E.C.Athletix Handmaking Booty Shorts !!👀🍑

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all off to a happy an healthy holiday season 🤗

In the midst of drafting out new designs and products, with the leftover fabric I had from manufacturing my first garment. I decided to first create spandex shorts myself. I have dabbled on sewing a long time ago, but this would actually be my first sewing project.

After a few YouTube videos and a basic sewing class, here is what I came up with.

1. Getting ready to cut out the fabric around the paper pattern that took quite sometime for me to make😅

2. After cutting out the pattern , pinned down to the fabric.

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3.Kind of dark but this is when I was in the middle of sewing down the sides , on my Singer sewing machine. I then had to sew the crotch together after.

4. Not totally finished, as I have to hem the leg opening to the shorts and install elastic, this is what I have so far.

This has been a great learning experience for me. This is my second attempt at making these shorts and I could see that I’m improving little by little as I am practicing to make these. I’m so excited to see what happens next!

Stay healthy and fit,

Eminel Cooper❤

 

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Reflection Of Starting My Own Business

This past May, on Memorial Day, I have launched my own business that sells activewear for women. It has indeed been an interesting journey , which has caused more stress and anxiety than anything I have ever endured in my whole entire life.

But first, let’s rewind. Why entrepreneurship if there are so many other careers/occupations out there in the world ?

I don’t know. I have always had a artistic/creative knack for drawing and making projects for as long as I could remember. I also like to solve problems. I could spend so much time writing papers and figuring out plans for projects that I could get so lost that my whole day flies by. Some people would say that this is boring, but I think otherwise. Its honestly where I get most of my energy from. I like drawing , creating , reading and researching. As I consider myself an introvert, so this is very much an applicable factor.

I volunteered , and interned at several different places that I didn’t feel worked for me . I switched my major about 3 times after starting college. I did an extensive amount of research on careers, but no matter what I came across there was always something that I did not like about that career. So I became confused and lost and left college. What the hell was I going to college if I didn’t know what I wanted to do ?

I found a job and started working and I found my self going to meetings and seminars talking about all kinds of ways to make money by creating something of your own that you are passionate about, while helping others. I fell in love. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. I love being creative , working on projects and helping people. Isn’t that essentially what entrepreneurship is?

I mean you could describe other careers with the characteristics I used, but this is basically my definition of entrepreneurship ; using your passion to creatively solve problems and change the world. Yes it is risky to do this as it takes an extreme amount of work , dedication, motivation, mentorship, and PATIENCE for extended periods of time to be successful, so not a lot of people run towards this type of career or lifestyle. For I learned entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

I felt it was right for me , and I still do. So I went back to school and decided to work on my associates degree in business. Using my creative ability and my passion for fitness I wanted to create bold activewear for women to stand out, that reflected nature while creating positive energy. With this I want to encourage others to exercise as it creates so many benefits to the body mentally, physically,emotionally, etc.

That’s when E.C.Athletix was born right after I finished my associates degree in business. I was studying for finals, interning, working while driving back and forth several times a week to check on the status of the launch of my first garment. IT WAS LITERALLY A MESS !! I didn’t know anything. I ran into so many problems, I lost a lot of my savings, I showed up to work late several times because I was at appointments in the city. I was embarrassed because I got yelled at about things I should’ve known about the creation of my product . AND AFTER ALL THAT, ALL OF MY LEGGINGS WERE MADE WRONG. The way everything came down to was that my leggings had to be made wrong or they wouldn’t be made at all. I cried several times. I was angry , I was depressed, I was tired , I was stressed all while studying for finals. At this point , I’m thinking about not launching and of thoughts like, ” Why am I still doing this? Why am I wasting all this gas money? What am I doing here ?” would just appear in my head.

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And that’s what usually got me through those hectic times, thinking about my “why”. I had to finish what I started. I had to get over my feelings and focus on the bigger picture. I eventually graduated with honors and launched my product one week after I graduated.

Did I have huge expectations for my first product? Of course I did. That’s what almost all new entrepreneurs do. Even though we know business will be slow in the beginning, we still have huge expectations. We are so excited and convinced that our product is so good and everybody will want it , but that is not entirely the case. Since launching 6 months ago, I can surely admit that I didn’t meet my expectations. I had lot of fun working with models who were my friends, seeing other people wearing my product and getting great feedback about it. I enjoyed going out to events and meeting other new entrepreneurs as well. I love drawing up new designs and getting inspired by different interactions I have with people and settings. This takes me back to when I remembered saying to someone that I wanted to be an artist one day , a very long time ago. This isn’t the traditional way to be an artist I guess , but I’m doing it anyway lol

All in all, it has been a learning process, and still is, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I learned that 90 percent of my plans while building my business never went my way, that it is okay to be uncomfortable and to learn something new, that it doesn’t matter how old or how much experience you have , thats you will never know everything, that you must have extreme patience, that MUST ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST, that you must place yourself in the right environment , that it is very easy to doubt yourself, that you must have a positive mindset , and that it doesn’t matter what level of education you have that it is possible to launch and have your own business. Being successful at it is a whole different ball game lol but I hope to get there one day. I still have quite a journey left. There is so many things I did wrong , have to change ,and do again. It is a never ending to-do list.

