Curious Life

How to Stay Curious: Meet New People


If you want to lead a curious life, you must get out and meet new people. Depending on your “why” for meeting new people, this gives you the opportunity to meet people that are interesting and could change your life.

I believe that people are curiosities in themselves and are worth every bit of the effort that it takes to get to know someone. So, how does meeting new people keep you curious? I came up with a few ideas.

  1. You can learn from the people you meet- At an art festival I attended, I met a man who worked with grad students in the Health Communications field. Through conversation with him, I learned that he had a love for history and like to read books on history. Somehow the topic shifted to alcohol consumption in England and how they drunk a lot of wine because the water quality was so bad, something he learned from a historical book he read. The topic was random yes, but I learned something new.
  2. You meet more people-This always happens and it’s a good thing I think. Usually, when you make one new friend, they are kind enough to introduce to their other friends. Adding more people to your wolf pack.
  3. It makes you more interesting- Curious people are the most interesting people you will ever meet. Meeting new people gives you a chance to show off just how awesome you really are. People love meeting other appealing people like themselves.
  4. Idea Swapping-This is my favorite part of meeting new people. Trading ideas and making cool suggestions. As you get to know someone, what comes up quickly is some sort problem they have, something they are looking for, or fun things they are into. Some cool people I met recently swapped ideas with me for different vegetarian foods and how to prepare them.

So where are some places you could meet new people to add to your wolf pack? Here are some places below. Feel free to try one or all.

  1. Special Interest Groups
  2. Networking Events
  3. Adult Sport Leagues
  4. Church Event
  5. Take a Class
  6. Annual Events
  7. Art Gallery Night
  8. Supper Club
  9. Library or Bookstore
  10. Race
  11. Volunteering
  12. Conferences
  13. Happy Hour
  14. Festival
  15. Video Game Tournament
  16. Spoken Word
  17. Karaoke Night
  18. Dance Club
  19. Trivia Night
  20. Cafe
  21. Bike Tour
  22. Hobby or Special Interest Group
  23. Maker Spaces
  24. Conventions
  25. Community Meetings

I hope this list gets you started on to making some new friends. What are some other ways you like to meet new people? Share your tips in the comments below.

Curious Life, Curious Scenes

Out on the Town: Celebrating All Things Arts at Artlando

On last weekend I took an entire Saturday and celebrated all things artsy. Ever since I moved to Orlando, I’ve always wanted to attend Artlando, a 1-day festival that celebrates various forms of art, but I always had to work and this year was the first time I was off. So I was ecstatic! I love art and I love watching performances and this festival seem to have it all. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

The event was held at the beautiful Loch Haven Park, Orlando’s cultural corridor. Loch Haven Park is home to several of Orlando’s top museums such as, the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Rep Theatre and Mennello Museum of American Art.

I arrived at the park using a Juice bike. Juice Bike is the new bike-sharing program here in Orlando. I got a chance to first try this out during a city bike tour I went on a few months back. If you’re interested in touring the city by bike you can find bike stations all throughout Downtown Orlando, the Loch Haven area and in Winter Park.

Two words. Food Trucks. The festival featured some of my favorites from the Tasty Tuesday’s events so this was a definite score for my belly. LOL.

I got to attend the event VIP style. Thanks to the Orlando Weekly I won a VIP ticket to Artlando when I attended Tasty Tuesday’s in the Milk District. I was super stoked! Saturday was a scorcher and if you had VIP, you got to sit underneath a shaded tent, you received 14 drink tickets (lots of soda and water for me, Yay!), and a complimentary T-shirt. The other cool thing about having VIP is that you get to meet perfectly awesome strangers. One gentleman I met works with graduate students in the Health Communications field. Another gentleman I met is a veteran and does YouTube videos to help people relax. His friend that he was with is a former makeup artist and works for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, one of the most curious’ places in America. Conversation with these two was refreshing, inspiring, and enlightening. Needless to say, I had a blast.

The main stage is where most of the performances took place. On the main stage I watched an explosive science experiment, several ballets, and a fantastic accapella group from UCF.

The art vendors were really cool too. My favorite booth of them all was the Poetry Vending Machine. How the poetry vending machine works is that you give the writers a title for your poem and three words. After your submission, that turn your title and along with the three words given and turn into a beautiful piece of poetry in 20 minutes.

Overall, Artlando was a fantastic time. I can’t wait for next year’s event. Check out my pictures below from the event.

My guide to all things art!
My guide to all things art!
Some VIP goodies. I got to choose the design of my own shirt.
Some VIP goodies. I got to choose the design of my own shirt.
Custom shirts done on site
This artist used pastels to make his creation on the sidewalk
This artist used pastels to make his creation on the sidewalk
Graffiti Art
Graffiti Art

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Sea Lady Art
Sea Lady Art
Eye of the Tiger on a Scion
Eye of the Tiger on a Scion
Eye of the Tiger
Eye of the Tiger
The Poetry Vending Machine. My favorite booth
The Poetry Vending Machine. My favorite booth