Bare foot and chained to the kitchen sink

IMG_5382 Sunday morning has seen me cleaning the flat. The kitchen and bedroom are now in a more respectable state. The bathroom is yet to be conquered. Although on the one hand I find cleaning therapeutic – it’s so nice to go from dirty to clean – it is also quite boring! To help pass the time I often will listen to a talk of some sort. In the past it would be sermons from my local Church, Holy Trinitiy Brompton or Joel Osteen. However of late I have been listening to TED talks and particularly ones that talk about leaving your comfort zone and getting out and realising your dreams. Clearly – I am still working on what I am going to do about achieving that in my own life but I thought it would be good to share three of the talks I listened to this morning. I was impressed by the fact they they all appear to be confident women who seemingly did not take no as answer and just did what they need to do, to get where they needed to be. They are amazing women with interested tales to tell.



So listen, enjoy and learn  





Olympia LePoint – Award Winning Rocket Scientist

Olympia LePoint
Olympia LePoint – “The New Einstein”

Olympia LePoint is an award-winning rocket scientist, science entertainer and educator driving to help people overcome fear. She helped launch NASA’s Endeavour, Discovery, Columbia and Atlanis Space Shuttles.  She successfully helped launch 28 Space Shuttle Missions into Space. Olympia won The 2003 Engineer of the Year “Modern Day Technology Leader” Award and The 2004 Boeing Company Professional Excellence Award. Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fears and Become a Rocket Scientist is her debut self-help, educational book designed to empower adults and help students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. As CEO of OL Consulting Corporation,Olympia t publishes educational books and executive produces Science TV shows. As a top-five graduate, Olympia holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from California State University Northridge. Olympia advises for educational PBS TV programming with Wind Dancer Films, coaches through keynote speeches and workshops, and is as a media personality for TV, Radio, News Publications and Social Media outlets. In this 15 minute talk she talks about how to overcome fears. She talks through three main points: 1. You must name and reject your fear. 2. You must re-programme your brain with different thoughts 3. You must rebuild the neurones in your brain by taking action  




  Dianna David Movement Storyteller

Dianna David
Dianna David
Dianna David is a first-generation Canadian born to Filipino parents. At  age of 5, she was copying Michael Jackson’s dance moves. Her father saw this and buildt a Filipino folk dance group to teach his daughter and other Filipino children in their community about their heritage. Dianna graduated as a mechanical engineer at the University of Alberta. For almost 4 years Dianna worked as an engineer in San Francisco and continued dance on the side. She joined two competitive hip hop dance crews.  With the desire to expand her creative expression, Dianna pursued live theatre where she was introduced to the art of clowning. This art form allowed her to share positive messages through physical comedy and personal interactions with her audience. Her passion to perform provoked her to leave her engineering job to follow her dream to full-time, professional performing artist. In her 20 minute talk she talks about having the guts and determination to follow your dreams  and do what moves you Her four main points: 1. Remember to play – expand your imagination; mistakes are magical and just roll with it 2. Remember to practice – take that time to show up for yourself. Discipline and patience – for the one day when it will all just click 3. Perform – share yourself to the world. You are a contribution 4. Persevere – never give up in writing the story of your life





  Dr Valerie Mason-JohnBully Doctor

Dr Valerie Mason-John
Dr Valerie Mason-John
Award-winning author Dr Valerie Mason-John works as a Bully Doctor for several School Boards in Canada. Her books include Detox Your Heart – working with anger, fear and hatred. Valerie co-edited the first national anthology of African Canadian Poetry, The Great Black North, published in 2013. Demeter Press has published her most recent novel, the North American edition of her award winning novel Borrowed Body, 2013. Her new book is  Eight Step Recovery – Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction. In this 16 minute talk she talks about bullying oneself and introduces the concept of ‘stinking thinking’ – thoughts that tell us that we are not good enough. Her main points: 1. If we bullying ourselves we will bully those around us – we project our negativity onto other people. 2. We need to let go of the past and move on 3. We need to learn self-acceptance; give ourself loving kindness – look at ourselves with warm kind loving eyes 4. Rest. Stop and take a deep breath 5. Thoughts are not fact 6. Stop waiting for others to accept you


And now the bathroom is calling me…   IMG_5385    

4 Comments Add yours

  1. I will watch that right now. My other name is “Princess Procrastination” – maybe this will get me moving? Hope you’ve conquered the bathroom!

    1. They certainly make for interesting listening. Yes the bathroom is sparkling!

  2. dunelight says:

    I hadn’t really cleaned since June. I usually like loud rock and roll or some kind of music to pep me up. I’ll listen to one of these as I finish up cleaning 4 months of dirt. :p

    1. Great stuff! I hope you find them interesting

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