Ten TED Talks To Keep You Motivated and Inspired Through Winter

Try Something New For 30 Days

Matt Cutts challenges us to try something new for 30 days. This light-hearted talk explains how to start achieving your goals in just 30 days. Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just haven’t? This might be the motivation you need to start.

 

 

How To Start A Movement

A short, fun Ted talk in which Derek Sivers explains how movements and trends get started. He challenges us to get behind the things we care about and have the courage to be the one who will stand up first.

 

Want to Change the World? Start by being brave enough to care

Artist and poet Cleo Wade reminds us to ‘be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth’. This talk is a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply.

 

 

The Magic of Not Giving a F**k

Sarah Knight, the bestselling author of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K, inspires and challenges us to choose the things we really care about and learn how to give these our time, money and attention. This hilarious talk will have you rethinking your focus.

 

Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, shares the radical idea that, we all have a genius inside of us. She inspires us to find that hidden gift with this funny and moving talk.

My Year of Saying Yes to Everything

Shonda Rhimes, director of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder shares her experiment with saying yes to everything. And, how this simple shift in perspective unlocked hidden inspiration and helped her get her ‘hum’ back.

 

 

Weird or Just Different

Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we all see things differently. What seems normal to one person is considered strange to another. In this short 2 minute talk, Derek Sivers offers the flip side view of life.

 

 

 

How to Seek Truth in the Era of Fake News

Christiane Amanpour speaks about fake news, objectivity in journalism, the leadership vacuum in global politics and more, sharing her wisdom and reminding us of the importance of being engaged global citizens who seek the truth.

 

 

Less Stuff More Happiness

In this short talk Graham Hill, writer and designer explains how having less stuff and taking up less space can lead to happiness. He makes the case and lays out three challenging rules for editing our lives.

 

 

Success is a Continuous Journey

Richard St. John talks about how success requires we keep working at it. If we relax once we get to the goal we can go back downhill very quickly. His short TED talk encourages us to stick at it, even when we feel we have made it.

 

 

 

We hope these short talks will inspire you and keep you motivated this year.

You can find many more fantastic, inspiring and Ideas Worth Spreading at https://www.ted.com

 

 

 

 

Nine Unique Ways to Achieve Your New Year Resolutions in Style

We are right in the midst of that time of year when our New Year’s resolutions start to crash and burn. We all know how it feels when the resolutions we so boldly committed to two weeks ago start to lose their appeal. This year, we decided there must be a better way to achieve our resolutions. We wanted a way to get excited about making changes and setting new intentions for the year ahead. We decided that the key to achieving results is to add something we love, in this case travelling, to our resolutions. This could be the winning combination we have all been looking for. With this in mind, we set out to find the best resolution achieving retreats, adventures and courses from around the world. Here are our picks for the coolest and most unique ways to achieve your resolutions this year.

Resolution: I want to get fit

Solution: Luxury Guided Cycling Tour of the Adriatic Coast

Get on your bike and visit three countries in one fitness-building holiday with this fabulous guided ride from Venice to Porec. You will cycle your way along the golden beaches of the Adriatic Coast, through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia staying in luxury accommodation with porters to transport your luggage each day of the six-day tour. Perfect for ticking off that resolution to improve your fitness while exploring one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

Resolution: I want to lose weight

Solution:  Golden Door Luxury Weight Loss Retreat

Spend a weight-losing week at this purpose built 5-star Californian weight-loss retreat situated in 600 acres of native hills and citrus groves. Each day includes time with a personal trainer, a tailor-made menu of fresh organic food, in-room massages and unlimited pamper sessions.  At this luxurious personal weight-loss retreat guests stay in lavish private rooms that open to a private Japanese garden.  With a state-of-the-art gym, gorgeous swimming pools, Watsu water therapy pool and 25 miles of private trails there is plenty to do and no excuse not to work up a sweat as you focus on checking that weight loss goal off your to-do list this year.

Resolution: I want to be more adventurous

Solution: Get Lost Experience

A Get Lost Experience is the ultimate in an adventure holiday. A private transfer will take you to an unknown destination where you will be briefed and outfitted with the kit and equipment you need for the journey. Each day you will plot your way to check-points towards the final destination. Under the distant watch of the support team, you will learn how to find yourself using your inner adventurer as you chart your way home from an unknown destination. This ‘holiday’ is guaranteed to give you an adventure you will remember and will ensure you have plenty of stories to tell about how you achieved your resolution of being more adventurous this year.

Resolution: I want to learn a new language

Solution: Learn French in a French Chateau

Learn French in the beautiful chateau of St Pierre de Serjac in Beziers, Southern France. Staying in elegant private rooms, guests get to enjoy the luxury of a French Chateau and immerse themselves in the French language with on-site French lessons. Lessons are in the mornings with small groups of up to eight students. In the afternoon guests are free to choose an activity to enjoy from cycling, playing tennis, swimming, playing golf, horse riding or relaxing in the spa. What better way to learn a new language than by soaking it up on a luxuriously exotic French estate?

