In my first blog post I mentioned I am an introvert, but I think we too often confuse being an introvert and being antisocial. Susain Cain is amazing advocate for dispelling this myth. He book Quiet is absolutely amazing and delves even further into what she discusses in this talk. I hope you enjoy!
This is not a Ted Talk (as you may have guessed), but this talk is incredibly interesting and important–for any woman in the tech industry, and beyond. Denzel gives an inspiring look into her career and gives some incredible advice for thriving professionally. I hope you enjoy!
What part of her speech stood out to you the most?
I initially watched this talk because it was given at Emory (my alma mater), and I quickly came to love it for the same reasons I love Emory. Dr. Ilardi looks at the facts about depression as an illness in a larger context–in the context of history, society, and medicine at large. I learned a great deal from this talk–I hope you do too!
Do you agree with his opinion on depression? Do you agree that exercise is medicine?
Well this is slightly embarrassing, but I feel like the content is still worthwhile. I created and gave this talk a little over two years ago. As I move in to the professional space, I have found this advice (backed by plenty of research) to be completely accurate.
Beyond the content of the talk, this gives me an opportunity to reflect on how much I have grown since this time. I chose to videotape this (with the generous help of my friend) because I was too nervous to give the talk in person. While I made plenty of other arguments for the choice of recording the talk–it was because of my fear. I have become so much more comfortable with public speaking since, and even feel confident when I know the subject of my talk well.
I am obsessed with Manoush Zomorodi’s podcast, Note to Self, so with her upcoming book release and this recent Ted Talk, I had to share. The Ted Talk is fantastic and gives such interesting insight into the downside of our productivity obsession. I hope you enjoy!
Do you relate? Do you feel like you are never bored?
I used to associate the word “grace” with a specific religion, but in the past few years I have realized that this is not aways true. Grace is about gratitude, spirituality, and feelings of connection and wholeness, in my opinion, and none of these have to be religious in nature. Living with grace is about gratitude and self-compassion; Anne Barry Jolles’ does an amazing job of explaining how to use grace as a tool and way of being in the world. I hope you enjoy her talk.
I am on a Lissa Rankin kick! She has such a fresh perspective on wellbeing, and her engaging speaking style makes her so relatable. She does the perfect job of mixing scientific studies, anecdotes, and her own opinion to create a cohesive story. I have recently moved from a community-centered college and my home, where I am surrounded by family, to a totally new city on the West coast. I am consciously working to combat loneliness; I am prioritizing social events and opportunities not just for fun, but also for my health.
This talk takes a new perspective on health. We prioritize the newest technologies, search for novel treatments, and look for a pill to cure all ills. This means we overlook the power we all hold within ourselves–the power of healing. There are so many cases where patients survive against all odds. I stand firmly with scientific research, the scientific method, and well-designed studies, but we so often do not take our own bodies’ abilities seriously.
What experiences have you had with the placebo effect? Do you agree?
I absolutely adore this hilarious Ted Talk…Jia Jiang has the best delivery for this lesson on rejection. We all face rejection, but we don’t often discuss it due to shame (check out Brené Brown’s talk to learn more about this) or discomfort. It really makes you stop and think about the fear of rejection and how it really holds us back. It doesn’t protect us the way we often pretend it does.
After working at a public school’s educational summer program, I was appalled by the meals children received. The breakfast consisted of a small container of milk, sugar-laced cereal (frosted flakes or fruit loops), and apple sauce. This left the kids of a short sugar high, with a crash only an hour or so later. Lunch was not much better. There was not a fruit or vegetable in sight, except for the chopped pieces of broccoli stems that the kids would throw away (I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t call broccoli stems kid-friendly!). This talk pinpoints the importance of nutrition on both performance and development. I hope you enjoy!
Do you remember your childhood lunches? Were they healthy?