March Challenge – Learn!!

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

-Earl Nightingale
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It can be easy to fall into a rut when you are working hard every day just to get all of the required chores done. In fact, you can get so buried in the day-to-day tasks, that you forget there is MUCH more to life and to being alive than just getting through the day. One of the most amazing things that our human brains are capable of is learning and synthesizing new information, When we stop learning, we can find our lives become boring and uninspired. Growth and development does not stop when our bodies finish those awkward teenage years, but it continues in our minds for every day that we are alive.

The challenge for March is to find something new to learn. Cold winter months seem to drag on forever, and the darkness and poor weather can really take a toll on your perspective. The spark of a new interest is always a great way to counteract these moments in the doldrums. Is there something you have always said you wanted to learn? Make it as simple or as complicated as you like, but try to choose something on which you can make good progress within the month of March. Perhaps you know someone who already is an expert at your chosen conquest. If so… Wonderful! As an added bonus to this challenge, you can reach out and grow your personal relationship by asking them for help in your new learning adventure!

If you do not know anyone with the required skills, there are other ways to learn. Of course, you can take a formal class (at a college, local community program, library, or even the local craft store often has many courses), though formal education is not often at the top of the list for those running a busy household. (See Education is THE WAY). Luckily, we all have access to the internet in some way (even at your local library) so YouTube is at our fingertips! The internet is so expansive, you can find a wealth of instructions (both good and bad, so beware) on almost any topic you may be thinking of learning. If nothing immediately jumps out at you as something you always wanted to learn, here is a list of ideas:

  • Baking bread
  • A new language (try https://www.duolingo.com/)
  • Coding (try https://www.freecodecamp.org/)
  • Piano, guitar, or other instrument
  • Photography/Photoshop (you probably have a camera already!)
  • Crochet/Knitting
  • Using a sewing machine
  • Cake Decorating
  • Budget making (sneaking that one in….)
  • De-cluttering/listing items for sale online
  • Dancing
  • First Aid/CPR (check your local Red Cross)
  • Investing (prudently)
  • Minimizing your carbon footprint (try myplasticfreelife.com)
  • Yoga/Tia Chi
  • Swimming (try your local YMCA)
  • Scrap-booking
  • Healthy eating/Portion control
  • Weight training/Exercising
  • Art – Pottery, Drawing, Painting (Bob Ross: The Art of Painting is on Netflix!)
  • Score keeping for your favorite sport (like baseball Franklin Sports MLB Baseball/Softball Scorebook)
  • Morse Code or American Sign Language
  • Effective writing skills
  • Canning/Jam or Jelly making

There are so many possibilities, this list only hopes to serve as an inspiration. Feel free to comment if you have suggestions that you think could inspire others!

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