South African Behati Prinsloo

behati prinsloo4 Behati Prinsloo for <em>Elle Italia</em> June 2010 by Matt Jones

Behati and her current boyfriend Adam Levine

Name: Behati Prinsloo

DOB: May 16, 1989 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Hometown: Namibia, Africa

Parents: Dad is a pastor and Mom runs a bed and breakfast

Model Career: Discovered by Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas (the lady who discovered Kate Moss) at age 15

Campaigns: Nine West, DKNY, The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Nina Ricci, Max Studio, Marc Jacobs, Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss, H&M, Chanel, Aquascutum, Victoria’s Secret, Adore, and others

Famous Boyfriend: Dating Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine

Best Friend: Model Coco Rocha

Height: 5’11

Measurements: 32-24-35 (US), 81-61-89 (EU)

Dress Size: 6 (US), 36 (EU), 8 (UK)

Agencies: Storm Models, Women Management, Marilyn Agency and D Management Group

Charity: Environmental Justice Foundation

Favorite Sports: Hockey and Netball

Languages: English and Afrikaans

Loves men from:  South Africa

First model job: Italian Vogue 

Favorite Designers: Prada and Christian Dior

Favorite Beauty Secret: Don’t wear a lot of makeup except for a little mascara.

Favorite Hobbies: Going to the movies, partying and socializing.

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50 Ways to Change your Way of Thinking

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By BLAIRE PALMER

Influencing your mind is a learned skill and practice is key.

Having the life you want is just as much about your attitude and mindset as it is about your actual circumstances. Crucially, how you choose to see your life determines what choices you then make. And those choices determine the level of fulfillment you feel.

OK, so you might not be able to control some of the events that happen to you during the course of your life, but you often have a choice about what you do as a result. The more balanced your mindset, the more constructive your resulting choices are likely to be.

Influencing your mindset is a learned skill. You will get better at it if you practice. Of course, there are lots of books written about positive mental attitude and many techniques to choose from if you want to build this muscle.

To help you out, here are 50 ideas to help you adopt a balanced mindset. Some of them are easy to do (like idea three). Others are a little more difficult (like number four). Don’t try to do them all at once; your mind will melt. But pick two or three and try them out this week.

Having a positive attitude feeds into the choices we make and the fulfillment we feel in our daily lives. So here are some great ways in which you can take control and turn your life around. 

  1. Keep a gratitude journal, listing everything you are grateful for each day.
  2. Smile at strangers.
  3. Say thank you.
  4. Be present in the moment.
  5. Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself.
  6. Remember people are always doing the best they can with the information they have.
  7. A thought: people aren’t judging you as harshly as you think.
  8. Make a list of your strengths.
  9. Spend time on activities you enjoy.
  10. Savor your food.
  11. Every decision you make is a choice – including the decision to avoid making a choice.
  12. Learn to accurately name your emotions.
  13. Make yourself laugh.
  14. Make a collage of photos of people you love.
  15. Keep mementos that remind you how great you are.
  16. Do something every day that scares you a little.
  17. Get on top of your paperwork.
  18. Listen to other people. Really listen.
  19. Put a reminder of your childhood somewhere where you see it regularly. It has been shown to bring out the best in people.
  20. Wear clothes that make you proud of yourself.
  21. Prepare for difficult conversations to ensure you speak from the heart and not from fear or anger.
  22. Accept that things change.
  23. Look for positives after challenging experiences.
  24. Go for a walk.
  25. Play the long game – today’s drama may not seem so serious in a few days.
  26. Try not to generalize. Hard and fast rules can keep you stuck in a rut.
  27. Be generous to yourself. You are your best friend.
  28. Have something to look forward to.
  29. Get perspective on your troubles by listening to friends who see the bigger picture.
  30. If you’ve done something you’re not proud of,apologize or put it right.
  31. Take a break.
  32. Stop and smell the flowers. Literally.
  33. Read inspirational stories about real people.
  34. Read about people less fortunate than you.
  35. Build strong relationships with your family.
  36. Forgive.
  37. Offer help without expecting anything in return.
  38. Be open to new ideas.
  39. Treat yourself, occasionally.
  40. Learn to distinguish between your self-critical inner voice and your wise inner voice.
  41. Take responsibility rather than blaming others.
  42. Avoid gossip.
  43. Consider professional help. There are people who deal with situations like yours for a living.
  44. Get to know some of your neighbors.
  45. Remember the saying ‘This too shall pass.’
  46. You’ve conquered difficult things in the past. That should give you confidence when you approach difficult things in future.
  47. Try to find at least three options to resolve an issue before making a final decision. Sometimes the best solution is the last one you think of.
  48. Give or accept a really lovely, long hug.
  49. Be honest with yourself.
  50. Count to 10 (or 50!) before doing something you might regret.

