5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration

5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration
5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration

What is a TED Talk?

One of my favorite self-improvement routines is listening to TED Talks in the background while I go about my day. Sometimes, if the talk is compelling enough, I’ll pause my daily tasks to sit and listen to the entire talk. I’ll even end up taking notes in my bullet journal or commonplace notebook, whichever is closer.  Luckily, the average video is under 20 minutes, so my day isn’t too derailed if I choose to do that. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, here is the description from their About Page:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

In other words, they are talks given by experts on a variety of topics, designed to be brief and inspiring. If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ll love TED Talks.

Below you can find five of my favorite TED Talks to listen to whenever I need a boost of inspiration.

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TED Talks on Creativity and Life

1.) Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Transcripts can be found here.

This talk is a few years old but I still find myself rewatching the video whenever I’m feeling creatively blocked. I love what she has to say about creativity, genius, and inspiration. Her lesson about the history of the word genius is informative, hilarious, and uplifting.

2.) Anne Lamott: 12 Truths I’ve Learned from Life and Writing

This TED Talk goes back and forth between lessons learned as a writer and universal truths about life in general, all without taking itself too seriously. It’s both heartwarming and unexpectedly funny. The first truth on Anne Lamott’s list has an important disclaimer:

“All truth is a paradox, life is both a precious gift and so heartbreaking at the same time.” -Anne Lamott

3.) Marily Oppezzo: Want to be More Creative? Go for a Walk

If you ever have read about overcoming writer’s block, you probably have heard the advice, “Go for a walk.” This TED Talk takes the idea farther and gives scientific evidence about the benefits of walking. Marily Oppezzo gives five easy, actionable steps that you can use right away.

TED Talk on Time Management

4.) Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

I know many creative types who struggle with time management, especially when it comes to finding time for their passion projects. This video is also useful for those who need help prioritizing their day to day tasks in order to make the best use of their time. I especially love how Laura Vanderkam emphasizes how we all have the same amount of hours every week. This video is my go-to when I’m working on my bullet journal and feeling like there is too much scheduled in my bullet journal and also was the inspiration for why I make my weekly layouts on Fridays.

“Time is a choice.” -Laura Vanderkam

TED Talk on Frustration and Creativity

5.) Tim Harford: How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

I purposely saved this video for last. If you’ve ever had a day where it seems like all of your plans are falling apart despite your best intentions, this TED Talk is for you. It’s all about embracing the mess and creating anyway. The first story that Tim Harford tells about the piano player alone makes this video worth listening to.

More Inspiring TED Talks

I hope you found some inspiration in these TED Talks. If so, you can find my personal playlist here on the Simply Kelsey Jo YouTube account, where I curate inspiring and informative videos. Subscribe here for updated content and eventually more videos from me on planning, journaling, creativity, and how those three things tie into self-care.

Do you have a favorite TED Talk? If so, please feel free to tell me about it or post a link in the comment section. I’m always on the hunt for more TED Talks to add to my playlist!

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Top 10 Self-Care Activities for Spring

Springtime Self-Care
Top 10 Self-Care Activities for Spring

If winter left you feeling drained and frazzled, this spring try adding a few new activities to you’re self-care routine. With a few simple changes, you can feel refreshed and renewed. Read on for 10 self-care activities for spring.

1.) Rediscover Your City

After a long winter, it’s easy to fall into the trap of only leaving the house when necessary or following the routine of going to the same places you always do. This spring, make an effort to rediscover your city. Whether it’s a new restaurant, shopping at a different store, or simply taking a walk in a different part of town, there’s bound to be something new for you. Best of all, this doesn’t have to be an expensive activity. Museums and botanical gardens have free or reduced rate days. Check out your city’s website or local paper for free and cheap events. One of my favorite weekend activities is to go to the farmers’ market. Not only do I have the opportunity to shop local produce and goods but it’s also fun to people watch and sample delicious food fresh from vendors.

2.) Bring Some Green into Your Life

Whether you start a garden, visit a local park, or make an effort to bring home flowers from the florist, find a way to experience the changing of the seasons. If your allergies make you wince at the idea of spending too much time with plants, consider finding a cute faux plant or make a bouquet out of faux flowers to use as a centerpiece on your table.

3.) Declutter Your Life

When many people think of spring cleaning, they think of going through their house with trash bags and giving their home a good scrub. While that is a wonderful idea, did you know you can also declutter other areas of your life? Consider going through your email’s inbox, deleting unread emails, and unsubscribe from companies that send you too much spam. You could also take a look at your schedule to see if there are any activities that no longer bring you joy and if possible, remove from your to-do list. For more ways you can declutter your life, check out my post on environmental care here.

4.) Get Outside

Even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day, science says spending time outdoors is good for your health. Take advantage of the warmer weather to picnic at the park or if possible, have your morning coffee outside while writing your morning pages. If daylight hours are too busy for you spend time outdoors, consider going stargazing. Even if you don’t know anything about constellations, there’s something magical about spending time looking at the stars. There are apps that can help you learn more about constellations if you’re interested in learning but you may want to experience stargazing unplugged as a way to unwind before bed.

5.) Learn Something New

A beginner’s mindset can be wonderfully freeing because no one expects a beginner to be perfect, leaving plenty of room for you to explore without fear of judgment. After making a list of things you’d like to learn about or hobbies you’d like to try, look for classes in your area to help you get started. You may even be able to find free classes at your local library. If classes aren’t an option, search YouTube and Pinterest for tutorials.

6.) Change Your Environment

Find a way to make a change to your environment to breathe new life into your routine. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, hanging up pictures, or rearranging the furniture, you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it will make in your mood.

7.) Practice Mindful Walking

Did you know you can practice mindfulness while going for a stroll? You can practice mindful walking by turning off notifications on your phone, being deliberate with your steps, and focusing on your breathing. If you’re planning on walking a familiar path, make it a goal to notice five new things while on your walk.

If going on walks isn’t an option, you could practice mindfulness by taking three minutes out of your day to do a simple meditation. During your meditation time, focus on your breathing and if your mind starts to wander, don’t worry. All you have to do is gently bring yourself back to the moment by refocusing your breathing. I’ve recently started using the free version of the Headspace app to help me get back into a meditation habit. So far, I love it!

8.) Revamp Your Wardrobe

Even if fashion isn’t an area you particularly care about, the clothes you wear should make you feel comfortable and confident. Go through your closet and donate anything that doesn’ meet those criteria. Look for different ways you can wear pieces you already own before shopping for new clothes. If your budget allows it, purchase a few new outfits that make you feel great.

9.) Make Plans With Your Loved Ones

Although self-care is often a solitary experience, it’s important to nurture your personal relationships. If this winter left you feeling isolated, reach out to your friends and family to make plans, even if it’s for something as simple as a picnic, hosting a bbq, or going for a walk. For more on social care, read this post.

10.) DIY Spa Day/Retreat

Make yourself feel physically renewed, take a day or even a couple hours to recharge. Take a long bath, use a facemask, give yourself a pedicure, journal, or watch your favorite movie. Do whatever brings you joy and leaves you feeling recharged.

What are your favorite self-care activities for spring? I’d love to read your ideas in the comments!

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