Every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still here on earth today and will be around for a long time. On today’s episode Bren interviews Jennifer Pate on the effects of plastic pollution and how we as a community can get involved and make a difference.
What comes to mind when you hear the word “work”?
For a lot of people, they may think about the grind, the sweat, the tears, the struggle or the sacrifice.
What if when we thought of work, we had new associations?
Thinking about work can actually make you think of more positive associations like purpose, progress, playfulness, fun and achievement.
our guest on the show today was Lisa Dadd, author, TEDx speaker and entrepreneur. Lisa tells the story of how she left a comfortable and profitable corporate job to pursue her passions in life. As a result, she was able to create a life that she is proud to call her own and is dedicated to serving others to live their dreams as well.
So what does it mean to blur the lines between work and play?
For Lisa, she found that she can manage her life in such a way that she enjoys her work by allowing herself to be more playful, spontaneous and purposeful. She shared with us the idea of multi-purpose tasks. For example, Lisa likes to take walks with her dog for multiple reasons. She gets exercise, fresh air, time outdoors, new ideas, the dog gets exercise too and they play together.
So is that considered work or play?
Perhaps it’s both? She has the opportunity here to improve her life in multiple ways, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and socially. Another example can be by thinking outside of the box and turning your work into some sort of game. By “gamifying” your life, it conditions you to think differently about your work and by having more fun, you’ll be more motivated to pursue your work.
The people who succeed at the highest levels are the people who love the work they do. They have trouble distinguishing the difference between work and play because they are so passionate about their craft.
So that leaves the question, how can you make your work more fun? Or maybe your fun more work?
By Bren Dubé @brendube
Based on Episode 34 of The Implicit Show
Cultures all around the world, from all walks of life, have one beautiful thing in common: music. Though we all have our own take on music and what style we prefer, music seems to be universal to the human race. We even see it in nature in the calling of the birds or crickets – music is everywhere.
Our guest on the show today was very special. She is not only a dear friend to me but also an inspiration to so many people in our community.
Julie Ross grew up with music her entire life, often finding joy and eliminating suffering with her songwriting and jams with other musicians. She runs a local songwriters group called SONGC!RCLE, where musicians, poets, artists and creative people alike gather together every Wednesday to share their creations and talk about music and life.
So what has Julie learned over the past five years of running the SONGC!RCLE and a lifetime of playing music?
Her friend Anthony Gomes said it best, “Music is the medicine.” She has found that music has the amazing ability to heal broken hearts, ease emotional suffering, mental illness, relationship issues. Music has the ability to heal our pain and inspire change.
You can probably think of a time in your life when you may have been in an intense level of emotion and you heard a certain song that will forever remind you of that moment. Or you may have even had music speak to and relate to you in a way like nothing has ever before.
There is a reason why music is used in our celebrations and in mourning; music makes us feel.
So what do you do with this?
Use it! Find music that you love and that complements the moment and enjoy it. Music can make you more productive and can encourage you to feel and keep going.
By: Bren Dubé @brendube
Based on Episode 11 of The Implicit Show
They say you can never truly love someone else if you don’t first love yourself, but it may go much deeper than that. Self love affects so much of your life, confidence, trust, skill, compassion, excitement, peace and overall well being. The relationship you have with yourself directly affects the way you see the world, the way you make decisions and the results you get in life. Some of the most successful people in the world are also some of the most full of themselves and the beautiful thing about being full of yourself is that you have plenty to overflow and go around. When you love yourself, people will love to be around you. No one wants to put up with someone who has a negative outlook on life and themselves.
The environment we grow up in really affects the relationship we have with ourselves. We learn how to live from our family, peers, school and work at a young age. The first 10 years of our lives are where most of the molding of our personality and outlook on life is formed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t consciously change the way think, feel and behave later down the line. Realize that at this point, you are in control of your destiny regardless of your past circumstances.
A great way to improve the relationship you have with yourself is to practice completing small tasks to gain confidence. After successfully completing a few small tasks, it creates trust in yourself and your ability to take on more. Set up the game to win. Too many of us set ourselves up for failure, which destroys any type of confidence or love for yourself. Instead of taking on a giant to-do list and only completing a quarter of it, plan to do one awesome thing each day that excites you about life.
The odds of your sperm being born is 1 in 250,000,000. The odds of you being a human on planet earth is 1 in 400 trillion! So, when you think about it, you are incredibly lucky to be here, sometimes realizing that alone can be the little push we need to work on loving ourselves. It may not happen over night, you must work at it every day. Just like anything else, what’s worth having is worth working for.