Resolution: I want to write a book

Solution: Himalayan Writing Retreat

As the saying goes ‘if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain’. Let the Himalayan Mountains inspire your writing this year. Based in Satkhol Village high in the Indian Himalayas, this custom-built writers retreat offers views of the most spectacular Mountains in the world. Experienced mentors will work with you to nourish your writing and help you move past any challenges you struggle with. Spend a week in this remote and focused retreat, and you will come back with a lifetime of inspiration to fuel your book writing resolutions into reality. 

Resolution: I want to be a better cook

Solution: Italian Cooking Course

This course takes you to Italy where you will enjoy a week of learning how to cook divine Italian dishes guided by top Italian chefs. The week is filled with cooking classes, tasting trips and plenty of time to eat, drink, relax and explore the beautiful Italian countryside. This cooking holiday includes six nights of luxury accommodation, classes with experienced local chefs, all food, wine and daily tours. This is a beautiful way to learn some incredible skills you can bring back home to share with your friends and family. 

Resolution: I want to learn to take better photos

Solution: Lakeside Photography Retreat

Spend a few days in this quintessentially English lakeside retreat where you will learn expert tips and tricks that will take your photography to a new level. Staying in a luxury lodge in a private 100-acre lake area next to Cotswold Water Park, guests have access to an unspoiled lakeside location as their classroom.  Each day learn expert photography techniques in hands-on lessons with plenty of time to hone your photography skills in this unreal location. Take a rowing boat to explore one of the 17 islands or wander along the edge of the lake in the misty morning to capture some of the abundant wildfowl, otters or dragonflies. Your Instagram followers will be green with envy at the photos you will be able to post.

Resolution: I want a digital detox

Solution: Remote Wellness Retreat

Based in a remote part of New Zealand, this wellness adventure is guaranteed to help you disconnect digitally and reconnect with nature. Staying in luxury eco-lodges, you will spend your mornings connecting with your body through daily yoga and meditation classes. Then connect with nature by joining guided hikes through some of the most beautiful World Heritage parks. Rejuvenate in the evening with massages and therapeutic spa treatments. A six-day retreat in this remote and beautiful part of the world will ensure you arrive back to home renewed, inspired and digitally detoxed.

Resolution: I want to make a difference

Solution: Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

This unique travel service allows you to take part in the critically important mission of a Zimbabwean wildlife sanctuary. Participants volunteer each day to feed, clean and care for sick and injured wild animals. You may even get to enjoy the thrill of releasing healed animals back into the wild. This trip is one filled with unique experiences and a once in a lifetime chance to work with an amazing team dedicated to the task of protecting some of this planet’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable wildlife.

We hope our list of resolution achieving retreats and adventures will inspire you to find unique and enjoyable ways to reach your goals this year.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing

– A. Lincoln.

Begin the Year with Kindness

We hope that this year is the year that kindness and compassion can reverse the ugly spread of intolerance and division around the world. We here at ILNI want to do all we can to inspire, promote and encourage the proliferation of kindness. That is why we want to start the year with a round up of our recent posts on kindness, compassion and tolerance.

Kindness is Contagious: 15 Ways You Can Spread Some Around Today

It is clear that here at ILNI we are big fans of kindness. We believe in kindness to others, kindness to the planet and kindness to ourselves. In this post we explore the fantastically contagious nature of kindness and how a single act of kindness can spark widespread outbreaks of more kindness.



Compassionate Lifestyle Bloggers We are Following

We love to read about others who have made it their mission to spread waves of kindness into their communities. This post is a collation of our favourite lifestyle bloggers who are having a ripple effect with their kindness.


8 Reasons to be Kind This Year and 3 Kind Acts You Can Do Immediately

Being kind to one another is essential in a world that seems to be lacking in compassion and kindness on a global scale. We believe every small action can make a difference and we share our ideas for spreading kindness all around. 


Addressing Biases and Creating a Culture of Compassion

Sometimes our biases can go unnoticed and can, in fact, be a major hurdle in us being the change this world needs. We challenge you in this post to look for any hidden biases that might be standing in the way of compassion in our lives.


The Online Hate Culture and How to Stay Out of it

In our daily lives we filter through an enormous amount of information and communication online. But how do we stay out of the online battles that are being waged in all corners of the Internet? We explore in this post what is causing this online hate and most importantly, how do we avoid it.



25 Brilliant Kindness Quotes to Remind us to Spread a Little More Kindness Today

We leave you with this final post of 25 of our favourite quotes about kindness.

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams