The Joy of Learning

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Are you a learner? A seeker? Well everyone who knows me knows that I would rather be learning and studying above almost everything else. I have even been known to stay home from a fun event including a broadway play in the big apple, to watch a webinar in my PJ’s with a glass of wine. Yes, it’s just my 4th week of my 52 weeks of Joy and learning has already been a big part of my 2017.

You also may remember that I went to college for 9 years and got 3 degrees–accounting, interior design and an MBA. My parents thought I would never get out of school. And though I didn’t really plan to get all these degrees originally, in hindsight the combination has turned out to be a pretty good plan for my design and consulting career.

I am always reading–I have about 3 business, self-help or parenting books going at all times on my kindle app with about 10 (or 30) others purchased and waiting for me. And at any given time I am working through one or two webinars or online courses and have a laundry list of classes, courses, webinars and live seminars that I want to attend.


I have a lot of interests but I typically focus my learning and education on things that benefit me personally or that I can use for clients or both. Over the last 7 months I have been part of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s program to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. This is as much for myself and my family as for clients. But I love the way it integrates into my design and consulting businesses because wellness and balance is a huge need for the design clients I work for as well as the entrepreneurs, CEO’s and small business owners that I coach and mentor in my consulting business. So this knowledge plays right into my work and you will be seeing more and more of this wellness focus in both my design and consulting businesses in the future.

If you read my blog about the Joy of Whitespace, you know I want more free time in my life. And it’s not all so I can lay around and do nothing. A lot of that space would be filled with learning, because it’s something that really fills me up. It feeds my soul. And it helps me help others, which is one of my favorite things to do.

FullSizeRender.jpgI even have another topic or two that I could see myself studying through an online college curriculum once my daughter is in college in a few years, or maybe I’ll enroll in a local college again. She and I could be students at the same time.

I think learning keeps you young and at the rate I am learning, I’m going to be around for a long time.


So how about you…are you a learner? What do you want to read or study and if you aren’t, what is holding you back from that? If you enrolled in courses, would you use it to change your life or your career? And for those of you who study like me, what are your favorite books, teachers, webinars and sources of information. I’d love to know.

Happy Learning, friends! May we all become smarter and wiser together this year.

Joyfully yours,

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4 Responses to The Joy of Learning

  1. Tawna Allred says:

    LEARNER is my number one strength, according to Gallup. I too am always in school, have three books on my night stand, and a year’s worth of reading waiting in my Amazon cart. My new house will have a library wall, complete with sliding ladder. I’m currently becoming certified in CAD. It is such a joy. Learning new things is its own reward! XO

  2. Lisa says:

    Tobi, your blog is one of my favorites. I secretly look on my feed each morning to see if you’ve posted. Your inspirational posts inspire me as much as your design posts.

    So excited to hear about your new adventure. You will be a perfect health and wellness coach. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us! Truly…so inspiring!

  3. Lauri Leeper says:

    I, too, am a lifelong learner. I got my Ph.D. 6 years ago at the age of 53. It has been a joy and allowed me to do more of my chosen life’s work with much larger groups of people.

    I learn for pleasure as much as for work. Gardening, webinar construction, baking, self development — you name it, I love it!

    I just can’t imagine my life without 3-4 books in progress and ideas to consider, discuss, struggle with, and grow from. What a joy learning has been and will be forever!

    I am listening to The Untethered Soul for the 3rd time in my car. It’s life changing.

  4. Angela Toledo says:

    Hi Toby!
    I love learning too! We are lucky to live in a time where we have so much access to knowledge in so many formats. Besides design and business, I’m currently taking a 5 month Psychology course taught by two leading psychologists, Esther Perel and Terry Real. It’s fantastic. Besides the Joy of learning in and of itself, I agree…We can use our knowledge to help other people as well as ourselves! Cheers