I recently became a huge fan of Charles Eisenstein, the author of a book called Sacred Economics, which discusses how we as a society need to transition to a more connected, sustainable way of being. A group called Sustainable Man recently put together this video, ”A New Story of the People,” summarizing a recent TEDx talk Charles gave - and it’s incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking. Check it out!
As we celebrate the first United Nations International Day of Happiness today, March 20, 2013, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce Jennifer Moss, an incredible woman that my team had the opportunity to meet at SXSW in Austin last week. Jennifer is the co-founder & chief brand guardian of The Smile Epidemic – a wonderful initiative that aims to create “The Happiest Community on Earth” through a social sharing platform that allows people to safely share what makes them happy, and discover what makes others happy. The site is a pin board of individuals ‘sharing their smiles’ by posting pictures of what brightens their lives!
After all, happiness is meant to be shared - and on a day like today, we should all be sharing our smiles with the world! :)
I’ve been changing things up a bit recently, and using my blog to spotlight some of the incredible women that I meet, work with and play with each day. Since I just finished reading a thought-provoking blog post from Experience Life editor-in-chief Pilar Gerasimo - I thought I’d write a little about her and how she inspires me. She’s a true revolutionary!
I often tell people that I have the coolest job in the world. One of the reasons I feel that way is that meeting passionate women entrepeneurs is actually part of my job. How great is that!?! And I met a ton of them over the past few weeks during Wello’s sponsorship of a wellness experience at STORY.
Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Rachel Shechtman - a visionary who’s completely disrupting retail as I know it. Rachel is the founder and creative genius behind STORY, a Manhattan boutique that offers customers a completely new in-store experience every four to eight weeks to reflect a particular theme.
Recently, I was invited to preview a rehearsal of 4Chambers, a participatory experience created by Jody Oberfelder that opens in the fall of 2013. I was pleasantly surprised by her personal invitation and still find myself reflecting on the unique experience she’s creating.
Gretchen Reynolds had two interesting articles in the New York Times over the past few weeks that are definitely worth checking out.
It’s been a quiet weekend of reflection as I wind down the year and mentally prepare for the holidays. The warmer weather inspired me to go outside and nurture my rose bushes and flower beds for winter. The spark reminded me of the importance of paying attention to those daily flashes of inspiration. They truly are gifts that bring forth the playful part of me.
photo by Chuck Olsen, Vidtiger, http://vidtiger.com
Music makes me feel alive and helps me express myself when words cannot be found. Lately, I don’t have the words for the profound sense of gratitude I have for all the wonderful things happening in my life. I am convinced that telling stories through song and dance - our heart’s desires - can bring people together in unexpected ways.
Please take a moment to check out Lynn Hurdle-Price’s recent Tedx talk about her journey to self-acceptance. Here’s an excerpt from my favorite part of this powerful talk…
“Wars - even metaphorical - create hate…not love. And this so called war on obesity – it has created a normalization of looking down on anyone who is seen as overweight. It has created the opportunity for people to assume the worst of us…to offer unsolicited advice….It has created the last socially acceptable form of outright discrimination in this country. We must have a sit-in at the proverbial lunch counters of this country. We must move - not out of hate – but out of love. Love for ourselves and these miraculous bodies that we have been born into. And love for our children - who deserve to grow up in a world where body diversity and holistic wellness are celebrated.”