Lifelong learner. Are you one?
I always thought of myself as a “life-long learner,” someone who loves to learn and try new things. This summer and fall, however, has tested that saying in my life. I have been forced to try so many new things! It has been so good for me. Part of the motivation comes from moving to a new town, new jobs, and new experiences. Part of it is my own determination to never grow “comfortable” or worse, “stale.” Here is my list of new skills and activities I have learned recently. I hope it encourages you to try something new!
Things I have learned since this summer:
Veggie garden basics
- Veggie garden basics
I always wanted to have a vegetable garden, but never had a sunny spot at my Lakeville home. Now, in Delano, I inherited a beautiful garden and got right to work figuring out how to garden. This one is definitely a work in progress. But we had a ton of tomatoes this year! Success!
- Basic hair cutting
Yes, I am now one of “those moms” who cuts her kids’ hair. I just got too annoyed at the $20 price tag for a kid’s cut, even at the bargain salons. Thanks to a friend who gave me pointers, and a few useful YouTube videos, I have now cut both my girls’ hair for months, and even have given myself a few trims!
- How to mow and weed whip
This one was born out of necessity. Paul was on a ten-day missions trip, and I had to mow. The lawn looked like a jungle. Now, after several weeks of mowing, I have found that I love it! Those neat, straight lines in the grass are therapeutic to me.
This one was random. I lately have enjoyed writing. It’s like an idea sticks in my head and won’t let go until I put it in print. I don’t have a real focus yet, or a niche. I just write about my life. I do it just for myself. I didn’t share any blogs for several months of blogging. I have no expectations for how it will go. I just enjoy writing!
Okay, this was not exactly a skill, nor is it very useful. But it’s so fun! And I have a whole new way to communicate! Thanks to my young, hip friends for introducing me to this!
And here are a few others that I won’t elaborate on.
- Basic web design
- Graphic Design
- Refit classes
- New recipes
- Mural painting in the church nursery
- How to use some power tools!
- 3rd grade curriculum
There is a spiritual component too. Are you learning from the wise and gaining wisdom? Are you pursuing a deeper faith? In Proverbs 1:5 it says,”…let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
I hope that I never pursue knowledge and skill over wisdom and discernment. I have had several opportunities lately to glean wisdom from people in my life. Those moments with them are priceless. I spent a few hours listening to “mentor moms” recently at our MOPS group. I was invited over to coffee with one of the founding members of our church. I spent the afternoon with a woman who is three generations removed from me, and had the most lovely conversations.
So there is a place to learn new skills and knowledge, but there is also a place to gain wisdom and understanding. Both are necessary and exciting!
What have you learned recently? What’s on your list of “to learn next?”