Who’s your role model?

November is National Inspirational Role Models Month. At MONAT, we celebrate the holiday by acknowledging the impact contemporary role models have on our lives.

Who inspires you? It’s a common question often asked by teachers, peers and even employers. There’s a reason many job interviewers ask this question; it’s a good way to discover not only who you are as a person, but how you think and feel about yourself and those around you.

Over the course of the week, we asked MONAT employees, “Who is your role model?” and the results are in! Peruse them, below, then head to your favorite social media site and tell @monatofficial who inspires you by including #myrolemodelis.

“If anyone has ever seen the movie ‘Joy,’ you will know who Joy Mangano is. She is the self-made millionaire who has invented many products, most notably the Miracle Mop, as featured in the film. Joy’s early years sound like many of our own, which allows her story to resonate. She went to college, got married, had three children, held a variety of unfulfilling jobs, however, it is what she did with a simple idea and a lot of passion that really makes her an inspirational woman to me. She took that idea and did not take no for an answer! She and her product were featured on QVC which launched her success. By the year 2000, her company was selling $10 million worth of Miracle Mops per year. I admire Joy and her perseverance, she is truly the kind of #BossBabe I aspire to be.”  


~ Bethany Balsdon, Events and Recognition Manager

“The person I’d like to say I admire is Amal Clooney. She’s a great example of the woman I try to be every single day.  Amal as an international lawyer and handles cases related to human rights and crimes against humanity. I admire her bravery, as she handles many cases others won’t. Amal, who is fluent in English, Arabic and French, has also written a couple of books. She is an inspirational role model for young women around the world; she exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication–and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures. She’s a true activist. She’s effortlessly stylish, and she's married to George Clooney. Enough said.”

~ Lauren Nicole Jordan, Social Media Specialist

“In my case, the athlete I admire the most is LeBron James. He is not only a great basketball player but a role model for those who live in Cleveland because his achievements go beyond the game that he loves. As a matter of fact, James is a big contributor to community programs around the country, and has an active role in the Boys and Girls Club, ONEXONE and the Children’s Defense Fund. James also started his own charity which raises money for a number of causes in his native Akron. That’s not all; there are quite a few athletes in today’s society who are easily getting into problems; that’s not the case when talking about this player. Believe it or not, he has never let the spotlight keep him for emitting a positive image for younger generations; especially African Americans. In this day and age, with the evolution of social media and the incredibly in-depth coverage that professional sports endure, James has brilliantly handled his intense fame while never letting it change the type of person he is.”

~ Jose Rebolledo, International Business Student,
MONAT Marketing Intern

Images: c/o Google. Source Joy Mangano | Source Amal Clooney

National Optimism Month

Recently experienced a breakup? Did you close out last month without hitting your numbers? Does it always seem like life can’t get any worse? I have a message for you: it gets better.
Life is all about peaks and valleys. Sometimes you’re high, sometimes you’re low. You see, the universe has a funny way of reminding you you’re alive. It’ll shake your foundation like an earthquake, making you feel like you can’t stand up on your feet anymore, like your world has crumbled so you feel broken and unbalanced like the pavement under you. But you mustn’t let it get the best of you because life throws curveballs at you for purposes far beyond your understanding (right now).
We tend to underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully, happily and productively. So when we’re hit with failure or rejection, we become overwhelmed.
March is National Optimism Month. March not only means the start of spring – which by nature’s standards means rebirth and renewal – March is also a great month to take all the negative thoughts pestering you and stuff 'em in a sack! It means it’s time to put a smile on your face and start thinking positively.
Below, I’ve outlined some mindful practices you can use to work on becoming a happier, more positive person.

Rid yourself of negativity

If you truly wish to be happy you must not surround yourself with negative people who are not encouraging. Surround yourself with people who see the greatness in you, even if you don’t see it yourself. Fostering friendships creates camaraderie, and having positive people in your life is a great way to hinder cynical thoughts.

Stay Active

Proactive people are 15% more satisfied with their lives compared to more passive people. Happiness researcher Ed Diener explains, “Happy people set goals for themselves again and again.”

Go Outside

Enjoying time outdoors is a great way to put some pep back in your step. Living near green spaces is associated with better mental health, and even just looking at images of nature scenes can stimulate the parts of your brain associated with happiness, positivity, and emotional stability. Plus, spending time in the great outdoors exposes us to sunlight, which can help our bodies produce vitamin D. Just remember to slather on your sunscreen!

Believe happiness is a choice

Positive thoughts mean positive emotions. No one ever said being your own cheerleader would be easy, but honestly, happiness is a choice. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are responsible for how happy we are.

Remember, happiness is a state of mind. Be the strong, proud-standing flower you are made to be. Give yourself the benefit to bloom, beautifully. 


Introducing MONAT’s BLACK Cream Shave, a rich and velvety lotion that provides the smoothest, most comfortable shave of all. This soothing shaving cream was specially formulated for a man’s manly face, but we’re pretty sure it will be love at first try for the ladies as well!

