With so much news content being published each day on gc4women.org, we have decided to start a new tradition to keep you informed and connected to the resources to improve your life and business. 

The following are top picks and trending topics on gc4women.org news:

1. 10 Creative and Virtual Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

In 2021, given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many of us are rethinking how to give extra recognition to moms. Some of us are apart from our moms when we’d normally be together. And many of us are worried about our moms, some of whom are in the high-risk age range.

So, how can we celebrate differently?

  • Most moms simply wish to connect with their children and spend time with family in any way possible—if not in person, then with a phone call or video chat!
  • If your mom is at home, give her a day off from any family chores, especially during this difficult time. Someone else can take full responsibility for making or serving the food, clearing and cleaning the dishes, and doing the laundry. Volunteer!

This probably covers the big stuff, but here are 10 creative ways to reach out to mom to show her a little extra comfort, love, and recognition. After all, moms are always there for us! Read more here.

2. Chloé Zhao: The First Woman of Color to Win Best Director

Chloé Zhao on Sunday became the first woman of color, first Chinese woman and second woman ever to win the Oscar for directing, capping off a historically impressive run of honors she has amassed this awards season for her work on the drama “Nomadland.”

In accepting the award, Zhao recalled a phrase she had learned as a child that she said translated from Mandarin to “people at birth are inherently good.” Read more here.

3. How to Show Gratitude to Your Past, Present, and Future Self

Regularly expressing thanks for the people, things, and events in your life has been linked to better sleep, smarter financial decisions, and a host of other benefits. But how often do you turn that gratitude inward rather than outward, thanking yourself for what you’ve done or the way you’ve handled a tricky situation?

While it’s easy to thank others for their generosity, practicing self-gratitude often slips under the radar—but it shouldn’t.

“There are many benefits to practicing self-gratitude,” Toronto-based mental health professional Krystal Kavita Jagoo, M.S.W., tells Shine. “Research shows that doing so shapes a positive relationship with one’s sense of self, which promotes stable mental health, and I have seen that in my work with clients of all ages over the last decade.” Read more here.

4. The Women Behind Nigeria’s $1.2 Billion Beauty Market

In a city as dazzling and thoroughly hectic as Lagos, it’s fair to say that Montaigne Place appears like an oasis of calm in the urban storm. For wealthy Nigerians, it’s a place to shop for upmarket beauty products, get the latest treatments and be seen — or not be seen, as is the case for some of Alali Hart’s more discreet clients, who have been known to bring an entourage of twenty staff and rent out the entire facility to escape the prying eyes of other high-society matrons.

The founder and CEO of this beauty retailer, wholesaler, and wellness spa have been in business since 1995, after a meeting in Paris with executives from Clarins led to a deal for Hart to represent the brand in the Nigerian market. Selective distribution channels were “pretty much non-existent” at the time, she says, so the only way to make the opportunity work was to build the retail network herself. Read more here.