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Never Stop Learning-bc Life Never Stops Teaching

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

You know, no matter how hard you try , LIFE is too big to squeeze into a box!
And you know what else? I have found I don't have to wait for my birthday or Christmas to open a gift ! Every day has something special when our eyes are open!

It is ironic that when I was still working full time, I talked to both men and women who confessed they eagerly looked forward to retirement. Kind of like that "Pie in the sky" dream. But after a few months a well dressed gentleman told me "I was never been more bored in my life and finally returned to work! Another woman I worked with said the same thing. "Once I got my house all cleaned and organized, I was climbing the walls!"

You can imagine how I felt some trepidation, yet a year later, I had already 'gone the extra mile and my body was ready for this new frontier. '

I found this to be a time of discovery! And what I love about life is there is NO age limit on learning! And now I have the time! There’s enormous satisfaction to be found in learning different things. And they don't have to necessarily be big things. (Small gift box)

My husband still works full time (and loves it). When he kisses me goodbye in the morning, he always says, "Do something FUN today!" .

For starters, I decided I wanted to cook the perfect hard boiled egg and peel it in a nano-second! So I watched a handful of videos on the subject and everyone swore there's was the best! Results: One problem solved!

Never Act Like you Know everything.

I met with a trainer at the gym to discuss what I wanted to attain and she took me through
the best equipment for me. She showed me some things with cables and weights and told me to have FUN (there's those words again) . Well I began to explore what I could do, and to my JOY almost immediately changes began! …

And last but certainly Not Least:

A year ago Spark friend, NILLAPEPSI, a wellness advocate, ntroduced me to do TERRA essential oils!
In Smart Mom's guide to Essential Oils, doTERRA through scientific study has proven to be #1 in the world. And so I am like the mad scientist in my kitchen learning how I can use these oils to our good health. (yes-many are ingestible)Here is something I tried today.

This was the best hot chocolate I have ever drank in my life! The thing that put a lovely Top note on it was a single drop of Wild Orange essential oil.…And to help wake up first thing, we take one drop of lemon or grape-fruit combined with peppermint and take three deep breaths.

Objects like garden tools may grow dull or rusty but may we NEVER allow our minds to do the same! Keep your mind vibrant and keep learning for life never stops teaching! … emoticon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
P.S. did I tell you I learn so much from reading your blogs too?
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    What a blog. Thanks
    158 days ago
    I was 'force retired' due to injuries. I lay in a bed with a broken back and a broken neck staring at the ceiling. The words that hung over my head like the Sword of Damocles were "You will never walk again"

