We all have a little wicked inside us. I brought my 10-year-old daughter to see the play Wicked last week and it was incredible. Reminded me how we can be guilty of judging a book by its cover. How we can fall into the trap of labelling the “bad guy” and the “good guy.” Or the wicked witch and the good witch. Even though we might be dead wrong. Continue reading
I don’t usually watch sporting events in bars. Or change my schedule to catch a game. But there is something about the World Cup. The idea that the country you live in or the country of your roots is vying to win a World title in a game that is played around the globe by every age group. A game that only needs a ball, a net and some grit. Continue reading
Remember doing your science fair project in elementary school? You would pick a statement and then do things to see if you could prove it right or wrong.
Science is all about experimenting. When failing at something is a good thing because you learned a piece of information in the process. When inventor Thomas Edison was trying to figure out the light bulb he said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Continue reading
People around the world held their breath as they watched the story of the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in an underground cave in Thailand. We saw our own kids in those faces.
What happened next could be a microcosm of what we should wish for the world to be. Continue reading
In Ed Catmull’s book Creativity, Inc., he mentions that during the research phase for Pixar’s hit movie Inside Out, they learned from a neuroscientist that only 40 per cent of what we see comes from our eyes. The rest of the information is pulled from memory, patterns and experience. Continue reading
I read an article by author Benjamin P. Hardy this week and he said we need four things every day for our brain to thrive. Nutrition, oxygen, information and love.
He said we have to eat foods that fuel us and cut out the things that make us feel rotten. Fill up on nuts, greens, berries, fish and dark chocolate. And cut down or eliminate sugar, alcohol and white flour.
He said our brain needs three times more oxygen than our muscles and the best way to give it more oxygen is to exercise. Whether that means you run, walk, skip, plant, lift or bike… do something. Every day. Just move.
Your brain is also a muscle that needs to be worked. And it needs a daily dose of new information. So change your scenery, the people you interact with, the books you read. Give your brain a reason to find new connections. Remain curious. Ask questions. Discuss things outside your comfort zone. Change your mind.
And finally love. It can be from a partner, family, friends, children or pets. That unconditional feeling of acceptance and validation. It is oxygen for the soul.
So let’s keep these four things in mind each and every day. To thrive and not just survive. To live our best life.
I am currently reading Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. So interesting.
He always wanted to make the first animated movie. And although he loved drawing as a young person, there weren’t really any courses he could take in that field so he took physics. He went on to help create the first computer animation applications and one day he was summoned to an interview with a guy who was interested in special effects named George Lucas. This was post the first Star Wars so it was a big deal. The first question Lucas asked Catmull was who else he should be interviewing for this job. And without hesitation Catmull rhymed off a list of others who were also leaders in the field. Continue reading
The other day I read something that really hit me. A woman said her psychology professor told her that you love the people who make you love yourself when you are with them.
They make you love yourself. Continue reading
Oprah said it years ago. And author Rachel Hollis reminded me this week. About gratitude. Daily gratitude. And how it is a game-changer.
So as my kids prepare for the last day of school before summer, I am starting my own mini gratitude movement. Continue reading
It’s graduation season. So many stories of proud parents celebrating their children finishing their elementary or high school journey. So much possibility.
But as actor and comedian Carol Burnett said, “We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” We must be lifelong learners. Curious question-askers. Readers. People who connect the dots from different angles to form creative solutions. Continue reading