Currently I am working on new projects that I will be talking about in upcoming blogs. So for now thank you for reading until the end, and I while catch you in the next blog !

Stay tuned,

Eminel Cooper

Read this before you stress about another thing !

Have you ever heard of the saying , “stress kills” or something along those lines ?  It is crazy but it is 100%true.  Stress can literally affect almost every area of our bodies.

 

–> Under stress sounds and conversation may become more irritable than usual

–> It can increase the amount of pain in joints and muscles

–> Stress and/or anxiety at work has been seen to cause people to have heart-rhythm problems that can lead to fatigue and strokes

–> Stress is just as bad as junk food . Can you believe that ?! Bacteria that looks like high fat diet  bacteria develops. So it is recommended to eat yogurt and other products with probiotics in them .

–> Along with the last bit of information , great amounts of stress can cause weight gain. When the stress hormones are triggered they immediately tell your body to store more fat , and on top of that you may even be wanting to consume more fatty foods. So I definitely do suggest you have a stress smoothie or healthy snack designated for those stressful times.

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The best remedy for stress  is of course, EXERCISE ! Yes, it releases endorphins, can help you focus on task , clear your mind, and increase your metabolism.

So if its not a big deal or detrimental to your life, don’t worry about it. It is literally not worth it to sweat over the little things.

Stay fit and healthy ,

Eminel Cooper

🌊3 Reasons Why You Should Drink more Water

Water is literally life, and I haven’t realized this until recently. I am extremely late. I have been drinking more water, and I do notice some changes in my skin and my body.

But here are a few reasons why it is important to drink more water.

💧1. Helps skin feel more hydrated. I have really oily skin , and it has been like that for basically my whole life. So for the past few days , as I have been drinking a 1.5 – 2 Liters of water per day , my skin is starting to appear less oily.

💧2. When I drink more water around lunch time, it deters my wanting to eat everything in sight when I am on my break from work. I’ve even noticed I’ve been picking up healthier options to eat at lunch time like grilled chicken sandwiches or wraps.

💧3. I feel revitalized and refreshed. I feel like I function a lot better, being that I work a lot on my feet. Water helps detoxify your body daily , and helps lubricates joints naturally. A large part of out bodies are composed of water, so why not continue to contribute to that?

Water may be boring and distasteful but more of it can change your life if you are already drinking your recommended intake !

Tip : Add lemon or fruit to add more antioxidants to your water 🍋🍊

Sick and tired of being sick and tired ?😑

I honestly believe that natural remedies are the best energy boosters and are great for when you have a cold. So here are three natural things you can try to help you get over a cold and/or boost your energy level.

1. Chia Seeds.

Chia seeds are very popular in South America. Evidence showed that the Mayans and the Aztecs used chia seeds as a good source of energy. Studies have also shown that they are good to keep you full and are great for digestion. So add this to your smoothie , yogurt or salad. A bag of chia seeds can range from 7 to 8 bucks and can hold about 30 servings, which equates to about 27 cents a serving. That’s a steal for an organic product ! 👌

2. Ginger

Ginger is my go-to remedy for stomach aches. Ginger tea is usually the form I consume it in. Just boil a fresh root for 8-10 minutes , add some honey if you would like and you are good to go. Ginger has been seen to help with circulation, PMS , diabetes , and even stress. And it’s not even expensive to buy at the store , so take advantage of this !!💯🙌

3. Iron Supplement

Are you consuming enough iron ? Women have been commonly known to have low iron levels because we lose blood during menstruation every month. Low iron levels can lead to feeling fatigue even if you had enough rest. An organic supplement or even consuming more cooked spinach can increase your iron levels, therefore it may increase your energy level. 💪

There are several more remedies that could help increase your energy level but I hope these help !

Stay fit ,

Eminel Cooper ❤

So excited , NEXT STEPS !

Hello everyone !

After starting a business a few months ago, encouraging a fitness a healthy lifestyle along with selling my own custom activewear I have decided to take things up a notch !

I am currently working on obtaining my AFPA Weight Management Certification. With this I want to create a virtual fitness program for busy women like moms, professionals, and students who have fluctuating schedules. In a life like this, every minute counts , and sometimes it could be hard to keep track or put in time for your health or fitness.

I am always on the run , doing a million things all the time and sometimes I forget to take  the time to take care of me. I want to create a program where I can show women easy, low-cost , healthy recipes as well as have easy to follow at-home fitness routines that can be done in 15 to 20 minutes.

Gym memberships can be very useful , but can take up a lot of time and can burn a few dollars every month that could  either be used for gas money, books, healthy meals or bills.  Health and fitness is very important , and I believe that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time .

Comment below if you would like more info and stay tuned !

Check out my Facebook page @E.C.Athletix  and  instagram @ecathletix

Stay fit,

Eminel Cooper