Friday, May 25, 2012


Yesterday I wrote about attending the Edelman Conference which was a nurses week gift from the hospital I work. LeAnn Thieman was one of the morning speakers. She not only talked about her exciting journey on the Operation Baby Airlift in Vietnam, but gave some great ideas on how to manage work-life balance.
The afternoon speaker was Erik Wahl, an amazing artist who doesn’t sell his painting, but instead donates them to a charity organization. The charity then auctions off his pieces and raises money. Three things I took away from his presentations.
1. embrace creativity=future success. He suggests that we all cultivate something creative, weather it’s painting, designing or just doodling.
2. FEAR Fear keeps us from getting out of our comfort zone and pursuing our dreams. But FEAR is really just:
  • False
  • Evidence
  • Appearing
  • Real
3. Smelling a Crayola crayon will decrease your blood pressure by at least 10 points. Really! I didn’t believe it until I did a Google search and found many articles proving it!
Enjoy this video of of his performance.

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He paints while a music video is on a large screen. The Statue of Liberty painting was done while a video montage of soldiers returning home and surprising their families was playing on the large screen . There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience!


























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