This week Awesome Stories brings you living without money, love, tidal power, beauty and powerful women.
While I highly value and enjoy living simply, I’m not sure I could give up money and possessions completely like this German woman. Heidemarie Schwermer made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She gave up her apartment and possessions, and set out to live simply day by day. 14 years later, she is still living without money and claims to feel more free and independent than ever. Some criticize her for living off the kindness of others. Much of the time she is provided a place to stay in return for her labor or services. Her story has been turned into a documentary highlighting the benefits and challenges of living without money, along with the pervasive nature of money in our society.
If this demonstration project by Tidal Energy Ltd. goes well, Wales could be well on its way to becoming a leader in harnessing the power of the ocean for energy production. The world’s first large scale tidal wave generator is set to go online in September 2014 in Ramsay Sound, Pembrokeshire, Wales. If it performs as expected and passes the environmental reviews, then 9 more generators are planned to be installed around Wales, providing power for up to 10,000 homes. I like the idea, yet wonder about the impacts on marine life, aesthetics and navigation.What do you think?
What are You Teaching?
As you’re probably beginning to understand, I really like Kid President. In this video, we’re reminded that we are all models and teachers to each other, so we may as well be awesome. 🙂
Recent research suggests that including women in peacekeeping efforts can increase the likelihood of conflict resolution by 24%. Awesome idea! The article mentioned some conditions and caveats, like the importance of including local women involved in the conflict, not outsiders. And a wise caution that for the peace building to stick, there needs to be strong reconstruction processes that also includes women. The UN and other organizations are looking at quotas as possible ways to ensure women are included in future peacekeeping efforts. Awesome!
Love is All You Need
This story has it all; loss, heroes, love and overcoming adversity.
Beauty in the Fall
Glennon from Momastery often touches my heart and inspires me with her stories of courage and giving. This interview resonates deeply with me as she talks about hitting bottom and finding the beauty in the fall. I like her perspective to do the one next right thing. She’s a good model to help me embrace the gift in my losses, find what is most important and reclaim my powers. Thanks Glennon for the great reminder and inspiration! And I’m reclaiming responsibility for my life as I choose new ideas, intentions and actions.