The New Year is a time for new beginnings and New Year’s resolutions. The majority of folk make promises and only very few of us actually achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
If you’re eager to make 2015 the year that you take control of your health, create a new career path, tick off some items on your ‘bucket list’, pick up a new talent or whatever else you may want to achieve, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t.
We’ve enlisted the help of six women to motivate, inspire and encourage the change you hope to make in order to ensure your life is a little better this year.
Here are six incredible Ted Talks that everyone should watch…
Lizzie Velasquez – The “World’s Ugliest Woman” who is redefining what it means to beautiful.
American woman, Lizzie Velasquez, suffers from a rare syndrome that has prevented her from ever gaining weight, and has left her with only partial vision.
Once dubbed the “world’s ugliest woman”, Lizzie vowed not to let her conditions define who she is and asks the audience to have a think about what defines each of us as individuals.
Meg Jay – Why 30 is not the new 20.
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade.
Jay gives three pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
Tracy McMillan – The person you really need to marry.
Author and screenwriter (Mad Men) Tracy McMillan discusses how she has been married and divorced three times however refuses to accept the notion that these are ‘failed’ relationships.
“After the collapse of my third marriage I realised I was marrying everyone in sight except for the one person I needed to marry in order to have a great relationship”. Mc Millan answers the question – “Who is the one person you need to marry in order to have a successful relationship?” and explains the importance of marrying yourself and letting someone else put a ring on it after.
Eva DeVirgilis – In my chair.
New Yorker Eva DeVirgilis is an actress and makeup artistry that brings the two together by documenting the diverse stories of the women who sit in her makeup chair and then bringing them to life on stage.
Eva’s mission and passion is now to convince every woman that she is beautiful, with or without makeup.
Sarah Lewis – Embrace the near win.
Not every artwork was a total masterpiece, art historian Sarah Lewis tells the audience. Lewis starts the conversation about the important role of the ‘near win’. “In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?”
Elizabeth Gilbert – Success, failure and the drive to keep creating.
Rejection is something that we all face at some stage in our lives, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, openly discussing the battle she had before her success.
Gilbert brilliantly reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and encourage to carry on regardless of the outcomes.