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Five documentaries worth watching

Documentaries are a very fun way to see and learn something new from the comfort of your sofa. I really love watching them as they satisfy my curiosities about different topics. Documentaries also make me want to explore and discover new things about various issues, countries and cultures. What’s not to love about that?

With that being said, I share with you my top five documentaries that cover various questions. They will make you smile and some parts may even make you cry. But most importantly, they will make you think, and hopefully act, in order to improve your own and the lives of others.

THE TRUE COST
If you’re like me, you like fashion. You like playing with different styles and using clothes as a way to express yourself. However, you may not be aware that fashion industry is the second biggest polluter out there, right after oil companies. Our desire to democratize fashion and to make it affordable to everyone has come with a high price. Shining light on pollution and horrible working conditions that are part of (fast) fashion, this film will make you think twice before going shopping again.

MINIMALISM
Another story that will make you rethink your life is shared here by Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn. They decided to leave their precious belongings behind and simplify their lives. Minimalism may not be for everyone, but we can all look up to these guys and adopt at least a part of their philosophy. After all, do we really need this much stuff in our lives?

MISS REPRESENTATION
We all know that media is not exactly helping us  to have a healthy image of ourselves, but this documentary is still quite shocking and eye-opening. Women are treated like trash and often judged just by their looks, and not capabilities or intelligence. That is done by media even to the ladies that achieve a lot and hold powerful positions. What kind of message does that send to young girls?

GIRL RISING
While in the western countries we are very close to achieving true gender equality, in some parts of the world that is far from reality. Girls suffer as their rights are not recognised and they don’t get to make their own choices. They are declined future just by not having an opportunity of getting education. Watch some brave girls take things into their hands and fight for going to school no matter how big the obstacles they face. Warning, I cried during this one, so get your tissues ready.

FED UP
In the sea of health documentaries that explore food and diets, FED UP is still my favorite. We all already know that sugar is not good for us, but this film offers a deeper view on how the consumption of it sky rocketed and what the effects on our health are. It is focused mainly on the USA, but it’s still very interesting and worth a look.


By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred: videoblocks.com 

 

Be Inspired Mind

Letter to myself

Dear myself, when everything you know crumbles, and falls apart. When you think this is the end, that you will not survive this because you just don’t know how, one thing will happen: you will survive.

Because whether you like it or not, whether you want to hear it or not (and trust me, I don’t) life will go on. You will put one foot in front of the other. Maybe you will stumble at first, but you will move forward. Even if it is at such a slow pace that it’s not visible to the naked eye. Because it’s not a choice. It does not matter how evolved we have convinced ourselves we were, we are animals and for thousands of years it has been fixed in our genes that we need to keep on going, find food, shelter and survive.

Don’t get me wrong. You won’t be happy. It will be tough and you will maybe even wonder what the point of all this is. I cannot believe I am quoting that movie but hear me out. In “Sex Tape” with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, Segel drives his kids to school and his young daughter in the back seat out of nowhere drops some pretty amazing insight: “Why do we keep having all these days and then going to bed at night and then having all these days and then going to bed at night?” Segel answers: “That’s sort of what life is” And her to respond: “But when will it end?” That is a pretty good sum up of how you feel right now. Which is crazy because three or four months back you felt you had your whole life figured out, a purpose, a goal, a raison d’être. You had your struggles, but everything was under control.

You like to think everything happens for a reason, but right now, you wonder what that reason might be!

Today you are not happy. But you put one foot in front of the other, and maybe you will take two steps back tonight when it gets dark and the aftershock of the heart quake that your life suffered will keep coming as you replay everything in your head and in your heart. But as sure as the sun will come up, you will too. And you will eventually find a purpose again, and maybe your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled. Or maybe you need new hopes and dreams, or maybe you just need to change your perspective.

There is only one way to find out: It’s to keep having all those days and going to bed at night.


