8 Things I Loved! Volume 6

Welcome to the sixth installment of “Things I Love,” a journey to communicate that which I am curious about, expressions of creativity that I have fallen in love with, and the big wide world of mystery that is ours to explore.

This week I’m highlighting some of the things that I have loved learning, contemplating, and watching. I learn best through listening to podcasts, Ted Talks, and books on tape (such as the app Libby, in use at my local library or Audibles). I usually tune in when I’m doing chores, soaking in the tub or out on my daily walks. For documentaries and videos, I tend to watch with my husband during the weekday evenings when my daughters aren’t home, but on the weekends we choose movies as a family.

I hope that you too will enjoy the vast range of topics that I am in love with, and be inspired to watch, read, and observe alongside of me. Let’s get started!

1.  A Podcast with Peter Attia

I am a big fan of Peter Attia! He has a podcast called The Drive, and I try to listen to all of his episodes.

This week, on episode #288 ‒ The impact of gratitude, serving others, embracing mortality, and living intentionally | Walter Green, Peter sits down with Walter Green, a remarkable philanthropist, mentor, author of This Is the Moment!, and founder of the impactful “Say It Now” movement.

I loved hearing about Walter’s amazing life and how he is intentionally embracing mortality, prioritizes relationships and focuses continually on others. For me, I found his life to be lived with such creativity, beauty and richness.
It is a lovely interview and I know you will fall in love with Walter!

2. Movie: Ehrengar. The Art of Seduction

This is a Danish film that my seventeen year old daughter Isabella choose for family movie night. I thought it was incredibly cleaver!

Ehrengard is a talented fencer and the daughter of General high in the ranks and loyal to the royal family in the idyllic village of Babenhausen. Cazotte is a brilliant painter skilled in the art of seduction, with nary a penny to his name. When Cazotte meets Ehrengard, he’s immediately smitten, yet judged unworthy the General’s daughter. After being hired by the Grand Duchess to find a wife for her son (and only heir), Cazotte becomes enmeshed with the royal family — and their scandals — which brings him ever closer to the enchanting Ehrengard.
– Trailer review on Netflix.

Cazotte’s plan is masterful, yet even he cannot completely foresee what may happen when two people of equal skills come together. I loved this film. It is tastefully done, but it is for mature audiences.

Netflix.com – Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction

3. Artisan Feature: Colette of BeLeaf Art

Colette Teurlings, of BeLeaf Art, reached out to me on Instagram, and her story immediately caught my attention. Her journey from her childhood in the Dutch countryside to her current nomadic lifestyle, traveling Europe and selling jewelry from her charming caravan, speaks volumes about her deep connection with nature and her boundless creativity.

What intrigued me most about Colette wasn’t just her art, it was her unconventional approach to selling it. She eschews traditional storefronts, opting instead to roam Europe like an old-world peddler, replenishing her collection along the way. But for Colette, it’s more than just commerce, it’s about forging connections—with nature, with her customers, and with herself. Her passion and inventiveness serve as a poignant reminder to find beauty in the world around us.

Read Colette’s full feature on our blog!

4. Author & Speaker Simon Sinek’s

In 2009 a Simon Sinek Ted Talk went viral. As an author and speaker, Simon did a masterful job of explaining the success of great leaders as a result of focusing on the Why, What and How approach to marketing. Ted.com – How great leaders inspire action

Recently I rewatched the Ted Talk with the intention of inspiring a group of 20 high school students from my daughter’s high school. If you are interested in seeing how the concept of Simon’s work was translated into my day to day life of parenting, you are welcome to read the notes that I wrote after attending one of the Port Townsend High School’s Mock Trial scrimmages. PDF – Mock Trial Notes

5. Author Jonathan Haidt

I’m eagerly awaiting the next book by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. I recently listened to a lecture that he delivered at the 2023 National Summit on Education. Jonathan shares his research findings from his upcoming book, The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness.

The data in his research is stunning and really not much of a surprise to those of us who have been on social media platforms for our whole careers. The good news is that we can course correct through good ol’ fashion play and fun!!! Got to love that!!

I really like Jonathan’s mind, what he thinks about and how we puts all of this information together in an easy to follow journey. Here are some other Ted Talks that I have really enjoyed watching and rewatching:

6. Music! Alan Parson Project

I’m recently starting to listen to music from my youth. The lyrics are so rich in meaning and I’m convinced that many of these song writers were accessing a whole different level of reality. A gift that is granted to artists and creatives!

Here are a couple of my favorites that I’ve been listening to:

7. Free Online Course: Your Energy Anatomy with Prune Harris

Since I was a young child, I have known that I was much more sensitive than other children around me. I think many of us within our artist community can relate to this. So what is this sensitivity to energy that I feel?

I’m just a newbie to exploring the possibilities of energy. This free online workshop might be too much for some, but I found it to be fascinating! Get to Know Your Own Energy Anatomy

8. Movie: Woman in Gold

This movie was another of our family’s Friday night selections. I found it to be such a powerful example of how art can not only change one’s life, but how it can heal wounds and revise a whole country’s judicial system.

Here is a quick description of the movie:
Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in this remarkable true story of one woman’s battle for justice. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, Maria Altmann (Mirren) seeks to retrieve her family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a journey which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thank you everyone for all that you do in the world by creating art and beauty. I hope that you find the things that I do in my life to be interesting and inspiring. Collectively, we make this a better world just by us being who we are.

All my love-

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