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  • Writer's pictureViolet

Never Stop Learning

There is so much I'd love to learn. Tons to explore, venture and absorb.There are so many pages to be read, books to be held, languages to learn and speak, and lessons to learn.

I am a life-long learner. I always have been, always will be.

As a kid, I'd always prefer to read a good book than to play kickball at recess. Which reminds me of dodgeball. I hated that too. Let's not steer too off course here.

When I think back to my college days, I miss them. I really do. From unzipping my heavy backpack and placing books, pens and highlighters on my desk, to walking over crunchy fallen leaves around the beautiful campus in the fall is something I will always look back on and reminisce.

What I miss the most were the "holy crap!" or "no way!" and "aha!" moments where I'd be sitting in class and all of a sudden a statement, quote, lesson, argument or a line said or read made me question absolutely everything. I lived for those moments. In the books I read now, I still do.

On the floor of my first apartment with my nutrition notes.

Now, hold on. Nowhere did I say I loved sleepless nights scrambling to figure out how I'd finish 30+ page papers and my thesis count. Those, I do not miss one bit. I also did not love having to pay for college and I surely did not love eating bland cafeteria food or praying to pass my Calculus class given I've never ONCE HAD TO USE IT. NOT ONCE! But that's another story...

Signed up for a Cooking Class while in Thailand.

In college I had to take a Theology and Religions of The World class given it was "required" to make all students better, more "well rounded" individuals. I remember rolling my eyes and saying "Jesus Christ..." under my breath when my academic counselor said,

"Yes, Violet. It is required. If you plan on graduating, you have to take it. There is no sneaky way around it."

I was annoyed at the fact that more than $3,000 of my hard earned babysitting and work-study dollars would be blown away sitting in class listening to our teacher, Father Bob and Dr. Pileggi explain what "I already knew", but ignorance is high when you're young and dumb.

Yes, I was young and dumb. Weren't we all at one or many points in our lives?

There was so much to learn. Looking back, some of the best lessons I learned were in the required classes I considered "unnecessary" or "a waste of money."

Taking an infant and child CPR training a few years ago.

If I could go back, I'd take every class. My dad always taught me growing up that "no matter what someone tries to take away from you, they will never be able to take away your education." That my friends, is very true.

Today I have my Bachelors, a Masters and I'm currently getting my Ph.D. I told you I was a lifelong student - it's just in my DNA I guess. I love learning.

If this is you, but money is tight, please know that there are so many ways to still receive a great education and it doesn't have to cost a penny (or many) to do so.

Here are 5 Ways To Get Some Free to Lost Cost Education:

  1. * FREE - Go to your local library and borrow books, magazines and actually read them. Don't let them sit on your nightstand collecting dust. Instead of watching the news or trash tv over your meals, eat and read, or read at bedtime.

  2. * FREE - Google or Youtube it! There is so much free information available at the tip of your fingers! It's incredible.

  3. * INVEST - Buy a book on Amazon. Search for used ones if you're on a budget. Most are in great shape and less than half the price at times. Do some digging and see what you find!

  4. * INVEST - Sign up for an e-course like Coursera, or LinkedIn Learning. Most are pretty affordable and decently well made.

  5. * A CUP OF JOE INVESTMENT - Interview someone you admire. Don't me shy! Ask someone out for coffee (your treat) and ask away. You'll be proud of yourself for venturing out and being bold and you'll leave the conversation much more knowledgable and informed. Plus having a mentor always comes in handy.

I always bring a book or two on long flights.

No matter what it is that you desire to improve in your life, know that KNOWING is what it's all about and you only get to know something by exploring it, reading about it, questioning it and practicing it, aka doing it!

I recently took a 5 day time, energy and productivity training and absolutely loved it!! Would you like to get my top takeaways? If so, lmk via IG or in the comments below. I'd be happy to blog on this topic in my next post!

Now, you tell me. What will you seek out to learn today? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

With so much love and learning,

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