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The cold front has landed in NYC and it’s freeeezing outside today! This cold weather is in for the long haul (there’s even talk of snow tonight) so we’ve selected a few winter warmers to make your weekend less freezing/depressing (it is only November after all) and more charming/chilly!
A stunning article from The New York Times on female photojournalists working to pursue their careers and motherhood.
Stay warm and have a beautiful weekend!
Yesterday, the world celebrated Hedy Lamarr’s 100th birthday. Her face and her success were all over Twitter and yet, I had no idea who she was. With a bit of digging I discovered an incredibly curious, inspiring and compelling woman. The kind of woman too few people have heard of…
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1914, Hedy (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) kicked off her acting career at the age of 18 in the controversial but popular Czech film, Ecstasy. After considerable success in European Cinema, Hedy was invited to Hollywood by MGM’s studio head, Louis B. Mayer. Between the 1930’s and 1940’s Hedy rose to fame, starring in numerous Hollywood blockbusters including Boom Town, White Cargo and Ziegfiled Girl. But it wasn’t until after she left MGM, in 1945, that she snagged her biggest role, Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (the highest grossing film of 1949).
After the outbreak of WW2, Hedy was keen to find a way to help the cause. When she met composer, George Antheil, in Hollywood (he was her neighbor) and discovered that he was experimenting with audio controls for musical instruments, they began discussing the risks of radio-controlled torpedoes. The torpedoes being used during WW2 could easily go off course when their signals were jammed by broadcasting interference. Together, George and Hedy worked to develop the concept of Frequency Hopping – a method of encrypting a control signal by quickly switching carrier among many frequency channels. In 1942, they were granted a patent for their invention, but their technology was not actually put to use by the U.S. Government until the 1962 blockade of Cuba. The idea of frequency hopping serves as a foundation for Spread-Spectrum Communication technology used in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Hedy has been honored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was inducted into the Inventor’s Hall of Fame this year. Despite her efforts, she was not able to join the National Inventors Council (she was instead told to use her fame to sell war bonds). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Hedy was married six times and had three children. She credited her early exposure to business and applied science to her first husband, munition manufacturer, Friedrich Mandl (they separated before she moved to Hollywood). Heddy’s later years were complicated (she struggled with addictions to plastic surgery and pills) and her acting career faded away after the 1950’s. She released an auto-biography, Ecstasy and Me: My Life As A Woman, in 1966. There was controversy around the book’s content and the liberties ghost writer, Leo Guild, took with her story.
Hedy passed away on January 19th, 2000. She remains a huge inspiration for women in science and technology. She actively fought the media’s obsession with her beauty, often requesting that they consider her mind and talents first.
Learn a bit more about “the most beautiful face in film” by listening to NPR’s story on her.
We have spoken a lot about the fear and anxiety that comes from putting yourself out there; from actually taking a chance, giving it your all and possibly failing – and for everyone to see nonetheless! We have spoken about the humble gratitude that comes from receiving positive feedback. Just a small token letting us know that we are supported in our endeavors.
But what about the darker, more insidious emotions in the push for success? The jealousy, competitiveness, anger and inferiority/superiority complexes that bubble up. No, it’s not nearly as romantic, poetic or triumphant to admit to these painful feelings, but they are par for the course when trying to live a life with purpose (or how about just trying to live life period!).
We are huge fans of Grace Boney’s radio series, After the Jump. In one episode, she takes an honest look at jealousy and how you can turn it into motivation. It is definitely worth listening to here. But, in case you want the Cliff’s Notes version: If you can sit with the uncomfortable truth of your feelings, get past the resistance and the shame, the anger and the blame, your jealousy can be a powerful tool that lets you know quickly and quite viscerally the essentials of what you truly want in your life.
Instead of feeling threatened by the people you are jealous of, judging them, shit-talking their Instagram, making small attempts to cut them down to make your smallest self feel better, you can and should reach out to them, collaborate with them, or perhaps just silently thank them for helping you understand yourself a little bit better. Grace says, “All the people you’re jealous of can and probably should be the people you add to your network of friends, collaborators and coworkers.”
The lie of jealousy is so painful. It tells us that thing that we want, that they have, is the only thing standing between us and happiness AND that we will never ever be able to get it!
Take a chance and realize that the leap between who you are and what you want is not that far to jump. (Click to Tweet!)
So here’s to being jealous! It’s a good sign! Transcend it, and use it as fuel for your beautiful fire!
This weekend, we’re getting Inspired By Women — truth be told, we’re always inspired by women, but we recently discovered Moroccan Oil‘s new campaign and we felt a real kinship to their cause. Take part today by sharing the women who inspire you with #InspiredByWomen.
Have a beautiful weekend!
It’s the Full Moon in Taurus and the best thing you can do to honor this very powerful energy is to truly enjoy your physical environment. The people, places, smells, sights and tastes that make up your day to day. The pleasure of eating a delicious dinner. The warmth of hugging your partner. The cozy feel of your favorite cashmere sweater on your skin.
In fact, I am quite late posting this today (the goal was 11:00 am) because I took my own advice. I simply enjoyed my son today. The way he smiles and stretches, the way he feels in my arms, the way he rests his little hand on my chest while I am feeding him. His smell. His delicious baby smell.
Tonight, even though you may not be able to see the big beautiful full moon behind the clouds, cherish every conversation, every breath, every bite that you experience under it. There is nothing more important then being and loving where your heart is.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book Women Who Run With the Wolves is one of the most beautiful, inspiring books I have read about feminine power and the many facets of it. In the video below Filiz Telek compiled some images along with a segment of Clarissa’s spoken text about the Divine Mother. It is beautiful and grounding and was the answer to some confusing questions that have been ruminating inside of me about purpose, love and service. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
“Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
― Joseph Campbell
At this time of year we are the midpoint between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Ancient lore states that this is the time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.
It is both exciting and comforting to know that the rituals that make up our yearly calendar are rooted in symbolism, myths and stories which seek to explain life, death, and the abundant richness of the world that we experience together.
For example, Halloween is meant to encourage the examination of life and death as we move toward the darkest days of the year. On this one day, we face the coming darkness with costumes and candies, tricks and treats. We celebrate falling leaves and increasingly bare trees, the onset of long and cold nights. Now is the time to turn inward, to internalize nature’s cycle; take a breath and prepare for the hibernation ahead.
Thinking about life in this way grounds us in what is important. We are part of a beautiful world, filled with magic and myth, and opportunities for creativity, joy and inspiration at every turn.
Hope you all enjoyed a magical weekend!