes we need a little bit more to keep our self-esteem levels high. Luckily, there are women like Los Angeles-based self-esteem expert Anea Bogue, M.A., B.Ed, who come correct with the kind of body image knowledge we can definitely use. Below, you’ll find five super simple and effective tips on how to banish the body blues, no matter what day it is.
1. Get fierce. “If you ate something and it didn’t taste good, you’d spit it out, right?” Bogue asks. “The same is true for the images we’re constantly looking at on Instagram and in magazines. If it doesn’t make you feel good — unfollow.” It’s a freeing concept, realizing that you don’t have to torture yourself with those Photoshopped images of “perfect” women and can simply just stop looking at them. “Those images are designed with the purpose of making women feel bad about themselves so they’ll buy the product,” Bogue reminds, so be the gatekeeper of your own temple and decide you’ll only allow positivity to cross through.
2. Get inspired. Instead, Bogue suggests seeking images of un-Photoshopped, real women, no matter their body type or age. She loves Cindy Crawford’s recent stripped-down shots, or plus-sized model Ashley Graham’s cellulite-friendly Insta feed. Surrounding yourself with images of real women’s bodies will help you feel connected to a community and can inspire you to embrace your own body, free of judgement.
3. Learn how incredible your body is. “We are responsible for the continuation of the species, after all,” Bogue says. Yeah, when you put it that way, our bodies are pretty incredible! She suggests taking time to think about “how phenomenal our bodies really are.” She even wrote this eye-opening piece on the power of the period to emphasize her point. Knowledge is power, and power is confidence!
4. Get on that positive self-talk tip. Bogue swears by a simple meditation to help immediately boost your self-esteem. Every morning, take a scan of your body from your toes to your head and thank each body part for what it does for you. After reminding yourself that your feet allow you your daily runs, your arms let you hug your friends and your brain got you that sweet corner office, you’ll feel “an immediate difference” in how you feel about your body.
5. But don’t hesitate to rely on a friend. With that said, Bogue understands that “it can’t all come from within you,” and encourages women to find a friend who they can be completely open with, who they can call and say “I need a reminder!” Let that friend motivate you and remind you of all the reasons why you’re a total babe with a killer bod. It’s just like having a gym partner, but for your body image.
Do you have any fool-proof ways of beating the body-conscious blues? Tweet us @BritandCo and share your tips!
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com