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Pond’s Miracle Journey – We are all miracles in motion

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Pond’s Miracle Journey is an ode to the strength of a woman, a promise, a beacon of hope for women who dream of stepping out of their comfort zone and becoming game changers in their respective fields. The journey that started 4 years ago in an effort to empower and encourage women to unleash their hidden mettle has now branched out into a full blown mentorship programme. Over a span of four years, the Pond’s Miracle Journey has celebrated more than 300 women in the fields of health, social activism, entrepreneurship, beauty, professional training and education.

Pond’s has enabled more than 100 women each year since 2014 to share their stories of struggle at meet and greets held annually. These women achieved inspirational success through their persistence and unwavering determination all the while defying societal labels and hindrances at every step; becoming an inexhaustible fountain of inspiration for many more out there.

The movement started with 10 Miracle Mentors who selected a panel of 10 high achieving women to represent everything Miracle Women stand for. Each year since then 10 new mentors have selected 100 women each.

 

Who is a Miracle Woman?

A Miracle Woman is defined as one who is not only managing a professional career but also nurturing her family, running her home and meeting all of the many social obligations that make demands on her time. She is an expert in the fine art of the work-life balance, and she does all this with seamless ease and elegance, according to Unilever.

Watch Miracle Women in action here:

 

What is Pond’s Miracle Journey Mentorship Programme?

Pond’s Miracle Journey has become a mentoring platform for women, recruiting more and more women Miracle Women each year to this journey towards women empowerment. This year younger women will pair up with past Miracle women to share enriching experiences and success stories.

Pond’s is now enabling 330 of its mentors to pick younger women who they believe have what it takes to be a part of the movement. These young women will get a sound platform to voice their ideas and get guidance on how to turn their business ideas into a successful reality. The new recruits will also get a chance to learn from other women who have walked the long road and prospered.

Think you are a Pond’s Miracle Woman or have what it takes to be one? Apply today:

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Money Matters – Saving Tips for Over-spenders

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Do you zero out your accounts each month and go broke until the next paycheck comes in? Do you feel guilty about all those impulse purchases you could’ve done without? Sounds like you’re a chronic over-spender (like me).

While it may not be easy to spot your own overspending habits, the good news is, it’s never too late to curb your overspending. Here are 4 tips on how I started saving up.

Save up and then spend

Living from paycheck to paycheck can be tough especially when you’ve chipped away at your savings already. If you’ve got two bank accounts, the best way to make sure you don’t spend too much on unnecessary stuff is to transfer half your salary to another account and forget about it. Once you get this 50%-rule right, it’s a smooth road ahead.

Pack up some lunch for work

You never realize how much you spend on food till you start packing lunch from home. This gets not only your healthy eating habit on track but also helps save some extra cash every week. You can always treat yourself to a delicious meal on Fridays (TGIF!).

No expensive hangouts

Hanging out with friends doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as we all love meet-ups at swanky coffee places, it’s best to limit those high budget plans to once a month. Alternatively, you can always meet your friends for some ‘Karak chai’ at a dhaaba near you.

Maintain a spreadsheet

If you have diversified streams of income, putting down all your expenses and income in a spreadsheet is the best way to keep a tab on how much you’re spending vs. how much you’ve saved.

Got more saving tips to share? Share with us in the comments below.

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Safest places for solo female travelers

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If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, and convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before planning a trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of traveling alone and what places are ‘female-friendly’.

We’ve listed down 5 travel destinations that are safest for girls traveling alone along with a whole lot of fun.

Iceland

Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world; obviously, it had to be number one on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place has several selfie-perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.

 

Florence, Italy

Also touted as the hub of fashion, food, and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture, is an ideal safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.

 

Singapore

If you’re a clean freak with a hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess, obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean, and safe environment, this South East Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.

 

Montreal, Canada

Tim Hortons, Maple syrup, and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering scrumptious cuisines, and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal gives you the European experience on a budget.

Auckland, New Zealand

Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views, and so many outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.

Which travel destination is on your list?

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