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What is your internal motivation? (Episode 44)

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How are we internally motivated?  True learning comes from that desire and hunger to acquire a skill or knowledge based on an area of interest or need to know.  As we dig into the concept of delight-led learning, it’s looking at how we are internally motivated that is the best fuel for true growth and comprehension.

There is a little something for everyone here…if you like to read, your blog post is below.  If you’re more visual, check out my video!  And for those of you who listen to podcasts online, all the great show notes are added in here as well! 

Every week we address this… where are we?

This week we’re in Blythe County Regional Park in Brunswick, Georgia, enjoying family, nature, and lots and lots of bunnies!  And what are we doing?  Connecting – with each other, with nature, and learning about this beautiful world we live in.

What Is Your Genius?

Plato Education Internally Motivated

What is the peculiar bent of your own genius?  Marie Forleo puts it well by her closing tagline, “the world needs that little something that only you have.”  Do you give room to explore what lies within?

In this week’s podcast, we address how we focus on delight-led learning and being inspired.  It has to do with being internally motivated, and following your passions to learn new things.  Check out the podcast here:
Season 5, Episode 44: Are You Internally Motivated?

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But What About Screen Time?

Special Screen Time Resources For You:

A Free Printable Highlighting the “11 Family Guidelines for Screen Use”
The Logsdon Family’s Favorite Technology Resources


Share your thoughts about Screen Time:

What does screen time look like for your family?  What are your favorite ways to engage with technology?  Hop over to the Unschooling Families Community and share!


It can be hard to shut down things your children love.  However, there are times we have no choice.  If wi-fi is suddenly gone, we have to make do.  If the video player is broken, it’s not always an instant fix.  And somehow, somehow, our children still survive.   So if something is sucking up all their time and energy to the determinant of them exploring something else, maybe it’s time to take a break.

Screens are One Way…What are Others?

There are more ways to take in information and learn beyond simply observing a screen.  The more interaction, the better. Life is interactive and hands-on, so get out and explore!

Some ways to pursue delight-led learning:delight led learning internally motivated

  • Start out with a curiosity board – grab magazines with different areas of interest, get out drawing materials or paints.  Create a Pinterest board.
  • Watch Ted Talks and documentaries
  • Shadow or apprentice someone in that profession
  • Take field trips – go to the library, nature centers, community centers, playgrounds, museums, hikes, plays, concerts and more.
  • Interview individuals who are doing something in your area of interest. Have a conversation with them about what they love about their job.
  • Create.  Have a full creativity day with materials but no agenda.  See what develops.

What If I’m Scared To Dream?

Life is a constant period of growth.  Try new things.  It doesn’t mean you have to commit to it for the rest of your life.  Allow for variables.  Keep your constant as love and connection, not a certain curriculum or routine.  As we grow, our interests and needs will change.

Sometimes we are hesitant to pursue our dreams for fear it’s a lifelong commitment.  Be open to learning and growing and how that evolves.  Sometimes a natural evolution happens that morphs them from an original dream to something completely new and undiscovered.

How Are You Internally Motivated?

If you want to have children inspired to learn, let them see you light up with your own growth.

Create accountability partners with your children.  Ask them to help you be the life-long learner you want to be.  It empowers them and earns you the right to push them to do the same.

How did you learn how to…use the internet, do a podcast show, sell real estate or drive a car?  When we are internally motivated we do what we need to do to learn something new.

Who knows what stories they will come up with? In our cousin time this week, they had a lineup to discuss this topic: “What is your superpower?” The answers were amazing!

Your Challenge this week – create a curiosity board – all of you.  What are common interests?  What are those random curiosities that may light up that “bent of genius” in your family?

Care for some Q&A?  Hit us with any questions you have regarding education/school in your home.  Ask in the Mama Says Namaste or Unschooling Families Facebook groups.

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About the author, Ashley Logsdon


Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us.

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