Curious Life, CuriousLearning

How Staying Curious Makes Your Life Better

Pascal_BY_Banff National Park Moraine Lake
Banff National Park Moraine Lake, Image provided by: Pascal via https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

Discover. Learn. Do. These are the essential traits of being and staying curious. These are the traits that are essential to living the curious life. What is the curious life? It is the constant pursuit of making discoveries, learning more about your discoveries, trying out what you learned, and doing new things. This can be experienced across many areas of life, travel, food, reading, health, fashion, and much more. How are you living the curious life? Let’s talk about this in detail.

Discover

Defined as finding something or someone unexpectedly or in the course of a search. There is nothing on this earth that thrills me more than a good find. It is literally the most exhilarating feeling that I get. It’s a big world out there. You should aim to make new discoveries often. What subjects have you always wanted to know more about? What kind of challenges are you facing right now that need solutions? Putting in effort to make discoveries can help these answers come to you easily and effortlessly.

Learn

What do you with the things or people you discover? Learn more, learn more. Learning is essential to one’s growth process. In fact, deliberate learning can help you not only improve in the area of study but may help you other parts of your life. For example, learning the game of chess can help you improve concentration, precise thinking, and recognition of complex patterns. Skills like these are valuable in the workplace and no doubt can be core competencies for certain kinds of careers. I have always enjoyed learning new things and love to be around people who love to learn. I make set goals annually as well as monthly for learning new things. Carve out time to learn something new, you will improve your life.

Do

Now take what you discover and learn and get out there and do it! Don’t be one of those people who learns a whole bunch of things and do nothing with it. Get busy! Additionally, go out and try new things too. Go to that new restaurant that just opened up, try a new route to work, travel to a new city. Doing things brings pleasure to the one who learned it. Not only that I think you miss opportunities to helps others with what you know. Because when you start doing something new and find that you enjoy it, why not share it with others.  I love doing new things. I do new things on regular basis. Why? To keep my life fresh, exciting, and new. I also like applying what I learn to present situations. I recently read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and based on his teachings, I’ve been applying the principles I’ve learned in the book and guess what my relationships are getting better and so am I.
What things are you going to go and discover, learn, and do? How has is made your life better? I would love to hear it. Leave a comment below.
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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…https://www.pinterest.com/raginasmith/the-curious-gal-blog-reading-lists/ and https://www.pinterest.com/raginasmith/the-curious-gal-blog-reading-challenges/

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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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.