By: Mo Oléron

Be Inspired Mind

15 motivational quotes to get you through the tough days

We all have those days where it just feels impossible to get anything done.

When you’re feeling low, unmotivated or discouraged, come back to these quotes to inspire you to look forward and get back to working.

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It was there all the time.
– Anna Freud

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Success is not permanent, and failure is not fatal.
– Mike Ditka

It’s difficult to follow your dreams, but it’s a tragedy not to.
– Unknown

Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
– Unknown

Draw a map, find a path, take a breath, and run!
– Unknown

By being yourself, you put something wonderful into the world that was not there before.
– Edwin Elliott

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– John Wooden

It’s hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.
– Theodore Roosevelt

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.
– Michael Jordan

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.
– Anonymous

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
– John D. Rockefeller

We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.
– Earl Nightingale

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.
– Colin R. Davis

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
– Steve Jobs

Have a favorite motivational quote that you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments below what quote helps you get through the tough days.


By: Samantha Thayer

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Getting back on track

Long days of reading books on the beach, eating endless amounts of ice cream, drinking wine and sleeping during the day is now over for most of us. Back to reality, long hours at the office and back to… THE GYM (imagine horror music in the background for full effect).

Joke aside, getting back on track is not always so easy. Some of course keep up their fitness routine during vacation, but there is no secret that most of us prefer wine instead of squats on a sunny Monday in July! So, when we suddenly face our daily lives again, getting back to our normal routines may feel like a struggle. If it doesn´t then great, then no need to continue reading.

Since I have no idea and need an article like this myself I turned to Personal Trainer and founder of rebirth fitness, Michael Glover, for some expert advice. And we kind of love his tips:

  1. Get back slowly!!! Jumping head first back into training and better eating just opens yourself up for injury and failure. As the saying goes ”Crawl before you walk and walk before you run.”
  2. Re-establish your normal sleeping hours. Vacation time can be full relaxation, full on adventure, or a combination of the two. This usually results in sleeping different hours than your normal lifestyle when not on vacation. Establish a new, more consistent sleep routine to prepare you for work mode again.
  3. Water…water…water!!! The combination of red, white, rosé, and all the other colored liquids that you consumed haven’t been the best for you. The car, train, or plane travels also did a number on dehydrating your body. Proper hydration with water will do wonders for your body and mind.
  4. Continue living life to the fullest. Vacation is year-round. Don’t make it a yearly thing just for the summer. Make every day your own little vacation in some way. Relax, live, laugh, and keep striving to be the Best of You!

So, good luck peeps! And if you need a little help along the way, rebirth and Michael is definitely the place to go.


By: Henriette Danielsen and Michael Glover / Photo cred: Clara Mo 

Be Inspired Body

Run yogi, run!

A lot of runners are reluctant to start practicing yoga. Maybe because they fear they will not be flexible enough (number one excuse worldwide), or because they see it as something too gentle for them who like the contact of the asphalt, the race of their heartbeat and the wind on their face.

I started running before I started doing yoga, but it was not like that for me. Running has always been, and I have accepted the fact that it always will be, a love and hate relationship. Whereas yoga is just love. But somehow I need both. Talk about balance.

Runners out there, do not disregard yoga. It helps tremendously.

Things you need for running:

  • Muscle strength
  • Good balance and alignment to prevent injuries
  • Flexibility
  • Good breathing habits
  • Focus

Things yoga practice brings you: all of the above.

Do not be afraid to replace one run by a yoga class every now and then. You are not slacking, you are growing. Just like you will never evolve by doing the same thing over and over, just like you spice up your runs with a little “fartslek” every now and then, yoga will bring you the little extra to keep improving and reaching further.

Yoga teacher Denise Thompson once said “Yoga and running are the Yin and Yang of fitness”. I could not agree more, and I could not do one without the other anymore. When I feel too lazy to go for a run, I do yoga instead and it instantly makes me want to go for a run the next day. And when I have been running my muscles and my mind are calling for a delicious yoga sequence.

