10 TED Talks I Love

Anyone else a TED talk fan? I have long loved watching these incredible talks from so many different kinds of speakers all over the world, and it was an awesome bucket list experience to attend the TEDxRVAWomen event last year with my mom too! I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite talks, since there are SO many and it can be overwhelming to know what's best to listen to!

Here are 10 standout talks I love:


Jude Kelly: Why women should tell the stories of humanity

(13 minutes) // "We have to be prepared to go back through all our books and our films, all our favorite things, and say, 'Actually, this is written by a male artist — not an artist. We have to see that so many of these stories are written through a male perspective. Which is fine, but then females need to have 50 percent of the rights for the stage, the film, the novel, the place of creativity.'"


Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat

(20 minutes) // "You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff, you live longer. Not bad. But back to animals and junk food. What do they have in common? One: we don't need either of them for health. We don't need animal products, and we certainly don't need white bread or Coke. Two: both have been marketed heavily, creating unnatural demand."


Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

(20 minutes) // "They believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn't talk about vulnerability being comfortable,nor did they really talk about it being excruciating — as I had heard it earlier in the shame interviewing.They just talked about it being necessary."


Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

(18 minutes) // "So the first time she realizes that Wonder Woman isn't coming, I'll make sure she knows she doesn't have to wear the cape all by herself, because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I've tried."


Susan Cain: The power of introverts

(19 minutes) // "Go to the wilderness. Be like Buddha, have your own revelations. I'm not saying that we all have to now go off and build our own cabins in the woods and never talk to each other again, but I am saying that we could all stand to unplug and get inside our own heads a little more often."


Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

(19 minutes) // "Aren't you afraid you're never going to be able to top that?Aren't you afraid you're going to keep writing for your whole life and you're never again going to create a book that anybody in the world cares about at all, ever again?"


Barton Seaver: Sustainable seafood? Let's get smart

(9 minutes) // "Sustainability represents the what, the where and the how of what is caught. The who and the why are what's important to me. I want to know the people behind my dinner choices. I want to know how I impact them. I want to know how they impact me. I want to know why they fish. I want to know how they rely on the water's bounty for their living."


Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath

(15 minutes) // "Giants are not as strong and powerful as they seem. And sometimes the shepherd boy has a sling in his pocket."


Joy Crump: Managing with Love... and with What-you-Know

(11 minutes) // "I'm cooking this big soup. It's like a stew, really, of trials and errors and failures and accomplishments and frustration and learning and growing and managing, it's this big f---ing stew and it's never ever done. But it's cool. Because in my world, the best recipes take a long time."


What TED talks do you love?

Leave links in the comments -- I'd love to check them out!


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