The start of a New Year always brings so much hope, excitement, and anticipation. January 1st marks a clean slate when many people resolve to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and accomplish all of those things they’ve always wanted to do.

So now that January is almost over, we have to ask: how are those resolutions coming along?

If you’re having a hard time staying on track, you’re not alone: only 19% of people who make resolutions actually stick to them two years later. Often it’s because their resolutions are too extreme. For example, cutting out all sugar, alcohol, and carbs may seem doable for the first week, even two, but a whole year? You’re bound to only set yourself up for failure. That’s why creating goals that are realistic and less extreme will help you stay on track.
Another reason people lose sight of their resolutions is because they tend to always put themselves last. When we first meet with a client, more often than not they tell us that microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, or any other treatments we offer are always something that they’ve wanted to do for themselves, but never made it a priority. Investing in your own health, beauty, and happiness is key to keeping motivated and accomplishing your goals. To ensure that you don’t fall into the 81%, here are a few tips to staying committed.

5 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

1. Know that you’re worth it. First and foremost, put your needs as equal or greater importance than anyone else. Make yourself a priority. If you need a reminder on how to do this, read our blog post on the importance of self-love.

2. Make a list. Write down why these goals are important for you and how you’re going to feel once they’re accomplished. With everything going on in your life, it’s easy to get distracted, so keep these visible throughout the day so you’re constantly reminded of your resolutions.

3. Make a plan. Most people jot down their goals on a piece of paper and then quickly forget about them. To be apart of the 19%, figure out a plan of action and take the first step. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try microdermabrasion, contact us and set up a free consultation, then go from there. The same method can be applied to anything else you want to do, like take a night course or learn an instrument. The first step is making the call to those who can give you more information about your goal.
4. Reward yourself. Every time you finish something on your plan of action, treat yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or laden with calories. It can be as simple as buying a new magazine or sleeping in an extra 5 minutes.
5. Be accountable. Tell your friends, family, and partner what your goals are and ask them to keep you accountable. When you know other people are expecting you to accomplish something, you’ll be more likely to get it done.

If you’ve always wanted to improve your skin, try laser hair removal, or simply just learn what treatments we offer and how they can help, contact us (and then you can tick that off your list!).

Recently we posted an article about the so-called “ugliest woman in the world” on our Facebook page. As one of only three people on earth born with a genetic ailment that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Valesquez discovered a YouTube video that someone had posted, calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. This video had over 4 million views.
What’s truly inspiring about Lizzie is that she chose this incredibly cruel act as a way to grow, inspire others, and be an example of why the greatest love should be the one you have with yourself.

As we’ve just begun a new year, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to wipe the slate clean of any self-negativity and start celebrating our inner beauty. We know how difficult letting go of insecurities can be, so we’ve come up with a few ways to practice self-love into your daily life.

Tips to Improve Self Love

  1. Leave post-it notes around your house with inspiring quotes and affirmation. Put them on your bedside table, your bathroom mirror, or the fridge door, so you’re reminded from the minute you wake up to when you go to sleep that you’re a beautiful, intelligent person.
  2. Exercise regularly and try to fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. Whether it’s walking your dog or joining a yoga class, being active releases endorphins that help boost your mood and self-esteem. Plus it’s good for your health!
  3. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for. These can be anything from your physical features (“I love my long hair”) to people that enhance your life (“I’m grateful for my best friend”). Add one new thing to the list each day, then read it over before you go to bed.
  4. Grant yourself down time to do the things you always seem ‘too busy’ for. Read a book, watch your favourite movie, or take a walk around the neighbourhood. Give yourself at least half an hour of pure ‘me’ time.
  5. Give genuine compliments to people, even strangers! You may just make someone’s day by complimenting their outfit or telling someone what a good friend they are.  Sending out positive vibes means you will get them in return.

We provide a number of services and products that are meant to enhance your natural beauty, but you will only feel confident in your appearance until you embrace and celebrate all of the amazing qualities you have. Spread the love and share this article with your friends so 2014 can be overflowing with self-love!

The holiday season can seem like a blur. One second you’re decorating the tree, then the next you’re ringing in the New Year. During the whirlwind of parties, dinners, shopping, and family events, taking a moment to reflect on all you have to be thankful for may be the furthest thing from your mind.

As we’re now in the midst of December, we asked the Urban Body Laser team to put together a list of things they are truly grateful for. From work to family, even the littlest things are a reminder that so many people out there have much less than we do. We hope this will inspire you to put together your own gratitude list!

Jade

“Friends, family, my dog Loca, my boyfriend, freedom, being able to afford to go on vacation, having a roof over my head, my job, my bosses, food, my health.”

Miranda


“Friends, my family, my past trip to Europe and all the memories, speaking honestly, my health, my cell phone 😀 , my job and my co-workers, unconditional love, future possibilities, having a roof over my head.

Jessica

“My amazing family, my amazing friends, my dog Lucy, being a part of the Urban Body Laser family, my strength, for knowing that everything will always work out in the end, learning from my mistakes, continuing to grow and evolve into the person that I want to be, for music because it makes everything better, for ice cream because without it, I would be one unhappy camper.”

Channa

“People in my life who care about me, the girls I work with, awesome bosses, a home to go to, that I am never hungry, the beautiful city I live in, that I am healthy, having such an understanding boyfriend, memories, life, freedom.”

Janelle

“Health, wealth, happiness, family, friends, my muscular tattooed boyfriend 😉 , the love that surrounds me, my dog Nacho, my car, my cell phone, the roof over my head, my amazing career and the people I work with.”

