Today I’m happy to have Stephanie Worlton as a guest on my blog. Stephanie is the author of the novel Hope’s Journey, and recently released her second book, a nonfiction guide called Everything You Need to Know About Girls Camp. I asked Stephanie to share her thoughts on the importance of history and education.
Education: I thought I knew it all
When I was a little girl, I had my whole life mapped out. I knew exactly where I was going to live, what my family would be like, and what I was going to do for a living. Because education was an integral part of making that plan work, I always took my schooling seriously. My degree was math and art intensive, so naturally I spent a lot of time seeking that type of knowledge. I fulfilled my General Ed requirements strictly out of necessity.
Just a few years down the road, however, I began to realize how important and valuable all those Gen Ed classes were.
I had my eye on a career in Architecture but life, as it often does, had a different path for me. For a long time I thought I’d fulfill my “mommy duties” then return to the world of design. Becoming a published author, however, was about the furthest thing from my mind.
Then something happened. A love of books and a longing to create burned inside me. When the opportunity to become published presented its smiling face, I was sure glad I’d attained enough knowledge and education to do so. The same can be said of the historical knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. While my current path may not seem to hinge on my historical knowledge, my pursuit of historical information and stories bares heavy influence on my writing. And, when I’m not writing, that love of history enriches my life and provides me a foundation for which to base political, social and personal decisions.
My advice to readers young and old: Don’t ever stop learning. Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and paths that may open only if you are prepared for them. The pursuit of knowledge, whether formal or not, should be a continual quest. Strive to learn something new every day. There is never any harm in self-improvement and no reward as great as having the keys you need to open the doors of opportunity that stand in front of you.
Thank you so much, Stephanie, for sharing your thoughts. Your advice “Don’t ever stop learning” is golden!
Stephanie is currently on blog tour for her new book, Everything You Need to Know About Girls Camp, and she’s also having a book launch party this Saturday, February 16, from 1 to 4pm at the Seagull Book at the District, 11531 District Drive, in South Jordan, UT. You can learn more about Stephanie on her blog, Kreating Krazy, or read an interview I did with her last year. As part of her blog tour, Stephanie is giving away a copy of her new book. You can enter by clicking here or by visiting her blog. Her book can be purchased in bookstores and online Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Deseret Book.
Thank you for being a part of my blog, Stephanie, and good luck with your newest book!
Great post! I agree, but I’m afraid to buy your book Stephanie, because that might qualify me to run girl’s camp (which I don’t want to ever do). Just kidding. It sounds like a great book.
Weren’t you at girls camp last summer, Char?
Great article and great advice. You never know where life will take you and it never hurts to continue on your path to learning along the way.
So true Christie, about never knowing where life will take you. Every time I think I have everything figured out, life throws a surprise at me.
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