It's funny: When I read books on dermatology, there is often so much information about retinoids. And now that I'm devoting myself to inventing novel beauty products full-time (for at least a year, hopefully longer!), my life is again all about retinoids. Our FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 comes out on August 16. It's the earliest date I know we will have all of the inventory, ordering systems, and shipping materials in place. I'm nervous and excited and scared and thrilled, all at the same time. On the one hand, I know we have a great product, and I'm super proud of it. I've been using it for three weeks and I'm ecstatic! On the other hand, I've never released a product before, and I'm scared. I just want for the readers to love it as much as I do, and for everything to run smoothly. One trick I started to do this week was to make small changes. One of my favorite books, The Compound Effect, is all about how small, seemingly insignificant changes every day are what really make a difference in your relationships, career, and health over time. The author is the publisher of Success magazine, Darren Hardy, and he says small, positive daily habits developed early in life helped him become a millionaire by age 24 (source). Not to mention help improve millions of lives by the time he was in his forties. He's truly one of my role models. I've read his book before, but I follow him on Facebook, and the other day he posted the following status:
It's time to WAKE UP and realize that the habits you indulge in could be compounding your life into repeated disaster. The slightest adjustments to your daily routines can dramatically alter the outcomes in your life. Again, I'm not talking about quantum leaps of change or a complete overhaul of your personality, character, and life. Supersmall, seemingly inconsequential adjustments can and will revolutionize everything.What I love about this philosophy is that it's doable. It's not plausible for many of us to think, Oh, I could lose 25 pounds easily, but it is easy to think that we could switch out hamburgers and fries with fish and vegetables tonight for dinner. Or to run tonight instead of watching an extra half hour of TV. The biggest change for me since re-discovering this philosophy is getting up a little earlier. This sounds strange, but the world is just so clean before 7 AM. Traffic is lighter. Deadlines are relatively later. There are no e-mails or text messages coming in. It's just free, open space and time. I love to sit, make some coffee, read some books, and write. It's amazing, much more invigorating than an extra hour of sleep. I would even go so far as to say it's the closest thing to meditation I can think of without actually meditating. It's really that peaceful. And it helps for me to stay grateful, peaceful, centered, and even more relaxed throughout the day. And who doesn't love that? :-) Well, that's all for now. Please feel free to contact me on our Facebook page or Twitter anytime. All the best, Nicki
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