MOVIES, TALKS & VIDEOS
Anxiety: My friend sent me this talk on anxiety in kids which can be applied to adults as well. It is worth the time to watch this.
Brene Brown: This past week, I drove up to Wisconsin with my son and his friends. While they played on their iPhones, I listened to this great interview with Brene Brown about vulnerability. I also watched her insightful and funny Netflix program, A Call to Courage.
Boundaries: The other day, I watched this Brene Brown clip and was stopped in my tracks. Through watching I was reminded that when I don’t set boundaries, resentment and anger build. Boundaries revolve around what is and is not acceptable. While it is often more uncomfortable for me personally to not set boundaries in order to please another and to be liked, it may backfire. And along those same lines, I’ve read this book, Boundaries, a few times. It is insightful. While it does have a Christian tone that may not resonate with some, the message rings true, and I would recommend it to anyone. Let me know your thoughts.
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown: This author was first recognized for her TED talk on human vulnerability. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it (click to watch). There is one quote from this book which I especially love: “The third thing I learned has turned into a mandate by which I live: If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I’m not interested in or open to your feedback. There are a million cheap seats in the world today filled with people who will never be brave with their lives but who will spend every ounce of energy they have hurling advice and judgement at those who dare greatly. Their only contributions are criticism, cynicism, and fear mongering. If you’re criticizing from a place where you’re not also putting yourself on the line, I’m not interested in what you have to say.”
Dumplin‘: This is such a sweet, feel-good movie. It is worth watching.
Get Ready to Laugh: I am a huge fan of practical jokes and LOVE the Brooke and Jubal Show in the Morning. If you want a good belly laugh, I would highly recommend listening to this practical joke. I have a few more coming your way in the upcoming Soothing Saturdays. This is another phone tap on the Brooke and Jubal Morning Show that made me smile.
Glenn Close: I don’t know which I enjoy more the movie itself or Glenn Close’s acceptance speech for Best Actress in The Wife. I cried listening to her speech. It brought me great joy that courage and honoring women are what received a standing ovation. Click here to view her speech and here for the trailer for The Wife.
Glennon Doyle: I recently listened to this Glennon Doyle and Anny Wambach recording, and I am so glad that I did. I loved when Glennon asked, “What if we could actually be fully human and honest with each other in real life?”
The Green Book: This was honestly one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is thought-provoking, explores the the dark history of racial discrimination in the south in the 1960’s, studies the depths of friendship, reminds you that you never know the whole story, and, in the end, champions the resurrection of a lost soul. Click here to see the clip for The Green Book.
Heal: This is a fascinating documentary about the power of the mind. I think you will enjoy.
Insight from Terminally Ill Kids: I actually created a Twitter account just to be able to read the accounts of what terminally kids with cancer find joy in. We can all learn a lot about what’s really important.
Joan Didion: My favorite piece is this journalist’s memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. What I appreciated most in the documentary was when a former editor explained that Didion wrote to understand what she thought and felt. I can relate to that sentiment- especially as I remember this blog I wrote a few years ago, The Woman I Met.
Michelle Obama Karaoke Carpooling: I love when women have fun. I love when women dance and sing. I love when women can just be themselves despite who they are supposed to be. I laughed so hard watching this. Regardless of how you may feel about Michelle Obama, it was a delight to see her being herself and letting her energy shine.
Magical Andes . . . A beuatiful and inspiring documentary. See the preview here.
Mystery Man Inspiration: I truly enjoy feel-good inspirational stories like this one about an act of holiday kindness.
Redefining Elder Care: How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life? Take a few minutes out of your day to listen to this inspirational TED Talk with Yvonne van Amerongen and how she is helping to change elder care.
Sarah Gottfried: I’ve often referred to Sara Gottfried in my Soothing Saturday posts. She writes about hormonal health. Anyway, she was interviewed by Maria Shriver and thought you would enjoy this conversation.
Sleep Resources. A few weeks ago, I shared a recording that I enjoyed called Healing Anxiety. Just a few days ago, I listened to the second part. In it, Tara Brach shares a list of suggestions from her community on strategies, practices and ideas to help with sleep. If you have any sleep challenges or know of anyone who does, I would highly recommend reading through this list of suggestions for easing into a peaceful sleep from people just like you and me.
A Soldier’s Story: I do not personally know much about a veteran’s experience in returning home from war and the impact that it may have on a human life. However, this video helped me understand more about the ways in which the men and women suffer when they return.
Sue Klebold: There is always more to the story… Watch this amazing TedTalk to see what I mean.
Tara Brach is a Buddhist meditation teacher. Her talks are wonderful and inspiring. You can subscribe to her PodCast or visit her website.
What a great reminder that joy still exists and that it is great to be on the dance floor. Watch this 96-year-old woman tear it up on the dance floor.
Why I Have Coffee with People who Send Me Hate Mail: Several months ago I watched this TED Talk. For some reason, I didn’t post it on Soothing Saturdays right away. Then, recently, I received a very difficult email for me to read. At first I wanted to defend myself. Then I wanted to cry and place blame on others. After a few moments passed, this TED Talk came to mind, and I was able to apply the lesson I learned from it.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor: I watched this movie last weekend and was not only moved by Mr. Rogers and his dedication to children; but also to the importance of feelings and talking about difficult life situations. If you haven’t seen the documentary, I’d recommend it.
I saw this a few weeks ago while perusing the internet and saved it to share. Cooper Anderson talks about grief and losing his mother. It’s very touching. Click here to watch.
How to Have a Good Conversation Ted Talk | Some good reminders of what it means to be in a conversation and areas in which I could do better.