We’re blessed to live in a country where education is not only available, but encouraged. We’ve spent 12 or more years of our lives in a classroom. It can be easy to think that those formal years of education are enough (spoiler: they aren’t). In order to be well-rounded + frankly, interesting people, we have to continue learning, even after we finish school. The best thing about learning as an adult, is that we can choose what we learn + when. This spring, I’m challenging myself (and you) to learn something in these six categories.
Something to keep you relevant
There’s a lot of things happening in the world. It’s imperative that you keep up. There are a lot of simple ways to be more in-the-know, like turning on a morning show while you get ready for work or listening to a current events podcast during your commute. The best way I’ve found to stay up-to-date on everything going on in the world is to subscribe to TheSkimm (and it’s free). This life changing newsletter comes to your inbox every weekday morning + gives you a quick skim of important hard news, soft news, international news, and domestic news. They also create handy guides for things like the Presidential elections, fracking, and the Oscars. TheSkimm is informative with a side of sass (aka my ideal perception). You won’t regret signing up (unsubscribing is easy) + you’ll impress everyone with how informed you are. TheSkimm recently released an app with a feature that sinks all important world + pop culture events with your iCal called Skimm Ahead. Check it out!
Something to inspire you
I’m all about getting in touch with my creative side. You should be, too! Being creative gives you an outlet for your frustrations + emotions. It’s a great way to relax + create something beautiful + useful. No matter what medium you are interested in, you can always learn how to do it better. Or you perfect an artistic activity you’re already regularly doing. Searching Pinterest is a great way to find blogs to show you DIY projects + how-tos on new hobbies like piano, painting, and hand lettering. I recently bought tools to learn calligraphy thanks to May Designs. Look for workshops + classes in your area that interest you.
Something to help you at work
You’d be amiss on your journey to learn new things if you didn’t learn something that would help you professionally. If you’re in a creative field like I am, maybe you can kill two birds with one stone, but there’s no harm in learning more than one thing that will help you grow in your career. There are definitely things like coding, better writing skills, and Photoshop that can be used across disciplines. If you’re in a more niche field like engineering or finance, consider getting a new certification or even an advanced degree. Or think about what skills can help you make your side hustle a reality. You can learn new skills from online services like Skillshare for just $10 a month (I’m loving my subscription).
Something to make you healthier
Most of us could stand to be a little healthier. The two most obvious avenues for being healthier are diet + exercise. It may not seem like there is much to learn here, but there is a ton. As far as nutrition goes, learn not only about what foods your body needs but also how certain foods (gluten, sugar, superfoods) affect you. You can also learn how to cook healthier versions of your favorite meals. I recently got the Everygirl’s Guide to Cooking + am so excited to master these new dishes.
When it comes to exercising, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Expand your body + your mind by trying new fitness techniques like yoga, barre, or surf-inspired fitness. Health is more than physical; it’s also psychological + emotional. Learn to understand yourself, your feelings, and what makes you feel confident. Not being mentally healthy can affect your physical health. Other areas to explore in “health” could be sleep, chemicals in your cosmetics, technology dependance, and even finances. Learn about anything + everything that could be stressing out your body or your mind.
Something to make you a better world citizen
Aside from knowing more about what is going on in the world (thanks to TheSkimm), you should learn other things that will help make you a better human. Learning a language is a great way to do this. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on Rosetta Stone. There are plenty of free + easy to use apps/websites like Duolingo + Babbel (I’m working on my Italian). Another way to be a better world citizen is to expand your understanding of other place’s histories, cultures, and religions. Food is important to many cultures. Expand your palate by trying more international cuisine + maybe learning to make a few dishes. Traveling is the best way to learn about other places + better understand our world.
Something to refresh your memory
Let’s be honest, you’re not likely to win Jeopardy anytime soon. You’ve pretty much forgotten everything you learned in high school geometry, I know I have (sorry Mrs. Huffstettler). Luckily, I found HighBrow. HighBrow
Follow your passions + learn about the things that intrigue you. Not only is learning a hobby in itself, but you’ll also pick up new hobbies along the way. The more hobbies you have the more interesting you + your life are. Another great way to continue learning is, of course, to read! Pick up one of the books decorating your shelves + learn about someone or something new. American Author, Brian Herbert, said “The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.” In that spirit, let’s all take advantage of the opportunities we are given.
Comment below your favorite things to keep your mind engaged + continue learning.