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Why Zest and Curiosity?

Zest and Curiosity is made for people who want to discover the fine art of living, with a focus on art and travel.

Calder Light, High Museum of Art - Zest and Curiosity
Calder, High Museum of Art. Photo by Tijana.

How it all started

Zest and Curiosity began with the staggering discovery that I had over 50,000 photos on my iPhone. I had barely shared any of them – other than a few on my personal Facebook. So, in the spur of the moment, I purchased this website domain zestandcuriosity.com. They were the two words I thought would describe me best: zest and curiosity. I wanted to organize photos from exotic travels, architecture admiration and thought-provoking art events which were slowly turning into digital dust. And, I longed to share my experiences and spark interesting conversations with people who have the same passions. Like you, dear reader.

Glo Performance, Atlanta, GA
Glo performance among Sol LeWitt’s Sculptures in Atlanta. Photo by Tijana.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I read your comments carefully and with great interest. I had a privilege to meet some of you and do interesting projects that I am so grateful for. Our common passion continues to inspire us and that makes my heart sing.

Zest

A component of the virtue of courage, zest is defined as living life with a sense of excitement, anticipation, and energy. Essentially, approaching life as an adventure.

In his book, The Conquest of Happiness, the great philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and writer Bertrand Russell focuses on the positive psychology of zest.

“What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life”. (Bertrand Russell)

‘Zest’ is Bertrand Russell’s word for the first way to conquer happiness. By taking an interest in things and people, we have the capacity to enjoy moments for their own sake.

 The more things a man is interested in, the more opportunities of happiness he has, and the less he is at the mercy of fate, since if he loses one thing he can fall back upon another.

-Bertrand Russell 

Whether it’s dining, reading, architecture, art, or travel, the more aspects of life from which you can draw pleasure, the better. Live it fully.

  • Here is a summary of the book chapter on Zest (thank you, blogger Bert!)
  • And here’s another great post about Bertrand Russell’s philosophy of zest for your enjoyment. 

Tijana in Tijana at Tuileries Garden, Paris.
Tijana at Tuileries Garden, Paris. Photo by Patrick Chelli.

Curiosity

In 2015 Doreetha Daniels received her associate degree in social sciences from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. But Daniels wasn’t a typical student: She was 99 years old.

I would like to be like Daniels. There is so much to learn!

Endless curiosity is the magic to life. That is why I’m now combing through thousands of photos of art, travels, and fleeting moments. I want to help ignite curiosity for others by fostering inspiration and conversation.

According to the dictionary, curiosity is the state of being inquisitive, wondering, ready to poke around and figure something out. It is described as a strong desire to know or learn something.

I am a lifelong learner.

Interested in how Curiosity can impact your business life? This is a great article about it from the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Also, here is another article from HBR about the benefits of lifelong learning.

I loved this moment, traveling and enjoying the stunning exhibition by Egon Schiele. As much as I enjoy art, it was so wonderful to find this museum room with a beautiful view, and simply – to just be. To soak it all in. I call it a happy space or being in the zone that gives me so much joy.  Photo by artist Petar Pavlov.



Lifelong Learning

“ The reasons to continue learning are many, and the weight of the evidence indicates that lifelong learning isn’t simply an economic imperative but a social, emotional, and physical one as well. We live in an age of abundant opportunity for learning and development. Capturing that opportunity — maintaining our curiosity and intellectual humility — can be one of life’s most rewarding pursuits.”

– Harvard Business Review article

Last but not least, this life is all about people and the meaningful connections that we have. That is everything.

Enjoy Zest and Curiosity!

Tijana
Founder and Editor-in-Chief

8 comments

  • sirgliofrei

    Real clear site, thanks for this post.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you, I appreciated that you you enjoyed it.

      • Duda

        Cao,
        super ti je sadrzaj i sve kako si objasnila.
        Komunikacija je “top” 😊
        Odlicno !
        Go on my dear !! 👍👍

        • zestandcuriosity (author)

          Thank you so much for support. It is very appreciated. This is such a passion project, and it makes me happy when people enjoy it. You are wonderful! Hugs.

  • Charles McNair

    T, it’s wonderful to see a spirit like this, a bird flying higher than coronavirus clouds and petty problems. Thanks for the reminders of goodness on our globe. I’ve subscribed to the newsletter. c

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you for such a gracious comments dear Charles and for subscribing. This is such a delightful passion project and the community of readers is growing with the astonishing speed. I am so humbled and grateful. It is not the most usual way to sort the photos, but it was such a reflective and joyful one.

  • ปั้มไลค์

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      I am really glad that you enjoyed the reading. This is a very personal post on how Zest & Curiosity came to be. Thank you.

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