This Skincare Meditation Will Change How You Wash Your Face
Receiving constant social media notifications and spending all day every day working from home might leave you feeling overwhelmed at any given point. Getting ready for bed doesn't have to be one of those times. Understanding yourself and keeping in tune with your emotions is essential to maintaining a healthy life, and skincare meditation — AKA being intentional with your skincare routine — is a new facet of self-care.
Our friends at Strange Bird, cruelty-free and plant-based skincare, teamed up with meditation pro Elena Brower to transform your skincare routine into something that will help you focus on your dreams, soothe your skin, or scrub away what you don't want in your life. "We are all busy and rush through so many moments in our lives that have the potential to be quite transformational. I believe that our skincare routine is one of those moments," says Strange Bird founder Tina Rudolf, a licensed mental health therapist and life coach. "I mean when else do we get to really look at ourselves. Is there another moment in your day that is as quiet, as self-focused as when you are in the bathroom?"
Check out Strange Bird's free 6-minute Skincare Meditation for breathing exercises and thought-provoking prompts from Brower so that you can experience both skin wellness and emotional wellbeing day or night. Oh did we mention Strange Bird also donates 1 percent of their sales to supporting women's mental health? Here's a little preview of the ritual.
You can use Strange Bird's Mini Ritual Kit ($64), which includes the Inner Clarity Cleanser (step 1), Inner Balance Serum (step 2), and Inner Light Moisturizer (step 3), all infused with crystal and flower essences to reharmonize your energy.
1. Cleanse and Release. As you begin to wash your face, take a deep breath in, letting the scent of the cleanser soothe and calm you. You can envision yourself washing away what you no longer need. Brower suggests saying or writing down, "I Release ______," such as I Release Worry, I Release Anger, I Release Negativity, etc.
2. Nourish and Ground. Next, using the serum to reduce inflammation and promote cell regeneration, ask yourself, "What do I know about myself to be true right now?" Let the answer come up intuitively, says Brower. "I Am ________."
3. Hydrate and Connect. Seal the practice with inner light, says Brower. Using the Inner Light Moisturizer, made with rose quartz and olive essence, take a deep breath while envisioning a bright light filling you up. "Love in," says Brower. "Exhale deep gratitude and love into the world," she adds. "Love in, Love out. Breath in. Breath out."
Not a bad way to start the day or hit the hay, right? Try it yourself! Check out Strange Bird's free Skincare Meditation next time you have a 6 minutes in front of the mirror!:)
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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