October, In A Nutshell

I know I keep saying this, but is time flying, or what?! Next up, it will be Thanksgiving; and truth be told, I’m already watching the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie lineup!

Well, to savor the moments of October for a little longer, here’s a quick recap!

My personal favorite was this “Happy Halloween” post for Number 9 Salon.

Next, here’s a video about new product lines at the salon. They switched brands, and it was important to let customers in on the facts behind the decision.

Presenting, coverage from the first ever TEDxOldsmar event! Loved being part of this great team.

Lastly, this slicked-back how to video was fun to make. We tested a new method of shooting by attaching a Polaroid Cube to the stylist while she created the look, giving a first-person perspective of the process.

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TED Talk: Let’s Teach Girls Bravery Instead Of Perfection

What a fascinating TED Talk from Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani. In this 13-minute delivery, Saujani brings common ideas to light, but with a refreshed perspective.

It is no secret that feminism, in addition to human equality, are currently bathing in the limelight; and, with good reason. With the Internet and social media at our fingertips, we have instant access to information that wasn’t tangible a decade ago. Social media, still in its infancy, is breaking ground on global movements by giving communities a platform to be heard from.

Saujani’s TED Talk is proof of how much work we’ve left to do, when it comes to equality and opportunity. A key takeaway from this TED Talk, and a statement that sums up our social conditioning:

“When the guys are struggling with an assignment, they’ll come in and they’ll say, ‘professor, there’s something wrong with my code.’ The girls will come in and they’ll say, ‘professor, there’s something wrong with me.'”

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TED Talk: The Science Behind Health And Happiness

Maybe I’m a loon, but I truly believe in God and the universe; and that they send us reminders or answers when we need them the most. My belief is that we just have to be open and aware enough to notice them.

In this fascinating TED Talk, Robert Waldinger reveals information from the longest running study on life and happiness. The study began in 1938, and amazingly enough, it is being continued from the original subjects, on to their offspring.

I am utterly in awe that a study could not only survive for 75 years, but that it is still being nurtured and conducted, today.

The key takeaway, for me:

“The lessons aren’t about wealth or fame, or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: good relationships keep us happier and healthier, period.”

Watch Waldinger’s full TED Talk, here:

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