Three Norwegian bloggers travel to Cambodia to visit in a sweatshop factory and a girl in working for 4$/day. From the day they arrive in they begin to see how different their lives are from the lives of people half way around the world. By the time their trip is over, much more than their outlook on the clothes they wear is changed. Their whole perspective is forever altered and their reactions when making the clothes they usually buy is a refreshing perpective. It is a series devided into 5 parts, 11 min each.
A shocking reality is brought to life as hiddens secrets are revealed by a crew that face great danger exposing them. It made me go vegetarian without longing for meat, something I didn't think was possible. Cowspiracy is beautifully made and party directed by Leonado Dicaprio. Available on Netflix but be assured it has no chill.
Terrifying and eye-opening The Cove creates a sence of urgency. Rick O Barry is the main actor from the movie Flipper and feeling a sense of responsibility for the booming dolphin industry he takes risks and dare to face the anger of fishermen and government as he jumps into the pool of horrible secrets hidden away from the public. Follow him and learn facts that will make you gasp, cry and yell out "how is this happening?!"
As eyeopening as shocking, this shows the consecenses of keeping huge killer whales in captivity and how it hurts not only the anmals but the trainers. I have visited Seaworld and I never would have if I watched this first. Also shows how cooperations are willing to do just about anything to keep their skeletons in the closet. Media can be conveyed.
Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Conover turns life as we know it on its ear by showing us how unnecessary, and sometimes horrible, things we think we know to be real and true really are.
Highly humorous the series is as strong in visual effects as it is with claims on social norms. Rock solid that is. Find out if diamonds really are a girls best friend and if all figerprints are unique. Expect great facts that will make you spit out bad knowledge you've been fed.
The Choice Is Ours
Jacques Fresco is the futuristic genius behind The Venus Project. Visit a whole new world with the environment and abundance of its center where no one stress about money and robots do all heavy work. It's a peep into a possible reality and it sparks a glimmer of hope knowing that there is a crew creating this right at this second.
I realize a lot of my stories start in airports, I guess that is because I see them as a no-man´s land. I am in transit to another place and so is the people around me. It makes actions simpler, unbound from norms, happening in a people cocktail full of cultural differences. Anyways, going back a few weeks, me and my intransit body are sitting by my gate in Barcelona. Across from me is a rastafari guy with big rings, a football jersey and braided hair. He looks like the sportsfan son of an African king with a regal posture. As I plug my earphones in to get my relax on, I see him asking an older Caucasian couple a question while pointing to a gate. What happens next shocks me. With Enya as soundtrack I witness how the couple look at this profilic stranger with disgust and get up to leave without uttering a word. The prince-like man slumped back in his seat now looking more like a warrior that just lost a battle. He stared at the floor like he was searching for the glow that just fell of him.
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I´ve always been depending on the likes of others.
As a kid I´d spend every childhood hour with someone. Friends came to my house after school constantly and when one left I called the next. I basically had backup-pals on speed dial. "Hurry ! I´m home alone!" Wich was not true because my parents where there and I made no traps for burglers. Philoshophy wise I valued company, discussing my thoughts made them real and nothing had meaning without beeing shared. I was at a point where I´d rather read a book next to someone then alone. Julia Roberts laying in Hugh Grants lap seemed like a perfect relationship. Just beeing... sharing time.
At school discos the lone rangers in the corners where classed as wierdoes and I used to give casanovas who asked me out a fake number that played Akon´s song " lonely" when called. Wich was a huge insult back then so it was horrible I know! Kids are evil. Blame child me.. now it goes straight to Match.com. Much nicer!
Then there are the norms. No matter what, in Sweden, you get looks, but no more then when your companionless (urban dictionary, your welcome!) Then pure stares are guaranteed. Does he/she have the plague or even worse.. independence? As the audience try to decide wheather to pity or envy that lone wolf judgement is filling the air and that can be hard not to breathe in, even with all that independence as a shield.
Fast forward to adult life and the addiction becomes more of a burden. I lose countless amounts of toothbrushes to sleepovers and my clique have flaky excuses for not hanging out they call " work". What! You are going to make money instead of laying in a sunspot on the floor listening to music with me? Where are your priorities?
.. So as therapy for my unsocial-phobia I increasingly started going places all by myself, and as Celine Dion knows I don´t want to be... all by myself. Let me tell you mates, it turned out to be an absolute revelation! I got clarity, new friends and I get a whole lot of work done.
So ask yourself.. have you gone to a party, the movies or even dinner solo?