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VIP Price if purchased individually: $22 USD / $30 CAD
VIP Price if purchased as part of MONAT BLACK (which includes four products): $84 USD/ $110 CAD

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Be sure to include the BLACK Cream Shave for your hubby with your next order… and be sure to throw in a few extra for yourself!

But since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, why not give the men in your life the gift of smooth and refreshed skin and youthful, healthy-looking hair with the NEW System for Men, MONAT BLACK! Besides the Cream Shave, this System includes:

Aftershave + Moisturizer – A silky smooth balm that helps soothe skin, minimize ingrown hairs and provide excellent skin hydration, while calming the burning sensation and skin irritation experienced after shaving.

Men’s 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner – Same great formula, sleek new look! This complete 2-in-1 system cleanses, conditions, and nurtures the scalp to maintain its essential moisture. It helps boost natural hair growth and improve follicle strength to reduce hair thinning.

Groom Styling Clay – A versatile and lightweight styling clay that provides pliable hold, aids in the creation of textured looks, and helps make fine hair look and feel thicker.

New Year, New [Self-Loving] You!

January is Self-Love Month, right before the nationally celebrated month of getting struck by Cupid’s arrow and loving others… Coincidence? We think not : -). We’ve all heard that, to be able to love others, we need to first learn to love ourselves. What a great mindset to start off the New Year! But what is “self-love”, really? We asked colleagues and friends what “loving thyself” meant to them and we got pretty cool responses. Here are a few of our faves:

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When you truly love yourself you don’t get the urge to feel superior to others. Instead, you see other people’s experiences as an opportunity to learn about life… And in the end, you’re less judgmental and more compassionate not only towards them, but also towards yourself.
Ironically, I used to “love” myself by not caring about my appearance, because to me, this was a way of “accepting” myself, but I was very shy and insecure and I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. That all changed once I committed to taking care of my body -from the inside out and from head to toe!
Pamper yourself, exercise, smile to stranger, read a book, open the door for someone, take a break, educate yourself, eat chocolate without guilt, don’t say no to everything or yes to anything… To me, it’s the simplest things that make us feel good about ourselves!
Some people are so proud and think so highly of themselves that they never accept when they’re wrong. I think that when you have self-love, you are confident and brave enough to be humble and say “I’m sorry”.

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It’s not about ignoring your flaws, it’s about embracing them… Don’t love yourself despite your imperfections, love yourself with your imperfections!

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone


Nothing beats an I-made-an-effort-to-find-something-perfect-for-you gift. Here’s a quick list with a few of our favorite gift ideas this year that will surprise and delight the special people on your nice list. thrive this winter.

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Rainbow LED Showerhead.
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This cascade of fun is just magical and you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy it. No matter what anyone says.

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Cool Shower Speakers.
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Let’s go back to fun in the shower for a moment. With these water-proof speakers you can make washing your hair even more enjoyable. (Wink-wink.)

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Mini Laptop Compact Mirror.

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This may seem strictly feminine, but men need to check their coifs and smiles once in a while too! 


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Cool MONAT style.
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Visit our MONAT Gear store to select cool MONAT apparel and accessories for him and her. Click {here} to shop at the MONAT Gear store now!



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Gorgeous hair… by MONAT!
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You didn’t think we were going to leave this one out, did ya? MONAT’s Systems are specially formulated to treat all hair types. So this year, give the gift of longer, fuller, stronger, younger-looking hair! Take advantage of MONAT’s gorgeous, limited edition holiday packaging, available for purchase with any product order, while supplies last. (The bonus? MONAT’s bottles and jars are so sleek and elegant, everyone will want to decorate their bathroom with a chic display of products!) 



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Helping Foster Children One Costume at a Time

Everyone loves Halloween, especially kids! Halloween is one of the most fun experiences in a young child’s life. It provides lifelong memories, develops self-worth, and allows kids a day of pretending. Unfortunately, many children are unable to participate in this fun, annual experience because they do not have a costume.


In a Halloween costume drive, the MONAT Gratitude Squad‬ collected over 100 new costumes. These costumes were then donated to the Miami Dade County Foster & Adoptive Parent Association during a fun-filled Halloween party that included candy, cookies, chips and refreshments.


For close to three hours, foster parents and their children were able to “shop” and pick out the costume they wanted to be this year for Halloween. While this was an exciting and fun day for the children, the parents were just as thankful as the kids. Collecting Halloween costumes allowed foster parents to save time and money. With some foster families having 5+ children under the age of 10…that’s a lot of time and money saved!


Like you, we want the future to be even bigger! We hope you have enjoyed this first year as much as we have, and we can assure you, this is only the beginning. Together we are unstoppable.


It was a great day of giving back to the community for the MONAT Family. It was spooktacular evening of gratitude!




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