I know we are a peculiar bunch leading fast-paced life. Between taking care of the house and working full time or being SAHMs, time is a luxury for our kind. As it is, talking about hobbies and Me times while sounds good, they are hard to accommodate in our crazy busy lives. But if you DID have some time to set aside and ponder to learn something new, what’s your go-to resource? Of course Google, right?
The internet is a hive of information. In fact, it is easier than ever to learn whatever it is you want to know. From googling ‘how to make a grilled cheese in the toaster’ to ‘mba online’ if you want to know it, it will be out there.
And while it is fair to say that learning online is pretty accessible to almost everyone, there are some cool skills to be had… that you may need in the future or even, at present.
5 Cool Things you can Learn Online
Most of us know a few words in a lot of languages. We throw them into conversations with friends, but wouldn’t it be something else entirely to learn a complete language. You can use an app like Duolingo (my son uses it for his French lessons, super user-friendly), it’s a lot of fun, and you can do it at your own rate. There are a few glitches, for example not all of the languages have a vocal part. But if you combine it with Google Translate, you are all set!
2. Make Sweet Music
There are a few fun ways to do this.
Grab yourself an instrument, and head to youtube and get some basic videos up. Practice till you’re great and keep going. There is a range of websites that can help you get to grips with the notes and even how to write music. I am itching, in fact, to take my Piano to the next level using this idea. How cool it would be to make music in your terms for the world to see? Cost effective, stress-free and creative freedom- That’s a match made in heaven.
Berklee College of Music offers a dip into the lyric and songwriting world. The whole thing is totally free and lasts 6 weeks.
Of course, if you don’t want to do any of those, you can make beats with something my GarageBand.
3. Website Building
Yeah, there are some occasions where you might want to have a chat with a professional, but, for the most part, you can teach yourself to make a pretty snazzy website without too much effort.
However, when the time comes that you want to start manipulating the websites, check out Ruby on Rails.
There are other programming courses that you can take, it will depend on how you enjoy learning and what makes sense to you.
Okay, while I have ZERO knowledge in Coding, it doesn’t change the fact that there is a market for this and it is HUGE.
In the last few years, the doors have been blown off the ‘secret world of coding’ (probably isn’t actually a thing). There are plenty of places you can now learn code, and not just on a fundamental level. Most coders are very generous and supply vast chunks of code on open source sites.
You can check out:
- Code Academy
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- Free Code Camp
- LearnCodeOnline INC
You don’t really need to have an end goal in mind when you start learning code, but once you get a taste for some of the basic language and abilities – you’ll think of something.
While taking a good photo is excellent, the post-processing will make or break it. As a blogger, taking stellar pictures and editing them takes most of my time. Photography skills go hand in hand with blogging no matter what you write about. As a student myself in this area, things to learn are endless. That being said, Lifehacker’s Photography Basics will help you get a firm grip on composition and lighting.
After that, hit up youtube and find some cool photoshop tutorials to take you from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes. Grab a camera and get snapping.
Most people shy away from the stock market because it doesn’t make sense to them. But knowledge is power so a trip to Investopedia to take their basic course will give you some insight.
That’s a cool list of ideas to consider if you are planning to learn something new on your own pace, in your spare time. Hobbies, courses, lessons whatever it is, if it enriches your soul and spirit in some ways, I would say it is worth the road to take. Being treading this path myself for the last few years, I can tell you that it certainly changes you for the better. Not just knowledge wise, but mentally and even spiritually as well.
Self-care come in very many forms. Learning something new as a way of nourishment in all levels certainly makes the list!