Top 20 TED talks of 2013;

I may be a little late on this list BUT it’s a list too good not to share!

Found on the TED blog, below are the top 20 most watched talks of 2013:

  1. Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 23,510,221 views
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 14,343,197
  3. Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 14,228,854
  4. Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 12,703,623
  5. Amy Cuddy on how your body language shapes who you are (2012): 12,682,694
  6. Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 12,068,105
  7. Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do (2006): 10,425,014
  8. David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 10,266,221
  9. Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 9,435,954
  10. Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 9.176,053
  11. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 8, 363,339
  12. Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 7,788,151
  13. Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 7,685,726
  14. Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 7,593,076
  15. Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 7,223,258
  16. Susan Cain shares the power of introverts (2012): 6,807,240
  17. Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 6,371,778
  18. David Blaine reveals how he held his breath for 17 minutes (2010): 6,359,084
  19. Pamela Meyer on how to spot a liar (2010): 6,256,589
  20. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918

With that, time to get watching!


What if money was no object?


As it hits Monday morning across the Southern Hemisphere, I know for a fact there’s a lot of unhappy people dragging themselves out of bed today. Dragging themselves to a J-O-B (just over broke) so they can pay the bills and a few other things if they’re lucky.

But picture this; What would you day look like if money was no object? You don’t need to list them in the comments but I do hope you take some time this week to think about them.

Operation: Exercise overload;

[Image source found here]

Now that uni is over for the year, it’s time to focus on the most important thing: my health! I’ve maintained a good eating plan for most of the year (I’m not even going to include chocolate because I have a problem) but I’ve brushed exercise aside even though I know that’s just as beneficial. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t do zero exercise, I go for walks most evenings & then do some squats/jacking jacks etc but it doesn’t compare to what I’d like to do.

So for the next ten weeks, until summer school begins, my life will be filled with wakeboarding, paddle boarding, swimming and the odd pump class and boxing session.

Can you tell I’m a water rat?

New York by Gehry

A few weeks ago, I watched a video on a fascinating new building in Manhattan.

“At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry’s distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations.”

Now I’m not sure how clear it is that I love heights. I discovered this obsession backpacking through Europe, climbing whatever buildings gave me access, and hiking up hills just to get those few photos of all the miniature things below. There’s just something about heights that brings me peace- strange isn’t it since so many people fear heights!

The thought of climbing this new building by Frank Gehry while they still have apartment viewings is motivating me to sort out my financial situation SO much.

Just take a look at some of the views:

Who’s coming with me?

Are you happy?

Earlier this month, Zack posted a new blog titled, “Are you happy? (My year in review)” .

I would urge you to read the whole article however, if you only have time to read this, here’s a extract of a great exercise.

“I did an exercise four months ago that I learned in Steve Pavlina’s book, Personal Development for Smart People. Steve says to assign a 1-10 rating of each area of your life – 1 means you’re completely dissatisfied with it, and 10 means “you’re absolutely experiencing what you desire.”

Here are some examples that Steve lists:

    • Daily routine
    • Career
    • Money & financial security
    • Health & Fitness
    • Mental development
    • Social life & relationships
    • Home & family
    • Character & integrity
    • Life purpose & contribution
    • Spiritual development

Note: I URGE you to jot down these ratings now – before you read the sentences that follow the bullet points. After you read the paragraph after the bullet points, the exercise is pointless.

OK – done with your list? Here we go.

He says to take any rating that isn’t a 9 or a 10 and replace it with a 1. If you’re not thrilled with an aspect of your life, it’s taking away from your happiness – or, at the very least, not adding to it. Any rating other than a 9 or 10 is just a 1 in disguise – “either you have what you want, or you don’t.” In the words of Yoda, “do, or do not. There is no try.”

I’ve put off doing this exercise for two weeks but really wish I hadn’t. There’s a few areas in my life I’m not exactly happy with and this was a big wake up call to make some adjustments.

What will you be doing this Monday?

The Safe House


Transformers fans prepare to experience the sting of jealousy. The Safe House is a veritable cement transformer, a home with the capacity to achieve maximum security while affording the ability to open up and transform into more vulnerable states. Architecture firm KWK Promes left no security issue untouched when they designed and constructed the 6,100 sq. ft. fortress. In order to penetrate the Safe House you would need to match all the required security entrance codes. Upon entrance, one would wait in the ‘safety zone’, an area bordered with concrete walls, before being let inside the house. When the home is in its closed state, it is reminiscent of a large concrete Rubik’s Cube. When in its open state, a draw bridge lowers, connecting the home to the indoor swimming pool, movable walls open, mobile shutters come up, and a rolling aluminum gate raises opening the home to an expanse of garden views. The entire home transforms with built in electronic engines, which means the house opens and closes with the touch of a button!

Now, where can I get one of these and how much will it cost me? I know I’m aiming big here but that house is pure genius.

Doesn’t feel like spring

I spent a lot of time at home this weekend. I go through those periods where I’m extremely busy and then quite the opposite soon after. I didn’t have any definite plans this weekend so I kept to myself. I took my time getting out of bed in the mornings, I attempted to study but the thought of it was too much- I didn’t accomplish much. I went for walks both days, went furniture shopping and attempted to go clothes shopping but mission unsuccessful once again.

There’s 51 hours from the time I leave the office on a Friday evening to the time I have to return Monday morning and what exactly did I do with that time? I feel like most of this weekend cannot be explained. I spent a lot of time emptying my mind of all my thoughts and filling it with new day dreams and fantasies. I feel better now than I have in weeks. I feel like I have more inspiration and more drive. I’ve been missing them both.

This week, I’m going to my new place & dropping off some of my things. My new room is still occupied so I’m just waiting impatiently for that to be empty so I can finally move in.