Having the desire to live a more intentional life and use my powers for good didn’t happen over night. Over the past decade there were documentaries and talks that opened my eyes to the American Consumer culture I was raised in. Sometimes they’ve confirmed what I’ve often wondered. For example, how can H&M make money selling $4 shirts? Regardless of where you are in your life’s journey right now here are my “Must Watch” recommendations:
Intentional Living Must Watch List:
1. Food Inc.
Every wonder where your food comes from? You should. Every time you eat it’s a vote.
2. The True Cost
This documentary changed the trajectory of my professional and personal life – in a good way. Don’t worry. You don’t have to stop buying clothes. You may also gain new appreciation for the things that are in your closet.
This documentary is about letting go and holding on. I wrote a bit more about it HERE.
For a counter viewpoint on Minimalism you can check out this article from The New Yorker. It makes sense that there’s a backlash on the Minimalist movement. It’s incredibly threatening to that status quo of our consumer economy. There’s an unspoken narrative that if you’re anti-over-consumerism you’re Anti-American. THAT’S NOT TRUE.
4. Dan Pallotta’s TED Talk
This is a talk that changed how I look at charitable giving and for-profit businesses. His ideas might seem radical. If you have a heart for humanity I encourage you to watch this with an open mind.
5. The Ugly Truth About the Beauty Industry
I’d already become a consultant for Beautycounter when I saw the talk that Founder and CEO of Beautycounter Gregg Renfrew gave at The Nantucket Project. It only confirmed what I’ve witnessed over my career in the industry. This is not gender-specific by the way. Men should watch this too.
I also have two reads that I’m going to tackle over the next two weeks:
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (Can’t believe I haven’t read this yet!) and
The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard
I’ll keep you posted.
As always, thanks for reading Dear Reader!
xo Whitney (The FIH)