Have you ever stopped to appreciate the amazement of how much and how quickly children learn new things? Or admire the blissful ignorance that allows children to fail so frequently in their efforts to discover the world yet never cease to get right back up no matter how many times they fall? Don’t you wish, just for a bit, that we didn’t outgrow this fearlessness of failure?
I can’t say I’ve defeated the fear of failure by any means, but I do love learning new things and stretching my boundaries (within reason). I live for constant improvement of myself and my life. I enjoy listening to inspirational Ted Talks that expand my horizons and open my eyes to new worlds. I can’t get enough of my new audio books (thank you Audible) that fill my brain during my work commute and significantly increase the time I find to enjoy books. (I’m currently reading Things A Little Bird Told Me and will share my thoughts about it when I’ve completed it. Update: How I felt the author encourages readers to Invent Their Dreams.)
My blog is a bit of a microcosm of my life. If you check in often, you likely notice the small tweaks and improvements I make week in and week out. Determined not to hire a developer, at least for now and only if/when I feel it’s absolutely necessary, I thrive on teaching myself through blog tutorials and You Tube videos how to code new design or functionality features. (A special thanks goes out to Xomisse who has some of the most helpful tutorials I’ve used to date. And I can’t forget a shout out to my secret test blog whose URL I will never share as it’s my home for trying out new blog design techniques. It’s seen far more failure than success but all in an effort to create a design all on my own that I built from the ground up with no help from anyone but the Google bot and his search result friends.) I enjoy trying new DIY projects that often stretch my skills. And whether it be blog design updates, DIY projects, or other endeavors, I’ve certainly stumbled through many failures along the way to satisfying success.
My continuous improvement desires cross into my closet as well. I hope to be ever more stylish and chic at the office. I started pretty much from ground zero (no natural style sense from this blogger!), and it’s certainly something I will never master. But hopefully with each outfit I throw together, especially those that don’t work, I learn something and get closer to perfecting the style soiree someday.
I’ve shared before about many of my other sources of continuous learning like Ted Talks, The Skimm, Pinterest Tutorials, etc… Today I wanted to share with you one more place I like to head when I have a few minutes of free time (haha, like that happens often) to challenge my brain. Khan Academy. You may have heard of it. If not, hop on over and check it out. We rent and have elected to not yet buy a place, and consequently, this lesson from Khan Academy has always struck a chord with me. Khan Academy is like cool school on the Internet where you can learn about anything at your own pace. And it offers materials for all ages. So next time you have nothing to do, or your kids say they are bored, send them to Khan Academy. (Or Ted Talks. Or The Skimm. Or Pinterest.) The world, and the internet especially, is lush with unending resources to make ourselves wiser and more well-rounded people. Take advantage. It might just highlight a pretty darn good day!
Or… if you’re not feeling like doing a whole lot of reading or listening in front of your computer, and you happen to stumble upon a very pretty red and white striped knit fabric at the store, snatch it up and make a super simple scarf following yesterday’s tutorial (like me). Even if you’re a novice seamstress, give it a go and work those brain muscles. It’s exhilarating to successfully complete a project and learn a new skill! Click on over to refresh your creative memory, grab some supplies, and whip up one of these beauties. And if you do, please be sure to share with me. I’d love to see it!