Inspiring

Words of True Wisdom - You Learn a Lot in 100 years

I’m not really a Dodge girl, always been more of a Ford or Chevy type. Motherhood has landed me in a Subaru for the moment and that’s ok. After many years in advertising and marketing I have a love hate relationship with it. However, sometimes Ads are brilliant!  A truly great ad can hit the soul and make you smile so hard you think, damn ... maybe I’ll buy a Dodge just because I love that ad so much!

Good job and Thank you Dodge … and by Dodge I mean whatever creative team came up and executed this brilliant commercial. Truly, I’ve watched the ad a dozen times and smiled every time. If you haven’t seen it yet, I hope it puts a smile on your face and a spark in your step. Life is a miracle especially 100 years of it

Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ feature film release America’s Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film

David Blaine is an Amazing Human!

“As a magician I try to show things to people that seem impossible. And I think magic, whether I’m holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It’s practice, it’s training, and it’s – It’s practice, it’s training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be. And that’s what magic is to me, so, thank you.”

After watching this talk I have far more of an interest and respect for David Blaine then I did before. I’ve heard great things about his book from Random talks with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss and plan to order Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic this week. It’s in the speech, it’s in the quote above, it’s now on a sticky note above my desk … plain and simple once of the most inspirational reminders to hear daily “– It’s practice, it’s training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be” David Blaine

 

Redefine what a life well lived looks like.

An idea worth spreading. Help break the cycle, redefine your life and inspire those around you to do the same!

“The reality of the society that we’re in is there are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”
-Nigel Marsh author of – Fat,Forty,Fired: One Man’s Frank,Funny,and Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life

Feed your Spirit w/ Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

The first TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson was among the first TED Talks I had ever seen and made a profound impact on my life.  Til this day it’s still one of my favorite talks that I quote parts of to just about every person I meet!  The talk above is the follow up to that first talk 4years ago and it’s just an absolutely brilliant 20minutes.  I’ve watched it twice and feel I have quite a few more viewings in me to digest all the magnificent words of wisdom.

Watch the first talk >>here<<

May we all share to help Enlighten, Entertain and Educate!

Focus & Flow - Great Motivation from the super energy charged Tony Robbins

Focus = Feelings “Where focus goes Energy Flows”

It took me a long long time to understand what all the hype was around Mr. Anthony Robbins, I get it now!  He’s a truly special human being sharing a great and priceless gift with human kind.  I’d love to see his wisdom implemented in school systems especially with teenagers!  The older I get and more experiences in life I have the more I feel emotional well being is way more important then all those Math, Science and English classes combined.

Sugata Mitra's New Experiments in Self Teach

I LOVE TED!   If children have interest education happens.

We live in an amazing world and we can all change the world for the better!

The SOLE of teaching  - Self Organized Learning Environments

My favorite part, ‘The Grandmother Method’ Stand behind them and admire them all the time.
… That’s cool! That’s fantastic! What is that?! Can you do that again?! Can you show me some more?

Feed your soul and be part of the Granny Cloud visit Hole In The Wall and email them for more information.

Elizabeth Gilbert - How to Survive Creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert is the Author of ‘Eat Pray Love’.  In this video she gave a great talk on how to survive creativity and still keep your sanity in tact.  Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk. 

video length: 18 minutes

Haven’t read ‘eat pray love’ yet? Maybe now is the time. - Purchase on Amazon

27 Epidsodes of Inhale with Steve Ross!

I use to have a website called Yoga Studio Decor with the Happy Blog.  By far my most popular (227,212 views)  post came from sharing some episodes of Inhale w/ Steve Ross.  When I was done with the business I kept the blog up because of all the comments and heart felt 'thank you's' for sharing the episodes.  Well there is now a video page with 27 episodes of Inhale on 1 page and you should go there, I will be.

http://www.dailymotion.com/inhaleyoga

Steve Ross was my introduction to yoga and I will be forever grateful.  I have now been doing yoga for over a decade and no teacher has ever come close to the smile he would put on my face during practice.  I had the privilege of taking classes at his studio when he owned Maha Yoga in Brentwood while I lived in Los Angeles.  I had a hard time walking down the stairs after or for the next few days but it was good.   The episodes are much more doable on a daily basis.  His book Happy Yoga is great read and a whole lot of it has nothing to do with yoga.  

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Truly one of the best hours you can invest in yourself is watching this lecture through til the end.  Then continue to share it with the world!  At this time on Youtube alone it’s received almost 12 million views … it’s some powerful happy and inspirational energy that everyone can use a good dose of!

Randy Pausch: Really achieving your childhood dreams
In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. This moving talk will teach you how to really achieve your childhood dreams. Unmissable.  Ted.com

JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

A truly inspiring and timeless Harvard Commencement speech by J.K. Rowling.  My favorite line, “It is impossible to live without failing at something.  Unless you lived so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all, in which case you fail by default.”

length: 20 minutes

J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. (via harvardmagazine.com)

Wisdom

50 of the world’s most inspiring and iconic figures over the age of 65 share their words of wisdom. If you haven’t seen or heard of this already, then I’m truly grateful to share this true bit of love with you.
 

Wisdom – Introduction from State Library of New South Wales on Vimeo.

Wisdom is a multimedia exhibition that features extraordinary large-format portraits and documentary footage of interviews created by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman.

for more info visit WisdomBook.org
buy the ‘Wisdom’ book which comes with the 60minute film of interviews. 

Laugh, Cry, Dance, Be Inspired & Wear Sunscreen

What a fantastic way to start a day!  This video made me smile, get teary eyed, want to dance and travel the world in under 10 minutes.   Take 7 minutes and watch the video full screen with sound up!  Then remember to live your day and your life with the things that make you smile or get you on the road to smiling days!  If you’re having a particular rough go of things, maybe watch it everyday for a while … that is until you make your own!

Jill Bolte Taylor - Stroke of Insight

It is a remarkable thing when science discovers the energy ofhumans.  Be mindful of the energy you put out into the world whether words are spoken or not, your energy will make the same impression.

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor's brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness ...

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the "Singin' Scientist."