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How Staying Curious Makes Your Life Better

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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.
Friday Favorites

My Friday Favorites: Podcasts for the Curious Mind

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I love listening to podcasts. They are a great way to learn interesting and fascinating things. It just so happens that on Fridays while I am working I’ve designated it as my podcast listening day. I want to share with you some of my favorites as well as some new ones I recently discovered.

Some of My Favorites

Myleik Teele’s Podcast

This is my favorite podcast. I listed to it on a weekly basis. I first discovered Myleik from an interview she did with Farnoosh Torabi on her So Money podcast another favorite of mine. From that interview I was simply intrigued by her. I loved her hustle, business mind, how personable she was, and how she is in her thirties kicking butt. She exudes black girl magic. This lead me to her podcast. On her podcast Myleik keeps it real with you and the way she delivers is like you’re having a conversation with your best friend. She gives practical life advice on how to navigate work, relationships, success, business, health, makes the best book suggestions, and she answers listener questions. The podcasts aren’t long either so great for a car ride. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. Let Myleik become your newest virtual BFF.

So Money with Farnoosh Torabi

The So Money podcast is not your normal money podcast. In fact the intro says that if you’re looking for this podcast to be on how to clip coupons this is not the podcast for you. Farnoosh is an author of several books and contributes to other financial publications, so she is well-versed in this subject. On the podcast however, she mostly interviews successful entrepreneurs and authors. The interviews are great. I like them in particular because it introduces me to new people and possible books I can add to my reading list. She does cover financial subjects by answering listener questions in her Ask Farnoosh segment. This girl really knows her stuff! Check her out!

Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer

Mama Joyce! Need I say more. I like to start my day off with a booster shot to my faith and Mama Joyce does just that for me. She is an awesome bible teacher and speaks profoundly in the area of your thought life, speaking the right things into your life, and developing a true relationship with God.

Snap Judgment

I believe this is the first podcast I listened to when I wanted explore the podcast world. From that search I stumbled upon Snap Judgement. Started by Glenn Lewis, Snap Judgement is storytelling with a beat. Every Friday, they cover a story related to the week’s theme. The stories are vivid, intriguing, and stay with you well after it’s over. I started listening to this podcast a year ago, so I know I’ve heard thousands of stories through this podcast. A couple of stories that stick out to me was the story of two Jewish boys who were arms dealers and became one of the biggest arms dealers in history but got into big big trouble with the Feds and the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, “the world’s worst opera singer.” She was a very rich socialite from the 1920s-1940s. She liked to entertain friends with her not so good singing voice. The funny thing about this whole thing is that she actually sounded decent when she was pretending to sing. Go figure! Overall Snap Judgement is a great podcast. If you like intriguing life stories, this podcast is for you.

My New New Favorites

NPR’s How I Built This

Discovered this little gem a few weeks back. Let’s just I love Monday’s again. LOL! Every Monday a new episode is released. Hosted by Guy Raz, he interview prominent entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealist. He gets the scoop on how they built their business. I love the people’s stories so far. My favorite interviews thus far include Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Sara Blakely from Spanx, and Joe Gebiba from Airbnb in that order.

Bruce Lee Podcast

Growing up I remember my father being a huge Bruce Lee fan and watching the movies. Naturally I was exposed to it too. Man, I thought Bruce was the man. Well there’s a podcast about his life and philosophies. Hosted by his daughter Shannon Lee and culture analyst Sharon Ann Lee, each week the ladies dive into some of Bruce’s wisdom and personal philosophies that he was famous for. You get to learn not only who he was and how he lived but you also learn something you can take away for your own life. I also like the segment on there where they share about Asians and Hapas doing really awesome things with their lives. Learn how to “be the water” and give this podcast a listen. It will make you more wiser.

I hope that you give one these wonderful podcasts a listen. Even if you don’t, there are well over 100,000 out there to choose from.  A lot I know, It just means that there are some out there for you.  Below are some great places to find the perfect podcast for you:

iTunes

Soundcloud

Stitcher

Podcast Network (NPR, WYNC, Slate, Panoply, etc.)

Happy hunting! Do you have a favorite podcast? Share them with me in the comments below. I would love to checkout some new ones.

 

Image above by Daniel Filho via flickr.com (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Curious Reads

5 Books I’m Reading this Fall

Ahhh! Fall is among us. Although the official date isn’t until September 22, the start of school is always the start of fall for me. And with this season comes the time to revamp my To Be Read List. Thus far, I’ve read at little over 20 books. I am super proud of this because I haven’t read this many books in a really long time. And I’m determined to keep  going.

