TED Talk Research Results, Part I

I won the golden ticket!

A few weeks ago I won the opportunity to give a TED Talk this fall. At the time, the awesome folks at TEDx Tysons told me they’d be in touch to work with me on expanding my talk to 18-minutes in length. In touch when, I wondered. The next day? The day after? The night I won would have been alright with me, but you knew that.

So, type A that I am, I began my own research. As my talk is on The Gift of Grief, I’ve been reading books on grief and watching other TED Talks on the topic. But because I’m also riddled with ADHD and utterly addicted to TED Talks, my research has taken me slightly off topic. At this point I should have a trove of talks on grief, coping with grief, personal growth as a result of grief. But of course I don’t. What I do have is a collection of the funniest talks by the funniest speakers I could ever hope to find, and because I’m a very giving person, I thought I’d share Part I of my research results with you. You can thank me by coming to hear my talk this fall, which I can only hope will be as entertaining as those I’ve shared here.

Enjoy!

Susan

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Think Before Paying It Forward

Random acts of kindness and generosity make my day. Doing them for others, receiving them out of the blue, those things make me smile and renew my faith in the goodness of humankind.

But there are things we should think twice about before paying them forward. For instance, if someone steals our parking spot and we get angry, we shouldn’t take it out on the clerk in the dry cleaners. Or if we have a really lousy day we shouldn’t walk into the house and rain misery all over the kids or the dog. Well, maybe the kids… Kidding!

I had one of those crappy days recently and I honestly couldn’t wait to share it with my mom, get it off my chest, hear her advice, feel better and then, what? Leave her with my crap to feel awful about for the rest of her day. Nope. Didn’t do it. That’s not the kind of thing I want to pay forward. It happens though. Nobody’s perfect. And while I’m all for being “cool” with my flaws, that’s one I’d like to be rid of.

I’m talking about it on the new episode of Flaws Are The New Black. Join the conversation. I’d love to hear from you!

Susan xo

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Back by popular demand?

If you think this thumbnail is bad, you should see the others!

Yesterday I posted a new episode of Flaws Are The New Black , something I haven’t done since November. Why the lapse in posting? I don’t know. Maybe the holidays got in the way. Maybe I was too busy with work. Maybe I had nothing to say. (Yeah, right.) In all honesty I think what happened is I got exhausted and needed a break physically and emotionally. I needed some time off to remember why I started FATNB to begin with. And now that I’ve had a break and refreshed my memory, I’m back, renewed, re-energized, and ready to celebrate my – and your – perfectly imperfect self.

And oh yes, I am imperfect. I mean, I hang out with this guy all day. And I talk to him. Shhh. Tell no one.

I hurt my knee and Dr. Rex over here’s been taking care of me. Clearly good help is hard to find!

Stay perfectly imperfect, peeps. I’ll be in touch! S. xoxo

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