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Get Wise Wednesday: Stop Worrying

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Time spent on worrying becomes time wasted, which could have been used on enjoying life.

What do you think about this quote? Do you feel like the words are truthful and apply to your life?

TED Talk: Geena Rocero “Why I must come out”

Geena Rocero is an American transgender super model and advocate born in the Philippines. She founded an advocacy and aid organization called Gender Proud, which “envisions a world where all transgender people are able to self-identify with the fewest possible barriers.”

In the video below, Geena shares her life story including her journey to America and the events that started her successful modeling career.  Geena also advocates for trans rights and uses the speech to come out as transgender to the world. You can watch all this and more by clicking “play” below:

 

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TED Talk Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert is an American writer best known for her best selling novel and memoir Eat, Pray, Love published in 2006.   Eat, Pray, Love garnered Gilbert a great deal of critical acclaim, which lead to its adaption into film in 2010 starring Julia Roberts. Aside from her success with that novel, Gilbert has made a living as a freelance writer for national magazines and as an author of various novels and short story collections.

Gilbert uses the TED talk podium to address the ideas of success and genius. She takes a new approach to the two entities, saying that people are not geniuses, but all of us have genius within us.  The talk is filled with humor and biographical asides, which make it an entertaining watch!

Learn more about Elizabeth Gilbert by visiting her Official Website!

 

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Courage is…

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

―Mary Anne Radmacher 

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Mary Anne Radmacher, a writer and an artist, conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars. Since she was a young girl, she has used her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. Through her writing, she devoted most of her life to communicating that there is no failure. She emphasizes  there’s only practice, discovering ways that don’t feel successful on the way to discovering what success looks and feels like for the individual. Those who rarely have the courage, as Radmacher says, inspire yourself! And in doing so, inspire others.

Visit her online here. Share with us below, what does courage mean to you?

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Spring Clean the Green Way!

With the start of spring comes the tradition of washing, dusting, and overturning every inch of your living space to make room and start the new season fresh! While mainstream cleaning supplies are bountiful and cheap, they often contain dangerous – and sometimes toxic – chemicals. Why not use something that is safe, as well as non-expensive, and best of all – may already be in your everyday household use?

Below is a list of green DIY cleaning concoctions and links to their step-by-step instructions:

1. Window/Glass Cleaner: All you need is vinegar, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch and water! This recipe is from fabulesslyfrugal!

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2. Floor Cleaner: This homemade floor cleaner can be the all-natural replacement for Pine-Sol! This recipe can be found at Nature’s Nurture.

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3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: A simple one, but did you know that you could clean your toilet with just vinegar? Here’s how from Martha Stewart!

A quick search online can bring you many more DIY green cleaning supplies recipes. We hope you are inspired to take eco-friendly methods and begin Spring with a new slate!

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Must-See: Home is Where the Heart is

We recently stumbled across these beautiful photos posted on the TED Blog. Photographer Iwan Baan shares photos of homes around the world, in areas which may surprise you.

Whether it’s in an unfinished office building or in a lagoon, these photos help show that “home” is what you make of it. Even living in what may seem to be dire conditions, people use what they can and find ways to create loving homes.

Check out some of the fascinating photos here.

You can also hear from the photographer in his talk below:

It just goes to show how much we all seem to have in common, and that home really is where the heart is.

What are your thoughts? Share with us below!

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Your Happy Playlist

Ever notice how much of a difference music can make? Whether you’re having a rough day, in a yoga class, or just trying to relax, the music you choose to play makes a difference.

Have you had the experience of being in a bad mood, then having an old favorite song come on the radio? Love it.

So for your day, here are just a few songs that we like. They’re catchy, uplifting, and just plain fun to listen to.

This is a pretty limited selection, so what songs are your go-tos? Tell us the song and when you play it in the comments below, or tweet it at us!

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Celebrate the Women in Your Life

This Saturday, March 8th is International Women’s Day!

It is a way to celebrate the women in our lives and also acknowledge the challenges women currently face around the world. Through the observance, we can become aware of the need and work towards solutions.

Check out a video celebrating women’s accomplishments and how they improve lives for all of us:

How are you celebrating IWD 2014? Find events worldwide at the IWD 2014 website!

You can also follow the events on Twitter with #womensday!

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Joan Didion on Self-Respect

“To assign unanswered letters their proper weight, to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.”
― Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

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Joan Didion, one of America’s greatest writers and essayists, was only 27 years old when this essay was published in Vogue in 1961. In this essay, Didion characterizes self-respect as believing in the strength of one’s convictions, irregardless of validation from others. Those who are endowed with self-respect have, as Didion writes, “the courage of their mistakes.”

Read the entire essay here. Share with us below, what does self-respect mean to you?

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