I’ll see you on the road…or the mat.


By: Mo Oléron

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Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo

I remember very well the first time I failed at something I considered important in life. I thought that the whole world would end and that I would never feel good about myself again.

Needless to say, I was very young and inexperienced. If I knew back then that failure is an integral part of life, I could have spared some tears and sleepless nights. But, I needed to fail a couple of times again before that lesson was learned.

Now that I am older (and I hope a bit wiser), I understand that everyone fails. Failure is not something that only happens to “losers”. It happens to the best of us, no exceptions. What makes the biggest impact is how you handle it.

 Don’t let failure define you.

 Look at it like a bruise. It hurts and it may not look that well, but it will pass. Don’t be a victim, but use your failures as opportunities. We learn all our lessons from hard times, and failures can certainly teach us a lot. Take your time to heal, learn what you can from your experience, dust yourself off and get up again.

You will lose some small battles in life, and you will lose some big ones. Life is made of ups and downs so just know that it won’t be that bad forever. Try to focus on the positive and don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember, everyone fails at something, and the only thing that separates fulfilled people from the unfulfilled ones is how they handle it.

So, failures will come and go, but just remember this – you may lose a battle, but as long as you don’t give up, you can still win the war.


By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic 

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Irrational fears: when lucky charms turn into OCD

When irrational fears take over your sanity. Welcome to my world. 

I have always feared flying. While writing this I am sitting on a plane to Paris so obviously, the fear never stopped me from traveling, but it´s still always there. Somehow, I convinced myself that to survive a flight I have to follow a set of rituals involving a necklace I always have on, touching the plane from the outside as we board, and, probably the most time consuming and socially awkward when traveling with people, counting in my head from take off until the seatbelt sign is off.  If anyone from a mental institution is reading this, they are probably on their way to get me right now with a giant butterfly net. (Well I’ll be in Paris!).

I can’t really explain where these rituals come from, but they are there. They have been there for as long as I can remember and clearly, it has always “worked”. And spare me the whole “planes are safer than cars” speech, I’ve heard it many times before. I have also noticed that the bigger the plane the more scared I am, which makes absolutely no sense. Ok, I was terrified and praying for my life in the 10 seats Tara Air flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, but in my defence it’s the most dangerous airline in the world, I am pretty sure everyone peed their trekking pants. But in general, the bigger the plane, the more worried I am.

I am also afraid of very large cruise ships coming into port. Don’t even ask me why and how. I have no problem getting on them, but seeing them from afar makes me very uncomfortable. Then there is the whole hypochondriac issue when each little pain is Googled, each mosquito bite is dengue fever or malaria while traveling in Asia, each little cut can turn into gangrene and each headache into brain tumour.

How do I get anything done you ask? It’s a constant inner struggle between this part of me who’s afraid of everything and the part of me who’s rationalising and relying to facts and common sense. It´s the second part that wants to be able to explore, discover and try new things and thank God, it´s most of the time the part of me that wins, even though the fear is always there lurking in the shadows.

However, lately I started to get tired of this constant struggle between rational and irrational thoughts. I want to be stronger than this. Because I am a sane (yes yes) 31-year-old who is in control of her life (mostly) and because fear does not prevent danger from happening.

Today I did not count during take-off and until the seatbelt sign was switched off. And since you can read this, I made it there alive! First step towards OCD freedom.


By: Morgane Oléron

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Vacation mode ON

Vacation time is upon us, and we guess most of you are already unwinding with a good book somewhere. And that’s exactly what vacations are all about: unwinding.

The time has come for us to take a little break as well. We want to follow our own advice and disconnect to be able to reconnect. We are headed out in the world, exploring new places, feeding our souls with new impressions and create new memories. We will leave our computers behind and be back 1st of August with lots of new articles and inspiring events.

We wish you all a relaxing summer and remember; live in the moment and smile as much as possible, because life is such a beautiful thing!