Did that thought make you uncomfortable? Then you probably should.
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Are you afraid? ..of spiders, commitment, death or Nicholas Cage? Does the picture above make you tingle? You can become fearless and that is a superpower plus it ups your cool factor an insane amount.
Pretending you´re someone else relieves the pressure. Bring out your acting skills to seperate yourself from the situation, like Beyonce in the elevator. We wonder if that was her or Shasha Fierce. If it all goes bad blame that person but not out loud, then you might seem scitzofrenic. Making up the name is half the fun.
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Think Of What You Have Achieved
Replay all the cool things you´ve already done like a trailer in your mind. You walking away from explosions or jumping out of planes. Pepp talking is one of the best ways to stay positive in the face of fear and works as an awesome confidence boost.
What Is The Best That Could Happen
You don´t want to be thinking about what can go wrong when doing what you fear. Think of what could go right and how you will celebrate when it does. Also imagine how proud you will be having overcome the monster of an obstacle that is fear.
You can´t win the game if you don´t enter the race. Take deep breaths and grab the bull by the horns. You really cannot overcome it unless you actually do it. It is as simple as that.
Figuring out what meaning you have in this world exhilarates you and gives you confidence. Putting your focus on a cause or those you´re helping means removing yourself from the situation. Clear your mind and see the bigger picture. You do what you do because of a reason and that reason will take away any insecurity.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail, now go out and do it!
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People skills is the super card to pull to handle most situations. It can rescue you from embarrasment and get you a ton of new friends. So here is a cheat sheat to making great impressions.
Find Common Ground
The ice breaker might be hard to come up with and your first line is truly important. No matter what, you always have something in common with the person you wish to approach that is relevant as an opening subject. It could be that you know the same person ( I heard you know ... and wish to send my condolenses") or are wearing the same outfit ("wow you have great taste").
You are worth talking to and if the person feels bothered by you in that moment they are not worth it. Take a few deep breaths and know that you are interesting. To keep you solid think about all you have that you will still have after the conversation.
This goes without saying and is the very thing that will make you the next Jimmy Fallon. The more you talk to strangers the better you will become. Cashiers and bus drivers alike love it when you ask how their day has been and helping a person struggeling to carry something can start a friendship. If you strike up conversations daily it will start becoming the norm and your days will definately be enriched.
Respond Rather Then React
Walking up and beeing the one taking initiative, a sense of responsbility for the conversation can wash over you. You initiated interaction so now you have to manage it and be the pilar that holds it up. This is not the case, you walked over there to get to know someone, not to have a leacture and preach. Introduce yourself with confidence, depending on their personality, they might even take the lead.
It´s also vital to listen when others speak. Repeat what they said earlier "like you said before.. " or nod to show your following and remember to respond without judgement. If you strongly disagree with what is beeing said simply use neutral phrases such as "Interesting, how come?"
Silence does not kill you, ignore Jeff Dunhams puppet. It can make a point and be a great time to grasp the situation and gather your thoughts. Although aviod using the time to think of what to say next, which might feel scripted.
Even though a silence can feel like an eternity, it is not and it is preferred to filling up space saying everything on your mind. If what you say is not relevant your crowd will stop listening and when it comes to words: quality tops quantity.
Go, talk and prosper!
Morningbreath Does Not Bother You
A beam of light shines in through the window and hits a very attractive couple of actors laying in bed. Somehow the guy has the cover at his waist while she is covered completly. With perfectly applied makeup she wakes him up with a deep and passionate kiss…. ” This is the part of the romantic movie where I throw popcorn at the tv. That is not realistic, I complain. Turns out I was wrong, when love is in the air, colgate pre-kissing is not needed.
Their Happiness > Yours
You are willing to wait in line for five hours with your friend at her audition because she is super nervous even though you have a life changing essay due following day. Love makes you able to see the smile of another through your own tears and let your baby cling on to your hair just a bit longer even if it hurts and extensions are needed after.
Their Texts Makes You Smile
Every once in a while on the subway I hear a phone buzzing and see a crooked smile on the person receving the message. Sure it might be something funny, but chances are it is something funny from a person that reciever really likes. Whenever I recieve a text and smile, I think of how that person made me happier just then and value that.
Ugly Face = Adorable
Beeing in love means that the ugly becomes special, quirky or endearing. Lipstick on teeth or bed head hair is not a problem and when it can even make your heart skip, you know you are hooked.
