Master the Magical 15 Minutes


Do you need:

  • A boost for your creative practice and confidence?
  • A spark for your creativity?
  • A tip for beginning to learn something new?
  • A trick for getting unstuck?
  • A method to postpone procrastination?
  • A tool to help your kids with learning something difficult?
  • A self-administered kick in the pants to just get on with a dreaded task?

Just last week Suzi Colpa and I were discussing these ideas with a group of women who attended our Tea and Tales event.     Continue reading “Master the Magical 15 Minutes”

How do you create a life YOU love?

Here is a very simple framework I use to help me live according to my values and goals. It helps me to make choices that ensure I am living MY definition of a fulfilling and successful life and learning in ways that are best for me.  I think it can do the same for you.

It helps me to make choices that ensure I am living MY definition of a fulfilling and successful life and learning in ways that are best for me.  I think it can do the same for you.

I think it can do the same for you.

Choose to create a life you love: a 3-step framework.

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Empowering our children to take responsibility for their learning and life choices will help them  become capable, confident, and creative adults.

We have to empower ourselves in the same way so we can model what we want to teach.

Although I first created this talk for a group of young women, it was equally well received at a meeting of women in the empty nest and retirement phase.


Learning is all life long. It goes beyond the school day and school years.


What changes do you want to make in your life or learning path?

How can you apply the three steps to make the changes you want to see in your learning and life?

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15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity

Are you new to the idea of self-directed learning?

Or do you just want a nudge to get your own  ideas going?

Here’s a list of free and easy ways to kickstart your curiosity. Ready, set, go!

15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity LisaNalbone.comLibrary!

Browse the shelves, areas, displays, nooks and crannies. Check the internet policy.

Explore all the resources, activities, groups and spaces your library offers

Make friends with the librarians and reference desk helpers. Ask questions.

Find the local Friends of the Library information and sales area.

Check out volunteer or internship programs run by the library or the Friends organization.



Crack a book or magazine on a topic you have never read before.

Go to Brainpickings for some new ideas, genres, reviews.

Find a book group to attend, or start one.

Look at Goodreads, start your own account to track and share your reading

Go to an author talk, a reading, a panel discussion, any book/author event.



Find something that needs to be fixed and research how to do it.

Make a list of 5 things you need and 5 you want, and then make one.

Visit a hackerspace or makerspace.

Watch an Ignite Talk, Ted Talk, or go to  or

Check out these sites for how-to and inspiration:,2817,2347650,00.asp

Do you have so of your own favorite ways to get the creativity and curiosity juices flowing?

What will you do today?

What is Best Thing and Worst Thing about Homeschooling?

What's the Best and Worst Thing About homeschooling? Photo collage of happy sun, sad frog, worried leaf

Back in 2003 we were considering homeschooling and feeling nervous about taking the leap.  I was uncertain about how we should homeschool and if it was really the right choice for us.  I worried about how people would react.

One of the things I did to allay my fears was to ask anyone who homeschooled for advice.

I can go overboard in the getting advice and doing research area. Continue reading “What is Best Thing and Worst Thing about Homeschooling?”