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You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Do you look at photographs of yourself taken years ago and say, “WOW! I looked good”? Then, look at yourself now with a critical eye? Perhaps, we need to see ourselves as others see us.

This social experiment is very eye-opening. I hope this video resonates for you and motivates you to begin appreciating your own beauty today.

Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty is commendable and deserves attention and recognition.

If we do not ‘get the message,’ we could be influenced and manipulated by images shown in this ad.

Self-esteem is affected by the images we see everyday. We need to lift ourselves up in a society that promotes overconsumption as a path to happiness. Talk to your friends, family and especially our youth about our value and natural beauty.

Thanks to Laura Willard and Upworthy for putting this back on my radar. It’s important to continue this dialogue about this pressing issue in our society.

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Stress works for you … or against you?

Innovative Leadership

I like to begin each day watching a TEDtalk “Ideas Worth Spreading” for inspiration. Here is one that can enhance and improve EVERYONE’s life (even yours). That is, if you have ever experienced stress.

I’d like to invite you to watch this TEDtalk video NOW as you begin your day. Innovative Leadership contains elements of how you take care of yourself, express compassion and caring AND how you connect with others. You can be a positive example by “thinking” differently about stress and, consequently, reducing adverse affects of stress on yourself and others.

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist, speaks about “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” Watch now!

Social contact and social support

Stress is your friend!

"STRESS makes you social. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal
Caring for others

How much time have you spent helping out friends and people in your community? People who spent time caring for others experienced significantly less adverse affects from stress.

"STRESS makes you more compassionate. Caring creates resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal

Gratitude

Watching this speech gave me a renewed confirmation of the value of friends and family. I am sincerely grateful for the love and support of the special people in my life! I realize that I’ve had stress. I believe I’ve had a life episodes of drama. I also know that ‘you’ were always there when I needed you. THANK YOU!

Share your methods to rethink your stress

Let us know, in comments, what you do and think during a time of intense stress. You might be able to help others.

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Landfillharmonic: Mindboggling Beauty

Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."

— Creative Vision Foundation about their documentary Landfillharmonic

Please enjoy this short video.

The compelling story of transformation

In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.

The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?

Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play.  Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.

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Chipotle’s Scarecrow Takes Action

Strategic Management

"If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it."

— The Scarecrow video produced by Chipotle

I believe Chipotle has a strong company culture around sustainability. After watching the video, please share your thoughts about Chipotle AND their company culture. What do YOU think?

 Company Vision

Food With Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” -Chipotle

Progress over time
  • 2000-Started serving naturally raised pork
  • 2002-Started serving naturally raised chickens
  • 2004-Started using zero trans fat oil
  • 2007-Started serving naturally raised beef and removed rBGH in cheese and sour cream

For more milestones, click here.

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Humorous “ALL NATURAL” Advertising

Advertising at its’ best

Do you love smart humor as much as I do?

Natural vs. Organic

There is nothing natural about a “natural” labeled food. You may have bought these items thinking they were better for you and your loved ones. Sadly, that is not true.

If you really would like to be safe, buy USDA-certified organic and/or items with a Non-GMO Project Verified seal.

Vote with your Dollar$

Let’s influence food growers and producers to give us more healthy options. Buy what you’d like to see more of in the future.

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