    I learned that I didn't have to rely on the 'learnings' of others and I learned so much about myself!
    172 days ago
    I am in retirement from my job of many years, too. I always thought I would do so much when I retired. I was blessed to have more time to care for my parents in their last years.
    I like the philosophy of learning something new every day. I remember reading that in a Leo Buscaglia book years ago. Each day at the supper table, his father would ask them what thing they learned that day. He said he knew he better have something, even if it meant hitting the encyclopedia before supper. His father was from the old country and he wanted his children to take advantage of all the new country offered.
    There is excitement in learning.
    177 days ago
  • AURA18
    emoticon 2B an inspirational Daily Spark emoticon Learning from everyone I meet emoticon
    emoticon “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” – Tom Bodett
    emoticon “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
    177 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/29/2018 6:56:13 AM
    How true! Love your blog!
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    179 days ago
    emoticon I so agree with you about never stop learning! I'm actually a happier person since I went back to college. I'm really loving learning to draw in different ways. I think my mom's hardest problem, other than her back problems, is that she hasn't figured out what to do with her life since retiring. Stretching your boundaries and learning or doing something new helps to keep you young in more ways than one.
    181 days ago
  • MNEME2
    Learning makes life so much more enjoyable. Good blog.
    182 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    182 days ago
  • KATIE520
    You are so right--we need to keep learning--no matter what age we are. I love learning new things, big and small, and am a few years from retirement, but plan to keep learning and sign up for classes after that, even though I may still need to work part time to make ends meet. Thanks for the great blog! You have a wonderfully positive attitude! emoticon emoticon
    182 days ago
    Every year I pick a project. Last year was preparing Italian cuisine.This year it is learning to speak Spanish. You just gotta keep the old brain cells going!
    183 days ago
    Love the blog
    184 days ago
    My hubby still works full time too and likes it. I have never climbed the walls as you said, after retiring! From mowing 4 acres in the early days to now always running around living in Florida -Always something to do. One thing I've always wanted to do is learn Spanish and I haven't even had time for that! And I've not had a secular job for 24 yrs! Must learn to do the things I want to do more of!
    Yes, blogs on here like yours and others -we are always learning! Glad SP came into my life 8 Years ago! emoticon emoticon
    184 days ago
    Not sure if i will be ready for retirement, but good thing i do have some time before i get there... my parents retired when they were 80. I think I will to the same..
    184 days ago
    If you have an open mind, ideas will fill it.
    184 days ago
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    184 days ago
  • no profile photo BLUEFOO
    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    184 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    185 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    emoticon Jan! We are both retired now, and each of us has our individual interests, as well as some shared interests. I think that retirement offers the opportunity to do more, which then offers the opportunity to learn more. It seemed when I worked I only had time for the necessary things, and even the weekends would quickly fill up with things to be done. Now, each day is a new canvas, and I can create my day to be soothing like a Monet painting, or abstract like a Picasso. It's my choice.

    I am currently learning beginner's quilting from a dear friend, and am discovering that it is not only creative, but quite comforting as well. It's been fun watching my projects take shape and form. I've never considered myself a good sew-er, but this is building up my confidence, and self-esteem in that arena.
    185 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    I know I don't know everything. I didn't know you posted this blog, LOL! When I first stopped working I thoroughly cleaned and de-cluttered my house then I was bored. Now I am learning every day what my body is capable of. It is an amazing adventure. My goals keep me learning every day! emoticon emoticon
    185 days ago
    I have a friend who sells TERRA oils, and have never bought any!
    I'll look into it!
    Thanks Jan!
    185 days ago
  • THINCPL2004
    Thank you for the awesome blog. The wifey introduced me to the oils, I really love them. And you are so very right you never stop learning. I learn something new every day. emoticon emoticon
    185 days ago
  • 97MONTY
    So true, thank you
    185 days ago
    Great blog! I'm trying to think if I am learning new things. I am busy "going" to exercise classes where I meet new people. I try new things even if they make me nervous so I guess I am learning! I love my retirement and keeping busy helping family members. Once that has come to an end I will volunteer but no time in my schedule now.
    185 days ago
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    185 days ago
    Jan I wish I had your unstoppable energy. Mine has been zapped lately and I'm trying to learn ways to cope with the pain of so many recent losses and the pain of sciatic once more. You give me reason to keep going dear one. I'm in the background still, maybe just a wee bit more quiet. emoticon Donna
    185 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    So true. emoticon
    185 days ago
    I have heard that the key to maintaining a healthy brain is to learn something new each day. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be something simple... a new word, a new science fact, a new recipe... or it can be more challenging... studying a new language, learning to play a new instrument, learning to paint or draw... and creative endeavors have even more impact ( the whole right brain/left brain balance aspect)... your blog is a good reminder to embrace learning something new each day and keep my brain as healthy as my body!
    185 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    185 days ago
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    186 days ago
    I have actually lived by the credo “when you stop learning, you start dying,” for some time now so this blog makes perfect sense to me. Even if it is something as simple as learning the lyrics to a song I love, I try to incorporate a little extra knowledge into every day. I am better for it,
    186 days ago
  • no profile photo BONDMANUS2002
    186 days ago
    There is so much to learn.....Yes, even in retirement. Ha Ha.

    I whole heartedly believe that to live vibrantly and enthusiastically we must stay curious and be seekers.