My mentor Dr. Stacia Pierce always says to read in the direction of your goals and right now I am focused on a few areas. They include:

  • Career
  • Personal Growth
  • Love and Relationships
  • Finance

Additionally, I do believe you should read for fun too. A good story always does an imagination good, so throw some fun reads on your list.

Here are a FEW tips for constructing your fall reading list:

  1. What are your current goals? Evaluate your goals and then determine the subjects you need to be reading about.
  2. For ideas on what to read check out reading suggestions on Amazon, Good Reads, or Pinterest on your selected subjects.
  3. Select your reads.
  4. Start reading and record your takeaways in a journal.

I’ve created a document where you can record your reading list for the fall. Download it here. fall-reading-list

Here are 5 of the books that I will be reading this fall. I plan on reading more but I wanted to share my top 5.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Skip the Party Start a Business by Ariana Pierce

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The Sacred Search by Gary Thomas

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The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hilary Kerr and Katherine Power

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What’s on your reading list? Have a great book you’d like to recommend? Please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.

Curious Reads

A Curious Roundup

Here are my recent highly recommended reads from around the web and social media, I hope you find something good for yourself. Make sure you share with a friend because sharing is caring.

On Being Organized, because we all need to be-http://theglitterguide.com/2016/05/19/10-habits-of-highly-organized-people/

Equal Pay for Women-http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/arts/television/how-robin-wright-negotiated-equal-pay-on-house-of-cards.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Bonus! Hear Robin Wright discuss the challenges with being paid fairly as a woman https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FHuffPostWomen%2Fposts%2F1057552610979458&width=500.

Push Through-https://www.themuse.com/advice/this-sciencebacked-brainstorming-method-proves-you-always-have-more-ideas-than-you-think

Outdoor Reading Nooks-I’m in Love!!http://bookriot.com/2016/05/20/10-gorgeous-outdoor-reading-nooks/

Goo Ru Style– I just love her style and you will too. Much to my delight I discovered that WeTV gave her a web series that is exclusively on Youtube.com

For your reading list-My to be read list is never ending I promise you. Check out these awesome book titles I discovered on this week

 The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 

Capture Your Style: How to Transform Your Instagram Images, Showcase Your Life, and Build the Ultimate Platform by Aimee Song

 

Curious Life

6 Money Books to Help you Slay Your Finances

April is Financial Literacy Month so in honor of this special month, I took the time to compile some serious reads that will help you out. These awesome reads will not only help you shape up your budget but help you improve your money mindset and put you on a path to growing your money. So go on and slay boo slay.

  1. Girl, Get Your Money Straight by Glinda Bridgforth

Ya’ll remember Oprah’s Debt Diet? That was some years back but Ms. Glinda was one of the financial gurus featured on the show. Her book will help you get your financial life together. With real-life examples throughout the book Glinda shows how you can go from a hurting money situation to a hopeful one. I liked this one particularly because it gives you a whole list of ideas on ways you can increase your income.

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2. On My Own Two Feet by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

A quick and resourceful read that is rich in information. What I like about this book is that it teaches women financial independence and really how to “own your money.” In the back of the book there is an entire appendix section that deals with the budgeting process, investing, and real-life scenarios that include solutions.

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3. Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money by Lois P. Frankel

“You mean I can’t be nice about getting this money?” Well not according to Frankel. You definitely have to step up your money game on the road to wealth. There are so many money habits that we’ve carried on with for most of our lives that are poison to wealth building and financial independence. Run and get this book and start breaking those habits today.

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4. You’re Broke Because You Want to Be by Larry Winget

What a bold statement to make. But it’s true. I hear you, I hear you. I hear your excuses as you’re reading this. Whatever your excuse, Larry debunks it in this in your face read. After you’re done reading this book, you won’t have an excuse.

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5. Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanny

Where my six-figure ladies at? Apparently everywhere. Stanny wanted to improve her own financial situation and began speaking to other six-figure earners on how they got there and is sharing what she learned with us. Get the book and learn the secrets for yourself.

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6. Get a Financial Life Personal Finance in your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner

Now this book right here, should be in everyone’s library that is in their Twenties and Thirties. I personally think it is a great reference book to have. You don’t have to read this cover to cover. Each chapter includes a summary or a crib sheet of sorts, so if you’re in a hurry you can still get the information you need.

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What are some other financial reads that you have found helpful? Increasing your financial knowledge is the best thing you can do for yourself. To learn more about financial literacy, check out http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/. The site features an awesome 30 steps program that gets you on the road to better financial health.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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