Happy Motivation Monday! I hope you all had wonderful weekends and are gearing up for another productive and wonderful week! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I spent my weekend in Austin at the Type One Nation conference put on by JDRF. I learned a ton about Type 1 diabetes and had a great time … I’m thinking about writing a post on a few takeaways on Wednseday, so let me know if you’re interested. (picture source)
Anyway, on the drive back from Austin, I was thinking about what I enjoyed about conferences like Type One Nation. Aside from spending time with my family, supporting my sister and further understanding her daily struggles, and meeting interesting new people, I just really enjoy learning.
Yes, you can laugh at me for being a bit nerdy … it’s been done before. The truth is, though, continuous learning has multiple health benefits, including reducing the progression of age-related mental decline, delaying the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s, enhancing memory, and more! Plus, for me, it provides excitement, encourages me to always challenge myself, and makes me a more well-rounded person. (picture source)
Here are several ways I embrace continuous learning:
- Reading. You know I love reading! I have a post coming up soon on 7 interesting things I’ve read this week … the book version instead of my regular series on internet articles I’ve read lately.
- Attending conferences. Of course, this one is top of mind since I just did it, but there’s no better way to immerse yourself into the lessons of one particular field than to attend a conference full of like-minded individuals.
- Take online courses. I’m almost always taking an online course. This week, I’ll finish up the 6-month follow-up program to my health coaching education (if you’re interested in becoming a health coach, check this new guide out!). I also love taking classes from free resources like Coursera.org, which offers hundreds of free, online courses put on by reputable professors on a wide variety of topics.
- Sign up for free online summits. Online summits are all the rage these days! Recently, I’ve listened to parts of the Food Revolution Summit, the Hay House World Summit, the Transform Your Health Summit, and the Upgrade Your Productivity Summit. There are SO many of these if you start looking around, and often all they take is signing up for a free newsletter. I listen to these while on long commutes, while out for a walk, while doing chores around the house, or any other time where I want my mind to be engaged but am not at my computer or desk.
- Listen. I learn so much from listening to people talking about their own passions – whether it’s my clients, people I meet at networking events, or someone I talk to in a chance encounter. If you listen, I’ll bet you’ll pick up on some interesting things people have to share!
Although I didn’t post an interesting article round up yesterday, I wanted to share two things I’ve written lately:
- A summer secret to getting your kids to eat healthily. When I was in Colorado, I experimented with a few of my favorite picky eaters to find a way to get them to eat their vegetables. See this Curejoy article to learn how I did it – no sneaking required!
- Acupuncture and your health. My friend Kathleen has just started a website that aims to demystify acupuncture, explain how and why it works, and share some of the many benefits. I encourage you to check out her website if you’ve ever wondered about acupuncture. I added a post on the importance of water, which you all have heard many times before, but in case you need a reminder, check that one out, too!
So tell me in the comments … How do you embrace lifelong learning? What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned lately?