    What a great blog. Thank you, Jan.

    (I too have been exploring doTerra essential oils. My yoga instructors and my acupuncturist began introducing me to them in the last several years. So cool!!!)
    186 days ago
    When we stop learning then we start dying.
    186 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing.
    186 days ago
    I love this blog! I never want to stop learning!! 😄
    186 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Very interesting about the essential oils. I will have to check them out some day. I agree with you that we should never stop learning and searching for things to keep our mind active. I hope retirement is about 10 years out, we will see, but in the meantime, I will take each day as it comes and enjoy the time I have!
    So glad you are enjoying your retirement, I am so happy to know that at long last, you are enjoying your days of scientific experiments and having fun! You deserve a wonderful retirement!
    186 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Never stop learning! When I retired I signed up for a year on line program to become a health coach. Ended up not pursing that, but learned a lot and continue to challenge my mind.
    186 days ago
    emoticon I keep learning new things everyday. Just keeping up with the new gadgets keeps me moving. Still trying to figure out my hubbies new phone, lo. Nice blog Thanks for posting. emoticon emoticon
    186 days ago
    I agree! Learning is a never ending process! Thanks for sharing!
    186 days ago
    emoticon blog! emoticon emoticon I enjoyed reading your blog. Make your health a priority, make plans to stay active, now with the internet there is no excuse to find and learn something new to do every day. I'm learning new languages, I look for new recipes, there are so many "how to sew, paint, garden etc.," sites to view. Explore SparkPeople resources.
    186 days ago
    I enjoyed your comments.... I retired four years ago from teaching at the high school and community college and missed the classroom a lot. So I ran for our local school board, and find it both challenging and frightening and fulfilling all at once. On a personal level, the best part of being retired is having time to read as much as I want and to read things that are not directly connected to my work. I belong to two book discussion groups and have had a wonderful time connecting with other readers. I am the healthiest I've ever been -- getting enough sleep is a miracle worker. My weight had crept up a bit in the last years working, so now it is back down in a reasonable area, with more to lose, but it is coming off slowly and surely. I also have spent the last year perfecting the ideal baking powder biscuit... I'm finally there, and make them now about once a month as a special treat. Now on to the perfect enchilada!
    186 days ago
    My sister introduced me to doTERRA lemon oil, which is nice to add to the water bottle! She had a hard time drinking enough water before it's introduction. I'll have to check out the orange flavor.
    186 days ago
    186 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! I was thinking about this blog when I had to return home this morning after driving to work and discovering I left my laptop at home. I work from home Wednesdays.

    I thought that normally this would really aggravate me, but decided not to let it. I didn't let the additional rush hour traffic and abundance of flashing school bus lights get to me on the way back to work. I took a back road and breathed deeply.

    186 days ago
  • no profile photo IDAEVE
    Very excellent information! I just retired this year. I only worked part time at the end. It is an adjustment. Especially with my dear husband retiring first and having his more seditary life style to deal with. I will definitely use your tips!
    186 days ago
    Hi Jan,
    Awesome blog.

    Thank you for this one.

    Hope your Thursday is Fun!
    Hugs, Debbie

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    186 days ago
    Great blog again. Retirement, not me, this is why I tell everyone I'm still "practicing farming" at 80. Love what I do and learn something new every growing year. My Dr. told me 5 years ago to keep doing what I'd been doing, it was working! Have a wonderful day! The Old Farmer, Skeeter
    186 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Fantastic blog Jan, my hubbie is hoping to retire from his full time job in a couple of years but I can't see him stopping 'working' as he'll be bored too! He's looking for a different pace of life! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    186 days ago
    I feel blessed that in my enforced retirement I am able to do something I longed for - volunteer curator at a small historical village's loom house. I spin, I weave, I talk with visitors, and in the end I have something to show for my time: yarn spun, things woven or knitted, great conversations. My house is unorganized and messy but I am doing new things every day.
    186 days ago
    I love your energy!
    186 days ago
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