Jan. 27 is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million European Jews, 2 million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexuals and millions of others.
On this annual day of commemoration, every member state of the United Nations has an obligation to honor the victims of the Nazi era, and work to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.
Are you overwhelmed by the number of emails you wake up to each morning? Do you feel anxiety when you return to your computer after lunch? With these four simple steps, you can take control of your inbox, reduce your email anxiety and increase your productivity.
Clear it out: Start by deleting any emails you will never need access to again—like the email from Spirit Air with this week’s sale on flights to Cancun. Sadly, it’s not happening this year. Be careful not to delete anything you may need access to down the road—like that Bluefly receipt for the purchase you’re not sure you like yet. Then file the remaining emails in relevant folders.
Unsubscribe: The number one offender of mailbox clogging is the stuff you receive on a recurring basis. Next time you delete multiple emails without looking at them, take note of what you’re deleting. If you throw out three emails from the same source without opening them, it’s time to unsubscribe.
Consolidate: Most of us have multiple email addresses: a work address, a professional firstname.lastname@example.org, a .edu from the college days and maybe even an old Hotmail or AOL account. If you have more than two, it’s time to consolidate. Deactivate the ones you don’t use, or have your mail forwarded to the addresses you use daily.
Make your inbox do the work: Gmail users must check out auto-filter, which helps train your inbox to file and label emails as they come in. Anything from Dad goes into ‘Family,’ and your auto-pay student loan bill is automatically labeled ‘Financial.’ You may never look at it, but if you need it you’ll know where to find it.
Smizing, bottomless coffee and winter photo shoots
As we prepare for another photo shoot this weekend, we’re scrambling on last minute details and trying to pull everything together. As a little glimpse into our planning process, check out all the things bouncing around in our minds before the upcoming shoot.
Our models will not be wearing coats and it will be COLD outside.
How on earth are we going to get a tiny dog to cooperate when both she and the model will be freezing? But OMG PUPPY.
The snow better not melt before Saturday…
We’ll need to bring enough coffee to keep everyone warm. With Baileys?
Must try to get the models to channel the always-insane Tyra Banks and work their smize
Hopefully the vision in our heads translates into the photos!
Need to get the models their style Q&A questions and confirm outfit/beauty/hair details before Saturday.
We’ll have to work fast so people don’t get cold and cranky, but we’re up for the challenge.
Three biggest FAILS in the first three days of 2012
With the start of the new year came new hope, revisited resolutions and of course, new drama. Check out a few headlines from the start of 2012 that will make you go huh?
Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play him in a biopic. And we don’t hate it! Elton John was a master of music in his prime, and we think JT can bring some of his sexy back—with some sexy back flips off a baby grand.
Twilight: The Musical—it’s happening. But thank god it’s only a parody. Twihards in the New York City area can catch a reading Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. EST at New World Stages.
Say goodbye to love birds Katy Perry and Russell Brand. Boo. We’re crying into our cupcakes. But really, we sort of wanted this to work out! Maybe Katy left when she realized Jimmy Fallon did a better Russell than Russell.
Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?”and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must," then step away from the Internet.
Enough with the 14-day juice cleanses. If you want to lose a little weight quickly, eat less and exercise like crazy. If you want to lose a lot of weight slowly, do whatever Jennifer Hudson did.
Wait 30 seconds before you look up a fact you can’t remember on your phone, and try to remember it using your brain. This is what the olden days were like.
Replace one terrible reality show you’re currently watching with one wonderful scripted show currently available on television. Swap suggestion: Real Housewives of Anywhere for HBO’s Enlightened.
Cut one person out of your life who you truly do not like and add one person who you truly do. Note: not on Facebook, on Earth.
If you’re still blacking out regularly, you should stop.
Tell someone who you love that you love them on a more regular basis. To their face, not in a text.
February - Became a little more legit by purchasing our domain, thefacetsmag.com!
April - Began to interview additional writers and graphic designers, and added some wonderfully talented people to our staff.
May - Spent Memorial Day doing our first photo shoot on the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan.
August - Released issue one Aug. 1! Immediately popped open champagne.
September - With the help of our friends at Booth25 Events, we hosted the official Facets launch party at District Bar in Chicago, and met so many great new friends and supporters from around the city.
October - Redesigned our website to add social portlets, and released issue two covering Oct/Nov.
December - Held a contest to donate money to FirstBook.org to help end illiteracy, and released issue three covering Dec/Jan.
What a truly glorious year it was. We can only be optimistic about the future of Facets for the new year ahead!