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Back to Learning Series: Fall Into Reading

The kids went back to school this week here in Orlando. The start of school mean quite a few things around here, more traffic, fall sports, fundraisers, homework and assigned reading. Ahhh…I just got nostalgia there for a moment. One of my favorite subjects in school was English. This was due to all of the reading we were going to embark upon that school year. I’ve always been an avid reader. I even remember the very first book I checked out at the library.

My very first book I ever checked out at the Library. It was a great read too!
The very first book I ever checked out at the Library. It was a great read too!

Every season, I make a list of books that I plan on tackling. I find reading to be beneficial and somewhat magical. It increases my knowledge and a good story allows me to explore other worlds. I read for growth, for fun, and to make me more interesting (hey,it gives me new things to talk about). As the fall season embarks upon us, I created a new reading list for myself. Here is what I plan on reading below:

  1. Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  4. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor
  5. It’s Not How You Look It’s What You See by Lisa Bevere
  6. I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones and Sophia Bush
  7. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  8. Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
  9. 13 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
  10. I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
  11. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  14. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  15. The Sisters are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris

Do you have a list of books you’ll be reading? I implore you to make a list for yourself. Why?

Reading is Fun

Reading Motivates You

Reading Makes you Smarter

Reading Opens you up to Opportunities

Reading Makes you Cultured

Reading Makes you Well-Rounded

Reading Helps you Solve Problems

I could go on and on. So where does one start when making a list. For me, I always read in the direction I want my life to go in and I throw in some fun reads to add some variety. I also look at various reading lists. Recently looked at some reading challenges that I plan on trying in the next year. If you don’t know where to start, you can start there. I’ve created some Pinterest boards that can help you in creating your own list. You can follow them here… and

I hope this encourages you to make a list for yourself. I’ll be reporting my readings here on the The Curious Gal Blog. Stay tuned.

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How to Create a Creative Workspace

Whether you are in school or not, you should have a place where you can think, work, be curious and create.

Here are some tips on how you can create your own creative space at home.


Choose a space

Pick a place in your home that is your own. Is it a little nook area? Your bedroom? A whole room? Where ever it is, pick it and stick to it.


Style it the way you like

Decorate your space and organize it. In my work space, I have an assortment of colored pens, inspirational quotes that are framed and cork boards that hold pictures and other little quirky things that I love.

Artsy Desk

Add some Inspiration

What inspires you? Is it art? Quotes? Miniature models? Add those things to your work space. Have a theme. In my work space at my job I have a travel theme. One of my favorite pieces is a miniature red telephone booth, like the one you see in London.


Keep learning tools handy

If you aren’t learning, you aren’t curious. Keep some resources and books you like to read around your work area. Many times when I am writing, I keep my writing books around me for reference and ideas.

What are some

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Back to Learning Series: 5 Apps for Curious Learners

Apps are all the rage. They help us do life.  And best of all, they are always accessible and right at our fingertips. That is just like the curious person. Having information that they can access at the drop of a hat. There are many apps that are good for this. I wanna share with you a few of my favorites. These apps keep me curious.

  1. Owl

I am not sure how I found this app but I stumbled upon it one day and have been hooked ever since. If you like little random and quirky facts, then you will love Owl. Daily they post up these random cool facts on just about everything. Definitely will give you something to talk about and make you sound smart.

2. Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

At one time, this was the most used app on my phone. Why did I use it some much you ask? It is because I am nosy and I love information, and I’m a big movie buff. Anytime I saw a movie and wanted to know the actor’s name I would look them up on IMDB and find out info about there whole career and future movies they are working on. It has some other great things on the app too. But that is the feature, i use the most.


As a writer, I have a genuine love for words. So I always keep the app right at my finger tips. Whenever, I want to expand my vocabulary, understand a word, or find out all the various variations of the word I this app is my go to.


After Google Reader became defunct. I had to find a new reader to read all my wonderful content. Another favorite of mine. is a place you can read your all of your favorite blogs in one place. It allows you to add content and separate them into categories according to your interest. You can add your own content, discover new reads to expand your curiosity.

5. Instagram

I love Instagram. I learn so much from it. I enjoy the beautiful photos of things that I wish I could buy, eat, and the exotic locales I could possibly travel to. On the learning side, I use Instagram as a search tool. There is nothing like consumer generated content. I’ve found a lot of things this way. I’ve found interior design ideas, local events, new area restaurants try out, new people to follow, hair tutorials, conferences in my industry, and even. As I mentioned earlier here, I use Instagram as a learning tool too.  For example, to keep my vocabulary evolving and snazzy I follow accounts like @wordoftheday and the @wordinaire. Instagram is super resourceful, I implore you to think of different you can use it besides looking at the pretty pictures.

Next week in our Back to Learning Series, I will be covering how to fancy up your workspace. I just did an overhaul on mine. So I am looking forward to sharing.

Remember to Stay Curious!

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Back to Learning: 5 Things to Learn This Fall

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Next to Christmas, the back to school season is my favorite time of year. It represents and means so many things. One thing that it represents for me is LEARNING. Though I am out of school, I am a committed life long learner. So every year, I look for new things to learn and increase in knowledge. You should too! Because if you’re not learning, you are not growing. Here are 5 things you can learn this upcoming fall:

  1. Learn a new Skill

What new skill have you wanted to learn? Now is the time to hunker down and learn some new skills. And yes even nunchuck skills count. LOL.  Below are some skills you can learn:

  • Cooking
  • Home Repairs
  • Art (digital, painting, drawing)
  • Self-defense
  • Design
  • Learn an instrument
  • Coding or Programming language
  • Web Design
  • Speed Reading
  • Public Speaking (You could join a group like Toastmaster’s)

Commit to learning or improving one new skill this fall.

2. Learn a new Subject

Did you know that if you studied a subject for just an 1 hour a day you’ll be an expert in that subject in 2 years? I think it’s pretty worth it if the subject is going to help you advance. Pick a subject that you’ve always wanted to learn and sparks curiosity in you. Below are some ideas:

  • Film
  • Art
  • History
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Fashion
  • Italian Cooking
  • Maps
  • Sports
  • Science

The list goes on and on. Take up a subject for yourself and when you talk to others it will make you a little more interesting.

3. Learn a new Scene

Take a look around. Open your eyes to your surroundings. See something you’ve never seen before? Perhaps it’s a new park, a new restaurant, a new exhibit at a museum. Whatever that may be go check out the new scene and learn something new. I like to do this as often as I can. One of the things I plan on doing this fall, here in Orlando is visiting the Science museum to see the Mummies exhibition before it goes. I am sure there are a lot to things I can learn about the culture behind Mummies.

4. Learn a new Site

We live in such an on demand society. Did you know learning can be on demand as well? Today there are so many sites, where you can various things such as sewing, cooking, photography and much more. Check out a few sites and sign up for a class. With most of them, you can learn at your own pace. Here are a few sites you can check out:

5. Learn to Share

Sharing is caring. With all the newfound knowledge that you will gain this fall, don’t forget to share it with others. You can definitely share it in the process of learning too. Use your social media channels to share articles or cool facts that you learn. If you’re not on all the networks, bring up what you’re learning in conversations. Your learning gives others inspiration and ideas. And ideas spread.

What are some things you will be learning this fall? I am curious to know. Leave a comment below.