Svaha Spirit Series ~ 30 Day Challenge

I so want to do this…I just have to figure out what I want to challenge myself to do for 30 days. Suggestions? (Be nice)

I came across this inspiring and short, less than 4 minutes short, Ted Talk by Matt Cutts of Google fame. He’s got me all riled up to challenge myself now.

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.



Svaha Spirit Series ~ Bringing Joy to Everyday Moments

Our tag line and MO here at Tara Cronica is finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings which is pretty closely related to bringing joy to everyday moments I thought. That’s why this little video from a TED talk audition caught my attention. In my opinion, life is really all about joy. We work towards the ultimate goal of finding joy in our lives constantly, whether we realize it consciously or not.

Kristin Pedemonti urges us to say, ‘Yes!’ to opportunities for joy. She suggests that seemingly small insignificant acts of sharing joy can be much bigger than we think. So, today be open to sharing joy with all those you come in contact with.

Svaha (May a Blessing Rest On)!


Science of Happiness ~ Dr Lombardo’s TEDx talk

How do you achieve Happiness? According to Dr Lombardo happiness is a skill. I agree. I am a huge fan of TED Talks and considering it’s tax time I thought I would share one about Happiness. 😉

Dr Lombardo has some tips to finding happiness and helps us understand the Science of Happiness. A glass of wine or coffee therapy with your girlfriends also helps! Even when things are tough I try to be conscious of what makes me happy. Think of 5 things you are grateful for today and that will help put you on the road to being happy!



Svaha Spirit Series ~ Louie Schwartzbert – Gratitude

A friend of mine on Facebook shared this video and I couldn’t not pass it on to you. You may have seen it but it’s worth watching over and over just for the visual alone. I love TED talks so I wasn’t at all surprised this was one. My favourite so far! Thanks for sharing it Dan!

Louie Schwartzberg is an award winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for film, television, commercials and documentaries. He is the only cinema photographer who has been literally shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years! Life is a gift.

“Open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you, then it will really be a good day.”  

Puts life in perspective doesn’t it!

Svaha ~


Svaha Spirit Series: Khan Academy

Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything – for free. Sal Khan is a pioneer in education! Sal is the founder of the Khan Academy, which is an organization on a mission to make education available to anyone whether you are a student, teacher, home-school-er, principal, or anyone else who wants to learn or relearn a wide variety of educational subjects. It spans from elementary school to university level material. This website will amaze you. I was overwhelmed when I first viewed it, I wasn’t sure where to begin.

What was really fun for me was when I told my 12 year old son about it, he said his friend told him that morning that he HAD to check out the same site! Woot Woot, I am cool…for the moment! Still no singing in the car though! I know what you’re thinking Scott, I bathed in the glory of being the cool Mom and somehow forgot who told me about the link…I will confess to Jess it was you, I just need one more day!

Jess and I clicked on Brain Teasers and listened to one together, we paused as Sal told us so we didn’t get the answer. Sal told us to just think about it for 24-48 hours as he did and the answer would manifest itself if we had patience. But not to my surprise, Jesse sat for all of a minute and told me what he thought was the answer, I couldn’t resist so we listened right away…he was correct! Instant confirmation that my genetic DNA has been passed down to my son! He’s a smarty pants! Okay…he really is a mini you Scott! I got confused and tried to follow but felt like I was back in Consumer Math! But he has my eyes! 🙂 I do love brain teasers but need to have little or no distraction to has success, which is rare these days!

Thanks for sharing this link with me Scott so I could pass it on to our Tara-circle of friends. It was also a great TED Talk. A free world-class education for anyone anywhere! I’ve bookmarked it and know all of you will too!  If you or your kids don’t understand any part of their education it’s an awesome resource that’s available at the click of a button! Check it out!

Khan Academy!