AWARD: Growing Self Blogger

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Many thanks to Roda @ Growing Self for nominating me for this award. The ‘Growing Self’ blog is one of my favorite places to visit each and every day. Whether it’s through WordPress or Facebook, I find so many amazing and inspirational moments on this blog, it’s truly a remarkable place to get lost in. I strongly encourage everyone to find a few minutes to search the depths of this exciting garden as it grows.


What is The Growing Self Blogger Award:


“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda


How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog


I am honored to nominate the following very talented blogger:



Your Gifts to Me

Jenn: You are amazing in all that you do. I have complete and utter respect for your commitment to your family, friends, personal goals and blog. Each and every day you surprise me with a beautifully worded memory, a healthy recommendation, book reviews, interest in children literature, inspiration to make the the world a better place or unstoppable connection with so many other bloggers. I am glad to know you and I want the blogging community to have the same opportunity as I’ve had these last few months. Thank you for always sending me fantastic comments, ideas, compliments, suggestions, friendship, motivation and comfort. I appreciate you.

When Roda nominated me, I had only a very few people in mind to continue passing on the wonderful award, and you are one of them. I believe you already know Roda, and she knows you, but if not, you both should connect. You’d love chatting! This award is well-deserved and I cannot wait to see what joy and fun you bring to our online blogging world each day. Thank you.



About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


365 Challenge: Day 20 – Curious

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Curious: eager to know or learn something, strange or unusual

The first thing people often think of when they hear the word “curious” is the old adage, “Curiosity killed the cat.” I was so curious where that originated from, I had to look it up. And Wikipedia told me, which we all must believe because: 

“The earliest printed reference to the original proverb is attributed to the British playwright Ben Jonson in his 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, which was performed first by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare used a similar quote in his circa 1599 play, Much Ado About Nothing. The proverb remained the same until at least 1898. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer included this definition in his Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.”

But when I delved a little further, you know… past 1898… it was more about a cat having 9 lives and how it was cared for. The true origin of the “curiosity” part is unknown. So that’s no help to me. That said, I am a very curious individual even though we all know:

I wasn’t the repetitive child who at two years old always asked “Why? Why? But why?”; however, I was the child who ran to the library, my encyclopedias and then eventually the internet… to get my answers.

  • This comes out in my thirst-quenching need to research my family tree and subsequent obsession with genealogy.
  • Searching for spoilers on all the TV shows I watch to know what happens as soon as possible.
  • To looking up the ending of a book while I’m still reading it.
  • To researching something until I literally spew data about it all day long and annoy my friends and family.

But it’s also dangerous, as you saw with our lovely fairy tale princess a few spots above in this post. For me, the danger presents itself when I cannot find the answer I’m looking for and I want to explode.

Or I cannot trace something as far back as I’d like to. Or if you love murder mysteries and want to play detective, and you track the criminal to the point where they try to kill you. While I’ve only done this thru books, if I had to pick a career, I’d want to be a snoop.

I am always curious about other people. Why do they make certain decisions? Why did they yell when they could have whispered? Where did they go during that two minutes I couldn’t find them? Why do I care?

Not really sure. I’m thinking it may be that I am fascinated by people’s actions and thoughts, wondering why and how we all think so differently. Or it could be I need to consolidate so much information in order to determine my own thoughts. Now that’s a bit scary…

Being curious has always felt like a good thing to me. Shows you care. You have interest. You want to grow. You want to process information. Hence the 365 Daily Challenge: I’m curious to learn more about myself, and as a result, about others who reply and share thoughts with me.

But some people don’t like it when you’re curious, and you will hear “Mind Your Own Business.” That’s harsh. A nice ol’ slap in the face to someone who just wants to learn.

Not to say privacy isn’t important. Each person decides what (s)he wants to remain private and therefore limits other people’s curiosity. Obviously if I’m revealing so much in this challenge, and I believe I’ve noted it before, I’m not a private person. I like when people ask questions. I think it helps create bonds. Brings out challenging new ideas and a flow of intimacy.

But don’t go out and just start peppering people with detailed and intricate questions. Find your own balance and activate the right level of curiosity.

How about you? Anything you want to know? Or anything you want to share? I do love a little gossip!