You Think About Them Daily
At some point during the day that special someone is sneaking around the corners of your mind. Maybe not in a ”Imagining them laying on roses” way but wondering what that person is doing right at this second or even if he/she picked up the milk. No matter what, they are there, even just for a minute and I believe that is what makes that special someone a part of you.
The weather outside might be frightful but it does not compare to stress that is Christmas shopping. Here is a way to make you a prime gift giver, without having to climbing over crowds in the mall.
You´ll Remember The Giver
Was it aunt Magda or grandma Gretle that gave you that ridicously expensive vase? Those Thank You notes will not write themselves… maybe you bought it yourself. The person opening the door to your Narnia, joining you or not, will never be forgotten as the source off your great adventure.
They Last Forever
While we´re on the subject, the day that vase falls to the ground splittering into a million pieces will suck. Memories don´t break. Seeing Beyonce live or jumping out of a plane will mean more to you than an object will and even better it will upgrade you. #Beyoncereference
This is not another unoriginal scarf that has been picked up for 9,99 at Macys out of a lack of imagination. This can require some thought. You can´t give a wine tasting to an AA member or a front row One Direction ticket to a claustrophobic person. Some knowledge about the person is required. It can be superpersonal, like a scavanger hunt through your favorite places where at every spot you find a handwritten clue to the next one or doing that picnic together that you`ve always talked about. The receiver will feel special that an effort has been made.
Don´t Take Up Space
Ever gotten a human sized teddy bear taking up your whole apartment? Unless that teddy bear is made of chocolate or contain Channing Tatum we are not interested. (Imagining a chocolate teddy bear filled with hunk*)
You don´t have to wrap them
That teddy bear is full of downsides, imagine wrapping that thing. An easy, classy envelope is the way to go. And if you love the art of packaging you can still put it in a huge box and fill it with marshmellows. A little bit more suprising and a lot more delicous.
If this did not convince you and you still head out into the consumers´ frenzy: may Santa bless you.
The european migration crisis is worse then ever and with a lot of countries closing borders, many running for their lives get a door shut in their face. Sweden has recently introduced border controls starting a huge debate on the increasingly frostier subject. For the survivors managing to get a foot in, a new struggle begins, adapting and getting accepted in a new country. Enter, Therese Karlberg, a passionate woman standing up for the refugees and helping them doing just that.
She has been involved in amnesty for years, studied International Social Science and recieved an internship in Washington DC. Therese smiles as we set up the skype settings and tells me about her day. The small talk does not last long as we both know what subject most deservs our time.
Working directly with people is something Therese values "In school studying, the students would wamp up each other with visions" she says with a smile and explains that some talked about becoming dimplomats and world leaders and that it was hard not to get carried away.
However Therese stayed close to home "Working at a local level was a blessing in disguise since I realized that working in an office turing papers was not for me. I prefeer seeing the difference I´m making first hand." The connection to the refugees she helps is strong and the main reward is all the love she gets in return. "Those I have helped are incredibly thankful and I get a lot of hugs whenever we meet." What seems to exite her the most is seeing progress and sharing the joy of their journeys.
She has always been very engaged and is responsible of arranging a yearly event where politicians and imigrant youth meet. One participant described it this way:
" We started with a fun speed dating session in which we had the opportunity to talk about our favorite food, our dream trip or the most important person for us. After that, we started different activities: dance, painting, sports and of course fika. It was so funny to see how youngsters and politicians danced together to the rhythm of ”Because I’m happy”, and to see how they discussed and came to an agreement before painting their ideal cities on canvases. The activities were designed in order for all the participants, youngsters and politicians alike, to take an active part in them under the same rules and conditions."
"Politicians are also people and they can be fun. "
Therese explains how refugees often associate politicians with danger and therefore debating in a cold conference hall would feel stiff and akward. A gathering with playful activities turned out to be the perfect way for both parties to really get to know each other. It also helped lessen the language barriers, which could have been more of a difficulty as some of the participants had only been in Sweden for three months.
At events she has attended regarding the issue she has found a missing component, the refugees.
Instead of having white male Torgny, 45, there talking about the needs of the refugees Therese wonder why the individuals who have fled are not invited into the discussion. It is after all a discussion trying to solve a crisis for those fleeing.
Helping does not have to be hard and it all starts with understanding the need. "Everyone has a lot to say about imgirants but almost no one talks to them" Therese says, firmly stating that daring to approach refugees and actually listen is an important first step. As we talk futher I can feel her frustration "Many tell me that it is horrible what is happending but still so many do nothing to help make these people feel welcome." She explains how just looking them in the eyes makes a world of diffrence and continues that "we as humans have a responsibility to see each other."
