Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: July 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Living life on the offence or the defence

Are you living life on the offence or the defence?  Are you reacting to situations or are you creating opportunities?  Do you start your day by answering other people’s questions, requests and emails or do you begin on your own terms, carving out the 24 hours that you want to live? Continue reading

Affirmations

I have heard of affirmations before.  For example, if you were sick and you kept saying to yourself, “I am healthy and well.”  Your body would hear that message and create healing energy.  That’s the premise. Continue reading

How little time you spend doing what you hate

What is the cost of not following your heart?  YouTuber Casey Neistat said, “What is the ultimate quantification of success?  For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love.  It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate.” Continue reading

You can change it

Steve Jobs said, “Life can be so much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people who were no smarter than you.  And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.  Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Continue reading

A little wicked inside us

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

The World Cup

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

Prove it right or wrong

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

Trapped in an underground cave

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

From our eyes

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

For our brain to thrive

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.

 

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