Love from Best of You

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Has technology ripped me off my 6th sense?

Someone once told me: “Listen to your heart. But be quiet for a while and learn to feel the answer”. That was 10 years ago, but the sentence has resonated with my ever since.

I grew up with a Pocahontas of a mom who taught us that “every rock and tree and creature has a life, has a spirit, has a name”.  And I have embraced that until…somehow, I lost it. I still believed, but I lost my ability to listen to my heart, to quiet it, to feel the answers.

I am a Millennial. I saw the beginning of the internet, the cell phone and all that jazz. I have lived without it all and still it’s quite impossible for me to remember a life when I don’t come home from work and spend time on my computer or watch Netflix.

And while progress progressed…I lost it.

I don’t listen within myself anymore, I Google for the answer. I check forums, I auto diagnose myself, I look at what others do and come around to their opinions because it is safe and time saving. Or I end up calling mom for advice. Just like Pocahontas goes to Grandmother Willow. See I can always second guess Google, but never my mom.

Since yoga became such a big part of my life I have not only studied the asanas (the sanskrit name for yoga poses), but everything around it and it has helped me find that 6th sense again. That ability to trust myself and my guts.

For me stepping on the mat has helped because it forces me to stay away from technology for a least 20 minutes every day. I welcome the feeling of my body remembering the movements without even having to think, almost like a quiet and slow motion dance. I start my practice kind of in a blur, early in the morning and often finish up with either new ideas or a plan for the day.

The answers are not always clear…but they are there, it’s just up to me to bring them to life.

But it doesn’t have to be yoga for everyone. Find your own slow motion dance with yourself and find your own answers.

A French journalist once asked Fredrik Reinfeldt, former Swedish prime minister, how well Sweden was doing compared to France, and his answer was: “You can not fix your problem with someone else’s solutions” and I feel this applies to everything.

So, whenever I feel I need to be more attentive to what my heart tells me my to go cure is a chat with mom and a yoga practice, my magic combo. What is yours?


By Morgane Oléron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your confidence-cloat on

Lack of confidence at work is common issue, either if you´re new, feel inexperienced or have doubts about your ability to succeed. But it´s possible to overcome this fear and regain your confidence.

True confidence and the belief in your ability to succeed plays a major role in your success. And let´s face it; when we spend as much time as we do at the office, who doesn’t want to feel confident and happy?

Let´s take a closer look at how:

Cut the negative self-talk
Negative self-talk will get you nowhere, except make you insecure. Encourage yourself and talk kindly. Everyone has imperfections and may feel like a failure from time to time, but accepting your flaws is way better than to drown in negativity. Nobody´s perfect, so don’t stress it.

Have the right focus
When approaching a new task, try to focus on your skills and talents instead of dwelling on your weaknesses. Think positive and you´ll be surprised how far it will take you. And when it gets hard; remember, they hired you for a reason.

Be curious
Gain more knowledge and improve your skills by reading and learning more about your field of work. Being curious will automatically open you to new input and knowledge, making you not only better at your job, but help you feel more confident. Knowledge is power my friends.

Ask questions
Never be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions means your eager to learn and that you have an interest in what you´re doing. And no questions are too dumb, remember that. That said, keep in mind that some things can be Googled and that asking the same question repeatedly might irritate colleagues. Write stuff down and make a list.

Step out of your comfort zone
It´s outside the comfort zone the magic happens, and by pushing yourself you will build new skills. Apply for a job that feels like a stretch but matches your interests, hold that meeting that you are so afraid of or speak at an event and tackle your fear head on.

Be honest
I am not a believer of the motto “fake it until you make it”, because I truly believe that if you are in the right place, being yourself is more than enough. Honesty comes a long way and never be afraid to speak the truth. Either if something (or someone) is bothering you, if a task feels too big or if you feel neglected.

Good luck!


By: Henriette Danielsen