Stronger

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We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.

What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.

It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.

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Rising Strong

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Brene Brown is an auther and scholar who’s latest book is called, Rising Strong. She has previously completed notable work on vulnerability in Daring Greatly. This book was originally published in 2015, and I’m just getting around to reading it now.

Her work really challenges the reader to examing ones life, learn from her knowledge, and move forward in the world a little bit stronger, more self-aware.

She is also skilled at embracing the challenges of living a whole hearted life. Never says it is easy, but encourages everyone none-the less.

If you are interested in self-help books, this is certainly one to read.

Some quotes from the book below.

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Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Hello Fresh

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Hello Fresh is a home delivery service which provides you will all the ingredients and instructions on how to cook the meals.

A coworker shared an order he couldn’t use due to traveling. He gave us the Hello Fresh box, and our excitement began.

Admittedly, we were reluctant to try something like this assuming it was too expensive and complicated.

As it turns out, it’s kind of amazing.

The basics of the meals come sent in one box with instructions. You just need to provide the cookware, basci spices, and the actual cooking.

But we have loved each of the meals. It’s brought variety into our food for the wekk,  and we are looking into the plans which start around $9.99 per meal.

We found the dinners for 2 are actually spreading to 3, and everything has been surprisingly good.

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https://www.hellofresh.com/tasty/

 

Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

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LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/

 

 

Big Magic

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Big Magic is a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, of which she is most known. This effort is specifically written to she shares her approach to creative living.

It’s quite accessible for most anyone who wishes to live more creatively. She explains it is not a self help book, but rather one she wrote for herself. If we happen to get something from it, that’s bonus.

It’s about the work; the continued steady work. Connecting with passions and interests, and pursuing them actively and courageously.

Chapters include: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust, and Divinity.

If you have any desire to live a more creative life, consider checking it out.

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