Just about a year ago, in a post titled, “Going back to school – sort of” I wrote about my love of learning and my desire to continue my “education” through non-traditional methods like tutorials and online classes.
Several years ago I discovered Shimelle Lane, a UK Scrapbooker and amazing teacher. She offered an online class called “Learn Something New Everyday”. The idea was that, for an entire month, you learn something new everyday and scrapbook about it. The class cost $15 and along with all the incredible materials, I also received a lifetime membership, if you will. Every year on September 1st, I receive an email from Shimelle encouraging me to start the adventure all over again at no additional cost to me. What a deal!
While I haven’t gone through the full 30 days every year, I have been made more aware of the process of learning something new everyday. I’ve always considered myself a curious soul, but learning doesn’t just happen. It requires effort and intention. This is where Shimelle’s class hits the spot. She provides you with daily prompts, but doesn’t box you in either. And she doesn’t pile on a lot of extra work. You can record your insights in any method you like from the simple to the complex.
I’ve decided to give this a go again – not everyday, but two to three times a week. I’ll be sharing my efforts and collecting my thoughts and pictures in a very simple mini book.
What are some things you’d like to learn to do? What are some things that you could teach?
Until next time,
You know that head tilt thing that Ellie does? I want to learn how to do that.
What a neat idea! I have always been one to want to learn new things as well. YouTube has been my friend when doing so many household projects. Not only does this save us a lot of money (not having to call a professional), it is nice to know how things work.
I’m so glad you like it. I agree wholeheartedly about YouTube. There’s not much you can’t learn by watching the tutorials. A couple of summers ago, my 9-year-old niece spent every Friday with me and we learned how to make lip gloss from crayons, how to properly apply make up, and how to do a variety of scrap booking techniques. Her response to anyone wondering how to do anything: “Go to YouTube”. I’ve created a monster :-).