The deliciousness of learning somethin’ new

A scientific explanation of what happens in one’s brain when the new information is being absorbed refers to the formation of the new connections between neurons. But for me, personally, our capacity to continiuosly install something new in ourselves is  nothing less than magic. #HogwartsStuffAndBeyond

Whether it’s learning a new language, origami,  new recipe, HTML code, how to French braid your hair or juggle, or whether it’s mastering a new music instrument or a fancy calligraphy – the buzz, the rush and the pleasure of tapping into the New and Unknown (aka transformations in neurocircuitry) is a oh-so-addictive.


So what is it that you would like to master, if time, money, societal pressure, weather,  stereotypes, neighbors and anything else wasn’t an issue?



BONUS #1: A delicious TEDx Talk by John Green about the awesomeness of learning and the communities of learners. He compares learning with the process of cartography, because  learning is a way to make the map of our lives better, bigger with more places, where more things and futures might happen. In the words of the speaker, while maps don’t show you where you will go in your life, they show you where you might go. You very rarely go to a place that isn’t on your personal map.” 

BONUS#2: Here you can find 43 websites the world uses to learn something new for free. Dive in!


Morning Routine #BabySteps

So for how long have you been dreaming about having a perfectly tailored morning routine that includes a work out, a meditation session, a gratitude journal entry, a mirror affirmations, a goal-setting, and Instagram-worthy breakfast with a freshly brewed cup of coffee?

It’s been in my head for too long. And while I love the idea of starting my day with such physically-mentally-spiritually rejuvenating practice, the reality is way more hectic. But today, instead of expecting myself to make a quantum leap towards such instant enlightenment, I decided to take #BabySteps.


This morning I started by remaining disconnected, by witch I mean I didn’t turn on my phone or laptop, which I normally do first thing in the morning (don’t you?). Oh and there is so much noise roaring from these devices, the news portals and social media, right? What a treat it was to be awake, yet to remain in the blissful vacuum. I felt so much more peaceful, more centered.. No one was pushing, insisting, screaming, asking, arguing, questioning, debating… So I put some classic music on, made pancakes and reveled in the peaceful heaven of my mind.




Envision Your Vision

No wonder creative visualization technique is being prescribed by many personal development coaches: the benefits of clarifying and emotionally experiencing your dreams by virtually reliving them in your mind has been proven to lead to the greater success in the “execution phase”.


I remember how thrilled I was to discover visualization, since daydreaming naturally was (and remains) one of my favorite pastime activities. While lounging by a pool, jogging on a treadmill, or sipping the second Margarita in the local pub, I would ask myself “Where could I be now?”, “What could I be doing?” or “Wouldn’t it be nice , if…?” and drift off envisioning various delicious scenarios. That field of potentiality, mixed with improvised creativity, emotionally charged with excitement, joy and freedom, and sprinkled with goosebumps is oh-so-delicious treat with which I pamper myself daily.

I do believe in the power of visualization, but even if I didn’t, creating the alternative life in my mind (just like playing Sims, if you will), genuinely is a fun activity  Plus it really magnifies  and clarifies, what is it that presently matters to me. I also find it extremely satisfying to listen to people, when they’re tapped into this field of potentiality and possibility, talk about their dreams and goals and ambitions… Trough those sparkling eyes and trembling voice I feel the closest connection and purest affection to others.