#Day2- Never Stop Learning

“The capacity to learn is a GIFT; the ability to learn is  a SKILL; the willingness to learn is a CHOICE.”- Brian Herbert

You would think that after I graduated from college the first time I would be done but that surely isn’t the case. I honestly don’t even like school, I mean come on who really likes doing homework and listening to lectures.


What I do like however is learning a new skillset with every class or adventure I take. When I was in undergrad I wanted nothing more to be a writer so I majored in Mass Communications with a focus on print journalism. I worked in my school’s Sports Information office as an assistant where I fell in love with sports writing.

While in school I was also a three sport athlete so playing sports was definitely something I wanted to continue with for the rest of my life. I knew I couldn’t always take the field but I knew I could always coach so I did.

During the summers I took all types of jobs from working in an auto parts store to slicing meat in a deli but one job that helped change my outlook on life was working at a place called Camp Joy.

It was a sleepaway camp for  people with physical and developmental disabilities. That place changed my views on so many parts of life. I no longer wanted to only focus my attention on one thing but I felt I needed to know a little bit of everything in order to make it through this thing we called life. I would end up working at another camp similar in New Jersey called Camp Oakhurst a few years later.

Once it was closing in on graduation time I was skeptical about being a writer and wanted to focus more on sports so what did I do? I picked a graduate school far enough from Jersey to gain my independence and went the Barry University to get my Masters in Sport Management.


While there I had so many experiences from coaching many different youth sports to working with professional athletes and evening traveling to Greece. Life was going so well but I felt like I still had a lot to learn.

The next couple of years included me joining the Army, traveling, going back to graduate school for another masters, working with semi-pro athletes, traveling to Cuba, getting my personal training certification, writing (well attempting to write) a book, creating my website, and now I am in the process of starting my own business.

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You would think I would be satisfied but I still feel like there is just so much more to do. I moved back down south and went to take some classes in graphic design but decided not to finish it. Now I am thinking of my next adventure and what I plan on doing. I have my fulltime job but I feel like there are just so many hours in the day and I don’t want to waste them sleeping.

I guess you can call me a lifetime student because whether I decide to learn belly dancing, become a masseuse or become a hairstylist I know that learning a new skillset is something I will try to accomplish at least once a year.

Published by: Pieces of Me

Often times we find ourselves hoping to following our minds rather than our hearts and we soon realize it's not the case. we get so caught up in our feelings and allow the stream of tears to sway us into making short term decisions that has long term effects. Sometimes we need to take a step back from ourselves and look at things from the outside. Ask ourselves is it worth it? Will I be ok with my decision tomorrow? Once we decide that it is worth losing we need to breathe in release and let go! No looking back, no regrets, just high hopes for the future, less frowns and more smiles. My name is Jordean Matthews and I am a native of Pleasantville, NJ. This blog showcases all things that are me. My life, my talents, my thoughts, my family. It truly displays all the pieces of me.

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