Exercise Makes you Happy and Motivated

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If fitness came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body. – Cher


It takes sheer determination to get your derrière out of bed to exercise, particularly first thing in the morning.  Eschewing exercise before noon means you may end up skipping it altogether. You know how it is. You arrive home exhausted after working exorbitantly long hours, and the last thing you want to do is exercise.  Watching TV and relaxing just sounds much more gratifying, but is it?

Those who think they haven’t time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. – Edward Stanley

Myriads of people solely exercise for vanity. They want to look good with and without clothes on.  On the other hand, others exercise purely because they know it amplifies everything – from happiness and motivation to confidence and energy levels.  Your brain wants you to perform physical activity.  It knows exercise reduces grumpiness, laziness and discouragement.

Molecular biologists and neurologists have begun to show that exercise may alter brain chemistry in much the same way that antidepressant drugs do – regulating the key neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. – Times Magazine                                                                                                                                                                         

For this reason, some doctors now prescribe intense exercise to those suffering from mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. If working out helps those suffering with mental disorders, imagine the results for those without any mental afflictions. Regret never comes after an exercise session. You’ll always feel a sense of accomplishment, especially knowing that you kicked those negative and lazy thoughts to the curb. You must eradicate these pessimistic and lazy sentences from your vocabulary:

  • “Ugh, I’m too tired to exercise today. I’ll just start tomorrow.”
  • “You know what? I’ll start on Monday.”
  • “Wait, why Monday? I’ll start on the first of next month.”
  • “Exercise is for vain people.”
  • “I’ve tried exercising, but didn’t see any results.” (Change your diet and/or exercise programme to see better and quicker results.)

Love not sleep, unless you want poverty; open your eyes, and you’ll be satisfied with food. – Proverbs 20:13

Exercise alters your personality – turning you into a new person.  A person who’s prepared to tackle on the day – A person who wants to improve their life and the lives of their friends and family.  – A person who will bring success into their life. 

If you indubitably hate exercising at the gym or outdoors than why not purchase an excellent workout DVD. That way, you can exercise in the privacy of your own home.  I highly recommend a fitness company named Beachbody for purchasing top-notch DVDs. They will change your life.

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. – Carol Welch

Personally, I prefer burning calories at home over the gym.  I never enjoyed receiving stares from dirty old men or getting unwanted attention.  I wasn’t prepared to forego my usual light workout gear for frumpy and baggy clothes to keep prying eyes at bay either. Plus, the DVDs save you gym fees!

Simply walking for at least 30 minutes enhances and alleviates your mood.  However, only intensive workout sessions give you euphoria or extreme happiness,  so sweating and getting your heart racing is a must! Exercising 3-5 times a week exerts long lasting results, so you need to find discipline somewhere.

There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.  

– The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes

In essence, you’re in control of your own destiny and mood. If you want happiness and change, you know what to do. So, please refrain from exercising if you enjoy being:

  • Lazy, dull, and lifeless
  • Stressed, disheartened and depressed
  • Moody, miserable and down in the dumps
  • Tired, apathetic and worn out

V xx