Nature is speaking, are you listening?

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Environmental organization Conservation International has released a new film campaign to promote the protection of our planet with the message “Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature”. The campaign is called Nature Is Speaking and highlights the different components of the world using the voices of Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz and Robert Redford. The videos show the beauty of Mother Nature, the ocean, the Rainforest, soil, water and the Redwood. There’s still a coral reef and flower video to come.

The videos are beautiful and I’m always up for watching more footage of nature at it’s finest. It’s always nice to see celebrities get on board, as well. I hope a lot of little kids see these, I think that’s where they’ll make the most impact! What do you think? Which video is your favorite? Click the read more tab to watch them all.

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5 Skills Everybody Should Have

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I love positive messages like these and little reminders to improve my life and how I can help improve the lives of all those around me (or miles away, for that matter).

While it can be absolutely wonderful to hold company with others, some of the best moments in your life will be those when you’re enjoying the company of none other than yourself and loving it!

Giving a compliment and having it brushed off is never a pleasant feeling… you want to make that person’s day a little brighter or just let them know they’ve got killer style, smile, personality, etc.

Number three on this list almost makes me chuckle. Ever try and try to keep a conversation going, but find that you’re the only one asking questions and showing interest? Yeah… Definitely something that can be learned, though!

Asking for feedback (or help of any kind) can make a world of difference. Never be too proud to help yourself by asking for help. People love helping others, so give them the chance to help you out every once in a while!

Ever notice that when others use your name in conversation, it makes you feel nice and like you’re truly their main focus? I think I’ve even read about a study that showed that people like hearing their own name.

What do you think of these skills? What skill(s) would you add to the list?

(Original image from: Real Simple, November 2013)

In the middle

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The other day, I took a walk in the woods. In the middle of the walk, in the middle of the forest, as it happened, there was an unexpected, beautiful little spot. It’s a reservoir surrounded by trees, a pathway with benches, and in the water there is a floating island of trees and bushes. There’s also a cute small house on the corner. Plus, it’s like duck heaven! The following day I discovered that this had a lot to do with the many families that like to go there to feed the ducks. Let’s just say… if I was a duck, I’d choose this place and stick to it!

Anyway! I’ve been meaning to get back into blogging regularly after my long hiatus of here-and-there posts, but I was having trouble, so I figured I’d start small and easy with a post like this. I’ve completely finished university now! Feels wonderful to be able to say that after all that time and effort! I’m transitioning between full-time student to (hopefully, soon) full-time job. Right in the middle, it seems. So… that’s me! What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

You can find beauty in the smallest of places

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Take a snail, a lot of patience, a macro lens, the artistic eye of Vyacheslav Mishchenko and you’ve got these incredible photographs. I was in awe of these photos when I first saw the “Magical World Of Snails” on Demilked (and still am!), so I had to share the magic with all of you. It’s hard not to anthropomorphize these images and wonder what’s going on in that little animal’s head. Vyacheslav has shown us that there truly is beauty everywhere, if you just take the time to look.
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Vyacheslav doesn’t limit his photographs to just snails. Along with this ant featured below, he takes amazing photos of a variety of other small plants and animals.
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(To see more of Vyacheslav Mishchenko’s photographs, please visit his Facebook page)

Massive victory for whales & the world!

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When you share petition after petition after petition for years, you hope to one day hear the wonderful news that the change you’ve been waiting and wishing for has finally arrived. Well, today was that marvelous day! I woke up to this lovely news on my Facebook newsfeed this morning and have seen it everywhere online all day. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whaling is illegal and must end! It was finally determined that Japan’s whale hunt doesn’t meet the scientific whaling regulations, something that has been known by many for years. To find out more details, you can go to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s website here.

This is the best environmental/animal welfare news I’ve ever heard! I hope it comes to an end immediately and stays permanent…and that other whaling countries get the same ruling asap! This news was too amazing not to share with all of you… what great news!

(Original image via Greenpeace email)