Back to School isn't for kids only

Posted by Leticia, 14 Sep 07

It's never too late to learn something new?

As the kids head back to school for another year of reading, writing and arithmetic what will you do to keep your mind young, active and alive? Have you been thinking about doing something new? Taking up a hobby or brushing up on an old skill? Well, the time could be now.

I don't know about you, but 2007 has really gone by very quickly for me. It has truly been a year of first ...by choice. Somewhere between boredom and fear the decision was made to try to do something new at least once a month. Now at first it was trying new bars and restaurants. Then it became new websites, new magazines, and new books. There was the new people month. Some times I was able to combine a few of these together. So, here it's now September and my new "thing" for this month is language.

Your perfect partner could be online right now...

What are you looking for?

I'm about to re-learn a second language. I took Spanish in high school and I'm sad to report that the only think that I learned was now to count to one hundred and how to conjugate verbs. The only thing that I remember now is some very basic greetings and a few choice "naughty" words. So, I'm headed over to the local community college and signing up for a 6-week class. For fun I'm going to do it with the family. As an incentive for the kids to be excited about it, we're planning a big trip to Spain in a couple of years.

If you are thinking about doing something new or different and you need a little motivation, let me help. Here are a few ideas and tips on how to get started and how to find the fun, even when you can't find the finance.

1. Pick something that you've always loved to do and haven't done in a while or something that you've never done, but always wanted to do. This one is only difficult for me because I have a hard time narrowing it down to just one or two things. I'd love to learn to salsa dance, take singing lessons or more guitar lessons, etc.

2. Search the internet for all the information that you can find on the subject. The cool thing about this is that you'll be surprised how many other people share your same interest. This is a great way to meet new people that share a common interest.

3. Look for free workshops and seminars at local colleges, churches and community centers. Who doesn't like the word "FREE"? You will be amazed by the number of free programs that are being offered every single day on different topics of interest. Good example, I'm a writer, duh, I found a free Saturday workshop on freelance writing a few months back. Not only did I learn some great writing techniques and ideas for creating topics, I met the editor of a local paper and was able to submit my work for some possible future $$.

4. Invest a little time and or money! Sometimes the things we love aren't always available for free, so we must pay for it. If you love it, it's worth it. If you can't afford it right now, than save for it. If at all possible, barter for it. Most people have some kind of skill or trade. If you can't afford to invest in your hobby or love right now, try offering your service to the person or company that's got what you want. My very first voice over class that I took was a 6-8 week class that cost over $500. I had just graduated from college and didn't have the money. I was able to act as the assistant to the coach of the class in exchange for my admittance.

5. Do something TODAY! Make a call, send a email, sign-up, practice or gather more information. Do something to get you closer to DOING SOMETHING. Think of it as getting your favorite person the best gift possible...and you deserve it!!!

15 responses to "Back to School isn't for kids only"

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  1.   hoganfan says:
    Posted: 25 Oct 07

    Learning comes from belief and love. We can never learn enough!

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  2.   Cocokisses says:
    Posted: 10 Oct 07

    All of these great comments just goes to show that you are never too old to learn :)

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  3.   unme23 says:
    Posted: 10 Oct 07

    i know its back to school for me, im a football coach.

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  4.   Fala says:
    Posted: 07 Oct 07

    I agree with Mossimo too. The day you stop learning or wanting to learn - is the beginning of the end.

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  5.   TriChique says:
    Posted: 06 Oct 07

    Yeah, although I swear I don't want to go to school anymore, I still spend time trying to learn new things. Mossimo36 I'm right there with you.

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  6.   Cocokisses says:
    Posted: 03 Oct 07

    Good for you Jade. I forgotto mention that my best friend just graduated from college...with her daughter...at age 48!

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  7.   Cocokisses says:
    Posted: 01 Oct 07

    It's also important to learn as much as you can in your job. I am cross training to learn what other positions do and completing online training. My versatility is one of the main reasons I have been with the same company for over 20 years. Never be afraid to ask and learn about other positions. You never know when they will be needed.

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  8.   just1forme says:
    Posted: 29 Sep 07

    learning creates more and more possibilities throughout your life's ambitions. I myself have done course after course i am a qualified cook, truck driver, forklift driver, engineer and a few other things that are all involved within my career. So learning something new to me is invigorating and it keeps me going through life

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  9.   mossimo36 says:
    Posted: 27 Sep 07

    The day I stop learning or wanting to learn is the day I die

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  10.   mossimo36 says:
    Posted: 26 Sep 07

    Am trying to learn all I can about Fala.

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  11.   sortaann says:
    Posted: 26 Sep 07

    Thanks for your wonderful article i enjoy reading it. Base on what i have read, i have just made a list on three things i would like to do;that i have been thinking about for years. Thank you.

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  12.   Hypatia17 says:
    Posted: 26 Sep 07

    Is there anything more important than learning? I don't think so

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  13.   fala says:
    Posted: 25 Sep 07

    It's always important to keep learning. Education shouldn't end when you graduate.

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  14.   jorge says:
    Posted: 22 Sep 07

    busco una buena persona a legre y para com partil todon los comentario

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  15.   Jade74 says:
    Posted: 20 Sep 07

    I enjoy learning and keeping up with whatever is going on.I attend many workshops and lectures for work-related or personal growth for me.

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