Most people would describe me as quite curious. I ponder new ideas, ask LOTS of questions, and am always interested in dabbling in something new. I suppose that’s part of the reason I have this little blog; it’s been a great adventure so far learning more about blogging, social media, html code (even though that sounds super nerdy) and everything else that comes along with maintaining a blog.
A few years ago, I stumbled on a company called Dabble. An Internet start-up with roots in Chicago, the company strives to make trying something new fun and super easy for anyone with an interest about anything. (Seriously, just about anything – the range of classes they cover runs the gamut from ballroom dancing to bilingual bootcamp, woodworking and welding, building websites or building terrariums, making guacamole or decorating cupcakes, raising urban chickens or thrifty cooking with a whole chicken, wine tasting, an introduction to parkour (I don’t even know what that is?!), swedish massage techniques and staging a sexual revolution (maybe a good duo to take together?). The list goes on an on; but you get the point. If you can dream it up, they will scour the city for a teacher willing to share their knowledge about whatever niche topic you want to explore. The best part – all classes are held as a single, two to three hour class somewhere in the city. The reasonably priced classes don’t require any long-term commitment, which is great for someone like me who barely can sneak in a class once every other month or so. But I do get excited about each one for which I sign up and I often convince a friend or two to join me.
*By the way, Dabble has no idea I am writing this post. I just think the company is really cool. I have taken crepe making, beginner sewing, and am currently signed up to take a BYOB / DIY Clutch Making class in September with two friends. Pretty sweet!
In any case, I tweeted about them a couple of weeks ago and, as a result, won this handy little tote bag that will be my new carryall for the farmers’ market. It’s the perfect size, and the catchy phrase never fails to be a conversation starter. I carried it home from work the other day and one of the partner’s in my firm (who I had never met before) starting inquiring about the message. I shared with him a brief blurb about the company and got to meet another of the hundreds of people who work in my office.
Right now, Dabble has active classes in Chicago and Denver. If you live in either of these cities, I highly recommend trying something out. If not, they are also expanding into a ton of new cities and are currently soliciting requests for potential classes in the myriad cities on their target list. If you have tried a class like this or plan to, let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear about your experiences.
As for the attire, I sifted through my closet (typically a quarterly event) to round up another couple of boxes of items to donate. It really is amazing how much extra “stuff” (especially clothing) I have and rarely use. I came across the forgotten blazer, shirt and skirt during my hunting and wavered about donating them. After all, I had not touched them in over two years. I decided I’d wear them for a day and give them a chance to regain my love and prove themselves worthy of a spot in my closet. They won me over and have earned a place on the team (i.e. a hanger) for now. Until next time…