Thea’s Top 2 Ted Talk for a Tuesday

Well earlier today I realised that it’s high time that I wrote another blog about some of the Ted Talks that I’ve been watching lately…I do love Ted Talks.

In general, I am constantly looking for inspiration on how to live a more (dare I say) balanced life. Mostly because it feels like I am always going 100mph. I find it difficult to “switch off”. Maybe I actually suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out).

Lately I’ve been busy leaving one role (at NSDesign) to embark on another (for myself),…I’ve research to do for a radio appearance (tomorrow, rather aptly, is about Outsourcing on Mac and Co on BBC Radio Scotland),…. or content to be written for that client’s website… media links to be posted for these other guys,…and don’t even  get me started on the business start-up tasks that I should be doing right now (instead of blogging)…Things like: Decide on a name, write the Business plan, open the bank account, write the curriculum that I’m teaching etc.

So that all being said, it’s a perfect time to be watching the videos I’ve just been watching as I made and ate my dinner.


The first one was in Australia – presented by author Nigel Marsh. (love his book titles like: Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid – and Fit, Fifty…).

Nigel Marsh Ted Talk in Sydney AustraliaNigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

July 30, 2013 · · Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.) Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” Full bio » Open this article


After that talk finished, I typed in something like “work balance” and up came Carl Honore’s talk in England. It’s all about SLOWING DOWN. Something I need to do so enjoyed it too.

Carl Honore Ted Talk - in Praise of SlowCarl Honore: In praise of slowness

July 30, 2013 · · Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Journalist Carl Honore is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. His book In Praise of Slowness dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their “inner tortoise.” Full bio » Open this article


Enough blogging – back to the research for tomorrow’s BBC segment on outsourcing, followed by more notes on the business plan. Maybe I should be outsourcing my business plan so I can get back to watching the piles of TV shows on Sky+?

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  1. “Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work” · July 30, 2013 ·
  2. “Carl Honore: In praise of slowness” · July 30, 2013 ·

3 Inspirational Shares on Thursday

With so much content getting posted around the world each day, it can be a challenge to separate the wheat from the chaff…So I thought I’d share a few gems I’ve uncovered over the past week or two.

First off, yesterday morning, I started by my day by watching a (Google) Talk by a guy Gary Kunath. It was a full hour long and seldom (if ever) do I sit and watch something from start to finish like that (when it’s not a film or TV show).

But yesterday, I started watching it in bed on the iPad. It then went with me to the kitchen, and I watched it on the TV there, as I had my breakfast. Then I moved onto the computer when I got to my desk, and before you know it, an hour had passed and I’d watched the whole thing! And you know what? I will watch it again and take some notes because there really were some lovely “takeaways” in this. See for yourself…

 I rather loved that this Google Talk had a Ted Talk sandwiched in the middle. And it was a damn good Ted Talk too, wasn’t it? If you haven’t seen it, push play now, I’ll wait…


Today’s my last day working IN NSDesign – though I believe I will continue to work WITH the company in a training capacity. It’s just my last day with the guys in the office. It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving people who have been like family to me for three years to pursue your own thing. I’ve never worked in such a fantastic office – at a great, award-winning company, run by such a talented, fun, creative and inspirational guy — Gary Ennis, that is. (No wonder he won CEO of the Year this Year! He totally deserved it! Truly the best boss, ever!) Ok, enough gushing…

Alas, it’s time to take what I’ve learned over the last three years (and previous twenty or so) and set up yet-another-business.

For weeks now, in my spare time, it’s been the joy of business plans, trying to come up with a name (one that merges my two worlds CA and Glasgow), and pricing structure, meetings, networking to find potential clients…so it seems fitting that I share with you some inspirational business quotes now…

50 Famous Business Quotes!

50 Famous Business Quotes!February 14, 2012 · · by Lee on February 14, 2012 There are times where you are just bored or simply just lack in motivation and enthusiasm and want to check some quotes to keep you going. We all get burnt out, so whenever your thinking to yourself: how can I keep going? Just read some of these quotes from the greatest business men in the world. Here is one to get you started : “A bank is a place which will lend you money…
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And for one more bit of content, I’ll leave you with this article that I came across earlier this week, (or maybe it was last week, days blur together – don’t they?) It totally encapsulates what I think and talk about a lot these days. How our social media lives are taking over our social lives. Digital seems to trump real on every corner. In real company, out in the real world (or even in our own living rooms) we’re staring at our small screens instead of the people in our vicinity. If you find that’s the case too, and it rather irks you, then you may enjoy this…

Turn off, tune out, drop in.

Turn off, tune out, drop in.July 17, 2013 · · What do people want from life? It’s time to realise that the future will be experienced offline. Wed, Jul 17, 2013, 12:11 (Image: Pale Blue Dot) Authentic. Experience. Emotion. These are words that used to mean something, but have long since been co-opted by advertising agencies in order to sell you beer and deodorant. Authenticity is not brand heritage. Experience is not interacting with an app. Emotion is not crying at a YouTube video. Jonathan Safran Foer’s recent thoughts on…
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Also you may enjoy my recent rant Get Off Your Damn Phone too. Let’s re-claim our social lives and spend lives watching what everyone else is doing. Real Life Should Almost Always Trump Digital.

Until next time…


  1. “Gary Kunath: “Mastering Life Balance”, Talks at Google” · atgoogletalks · July 17, 2013 · YouTube
  2. “50 Famous Business Quotes!” · Lee · Feb. 14, 2012 ·
  3. “Turn off, tune out, drop in.” · July 17, 2013 ·

Thea’s Ted Talk Tuesday – #1

Recently, I’ve been watching a fair few Ted Talks. I’ve always been interested in them but of late they’ve been quite a fascination – almost an obsession!

I think it started with my friend Heather recommending this one last month. I’d seen it last year (I think it was my cousin Lisa who recommended it then,…) But for some reason, when I watched it this year, it just really struck a cord. If you haven’t seen it – I do highly recommend it. It’s funny, thought-provoking and totally utterly human! It’s by Brene Brown and it turns out this talk has been totally life changing for her…You can find other more recent videos of hers after this one ends. They’re all worth watching in my humble opinion.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

April 16, 2013 · · Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.) Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Full bio »

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It actually has inspired me to want to write a 20 minute (or more) talk to take to Edinburgh or some other Ted Talk somewhere. So that’s on my long-term goals now. If she is the Break Down Queen that I shall dub myself the Break Up Queen and do something of a similar ilk (more personal and less educational though as I don’t have a doctorate….yet). I could really just stop there, but I’ll throw in another short one that I like, for good measure.
It also struck a cord in me – but in a different way. Our lives are so busy, so wired, and down-right overwhelming, at times. In the job that I do, (which is primarily a lot of social media for a variety of clients), it can be a bit schizophrenic and challenging.
I am constantly spinning plates, or switching hats between profiles, and thus I can sometimes end up feeling totally depleted by day’s end.
This talk reminded me that, every now and again, it might be better to MONO-TASK. Focus on one thing at one time. Not my forte!

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

April 16, 2013 · · People aren’t just cooking anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for — gasp — “monotasking.” His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help. Paolo Cardini is a product designer who asks serious questions about how we live — and answers them with whimsical and playful designs. Full bio »

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Well, that’s enough for now, I think. Will find two more I’ve loved recently for next week’s blog. If you have any TED TALKS you love then please let me know.
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