As the world is slowly catching onto her way of thinking about the issue, exciting things are on the horizon for Therese. She has recieved a scholarship to coach young entrepreneurs wanting to make a change, something she describes as her dream job. So if you live in Sweden and want to get involved with/ start a humanitarian project do not miss this opportunity of valuable guidence. Go visit SIP and play an active part in the improvement of the quality of life for people who have been forced to leave everything behind for a new and strange world. We here at InspirNation are looking forward to seeing all your wonderfully creative ways of doing just that.
When I was only a child I was certain I would save the world.
Put bad guys behind bars or be so Mother Theresa good that my surrondings would feel inspired to rescue kittens from trees for a living. Kind off in a superhero way.. Now you might call that blue eyed and naive. No need to worry, come high school that was knocked right out of me. I woke up to the fact that the only person needing a rescue was me, falling for the bad guys I was supposed to give the "go to jail" card. Crime? stealing my ..no, not heart that´s cheesy.. selfrespect.
The bullying was light for my part but it got stuck, made me question myself. Suddenly I started acting like what I thought my peers wanted me to act like. What they said mattered more than what my own voice did and after a while my voice became silent. Music, movies, badly influencial friends had a lot to say so I listened when they told me what to do and how to think. Problem was that there where so many opinions, and they did not agree. Around me was an echo of arguing voices deciding my faith as I ran back and forth, changed my hair, clothes and identity in order for them to be quiet and satisfied. Spolier alert! That NEVER happend. It became clear that trying to please everyone is a task many take on but no one succeeds at and a cheap ticket to a confused mindset. And if that is what you want, all you need to do is google pictures of Britney and Justin or learn that Sadam Hussein once worked for the CIA.
But then something amazing happend. I found a mute button called not giving a f.. After pushing that, this my friends is what I realized .. You are the center of YOUR life. In it you are the master, the designer, the judge and the creator. That means great power over your life and also a responsibility for all the things that you do. Pressure, I know, so to guide my way I sat down with my good friends aka pen and paper to write down some ground rules. Headlined: Beliefs of a careless spinster.
I cleared out small and big things..to give you a taste, I came up with that for me:
These "mindrules" should not be glammed up and are not meant to please everyone. They are honest, wierd and true in my mind. When you are done, put them away and look at them when you feel lost.
Doing this it became clear that this will help guide my future successes and mistakes. I see it as my treasure map and all actions I take are based from that piece of wrinkly paper. Every decision made is a choice to move forward, backward,sideways or even to stay still in life. Which ultimately leads to the treasure of fullfilling a deeper purpose.
Reaching that conclusion I became sure that child-me was right after all, I will change a world.. mine
Ever tried living like a single mother in a foreign country? That is what au pairing feelt like for me and I learned that easy is the last thing it is. It is however one of the best and most exiting things you can do, here is why
Meeting Kindered Souls
Tough times build the strongest bonds. The friends you make during your aupairing are often other au pairs, due to simulair schedules and relatable talks about culture crashes. These friends will last forever and when you leave you´ll have friends from all around the world.
Learn A lot
Not only about yourself but about other cultures, how to deal with challenges, networking plus learning a whole new language. Fooling people you´re a local is suprisingly empowering.
Get An Extra Family
I know now that all families have stuggles and that makes mine at home feel normal(ish). After a few months your hostkid start feeling like a sibling. You have inside jokes and know how to push each others buttons. It is a humbling feeling to have two families, plus you can visit them after you´ve left.
Becoming A Role Model
I grew up as the youngest pampered kid and therefore having a little human asking me for advice and copying what I did felt strange. But as I like to say " with resposibility comes self respect". All of the sudden I heard myself quoting those I admire and spreading wisdom I hardly knew I had to ears that were really listening.
Oh the travelling, au piring teaches you to live life to the fullest. I saw more and did more in a month then I used to do one whole year living at home. Since time off is a luxury and you get offered to go to 4/5 events every night, staying in is not an option. 2 am texts saying "wanna drive to Delaware, we´ll sleep in the car?" now seem valid and soon you will find yourself picking up redbulls at the nearest gas station.
More than anything au pairing is an opportunity and like with everything else, your actions affect the outcome. No matter what though, it will expand your mind and make you a wiser human being. And who doesn´t want to be a more knowledgeble open-minded person?