Ted Talks By Fierce Mothers

Mothers have so many roles: nurturer, provider, disciplinarian, confidant, mentor, friend, partner, protector. The following talks demonstrate all of the above.

Responsible parenting: Create memories, not expectations – Austeja Landsbergiene
We all are familiar with expectations. Expectations laid on us once to succeed in life. And without noticing we transfer all these expectations on our children. But do high expectations help our children to succeed in life?

Improving early child development with words – Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is leveraging the simple practice of talking to babies and toddlers to nourish their brains and set them up for better performance in school and life.

How to raise successful kids without over-parenting -Julie Lythcott-Haims
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping…

Why moms are miserable – Sheryl Ziegler
Sheryl Ziegler, Doctor of Psychology, shares what mothers need in their lives in order to experience happiness and help prevent loneliness and depression. The power of social connection and friendships will be explored as a key component to a mother’s well being and quality of life.

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood – Alexander Sacks
When a baby is born, so is a mother, but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression.

Happy mother’s day!
With love,
Alisson

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The Power Of Vulnerability

To keep my mind fit I like to read books and watch TED talks about these topics. Last summer I came across this talk about vulnerability by the Dr. Brené Brown:

As soon as the talk was finished, I discovered that Brené Brown has written a couple of books where she explains topics like authenticity and worthiness. I decided to learn more about it and got the book “Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution”. This book teaches us to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness. Brené describes this in a three-step process:

The Reckoning: Accepting our story and be aware of our emotions.  Allow yourself to be curious about your emotions and how they connect with the way we think and behave.

The Rumble: Owning our story. Get honest about the stories we tell about ourselves. Then challenge these assumptions to determine what’s truth, what’s self-protection, and what needs to change if we want to lead a more wholehearted life.

The Revolution:  Writing a new ending to our story based on the learnings from our rumble and use this new story to change how we engage with the world.

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Today I want to share my favorite quotes of the book with you:

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” ― Brené Brown

“There are too many people today who instead of feeling hurt are acting out their hurt; instead of acknowledging pain, they’re inflicting pain on others. Rather than risking feeling disappointed, they’re choosing to live disappointed.” ― Brené Brown

“The opposite of recognizing that we’re feeling something is denying our emotions. The opposite of being curious is disengaging. When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away; instead, they own us, they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.” ― Brené Brown

“…sometimes when we are beating ourselves up, we need to stop and say to that harassing voice inside, “Man, I’m doing the very best I can right now.”  ” ― Brené Brown

“C. S. Lewis captured this so beautifully in one of my favorite quotes of all time: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ― Brené Brown

“I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and worthy of love and belonging.” ― Brené Brown

“TEN GUIDEPOSTS FOR WHOLEHEARTED LIVING” Cultivating:

  • Authenticity: letting go of what people think
  • Self-compassion: letting go of perfectionism
  • A resilient spirit: letting go of numbing and powerlessness
  • Gratitude and joy: letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark
  • Intuition and trusting faith: letting go of the need for certainty
  • Creativity: letting go of comparison
  • Play and rest: letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth
  • Calm and stillness: letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle
  • Meaningful work: letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
  • Laughter, song, and dance: letting go of being cool and “always in control”.

― Brené Brown

I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to read the whole book.
Did you already read the book? How did you like it?
Let me know in the comments below.

With Love,
Alisson

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TOP 5 TED TALKS BY WOMEN

I can’t help but feel inspired when I watch powerful women own the stage during their TED talks. They all have an interesting story and are passionate to tell it.

To celebrate the International Women´s Day, here is a compilation of my personal favourite empowering talks by women.

1. The Benefits Of Failure by J.K. Rowling

At her Harvard commencement speech of 2008, ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling talks about our fear of succes. She offers her humble and powerful advice to dreamers and overachievers.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all— in which case, you fail by default.”
– J.K. Rowling

2. What Makes You Special? by Mariana Atencio 

Mariana Atencio is a Venezuelan journalist. This talk touched me a lot, because since nine years I am an expat. I have lived in Germany and now I settle in The Netherlands. It´s been hard for me because I feel that I am “the different”. I found inspiration in Mariana´s speech and it motivates me to see life from a different perspective. It makes me understand that I am different, just like EVERYONE else is and that´s what makes us unique and special.

“The single thing everyone of us have in common is being human.” – Mariana Atencio

3. How To Live Passionately by Isabel Allende

Chilean author Isabel Allende give us some tips on how to have a wonderful, mindful life.

4. A Teen Just Trying To Figure It Out by Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson talks about modern feminism and empowerment for girls and young women.

“Women are complicated, women are multifaceted, not because women are crazy but because people are crazy and women happen to be people.” – Tavi Gevinson

5. It´s Time For Impulsive Journalism by María Paulina Baena

This last talk is in Spanish. By the fearless María Paulina Baena, a Colombian journalist who started a revolution with her video column “La Puya”.

I hope you enjoy them and get inspired by these powerful women.
Do you have a favourite video? Leave the link on the comments below!

With love,

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