TEDTechnology, Education and Design…is that what it stands for, really…who knew?

(ok I guess like hundreds of thousands of people…but whatever)

What TED actually stands for is irrelevant…TED is an ethereal place, it is energy and light to me, it is freedom! A long, long time ago in my early years as a student, like way back to when I was a kid, we actually had a full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica…that I actually used! whaaat?!? yep I’m that old! And not only did those books help me to build physical arm and upper body strength what they ultimately did was open my heart to learning and I will forever be grateful for that.

Not so long ago our family decided to get rid of cable to save a few bucks and as a result I made a spiritual connection with TED. I knew it would not be a huge hardship for me to be without cable…I can totally live without Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Canadian Pickers, Disney Junior and all sports which is pretty much all our TV ever entertained us with.

My husband on the other hand did battle with the decision as an avid sports fan of hockey, baseball, football, golf and basketball (which are just the sports he has fantasy teams for). Not to mention the other football, college sports, and myriad of sports news shows that I know I have seen a bunch of times (through my eyelids) but their names escape me. To help himself transition to cable-free he managed to source out enough internet sources of sports to cover the spread. The kids are completely satisfied with Netflix and YouTube, seriously they are little they get what the get and they don’t get upset (for those of you who might think I’m a jerky parent…and although that may be true, that is a line from a kids book… Pinkalicious,V. Kahn).

I happily filled my TV time with art, reading and podcasts (I freakin’ love podcasts!!!) But when the time came when I just wanted to sit on the couch and veg out with a cocktail and some chips I was at a loss. I could have easily flipped on Netflix and watched some educational programming, as I was still trying my damnedest to maintain this air of self-improvement, but I knew myself well enough to know that I would have quickly veered off of the educational documentaries and landed on an 18 episode series that would suck the life out of me…and subsequently trigger a full derailment from the positive life path I have been working so hard to stay on (which is my absolute biggest fear right now)…enter Apple TV and the TED channel.

OMG the world literally opened up! I was not new to TED I have watched a bunch of talks on my phone, (I’m hip, I’m cool, I’ve got the TED app) or at my day job in one staff meeting after another but not until it was on the big screen and I was sitting back with my hands free to grab what I needed and my mind free from having to somehow connect the content to my livelihood did I really appreciate TED. I guess like everything else in my life nothing can happen before it can and my love affair with TED is no different. I may have known who he was, seen him around a few times I maybe even thought he was cute but not until he made his way into my living room did I jump in with both feet! There in my living room with my husband,  TED became the ultimate date night (is this getting kinky or what?!?) conversation starter, with my girls, an engaging 20 minute interlude from princesses and babies, and during girls night mentally stimulating background noise! I continuously seek out the invigorating feeling I get from learning something new and when I watch TED I feel like an addict getting a fix! So running the risk that you now think I’m a bit crazy…welcome to my world 🙂

Here are my absolute go to talks, which I watch over and over.  

This selection only makes up like 0.0000001% of the amazing TED Talks out there and as I continue my lover affair with the meaningful minds of the world, I will update this list.

So here, in no particular order, is some life changing shit!!

Happy TED talk-ing!!

Celeste Headlee TED 2

Celeste Headlee

10 Ways to a better conversation




Emilie Wapnick TED


Emilie Wapnick

Why some of us don’t have one true calling



Brene Brown TED

Brené Brown

Listening to shame



Lidia Yuknavitch TED


Lidia Yuknavitch

The beauty of being a misfit




carol dweck TED


Carol Dweck

The power of believing that you can improve



Gever Tulley TED


Gever Tulley

5 dangerous things you should let your kids do


Rebecca Saxe TED


Rebecca Saxe

How to read each other’s mind



tim urban TED


Tim Urban

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator


Jane McGonigal TED


Jane McGonigal

Gaming can make a better world


Adam Driver TED


Adam Driver

From marine to actor


Reshma Saujani TED

Reshma Saujani

Teach girls bravery not perfection




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7 TED talks for when you wish you had time to read





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The 20 Most popular TED Talks of all time