Sherry

“Family, friends, yummy food, the money I earn to pay for my yummy food, my wonderful job at Urban Body Laser, a healthy and happy life, unconditional love, a warm home to come to, memories that last forever, SNAPCHAT.”
So what would your list say? Comment on our Facebook page and let us know!

You know that feeling after you’ve done a good deed?
Whether it’s paying someone a compliment, helping out with a favour, or donating to a charity, there’s nothing quite like giving back to those in need.  If you follow Urban Body Laser on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed that we care a lot about helping out others through fundraisers, events, and donations. We think giving back is the key to living a healthy, happy, and wholesome life.
That’s why we weren’t surprised when one our medical estheticians, Channa, chopped off her long, luscious locks and donated them to The Box Cancer Society

That’s not the only charitable deed our staff is apart of. You may have heard that they’ve stripped down to raise funds for the 2013/2014 Urban Body Laser Charity Calendars.

The Urban Body Laser: In the Buff!

All proceeds go to an incredible organization: Look Good Feel Better, a non-government funded charity that helps women who are going through or have gone through chemotherapy treatments to ‘look good and feel better’. This is Canada’s only charity dedicated to empowering women to manage the effects that cancer and its treatments have on their appearance.
There are still some calendars available! The Urban Body Laser calendar girls can be all yours for just $20 each, with 100% of the proceeds are going towards the LGFB workshops. If you are unable make it into our office we will gladly mail them to you, just contact us by email or phone.
What good deed have you done lately? Tweet us, we’d love to hear it!

Chances are you’ve known someone who has been affected by cancer. Those from the outside looking in tend to forget about the emotional toll losing your hair, weight loss, and other physical consequences this disease causes. It’s only natural to want to look our best, yet thousands of women have had their self-confidence stripped away because they have been diagnosed with cancer.
That’s why Urban Body Laser wants to help empower women who have been left feeling helpless by their disease, and now you can too. You may have heard about our charity calendars that feature our beautiful staff, and this year they’ve bared it all in A Year of Transcendence to raise money for this important cause.
Twelve months of our stunning pin-up girls is now available for sale! For only $20, you can make a big difference in helping these women regain their confidence. Every cent from these calendars will go towards the Look Good Feel Better organization, Canada’s only cancer charity dedicated to helping women manage the ramifications cancer and its treatment has on their appearance and morale.
To purchase “A Year of Transcendence”, you can:
Phone: 604.696.5506
e-mail: info@urbanbodylaser.com
Come to our office:
860 – 777 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Finish Strong  3:32mins
How will you choose to respond to the challenge before you.
Finishing Strong Movie

Finding Joy  3:32
Simple secrets to a happy life!
http://www.findingjoymovie.com/

Review by Candace Breiten

The film follows Kyle, an author struggling to begin writing his second book and finally returning to his family’s home out of desperation. His family is…well, quirky is putting it nicely. But their dysfunction serves as a means of advancing the story. Each character, from Kyle to his agoraphobic father, nudges the plot along in some tiny way. You just have to make it past some somewhat uncomfortable moments first. In a lot of ways, the film almost touches on greatness but stops just short of reaching it. Kyle ends up meeting his father’s neighbor, Joy, a woman who spends her time volunteering everywhere and believes she’s dying. She coerces Kyle into writing her obituary, believing that he’ll be more capable of it than she.

The story is admittedly odd, and the humor is sometimes borne more from discomfort than anything else. It took me a while, but I finally realized that Kyle is actually supposed to really be that awkward; it’s not a failing of his character or Josh Cooke, the actor portraying him. The story does have a few missed opportunities; instead of merely glossing over death or any other deeper moments, it could have delved deeper, but it instead stayed fairly lighthearted. That’s not to say that the film is lacking in emotion, but it’s missing the lows to match the highs that are already present.

The greatest thing about Finding Joy is that the characters grow and morph into different people. Throughout the film, you find that they begin to relate differently to one another. And it’s not always in a cheesy and expected way, just sometimes. Like the clown suit. Once you watch Finding Joy, you’ll understand.

Dreams Are Whispers from the Soul  3:10
Enjoy a few thoughts on Dreams that lift your spirits and warm your heart :0)
http://www.thedreamsmovie.com/

Simple Truths: Dreams are Whispers from the Soul from 123 Magic on Vimeo.

Dreams are Whispers From the Soul Movie

There are many different aspects that live inside of us and two of them have respectfully been dubbed the Dreamer and Doubter. When it comes to pursuing your dreams, The Dreamer is often gung ho while the Doubter can provide a laundry list of concerns and issues. Your movie today will inspire you to find your purpose and passion in life while you strive to live your dreams.

Steven Spielberg:

“The thing I really want to emphasize is, I didn’t have a choice. I didn’t have a choice . . . the dream is something you never knew was going to come into your life. Dreams always come from behind you, not right between your eyes. It sneaks up on you. But when you have a dream, it doesn’t  often come at you screaming in your face, “This is who you are, this is what you must be for the rest of your life.” Sometimes a dream almost whispers. And I’ve always said to my kids, the hardest thing to listen to—your instincts, your human personal intuition—always whispers; it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to every day of your lives be ready to hear what whispers in your ear; it very rarely shouts.  And if you can listen to the whisper, and if it tickles your heart, and it’s something you think you want to do for the rest of your life, then that is going to be what you do for the rest of your life, and we will benefit from everything you do.”

Steven Spielberg’s Advice: