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Aimee Mullins – My 12 Pairs of Legs

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

Why you should listen
Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

After school, Mullins did some modeling — including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen — and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

She’s a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she’s been looking closely at MIT’s in-development powered robotic ankle, “which I fully plan on having.”

Check out her TED Talk The Opportunity of Adversity

Fast Minds

Published by Berkeley/Penguin.

This book is designed for people who struggle with ADHD or that want to tame scattered, disorganized, overwhelmed lives. Dr. Surman, Dr. Tim Bilkey and science writer Karen Weintraub co-authored the book, and Howie Mandel contributed the Foreward. Drawing on the latest research and what they have learned from thousands of patients, they describe principles for managing scattered, overwhelmed, disorganized, and disengaged lives. The book offers the reader a chance to practice cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and personal accountability strategies, developed from clinical research and the success of their patients.

Procrastination – The School of Life


School of Life videos entertain while educating – which aways makes things more pleasant especially if your tackling a frustrating issue like procrastination. There are many reasons we procrastinate: fear, avoidance, frustration, perfectionism, time management challenges, etc.

Here is one pattern changer that may help. If you’re going to procrastinate make it for no more than 10 to 15 minutes and use the time to be semi-productive. For example:

  • Clean out your inbox: organize, file and archive your email messages.
  • If your are in school organize your binder or set dates to start long term projects.
  • Back up your computer or phone (download and organize photos or documents, etc.)
  • Clean something: preferable small that you would typically overlook like your door knobs, toothbrush holder, dust and vacuum your computer, etc.
  • Meditate (Check out Inner Balance)
  • Do those pesky exercises or stretches you always put off.

This way procrastination may not be quite as tempting and if you do procrastinate you will still be productive.

Conquering Depression: How I Became My Own Hero


Hunter Kent is a senior at Cape Elizabeth High School. She has a profound passion for helping others. After a long journey to find inner peace and happiness, she aspires to share her internal love with the rest of the world. She is proud of her involvement and leadership in the Natural Helpers program. She also enjoys creative writing, art and photography, and her time as a member of the GSTA. Outside of school, Hunter finds happiness in hiking and camping, climbing mountains with friends, reading and writing, and documenting her journey of recovery on Instagram. After graduation, she is considering going to school to learn how to facilitate Wilderness Therapy and to study Adventure Education and Environmental Studies.