We're all born into this world the same, we are born average. Most grew up with desires to be like our favorite icon, entertainer, or someone that we looked up to once as a child. If your athletic your hopes are to be like Micheal Jordan or Kobe Bryant and for the women we can say Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, or Michelle Obama.


But what is the secret of being great or the greatest? Most will say talent, socioeconomics, and even genetics. Those factors will most definitely give you an advantage. However, what people don't teach you is all you have to do is have the discipline to be the greatest. The discipline to not just be average. To be the greatest comes with a great cost and the will power to do everything it takes to be the greatest. This is something that takes training not just physically but mentally.


This comes at a price that you will pay almost every day that you wake up that has to be paid. But you have to keep in mind that it will not be a choice it will be a way of life. As I studied some of the greatest from ( Business Guru's, Entertainer's, and Athletes). One commonality is the desire and determination to be the greatest is just as important as breathing.

You wake up earlier to train your body and mind while others sleep. You have late nights working on your craft and still have the discipline to wake up even if it's on 3 hours of sleep.

Your sacrifice will be time away from being with family and friends.


That's the sacrifice and the cost of giving up what most will make excuses for. The difference is only in the fact of being the greatest no excuses have room to exist. Not matter what it takes, you will turn your dreams into a reality. NO, and CAN'T is not apart of your vocabulary.



No matter what you choose to do in life if you have the passion and the heart to be the greatest. Do it without fear of humility.


Best,

Mary Elle











It's that time of year again...... And this year hits a little different, we all want to give the best to our family and friends but this year we will do it on a budget. Check out some of our favorite things to add to our First Annual Christmas Gifting List for your BFF on a budget.





1.Tory Burch Women's Embrace Ambition Bracelet $30

This bracelet was created in collaboration with the Tory Burch Foundation to encourage women to embrace ambition. Made of silk in multiple colors, it’s detailed with our signature Gemini Link charm. 100% of all net proceeds benefit the Foundation, which empowers women and entrepreneurs.


Available at www.toryburch.com






2. Urban Skin Rx Cleansing Bar $24



Available at www.skincarerx.com






3. Glossier The Skincare Edit $50


Available at www.glossier.com










4.Valentino Born in Roma Rollerball


Available at www.Sephora.com











5.Mac Firework Lip Kit $40

Available at www. Dillards.com










6.Huda Beauty Nude Holiday Gift Set $20.30


Available at www.hudabeauty.com








7.Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask $50

What could be better than sleeping on a Slipsilk pillowcase? Wearing a luxurious Slipsilk sleep mask at the same time. Slip's Pure Silk Sleep Mask is 100% pure silk, inside and out. They're made with pure silk filler, silk internal liner and a silk-covered elastic band. This pure silk sleep mask is the beauty secret of celebrity hairstylists, dermatologists, and beauty experts. It's like an 8-hour beauty treatment every night. For all skin types and anyone who values his or her sleep. Available www.ulta.com







8.The Unzipped Podcast- $22 Tonka & Oud

Let's Get Unzipped!! Tired of 2020? Let's step into 2021 feeling real & unapolgetic! Light this perfect warm scent for the Holidays. This candle will fill your home with Tonka & Oud setting the most amazing vibes. Available at

https://www.theunzipped.co/product-page/let-s-get-unzipped-candle






9.Brigeo Don't Despair, Repair Strength + Moisture Duo


This limited edition repair and strengthening duo feature our award-winning deep conditioning mask and best-selling super moisture shampoo. In a clinical study, hair treated with the Deep Conditioning Mask showed a 75% reduction in breakage after 3 uses compared to untreated hair. 95% Naturally-Derived, Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

Available at www.briogiohair.com






10. Sol de Janeiro Splashy Celebration Set $39


Immerse yourself in the best of Brazilian Beauty with this splashy collection brimming with luscious luxuries for hair and body. Available at www.sephora.com







If your a last-minute shopper like most of us and don't want to go to the stores. Check out our favorite things that your friends and family will be sure to love on a budget! We hope you enjoyed our First Annual Unzipped Favorite Things.


xoxo

Shakira & Mary

2020 has taught us that job security is a thing of the past. Getting in the mindset of earning multiple streams of income is not an option.

The Great Recession 2008 -2009 was the worst financial crisis in the United States since the 1929 Depression. According to balance.com it also was the longest-lasting: from December 2007 to June 2009. The subprime mortgage crisis was the trigger.


Many of us can bounce back from a financial set back faster than others, while most common household are left with economic hardships that can be detrimental. Most of us have been forced into new careers, searching for employment or starting your own business. Like the saying "It's not if something will happen but when". So with COVID leaving so many of us uncertain about the future or what's next. Now is the time to level up and create multiple streams of income.

This process has forced some of us to finally delve right in and start that business that we've always wanted to pursue. For others that still have jobs now is the time to prepare for earning multiple streams of income. With the new day of little job security and the scarcity of new opportunities.


Creating multiple streams of income like a side hustle and investments is pivotal and necessary. Most importantly you want to be prepared financially and mentally for when the next happens. Trust me, having peace of mind that if one source of income is taken away you will always be ahead of the game. I have listed a few suggestions of how you can begin to earn income immediately, as well as long term investments for the future.

  1. Micro- investing- I recommend starting with an easy app such as STASH it's good for beginner investors. You can start with little as $5 and watch your money grow.

  2. Start a side business - Think about something you're good at and enjoy. It's so many services you can offer from cleaning services, dog walking, and home staging. I have even seen an ad recently looking for a Christmas tree decorator.

  3. Investing in property is a great long term investment and you can rent your place out as an Airbnb or rent to a tenant.

  4. Sell on Etsy- A online market place connecting people looking for unique handmade goods by you.

  5. Deliver with Postmates- A goods and food delivery service.

  6. Offer online services as a virtual assistant.

  7. Tutor Online- As long as you have a PC you can teach kids, college students or adults depending on the relevant skills and experience you may have.

  8. Start a podcast- A great way to promote products or services. A podcast provides a format for sharing your expertise in your industry.

  9. Become an Influencer- Select your niche, optimize your social presence and get paid

  10. Deliver for Amazon- Very simple use your own vehicle to deliver packages.



Now that you know how to make extra money, try to generate a nice rainy day fund. And when you start bringing home extra money, make sure you're are using it to it's max potential. You're going to be working hard for that money,. Make sure it works hard for you!


Cheers!

Mary Elle

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