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.
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:
- Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor
- It’s Not How You Look It’s What You See by Lisa Bevere
- I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones and Sophia Bush
- Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
- Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
- 13 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
- I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
- 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.
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:
- 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:
- Home Repairs
- Art (digital, painting, drawing)
- 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:
- Italian Cooking
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:
- Cooking for Engineers
- Geography IQ
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.